The Rock & Roll Librarian

October 23, 2007

Google Phone Confirmed…

Filed under: Technology,Uncategorized — Tyler Rousseau @ 2:44 pm
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If I get a new phone with all sorts of apps on it, I don’t want to have to re-invent the wheel. 

No new calendar

No new photo program

No new notes

And please, no new desktop program that I have to upload to my computer and, possibly, have to constantly connect to in order to keep both phone and program in synch.  Palm OS, I’m talking to you. 

 But if Google made a phone… and it was designed to work with all of my pre-existing apps, then we’d have something!

In a way, it is a backwards approach, creating the content before creating the hardware.  Google already has all the applications in place along with millions of users.  Creating a phone that will allow users to bring their pre-existing applications with them, without having to reset or rebuild, is an extremely enticing idea.

Just imagine, all of your mail, docs, notebooks, readers, photos, maps and videos readily available at a moment’s notice.  Yeah, I know you are probably already telling me that iphone, Treo and all the other ones have the ability to link to the mobile versions of these programs but it is not the same.

I’m talking about a phone where I place in my one username and password and then all the applications are ready-to-go (think a mobile version of google desktop); ideally, they are just a simple click away from the phone’s desktop.  No jumping to various websites and no downloads of new applications.  Think plug’n’play, take’n’go w/ my phone.

The expectations for such a phone are huge, in fact, Gizmondo has already released their wishlist of apps they really want to see the phone contain. 

The only thing I would add is that the ‘gphone’ needs to have an adequate harddrive right at the start… not a 4-8GB version that will become obsolete within the first 6 months of manufacturing.

Not mention anyone in particular, I’m just saying…

July 12, 2007

Librarian 2.0- The new librarian or the responsible one?

Filed under: Internet,librarians,Libraries,Technology,technology woes — Tyler Rousseau @ 6:27 pm



Reading the Librairan 2.0 Manifesto was both an inspiring and frustrating read.  Inspiring because it iterates goals that make me love my profession.  I love outreach, I love working online and I love sharing new web 2.0 finds with peers and patrons. But frustating too because I was left wondering how we got to a point in our profession where some of the goals needed to be written.  Take the following examples: 

  • I will not fear Google or related services, but rather will take advantage of these services to benefit users while also providing excellent library services that users need.  
  • I will let go of previous practices if there is a better way to do things now, even if these practices once seemed so great.
  • I will recognize that the universe of information culture is changing fast and that libraries need to respond positively to these changes to provide resources and services that users need and want. 

These are new goals for our profession!?  We actually had to put in goals that state we need to be open to efficiency, convenience and we need to provide resources our patrons need and want?  As public servants in information resources, it would almost seem as if these goals were a mandatory.  And yet, I can also see why we needed to specify these goals; there are quite a few among our profession that need to be reminded.

But how did we get to this stage?  Why do we have professional librarians who refuse to keep up with the professional and technological requirements?  How did we reach a point where the patrons’ needs were less important than the traditional way of doing things? All along, the job of a reference librarian has been to find the information patrons need.  We are in the business of connecting people to the information they require… so why care about the format that information is found in? 

Although traditionalists’ argue the Internet is 90% junk, it was originally built as a means to convey information and expedite the communication process between people.  Even among the copious amounts of junk found on the web, legitimate information has rooted itself firmly in cyberspace as well.  For some reason or another some in our profession dismissed this technology as non-important, despite the visibly growing applications and use among our patrons.  And because of this lackadaisical and rejective approach we are left with professionals so far behind the curve that waiting for retirement is as an easier path than training.

And so I grow frustrated when I read the goals and responsibilities of the 2.0 Librarian, it should’ve been part of our profession all along. 


July 6, 2007

Wii will allow you to make your own games

Filed under: Gaming,Technology,Wii — Tyler Rousseau @ 6:14 pm

On June 27, the powers that be from Nintendo announced a product that will let the small-time players have a chance at the next big video game.

 WiiWare is game-generator program that will allow people to download content through the Shop Channel and make their own video game.  There will be various pricing options available to the consumer.

 Any game that is created will posted online in the Wii Shop, the benefit being that small time game developers will not have to worry about the price of hardware for the creation of their games.

I’m not sure how affordable the software and content will be for the average person, but it is certainly an appealing buy for those groups of people who have big ideas and little funds.

Personally, this is one of those things that makes me love the Wii model.  They built an affordable machine with so much versatility to the games and software and simply allow creative mind to figure out how to use it.  Woo for Wii!

June 7, 2007

Social Networks and the “Older” Generation

Filed under: Internet,Social Networks,Technology — Tyler Rousseau @ 2:16 pm

There is a stigma that basically insinuates that people who sign up for Facebook and are past their college careers are kind of “creepy.”

Michelle Slatalla, mother and writer for the New York Times, has written an article about joining Facebook and the resistance she received from her daughter.  It shows the teenage mind vying against their parents generation, who are still young enough to want to be hip…

Yet are continually reminded by their children that they are waaaay past that stage…

But does it mean that the “older” generations have no place on social networks?

May 22, 2007

MySpace to give up list of sex offenders…

Filed under: Digital Ethics,Ethics,Internet,policies,Technology,technology woes — Tyler Rousseau @ 3:21 pm

Man, this is a tough one.  My many sides are really battling each other.

The librarian side of me screams about the rights of privacy and shuns them for giving in.

My business side wonders if it was necessary in order to keep the website alive… one too many lawyers to hire and enough bad publicity. 

My researcher side of me tells me that underage children are lying about their identities on the site as well.

My educator side agrees and says we need to teach or children about digital ethics and how not to invite trouble into your life.

My logical side agrees and knows that this wont stop unregistered pedifiles from getting to our children.

Which leads to my rational side of me wondering if there are better ways of creating profiles that help avoid these problems on Myspace.

And through all this, the parent in me says damned straight!  It is amazing how strong that voice became when my wife gave birth to our child.

All in all, I really don’t know how to think of this.  Yeah, in a way I feel that they are convicts and deserve what they get now; but they are still citizens and therefore have all the rights of any other citizens despite their past actions… and some people do reform and have the right to a normal life.

 I simply don’t know… anyone else?

May 19, 2007

Strange Search Terms Meme…

Filed under: blogs,humor,librarians,Technology — Tyler Rousseau @ 2:04 pm

Most bloggers have a natural curiousity as to how people come across their blog.  Fortunately, most services provide a section that tells them what search terms were used by individual users. 

As for the start of a “Strange Search Terms” meme, I will go with the following top 5 list.  I’m going to make just a trickier on myself and not make all five search terms that are strictly pornographic… I swear, you blog one story about a oopsy on a news station and the entire adult community comes raining in…

 5.  Naughty Guy-  Which one, specifically, I couldn’t tell you.

4.  Baby Accident- I’m hoping this is more a failed potty training experience than a hand-caught-in-the-door kind.  I get at least two hits a week from this search string and I haven’t a clue why.

3. Zombie Appreciation Day- I know Halloween kind of wraps this one up… but it still seems a good idea to me!

2. How to Make a Gun- Why this term gets me hits, I don’t know.  The conspiracy theorist part of my brain is super paranoid about it though as I fear there will be a day that men is black suits comes to my house “just to talk.”

1.Vampire Porn-  There really isn’t thing to add here… yikes.

AAAAAnd here are the five people I tag to share their terms.

A Chair, A Fireplace and a Teacozy

Library Garden

Dearhearts-  I am a little scared to see what terms are used for your site ;)

Redhead Fangirl

Sum Librarian

May 1, 2007

Bloglines Going Bye Bye?

Filed under: Social Networks,Technology,technology woes — Tyler Rousseau @ 2:35 pm

As a blogger, I am always curious to see who is looking at my blog but as a techie, I also want to know what resources they are using to find me.  Hey, it’s not just old fashion narcissism, folks!

As I was looking at the Feeds source for subscribers, I’ve noticed that Bloglines has slowly been disappearing off the feed chart.  Personally, I left Bloglines for Google Feedfetcher… have others joined in this exodus?

March 31, 2007

I’ve Been Tagged…

Filed under: blogs,librarians,Libraries,Reviews,Technology — Tyler Rousseau @ 4:01 pm

And it feels weird!  Maybe that’s because there is also a lascivious bodywash with the same name and so I kinda feel like I should’ve  gotten dinner or something first… sigh.  But, at any rate, I thank Tea Cozy for thinking of me as a legitimate library resource… happiness.

As for my top 5 non-library blogs, they are:

Lifehacker- They search the web and find all the useful stuff which helps me better organize my life.  Everything from tech tips to time management.   Not to mention, a fantastic modo.  “Don’t live to geek; geek to live.” Perhaps I should explain that I almost got my Bachelors degree in Organismal Biology and so it makes sense that I have a certain love for reading about cryptids.  I like this site because they tend to cover both legitimate and sensationalized stories from around the world and adamantly believe in all of them.  As for me, I’ll believe in giant octopus and perhaps thylacines but you will not find me dedicating my life to discovering chupacabras anytime soon.

 National Geographic News- Hey now, where else can you get a magazine that covers everything you learned in school and shows you that it is still important?  As far as I am concerned, National Geographic News might be the one site that everyone should read on a daily basis.  They also post a weekly podcast on this site as well; so not only are they smart but incredibly hip as well!

Sci Fi Tech- Sci Fi Channel scours the web in search of gadgets of both the useful and bizarre.  I check this site about once and always something something to enviously drool over and another that almost requires aspirin because it is mind boggling.  An absolute must read for any tech junkie.

 The Onion- I know, not everything with an RSS feed is a blog, but I’m counting this one anyway!  Perhaps it is because I can guarantee a laugh everyday.  There are a lot of spoof sites out there but, honestly, aren’t they all  just pale imitations of this one?

As for my shout-outs, you guys have chosen most of them!  I am going to make sure to tag Alternative Teen Services, because even though they have been a little slow with their posts as of late (but I am not one to talk), they always put up good ones!

March 27, 2007

DIY- Gaming through your Digital Projector

Filed under: Gaming,Libraries,Technology — Tyler Rousseau @ 3:03 pm

Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero or any game is cool enough at the library but if you really want to wow them, put the game on the big screen through your digital projector.  It is a lot easier than you think.


 With the RCA plugs that connect your gaming console to the TV (shown on left), only plug the red and white cables into the TV’s AUX inputs (usually in the back of the TV).  When the TV is on the right channel, usually Input 1 or AUX, the sound of the console will play but there will be no video.  Don’t panic… you haven’t hooked up the yellow cable yet.

Take the yellow cable and run it into the video input of your digital projector (you might have to change the input settings on the projector itself).  Believe it or not, you are good to go!

  Depending on how much chord you need, you might have to purchase an RCA extension cord.  Fortunately, these are fairly cheap and can be found at your local Target or Radio Shack.  It should look something like this:


Personally, I am hoping for a surround sound system in our library so that the teens will be able to get the full 5.1 sound experience the new games have to offer!

February 27, 2007

Is Accessing Open Wi-Fi Illegal?

In Palmer, Alaska, Brian Tanner was arrested for using the public library’s wi-fi in their parking when the library was closed. Local police had tired of chasing Tanner from various locations where he was accessing open ended wi-fi and arrested him. They confiscated his laptop to see what files Tanner had downloaded as well.

Is this really a legal issue or the responsibility of the people who hold the access points? All wi-fi hardware/software allow their owners to create password protected access so that only selected users may take advantage of it. If an owner fails to opt for this protection, does it mean they can still say “no, you can’t use it” and be legally binding?

We really haven’t set up ethical rules for the digital age yet. We still argue over ideas like privacy for users in public settings, rights applied to digital information, what can/cannot be written over emails and whether we should have some sort of program in place to restrict content to certain users on public computers.

Our computers are designed to find hotspots now and even default to open wi-fi networks when available. My Nintendo Wii has actually picked up two other open networks near my house along with my own wireless system. If an upgrade was placed into the program to access the fastest network or default to another open network when my wireless went down, would it make me criminally liable?

It seems this is more of an ethical question over a legal one. I certainly wouldn’t argue that Tanner seems to have a lack in ethics and common sense but it also seems that there were protective measures the library could take to prevent his access as well.

In the physical world we have many different legal words for the various types of theft as it is not simply a black and white issue. Are we going to find ourselves at a point where we need to do the same for the digital world as well?

On a semi-tangent; is his being chased from point to point really enough evidence to confiscate the laptop?

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