Top 10 web trends 2010

CNN’s list includes technologies that have been around for a while, but might be coming to the fore in the next 12 months:

  1. Real-time: Twitter, Facebook, instant messaging, iPod Internet posting apps, etc. – followed by smartphones, anytime, anywhere
  2. Location-based services, driven by GPS
  3. Augmented reality – Imagine visiting a location in person, receiving information from sources like Wikipedia and restaurant review sites, on your smartphone, based on GPS
  4. Content “curation” – CNN mentions using friends and experts as filters to garner “the best” customized information to counter information overload.  The article doesn’t suggest a role for libraries/librarians!
  5. Cloud computing – apps on a server instead of the desktop.  I was thinking about this while helping set up my mom’s new PC – she only writes letters & documents occasionally, so why buy MS Office if she can get by with Google Docs?
  6. Internet TV & Movies – I seldom record on my VCR any longer, since network programming is free (advertiser supported) at network websites or locations like Hulu
  7. “Convergence conundrum” – some technologies are converging – my phone takes pictures and plays music, so why carry a camera or iPod? On the other hand, some individual technologies are bucking that trend, like the single-purpose eReaders.  The article suggests that eReaders are a fad, but won’t go away in 2010.
  8. Social gaming – anyone for Scrabble (or Farmville) on Facebook?
  9. Mobile payments – big in Asia right now, but hasn’t caught on yet in the US
  10. “Fame abundance, privacy scarcity”  – I’m trying out a new app on my personal laptop that shows headlines all the time – but it seems to lean heavily toward celebrity-based “news.” Does a prediction coming from CNN make this a self-fulfilling prophecy?

Check out the full article: Peter Cashmore, 1o Web Trends to Watch in 2010,


Nominate a MHSLA Librarian of the Year

To all MHSLA Members:
It’s that time of year again to honor one of our colleagues as MHSLA’s Librarian of the Year.  The criteria for the award is as follows:
This career award recognizes a librarian (MLS or equivalent) for outstanding leadership and accomplishment in library service.
1. The librarian must be an active member of MHSLA.
2. Criteria for recognition involve contributions to the profession and to one’s community, such as:
a. Distinguished service to the profession; outstanding participation in activities of professional associations; and notable publications, presentations and projects.
b. Dedicated leadership and vision in health sciences libraries including automation technology, management, networking, education or service.
c. Active support of and participation in MHSLA.
d. Enhancement, expansion and interpretation of library service to the community and/or strengthening of the library’s role and position in the community.
e. Development of innovative programs that have benefited MHSLA members
1. Nominations are accepted from MHSLA members. Individuals may self-nominate.
2. 3. The MHSLA Executive Board will select the Librarian of the Year from the pool of candidates nominated, by an all-Board vote.
4. All nominations and supporting documentation are considered confidential.
5. The award shall be presented by the President at the Annual MHSLA Education Conference meeting.
6. Re-nominations may occur.
Please submit a narrative format about the nominee and submit it to Janet Zimmerman ( by August 1, 2008 to be considered.  
We look forward to recognizing one of our outstanding members in this annual event.  Thanks for making MHSLA such a great organization.
Janet Zimmerman, Director, Library Information Services
Beaumont Hospitals
3601 W. Thirteen Mile Rd.
Royal Oak, MI 48073-6769


Wikiality: Reality as defined by consensus, particularly in collaborative endeavors such as Wikipedia. Attributed to Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report,  31 July 2006.  (Word Spy)

Monica Hesse at the Washington Post explores the relationship between truth (fact), information and knowledge in Truth: Can You Handle It? In addition to discussing “Wikiality,” Hesse also takes us behind the scenes to talk with librarian Chad Stark, taking a turn at Maryland AskUsNow, a 24-hour research chat service.

“Librarians,” she writes,  “reliably on the front lines of truth protection. ”

The article goes on to examine the implications for information literacy, as teachers and librarians  encourage students to develop critical thinking skills. 


SWOT analysis for Web 2.0 tools

Today’s Library Journal hosts Mike Eisenberg’s article The Parallel Information Universe: What’s out there and what it means to libraries.  Eisenberg considers the strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats of three Web 2.0 technologies — virtual worlds, social networking, and personal digital devices — in relation to library resources and services.   Librarians are urged to keep abreast of developments and to try out some of these technologies, while being aware of the “opportunity costs” involved in committing library staff time and resources to developing services in these trendy new arenas.

MDMLG hosts Second Life presentation

MDMLG spring meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at the Farmington Community Library – Main Library (on 12 Mile Rd) in the Auditorium.

Evette Atkin from the Michigan Library Consortium will present a program on Second Life , a 3-D virtual world. As part of the presentation, Evette has coordinated a meeting “in world” with Carol Perryman, a Doctoral Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Carol is project coordinator of the Consumer Health Library Services on the NLM/GMR-sponsored Health Info Island within Second Life.

Meeting registration will begin at 12:30 pm. The Second Life presentation will start at 1 pm and the business meeting will follow beginning at 3 pm.

Map of Farmington Community Library:248-553-0300 32737 W 12 Mile Rd Farmington Hills, MI 48334, US

Come learn about Second Life and how it is being used for disseminating consumer health information and for education within the Universities and Colleges around the country.