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October 31, 2006

Dacula Library Halloween!

Dacula Library Halloween!
Originally uploaded by Michael Casey.

October 24, 2006

Chris, Erwin and Dennis getting Grayson ready to open

Chris, Erwin and Dennis getting Grayson ready to open
Originally uploaded by Michael Casey.

Monday's IT crew out at our new Grayson library building which is scheduled to open this Saturday. Lots of last minute work to be done!

October 17, 2006

1GB Sandisk from Helene!!!

1GB Sandisk from Helene!!!
Originally uploaded by Michael Casey.

Helene Blowers of PLCMC sent me this great 1Gb Sandisk MP3 player for presenting at her Learning 2.0 seminar! And it works with my library's downloadable audio books! Thanks Helene!

October 16, 2006

BMW's Lateral Management Techniques

Business Week 10/16/2006 online exclusive The Secret of BMW's Success:

The intense employee buzz at BMW is hot management theory in action. Top consultants and academics say the kind of informal networks that flourish at BMW and the noise and borderline chaos they engender in big organizations are vital for innovation—especially in companies where knowledge sits in the brains of tens of thousands of workers and not in a computer server. Melding that brain power, they say, is essential to unleashing the best ideas.

October 12, 2006

Some Perspective on Privacy by David Pogue

Dude: if anyone’s going to eavesdrop on your cellphone calls, it’s not going to be mysterious spies hacking into the cellular network towers. It’s going to be the person next to you on the plane, train or sidewalk.

Read his full post here at the New York Times

Status of DOPA

DOPA (Deleting Online Predators Act) http://teentechweek.wikispaces.com/DOPA

DOPA passed by a vote of 410 to 15 in a July 26th vote in the House of Representatives. A version of the bill did not come before the Senate for a vote in September. The website to follow the hearing is the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. On September 19, there was a hearing through this committee on "Online Child Pornography" that appeared to be related to DOPA, but not directly referenced in testimonies. If it becomes law, schools and libraries that receive E-Rate funds to help pay for Internet access will be required to block access to "social networking sites." These sites are defined by DOPA as those that enable communication among users and that allow users to post information or create personal profiles. Among the sites that could be affected by this law are everything from Amazon.com to the federal government’s own First Gov web site.

Oct. 11th: What is the status of DOPA? The Senate and House are not in session and won't be until after the election. When they return to DC, they will be focusing on leadership elections and appropriations bills. According to the ALA Washington Office, the Senate has no plans to consider any social networking bills during the rest of this session. That means DOPA, in its current form, will die at the end of this session and not become law.

What might the future hold? It's possible that in the next session, which begins in Jan. 2007, that the issue of social networking technologies might come to the forefront again. The House very well might try to pass a similar bill at that time.

What are next steps? Librarians should continue educating their Congresspersons, local decision makers and library users about social networking technologies. Since Congress will be home for the holidays, you may want to invite your legislator to the library for an event that centers around computer use and/or social networking technologies. Other tips and ideas for educating legislators and others about this issue are in YALSA's Social Networking Toolkit, which is available below.

For a more comprehensive web site on DOPA and additional resources, visit http://wikis.ala.org/iwa/

October 07, 2006

Get Your Head Out of the Hard Deweyfied Earth

In response to this post on The Shifted Librarian a blogger over at The Notebook wrote:

I couldn't help think of that verse, “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” (Cor. c13 v11)

I’m not completely against games but let’s get a hold of ourselves shall we? Any public library that has money to spend on a ‘gaming librarian’ needs a budget cut.

Oy, I am SO confused: Matthew 18:3 "Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven." So which is it? Well, it doesn't matter.

I'm about to turn forty, and I'm not a big gamer. I've tried Second Life, which amazes me, but I find it so cool and so time consuming that the combination sorta scares me, so I avoid it most of the time. I have tried WoW (my least favorite and also a bit homophobic if you believe some stories). I am definitely old school in that the only games I really like are Flight Sims and political strategy games. In fact, lately, I have little time for any games. I downloaded the new Flight Simulator X demo but even that demands more time than I have available.

So you might think that I would agree with the post in The Notebook. Well, I don't. I do, however, like the quote he uses. But I read it differently than he does. I think Paul is telling us to give up those things that blind us, keep us from the truth, the reality. We're not talking games here but about opening our eyes to those people who need libraries. We should "get a hold of ourselves". We should be looking at our communities and reaching out and asking them what it is they want and need from us. If you've got schools surrounding your library and the teens there want to come to your library and game then you need to offer games. If that library has a senior residence nearby then perhaps you need a senior outreach librarian, too. In other words, you get your head out of the hard Deweyfied earth and do what's necessary to succeed.

So the writer thinks any library that reaches out to non-traditional groups should have its budget cut? That is exactly the sort of blind childish response that I think Paul was talking about -- not trying your Brussels sprouts simply because they're different and you've never had them before is no excuse once you've grown up. Not reaching out to large parts of your community because you dislike (and misunderstand) "games" is also not right. It may, however, be reason for your replacement with a new and more open-minded library professional.

library 2.0

Therapy Dogs at the Library

@the library
Originally uploaded by Michael Casey.


October 05, 2006

Google's Literacy Project


October 03, 2006

Talking with Talis: One Year of Library 2.0

Listen to the latest Talking with Talis.

Participants in this edition were:

  • Michael Casey, Division Director of Technology Services for the Gwinnett County Public Library in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Michael blogs at LibraryCrunch.
  • Janie Hermann, Technology Training Librarian for Princeton Public Library in New Jersey. Janie blogs at LibraryGarden.
  • Paul Miller, Technology Evangelist at Talis. Paul contributes to the panlibus blog, and hosts the Talking with Talis podcast series.
  • Richard Wallis, Technology Evangelist at Talis. Richard contributes to the panlibus blog.



October 02, 2006

Mom Says "Begone Harry"

The Georgia Board of Education hears a complaint tomorrow from Laura Mallory, a Loganville, GA, woman who says the Harry Potter book series "promotes and glorifies witchcraft". Mallory wants the books removed from school library shelves in Gwinnett County where her children attend school. The board will hear oral arguments in the case and is then scheduled to rule on the case at its December meeting. The Gwinnett county school board ruled in favor of the books in May.

October 01, 2006

Graffiti pic

Graffiti pic
Originally uploaded by hblowers.

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