Friday, December 18, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Joachim Schopfel says nice things about Building Library 3.0 (in French!) at BBF. Maybe I'm less in line with le modèle anglo-saxon and closer to something à la française than I thought... (despite picking on "French anglophobia" in an appendix of the book...). Thanks Joachim!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
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Friday, July 24, 2009
A recent Pew study shows how Americans are currently using their mobile technologies, the study shows people are using these technologies and gadgets to:
Right now, according to this study, 42 % of the population has not fully embraced this technology, so the question we should all be asking ourselves is "How are we servicing the 58% percent that are?"
- collaborate with others and share content
- connect with others and share content
- for entertainment purposes
- are dedicated wireless access users and like the convenience of information as you go
- perform lite informational search requests
do believe I quote from that same study in the book... very good stuff from Pew. It sets us up to re-imagine libraries post-2.0, after communities-of-interest agreen on folksonomic standards, after everybody's got their social media map well worked out...
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
(1) Institutionalization – Creating the right culture. Flexible hours and attractive salaries, without micromanagement while encouraging working in teams and individual praise and recognition for their accomplishment. The key to retaining these employees is the quality of relationships they have with their managers - Gen X and Y's see their work demand a better balance in their work and personal lives.
(2) Innovation – Doing things differently – Innovative services will mean taking-the-service to the clients. An example would be “Librarian With a Latte” program from the
Universityof Michiganat . Ann Arbor
(3) Imagination – Changing the rules. Collaboration with a wide range of information providers, where rethinking of the catalogue means it is no longer relevant in its current form – the catalogue should be a “one-stop shop” for searching resources, providing access beyond local collections, and to different types of resources in a seamless way
(4) Ideation – A Culture that encourages ideas – In creating the appropriate working environment, it is necessary to be also supported by professional associations.
(5) Inspiration – Doing things differently – As competition increases for the future workforce, ongoing professional development as opposed to formal training in a library school is necessary. Already free web-based instruction similar to the popular Five Weeks to a Social Library are already popping up.
So what does this all mean? It might sound like an eye-rolling cliche: information professionals of the future will have to be prepared for lifelong learning. This is a challenge for many professionals, who argue that their plates are already full to the brim. What to do? The authors leave us with a daunting reference from Charles Darwin:It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change
Building Library 3.0: Issues in Creating a Culture of Participation
Woody Evans, Tarrant County College, USA
- a primer for Library 2.0, and concrete steps available to libraries seeking to catch up to their web-savvy patrons
- detailed and critical examinations of social networking sites, and their potential for libraries outreach
- studies the actions librarians can take right now to prepare for the ‘border-bleeding’ between physical and virtual collections
- prepares libraries to use Web 2.0 tools as an incubator for increasing library relevancy in a Web 3.0 world
This book is written for information professionals and librarians trying to implement and manage Web 2.0 in their physical and online collections. Paying careful attention to the implementation of social web applications, mobile computing, and RFID and QR Code technology, the book details both how to make these technologies work for libraries and also explores why libraries must gain ground in the important new territories of Web 2.0. The changing relationships between information seekers, the information being sought, and the professional information gatekeepers is of great importance in this change, and this book explains not just the use of the technology to reach information seeking communities, but also the profound ways in which such relationships will change the nature of librarianship.
About the author
Woody Evans is a librarian at Tarrant County College in Arlington, Texas. As a librarian and private researcher, he has worked for military, corporate, and academic organizations. He has written for American Libraries, Library Journal, Searcher, ONLINE, Information Today, and others. His current research interests include the cultural aspects of information seeking and evaluation. Contact him through woodyevans.com.
Library 2.0: the fundamentals
- What is Web 2.0 for?
- Blogs: flagship of the social web
- Web 2.0 in the Library
- The dawn of the semantic web
New library users
- Bald babies, gray grannies
- Bricks to bits
- Hackers are old hat
Folksonomic exchanges: authority of the people
- Taking care with tags
- Getting back out of the box
Social networking: making it work
- Preening your feathers and picking your ticks
- Social networking, suddenly serious
- Good practice: how to
- Two samples: libraries doing it right
- Detailing Facebook
- Your library, its network
- How to set it up
- How to use it at the reference desk
Mobile life and QR Code
- People using their phones
- Quick Code
- A push to patrons’ phones
Second Life and other massively multi-user environments
- Other MMORPGs
- Games and their worlds
- Second Life Library
- Librarians as virtual escorts
- Learn French
Arphids: promise and dangers
- Smart tags on smart books
- Hacking, playing, and phreaking out: is this real-world or exercise? Over?
- A speculative near-future scenario
- Back to the real world
Fundamentally good service
- This is for the public good, Mofo
- We help people
- We work with information
- We teach
A strong commitment to research in any relevant area of e-librarianship such as: e-learning, digital collections, collaborative web spaces, social software, interactive and integrative online services, semantic web or cyberinfrastructure is required. The Chair must have demonstrated success in directing and conducting research or a large project. As a member of the YUL complement, the successful candidate will contribute in an area of the libraries suited to the candidate’s area of expertise.
The three-point-oh thing is coming (though I think it won't have that name when it gets here good).
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There's been a great deal of discussion regarding the wide spread adoption of Semantic web standards now that Google, Yahoo and Bing have admitted their.
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By Christina Pringi
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| IT Strategy for Ireland | bluereek|
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bluereek - http://www.bluereek.com/
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
re: this vid, C R-B has:
The brainchild of Pranav Mistry, a Research Assistant and PhD candidate at the MIT Media Lab, the Sixth Sense is a wearable device that will enable us to gain seamless access to information…wherever we are! All I can say after watching the video is brilliant, brilliant, brilliant AND I want one! You’ve really got to see it to believe it, so rather than me attempting to communicate the brilliance of theSixth Sense, watch the video!
As a librarian and book lover I’m particularly excited about the impact the Sixth Sense will have on how we select, evaluate and tag books (5.53 mins into the film).
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Alpha is live now. I've written about it for InfoToday (link), and though my piece there spins a bit on the issue of epistemology, at the end of the day Alpha is a dern good reference and computational tool. That's what it's meant for, after all. And its quality will improve (see link to help it grow/improve).
The 'bigger' questions about knowingness and truthiness, etc. are (though important in the grand scheme!) unfairly localized on this engine. It doesn't claim to get its users to Truth, you know. I guess it's understandable that we web searchers drift to such questions when faced with such a fantastic machine.
Reminds me of a line V. Rev. Dr. Hegwood once used about ninjas... "they must exist because they're not online..."
So, Alpha came a bit too late to make it into the book (I did manage to pop off a mention in a late revision, but that was still before Alpha was live), but it does help my main case. Wolfram Alpha is one of the early popular semantic search tools.
They'll start coming out quicker now.
Here's the main Amazon site for ordering the book.