Archive | October, 2007

Google OS (OpenSocial) is coming…

The NYTimes reports today on Google’s new platform, called OpenSocial. I believe that this is the effort scheduled to debut on November 5 (which I previously blogged about). Essentially, what OpenSocial will do is allow the authoring of individual applications that will work on a variety of different social platforms. Currently, developers have to write […]

Marketing the Library Online

The LibrarianinBlack and Aaron Schmidt gave an interesting presentation on online outreach at Internet Librarian. Many of the ideas in there seem to have more utility for public libraries (i.e. the suggestion to market your library on local community web sites), but I think there is lots in there for academic libraries to consider. Marketing […]

A Post Written While I Should Be Writing Something Else…

I downloaded the new Radiohead album yesterday. This is not noteworthy in itself, but perhaps you have heard about how Radiohead is letting fans download it off an independent website and decide the price for themselves. (fwiw, I paid $10, and this was before Andrew informed me that the audio was substandard. Still sounded good […]

The State of the Library Web Site (and it’s not good news)

OCLC released a new study, “Sharing, Privacy and Trust in Our Networked World.” It is a must read on many levels. Lots of information in there on how students use social networking resources (what they expect from libraries in this area) a fascinating conclusion on the future of libraries, and much more. I’m highlighting one […]

The State of the Library Web Site (and it’s not good news)

OCLC released a new study, “Sharing, Privacy and Trust in Our Networked World.” It is a must read on many levels. Lots of information in there on how students use social networking resources (what they expect from libraries in this area) a fascinating conclusion on the future of libraries, and much more. I’m highlighting one […]

There is no shelf. The links alone are enough.

Turns out Michael Wesch released two videos last week–A Vision of Students Today, and another video (similar to the Machine is Us/ing Us) looking at changes in the ways we create, access and categorize information. (see below for the embedded video) This video reminded me of how I used to teach web searching (back in […]

The Wisdom of Lifehacker

I have Lifehacker in my Reader list, but I rarely read it. Sometimes it has very interesting, useful posts, and sometimes it has posts on how to make clear vs. cloudy ice and clean your stove with ammonia. Whaa? One of tonight’s posts (along with the ice and ammonia) was on the benefits something I’ve […]

A Vision of Students Today

I have been sick for the last week, and when you’re sick, blogging slides by the wayside (everything else, unfortunately, does not.) Anyway, I saw a video today that inspired me to brush aside my malaise and pick up blogging again! Michael Wesch’s new piece (you may remember his amazing Web 2.0 video, The Machine […]

Zotero is Here

Hey, I taught my first class on Zotero tonight! It was a learning experience. Tip #1: When you are teaching a class that involves downloading a Firefox plugin, have the class begin their work in Firefox. Why is it always the simplest things that elude me? Tip #2: Do not expect Zotero to behave the […]

Pushing the Boundaries of Privacy

I got into the Beta test for FriendFeed. It is a great idea at first glance—a site that serves up a feed of all your activity on different services, like YouTube, Flickr, Amazon, personal blogs, Netflix, etc… You can see my resulting feed here. (Be warned, it probably won’t be up for long.) This is […]

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