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  1. Thinking outside the books: A Travel log
    • Description: This travel log outlines some of my experiences at a conference in Harrisburg (Pennsylvania) entitled Think outside the books: Creating the customer-driven library hosted by PALINET in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Office of Commonwealth Libraries, October 23-24, 2006. In a sentence, the conference was a joy to attend and it was interesting see how the concept of a "next generation" library catalog is being manifested.
    • Date: 2006-11-27
    • Source: This travel log was never published elsewhere
    • Subject(s): next-generation library catalogs; PALINET; travel log; librarianship;
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  2. Top Tech Trends for ALA 2006; "Sum" pontifications
  3. On being a systems librarian
  4. Open Source Software in Libraries: Opportunities and Expenses
    • Description: Open source software (OSS) is not a panacea; it will not cure all problems computer. On the other hand, it does provide the library profession with enumerable opportunities as long as we are willing to pay a few expenses. This essay elaborates on these ideas by: 1) outlining what open source software is, 2) describing how its principles are similar to the principles of librarianship, and 3) enumerating a number of open source software applications. By the end it is hoped you will be have a better understanding of what open source can and cannot do for libraries. You will be better able to discuss topics related to open source software with "techies". Finally, and probably most importantly, you will have learned the definition of "free" in the context of open source.
    • Date: 2008-12-01
    • Source: This presentation was never formally published, but is was written for the MLNC Speaker Series in St. Louis Missouri
    • Subject(s): MLNC Speakers Series; presentations; open source software; librarianship;
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  5. From Amtrak to Artemia Salina
    • Description: I experienced an interesting information phenomenon this weekend. I would like to share it with you today. It points out the need of integrating computer technology into library services of the future, not simply replacing old technology.
    • Date: 1997-09-10
    • Source: This is a pre-edited edited copy for Eric Lease Morgan, "From Amtrak to Artemia Salina" Computers In Libraries. 17(10):22-23, November/December 1997.
    • Subject(s): librarianship;
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  6. Day in the life of Mr. D.
  7. All things open
    • Description: Things open abound. Open source software. Open access publishing. The open archives initiative. OpenURL. Some of these things are fundamental to the inner workings of the Internet. Others are a natural consequence of it. Some groups of people believe in things open with an almost religious fervor. At the other end of the spectrum are some people who see the same things as a drain on intellectual property. The key to progress lies in a middle ground. This presentation describes all things open in greater detail, elaborates on how they affect librarianship, and finally demonstrates some of their applicability in librarianship.
    • Date: 2006-03-28
    • Source: This file was never officially published, but the beginning is heavily based on another essay called Open Source Software in Thirty Minutes.
    • Subject(s): OpenURL; OAI (Open Archives Initiative); presentations; open access publishing; open source software; librarianship;
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  8. Today's digital information landscape
    • Description: The main point of this lecture is to bring home a single idea, namely, the what of library and information science has not changed so much as the how. Libraries are still about the processes of collection, preservation, organization, dissemination, and sometimes evaluation of data and information. While the mediums, environments, and tools have dramatically changed, the problems and services the profession addresses remain the same. If we focus on our broader goals -- see the forest from the trees -- then the profession's future is bright offering us many opportunities. If we focus too much on the particulars, then libraries and librarians will be seen as increasingly irrelevant. The following examples will hopefully make this clear.
    • Date: 2007-12-01
    • Source: This essay was originally written for a lecture at the University of North Texas (December 4, 2007)
    • Subject(s): presentations; Denton, TX; librarianship;
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  9. Possibilities for proactive library services
  10. Unordered list of "top tech trends"
  11. A few possibilities for librarianship by 2015
    • Description: The library profession is at a cross roads. Computer technology coupled with the Internet have changed the way content is created, maintained, evaluated, and distributed. While the core principles of librarianship (collection, organization, preservation, and dissemination) are still very much apropos to the current milieu, the exact tasks of the profession are not as necessary as they once were. What is a librarian to do? In my opinion, there are three choices: 1) creating services against content as opposed to simply providing access to it, 2) curating collections that are unique to our local institutions, or 3) providing sets of services that are a combination of #1 and #2. This presentation elaborates on these ideas and demonstrates some of the possibilities.
    • Date: 2009-11-18
    • Source: This is a keynote presentation for the 4th International LIS-EPI Meeting, Valencia (Spain), November 26, 2009.
    • Subject(s): presentations; librarianship;
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  12. Gift cultures, librarianship, and open source software development
    • Description: This short essay examines more closely the concept of a "gift culture" and how it may or may not be related to librarianship. After this examination and with a few qualifications, I still believe my judgements about open source software and librarianship are true. Open source software development and librarianship have a number of similarities -- both are examples of gift cultures.
    • Date: 2000-12-28
    • Source: Frankly, I forget where this article was published first. Alas.
    • Subject(s): open source software; gift cultures; librarianship;
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  13. Web-scale discovery indexes and "next generation" library catalogs
    • Description: This essay outlines a definition of "Web-scale" discovery indexes and describes how they are interrelated with the ideas of "next generation" library catalogs. It was originally created for webcast called "Returning the Researcher to the Library: Defining Web-Scale Discovery" sponsored by Serials Solutions and Library Journal. A subset of these remarks are also available as a set of Powerpoint slides.
    • Date: 2009-08-13
    • Source: These remarks originally appeared on the University of Notre Dame's website at, and they were a part of a webcast called Returning the Researcher to the Library: Defining Web-Scale Discovery sponso
    • Subject(s): presentations; indexing; librarianship;
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  14. Success of Open Source by Steven Weber: A book review
    • Description: Using Linux as its primary example, The Success of Open Source by Steven Weber details the history, process, motivations, and possible long-term effects of open source software (OSS). This scholarly yet easy-to-read, well-written, and provocative book is worth the time of anybody who wants to understand how open source software is effecting information technology. It describes how the process of open source software may effect business & economics, methods of governance, and concepts of intellectual property. It is also a great read for those of us librarians who desire to play a role in the building of next generation library catalogs and other library-related information systems.
    • Date: 2007-10-31
    • Source: The is a pre-edited version of an article with the same title appearing in the first issue of Code4Lib Journal at
    • Subject(s): book review; articles; open source software; librarianship;
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  15. Learning to use the tools of the trade
    • Description: The purpose of this article is to articulate how librarians can improve the practices of librarianship by better assimilating the uses of computer technology into the profession's thinking (and "thinquing"). The article accomplishes this goal first by outlining four informal research projects conducted at the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries. It establishes how these projects exemplify the goals of librarianship. Next, the article demonstrates how librarians can use their traditional skill base to provide new and progressive library services while maintaining the traditional principles of the past. Finally, the article describes why these sorts of activities are important to the profession and its growth.
    • Date: 1996-12-06
    • Source: This article also appears in Eric Lease Morgan, "Learning to Use the Tools of the Trade" North Carolina Libraries 54:5 (Winter 1996) 158-160.
    • Subject(s): librarianship;
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  16. Systems administration requires people skills
    • Description: In the future, people responsible for the maintenance of a library's computer hardware and software will have learned to incorporate the principles and practices of librarianship with the principles and practices of systems administration.
    • Date: 1999-01-07
    • Source: This is pre-edited version of Morgan, Eric Lease. "Systems Administration Requires People Skills," Computers in Libraries 19(13):36-37, March 1999.
    • Subject(s): systems administration; librarianship;
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  17. Open source software in libraries
    • Description: This is an essay about open source software and libraries. It outlines what open source software is and is not. It discusses its relationships to the integrated library system. It compares open source software to open access journals and the evolutionary shift academe is experiencing in the world of scholarly communication. Finally, it very briefly reviews select pieces of open source software and describes how they can be used in libraries.
    • Date: 2004-05-04
    • Source: This is the pre-edited, English language version of the French article entitled "Logiciels libres et bibliotheques", BiblioAcid 1(2-3), May-June 2004, pgs. 1-8.
    • Subject(s): articles; open source software; librarianship;
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  18. Wise crowds with long tails
    • Description: It is almost trite to be quoted as saying, "The Internet has fundamentally changed the ways libraries do business", but these changes are still manifesting themselves in ways we still do not fully understand. Thus, consider taking advantage of the "wise crowds with long tails" in your strategic planning. Put another way, this posting is a dual book review and commentary on The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki and The Long Tail by Chris Anderson.
    • Date: 2007-02-23
    • Source: This review was first published in TechEssence at
    • Subject(s): librarianship; TechEssence; book review;
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  19. Sum Top Tech Trends for the Summer of 2007
  20. Unique collections and Fahrenheit 451
    • Description: With the advent of globally networked computers and digitizing equipment, libraries can now provide more and better access to their special collections and considering the current economic milieu where information is readily bought, sold, and licienced, this may be the only future for libraries. This future may end up looking very much like the conclusion to Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.
    • Date: 1997-08-10
    • Source: This is a pre-edited edited copy for Eric Lease Morgan, "Unique collections and Fahrenheit 451" Computers In Libraries. 17(9):18-20, October 1997.
    • Subject(s): librarianship; special collections; Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury;
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  21. Technical Skills of Librarianship
    • Description: The other day I was asked Someone about ways they could move from reference type of work to more systems sort of work in libraries. I was happy to share my thoughts on the topic, and below is what I said.
    • Date: 2005-08-07
    • Source: This was originally a posting to the LITA blog at
    • Subject(s): librarianship;
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  22. Clarence meets Alcuin
    • Description: This essay outlines the definition of expert systems, describes how this definition has been applied to reference librarianship, and suggests future directions of study.
    • Date: 1996-03-03
    • Source: This text was originally published as Morgan, Eric Lease (1997). Clarence meets Alcuin; or, expert systems are still an option in reference work. In P. Ensor (Ed.), The Cybrarian's manual (pp. 127-134). Chicago: American Library Association.
    • Subject(s): expert systems; fiction; librarianship; articles;
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  23. Library services and in-house software development
    • Description: This essay outlines two opportunities for the library profession: 1) the increased need for library services and not necessarily library collections, and 2) the ability to be leaders in the implementation of services through in-house software development.
    • Date: 2006-01-16
    • Source: This essay was originally posted as a blog entry on LITA's blog at
    • Subject(s): librarianship; software development;
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  24. "Next-Generation" Library Catalogs
    • Description: This presentation outlines some of the possibilities for "next-generation" library catalogs. Specifically it describes the technology behind these applications, enumerates ways they can exploit sets of globally networked computers, and posits opportunities for new and improved services within and around them. Librarianship has traditionally been about collection, preservation, organization, and re-distribution. These over-arching goals are still relevant in today's environment, but the methods the profession can use to achieve them is changing. The venerable library catalog and the thing it seems to be morphing into is just one example. This presentation brings together the how's and why's of this issue.
    • Date: 2009-03-25
    • Source: This presentation was written to be given at the libraries of the Purdue University on March 27 as well as an IOLUG meeting on May 15, 2009
    • Subject(s): Purdue University; next generation library catalogs; Indiana On-Line User's Group (IOLUG); presentations; librarianship;
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  25. Implementing user-centered experiences in a networked environment
    • Description: In this environment where disintermediation seems to be increasingly common, it is ironic people also expect personalized service. Libraries are experiencing dilemma when it comes to providing many of their services. On one hand fewer people are coming into libraries to access traditional reference services, and at the same time they are expecting interfaces to library content to be "smarter" and more user-centered. How can libraries meet these seemingly contradictory expectations? The answer is not too difficult as long as we: 1) learn how to take better advantage of computer technology to implement our ideas, and 2) re-examine the definition and purpose of patron privacy. This presentation will elaborate on these ideas and demonstrate a few ways they might be implemented.
    • Date: 2009-05-03
    • Source: This essay was never formally published, but it was created for Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) and a conference called 'The Human Face of Information (technology)' Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at Wright State University
    • Subject(s): user-centered design; SOCHE; presentations; librarianship;
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  26. Technology Trends and Libraries: So many opportunities

Creator: Eric Lease Morgan <>
Date created: 2000-06-20
Date updated: 2010-05-01