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Gates PCs - Saving the game software

Libraries that received Gates Public Access Computers 5 years ago are probably aware that they do not have the CDs for all the software on those computers. As the computers are upgrades and/or replaced, libraries may be wondering how they can upgrade and still keep the children's educational programs that have been so popular.

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Googlezon video

Way back in the Think Tank we were shown a video titled “Googlezon” (EPIC 2014) which partly blew my socks off and partly gave me déjà vu. We know Google is putting together a massive grid of innovative and creative services, and will get even more powerful as they partner with institutions like the Library of Congress or spearhead online content-enrichment services like Google Base. Anyhow, I enjoyed watching the video once again and thought others out there would too:

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Barriers to resource sharing services

On November 14th and 15th, I had the opportunity to participate in a forum to discuss the future of resource sharing. Twenty-five people representing all sizes, types, and geographic locations of libraries were present. One of the goals was to consider the challenges we encounter in providing resource sharing services and think beyond current services to what we think resource sharing might be in future decades. The whole experience got me to thinking more about barriers.

One activity had us listing both problems and solutions for resource sharing. All the while, we wanted to stay user focused. So many of the problems we listed, though, seemed to lead back to policies, libraries, and staff issues. I found myself wondering, ‘what if WE are the problem?’ Our rules, policies, practices, need for control, barriers, multiple systems, confusing procedures, and all the checks in place for those just-in-case/exception situations are making it difficult to provide convenient library service to our users.

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Library 2.0

Read this: http://www.publish.com/article2/0,1895,1881893,00.asp.

Excerpt: “So at the Internet Librarian conference last week, over 100 library professionals speculated about how to survive in a world of Web-based, user-created content. They’ve dubbed their initiative Library 2.0. ”

Also in the article, Jessamyn West is quoted, “Many libraries I work with are in towns where they can’t get high-speed access,” she explained. “How can [libraries] be obsolete when people out here aren’t even fully using them yet?”

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    Technology as a verb

    Read this post from A Wandering Eyre. Jane talks of her Freshman Comp class learning to use the library. Asked to come up with synonyms for “technology,” they surprised her:

    “These students, about 8 years younger than myself, think of what they do with technology as opposed to the object of technology. Their attitudes are completely different than what I expected.”

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    Basic Book Repair

    I finally got the time to read through the Fall issue of PNLA Quarterly. If you haven’t read it yet, do so soon! You can find it online at http://www.pnla.org/quarterly/index.htm.

    On page 18 (and continuing on pages 34-36) is an article on Basic Book Repair by Leslie Twitchell. The article gives some step-by-step instructions, with pictures, and a list of resources for those new to mending.

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      DaVinci Institute: Future of Libraries

      The DaVinci Institute has released a report titled “The Future of Libraries: Beginning the Great Transformation.” Written by Thomas Frey, Executive Director of the DaVinci Institute, the report notes 10 trends affecting the future of libraries and lists 4 recommendations for libraries.

      From the report: “The role of a library within a community is changing. The way people interact with the library and the services it offers is also changing. For this reason we have put together a series of recommendations that will allow libraries to arrive at their own best solutions.”

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        Future of libraries

        In today's link of the day (Library Link of the Day) we find Tom Frey from the DaVinci Institute's view of the future.

        In it, there are trends to heed and advice for libraries. The advice is to

        1. Evaluate the library experience
        2. Embrace new information technologies
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        il05 - I.M.

        Instant messaging - an interesting presentation during the “CyberTours” (mini-sessions). Here is a highlight: “For some, not being available via IM is like not having a telephone number.” Some teens think of email as “communicating with ‘old folks’.” Approximately 25% of I.M. is from older people at the Thomas Ford Public Library.

        If libraries are interested in communicating with younger people that are plugged in, I.M. is an option, as is text messaging.

        I’m seeing that the patterns of usage vary so much between generations. And if not generations, then those that are “hot” on internet usage. The opening speaker mentioned that studies show that those people who have broadband have far different patterns (and intensity of use) than those who have dial-up.

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        il05 - IM

        Instant messaging - an interesting presentation during the “CyberTours” (mini-sessions). Here is a highlight: “For some, not being available via IM is like not having a telephone number.” Some teens think of email as “communicating with ‘old folks’.” Approximately 25% of I.M. is from older people at the Thomas Ford Public Library.

        If libraries are interested in communicating with younger people that are plugged in, I.M. is an option, as is text messaging.

        I’m seeing that the patterns of usage vary so much between generations. And if not generations, then those that are “hot” on internet usage. The opening speaker mentioned that studies show that those people who have broadband have far different patterns (and intensity of use) than those who have dial-up.