Casey rocks and everyone knows it!tech trends

by Meredith Farkas on 12/4/2006 with 0 comment

I just wanted to take a moment out while slogging through my book galley (more on that at a later date) to congratulate my friend Casey Bisson on being awarded the Mellon Award for Technology Collaboration for his development of the WPopac, a groundbreaking catalog with WordPress as the front end. Casey deserves a ton …

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MaintainITfree the information!, tech trends

by Meredith Farkas on 11/7/2006 with 2 comments

While at Internet Librarian, I learned about the Maintain IT Project. This three-year Bill and Melinda Gates funded initiative is designed to identify best practices for maintaining public access computers. Right now, they are collecting stories from library folks about working with public access computers and keeping them running. From these stories of success and …

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Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries October Conference – Wrapupsocial software, tech trends

by Meredith Farkas on 10/27/2006 with 0 comment

October Conference Wrap-up – Roy Tennant Roy discusses the salient points from each talk. Wikis: Creating Collaboration in Libraries Wikis are a low-threshold way to collaborate. Doesn’t need to be open to everyone to change. Search capability. Requires trust among a community (though it is easy to rollback changes). Many potential uses. Don’t even have …

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Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries October Conference – RSS PanelRSS and Syndication, social software, tech trends

by Meredith Farkas on 10/27/2006 with 2 comments

Using RSS to Promote Scholarly Publications – Ken Varnum, Tufts University RSS stands for real simple syndication. It’s an xml-based data format for syndicating content. Way to send a title, URL and abstract to aggregators, websites, etc. How do you let the world know that your feed is updated? By pinging aggregators or by including …

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Internet Librarian Day 1: Using Ethnographic Methods to Know Your Userslibrarianship, our digital future

by Meredith Farkas on 10/23/2006 with 2 comments

Judi Briden, Katie Clark and Isabel Kaplan from the University of Rochester. They did a two year project to determine what undergraduates really do when they write research papers. They had a multi-disciplinary team including an anthropologist who taught the team about ethnographic methods. The findings from this would inform their Website design, instructional design, …

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Internet Librarian Day 1: Innovative Uses of Web 2.0 Technologieslibrarianship, our digital future, social bookmarking

by Meredith Farkas on 10/23/2006 with 0 comment

Jason Clark (Montana State University) and Karen Coombs (University of Houston) Incorporating Web 2.0 into Library Websites by Karen Coombs Web 2.0 concepts – Radical decentralization – usually you have a Web manager who puts the content online. The University of Houston’s library has 1500 pages, so responsibilities for Web development needs to be decentralized. …

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