Are you interested in improving privacy in libraries all across the country? If so, we need your help! The recently-released ALA Library Privacy Guidelines are a great collection of the standards and practices that libraries should be putting into place to protect users’ digital information. A small group of us is now working on creating checklists […]
I won’t be at ALA, but I’ll note three trends I see in full force: Returning Power Over Content to Those with the Knowledge Eric Lease Morgan touched on this in his second trend about blogs and wiki websites becoming the norm rather than the exception. My twist is this: people who have the knowledge […]
I am unable to attend ALA Midwinter again this year, but here are my top technology trends. Someone can read them in a big booming voice so it will sound impressive 😉 IM reference goes mainstream After reading the existing studies showing that co-browsing is of limited value in many chat reference situations and thinking […]
Levyâ€™s basic idea is that we spend a lot of time using technology to find, gather, and consume information, but we have lost sight of the need to slow down and process the informationâ€”a time to contemplate the world (the Greek ratio vs. intellectus).
John Law (ProQuest Information & Learning) and Karen Schneider (LII) spoke about the wonderful world of RSS to a full room on the last day of the conference.
Rick Weingarten and Carrie Lowe from the ALA Washington Office presented on library and IT issues in the current political climate.
Gerry McKiernan (Iowa State University Library) provided the audience with an introduction to RSS feeds and aggregators, especially their potential roles within libraries.
Michael Gorman likes cataloging. His talk focused on the challenges of metadata schemes in libraries and other information finding environments. Gorman terms this emphasis on metadata â€œthe third wayâ€ â€“ an alternative to expensive and time consuming full cataloging and search-engine-esque free text searching.
Katherine Dabbour and Lynn Lampert from California State University-Northridge shared their experiences with metasearch implementation.
danah boyd from the University of California at Berkeley and Yahoo discussed the role of blogging in changing society’s sense of voice.