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Head in the Clouds

For the past 3-4 weeks I have been firmly rooted in detail and day-to-day issues that I haven’t allowed myself to look up and daydream. I am doing that today! My oldest daughter has been talking about college a lot lately which is funny since she just finished Kindergarten. I don’t bring it up. She […]

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Friday Reads – Free Edition

What is the price of free? Really. Very few things are truly free. There is always a cost to be paid. Whether it is giving a company some personal information, or doing some extra work there is always a cost associated with free. My library will be launching OverDrive in the next few weeks and […]

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Friday Reads – Rushed Edition

Not too much to report for this week. I’ve been thinking about other things. Family has been taking up most of my time and thoughts. Over the weekend I learned my grandmother has days left… To say that I’ve been incredibly sad doesn’t quite describe my feelings. I’m headed home to see her and be […]

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Friday Reads – Challenges Editon

It’s been a challenging week. Both of my kids are sick and that means a serious lack of sleep. On top of that, my father-in-law and his wife visited us the first half of the week. That’s a good thing but there was no time to rest. But enough of the whining. The real challenge […]

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Yet another #hcod blog post

Like many librarians this week, my thoughts have been dominated by the recent Harper Collins decision to change the way they distribute their eBooks to libraries. I am unhappy about this decision. There have been many blog posts and tweets about this and as much as I’d like to add my voice to the mix […]

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Why I’m Optimistic

A few weeks ago I was asked by my boss to prepare a short presentation on change and libraries for the library’s staff development days in December. It’s been a great reason to read and really think about what I think libraries may be like in the not-too-distant-future. At first I was a bit overwhelmed by all […]

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My new toys are here!

I’ve gotten all of my new toys! I received the iPad, Nook and Sony Reader today. I must say that I’m pretty giddy! It’s kinda like Christmas in October. My plans for a “Technology Petting Zoo” are taking shape. All I need to do now is get to know the devices better and schedule a […]

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eBook Idea Update

I’ve been thinking about and discussing my eBook idea with just about anyone who would listen over the past few weeks. I believe it’s a good idea but I don’t think we will be seeing it anytime soon. There is good news though! I was able to speak with two different people at Amazon. Two weeks […]

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eBook Idea

Imagine you were looking to buy an eBook in Amazon (or B&N or Borders whatever), found the book you were looking for and had two choices at checkout. You could: a) Buy the book or b) check the book out with your library card for a week or so. Which would you choose? I recently […]

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What’s the plan?

When anyone can buy an eBook reader and load it with all of the classics for 50$? I watched the LITA Top Tech Trends panel at ALA 2010 and this question, among many others, piqued my interest. This one caught my attention because I think it is something that will really affect us in the […]

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