Saturday, September 09, 2006

Site Pal

I enjoyed looking at and learning about site pal. It is fun to see how the characters are created and find out their uses.


Trippermap allows you to create a map of your photos by tagging the photos with the city and country name. It is a service that takes flickr images and creates a new application programming interface.

Art outside of Imaginon

Art outside of Imaginon
Originally uploaded by Lisa Pisa.
This is a picture of public art taken outside Imaginon by Lisa Pisa.
Imaginon is collaboration between the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County and the Children's Theatre of Charlotte.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

The impact of "e-government" on Public Libraries

According to this article in Library Journal, state and federal government forms are increasingly in electronic form. Government officials are directing citizens to public libraries to use the Internet to fill out forms for disaster relief, Medicare Drug Plan D forms and welfare applications. "In the decade between 1994 and 2004, Internet connectivity in U.S. public libraries jumped from 20.9 percent to 99.6 percent, and nearly all offer public access. In 1998, only 3.4 percent of public libraries had ten or more public Internet workstations; now the national average is 10.7 workstations" according to Library Journal. Libraries are not getting additional funding for technology to compensate for this increased use. The article concludes the government should create a definitive policy on e-government and train librarians accordingly.