The New York Times Opinion Pages: Stop the Great Firewall of America
This is why you should care about two bills in Congress right now, SOPA and PROTECT-IP. The third paragraph sums it up nicely. Once you’ve read this please visit the EFF and write to your reps in Congress.
American Libraries: On My Mind: An unplugged space
This is an interesting column that proposes that libraries create “Walden zones,” a communication-free area where people can disconnect from their gadgets.
Radical Reference: Alternative Guide to Dallas
The librarians of the North Texas Radical Reference Collective put together a cool map of cool places to go in Dallas during the Midwinter meeting, including vegan restaurants and other neat places to check out.
PC World: Barnes & Noble Unveils $249, 7-Inch Nook Tablet
This product is in direct competition with the Kindle Fire, and B&N is not shying away from that fact. I’m interested to see where the tablet marketplace goes once these have been out for a while, since it seems like Apple is one of the only computer manufacturers who has had success with a tablet-as-smaller-computer angle. For people who are really only interested in a tablet for media consumption, this might be the better and more affordable type of product.
Washington Post: Nook Tablet, Amazon Kindle Fire ‘mini-tablets’ will shake up market
This is exactly what I was thinking when I read the PC World article above.
Wired: Clive Thompson on Why Kids Can’t Search
It’s nice to see this discussion come up someplace outside of the library sphere.
The Great Gamification Debate
Elizabeth Lane Lawley, Rochester Institute for Technology
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Storytelling Tools on Multitouch Solutions
Erik Boekesteijn & Jaap Van de Geer, Delft Public Library
I came in a few minutes late – they were showing video of their tour around NYC.
Imagining a Future for the Library Catalog
Walter T Nelson, RAND Corporation; Marshall Breeding, Vanderbilt University Library; Andrew K Pace, OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
Social Media Strategy & Goals
David Lee King, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
Amy Affelt, Compass Lexecon; Amalia Menon, Stanford University; Regina Koury, Idaho State University
Internet 2020: Trendwatch Smackdown
Roy Tennant, OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.; James Werle, Internet2; Elizabeth Lane Lawley, Rochester Institute of Technology; Stephen Abram, Gale Cengage Learning
Ebook Research & Experiments
Pamela Jacobs, Brock University; Wendy Rodgers, Memorial University of Newfoundland;
Denise Davis, Sacramento Public Library; Amy Punaro Calhoun, Sacramento Public Library
Talk About: Ebooks, Users, & Library Workflow
Leslie Lees, ebrary; Matt Nauman, YBP Library Services; Lisa Carlucci Thomas, consultant