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WLA 2007: The 411 on Mashups

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on Friday, October 19, 2007 in WLA Blog Archive
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The 411 on Mashupsa presentation by Julie Fricke, Reference and Web Resource Librarian, Seeley G Mudd Library, Lawrence UniversityJulie's bookmarks that include links for her presentation: http://del.icio.us/wlamasha mashup gets info from more than one sourcethe first mashups were primarily using mapsphoto and social is where the most growth is happening in the last 6 monthshttp://programmableweb.com/why are mashups a big deal?easy to useeasy to findeasy to manipulateHow do I make a mashup?add this app -- Facebook apps; iGoogleclone -- Yahoo Pipesprogram...

WLA 2007: Tracing Your Ancestors Through Genealogy Tips and Tricks

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Tracing Your Ancestors Through Genealogy Tips and Tricksa presentation by John Leonard Berg, Coordinator of Public Services, Karrmann Library, UW-Plattevillebegin with some proof that you're in the right place, headed down the right family linestarting with an obituary to find cluesWhy did people immigrate from Europe in the 1850's?religious freedommilitary service; "Sons of the Soil" were expected to serve in the militaryindustrializationtaxationeconomic stagnationpopulation growthunstable political situationsinheritance laws -- in some areas only the oldest son could inherit land, so siblings would need to marry into another family or live on as a kind of servant to the eldest; in some cases the land could not be "parceled out" to divide among the children"American letters"; people who emigrated to America wrote to those still in Europe; if someone had already made the journey it provided some motivationsolicitation -- businesses needed manpower to work on railroads, in the factories & homestead land (the...

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...

WLA 2007: David Maraniss keynote

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on Wednesday, October 17, 2007 in WLA Blog Archive
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I discovered as I was about to blog my first event of the conference that a) my laptop battery is dead, so I need to keep it plugged in to type; and b) wireless access is password-protected in the conference rooms. I couldn't do anything about the former situation, but was happily able to get the login info from conference center staff later in the day.----------------------------------------I've missed all of David Maraniss' speaking engagements in Madison since *They Marched into Sunlight* was published, so I was pleased to see that he'd be the keynote speaker at this year's WLA conference. He didn't disappoint!On libraries and his family... "My dad always said his church was the public library."On a writer's life... "50% is boring - you have to sit in a chair and write. The other half is exciting!"Maraniss recounted his visits to about a dozen formal libraries and archives, plus informal collections...

WLA 2007: Applying Survey Methodology in the Real World

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Applying Survey Methodology in the Real Worlda presentation by Thomas Walker, Associate Dean, UW-Milwaukee, SOISIntroduction to surveys:What are they?How to plan a surveyHow to collect dataSamplingQuestionnairesI. What are surveys?a formalized method of gathering info about a group of people through a samplea carefully chosen sample can be used to project results to a larger populationSurveys are not...collected from 100% of a populationcollected entirely from a self-selected groupcollected from a group just because that "sample" is easy to get data fromData gathered systematically:standardized proceduresnot data from individuals -- should be anonymousdata should form a composite profile of the wholeLibrary surveys:usually to assist in the planning processassess community needsassess community perceptions of...- what libraries are- what libraries should beSurveys and methods of collection:telephonemailin-person at the library or other locationweb site or emailwhile methods of data collection can be used to describe the type of survey, methods should not be the main reason a...