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Research Gaming in Libraries at Syracuse!

From Scott Nicholson:
“I’m a professor at Syracuse University, and we just got 5 IMLS grants for librarians interested in becoming LIS faculty members. Why is this relevant in LibGaming? Because if you come to Syracuse, you’d be welcome to work with me on research about gaming in libraries! Of course, you could [...]

Here’s Hoping Usability Becomes Institutionalized within ALA

I know a lot of folks (staff and members included) have been screaming from the rooftops for this, waiting impatiently. But today it finally happened. We’re trying to turn the cruise ship - come join me on the ledo deck!
Senior Usability Officer
“Responsibilities: The American Library Association (ALA), a large, information-based professional organization seeks a Senior [...]

Open Gaming at Internet Librarian!

Soon I will be heading to beautiful Monterey for this year’s Internet Librarian conference. This year I’m doing a preconference on gaming with Aaron Schmidt, moderating the public library track with Michael Stephens, and presenting a session on gaming Wednesday morning. As a good friend of mine always says, possibly the best thing about conferences [...]

When LIS Classes Game

I love that my friend, the newly minted Dr. Stephens, devoted one of his LIS class nights to gaming. I’m sorry I couldn’t be there to help out, but it sounds like the students did quite well on their own. I would love to see more LIS courses playing and exploring like this, helping the [...]

20071029-01 Internet Librarian PL Track: Online Outreach

- Sarah Houghton-Jan and Aaron Schmidt
Name 3 places your library should be on the web besides your library’s website
From audience:
1. Second Life
2. MySpace
3. Flickr
“online in-reach”
summary: make your website two-way where people can have a voice on it
if they can’t contribute to it, there’s nothing there for them
online, everyone’s patrons are your patrons
- talk this over [...]

20071029-02 Internet Librarian PL Track: DIY Intranet

- Eleni Gogas and Donna Feddern, Escondido Public Library
Eleni:
About Escondido PL
- medium-sized library with no previous intranet
- city maintains sites and servers
- just used a network drive in the past
they have an awesome trading card for the library
Phase 1 - pre-wiki
- network drive issues
- information on the drive was very old
- took 15 minutes to [...]

20071029-03 Internet Librarian PL Track: Information Literacy in Public Libraries

- Adina Lerner (Santa Monica PL), Alan D’Souza (San Francisco PL), Carol Bean (BeanWorks)
Adina
“review the pew” - A Typology of Information and Communication Technology Users report
we’re not going to help the elite tech users, want to try for middle of the road users, but really want to help the 49% with “few tech assets”
have to [...]

20071029-04 Internet Librarian PL Track: Cranky? Boomers and Older Adults are Graying the Internet

- Allan M. Kleiman (Old Bridge Public Library)
internet is not gray yet
“while you were whale watching, some of us were watching the salmon spawn”
whale watching = myspace, facebook
salmon spawn = cranky & other senior sites
sites that are spawning and going upstream to die
what has spawned is something “new” and “exciting” in social networking
comparing the whale [...]

20071029-05 Internet Librarian PL Track: Integrating Libraries & Online Communities Online

Bookspace.org - Glenn Peterson, Marilyn Turner (Hennepin County Library)
Marilyn
book site went live on valentine’s day
contributions from staff and readers have been key
hennepin county is a county of readers
- on average, every suburban HC resident checked out 17 books, DVDs, and CDs in 2006
- twice the national average
wanted to maximize this when redesigning their site
- wanted [...]

20071029-06 Internet Librarian PL Track: Stump the Panel of Experts

Aaron Schmidt, Adina Lerner, John Blyberg, Carol Bean, Allan M. Kleiman, Glenn Peterson, Marilyn Turner
question: bookspace page is great, looks great; I wonder about these lists, because blogs are self-correcting, but the lists seem to be more static; how do you know the lists are doing their job and accomplishing what you want them to [...]