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Thoughts on Other Peoples’ Thoughts

Lately I’ve read some very thought-provoking posts that I’ve wanted to comment on at length, but unfortunately I just don’t have time to do them each the justice they deserve right now. So here’s a starter pack to make you think about them instead.

Technology with Altitude
“Ron Gardner, Contentdm specialist for OCLC, made the point [...]

Come Work for ACRL!

Come have fun working with us as ACRL’s Manager of Web Services:
“Responsibilities: Reporting to the Assistant Director of ACRL and Director of Professional Development, you will be responsible for the development and management of ACRL’s e-learning program (including technology and instructional design for webcasts, e-seminars, virtual institutes, virtual national conferences); develop new Web-based products and [...]

Another Article about Gaming and Libraries, Same Old Story

This time it’s in the Dallas Morning News and the article is called Video Games Encourage Teens to Check Out Libraries.
The good news: We learn that the Forth Worth Public Library is creating a room dedicated to gaming. Can’t wait to learn more about that!
The bad news: Yet another newspaper story that lets someone (this [...]

Googleright

Patrick McDonald let me know he has started a new blog, PHM3. The subtitle is “Information, Libraries, and Provocative Ideas,” and the first one is a doozy: The Google Proposition - Challenging our Identity, Furthering Our Mission?
“Imagine this: Google, whose mission is ‘to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful’, realizes [...]

Gaming in Libraries Presentation, Eh?

I just returned from giving a presentation about gaming and libraries to a crowd of enthusiastic librarians at the NetSpeed Conference in Calgary. I love doing presentations for and talking with Canadian librarians, because I think they do a much better job of pooling resources and working together than we do in the U.S. I’ll [...]

Get “Information Tomorrow” Today

“Any discussion of the future of libraries must consider the impact of the technological advances and innovations that are inextricably wound up with library operations and user expectations. According to Rachel Singer Gordon, librarians remain relevant and useful by confronting technological challenges head-on and finding ways to integrate the best and most appropriate innovations into [...]

Library 2.0 = Library R/evolution

I’ve been waiting for Michael Wesch, the Kansas State professor who created the viral The Machine Is Us/ing Us and A Vision of Students Today videos, to do one that more directly addresses libraries. Last week he did just that. Hopefully it will help spread David Weinberger’s message from Everything Is Miscellaneous (which you need [...]

House in the Technaeum

There were many reasons I hosted the ALA TechSource Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium this past July, not the least of which was to share with others the breadth of gaming services libraries can offer. The fact that I got to meet some of my heroes (like Henry Jenkins and James Paul Gee), as well [...]

New OCLC Report about Sharing Online

It’s taken a long time for them to release this, but OCLC has finally made their Sharing, Privacy and Trust in Our Networked World report available for free on the web.

“The practice of using a social network to establish and enhance relationships based on some common ground—shared interests, related skills, or a common geographic location—is [...]

Remembering Susan Roberts

In 1996, I took a job as the “technology coordinator” at the Grande Prairie Public Library in Hazel Crest, Illinois (one of Chicago’s south suburbs). It was my first real technology-related position, and Susan was the director who hired me. Although I was there for less than a year (moving on to the Suburban Library [...]