ALA TechSource Blog

By Karen G. Schneider | This is the first part in a series of postings about libraries and Katrina. After this post, I'm going to look close up at libraries that were affected by Katrina—either directly, such as the libraries in Mississippi and Louisiana damaged or closed by the storms and flooding, or indirectly, such as the libraries that increased or changed services in response to the sudden "Katrina Diaspora" that swept our country.

Read more | 10/17/2005 - 10:04

By Jenny Levine | So the much-anticipated announcement was even bigger than expected. A video iPod—but just as important is the announcement of new content for the iPod (it's amazing how Apple continues to build exclusive content to drive its hardware business). iTunes 6 will incorporate music videos, video podcasts. and even television episodes (2,000 videos on day one!), so you know movies aren't far behind.

Read more | 10/12/2005 - 15:02

By Teresa Koltzenburg | "This film will increase the public's awareness of the complex and democratic nature of librarianship in the age of technology, and be a step toward librarians redefining themselves as not only more than a stereotype, but also as a cultural imperative."—

Read more | 10/11/2005 - 14:53

By Jenny Levine | My name is Jenny Levine, and I run The Shifted Librarian blog. I'm a little late to the party, but I'm thrilled to be a contributor to this blog along with such esteemed colleagues!

Read more | 10/10/2005 - 10:41

By Tom Peters | There are so many organizations involved—ten at the time of the initial press release—in the Open Content Alliance that it's difficult to tell how each organization will be involved. At the very least, Yahoo probably will be a major financial backer and a major (if not the primary) distributor of the content. One way to understand the OCA is as Yahoo's response to the Google Library Project.

Read more | 10/07/2005 - 17:26

By Tom Peters | Today's announcement of yet another massive digitization project for printed books, the Open Content Alliance involving Yahoo!, the Internet Archive, the University of California, the University of Toronto, U.K.

Read more | 10/03/2005 - 11:50

By Teresa Koltzenburg | I found my way to San Jose, and I just finished up the opening session here at LITA. Roy Tennant's session, "Googlezon Episode IV: Return of the Librarians," was certainly memorable. Of course, the content of his session was engaging (he began with a cool little PowerPoint presentation that jocularly—or maybe not—predicts the merger of Google and Amazon in the not-so-distant future). But not too long after Mr.

Read more | 09/30/2005 - 17:36

By Michael Stephens | I mentioned in my introductory post last week that I would be writing about Web 2.0. A good starting point, then, would be some definition. The cool thing is, many librarians are already actively using the tools of Web 2.0!

Read more | 09/29/2005 - 09:17

By Teresa Koltzenburg |

Read more | 09/29/2005 - 01:34

By Karen G. Schneider | I see we've had a couple of technical problems getting the blog started. This greatly concerns me, because out there in LibraryLand, everything works right the first time, particularly with computers, which are, after all, labor-saving devices.

Read more | 09/24/2005 - 17:58