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Tuesday, February 20, 2007
- In addition to the awesome March of the Librarians video, Nick Baker has another video called The L-Team. As a child of the 80s, I laughed out loud. I think ALA should hire Nick for a national campaign. :) [via a post on AASL Weblog]
- The first question from the audience at the Candidates Forum at the Midwinter Meeting was about Library 2.0 and was asked by blogger Greg McClay. You, too, can listen to the Forum without having been there. [via a podcast from MemberBlog]
- LITA is finally podcasting its heralded Top Tech Trends session and Karen Schneider sang at last month's. Hurrah! [via the LITA Blog]
- If you monitor the recent changes feed for the ALA Library's Professional Tips wiki on Monday and Tuesday, you can guess what the "Ask the Library" question will be in Wednesday's AL Direct.
- ALA's Washington Office provides free answers to your questions about copyright via its Copyright Advisory Network, a free resource that every librarian should take advantage of. Did I mention it's free? [via a District Dispatch Podcast]
- The first real mention of technology in American Libraries: "The year 1914 saw a bit more serious coverage of technology, as the Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., featured an exhibit of labor-saving devices, including typewriters; manifolding machines; machines for billing, dictating, and adding; and vacuum cleaners. One of two articles previewing the exhibits promised that 'there will also be a number of devices shown which are not so widely known. Perhaps the most important of these will be the photographic copying machines.' (May, page 65)." [via a post on the CentenniAL Blog]
- Mark Bard (at the Washington Office) has a Darth Tater in his office, which made me laugh because I have a Spud Trooper at home.
But far and away, my favorite ALA 2.0 habit right now is the Emerging Leaders wiki
. While the program had a controversial start, I can't say enough good things about the participants, many of whom I got to meet at Midwinter. They give me great hope for the future of ALA, and not just because they've gone to town using the wiki and other collaborative tools.
There are 49 registered users on the wiki, and almost all of them have added brief biographies about themselves to get to know each other. Many have even included pictures on their user pages. Many projects have contributions from their team members. These future leaders are posting meeting notes, sharing documents, posting timelines and bibliographies, talking with each other, and more, all on the wiki. It's instructional - and fun - to watch.
Again, my 80s bias will show when I point to my favorite self-named team (other than my team - go HHers!), the Librarians of Unusual Skills group, otherwise known as L.O.U.S.s.