Magazine article Information Today

A Roundup of Other CIL Sessions

Magazine article Information Today

A Roundup of Other CIL Sessions

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Below is a summary of several other conference sessions.

"Dead & Emerging Technologies"--D. Scott Brandt (moderator and technology training librarian at Purdue University Libraries), Darlene Fichter (data librarian for the University of Saskatchewan), Bill Spence (CTO at Information Today, Inc.), Jenny Levine (publisher of The Shifted Librarian), Andrew Pace (head of systems for NCSU Libraries), and Stephen Abram (vice president of innovation for Sirsi Corp. and president-elect of the Canadian Library Association)

"Open source fanaticism, I hope, is dead," said Pace. "Nine out of 10 restaurants fail. Open source applications should be so lucky."

Levine derided e-mail reference lag times and said that libraries should be providing wireless access and using RSS to distribute content. And we need to be paying more attention to DRM. "This issue is going right past us."

Spence said he's weary of blogs and is tired of hearing "Google" used as a verb. He indicated that RSS is "not really simple." Also, he said, we should be avoiding CRT monitors. "Don't buy ... them anymore. It's like a radiation tanning bed."

Fichter said heavy laptops, bar codes, and library cards should die. "I am so sick of carrying a wallet of cards." She also noted that while the broadband home is "a true revolution," she's still looking for "the broadband library."

Abram said he's scared of end users. "They all make different stupid mistakes." He noted that people are still falling for Nigerian money scams. And, he reminded us, "It's not the size of your search engine. It's how you use it."

"Searching for Audio and Video Resources"--Gary Price of

"The Web is much more than static text and, in many cases, static images," said Price. You can monitor breaking news as well as U.S. and foreign government proceedings, see programs before transcripts are available, learn foreign languages, and listen to and view archived materials. Price described a number of tools and services that facilitate multimedia searching. Most are free, some fee-based. Links to these resources are available at http://www

"Supporting Enterprise Knowledge Management with Weblogs"--Michael Angeles (information specialist at Lucent Technologies)

According to Angeles, Weblogs "help promote a healthy information ecology" in an organization. "Bottom-up conversations are a good thing," and the "new knowledge management" is, in fact, "bottom up." Angeles explained "k-logging": using Weblogs as knowledge management tools. Many solutions are available. …

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