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Tasha explains Library 2.0 for you

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on Thursday, October 18, 2007 in WLA Blog Archive
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Menasha Public Library Director Tasha Saecker's Wednesday afternoon presentation, Library 2.0: The Movement Explained, was one of those lively, inspiring conference events that make you walk out thinking to yourself, "I'm sure glad I caught that one!"She was incredibly engaging and very persuasive in her promotion of this new, customer-oriented approach to library services. The term is a spinoff of Web 2.0, the subject of another breakout session at this conference and, as Tasha explains it, "simply means making your library space - both physical and virtual - more interactive, collaborative, and driven by community needs."Library 2.0 represents a dramatic departure from the way some of us have traditionally done library service, which explains why we may be reluctant to embrace it, she said. But ultimately, it offers perhaps the best opportunity for librarians to attract more users and make our libraries the community hubs they are meant to be.Simply defined,...

WAPL 2007: Have You Heard About...

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on Friday, May 04, 2007 in WLA Blog Archive
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"recent finds in new technology trends and services, in libraries andbeyond... easy, free ideas" from:Beth Carpenter, Web Services Manager, Outagamie Waupaca Library SystemNichole Fromm, Library Technology Project Support Specialist, South Central Library SystemTasha Saecker, Director, Menasha Public LibraryJoy Schwarz, Web Coordinator/ILL Librarian, Winnefox Library SystemFinally, a presentation with its own business card! Beth, Nichole, Tasha & Joy created a coolly compact and comprehensive -- yet nerdy -- handout, by placing a stack of business cards with their del.icio.us URL in the back of the room.The most important thing was immediately establishing that most of the people in the room knew how to go "Oo oo!" like Horschack (as in "Welcome Back, Kotter"). There were also many longer, drawn-out "ooooo"s & occasional "aaahh"s, indicating that the sophisticated, perceptive audience was both highly impressed and deeply moved.Your mileage may vary, but it's definitely worthwhile to check out the del.icio.us site and play with...

WAAL 2007: DataFerrett!

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on Thursday, April 19, 2007 in WLA Blog Archive
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Virtual Processing of Govt Data FilesMike WatkinsMike, the govdocs guy at UW-Oshkosh, gave us a whirlwind tour ofDataFerrett (http://dataferrett.census.gov/) , a very cool tool fordealing with some government statistical datasets. This would be verypowerful for students and faculty working in a variety of fields,including political science, public policy, health care, economics,statistics...Below are my "scribbled" notes from Mike's PPT. They in no way reflectthe depth of Mike's knowledge about DataFerrett...FERRETT: Federated Electronic Research, Review, Extraction andTabulation Tool extracts and tabulates data from "small" data sets first release was a collaboration between BLS and Census Bureau; nowCensus and CDC applet and/or application which must be downloaded -- can be a problemon restricted computers datasets: microdata aggregate data time series data longitudinal data microdata: small samples taken from surveys scientific sampling techniques decennial census 1% and 5% samples small sample means large geographic areas: smallest is the MSAPublic Use Microdata Raw Data Presents students...