Life is a Mystery

19 May 2006 . Comments Off

Welcome MacBook

Apple released the MacBook this week. It is the little sib to the MacBook Pro that was introduced a few months back. Alex and I stopped in at the Rosedale Apple store and took a look. What a nice machine! It is amazing to me that all Mac laptops now sport built in iSight cameras and FrontRow remote controls. So many cool things to do with these. The MacBook is not only on sale (and my sister has already bought one!), it has also been disassembled and reviewed already.

19 May 2006 . Comments Off

RadioActive

Wow, this could work. I know that when I’m walking I like to try to reach friends or family with my cellphone. But sometimes I just hold off thinking, “it is dinnertime there” or “I don’t really have anything to say.” What if, instead, I were to drop in on an ongoing family discussion, hear the updates and advice from siblings and parents, leave my own 2 cents worth, then check out. I think I might do this, even daily! The RadioActive project at the MIT Medial Lab is setting out to create a tool like this. What a great idea!

15 May 2006 . Comments Off

Docushare at U Rochester Libraries

I just saw a really neat little demo of U Rochester’s Libraries Staff Web. It turns out they’ve implemented their whole staff web as a Xerox Docushare site. This enables not only sharing completed documents, but also sharing the editorial and creation side of documents (something you can’t really see without logging in). I was particularly struck by the image sharing this system made possible.

15 May 2006 . Comments Off

RFID Vulnerabilities

Wired ran an article this month about the vulnerabilities of RFID tags. Ed Vielmetti picked up on this in his blog and adds a few other useful resources. RFID has seemed quite cool for a while, though a bit intimidating on the big brother front. These concerns, though, raise a real question about how reliable RFID may be. The Wired article seems a bit alarmist to me, given that it focuses its libraries comments on an institution that decided not to implement RFID anyway. Are institutions that do move ahead doing so without “locking” tags and addressing these issues?

15 May 2006 . Comments Off

The New OPAC

Well, it seems to be happening. We are (finally) seeing a divorce between the Integrated Library System (ILS) and the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) we share with our patrons. The introduction of the new catalog at North Carolina State University powered by Endeca put the rest of us to shame. Our own vendor, Ex Libris has been planning a product called Primo since last year. Finally, a library vendor for whom I have a great deal of respect, TLC, has decided to broker both Endeca (they did this two years ago!) and a product called AquaBrowser.

While I’ve been talking about the end of the ILS as we know it, others have been acting! It is impressive to see how far they’ve come, and time for us to do our part to move this market along.

Eric Celeste / Saint Paul, Minnesota / 651.323.2009 / efc@clst.org