Top Technology Trends

K.G. Schneider writes "So help me, I'm an "expert" who will be presenting at LITA's Top Technology Trends this coming weekend at ALA Midwinter (Sunday, 8:30-11, Sheraton Constitution BR). The trends are those that affect or are important to libraries (that's broad, huh?).

I have my own ideas for trends, but what do YOU think?

Here are a few of my ideas, to get you started:

Blogs everywhere, for everything
RSS going (almost) mainstream
Flash drives ubiquitous
Storage getting cheaperncheaper
Cell phones with cameras
Ergo, moblogging
Broadband picks up many more users
Wi-fi commonplace
The rise of the citizen journalist

I know I'm supposed to say something hifalutin like "institutional repositories," and don't let me stop you from saying so, but in terms of BIG trends, these are what I really see.

I have put a similar post on my own blog, but feel free to comment here, and I'll watch both places."


Association of Christian Librarians 49th Annual Conference

Jana writes "June 13-16, 2005: Association of Christian Librarians 49th Annual Conference, Columbia International University; Columbia, SC. Our theme is "Nothing Could Be Finer" with keynote speakers Dr. Carol Tenopir, Professor of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee, and David Mash, Dean of Information Resources and Services, Columbia International University. Contact Susan Watkins, 617-745-3855, or [email protected];

*ACL is an association of librarians who embrace the Christian faith and has over 600 members."


Meet the Anarchist Librarians

Chuck Munson, librarian at and the Alternative Media Project, gave a talk on anarchist librarians at the Counterpoise Post Conference: "Beyond ALA" last summer: "So what is an anarchist librarian? How are anarchist librarians different from radical or progressive librarians? Is there an anarchist librarianship beyond library workers who wear the anarchist label? I’d like to discuss, briefly, some ideas about what anarchist librarianship is theoretically." [Transcript]


Rapid City Journal: Serving Rapid City South Dakota

Anonymous Patron writes "Rapid City Journal Reports Head librarians from more than 40 states traded information Monday on collecting digital information at the fall conference of the Chief Officers of State Librarians Association, or COSLA, at the Radisson Hotel in Rapid City South Dakota.As digital technology grows and replaces paper and ink with electronic documents, state libraries are responsible for gathering the countless documents government agencies produce and permanently preserving them, according to GladysAnn Wells, COSLA president and the director of the Arizona State Library at Phoenix."


Goodbye, Orlando?

The American Library Association's (ALA) Annual Conference, June 24–30, in steamy Orlando, drew 19,575 people, including 5,739 exhibitors, the lowest total since Miami in 1994, not counting the SARS-shadowed conference in Toronto last year...

The threat of a dues increase, and attendant fear of membership losses, hovered in the Orlando air. ALA has a revenue problem. It was heard at sessions of the ALA Executive Board and in the reports of the treasurer and the Budget Analysis and Review Committee (BARC) to both the board and the Council. BARC warned that ALA might end the current fiscal year with revenues $1.2 million below budget. The current budget—just under $49 million—could not include the $50,000 to print the ALA Handbook, a much-criticized plan that is likely to be reversed.

Read more.


71st IFLA Conference Brings Challenge to Cuba, lLibrarians sends the following announcement "World Library and Information Congress: 71st IFLA General Conference and Council"Libraries - A voyage of discovery"August 14th - 18th 2005, Oslo, NorwayIFLAand a related story from sometimes LISNews contributor Walter Skold via Worldnet Daily

On the eve of the world's largest library conference, a group of prominent dissidents from the former Soviet bloc have issued a stinging rebuke to Fidel Castro for jailing independent librarians and have called on the International Federation of Library Associations, or IFLA, to challenge Cuba over its human rights violations.
  "We know what it is like to live in a society where freedom is repressed in the name of democracy and national sovereignty, and where the voicing of dissent is banned in the name of safeguarding freedom of expression," says a letter released yesterday by the Czech-based People In Need Foundation.

Fahrenheit 9/11 will be shown at ALA

mdoneil writes "Fahrenheit 9/11 will be shown at ALA according to an email I received from the FLA listserv.

Mitch Freedman, immediate past president of ALA relates that the distributor, Lions Gate, in cooperation with the ALA is showing the film for $10 a pop.

No matter what your politics I'm sure you will have an opinion about this. Me, I'll pay for Ray Bradbury's ticket. But there is no need to get a large popcorn to share with me."

Rochelle adds: I'd already posted this a journal article before I saw md's post. The viewing will be a benefit for ALA's intellectual freedom activities.


Need Volunteers for upcoming ALA Conference

Rob Lenholt writes "As a member of the Local Arrangements Committee for the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida (June 24 - 29, 2004), I am looking for a few good volunteers to work two hour shifts at various booths and functions. Anyone interested should please visit our website at: for your time.Rob LenholtAssistant ProfessorElectronic Services LibrarianduPont-Ball LibraryStetson UniversityDeLand, FL386 822 4039"


EPIC's Freedom 2.0 Examines 'Distributed Democracy'

Blake left a few links about the Washington, D.C.-based Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) recent conference entitled "Freedom 2.0: Distributed Democracy." It received some coverage from TelecomWeb.

"The two-day policy conference featured panels, keynote presentations, and workshops on wide-ranging topics such as transparency, government oversight, the "Public Voice," privacy activism, anonymity and identity, and trustworthy computing."


LJ Offers Picks and Pans for Orlando Conference

Here's Library Journal's annual overview of ALA's upcoming conference in Orlando. Whether or not you agree with John Berry's take on the worthiness of individual sessions, I find this to be a very valuable pre-conference overview of programs.

Still no word on whether or not last year's LISNewzter summit will become an annual event. Maybe there's no room big enough in Orlando to keep the LISNews Jets and the Sharks at a safe distance. I'm certainly up for something and would be happy to coordinate a time, if folks want to send me their free times. rochelle at lisnews dot org



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