Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Now that we have heard a little bit about what the internet is, and some of its history, we should talk about how Libraries can utilize the internet. Since the Internet has access to so much information, it can be a vital resource to provide to the public.

Walk in to any library, and one can find the ubiquitous computer work station. For some members of the public, computers in a public library can be he only access to the internet they have. Libraries also have online catalogues and circulation services where patrons can brows library collections, reserve, and renew materials. Some libraries even have digital material, such as audio books, that patrons can download and listen to on their MP3 players.

Burke, J.J.  (2009).  Neal-Schuman library technology companion: a basic guide 
         for library staff (3rd ed.).  New York, NY: Neal-Schuman Publishers.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Here is a Chronology showing some of the major advances in Libraries and Computing over the years. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

As books became more prevalent and libraries formed to house and collect books, people needed a way to organize and find them. In Roman times libraries needed less organization. There was a place for writings in Greek, and writings in Latin. Those that could read knew who the authors were and could find writings by knowing who wrote them: "Socrates, Plato, Ah here we go: Aristotle."

Ok, so it was not ideal, but it worked. But in modern times libraries had many more books to choose from, many more subjects and available to a wider audience. Each library did things a little differently, until Melvil Dewey came up with a system of organizing the knowledge of the library. You have to love the Dewey Decimal System.

Burke, J.J.  (2009).  Neal-Schuman library technology companion: a basic guide 
         for library staff (3rd ed.).  New York, NY: Neal-Schuman Publishers.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Next Chapter

The invention of paper, the heir of papyrus and vellum, took a few forms to contain writing. Scrolls were a widely used form, though usually only one side was utilized, and they had large sticks used to roll the scroll up. The scroll's use fell out of favor when a much easier and economical form came into being: the codex.

The Codex, or a book as it is more well know, was easier to carry around, and utilized both sides of the paper. It was a laborious process to make a book by hand, but with the invention of the Gutenberg printing press, books were able to be produced more quickly and became more widely available.

Burke, J.J.  (2009).  Neal-Schuman library technology companion: a basic guide 
         for library staff (3rd ed.).  New York, NY: Neal-Schuman Publishers.

Jacobs, A. (2011). Christianity and the future of the book. New Atlantis: A Journal
         of Technology & Society33, 19-36. Retrieved from

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Beginnings

So how should we think about the Internet?

It is a new technology. It is a lot of fun when you are at work watching cat videos. It is necessary for some people's jobs.
The Internet has shaped the way we consume media and changed the way we interact with other people and society.
Egyptian Hieroglyphs

So where did this all start?

Perhaps we should start at the beginning.
Perhaps with the birth of technology that allowed for saving information for later use: Writing.

Writing evolved from use of pictographs in prehistory. Eventually these pictographs became a system of writing. Writing had huge advantages over memorizing information since memory can fade and change overtime and often changes as knowledge is passed down form individual to individual. Writing can easily pass information onto other people over vast distances and over long periods of time. Depending of the medium used to write on, information can last thousands of years. Much of what we know form ancient cultures, like the Egyptians, we know from writing that has survived. Imagine how much we have lost from culture who did not have written records.

Burke, J.J.  (2009).  Neal-Schuman library technology companion: a basic guide 
         for library staff (3rd ed.).  New York, NY: Neal-Schuman Publishers.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Technology Initiatives in Libraries

The magazine of American Library Association recently tweeted about new ideas to incorporate technology into libraries. The roundup writes about libraries using technologies in innovative ways to reach people. 

I am unfamiliar with some of these technologies. The author definitely assumes a familiarity with various forms of social media and internet vernacular. After I read this article I am more informed. He goes into brief detail and also provides a link to an additional resource for each initiative. 
The technology initiatives include: 
  1. Host a cloud-based collection
  2. Create a basic mobile website
  3. Start a location-based photostream with Instagram
  4. Integrate LibGuides into Drupal
  5. Balance the library voice with personal in social media
  6. Use crowdsourcing to create a collection
  7. Make a quick screencast
  8. Create personas before you design your website
  9. Use Google voice to implement text reference
  10. Visualize your twitter relationships with Mentionmapp
Do you think any of these ideas are interesting? Is your library using any of them?

Kroski, E.  (2013).  10 great technology initiatives for your library.  American Libraries. Retrieved from