2007-03-10T08:30:38.086-07:00I read about this article on Library Stuff. It is written by CNet, a mainstream tech website. It does a nice job of explaining why Search Engines are not the total solution to patron's informational needs. I love this quote.
2006-09-26T17:00:28.040-06:00Let me just say this: Super Tuesday from Microsoft just came a little Early.
2006-08-04T12:24:31.136-06:00I just read an excellent article summarizing Web 2.0 and its implications for library services ("Library 2.0") by Jack Maness at http://www.webology.ir/2006/v3n2/a25.html. I really like the implied "what's in it for me?"emphasis for libraries. I think Web 2.0 has great implications for us, both good and bad. However, the message in this article is very positive... for anyone still worried that libraries will become obsolete thanks to the Internet, this article shows how we can change or adapt existing services while embracing Web 2.0 technologies. Great job, Mr. Maness!
2007-02-21T01:00:20.653-07:00I just saw this posted on the Library Technology Guides blog at http://www.librarytechnology.org/fulldisplay.pl?SID=20060726344970703&UID=&auth=&RC=12112&Row=&code=PR&Type=Library+Automation. Ex Libris is an Israeli company... given recent events in their part of the world, I can't help but wonder whether this decision is related to the conditions there, or if it's just a coincidence.
2006-07-24T15:24:31.633-06:00Wikipedia describes Web 2.0 in the following manner:
2006-07-20T11:19:33.036-06:00Microsoft Office 2007, slated for release (hopefully) in 2007, has added a suite of the Office softwares that is between the Enterprise Edition (typically large scale business and Higher Education) and the Personal Edition for small business and home use. According to the article linked here, this "Office Ultimate 2007" priced under $700, will be available for the "SOHO" market. Depending on your needs, this package may fit the needs of small to medium Libraries. No information yet on upgrade options or costs, if any.
2006-06-22T11:08:44.370-06:00The company claims that it can scan a 1000 pages an hour. The cost is reasonable at $3499.
2006-05-25T16:33:45.673-06:00Dell and Google have joined together. Dell will be installing certain Google Desktop software on over 100 million of its new computers.
2006-05-17T21:19:14.726-06:00Further filtering may be required by law in your library in the near future.
2006-05-11T09:17:01.363-06:00The ISO (International Standards Organization) has agreed to standards on software asset management - what this means to you is that there will be specific actions/software standards you can set for your library to ensure that you are managing your software licenses properly.
2007-02-25T23:33:45.506-07:00Tim Wu of the Columbia Law School wrote this interesting article about recent movement in Washington to allow Internet providers to give special treatment to companies that pay a "toll". For example, Google could negotiate a deal with AT&T to allow their users easy access to Gmail while Yahoo users would be pushed to a second-tier.
2006-07-24T23:54:28.843-06:00Storage Networking Industry Standard has announced the development in progress of using metadata as the standard. What does this means to Libraries? Software developers, such as FX, (a journal database interface that locates articles within independant subscriptions and creates a direct link to that article), use metadata to locate the pertinent information to create those links.
2006-04-07T10:07:23.893-06:00We have updated the website in preparation for the 2006 TLA Conference in Houston. Take a look....
2006-04-06T07:29:45.100-06:00Recent developments in e-books, including new expectations from Sony, may be drawing attention to new possibilities - or at least fulfilling old expectations that were never met.
2006-04-03T13:16:17.643-06:00Check out this posting I made at the North Texas Regional Library System Blog.
2006-04-03T13:14:51.703-06:00Here is a copy of the newsletter I sent out this morning:We’re Back!!!For those that wondered about the death of Library Technology NOW, let this newsletter serve as a notice that the project is still alive. We are in the midst of reevaluating its purpose and approach so hopefully you will see some changes in the upcoming months to the website as we reinvent ourselves. We still have our blog to update you on news relevant to library technology. In addition, we have decided to reintroduce this monthly newsletter. Hopefully between the two of them, you can feel a part of the LTN community. What changes should you expect to see in Library Technology NOW?We promise not to change the peer-reviewed articles. However, we realize that LTN can grow as an online community so look for some Web 2.0 features in the next year. Some of the possibilities include:This or That – A comparison application where two technologies can face off against each other. People vote on their preferred choice. Each week LTN will designate a This or That champion. Review It – A less structured approach to the Library Technology reviews. We will open these reviews up to all LTN users and rate the products listed. Wishlist – This will be a place where people can leave wishes for library technology. Hopefully, some of these wishes will come true. Question and Answer. – If you have a question about Library Technology, this would be the place it and see if a colleague can answer it. All of these apps will be built using Ning.com: an open source provider of Web 2.0 applications. We need PHP developers to assist us with this project. If you are interested in helping us to plan and develop the Web 2.0 features, please email Adam Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org as he will be putting a committee together to work out the details. What happened to the Spring Theme?No one submitted a query to write for the Spring Theme, which was about Web Technologies, so the Editorial Board decided to cancel this issue. Adam Wright is going to write a review on Content Management Systems which will appear on the page before the end of April.LTN FundingWe are happy to announce that LTN has received a donation of $1500 from the North Texas Regional Library System. This money will be used for publicity and stipends for writers. Thanks NTRLS!Future Themes.LTN will have two additional themes for this year. In June, we will cover WiFi Technologies. In October, Convergence Storage Technologies will be reviewed. If you are interested in writing for these two themes, please go the LTN website and click on How to Write for LTN. For these two themes, writers will be paid a stipend of a $100 for their efforts. LTN Marketing at Texas Library Association ConferenceMany members of the LTN community are also members of the Texas Library Association’s Automation and Technology Round Table so this RT will doing some publicity to get people interested in writing for the Summer and Fall Themes. If you are going to TLA, look for the pink pencils at the ATRT booth in the Exhibit Hall.LTN Editorial BoardThe Editorial Board is seeking new members for the 2006-2007 year. If you are interested in serving, please contact Adam Wright, President-Elect. We will have our officer elections at the August 2006 Meeting. Usability TestingThis summer, we plan to conduct usability testing of the current LTN website. If you are interested in participating, watch for a call for volunteers later this spring.[...]
2006-04-03T06:04:58.813-06:00It has been reported and confirmed that a "malware" (malicious software) has been posted on the internet to allow hackers to utlize the most recent and yet unpatched flaw in Internet Explorer. A patch is expected Super Tuesday.
2006-04-01T00:24:47.266-07:00Every few years, it seems like we have to go something like this.
2006-03-27T18:53:57.703-07:00Internet Explorer's next major patch will cause web surfers a bumpy ride. If you have security settings on you public stations, this new change may effect patron ability to use the stations. Depending on how locked out your systems are, the new requirement (because of a lost law suit over patents with EOLA), Internet Explorer will give you a pop up box dialog each time you deal with Quicktime or Flash components.
2006-03-23T02:50:54.076-07:00This particular trojan is being called a "Trojan Hearse", because it includes a rootkit. Rootkits can be virtually undetectable on a computer. To be more specific, this Trojan Hearse only monitors your computer for user id/password information, passively viewing the data, and then sending the information to a server in Russia. The server is unsecure, and continues to receive the data even after the ISP was notified of the situation. To make matters worse, the data is not secure, and is openly viewable by anyone knowing the server IP address.
2006-03-19T21:06:59.573-07:00I can say that the Gmail has been a very positive experience for me. The question has become, how does one justify the move of a private e-mail account from one to another, and how do you deal with all the headache?
2006-03-15T16:55:03.390-07:00Depending on your primary patron needs, when Vista is released you may consider upgrading your operating system. Question is, will your existing hardware support this new behomoth?
2007-02-23T10:08:16.530-07:00Here is an interesting post from TechCrunch about Maxthon, a very popular browser in Asia.
2006-03-01T10:06:18.996-07:00I am sorry to say that I had to uninstall Gooble Desktop today. My laptop was performing very slowly. I tracked down the issue with Yahoo Messenger so I uninstalled it and reinstalled it. However, for whatever reason, it still frooze my system. I then noticed my Outlook having some connection issues. Both of these issues were brand new and I need both applicaitons to work effectively. What had changed? It then hit me. I had installed Google Desktop. Although it pained me to do so, I uninstalled the software and now everything is back to normal. I am now going to try some other desktop searching apps to see how they perform. I will record my observations as time allows.
2006-02-21T21:16:47.443-07:00A newly revealed flaw that has existed for some time now with Microsoft software, will drain laptop batteries quickly while using USB 2.0 additions. The flaw was reported to vendors, but not to the public. If you've noticed your laptops, or have complaints about the batteries not lasting as long as expected, don't replace the battery just yet.