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Research and Fun at ALA

During the American Library Association (ALA) 2007 Midwinter meeting in Seattle, I was looking for ideas for the 2007 Infopeople Technology Petting Zoo and had a great opportunity to try my fancy foot work out on Dance Dance Revolution dance pads with Jenny Levine. Jenny is an Internet Development Specialist and Strategy Guide for ALA; she also has her own blog titled, The Shifted Librarian.

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The Power of user-generated content online

No matter how you feel about YouTube, you will find lots to ponder regarding the impact of user-generated content by reading a recent article in the Sacramento Bee titled "Media Savvy: Liberal viewer is watching." The article describes the endeavors of "Allen Asch, 41, a stay-at-home dad and a former public defender in Placer County and Missouri" posting as LiberalViewer.

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England's Love Libraries Campaign

In March of 2006, David Lammy, England's Minister for Culture, announced the launch of Love Libraries, a campaign to explore a new vision of a 21st century reading service.
Elements of the campaign include:
...exploring a new vision of 21st century reading services that transformed three libraries in twelve weeks into models of a future library service with reading at its heart
All 3 makeover libraries are experimenting with new ways of engaging with the public that meet modern lifestyles and expectations.

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