I was really hoping to have comments back up and running before asking this, but since I'm not sure when that will be, here goes. I get to buy a new laptop, so I'm deciding between a regular Windows-based one (you can pitch me on a brand), an Apple PowerBook, or a Tablet PC. I'm intrigued by the PowerBook and the Tablet, but the cost might be too high. Still, both would help me do new and wonderful things in new and wonderful ways, so I'm soliciting advice. Email or IM (cybrarygal on AIM) me!
Okay, that's not really saying much because librarians really haven't had any conference blogs until now, but I'm still impressed by what Information Today is doing with their InfoToday Blog - Live from London II.
I'd still like to see comments and blog posts by presenters & participants, but it's a hell of a start. Plus, they've got an RSS feed.
In keeping with my new theme, which I really am going to write up soon, note how the pictures and the commentary give you a better sense of the day-to-day conference than a one-page write-up in a print magazine. Voice. Personality. Tone. That's what blogging can do for your library.
It's amazing what a week in Cancun can do for a person, disconnected from the world, not even watching television. It was fantastic and now I'm slowly rejoining the information age, so please forgive me and be patient if you sent me email and are awaiting a response. Thanks!
"This is not about Digital Rights Management. I'm not against the idea of DRM per se—it can have its uses, as the sales of DVD movies clearly show. This is about something more insidious—an attitude. The entertainment media companies are increasingly acting as if you have only the right to borrow their content—not own, not even license. Just pay for a peek, if you will. Then pay for the next peek…and the next. Certainly DRM is a tool that enables this idea, but DRM can be relatively user friendly, as we've seen with iTunes.
"Anonymous Patron writes 'CBS5.com - Privacy Advocates Promise to Fight Electronic Tags in Library Books A plan to put radio frequency identification (RFID) tags into San Francisco public library books has drawn sharp criticism on grounds ranging from privacy for library patrons to the health and safety of library workers. A provision in the San Francisco city budget approved last June allocated $300,000 to begin a pilot RFID program at the San Francisco public library. However the plan has been placed on hold according to San Francisco supervisor Jake McGoldrick, who expects the Board of Supervisors to revisit the RFID issue in January.' " [LISNews.com]
Please blog. Really, I'm begging you. When I have a moment, I'm going to write up what I said at the Internet Librarian conference to help, but these pages on RFID just don't cut it. How about something in the first person? Humanize your site by blogging. Acknowledge the ongoing issue and address it with something more empathetic than "RFID Implementation Proposed Plan of Action."
Trust me on this one.
Dinah Sanders rocks! Please keep her on staff, and more importantly, please listen to her great ideas!!
So that's it for the blogging from the conference. The laptop was stolen out of the conference room, so I'm without a means to blog. Stay tuned for updates at some point after I'm back home. :-(
Linda here at Internet Librarian 2004 wants to know if there are any blogs devoted to the topic of water or the environment in general (even better would be one specific to California). I think I've seen one, but I can't remember if off the top of my head. Sorry that comments still aren't working, but if anyone has pointers, please email me and I'll get them to her.
I'm here at Internet Librarian doing a preconference on blogs and RSS.
Gary Price has written an excellent article about What Google Teaches Us that Has Nothing to Do with Searching. Every librarian should read it and more importantly, every library should act on it.
Coincidentally, it's great timing for me because it dovetails quite nicely with what I'm going to talk about at the first session in the blogging/RSS track on Tuesday. If you're coming to that session, I'd suggest reading it before then.
In addition, Jessamyn has another great post about My Dream Library that parallels some elements of my talk, too.
Well, I can't blame Movable Type for the lack of postings lately, as it's running just fine. No, it's just been really busy around here, with a big project at work and lots of family and home stuff going on.
However, here are a few things to keep you busy until things return to normal (well, more normal anyway) in December.
All of this holds true for libraries, too, which is one reason I believe RSS is going to be very important for us. Look at Jeremy's list. Libraries are great at 2 of the 3 things, but we're miserable at the third. We need to change that, and soon.
Spreading the meme:
Why You Should Fall to Your Knees and Worship a Librarian
Chicago Sun-Times article
What Is a Shifted Librarian?
A Shifted Reading List
Presentations and Articles
Ye Olde Shifted Librarian Moblog!
What's on My Treo 600
Library Services on the Treo 600
Life in the Treo Lane
On Being the Digital Job
Radio 101 Docs
My Past Life
Librarians' Site du Jour (the original library blog!)
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