At LT, Matt has this great observation among many others:
Over at MB, Michael highlights a DoCoMo phone with a 3D display, a new Samsung PalmOS smartphone, Qualcomm's new MSM6300 chipset that allows GSM/CDMA roaming, Nokia's N-Gage (which looks like a Gameboy Advance!), and more.
Damn - online for less than six hours and I'm already back in gadget lust.
I'm fascinated by the idea of RFIDs because of all of the implications, both good and bad. Of course, libraries and some of our trade's vendors have been working with RFID for some time now. For example, 3M does lots of stuff in this area and at the PLA conference in March I saw a demo of their system that tracks materials as a patron walks in and out of the library (the implication being that a patron can check out items just by walking out through the security gates).
I think I'd like to tackle this topic as part of my next "Product Pipeline" column, so please send me any info or links about specific projects, products, and technologies, especially as related to libraries.
Phil Wolff has some interesting speculations about the future of blogging in his post titled From .blog to converged client." An excerpt:
Lots of implications. Lots of opportunities, especially for people that specialize in organizing information. Like, say, I don't know... librarians.
" 'Glenn '802.11b Networking News' Fleishmann and Adam 'TidBITS' Engst have written a book on setting up a home wireless network, called 'The Wireless Networking Starter Kit.' The book runs down the cross-platform, step-by-step instructions for setting up and running a WiFi network from scratch.
Table of contents
I haven't seen this book myself since it won't ship for another month, but librarians should probably consider it for purchase since it's such a hot topic right now and Glenn is quite capable of writing a layman's tome. It may also help librarians who want to learn more about wireless for use within their own buildings, too.
Check out the comments on Steven's two posts for some fun comparisons. I'll have to dig out my Google API key to have some fun with comparisons like "Jenny and gadgets" and "librarians and information."
Update: I took advantage of Edward George's code and key and became depressed when I found out librarians have .33% of the Googleshare of "informationl." Sigh. Rael Dornfest is also working on this idea.
I'm not sure where I got this in my web catchups today, but The Geek Hierarchy made me squint my eyes and laugh.
Some blogs I'm going to try to catch up on, all of which I found by starting at PeterMe and working my way through links from one to the next.
BTW, I had planned to attend the digital rights management panel at the Internet Librarian conference (scroll down), but the pull of The Dueling Peters (session B102) was too great and I succumbed to the draw of seeing Peter Merholz and Peter Morville duke it out. There wasn't really any duking, but it was one of the best sessions I attended because they spent the entire time answering questions from the audience.
The big news I've come back to is that the LSTA grant awards in Illinois have been announced, and there's lots of good news in the press release. First and foremost, SLS got our grant to create a collaborative blogging and syndication news service for ourselves, Chicago Library System, Heritage Trail Library System, and River Bend Library System. Hooray!
It's actually a lot more than that, but this will be the most visible outcome for librarians across the State. I'll finally get the chance to test my theories about the potential for blogging and RSS within the library community (and for libraries within their own communities)!
The software package we're having written is a full content management system that includes all of the following:
I am so totally excited about this! We hope to have something live early next year, so I'll keep you updated on our progress. The grant will provide us with servers for each System and installation of the software. This will really boost communication between Library Systems, their members, the State Library, the public, legislators... pretty much everyone interested or involved in libraries. And the big kicker - a site license for all Illinois libraries. Yes, once we get the kinks worked out, the software will be available to any library in the State!
The other grant awards (PDF) make interesting reading, too. I haven't added up the numbers, but quite a few SLS libraries received funding for their proposals, so kudos to all of them! And kudos to all of the libraries that received grant awards! Lots of customer service and marketing projects, both of which are (unfortunately) badly needed, as well as some interesting English as a Second Language (ESL) proposals.
Back home, I was shocked and saddened to find that voters rejected my home library's referendum request for an expansion project. They've got 100,000 titles crammed into 14,000 square feet, which is just insane. In a few short months, they'll have to start removing a book for every one that they add. That's called a "zero growth library," and it's a bad thing. I was going to rant here, but instead I'll just wish my local librarians better luck next spring, because they're doing good things and they deserve better than their residents are giving them.
And still there is good news at the Homer Library. All three grants Sheree submitted were funded, including the one to create a community web site and an information kiosk. It also includes a component for programming to help residents become "informed citizens" by educating them about local government, local media, and information literacy. I'm hoping they'll be able to use the software from my grant to create a collaborate site that will let the Village, Township, Chamber, schools, and others contribute current news and content. I'll keep you apprised of developments in this area, too, since it could be a good model for introducing blogging and RSS to maintain a current community site.
I'm back online, trying to catch up after two weeks away from everything. Vacation was wonderful, although not particularly relaxing since we ran ourselves and the kids ragged. We went to Universal Studios, Knotts Berry Farm, Disneyland (our least favorite), and LegoLand, among other places.
We always say we need a vacation after a vacation, so this time we took a few extra days to fully recuperate, and I feel truly relaxed for the first time in a while. Of course, I also feel very behind in all things worldly and online, but it was worth it.
If I have time to go through my notes from the Internet Librarian conference, I'll post some thoughts about the sessions I attended. I had a great time hanging out with Marylaine, Aaron, and Blake. Unfortunately, I kept missing Gary, and I never did catch up with Mary Lu thanks to the lack of internet connectivity. My presentation with Barbara went well, and it turns out that we actually have a lot in common besides gadget lust. The weather was (as promised) great, as opposed to home where it's now just plain cold.
Blogroll (Sites I Read in My Aggregator)
Mobile Blogroll (Sites I Read on My Treo 600)
Spreading the meme:
Why You Should Fall to Your Knees and Worship a Librarian