michaelkpate writes "The Tampa (FL) Tribune has written an editorial citing examples of "library mission creep". It complains of a shift from the ideal of increasing/expanding collections, and wants a moratorium on library building--"So make no mistake about it. The construction of new branch libraries is mostly about adding value to neighborhoods, not about getting more books to more people."
"If, on the other hand, computer access is now the top priority, the library board should explore partnerships with other agencies or businesses. Perhaps it could team up with the neighborhood recreation centers, which also want to provide computer access to kids and seniors.
In the meantime, the board was wise to limit Internet computer time to two hours per person per day. It turns out that some citizens have been running their businesses from library computers, hogging them all day. While the new time limit may inconvenience a few, it will avoid the need for new buildings to meet the growing demand for public computers."
Michael R. Balmer writes "RSS is blossoming into the de facto protocol used by many websites as the means of distributing their news and information. However, not all websites support this feature yet. I recently came across a nifty tool called Feedity, which is an RSS generator for web pages without a web syndication format. Feedity lets you can create RSS for any ANY webpage. Feedity will take virtually any web page, and convert it into a fully formed RSS document. Highly recommended for any tech-savvy librarian. -- Read More
Blogger Phil Bradley, he of all things internet, Web 2.0, etc, and libraries, has posted a video of Stephen Fry discussing Web 2.0. It's always interesting to see those that we think of as "non techies" talking about the future of the web.
The Belfast Telegraph reports that the British Library recently unveiled Turning the Pages 2.0 - a 3D system that allows people to explore digitized versions of books and manuscripts. A competition is being held among public libraries throughout the United Kingdom to find items in their collections that most deserve to be converted into 'virtual texts' and posted for the public to view on the British Library's website.
A snippet from the article: "Imagine Government 2.0. Wisdom no longer flows from officialdom to the population, but is co-created with citizens. Civil servants contribute openly to Facebook groups on controversies of the day. Government websites have wiki areas where people can exchange tips about filing tax returns or claiming benefits."
The Danbury Public Library is the first in the nation to join the "LibraryThing for Libraries" programme, a service offered by everyone's favourite personal catalog. Utilizing LibraryThing not only as a catalogue, but also as social networking tool, the library hopes to help introduce readers to new authors, new genres, and new books they may have experienced otherwise. More over at NewsTimesLive.
I stopped cross-posting my stuff awhile back, but Blake asked me to post this in particular. (In fact, he told me to get off my lazy butt and lend a hand while he is on his Alaska Adventure.)
It's a piece I posted at Tinfoil+Raccoon about why I think Twitter is more than self-indulgent fluff, comparing it to historical archaeology.
Who we are, who we really are, is found in garbage piles and literally mixed with our sh*t. My favorite archaeology book is In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life by James Deetz who demostrates that we only learn about the past by studying the mundane. Since the early 1970s, archaeologist William Rathje has been looking at garbage to learn about practices and behavior that tell more about a community than observing and interviewing community members.
iblee writes "We're looking for a — 2.0 — Business librarian and thought we'd try something different. Take a look at our advertising approach.
It made it onto tametheweb.com.
Do you have three minutes to learn about these three letters: RSS? Watch the Common Craft Show and let Lee LeFever explain the concept of updates from your favorite websites coming to you. He does it with a delightful mix of low- and hi-tech (i.e. paper and online video) tools.