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WLA Talk Table and RSS Quotes

Last Thursday I had the great pleasure of presenting a “Talk Table” with my new friend Annanaomi Sams (from the Hanford Technical Library) at the Washington State Library Association Conference in Tacoma, WA. Here’s a description of what we (and a group of 25-30 folks) talked about:
“RSS: Feeding Your Staff and Your Customers.
RSS feeds are quickly becoming commonplace in libraries. They are used, for example, to ?pull? content from external sources for library staff and their customers. Libraries can also generate their own RSS feeds to deliver information and services.”

Annanaomi has done some interesting and innovative things with RSS in her library (see the link above for a mini-preview) and the folks attending had lots of high quality questions, comments and ideas. Thanks so much to Annanaomi and all the attendees for making this such a joy to participate in.

Interestingly, someone from Marketing just asked me for some quotes about RSS. Here’s what I quickly came up with:

?When carefully explained and well demonstrated, it is almost impossible to resist using RSS.?

?RSS is so practical and simple to use that it will seriously change not only how you use the internet, but how your library shares information on the internet.?

?You might not know about RSS yet, but you will. Why? Simply put, RSS is one of the most important internet technologies and concepts ever developed.?

?The power of RSS to increase the amount and quality of information that you consume daily is remarkable. ?

?The rewards are so large, both on an individual and an institutional level that library professionals need to know how use this technology NOW.?

Anybody else want to chime in?


Libraryman’s Tag Cloud

If you use, you can make your own TAG CLOUD too:

Thanks to my pseudo smarmy friend, KB for the link.


GeoMapped Libs

GeoMapped Libs

Originally uploaded by libraryman.

Wouldn’t it be cool to see a global map dotted with markers indicating where you could click to see pictures of the library in that exact geographic location? How in the heck would you make something like that work anyway?

Well prepare to “Ohhh”? and “Ahhh”?! The Libraries and Librarians Flickr Group is at it again with another super spiffy application of technology. Can you say Web 2.0? :) . Actually, Lluisa , Russell and GeoBloggers folks (its author Dan Catt to be exact) have put their heads together and come up with a site to view GeoTagged pictures from the group photo pool. Amazing!

As more images are properly GeoTagged the page will become even more impressive. Join in the fun and contribute to the community! At last count we had 1495 images and 317 members on six continets in the group! Add your library photos to the Libraries and Librarians Flickr group and then add some GeoTags. The directions for doing this are included in the discussion HERE.

Keep Up!

Originally uploaded by libraryman.

This is the banner ad for the full day, emerging library technology workshop that I’ll be teaching in the western US several times over the next few months. Woo Hoo!

With a library-centric focus, we will demonstrate and discuss a surprisingly wide variety of thought provoking and potentially sea changing current and future library technology issues. Substantial resources and instructions are provided along with the classroom demonstrations and discussion. All of this is focused on the goal of getting you back to your library ready to implement those things that you learned in class that will best serve your library and your community. With clear explanations and resources to use back in the library you will likely grow to understand much more that you expected to.

I’ve never been this excited about a class before, even the digital imaging or community outreach classes! If attendance is good (and we really hope that happens) we will be able to offer more classes in more places around the Western US. For now however, if you are in the greater Los Angeles, Ontario (California), San Diego, Portland or Seattle areas you can sign up now for classes in November and December. Details, dates and times can be found via this link to the workshop web page.

I’d love to hear what you all think. If you have any content you think I absolutely should not miss please do let me know. I have quite a collection or resources ready, but there is so much good material out there right now about exciting, practical lib tech that I’m sure I don’t have every good thing I could use. Thanks much for your help all my wonderful blog friends and tell all your library buddies to come to this class! Hope to see you there!

PS-See why I haven’t posted to the blog more lately? In addition to several other big projects, this class has been getting energy I would have previously put into updating the blog more often. The blog will march forward though! :)


It’s A TRIP!

I got all excited about FOLED last year. I got all excited about it again this afternoon too. Please go to this web site and play the video you’ll see linked at the top.

Make it full color, five times bigger and foldable. Now give it high speed web access (that’s the easy part). Now you can stick it in your pocket and carry it everywhere you go. You could unfold it whenever and wherever you wanted to. Now think about your library.

How’s that funky old song go? “I said oops upside your head, I said oops upside your head!” It IS a TRIP!

If you’re keen on this, take a peek at their FOLED product concepts page.



An interesting link (found via BoingBoing) that discusses the impending law dictating that digital televisions be sold only if they support new anti-long term recording flags (that are included in digital TV broadcasts). I know, it sounds ultra nerdy, but this issue has lots of practical application in your life. Basically, now you can legally buy a digital TV tuner (DTV), plug it into your computer and record digital programming for your archives (the same way you can record things now with your VCR). Apparently after August you won?t be able to buy these digital TV tuners unless they support ?flagging?. This ?flagging? will then erase (or make unplayable) your recorded digital content after two weeks (or so). So if you want to record and archive digital television programs in the future (and who won?t) you might think about buying a tuner before August when this law goes into effect. Or should you?

These sorts of DRM issues have impacted and will impact libraries in more ways than are immediately apparent. P2P sharing has decreased circulation of audio CDs in libraries. More of this circ reduction happens when people stream movies and television programs with tools like BitTorrent. Add new things like Google and its many incarnations (Google Print, Scholar, etc), blogs and aggregators and we see circulation and reference questions decrease more and more all the time. We?re all for easy, efficient access though, right?…as long as it is legal? Of course, of course! DRM might be good for our circ, but what does it mean for the promise of the technology we love?or hate? or love to hate? As a librarian it sure seems worth trying to understand and stay informed about this issue.


Movable Type Move

When Edlef from Lueneburg (see the comment from the last post) tells you something needs to be fixed on your blog, you tend to get right down to it. When you have a tech/web junkie friend like KB you tend to get him to help you out. Kris generously continues to assist me in the publication of and for that I am continually grateful. I think I’m going to send him an e-card. It’ll have a puppy animation and a MIDI version of “Wind beneath My Wings” and it will make him truly and deeply happy.
Anyway, if the formatting seems off, fear not. It shall return more mighty and powerful than ever before!

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