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OneWebDay (Video Taping at UIC)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 9/12/07 (3:40pm)

[From my UIC Announcement:]

OneWebDay OneWebDay is a global online event celebrating the importance of the Web (website: http://www.onewebday.org).

As explained by the event organizers:

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9/11 Home Video: Lower Manhattan Two Weeks After the Attack

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 9/11/07 (5:08am)

I've witnessed two major events of "historical" proportions, one very good and one very bad. The very good one was the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The very bad one was 9/11 in New York.

At the time of 9/11, I was living in Manhattan. Here are a number of video clips I took around two weeks after the attack.

We see the flyers for missing persons, a NYFD Fire Station set up almost like a shrine; we see the World Trade Center in smoldering ruins with debris everywhere; finally we see energetic attempts to get things back in working order.

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Chicago Documentation Center

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 9/7/07 (2:18am)
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Here's a preview of something I've been working on. It's called the "Chicago Documentation Center" and it's going to be the home for various exhibits and digitization projects that I'll be doing.

The full name is "Chicago Documentation Center: Documenting the Life and Times of Chicago and the American Midwest".

The scope is pretty wide -- basically anything of historical or cultural value in the city of Chicago, the state of Illinois or the U.S. as a whole.

Current Cites for August 2007

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 9/1/07 (2:05am)

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Current Cites for August 2007 is out! For some reason, the WebJunction people are having problems sending it out as email to all the subscribers. It's available online however and you can find the issue here...

Censorship 2.0

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 8/30/07 (5:39pm)

ALA just sent out an email about "Banned Books Week" which this year will be running 9/29-10/6.

This got me thinking of access to the Internet and other bandwidth issues, and how the absence of access/bandwidth might relate to more "traditional" forms of censorship.

With books, you can simply do away with them or alter them to fit your world view. That's censorship old-style.

In a networked world, it's all about access and bandwidth. This opens up a whole new set of vulnerabilities.

UIC - Back to School

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 8/27/07 (3:42pm)
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Opening day at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Officially it's Fall 2007. Happy First Day of School!

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Web Accessibility - Now the Law in Illinois

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 8/24/07 (11:25am)

From the MSF&W website:

"The Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA) became law on August 20, 2007, requiring Illinois agencies and universities to ensure that their web sites, systems, and other information technologies are accessible to people with disabilities."

Basically the law builds on familiar precedents such as Section 508 and WCAG.

OneWebDay (9/22) - Any Plans?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 8/22/07 (2:44pm)

OneWebDay OneWebDay is coming up in a month (Sat. 9/22) and it seems like something that might interest librarians:

Library Webpage Design and the Notion of Conversion Rates

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 8/19/07 (1:45pm)

We're all familiar with usability. Basically it's a way of assessing the success rate of any one task. Successfully finding a book or journal article starting from the home page would be a typical task to measure.

I'm wondering if it might also be helpful to think of task completion in the way marketers do, namely as "conversion rates".

MARKETING 101 FOR LIBRARIES

When librarians use the work "marketing", usually they mean 'getting the word out'. Marketers go one step farther: marketing for them means actually selling a product.

Somebody Please Tell Berwyn ...

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 8/16/07 (4:42pm)
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"Berwyn: At the center of life in Chicago" -- that's what the billboard says. The truth is, they're not at the "center" of life in Chicago. You'd have to dig the whole place up and move it 10 miles to the east -- and even then people might have doubts. More on this desperate campaign here...

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