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Introducing GuidePosts

It is with a certain amount of reservation that I initiate Guide-Posts, a new blog that I will maintain as part of the Library Technology Guides website. GuidePosts will attempt to provide additional background and perspective regarding the companies and products in the field of library automation. One key premise of Library Technology Guides involves its role as an objective source of information. As I write on this blog, I will be careful to make it clear when Iím offering an opinion.

Yet, itís also clear to me that the next step in the development of Library Technology Guides involves adding more opportunities for dialogue with its readers. A blog is just that. I hope that readers will take the time to contribute their ideas as comments on the blog. The addition of the blog is just one of the new features of the Web site that will be implemented over the next few weeks.

This venue will also allow me to point out important events in the library automation industry as they happen. I write for print publications that provide me the opportunity to write more detailed expositions on these events, but with a significant lead time before publication. GuidePosts will be very short essays that provide my perspective on events in the field of library automation as they are announced.

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I will continue to author the Systems Librarian column in Computers in Libraries magazine and contribute to Smart Libraries Newsletter published by ALA TechSource. Both of those publications allow me to re-publish me writing on this Web site 90 days after print publication.

Whatís in a name? Iíve never been great at coming up with clever names. When I created this Web site back in December 1999, I chose the name Library Technology Guides as my best attempt to convey the focus on helping readers navigate through a broad set of topics related to technologies used in libraries. To explain the obvious, Guide-Posts plays off that name. Again, not especially clever, but the obvious choice.

Also, be careful not to confuse this blog with the Industry News section of Library Technology Guides. That section consists of press announcements issued by the companies involved in the library automation business. I create an abstract for each of these announcementsóusually just the initial paragraph of the announcement with the some of the alliteration toned down. This portion of Library Technology Guides presents developments in the field from the vendor perspective.

In rolling out this blog, Iíve also taken the opportunity to develop the underlying software. Iíve attempted to bring in the features standard in other blog environments such as the ability for readers to post comments, to organize postings by thread, to automatically archive and categorize posts and their corresponding comments, as well as syndication through RSS.

I look forward to an ongoing conversation with the readers of Library Technology Guides through this new blog component of the site. You will need to register to enter comments on GuidePosts entries. While comments will will not be posted automatically, I will attempt to review and publish them quickly.

Jul 23, 2007 11:49:01
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Excellent! I, for one, look forward to reading those *opinions* alongside the objective information you already provide...

Paul Miller Jul 24, 2007 12:18:21

I am in the process of becoming a librarian. My current assignment is to find library technology resources on the web that I think will be useful when I am actually a librarian. This is going to be a great resource to find out about automation choices without having to wade through the hype.

We also have to blog for our current class so I can understand your feelings on the subject. Good Luck!

Tressy Hart Jul 26, 2007 19:10:00

I've been attempting to keep tabs on library automation companies and trends for a while. Specifically my job entails looking at automation options for school libraries in my region; I've also started my own tracking database for keeping up with various items. I'm glad to know I'm not alone!

Gary Ciszewski Aug 15, 2007 13:19:47

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