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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

Posted on August 6, 2009 at 12:11pm

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.

Posted 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

Posted on September 13, 2008 at 2:03am

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

Posted on June 1, 2008 at 11:39pm

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.

Posted on May 9, 2008 at 12:45pm

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.

Posted 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.


Posted on April 23, 2008 at 4:41pm

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

Posted on April 16, 2008 at 10:47am — 1 Comment

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At 1:23am on May 26, 2009, Mike McQueen said…
Hi Troy,
I'm a teacher librarian & recently started a community based blog for getting boys to read - Please send me a friend request if you'd like to network, share ideas, and learn more about getting boys to read.

Mike McQueen

LET'S NETWORK HERE TOO (request me as a friend):
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At 4:31pm on November 14, 2007, Israel Yanez said…
Hey, I really like the look of your wiki (pbwiki)... I see they have business and educator plans... I wonder if they have one for students.

I like how you use it for your research ideas. Probably a great way to build and maintain an e-portofolio.

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