Library Lab/The Podcast 011: A Technological Graveyard?

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Listen: 23:07 (Also in ogg) “Your average citizen is not technologically savvy,” says Marilyn Johnson, the author of This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All Even as technology takes over more and more of our lives many of us are living in a technology cemetery, filled with old gadgets we… Read more »

Library Lab/The Podcast 009: What Libraries Want

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Listen: 20:46 (Also in ogg) The way we search for information on the web has antecedents in the way search works in traditional libraries and research journals. There’s metadata, and there’s also a sense of allowing the content that is most cited to float to the top. So why the library of the future still… Read more »

Library Lab/The Podcast 008: The Molecule of Data

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Listen: 20:46 (Also in ogg) How can libraries use the power of metadata — those little molecules of information that help describe the greater work — to help users get more out of their search for resources? Karen Coyle — herself a librarian — has spent decades helping to build an understanding of the incredible… Read more »

Library Lab/The Podcast 007: The Velocity of Books

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Listen: 22:28 (Also in ogg) With the web, people are reading more than ever before you could say. But what are we reading? Likely it’s all short form: blog posts, tweets, status updates. They’re words, but it’s not exactly literature. But innovators attempting to bridge the gap between literacy and the social web have found… Read more »

Library Lab/The Podcast 006: From Brick and Mortar to 1s and 0s

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Listen: 19:16 (Also in ogg) Some might assume that libraries and museums have outlived their purpose. When every book and archive can be recreated and reinterpreted digitally to create an incredible user experience, how is the physical and human infrastructure of the institution still necessary? It’s a challenging question, but libraries and museums aren’t finding… Read more »

Library Lab/The Podcast 005: Stock in Paper

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Listen: 25:54 Also in ogg If you’ve worked in technology at all you probably recognize the name “O’Reilly” — it has become practically synonymous with “tech help.” For anyone who has tried to code a line of html, or figure out what the heck that icon on the iPhone screen is, O’Reilly Media has produced… Read more »

Library Lab/The Podcast 004: We Read in Public

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Listen: 32:18 Also in ogg Guarding patron privacy is kind of the default in the library business. When it comes to knowing who checked out what and when libraries usually prefer to flush the cache — except when it comes to collecting fines! But in an age of public Amazon purchase lists, automatic tweets, and… Read more »

Library Lab/The Podcast 003: The Digital Citation

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Listen: 27:09 Also in ogg It starts with an idea: You’re a scholar and you use the web to search for sources. How can you collect your sources and their metadata without having to copy, paste, reformat? Or spend your starving researcher’s budget on some proprietary software? That’s only the beginning for Zotero, a free,… Read more »

Library Lab/The Podcast 002: Free Knowledge

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Listen: 23:59 Also in ogg Scholarly journals were once enormously expensive. Because they were pricey to produce — it took a lot of money to coordinate the peer review, and to edit, print, bind, and distribute all those volumes — access was pricey as well. But digital publishing and collaboration has reduced many of the… Read more »

Library Lab/The Podcast 001: Concrete Digital

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Listen: 23:59 Also in ogg There’s a lot of talk about what the future of publishing looks like. Designers and innovators draw up these artistic visualizations of tablets, touchscreens, and interactive multimedia literature mashups to illustrate the possibilities. But one designer is thinking a lot more about what is lost in the transition from the… Read more »