• About Michael Sauers

    Michael Sauers is currently the Technology Innovation Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission in Lincoln, Nebraska and has been training librarians in technology for more than 15 years. He has also been a public library trustee, a bookstore manager for a library friends group, a reference librarian, serials cataloger, technology consultant, and bookseller. He earned his MLS in 1995 from the University at Albany’s School of Information Science and Policy. Michael’s twelfth book, Google Search Secrets (w/ Christa Burns) was published October 2013 and has two more books on the way. He has also written dozens of articles for various journals and magazines. In his spare time he blogs at travelinlibrarian.info, runs Web sites for authors and historical societies, takes many, many photos, and reads more than 100 books a year.

    http://www.travelinlibrarian.info/

    Friday Video: Feminist Frequency: Women as Background Decoration

    by  • August 29, 2014 • video • 0 Comments

    In [these episodes] we explore the Women as Background Decoration trope which is the subset of largely insignificant non-playable female characters whose sexuality or victimhood is exploited as a way to infuse edgy, gritty or racy flavoring into game worlds. These sexually objectified female bodies are designed to function as environmental texture while titillating presumed straight male players. Sometimes they’re created to be glorified furniture but they are frequently programmed as minimally interactive sex objects to be used and abused.

    Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: RFID, Checkout Kiosks, Security Gates, and … a New Way to Check Out

    by  • August 27, 2014 • Libraries • 0 Comments

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    In May 2014, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library went through an RFID conversion process. In one week. While closed. But we didn’t stop there. We also installed self-check kiosks, replaced our security gates, retrofitted our automated materials handler, and gutted the circulation lobby at the same time. David explains what his library did...

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    Creative Commons Licenses and Fair Use

    by  • August 25, 2014 • Politics & Law • 0 Comments

    I’ve been watching episode 272 of This Week in Law and one of the guests is Sarah Pearson of Creative Commons. I hear this bit and I immediately rewound and listened again. Check it out:

    So basically, if your use of a CC-licensed work would fall under Fair Use, you don’t have to follow the license! At least, not according to the folks at Creative Commons. Mind blown.

    Well, I’m going to continue to follow the license in spirit every time (i.e. attribution at a minimum,) from the sounds of it I don’t have to all the time.

    On the next Tech Talk: RFID, Checkout Kiosks, Security Gates, and … a New Way to Check Out

    by  • August 22, 2014 • Tech • 0 Comments

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    Join us for next week’s NCompass Live: “Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: RFID, Checkout Kiosks, Security Gates, and … a New Way to Check Out”, on Wednesday, August 27, 10:00-11:00 am Central Time. In May 2014, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library went through an RFID conversion process. In one week. While closed. But...

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    Friday Video: Cybersecurity as Realpolitik

    by  • August 22, 2014 • Politics & Law, video • 0 Comments

    Power exists to be used. Some wish for cyber safety, which they will not get. Others wish for cyber order, which they will not get. Some have the eye to discern cyber policies that are “the least worst thing;” may they fill the vacuum of wishful thinking. Presented by Dan Geer at Black Hat USA 2014.