March 23rd, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Rocky Mountain News logoColorado’s first newspaper died four years ago, when its owner E.W. Scripps ceased publication, but the Rocky Mountain News will live forever in the Denver Public Library.

Library officials have been working on a deal with Scripps since the News printed its final edition Feb. 27, 2009, seeking total access to all of the photos and all of the text and multimedia projects that were produced by the nearly 150-year-old newspaper.

Last week, the contract was finally approved by Scripps and the Denver City Council, effectively making the library the News’ publisher.

via The Rocky Mountain News lives on at the Denver Public Library – The Denver Post.

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July 16th, 2007 by Michael Sauers

Well, I was supposed to close the sale of my house in Colorado today. I signed all the paperwork on Thursday morning and overnighted it back to Denver. On Saturday morning by agent called me with bad news. It turns out that the buyer (for the second time) failed to get his loan. What happened this time? Seems that he got a $5k bonus last year and his employer reported the “income” on a 1099 instead of a W-2 and therefore the underwriter decided that the $5k no longer counted as “income” that would allow him to get his loan. So, once again, but he and I are screwed out of the sale. (Kudos to my agent. She keeps having to do more work to sell a house for which the price keeps going down earning her less money.)

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April 30th, 2007 by Michael Sauers

BTW: My Colorado cellphone number will be deactivated sometime tomorrow. If you need, but don’t yet have my new Lincoln, NE phone number be sure to drop me an e-mail.

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March 20th, 2007 by Michael Sauers

After several attempts, one of my photos of Twin Lakes, CO was finally deemed worth of acceptance into the Wallpaper Web site InterfaceLIFT. Check it out. There are 13 different resolutions available ranging from 2560×1600 to one small enough for your iPod.

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November 10th, 2006 by Michael Sauers

Jo Haight Sarline, Denver Public Library

Carson Block, Fort Collins Public Library

John Sulshaw, University of Colorado-Boulder

Jimmy Thomas & Susan Staples, Weld Library District

Jeff Donlan, Salida Regional Library

Sharon Morris, Colorado State Library

  • Susan
    • 1st year w/ library system
    • previously in manufacturing and healthcare
    • invest in the virtual
      • how much can be put online?
      • online collaboration
      • online training
      • online surveys
    • translation services
      • 170+ lanugages
      • dial a number and get an interperter online
      • <$100/mo
    • Concact center concept
      • easy, catchy phone number
      • metrics
    • Hot
      • Copier/Espresso maker
      • USB cooler shirt
      • ID rings
      • DVD vending
      • bestseller vending ouside the library
  • John
    • mobile computing
    • new content & content management models
    • supporting users in an advanced age of technology
      • authentication
      • portals
      • blogs & wikis
      • increased collaboration
    • social networking
      • blogs
      • wikis
      • podcasts
    • MySpace
      • 84 million users
      • 2 million new users a month
      • 48mil unique visits
      • 51% of 13-17 year olds online
      • 79% are 18+
      • 25mil are over 30
    • YouTube
      • Google paid $1.65 Billion
      • 100 mil videos watched a day
      • 65k uploaded a day
    • What’s going to become of the ILS?
      • Disintergaration (Marshal Breeding)
    • Institutional repositories
    • Libraries need to support all this stuff
      • security issues
      • open source model moving to libraries
      • programming skills
  • Jimmy
    • (Aquabrowser)
    • OCLC Perceptions Report
    • Searches done at his member libraries (top queries in OPACs)
      • Google, Yahoo
      • My Account, Library Hours
    • Library Journal Hotline
      • The next library building
      • “place”
  • Jeff
    • Maximize use of the OPAC
    • Clean up our database
    • Having functional PCs for the patrons
      • Firefox
      • GIMP
      • Open Office
      • Picassa
      • Let patrons plug in their hardware
    • E-media market needs to be “better sorted out”
    • Skype
  • Carson
    • Building a staff that represent different parts of my brain but can also built on that
    • Deliver information to people without barriers
    • Be more involved in the culture
    • Second Life Library 2.0
    • Balancing abilities and constraints of what staff can do to meet the needs of users
    • Technology is not always the solution
  • Sharon
    • Dutch Aquabrowser guys are “hot”
    • Library Elf
    • Plinket
    • The Engaged Patron
    • LibraryThing
    • Free online e-books and e-audiobooks
    • Second Life Library 2.0
    • Searching for information is changing
    • Retrevr
      • Search fickr by shape & color
    • Aquabrowser
    • del.icio.us
    • wikis
    • blogs
    • podcasting
    • YouTube
    • set aside time every week to look at something new
    • libraries have a “role to inspire”
  • Jo
    • Be the enabler for your cusomers
    • be there, be in those spaces
    • you feel comfortable, they’ll feel comfortable
    • downloadable media
    • convergence of everything
    • everyone is a creator
    • create a space where your patrons can be a creator
    • tagging content
    • no geographical boundaries
    • look outside the library world for ideas and solutions
    • be where your customers are complainaing about you
      • thisisbroken.com
    • viral marketing
      • YouTube
    • gaming

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November 10th, 2006 by Michael Sauers

Steve Lawson, Colorado College & Emilee Satterwhite, Mesa County Public Library

  • http://keepingcurrent.pbwiki.com/
  • Blogs
    • Website that displays postings in reverse chroological order…
    • How are blogs useful for librarians
      • professional development
      • keep current
      • get ideas for the library
      • generate discussion
      • How do you find the time to read them all?
        • use and aggregator such as Bloglines
    • How are blogs useful for libraries
      • Blogging Libraries Wiki
      • communicate between libraries and users
      • internal communication
      • readers’ advisory
      • don’t let the possible problems keep you from doing it
    • How do Emilie and Steve use blogs?
      • Blogger
        • mcpldteens.blogspot.com
        • librarianslove.blogspot.com
        • bookleggerlibrarian.blogspot.com
      • Moveable Type
        • library.coloradocollege.edu/bookends
        • /colospgslibs
        • /program
        • /steve
        • /news
  • Wikis
    • What is a wiki?
      • Web page any one can edit
      • new pages and links created automatically
      • HTML knowledge not necessary
      • collaborative
      • revision history
    • Wikipedia
      • the site librarians love to hate
      • or is it hate to love
      • an encyclopedia can edit
    • Wikis for keeping current
      • Library Success
      • LISWiki
      • IRead Wiki
      • Library Instruction Wiki
      • futurelib
      • Blogging Libraries Wiki
    • A wiki at your Library
      • Michael Sauers on “blogorwiki”
      • Intranets
      • Conference planning
      • Subject guides
      • Colloborative space
      • Committee space
      • Community Wikis
    • Setting up your Wiki
      • Choose software
        • wiki farms
        • wiki software
        • WikiMatrix
      • give it some structure
      • set people loose
  • Feeds
    • What is the point
      • keep up with blogs, news, weather, etc.
      • need a feed reader
    • RSS or Atom
      • different flavors of the same thing
    • Consume Feeds
      • Online readers
        • bloglines
        • google reader
      • stand-along readers
        • NetNewsWire Lite
        • Sharp Reader
    • Find Feeds
      • Look for the icon
      • Other
        • Library Elf
        • Package Tracking
        • Photos
        • wiki changes
        • legislation
        • weather
    • Convey Feeds
      • Publish info via feeds
      • Examples on presentation wiki
    • Create Feeds
      • Run blog through FeedBurner
      • Generate out fo your courseware
      • Out of your ILS
  • Podcasting
    • What is podcasting
      • audio blogging via feeds
    • why should we be podcasting
      • outreach
      • patrons may already be confortable with listening to them
    • how are libraries currently podcasting
      • book reviews
      • poetry
      • storytime
      • adult news & reviews
      • video podcasts
      • events
    • how to find or listen
      • iTunes
      • Juice
      • podcast search engines
    • what equipment/software is needed
      • recording software
      • microphone
      • odeo studio (online hosting)
    • basic procedure
      • igure out what you’re going to say
      • say/record
      • publish

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November 10th, 2006 by Michael Sauers

Sue Byerley and Rita Hug, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs

  • http://scholar.google.com/
  • No one in the audience few they were confortable with GS
  • Academics constantly trying to focus on the paid, high-qulaity databases
  • GS started late 2004
  • Focuses on scholarly material on the Web
  • Not clear on how comprehensive GS is
    • no source list
    • studies have been done
    • GS strong in sciences and medicine
    • weaker in social sciences
    • constantly improving
    • lags behind prop databases on currency
  • still contains significant number of links to non-scholarly material
    • UCCS doing this
  • “The breadth and Depth of Google Scholar” [June 2006 article]
  • “Cited by” feature
  • Libs can integrate their full-text resources via link resolvers
  • Demo of diff between Google and GS using “hurricane katrina”
    • Google: 6.5mil results
    • GS: 3750 results
  • Results screen
    • all articles
    • recent articles
    • cited by
    • links to local full text if available
    • related articles
    • abstract link variations
    • Web search on related information for particular article
    • BL Direct (British Library)
  • Perils
    • No source list
    • Not as current
    • Poor treatment of “popular” newspapers
    • Not as strong in the humanities
    • Some results are hard to decipher / hard to tell what they are
    • Strange results
      • search on “google scholar”
      • 1st result is from 1992
      • first good result is about 10 screens down
      • Most of the results are links back to GS in other databases
    • Can’t do much with the results
      • no sorting options
      • no subject headings
      • no native “send results”
  • When to use GS vs. prop databases
    • it depends
    • what databases do you have
    • how much full text you have to back up GS
    • Good for interdisciplinary topics
    • Has elements of a federated search engine
  • Check out “Scholar Preferences”
    • Integrate with a third-party citation management program

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November 10th, 2006 by Michael Sauers

John Naisbitt

  • Used to live in Teluride so feels at home in Colorado
  • Honorary docotorate from the University of Denver
  • Anti-PowerPoint format [applause]
    • “Power corrupts. PowerPoint corrupts absolutely”
  • Wife Dorris was his German language publisher
    • Better than most author/publisher relationships
    • Reason for living in Vienna for the past seven years
  • New book published last month
    • Mind Set!
  • Metaphor from The Little Prince
    • Shillouette of a boa constrictor swallowing an elephant
    • adults think it’s a hat
    • redrawn to show the elephant
    • What is really going on?
  • See the future as a picture puzzle
    • find one piece and see if there are other complementary pieces
    • put the pieces together to see a new picture
  • A visual culture is taking over the world
    • slow death of the newpaper culture
    • advertising: back to picture narrative
      • Erricson had better technology
      • Nokia had better design
    • upscale design of common goods
    • architecure as visual icon
    • decline of the novel
  • Don’t fall into the sequence trap
    • sequence is not how the future or history works
    • sequence is the enemy of connections
  • Have a computer and a poet in every classroom
    • at least metaphorically on the poet side
  • Focus on the score of the game
    • read the newspaper back to front
    • sports in the back
    • best and most reliable reporting in the sports section
    • 100% accuracy
    • as you move to the front, confidence in the accuracy goes down
  • newspapers are the first draft of history
    • constantly used as primary source materials
    • read them as if they’re 100 years old
    • not intersted in opinion
    • interested in events & facts
    • USA Today has the “box scores” of what’s going on in the country
  • Media: distortion through magnification
    • the world has rarely been more peaceful than today
    • compared to since 1945
    • wouldn’t know it by watching television
    • # of armed conflicts has fallen 40% since the fall of communisim
    • wars are fewer but we see much more of them
  • Don’t get so far ahead of the parade that people don’t know you’re in it
    • This past election day…
    • leader so far out ahead that he was no longer with the group
    • looking at the future: what’s just out in front, not so far out
    • AT&T introduced the picturephone in 1939
  • You don’t get results by solving problems but by seeking opportunities
    • Opportunity seekers vs. problem solvers
    • India’s IT sector as a result of Y2K
    • Hillary Clinton is a great problem solver
      • Healthcare
    • Schwarzenegger is a great opportunity seeker
      • Became governor on the recall of Gray Davis
    • Problem solver: fix the post office
    • Opportunity seeker: Start FedEx (Fred Smith)
    • Europe needs an opportunity seeker
      • Two hearts, 25 mind sets
  • It’s not a borderless world
    • Physical borders are geeting stronger
    • Economics is becoming borderless
    • People are concerend about preserving their cultural identity
  • The periphery is the center
    • China is dencentralizing
    • China has 166 cities with 100 million or more
    • Privinces are building international airports
    • Might overtake the US economically “next Tuesday”
      • Not going to happen that soon
      • Big gap between US & China GDP
  • Understanding how powerful it is not to have to be right!
    • people who have to be right are run by needing to be right
    • political parties have institutalize this
    • shuts out learning and intellectual growth to have to always be right
    • Einstein was far from sure about what he was doing

Q&A period

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November 9th, 2006 by Michael Sauers

Friday and Saturday I’ll be attending the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) 2006 conference here in Denver, CO. I’ll be of course posting to my blog about it as much as I can. Additionally:

  • I will be presenting my Tech Terms session on Saturday @ 2pm. At this point I don’t know what room I’ll be presenting in. (Heather Clark of BCR and Steve Lawson of Colorado College will be performing a special introduction to my presentation. This is something you’re not going to want to miss.)
  • My latest book Blogging and RSS: A Librarian’s Guide will be available for purchase at the BCR booth at a conference discounted price of only $24.00. (Cash and checks only.)
  • At 3pm on Saturday during the ice cream social I will be signing my book at the BCR booth.
  • At CAL’s request I’ve set up a conference wiki on which will be posted conference updates and session reviews during the conference. Be sure to check it out if you’re not attending the conference.
  • Yesterday I worked with the folks running the conference to standardize on the tag “cal2006” when it comes to posting flickr photos and blogging. So, if you’re looking for photos or other just search on that tag.

I’m looking forward to catching up with everyone at the conference so be sure to find me and say hi.

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September 22nd, 2006 by Michael Sauers
  • October 4-8: Idaho Library Association, Moscow, ID
    • Tech Terms
    • Firefox Search Plugins
  • October 21-26: Internet Librarian 2006, Monterey, CA
    • 22: Integrating RSS Into Your Web Site (Pre-Conference)
    • 23: The Second Life Library 2.0: Going Where the Users Are
    • 24: Flickr & Libraries
    • 25: Book Signing (Information Today, Inc. booth)
  • November 9-12: Colorado Association of Libraries, Denver, CO
    • 11: Tech Terms
  • November 13-15: University of Nevada, Las Vegas Law Library, Las Vegas, NV
    • 14: Web Page Creation Basics (XHTML)
    • 15: Introduction to CSS
  • November 26-December 1: Nevada State Library Gates Workshops
    • 27: Computer Security (Salt Lake City)
    • 27: Setting up a WiFi Netowrk (Salt Lake City)
    • 28: Technical Support in Your Library (Salt Lake City)
    • 30: Computer Security (Moab)
    • 30: Setting up a WiFi Netowrk (Moab)
    • 01: Technical Support in Your Library (Moab)
  • December 5-8: Iowa City Public Library
    • 6: Blogs (BCR Workshop)
    • 6: RSS (BCR Workshop)
    • 7: Podcasting 101 (BCR Workshop)
    • 7: Wikis (BCR Workshop)
    • 8: The Social Web (Staff in-service day)

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