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Current Cites for January 2007

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 2/1/07 (2:43pm)

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Current Cites for January 2007 is out. I've got three citations again -- and I might've done more, had I been able to get my hands on Electronic Library in time. In any case, you can find the issue here...

End-User Manifesto

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 1/30/07 (5:53pm)

gapingvoid posts an interesting list called the "End-User Manifesto". It's billed as "things that need to be in the mind of anyone building software, particularly for the Web." Here are the first four items:

1. Don't waste my time.

2. Help me do the right thing.

3. Respect my decisions.

4. Design well, and guide me to make the right decisions by that design.

Form of the Week: Registration at Odeo.com

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 1/30/07 (1:02pm)

Props to Odeo.com for making our lives a little bit easier:

Mayor Daley at UIC

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 1/29/07 (9:10pm)

Mayor Daley at UIC

Chicago's Mayor Daley came to speak at UIC today. While some of his talk seemed to ramble on and was, to be honest, less than inspiring, it was clear that Education is a big deal for him. He literally said it came after God and Family.

A funny moment came (at least for me) when he was talking about how even prison immates needed vocational training and then as an aside, said something along the lines of:

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Metrics of Success for Library 2.0?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 1/29/07 (3:57am)

When I read posts like this, I really have to ask myself what is the measure of success for incorporating new technology: the fact that it's been incorporated at all (nice) or that it's actually being used (even better).

"[S]ocial software, Weblogs, linklogs, folksonomies, wikis, podcasts, RSS feeds, and Web services" are definitely advances in the Web as we know it. I routinely use many if not all of these myself. But their simple inclusion (whether real or imaginary) into a library's website doesn't by itself constitute a "success".

It's important when trying to incorporate the tools of Web 2.0 that we don't forget the lessons of Web 1.0: you don't shove technology down the throats of your users simply because you've become enamored by it. Rather it's your users who define what your priorities are and whatever they want, you'd better be in a position to deliver on -- big time! That's the measure of success that counts.

Everything else is bupkis.

UPDATE: Apparently this has been on the minds of a couple of people. Have a look at Sarah Clark' "Dark Side of Library 2.0"

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Washington Post Issues Correction on Fairfax County Library Story

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 1/28/07 (8:48pm)

The original story that appeared in the Washington Post about Fairfax County's weeding of classics from its collection raised a nationwide "firestorm of outrage".

New ALA Wiki: Read Write Connect

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/27/07 (11:07pm)

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Bill Drew (SUNY Morrisville) posted a link on Web4Lib to the American Library Association's new Wiki, 'Read Write Connect'.

TECH cocktail 3 (Chicago)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 1/26/07 (9:59am)

TECH cocktail 3 (Chicago)

I had a great time at TECH cocktail 3 last night. It was held at Amira in the NBC Building and the place was so packed at times that you could hardly squeeze in.

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Chicago Mapped Out in Flickr Tags

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 1/21/07 (1:30am)

This is neat: Chicago mapped out in Flickr tags courtesy of the ZoneTag Project (Yahoo! Research).

Zoom in and move around and you'll see different tags show up. Click on the link, 'View on World Explorer', for a larger map and a photo browser. (h/t O'Reilly Radar)

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Link of the Day: Only Human

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/20/07 (4:50am)

Website 'Only Human' is the True Confessions of social networking sites. It bills itself as a "community where people share stories about mistakes they've made in life and their advice to others."

A glance at some of the most recent 'mistakes' includes, "focusing on my studies and not getting a job", "getting in trouble with the cops" and "bringing along/almost finishing 2/3 a bottle of rum". Based on these experiences, authors can include one-line 'words of advice' that are then prominently displayed with special highlighting. Readers in their turn can leave comments and rate posts by clicking on a box marked "I learned from this".

Fun idea. Up there with Twitter. (h/t Mashable)

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