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AL Direct Trinket Watch for 6/13/2007

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 6/15/07 (12:14pm)

Another week of AL Direct refreshingly free of trinket and bauble recommendations. Not even a gratuitous mention of the iPhone! What's the problem? Too much real news and no room for fluff this week? Or are they behaving themselves because ALA is just a week away? Time will tell...

AL Direct Trinket Watch for 6/6/2007

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 6/7/07 (11:20am)

This week's edition of AL Direct was surprisingly free of trinket and bauble recommendations. Is this a sign of the Editors getting serious or did no one have time to scan Engadget and Gizmodo this week?

American Libraries Direct: Getting Carried Away?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 5/30/07 (5:21pm)

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It's nice getting the American Libraries Direct newsletter but I have to wonder if they're not getting a bit too carried away with things.

This week under the heading "Tech Talk" (of all things), they've got a post on a laptop from Dell, a cell-phone for "Boomers" and a link to a review of "point-and-shoot cameras". The question is, do we need a discussion of consumer products coming from a publication of the American Library Association to its members? Would this be any more appropriate in American Libraries (i.e. the monthly print issue) -- and if not there, why here?

Editorial restraint should be observed whether online or in print. Publication of something like this shouldn't be the moment that you lose it all -- just because the thing's going out via email.