My ALA MARS presentation went extremely well, not only for the fact that I was on enough to crack people up, but for the mountain of positive feedback I received regarding a specific aspect of my talk. Tons of people expressed their surprise at my "brutal" honesty about the fact that most of what we've... Continue Reading →
I finally got around to uploading my slides from Computers in Libraries... ... only to realize that they match my blog.
Yet another instance of web calling's growing range - now Sony PSP users can place free calls using Skype.
Much of my last year's program experimentation time was devoted to a series of Skype reference pilots created in collaboration with my Technology Team colleagues at Ohio University - an interesting process to say the least. In one of these programs we set up a reference kiosk that maintained a perpetual Skype videocall with a... Continue Reading →
My CNI breakout session yesterday went very well - it was a packed room, and the audience was gracious and seemingly very interested in OU's Skype reference experimentation. Roughly a third of attendees self-identified as IT-oriented, two-thirds were in library administration, with two or three "in the trenches" reference librarians also in attendance. The session... Continue Reading →
I posted on a Skype pilot at the University of Canterbury Libraries in New Zealand a while back - it looks like they're now using Skype instead of traditional AV equipment as an aspect of usability testing for a website redesign... great idea, and one that can save a lot of money and trouble in... Continue Reading →
equals a ton of potential exposure for the already-dominant web calling client, which has gotten a bit of bad press lately when Ebay admitted it massively overpaid during Skype's acquisition in 2005. I'm interested to see if a partnership between Skype and MySpace (which will allow MySpace users to call each other via Skype while... Continue Reading →
Post-midterm in one of my instructional technology classes this morning we had a Skype conference call with distance students at the University of Education in Winneba, Ghana. My instructor, Sandra Turner, was awarded a Fullbright to guest lecture and conduct research at this university during 2003-04 and has helped establish a distance program that allows... Continue Reading →