Here is a non-exhaustive list of Top Technology Trends for the American Library Association Annual Meeting (Summer, 2008). These Trends represent general directions regarding computing in libraries — short-term future directions where, from my perspective, things are or could be going. They are listed in no priority order. “Bling” in your website – I hate to admit it, but it seems increasingly necessary to make sure your institution’s website be aesthetically appealing. This might seem obvious to you, but considering the fact we all think “content is king” we might have to reconsider. Whether we like it or not, people do judge a book by its cover, and people do judge other’s on their appearance. Websites aren’t very much different. While librarians are great at organizing information bibliographically, we stink when it comes to organizing things visually. Think graphic design. Break down and hire a graphic designer, and temper their…
Online registration is available beginning May 1 for the 2008 LITA National Forum, “Technology & Community: Building the Techno Community Library,” to be held October 16-19 at the Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel, Cincinnati, Ohio. Visit http://www.lita.org/forum08 to register for the Forum and for information on keynotes, preconferences, concurrent and poster sessions.
The LITA Blogs, Interactive Groupware and Wikis Interest Group (otherwise known by the sobriquet BIGWIG) is pleased to announce a new online presence for the group: www.yourbigwig.com What is YourBIGWIG? Straight from the site itself: BIGWIG has created this website in order to facilitate communication between BIGWIG members, potential members and interested parties. We hope to use this site to enable BIGWIG to be more efficient and effective in the work we do, allow for virtual participation, and solicit feedback and commentary on our activities. So: head on over and check us out. Sign up for an account, and make yourself part of the process of making LITA a more efficient, effective, and forward-thinking division of ALA.
The House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property is holding a hearing on the proposed Orphan Works legislation tomorrow, March 13, at 10:00AM eastern. These hearings are usually both webcast live and archived on the committee site.