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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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Second Life - Stick a Fork in It

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 8/12/07 (4:59pm)

This isn't a post trashing Second Life. (For that, go here...)

Rather it's about allocating resources in the face of constantly changing technology. It's about which pony to bet on in the race for relevance. We can't bet on all the ponies so what should we look for when choosing a favorite?

(more after the jump...)

Fonts Are the New Black

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 8/11/07 (2:30pm)

I never thought I'd be reading this in the New York Times -- especially in relation to highway signs:

"Fonts are image, and image is modern America".

Usability Lessons from Real Life

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 8/11/07 (1:06pm)

We're so used to thinking of usability in terms of computing that we forget that there's a whole physical world out there where usability plays just as critical a role. Indeed, lessons from one environment can lead to understanding problems in the other.

Change User Defaults at Your Peril

The first lesson would be 'Change User Defaults at Your Peril'. We know this from search interfaces that wander from unofficial "standards" of market leaders like Google.

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