Does "Web 2.0" mean anything?

If you're like me (And you know you want to be) you roll your eyes everytime you see someone writing about "WEB 2.0." Joey sent over a link to Web 2.0 by Paul Graham of Yahoo Stores and
Lisp fame that's worth a read even if you don't think there's anything new in Web 2.0 other than the name.He says Originally, yes, Web 2.0was meaningless. Now it seems to have acquired a meaning. And yet those who dislike the term are probably right, because if it means what I think it does, we don't need it.

UFOs (Ubiquitous Findable Objects)

Peter Morville has an interesting one over on O'reily Network: UFOs (Ubiquitous Findable Objects). He says a clear sign of progress towards being able to find anyone or anything from anywhere at any time is the emergence of ubiquitous findable objects (UFOs). GPS, RFID, UWB, and cellular triangulation enable us, for the first time in history, to tag and track products, possessions, pets, and people as they wander through space and time.

Keeping Pace With Google: DVDs Are Not The Answer

It keeps clicking for me, and the good news is it seems to be clicking with some other folks as well. So I think this should raise a question. This is a simple question, though it's 800+ words long: With whom does this need to click for it to matter? Does it need to click with the ALA? The directors of the ACRL libraries? If I'm wrong, and this is yet just one more "end of the libraries" time, then our profession live through it just fine. If you agree with me, who should we being trying to convince we're right? Let me explain a little what I'm talking about here.

Like Karen, Gandel's "Wrong Train?" gave me a couple new clicks:

1. This is another "end of the libraries" time when some people are very worried.

2. We are nodes. We are a small piece of a huge information industry that we used to have a monopoly on.

2 Not so easy questions to answer

Andrea Mercado presents us with a couple of "Not so easy questions to answer", along with a couple of good answers. The Massachusetts Library Association application for a scholarship asks 2 simple questions:
1. How are libraries adapting to life in the 21st century?
2. What is the role of the library in promoting literacies?

Andrea says "On first read, I thought this would be easy. Actually, not so much."


Google and Yahoo - illiterate monks?

There's a fantastic thread over on the SHARP-L list: "Google and Yahoo - illiterate monks?".
The SHARPists have been discussing Google, electronic texts, and the future of the printed word. There's over a dozen messages so far, and they're all worth a read.


The Political Economy of Reading

The lecture, "The Political Economy of Reading", [PDF] the second of the John Coffin Memorial lectures in the history of the book arranged by the University of London, is now published.

It is published under Creative Commons, a new form of limited copyright, that enables researchers, teachers, and students to dowload, copy, and circulate it without risk of running into the normal restrictions.


Need for First Amendment Education

Kathleen writes "Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, First Lady of Pennsylvania has stated, "The only way to hold on to our freedom is to give it away -- and liberally -- to those who come after us. In your own sphere of influence, in your own way, I invite you to join with me and give back meaning to the word "citizen." Concerned by a recent study that demonstrates a decline in understandidng of the First Amendment, Judge Rendell advocates citizenship education.

“The Future of the First Amendment,� found that educators are failing to give high school students an appreciation of the First Amendment’s guarantees of free speech and a free press. The study by researchers from the University of Connecticut questioned more than 100,000 high school students, nearly 8,000 teachers, and more than 500 administrators and principals."


Information Literacy Weblog: WILU report - As we may think

Here's the slides from the keynote of the Canadian annual information literacy conference.
WILU report - As we may think.
The second part of that title was taken from the paper by Vannevar Bush (1945). They use his vision of the scientist in a technically connected work to reflect on the situation now (when not just scientists, but citizens more generally have access to the internet and cheap devices such mobile phones). They argue that this connectedness has raised issues and challenges that Bush did not envision.

Another key part of our argument presents information literacy as not just a personal attribute, but as a soft applied discipline, leading to its application in a field of social action.


The Chronicle: Colloquy Live Transcript: The Smog of Data

An Anonymous Patron writes "The Chronicle: Colloquy Live Transcript Colleges are among the most wired environments anywhere. Most professors say the Internet has enhanced teaching and scholarship. At the click of a button, scholars can connect with students, comment on colleagues' work, and locate and obtain research materials. But at what cost?"


Libraries of the Future

Way back in 1993 Jamie McKenzie asked What will we find when we visit a School library in 2005? Well, since it's now 2005, let's take a look back at some of mcKenzie's imaginations regarding possible futures of a smokestack information system we still call "libraries."
The Worst Case Scenario: The Information ATM. McKenzie says banks were forced to change by the arrival of new technologies, de-regulation and a marketplace driven by client demands for convenience, quality and customization. The worst case scenario is that new technologies and electronic access to information threaten to eliminate both school "libraries" as we have known them and those who have been serving as information "tellers." Jamie goes on... "Imagine the impact of Information ATMs on school and community libraries - small, hand-held PDAs with wireless connection through satellite to all the information centers of the world." The words "independent of time and place and subject discipline" pose the greatest promise and the greatest threat.

The Best Case Scenario: Media Specialists as Pilots, Information Mediators, IT Managers and Curators. Thanks to having access to so much information, at least four emerging roles offer considerable promise. Media Specialists as Pilots, Media Specialists as Information Mediators, Media Specialists as IT Managers and Media Specialists as Curators.

"Libraries of the Future" finishes with a conclusion that could be written today:

"The time-honored tradition of introducing students to literature with book talks and dramatized readings deserves protection. So does the careful coaching of individual students so that passions meet with good books and reluctant readers develop appetites for books. The basic point is the necessity of adjusting roles to meet the challenges of new technologies. Media specialists can maintain a leadership role as schools move into the next century with school media centers serving as the core of an active learning program dedicated to student inquiry, investigation and research."


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