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Cut the Cord: registration for MLA’s Fall Webcast opens September 1st

Filed under: TF — Molly Knapp at 1:42 pm on Monday, August 24, 2009
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Interested in current and emerging mobile technologies, mobile device initiatives, useful mobile software applications, & funding options? Tune into Cut the Cord: Connecting to our Mobile Users, MLA’s November Educational Webcast, November 18, 2009, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. CST and earn 2 hours of CE credit.

Registration opens September 1st, 2009.
Detailed information is now available here.

What’s Up With All These New Search Engines????

Filed under: TF — Bart Ragon at 8:48 pm on Monday, July 6, 2009

Wolfram|Alpha, Google Squared, now Bing, what’s up with all the new search engines?  If you are unsure what all of these search engines are about or just what to know what the differences are, check out this blog post from the Disruptive Library Technology Jester blog.  About halfway down there is this great YouTube Video which does a good overview of each and how they compare.


Privacy alert: your updates on Facebook are now public by default

Filed under: Current Awareness,TF — Molly Knapp at 2:04 pm on Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Facebook announced this week that that it has begun making status messages, photos and videos visible to the public at large by default instead of being visible only to a user’s approved friends. An article in the Technology section of the NYT examines the implications.

It will be interesting to see whether Facebook uses your public updates for good (free message search API for developers) or evil (selling your updates to marketers). As my coworker observes, “I don’t think it will matter. Someone will hack into it and steal all our identities first.”

PC World has a recent article with some tips on how to make your Facebook profile more private. What privacy tips do you have?

(Mine: get work to block Facebook so you don’t have to worry about it.)

Computers of the World Unite!

Filed under: Current Awareness,TF — Bart Ragon at 2:42 pm on Thursday, June 18, 2009

Ever feel contrained by the need to be connected to some server or service on the Web?  In this hi-tech hi-speed digital world Mark Funk asked us to Only Connect.  Do i really need a middle man to negotiate the process.

The Opera browser is challenging the notion that servers and the owners of servers need to mitigate the process.  Check out this short video.

Read more at http://unite.opera.com/

Where is the Splash in Google’s Wave

Filed under: TF — Bart Ragon at 8:15 pm on Thursday, June 4, 2009


I just watched Google Video Presentation on their new experiment call Google Wave.  So with MLA and vacation I hadn’t checked my RSS feeds for awhile so I felt a little behind. This morning I opened up my RSS reader excited to hear what everyone had to say and to my surprise there was amazingly little chatter about Google Wave.  Maybe I’m wrong here, but about 10 social networking light bulbs went off when I watched the video. Heck I watched the entire 120 minutes video and I never do that! 

So if you don’t know about Google Wave please consider this:

  • It’s being developed by the people that worked on Google Maps (and we all like that)
  • Email was developed 30 years ago and based on a paper system.  Google Wave is based on how you would design email in today’s social world.
  • It’s like merging IM, email, Wikis, Blogs, and any other collaboration tools into one place.
  • Google wants developers to develop which means its useful application will grow much like the iPhone. 
  • It’s another step towards Software as a Service and Cloud Computing.



So before you think I have stock in Google (and I don’t) there are going to be plenty of problems with Google Wave.  All I’m saying is check it out.  The concept is pretty darn cool and I’m sure we will see aspects of this in our Web in the near future.  The two readings below provide a great overview of the pros and cons.

Some interesting reads:

Google Wave: What Might Email Look Like If It Were Invented Today?

Debating the power of Google’s Wave

The AfterWeb

Filed under: TF — Bart Ragon at 3:44 pm on Wednesday, April 29, 2009

This Time article, Facebook’s Big Move Toward the AfterWeb,  is very interesting.  The Facebook part is interesting enough, however the portion on Adobe Air and the afterweb is relevant for libraries.  Personally I have always doubted the usefulness of Facebook in libraries.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen some good library sites in Facebook, I’m just not sure that our patrons want us in their space.  What I do feel is useful is to leverage the power of Facebook and other social networking resources.  If we can develop apps for Facebook and mash this up with local data using something like Adobe Air, now we are talking!


Flickr’s Collective Intelligence in Action

Filed under: Current Awareness,TF — Bart Ragon at 3:32 pm on Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Every wonder where the collective intelligence of Flickr might lead?  Check out this TED Talk “Blaise Aguera y Arcas: Jaw-dropping Photosynth“.  The first part is visually very cool, but make sure you watch the video around the 4 minute mark.  You’ll see how the collective memory of Flickr can be drawn upon to create 3D links between all images and allow one to dive in and out of the Notre Dame Cathedral all based on user tags.

Webcast Alert: Technology on a Shoestring

Filed under: Current Awareness — Molly Knapp at 7:31 pm on Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Cross posted from the HLIB-NW list – it’s aimed towards public libraries but who isn’t on a shoestring budget these days?

Technology on a Shoestring: Big Tools for Small Budgets

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 | Time: 2-3 PM EDT
Register for this FREE webcast today at www.LibraryJournal.com/bigtoolspolaris

More than ever, communities across the country are relying their local libraries for support in these tough economic times. From helping patrons convert old resume files to enabling military families to connect overseas, libraries are challenged with offering more services on smaller budgets.

This one hour webcast will walk through over a half dozen free solutions that can help with some of the library’s toughest patron services challenges, including:

  • Zamzar – file conversion service
  • Drop.io/Senduit – file sharing services
  • Skype – free VOIP service
  • Delicious – social bookmarking application
  • Ning – online platform for user-created social websites and social networks
  • VoiceThread – collaborative multimedia application
  • Google Suite/Zoho – documents, reader, calendar, and more
  • ChunkIt! – web browsing tool


Christopher Bell is the library media specialist at Castle View High School (CO), as well as its head of technology and director of e-media and business. He also runs his own Website, writes for SLJTeen, and consults on technology purchases for educational organizations.

Phil Goerner is a teacher librarian at Longmont’s Silver Creek High School in the St. Vrain Valley School District (CO). Phil teaches graduate classes for the School Library Program at CU Denver and also is an adjunct instructor with Lesley University.

MODERATOR: Bob Riley is the MIS Director for Polaris Library Systems For expert information and advice, register today!
Can’t make it on March 24? No problem!
LJ webcasts are archived for 12 months after the live event. With your webcast registration, enjoy the ability to access this event on-demand as often as you’d like.

LJ Webcast archive: http://www.libraryjournal.com/webcasts/48747/Webcasts.html

Registration Now Open for Web Collaboration Tools CE

Filed under: Current Awareness,Task Force Updates,Tools in Use — Bart Ragon at 1:12 am on Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Dig Deeper with Social Media Free CE Course
Web Collaboration Tools
Course Dates February 16th – 22nd

Web collaboration tools allow people to create, edit and share documents over the Internet.  This course will focus on editing and sharing that can by done synchronously, or asynchronously. The main advantage of using web office tools is that these documents are accessible anywhere that there is an Internet connection.  Course content will demonstrate how helpful these collaboration tools are when working with others to create and modify documents.

Registration for this course is required by February 9th.

Sign up today

Course Website http://sns.mlanet.org/snsce_advanced/

Social Bookmarking for Academics

Filed under: social bookmarking — Molly Knapp at 5:00 pm on Monday, January 26, 2009

From the creators of WebCT comes Brainify, a social bookmarking service specifically for academics.

The Chronicle of Higher Education has a (scathing?) review of the service, questioning whether social bookmarking limited to academic email addresses defeats the purpose of ‘social’ bookmarking by limiting the users with whom you’re sharing.

Decide for yourself: watch the seven-minute introduction video to Brainify.

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