Fake News Forever!

Posted On Apr 1 2017 by

Librarians were among the first to join the call to arms and combat the onslaught of fake news that has permeated our political discussions for the last several months. Frankly, it seems hard for anyone to be on the other side of this issue. But is it? Not long after the effort to stop fake news in its tracks, a group of librarians began to consider the long-term implications of eradicating an entire body of content from history. Thus began a concerted effort to preserve all the fake news that a vigilant group of librarians could gather up. Building on …


An Internet without Lies

Posted On Apr 1 2012 by

It’s been a real struggle for me to keep up with my blog and Internet trends have not been helping me.  Every time I turn around, there seems to be another link (ironically posted on some techno-blog) declaring that the blog is dead.  Others report that  blogs have become indistinguishable from online newspapers and magazines.  No longer an actual weblog conveying opinion and flow of thought, the real blog has been replaced by 140 character tweets, tumbles, and social network postings. I was not ready to give up the fight, but now I have to wonder if it’s worth the …


Web-scale Management Services Introduces Gesture-based Library Management

Posted On Apr 1 2011 by

Put down that mouse and keyboard!  Twenty-first century, Web-based libray management services now means finding a whole new way to interact with library data and customers.  As the team at OCLC working on Web-scale Management Services has been hammering out new functional requirements, we’ve had a lot of leeway in breaking new ground.  But we’ve really been looking for a way to take the service beyond the obvious trends of electronic content management and mobile interfaces.  That’s when one of our developers hooked up his XBox Kinect sensor to our development environment and the ideas started flying faster than we …


Librarians Give Permanence to Twitter

Posted On Apr 1 2010 by

As is often the case, librarians rush in where the less organized fear to tread.  At a recent LITA Camp event, a bright librarian pointed out a method for preserving event-based Twitter posts.  Apparently this inspired a small handful of clever librarians with a cataloging bent.  What is happening to the historical record as created by millions of tweets? No need to fear, the librarians are here.  In an effort supported by the Mellon Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the American Library Association, generous funding will ensure that catalog records are created for historically, culturally, and particularly …


Overdue Stimulation

Posted On Apr 1 2009 by

In a move that is still resonating throughout the library community, the Obama Administration announced that it would be granting nation-wide amnesty to library patrons with overdue books and fines. What this means for the financial bottom line in libraries remains uncertain.  One thing’s for sure–libraries won’t hear the cha-ching of the circulation desk cash drawer for some time to come.  “Libraries already have a tough time collecting these fines,” commented an Administration official who added, “Getting Americans to spend that money in stores will certainly do more to stimulate the economy.” Neither the American Library Association nor any of …