Article: Technological Means of Communication and Collaboration in Archives and Records Management

Anonymous Patron writes "Article: Technological Means of Communication and Collaboration in Archives and Records Management: This study explores the international collaboration efforts of archivists and records managers starting with the hypothesis that Internet technologies have had a significant impact on both national and international communication for this previously conservative group. The use and importance of mailing lists for this purpose is studied in detail. A quantitative analysis looks globally at the numbers of lists in these fields and the numbers of subscribers. A qualitative analysis of list content is also described. The study finds that archivists and records managers have now created more than 140 mailing lists related to their profession and have been contributing to these lists actively. It also "estimates" that about half of the profession follows a list relating to their work and that archivists seem to like lists more than records managers. The study concludes that mailing lists can be seen as a virtual college binding these groups together to develop the field."


Slashdot | Games Better Than Books?

Anonymous Patron writes "Slashdot Points The way to This One thay says Three University of Wisconsin-Madison professors, among the top researchers in learning through game-playing, explained the advantages of games over traditional teaching tools Thursday evening."


But did George Washington sleep in that suit?

Cortez writes "The curators and historians are thinking they might have the genuine article,
"The moment of truth came in October when a textiles team invited from Colonial Williamsburg concluded that, yes, the suit was indeed American made. That was all Mount Vernon curator Carol Borchert Cadou needed to hear before she was jumping up and down, right there in the presence of Washington's clothing. She terms the finding a "blockbuster.""


Does Internet Use Pose a Threat to Libraries (Yet)?

Anonymous Patron writes "Search engines or card catalogs is a study from The University at Buffalo School of Informatics. A major national study conducted by the University at Buffalo School of Informatics and the Urban Libraries Council found five years ago that increased Internet use in the U.S. had not produced a reduction in the public use of libraries.

The study presented a new consumer model of the U.S. adult market for library and Internet services, one that consisted of "information seekers" who used both resources, but in different ways.

With Internet use continuing to grow by leaps and bounds, the UB researchers now are poised to undertake a much larger national study to see what, if any, changes have taken place over the past five years."


C-SPAN: The Digital Future

Anonymous Patron writes "C-SPAN: DIGITAL FUTURE: The Digital Future was a series of discussions hosted by the Library of Congress' John W. Kluge Center. The series examined how the digital age is changing the most basic ways information is organized and classified. The goal is to educate the public on the what the digital age means to their lives. The events included a featured speaker, followed by a panel discussion, and a question and answer session. You can now view the entire series online."


Leadership: The Hidden Cost of Buying Information

An Anonymous Patron writes "HBS Working Knowledge: Leadership: The Hidden Cost of Buying Information We all need good information to make decisions—that is why consulting is an industry that never goes out of style. But paying for information can carry a hidden cost: We may give it more weight in our decision making than it deserves.

That's one of the conclusions made by Francesca Gino, a Harvard Business School post-doctoral fellow in the Technology and Operations Management Unit. She recently published a working paper, "Getting Advice from the Same Source but at a Different Cost: Do We Overweigh Information Just Because We Paid for It?""


Achieving a True Networked Learning Environment: Syllabus

An Anonymous Patron writes "Matthew Pittinsky is chairman and co-founder of Blackboard Inc. has Achieving a True Networked Learning Environment: Syllabus. The Networked Learning Environment is about more than putting courses online; it enables students, teachers and researchers to access any learning resource anytime, anyplace. Whether that resource is a learning object, another educator or student, or a scholarly database or application, it is about an infrastructure and architecture that integrates courses, libraries, labs, other schools, the Web and multiple other resources. Above all, it has the potential of creating infinite educational possibilities for those who are connected."


Barbarians at the Gates of the Public Library

Anonymous Patron sends "us this intriguing treatise titled Barbarians at the Gates of the Public Library:
How Postmodern Consumer Capitalism Threatens Democracy, Civil Education and the Public Good
" by Ed D'Angelo. Here's a sliver from section 1, "The Crisis of Democracy" to give you an idea of D'Angelo's thesis:

The public library may be like the proverbial canary in the mine -- the first to go when the air is poisoned. It is uniquely positioned to feel the effects of a declining democratic civilization; and it is the first to go when knowledge gets reduced to information and entertainment.

comment from RH:
There's no info about the author on the site, and the link to the bibliography is dead, but there are 12 lengthy sections to read through. I've not had a chance to read it, but am intrigued. I expect book reports from you all!


What librarians, cooks and call centre workers have in common

Anonymous Patron sends "this from " Think libraries ever had a monopoly on providing information to people? How did we lose it? What does that mean for the future of how we do our jobs? What does working in a call center have to do with being a librarian?

Our challenge as librarians is to secure our place in the information marketplace. It’s a waste of time for us to try to be all things to all people in what has become something really huge. It is better to do a few things really well.

Are librarians the fast food workers, or the high end chefs of the future?"


Nature Debates: Science must ‘push copyright aside’

Anonymous Patron writes to share "this item from by Richard Stallman, "the founder of the GNU project, launched in 1984 to develop the free operating system GNU (an acronym for ‘GNU’s Not Unix’), and thereby give computer users the freedom that most of them have lost. GNU is free software: everyone is free to copy it and redistribute it, as well as to make changes either large or small. The GNU/Linux system, combining the GNU system and the Linux kernel, has an estimated 17 to 20 million users. Stallman was awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship in 1990.""The US Constitution says that copyright exists "to promote the progress of science". When copyright impedes the progress of science, science must push copyright out of the way."
Writing on copyright issus and scientific publishing, this is a thought-provoking piece. -A.K.



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