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WLA 2007: The New Media Ecology

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on Thursday, October 18, 2007 in WLA Blog Archive
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The New Media Ecology: How the Growth of the Internet and Cell Phones Have Changed the Way People Deal with Each Other, Receive Information, and Create and Share Mediaa presentation by Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Internet and American Life Project, Washington D.C. http://www.pewinternet.org/Five hallmarks of the new digital ecosystem:media and gadgets are ubiquitous in everyday lifethe internet -- especially broadband --is at the center of the revolutionnew gadgets allow people to enjoy media, gather info, and carry on communication anywhere; wireless; mobile devices; the Internet is part of everyday life; no sense of being "online"ordinary citizens have a chance to be publishers, movie-makers, artists, song creators, and storytellersdifferent people use these technologies in different waysMySpace and Facebook ="dashboards for social life"19% of online young adults have created an avatar that interacts with others online9% of all adult internet users have done thisA Typology of Information and Communication Technology Users...

Tasha explains Library 2.0 for you

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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: Wiretapping the Internet

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on Friday, May 04, 2007 in WLA Blog Archive
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Wiretapping the Internet: Coming Soon to Your Library's Internet Providera presentation by Bob Bocher, Public Library Technology Consultant, Wisconsin Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community LearningTopics that Bob covered:Wisconsin privacy statutesHistorical background on wiretapsFederal DOJ activityNSA activityPATRIOT ACT and National Security LettersNet NeutralityAny Wisconsin library that's supported by public funds is covered by the Wisconsin Library Privacy Law 43.30. Exemptions to statutory protections:consent of individual library usercourt orderNational Security Letters (NSL)administration of library servicesInternet browser cache & historypatron behaviorStaff at every level need to know what to do if someone approaches them asking for patron information.Bob will soon be posting his PowerPoint slides, and I'll link to them from here when they appear....
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    Information gained through any type of wiretapping intended to catch terrorists should legally be allowed to be used ONLY to arres...