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Wikipedia is great but...(Chris Anderson from Wired)

I listened to Wired Magazine's Chris Anderson being interviewed by Terry Gross on Fresh Air (available here The New Price Piont 'Free'). I am a pretty big fan of Chris Anderson. He has done some good things to popularize technology-related trends.

A small portion of his Fresh Air Interview covered the topic of using Wikipedia and the difficulties it presented. He was super positive about how… Continue

Added by Troy Swanson on August 6, 2009 at 12:11pm — No Comments

Google Image Labeling

I don't know if anyone has noticed this, but a colleague of mine pointed out the Google Image Labeler. The is a pretty cool idea. Google has turned tagging into a game where you are partnered with someone else and the two of you have to try to match tags to images. Very addictive and smart. This is a way to add a bit more precision to tagging. This could be something useful for libraries.

Added by Troy Swanson on October 7, 2008 at 10:34am — 2 Comments

1000 times processing power in 10 years

I finally listened to this podcast, Will We Recognize the Future featuring Ray Kurzweil on Talk of the Nation's Science Friday. Kurzweil talks about how processor speeds doubling each year, which means that processors would be 1000 times as fast in a decade. His larger point was that speeds will increase at such a rate that it will be difficult to predict how things will change. We will exponential growth and that he is… Continue

Added by Troy Swanson on September 13, 2008 at 2:03am — No Comments

The Future and Past of Information...and Libraries...and Google Books

For over my entire career in libraries, I've been reading about the doom and gloom, end of the world-type stories about libraries, but I wanted to post about this particle, The Library in the New Age in the New York Review of Books. I enjoyed, and there are a number of reasons that it is very relevant to libraries and Web 2.0.

First, it takes a historical perspective in understanding the question, "What is information?"… Continue

Added by Troy Swanson on June 1, 2008 at 11:39pm — No Comments

Using the RSS Feed Parser Tutorial Video

I have put together this short tutorial about taking an RSS feed and using our Feed2JS feed parser and incorporating it into BlackBoard version 8.

Added by Troy Swanson on May 9, 2008 at 12:45pm — No Comments

New Information Literacy Web site

The Moraine Valley Library is happy to announce a new Web site that we have created in collaboration with our communications department: Information Literacy General Education Expectations and Resources.

Added by Troy Swanson on May 7, 2008 at 2:32pm — 2 Comments

Slides from Google Map, Second Life Presenation at CIL

We have made our slides from our CIL presentation available in slideshare.


Added by Troy Swanson on April 23, 2008 at 4:41pm — No Comments

Whither the blogosphere?

The demise of the blogosphere has been predicted, as Martin Weller comments in this blog post, Whither the Blogosphere?. More importantly, he notes that blogs are probably not really dying, but the online options are growing:

What I think is happening is another example of technology succession. The blog was the primary colonizer for the barren landscape of online identity. The presence of… Continue

Added by Troy Swanson on April 16, 2008 at 10:47am — 1 Comment

Second Life on the Daily Show

Added by Troy Swanson on April 15, 2008 at 10:24am — No Comments

Malcolm X Map Project

We are just finishing up our Malcolm X Map Project. This is a pretty cool way to distribute student work. If you are a second life resident, you can also visit our SL MX Exhibit.

Added by Troy Swanson on April 4, 2008 at 4:21pm — 2 Comments

Using Yahoo Pipes to Combine Library Feeds

I have been playing Yahoo Pipes recently. I have taken the feeds from our library's blogs and podcasts and created a single feed with them: All MVCC Library Feeds. I don't know how many subscribers I'll actually get with this, but it was easy, so I figured it doesn't hurt. If there were a few people who subscribed to several of our feeds, they may want to subscribe… Continue

Added by Troy Swanson on February 29, 2008 at 4:20pm — 3 Comments

Playing with Netvibes Ginger

I have been playing with the new offering from Netvibes, their Ginger service. This is essentially a public RSS feed aggregator. Very cool. Here is the page I am putting together for our library:

Added by Troy Swanson on February 25, 2008 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Information Behavior of the Reasearcher of the Future

There is a new report out called, Information Behavior of the Researcher of the Future. This has gotten some good coverage on the Chronicle Blog and in a few other spots. These key findings are right on target:

  • the information literacy of young people, has not improved with the widening access to technology: in fact, their apparent facility with computers disguises some worrying…

Added by Troy Swanson on January 16, 2008 at 5:58pm — 1 Comment

Presentation: Control and Survival in a Web 2.0 World

I am giving a presentation at the North Suburban Library System in Illinois tomorrow. I thought I'd post a link to my presentation: Control and Survival in a Web 2.0 World. Larry Sloma and I are working on this together. If I get links to Larry's slides, I will post them also. (if he lets me)

Added by Troy Swanson on January 7, 2008 at 4:30pm — No Comments

NPR: Evolution of the Blog

I found this series on NPR: The Evolution of the Blog to be sort of fun and interesting. Nothing earth shattering, but it might be nice to share with the uninitiated.

Added by Troy Swanson on January 7, 2008 at 4:28pm — No Comments

Every Blog Has Its Day: Politically-interested Internet Users' Perceptions of Blog Credibility

Every Blog Has Its Day: Politically-interested Internet Users' Perceptions of Blog Credibility

Article Abstract: This study employs an online survey to examine U.S. politically-interested Internet users' perceptions of the credibility

of blogs. The article focuses on the influence of blog reliance

compared to motivations for visiting blogs in determining blog

credibility. The study found that blogs were… Continue

Added by Troy Swanson on December 23, 2007 at 1:39am — No Comments

MVCC Feed Parser

On our blog development blog, I posted about our new feed parser. I have put together a page on our library's Web site to help faculty members use the parser. This could be a handy tool for others to utilize. It is especially useful with

Added by Troy Swanson on December 22, 2007 at 12:40am — No Comments

Our Library's New Green Blog

In an effort to pull people together, our library has just launched a new blog, Green Today, Green Tomorrow. blog is part of our library's One Book, One College program and the college's sustainability ini Thistiative. Thus, library programming, meets college policy, meets the curriculum, meets a blog.

Added by Troy Swanson on December 18, 2007 at 5:31pm — No Comments

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