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Open forum on technology in libraries.

Hello fair readers!

Over there in the wide world of Facebook, a pretty grand discussion about the influence of technology in libraries has been going.  It was suggested that we move it over to a more user-friendly format that doesn’t restritct you in terms of how long you can rant!

Yes, I mean you Facebook.

Whats with the comment cutoffs guys?

What's with the comment cutoffs guys?

So here is a little background info and then you are more than welcome to go at it in the comments.

I placed a link to this article:

Not-So-Splendid Isolation

An opinion piece written for Library Journal in 2007 about the melding of library services with technology.  It sparked a wonderful conversation/debate on the role of libraries.  I referred to it as “A disturbing article by the guy who wrote a particularly nasty letter to the ed. about my article. He is obviously not a fan of technology…or even delivery of materials at home for seniors…which is a bizarre thing to be against. I think he needs to head back to library school and refresh himself on the ALA Code of Ethics.”

But there are really good arguments on both sides.  Most put a little more eloquently than mine. 😉 One commenter has noted:

i think technophiles and free-market drones are causing restructuring where educators and librarians would do better. and i think too in a wider sense, the issue is ‘should markets be the core of society, market aesthetics or logic?'”

And then it spread into videogames and literacy and beyond.  One commenter noting:

“Regarding the Wii issue, I just don’t think it’s the job of a librarian to decide that kids shouldn’t be allowed to play video games. I’m not a politician, or a clergyman, or any other role involved in imposing rules on society.”

So do you have anything you would like to add to this debate?  Do you think that technology in the library is about more than just the spread of information?  I welcome this debate onto La de da and as I’m sure we all know, keep it friendly folks.

Taken from Olivanders flickr

Taken from Olivander's flickr


A Sordid Love Affair.

Hello fair readers,

It’s confession time again…

I am completely, head over heels in love with my new Xbox 360.

And I can think of at least three very good reasons for this…

1. Amazing games that are within my gaming interest.

I also have a Wii.  And Wii is fun.  Yet, I am a gamer girl at heart.  I like to sit down and relax and play me some geeeeeky games.

And the Wii just doesn’t do this.  You really aren’t just chilling, sitting there, and vegging out.  I suppose everyone has their vices…television, porn, candy….mine is a good japanaese video game with battle screens.


2. My controller is pink!

That’s right…you should be jealous.

3. Video capabilities.

Again, I’m going to compare this to the Wii because it’s the only other 3rd gen console I have right now.  So the Wii, for some damn reason, does not play DVDs!  But the Xbox 360 not only plays DVDs, you can watch Netflix instantly on it!

That is like taking two of my very favorite things and smashing them together so that I will never leave my home again.

Not even for food.

So yeah, I should probably stop geeking out at you about how much I love my new Xbox 360. (thank you thank you thank you)

Have a lovely, snowy weekend fair readers! And happy gaming!