Library 2.0

New LIS-based Podcast: The Knitting Librarian

Announcing a new(ish) podcast for librarians: The Knitting Librarian. The knitting librarian combines all things sticks and string with all things library and information science. Segments include: The Big News of the Day (show notes only), Knitting Update, This Week in LIS, Me me me me, and the Awesome Sauce. Episodes released biweekly.

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Latest episode recorded and released on September 3, 2010: Episode 9 - Are There Pants for This? (direct download) (show notes)

Bookfuturism: The Future or the Present?

"A futurist (in Marinetti's original sense) wants to burn down libraries. A bookfuturist wants to put video games in them. "

Another take relevant to the "Libraries 2.0" idea: Tim Carmody outlines "A Bookfuturist Manifesto" in the Atlantic. Carmody describes a philosophical compromise between the print-devoted book lovers and the cutting edge technophiles.

Are we finally on the cusp of an understanding between the two, or is this a new-fangled name for an already established shift?

Chicago Underground Library's Community-Based Approach to Collecting and Cataloging on Museum 2.0

Chicago Underground Library's Guest Post on Museum 2.0: A Community-Based Approach to Collecting and Cataloging

Chicago Underground Library is a replicable model for community archives that accepts every piece of print media from a certain area without making quality or importance judgments, going back as far in history as possible. That means we collect university press, handmade artist books, zines made by sixth graders, poetry chapbooks from big names published in tiny local presses, and self-published poetry chapbooks sold for a dollar on the street. We have neighborhood newspapers, internationally-renowned magazines of political commentary, and three View-Master reels of Chicago hot dog stands, neon signs, and motor inns, respectively. -- Read More

Libraries Lead the eBook Revolution

Have you read an e-book yet? Do you think it means the end of bookshops and libraries as we know them? Will book people have to turn into e-book people to meet the brave new world? It's all a bit early to say.

I [Philip Harvey, see below] haven't read an e-book and when asked by borrowers if I feel that my profession of librarian is under threat, I ask them if they themselves have used an e-book. No, is the consistent reply. But they know chapter and verse about the developments, usually from what they have seen on the internet. The new slimline gadgets can display everything a text maniac wants to get their hands on. Or so it seems.

More on ebooks, Google, digitisation, and the Information Revolution from Philip Harvey, President of the Australian and New Zealand Theological Library Association in Australia's Eureka Street.

Library 2.0 on ning going away

Effective Thursday evening, Feb. 25, 2010, I will be closing down Library 2.0 on Ning, http://library20.ning.com . The network has not seen much traffic the last few months and most people requesting to join are posting profiles full of link spam. The return is no longer worth the work. I am not transferring it to anyone else. I want to freeze and archive the contents in some way. Thursday I will be suspending all members of the network. The content will remain but no one will be able to post to it. -- Read More

Deconstructing Library 2.0

I realize I’m relatively new to the library scene as a second career librarian, so some of what I’m asking may have been covered somewhere already. I’m fine with being corrected in the comments (since there is no better way to learn than to question), but I’m still going to ask. -- Read More

Scholars Use Social-Media Tools to Hold Online Academic Conference

"More than 100 researchers interested in the emerging field of the social history of computer programming are running what may be the first academic conference held entirely using Web 2.0 tools.

There have certainly been online conferences before, but the group's idea is to hold a limited-time online conversation using a bloglike network, Twitter, and Facebook. The leader of the conference, Mark C.
Marino, an assistant professor in the writing program at the University
of Southern California, said that he expected to attract only a few
graduate students but that he has been surprised to get a mix of
professors and students from around the world. "I literally could not
believe the stature of people who were coming to the table," he said in an interview."

Read the full article in the Chronicle of Higher Education at:
Scholars Use Social-Media Tools to Hold Online Academic Conference
http://chronicle.com/blogPost/Scholars-Use-Social-Media-T/21195/

Emerging Trends and Technologies in Libraries and Information Services Blog

The aim of the International Symposium on Emerging Trends and Technologies in Libraries and Information Services (ETTLIS-2010) is, once again, to bring researchers, academicians, business community and research scholars on a common platform to share their experiences, innovative ideas and research findings about the aspects of emerging trends and technologies in the field of knowledge resource centres and information services.

Access blog at: ETTLIS 2010 http://ettlis2010.ning.com/profiles/blog/list

13 Ways (and 147 Tools) to Help Your Library Save Money on Technology

13 Ways (and 147 Tools) to Help Your Library Save Money on Technology
This list has come out of a few different presentations I’ve given for public libraries recently, from Hawaii to Iowa. Take a look, see what you want to try, and let me know how it works. The list is not exhaustive, so I invite all of you to comment on this post and add your own favorite free web tools, software, and open source awesomeness.

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