Quiet revolution: Simon Midgley says By embracing the interactive, user-generated world of web 2.0, libraries can ensure they keep pace with bold new ways of learning, the days when libaries could sit back and wait for students to arrive are long gone. They are having to take a far more active, professional approach to marketing their services.
Yes I "borrowed" the title of the post from Meredith Farkas, but I thought I'd post her post here to get a broader response. How is your library assessing social technologies in the library? The comments have some good thoughts, but what are others doing?
Ever wonder if the website is really down or if its just your computer? We've all had it happen when we need to know if maybe its really just that our computer has decided to @#$ up at the worst possible moment. Well know there's a new website to check out that will tell you...if the website is really down or if it's just you. Could prove really useful when everything else works except that one site that the patron standing in front of you needs.
Fastcase recently launched what it claims to be the largest free law library. Granted, that library is online, but that's nothing to take away from the fact that it boasts a collection of 1.8 million pages of federal cases, all in the public domain. The collection also contains all US Appeals Courts decisions dating back to 1950.
The free part involves signing up for a 24 hour subscription or paying US$95 for a one month access.
The Library 2.0 community on Ning is now one year old. You can find it at http://library20.ning.com/. There are now over 2700 members. I am amazed at its growth. I started it as a place to play with the new technology, never expecting it to take on a life of its own. It is now self sustaining with little work needed from me as its creator. As Frankenstein said," It's alive!"