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Technology and Libraries

I have been thinking about the use that many libraries are making of new technologies with some degree of envy. Libraries are taking advantage of Web 2.0 technology, adding MySpace pages, publishing podcasts, creating RSS feeds and library blogs. Charlotte and Mecklenburg County have even instituted a Technology Scholars Program to allow staff to pursue technology projects to advance library goals and interests (thanks to Sarah Houghton-Jan, LibrarianInBlack, for the heads-up on this news)--a program I am extremely jealous of.

With the exception of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County's vast array of tech projects, it seems that many libraries put their technology emphasis on catalog updates and web pages which are visible to the public, but neglect to make changes which might increase staff productivity. This is especially important for larger, urban library systems, in my opinion, because there is a danger of bureaucratic deadness and inertia for these institutions.

When staff members…

New Google Features

For anyone who is interested in looking at topics in map or timeline form, try a couple of new features at Google by typing in'view:map' or 'view:timeline' at the end of your search terms:)

Examples:

http://www.google.com/views?hl=en&q=atom+bomb+view%3Amap

http://www.google.com/views?hl=en&q=atom+bomb+view:timeline&sa=N&ct=timeline