Monthly Archives: March 2010

Time Sinks and Technology

In my blog posting on Touch Technology, I mentioned that as much as computers are time-saving devices, they can be "time-sinks" as well.   This article from ITBusiness.ca, http://www.itbusiness.ca/it/client/en/Home/News.asp?id=57012, uses that exact term, time-sink, in reference to how office technology can … Continue reading

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Reading, Libraries and the Brain

Two sessions at OLA 2010 were on the topic of recent findings in brain research. I had become interested in this topic when I read a book review of The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge. The book shattered … Continue reading

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Technology Training in Libraries

I was particularly interested in the OLA 2010 early Friday morning session, Technology Training that Works for Staff, Not Against Them. In my many years of thinking about and working with technology in libraries, I actively sought out timely and … Continue reading

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Advocacy Revisited

On Saturday at OLA 2010 I attended a session called Advocacy Revisited: Newer Insights Based on Research and Evidence. What I learned first is that we are cursed. We are cursed by the “curse of knowledge,” in that once we … Continue reading

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Touch Technology

Thursday afternoon at OLA 2010 I attended a session called Touch Me! Multi-touch Screens and More! My interest in human-computer interface technology spans my twenty-five years studying in university and working in libraries. When I started university my data input … Continue reading

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What’s New With Dewey

The last session on Friday February 26 at OLA 2010 was all about Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC).   The first bit of news was that DDC23, the next edition, will be released in 2011. This new edition continues the process of … Continue reading

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Bibliocommons – Launching a New Service

The Thursday 10:40 am session at OLA 2010 I attended was called "Breaking Down Barriers with Bibliocommons."   Bibliocommons is a catalogue interface that exists separately from a library’s integrated library system. Offered through Knowledge Ontario, Bibliocommons incorporates social networking … Continue reading

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