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Sara Thompson

Library Labs RSS4Lib - 0 views

    "The following is an alphabetical list of library web pages that list experimental, beta, or trial web tools and services."

Call for Ray Bradbury to be honoured with internet error message - 0 views

    A new status code to reflect internet censorship could be named after Ray Bradbury's most famous novel, Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury's fiction looks set to enter the structure of the internet, after a software developer has proposed a new HTTP status code inspired by Fahrenheit 451.
Sara Thompson

Game Changers: Education and Information Technologies | EDUCAUSE - 0 views

    "Game Changers: Education and Information Technologies is a collection of chapters and case studies contributed by college and university presidents, provosts, faculty, and other stakeholders. Institutions are finding new ways of achieving higher education's mission without being crippled by constraints or overpowered by greater expectations."
Sara Thompson

VALA2012 Plenary 1 Griffey - VALA - 0 views

    The video is a look at some upcoming technology and the potential impact on libraries. Very interesting, but no mention of the sustainability of these things / these directions. Long, but worth watching.
Sara Thompson

A Post-LMS World (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE - 1 views

  • According to Babson Survey Research Group, 65 percent of all reporting higher education institutions said that online learning was a critical part of their long-term strategy, and over 6.1 million students took at least one online course during the fall 2010 term—an increase of 560,000 students over the previous year.
  • A post-LMS world does not suggest that the LMS is obsolete but, rather, that the practice of evaluating learning outcomes through a traditional LMS as the sole means for knowledge acquisition is obsolete. The original design of the LMS was transactional and largely administrative in nature, hence the “M” in “LMS.” The function of the traditional LMS is to simplify how learning is scheduled, deployed, and tracked as a means to organize curricula and manage learning materials.
  • LMS 3.0 design focuses on four essential applications: learning grids; e-learning intelligence; content clouds; and open architecture.
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  • Effective LMS 3.0 learning grids create and inspire greater user independence and self-governance to facilitate effective content-creation capacities and new crowd-sourced intellectual property through the personalization of a vast array of information sources. LMS 3.0, properly designed, creates reliable content that facilitates learning through organized interaction and communications processes that include the widest-possible spectrum of points of view.
  • LMS 3.0 information architecture plays an increasingly important role as the gravitational pull for core strategies in assessment, engagement, retention, and outcomes.
  • Tracking learning events is crucial, but ultimately faculty are interested in the kind of learning that yields positive behavioral changes reflected in outcomes and a mastery level leading to a seamless transition to the workforce.
  • LMS 3.0 design expands functionality to include open, flexible digital repositories with components that add context through outcomes measurement, social curation, reporting, analytics, and extensive sharing capabilities.
  • Higher education is increasingly embracing a more open future, and next-generation LMS design needs to commit to an open ideology.
  • Moving from LMS 1.0 environments that do not offer long-standing, established community contributor models—from the perspective of both source code and open content—to a truly open environment will be a critical success benchmark for the post-LMS era.
  • Effective e-learning design, as a lowest common denominator, will embrace nimble, interoperable, modular infrastructure in ways that make learning contemporary, relevant, and engaging.
    An interesting opinion piece on the future of the LMS.  Try reading this and replacing "LMS" with "library database" ... what would that look like? 
Sara Thompson

The Touchy-Feely Future Of Technology : NPR - 0 views

  • But the benefits of having iPads in the classroom don't come free. Teachers say you have to invest time into the technology in order to get something out of it, which means much of the iPad's usefulness will depend on the applications both teachers and publishers discover as adoption grows.
  • Four Ways Technology Will Change Our Lives In The Future

    Technology experts Mike McSherry, CEO of Swype, and Bill Buxton make their predictions for where technology will go next.

  • 1. Gesture Technology
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  • 2. Personal Profile Models
  • 3. The Cloud
Mark Lindner

How to Go High-Tech on a Tight Budget | ALA TechSource - 0 views

    "For libraries, it's one of the biggest conundrums of our time. To be the library your patrons want and need you to be, you've got to be high-tech, offering fast, IT-integrated services people can't get on their own. Yet to do this, you have to spend you do not have in your budget."
    Not for the workshop but for the link suggestions.
Sara Thompson

A New Kind of Book› Tabletop Touchscreens: The Next Desktop Publishing Revolu... - 0 views

  • This one’s personal, but I wonder how unique I am. My writing method often involves a bunch of writing surfaces
  • Writing for me on a laptop display feels claustrophobic. (I’m talking about the idea-generating and the drafting phase here
Sara Thompson

ALA Library Fact Sheet 21 - Automating Libraries and Virtual Reference: A Selected Anno... - 0 views

    Lots of links to reports and articles about library software including ILS vendors. Great resources!
Sara Thompson,%20sustainable%20n... - 0 views

      "Old models of library operation may disappear, but that does not mean they can't be replaced.  Academic libraries' central book model is temporarily insulated by high prices, but change will come just the same.  The time provided by this insulation should be used to explore sources of content like local special collections with clear ownership and distribution rights.  Without restrictions like those imposed by many third party vendors, special collections can provide a proving ground for next generation interfaces and services. This home-grown expertise within libraries can then be applied on a wider basis in the future.

                    The examples and efforts discussed in this column share one thing at their core, and that is that they are services made by libraries, for libraries.  As a collective institution, libraries have great expertise in building sustainable preservation systems capable of lasting many years.  Third party vendors do not have a proven track record on building long term preservation systems for electronic resources at this point in time.  By placing our trust, funds, and collections in the hands of those third parties we turn libraries into middlemen.  For the short term gain of providing easy access to next generation library services, we risk disintermediation by those vendors and removal from the service equation entirely.  Libraries of all types and sizes can look inward and grow from our strengths.  Major publishers and content providers aren't likely to allow new services with the same scope libraries enjoyed in the past.  Fortunately, special collections and collaborative efforts are accessible to even the smallest library as perfect opportunities for gaining relevant experience and expertise.  By basing that experience and expertise on homegrown services built by and for libraries, they can ensure a sustainable future of next generation services."
Sara Thompson

Online Tutorials - Computer & Information Literacy - - 0 views

  • Each of the CIL tests has an online tutorial and a practice test so you can really test your CIL skills before taking the actual tests. Some students prefer to just come take the tests, and if they don't pass, they can see in which areas they did poorly, so they know what they need to study on the tutorials. You can also come in to one of our Tuesday or Thursday night Short Courses and have a CIL Technician review one of the tutorials with you.

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      How do they enforce these CIL tests? What motivates students to take them?
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