In catching up with On the Mark, I also found the post about meta tags for which I had been searching. Mark even provides a metaTags macro to help prod us along. Thaaaaank yooouuuu, Mark! This is now on my to-do list.
In the back of my mind and for future reference, precious brain cells have been guarding the fact that Radio could produce HTML pages via the outliner. I had planned to explore this someday, but now Mark has made it that much easier. Unfortunately, I don't have time to go any further with this right now, but I will.
Steve, I have just as many questions about this as you do. :-)
If you want to get a free taste of what audio ebooks are like. The filters are particularly interesting because in general, we need more of these types of search parameters in our catalogs.
I've barely been able to read or accomplish anything other than cleaning and laundry tonight because I've been on pins and needles about my home library's referendum. I'm extremely sad to report that it didn't pass. It was up against a major, major tax rate increase request from the schools and the fire district, so we knew it was going to be an uphill battle, but it's still depressing. I hope the rumors were true that residents felt they had to vote for the schools and FD this year and that they'll vote for the library next year. The staff at the Homer Library are top-notch, and I hope they don't think this is a reflection on them, because it's not. They're going to be very busy this year with a grant to purchase a bookmobile, so they've got plenty to keep them busy until next year.
I'm still trying to figure out how broadcasting over the internet should cost more than broadcasting over the radio spectrum. Just like ebooks should cost the same as print books. Must be that fuzzy math.
Meryl pointed out the 37signals, thank to the presentation they did at sxsw (which I dearly wish I could have gone to). I'm very impressed by their site and their services, and the current link making the rounds is 37BetterFedEx by 37signals. I wish I had more time to delve into usability because it's such a critical area. I often feel that I am the proverbial jack of all trades, master of none, treading water in even fewer.
Too cool - the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica is online! For non-librarians reading this, the 1911 EB is considered the epitome of encyclopedias, with an almost embarassing wealth of contributors and wonderful articles. Many a librarian wept when it was taken off shelves. Highly recommended for browsing and fun reading.
Time's up. Pencils down. Polls are closed. Fingers and toes are crossed.
I had really wanted to attend the Sticky Web Sites pre-conference at PLA, but it didn't happen. Luckily, Carrie has posted her presentation about Sticky Sites on a Shoestring. I'm still looking for the rest of the presentations from that session, so if you know of them, please let me know!
Also, I saw Catherine on the exhibit floor and she told me about a session she went to about libraries in Singapore using cell phones in new ways. For example, she said they are sending reminders about upcoming due dates for materials via text messages to cell phones. I wish I'd been able to go to that session, too. No URLs for this presentation yet.
I plan to go through the other presentations available online at http://www.pla.org/conference/conf02/prelimindex.html.
And I see that Catherine didn't waste any time getting a search box for the SWAN catalog on the Library's main page. Good for her!
Tom highlighted the eBook Wiki, which I think is an interesting experiment. I've toyed around with the idea of using wikis for various projects, but in the end, I'm hesitant to use them because it's still stationary information. I want my information coming to me, not waiting around for me to get to it. Yes, you still need the depository, but these days I want it in my news aggregator or my email. I haven't gotten around to installing rssDistiller yet but if I do, maybe then I could scrape the eBook Wiki. Otherwise, I fear I will never take the time to actually visit it, and I know it has valuable information.
Again, I'm catching up so I just now read Taming the Consumer's Computer.
The phrase "ability to empower the general public" really caught my eye. Living with an eight-year old who has essentially learned to read and who naturally tries to read everything around her has made me realize the power of literacy. Oh, as a librarian I understood it, but at home it's up close and personal, to the point where I am changing my behavior. No longer do I blindly scroll through the channel guide slowly reading all of each description. No longer do I leave magazines laying around, open to a page about terrorism, reviews of scary movies, and the like. Even spelling short words during conversations with another adult is becoming a problem.
This is not new and I know I am not the first person to experience this, but it does make me view Kailee in a new way. She is empowered, simply by putting letters together to form words which magically turn into sentences, and it has improved her world forever.
So when Chernin bemoans the "ability to empower the general public," I can see why he's scared. But just as empowerment has been good for Kailee, empowerment is good for the general public. Chernin should be worried about illegal empowerment, the kind which the entertainment industry is fostering by refusing to provide legitimate services now that mimic existing services customers expect.
Back on March 7, Dave called the Minneapolis Public Library to generously offer to talk about donating wireless access equipment and even setting it up and configuring it. But apparently MPL isn't even considering it, let alone calling him back to thank him. That's just sad, especially because I think MPL does some good things in other areas.
I want to revive the whole wireless in public libraries debate that I inconveniently started right before going on vacation, but for the moment I want to post today's comment from Dave and publicly thank him for the link (both of them, actually).
I'm leaving the link as he submitted it intact because it goes to a really great 404 page that will give you a good laugh. You can then move on to the discouraging article itself at the correct address.
Unfortunately, the service Lilek encountered is still too prevalent to be called "rare" in public libraries. (Note to Sony Barari: this is how you get your point across with satire.) When I praised the Phoenix Public Library's customer service the other day, it was because they provided the exact opposite experience of what Lilek encountered. Sure, they were "on" for the conference, but I could tell it wasn't just for show one week out of the year.
I love circ staff, but the stubborn folks that place policy above CIRCULATING MATERIALS TO PATRONS or providing actual service should just retire now. It's difficult enough for libraries to remain relevant, important, and accessible given our lack of funding, resources, and status, but we still manage to do it. There's a lot of creativity and energy behind those efforts, and I hope library directors impart from the top down that your patrons are your most important asset. They're the whole point.
I hope Minneapolis PL wakes up to this and at least gives Dave the courtesy of a call back.
Did my civic duty on my way into work this morning and voted. Fingers crossed for my home library, as well as all of the others on the ballot this year.
Long quotes from the article, but I thought it was worth the reminder, especially about Hotmail and Yahoo Mail not being as anonymous as they seem.
For Kate: Irish Fitted for Broadband Rings
"In a government-funded gambit to jump on the broadband bandwagon, Ireland will encircle 123 towns and cities with high-speed, fiber-optic access rings. Karlin Lillington reports from Dublin." [Wired News]
Userland has thrown yet another curve ball at this batter at the plate.
Check out the full list of everything does, and now I have to wonder how do I truly integrate this into my organization. Does this mean I should consider Radio instead of Frontier? I'm still missing pieces of the puzzle, but I'm definitely going to have to explore this. What if we could use this to build the mythical online community of libraries I've recently been dreaming about?
Oh, and it's free. Unreal.
What is up with the price of the ebook on this one?? How can a company be so gung-ho about "trying something new and out of the box," but then fall down on the most important selling point of the item? At this rate, libraries will be the only ones willing to pay that kind of money for an ebook, and we won't even be able to circulate the damn thing. Bah humbug.
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