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New "AL Focus" Website and Videos

Here's another thing I've been dying to blog about from work - say hello to AL Focus, the new video arm of American Libraries magazine. You've seen some teaser videos during the last couple of months, but now you can also watch a new series we're calling "The ALA Wheel of Confusion," all on the new site. Here's the first one.

NSLS Libraries' Digital Past in Facebook

Brandee turned me on to the fact that the North Suburban Library System has created a Facebook app that lets users add a search box for the Digital Past online history collection. Adding it is the same as with any other FB app, and the search box works like any other.

Aaron Jumpstarts a Discussion about Improving ALA

Improving the American Library Association
"How’s this for a soundbyte? 'ALA needs to focus on libraries and librarians, and we’re pledging to push the conversation where it needs to be.' "

Gaming and Libraries Symposium Enthusiasm (#3)

For the 2007 TechSource Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium, we tried to offer sessions for the full range of knowledge about gaming, from the newbie who doesn't even play video games herself to the expert gamer who is already offering gaming in the library. If you fall into the former group, especially if you want to know how to get started, we've got a great line-up of experts to help you.

Flickr Controversy

How would you feel if your social tools weren't so social, deciding for you what you can and can't see? Unfortunately I don't have time to write this up properly, but there's a big controversy surrounding Flickr in Singapore, Germany, Korea, and other countries. Where are the protests taking place? On Flickr, of course. Fascinating viewing in a 2.0 world.

March of the AL Focus Videos

The videos from AL Focus keep coming. Here's the latest one, which follows a print column on its journey through the publishing process for American Libraries magazine.

Quick Info about ALA Annual

Just a quick heads up that I posted some information about various online channels for ALA Annual over on the ALA Members Network on Ning. I've been trying to blog more work stuff over there, but things have been so busy that I've been even less successful there in terms of frequency than I have been here. Maybe after conference....

20070623 Participatory Networks Breakout Session

John Lester - Linden Labs

real people behind each avatar in Second Life
Second Life is fundamentally not a game
- it's like the web; there are games on the web, but the web itself is not a game
Linden Labs provides a platform for other people to create things
residents create all of the content

20070626 Loriene Roy's Inauguration Speech

Loriene Roy:

AL's Been Everywhere, Man

play_blip_movie_288108();From AL Focus, a video celebrating the first 100 years of American Libraries.