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Archive for July, 2007

The Future of the Book website has just released CommentPress 1.o, a free, open source theme for the WordPress blog engine designed to allow paragraph-by-paragraph commenting in the margins of a text. I’m overjoyed to see this, as I am a firm believer in blogs as easier tools to use and manage than wikis. It would be so much simpler to manage collaborative writing projects with this tool, as opposed to wikis which seem to have a huge upfront cost in terms of learning syntax and maintaining backend support.

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I’ve subscribed to Jane’s eLearning Pick of the Day for some time, and it is a great blog to find scores of learning and instructional technologies — some useful in the classroom, others not so much. Today’s post was a slidesharing tool called Slideshare, where you can upload your powerpoint presentations and other slides so  users can bookmark, embed in their blog posts or add to websites. Could be extremely useful for students or faculty collaborating on presentations.  Slideshare recently enabled the use of audio in the presentations, so now we have officially begun “slidecasting” …

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An excellent compilation of interviews by the movers and shakers in the library world.  Lots of emphasis on Library 2.0, but some good analysis of how technology is changing our perspective on the type of services we provide to our users.

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It doesn’t seem like virtual librarianship should be so hard that they have to offer classes in Second Life.  The graduate library school at University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and the Alliance Library System of Illinois are partnering to create two online courses designed to introduce newbies to the world of librarianship in Second Life.

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Its been 10 years since Dave Winer created Scripting News and Jorn Barger started his blog, Robot Wisdom, both the advance guard of a movement that didn’t take off with mainstream users until 2003.  WSJ takes us down memory lane as we celebrate blogging’s short but fruitful life

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Web 2.0 debate in WSJ

Authors Andrew Keen and David Weinberger sound off on the term “Web 2.0” in this piece from today’s online Wall Street JournalKeen has just released an anti-Web 2.0 book, The Cult of the Amateur in which he describes a new phenomenon called “digital narcissism”, or “…our self-infatuation with the subjectivity of our own messages…”.

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Its always of the utmost excitement when an “outsider” notices what librarians are doing and sings our praises! Rohit Bhargava is a PR specialist who writes the Influential Marketing Blog and posted a piece on Librarians and Library 2.0
yesterday. He writes about the “…spokespeople of this revolution are the new generation of Librarians who are blogging, contributing to wikis, using social media to locate and organize information and along the way, reinventing a profession that is likely to be one of the most important careers of the future.”

Blogging librarians everywhere, take a bow…

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