Web 2.0

Books Suck.

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So there was this story last week about Stanford University's "bookless" library.

This whole bookless argument has escalated since Amazon showed that ebooks kick regular books' asses when they deleted copies of 1984 remotely from a bunch of Kindles. Tell me the last time Mr. Houghton or Mr. Mifflin kicked in your front door to take back a paperback copy of Animal Farm...

But my guess is that since most people still read paper books, they aren't aware this battle even exists.

Emerging Trends and Technologies in Libraries and Information Services Blog

The aim of the International Symposium on Emerging Trends and Technologies in Libraries and Information Services (ETTLIS-2010) is, once again, to bring researchers, academicians, business community and research scholars on a common platform to share their experiences, innovative ideas and research findings about the aspects of emerging trends and technologies in the field of knowledge resource centres and information services.

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2nd "International Symposium on Emerging Trends and Technologies for Libraries and Information Services (ETTLIS)” conference

2nd "International Symposium on Emerging Trends and Technologies for Libraries and Information Services (ETTLIS)” conference.

The Learning Resource Centre’s, Jaypee University of Information Technology Waknaghat (HP) India and Jaypee Institute of Information Technology University , Nodia UP India are organizing jointly “2nd "International Symposium on Emerging Trends and Technologies for Libraries and Information Services (ETTLIS)” to be held at JUIT Waknaghat, Himachal Pradesh, India during June 3-5, 2010.

SLA Asian Chapter http://units.sla.org/chapter/cas/ is also partnering with this conference.

URL: http://www.jiit.ac.in/jiit/ETTLIS/home.html

ETTLIS 2010 social Networking site

The conference will also aim at further strengthen the academic collaboration and strategic alliance in development of libraries and information services in the digital era.

Since, we anticipate over 500 participants from around the globe, with a large proportion from Asia, this conference will play a critical role in supporting and development of the libraries particularly in developing countries.

We invite the submission of high-quality and original research papers and posters that have not been published earlier and also not under review for any another conference or journal. The submitted will be reviewed by a panel of experts on the basis of the originality of the work, the validity of the results, chosen methodology, writing quality etc on the themes proposed.

Themes are not limited to following:

"Huge Discussion" Triage

Through my Google Reader, there is a “huge discussion” among school librarians that has been brought to my attention. (Starts here, goes here and here, and onwards to here, and a nice summary of it all here). In talking with Buffy (The Unquiet Librarian) about it, I am now going to probably stick my nose into a debate I probably shouldn't get involved in. However, I hope this offers the participants an objective third party assessment of the discussion.

I think the one thing that both sides of the argument should do is concede to two specific certain points.

Using Web 2.0 Applications as Information Awareness Tools

As new academic research initiatives become increasingly interdisciplinary, it is imperative that science and engineering librarians develop and implement new approaches to the dissemination of library research tools and techniques. At Drexel University, several such initiatives have resulted in collaborative research in areas such as Nanomedicine, Engineering Cities, Plasma Medicine, Nanoscale Science and Technology, Microfluidics, and Bionanotechnology.

Social Media Snobbery (or, Twitter is a tool, but you don't have to be.)

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If someone corrects me one more time when I say that I “twittered” something (“um, you mean you tweeted?”) I am going to scream. Really. Right at them. And is the term “social media” passé already? I unfollowed the person who tweeted that about thirty seconds after I read that tweet. See, the thing is, I really love Twitter. I follow smart people, who have interesting discussions all day. It’s wonderful. And for the people in my life who say that it’s sad that I have to find those kinds of relationships online, I say: “well why can’t you be more interesting then? Why do you make me go outside our friendship to find satisfying, intellectual conversation? YOU forced me into this!” Ahem. Sorry. Anyway, my point… Ah, yes: Twitter is just a medium. It’s just another method of communication, and in the same way it drives me bonkers when people say it breeds stupidity and hysteria (more so than any other medium? Really? Cable news anyone?...) it also drives me crazy when people act like it’s an exclusive club. So if I don’t get the terminology right, or I don't use the right hashtag, or if I say I just use the Twitter website instead of the Twitter app du jour (Tweetdeck, Tweetie, Seesmic, take your choice...) I’m persona non grata?

Science 2.0 Gains Another Search Engine: Q-Sensei From Lalisio

Science 2.0 Gains Another Search Engine: Q-Sensei From Lalisio

"While the 2 million-plus article content nowhere near reaches the size and scope of behemoths such as Elsevier’s Scirus or Google Scholar, the Q-Sensei search engine (http://literature.lalisio.com/oai.html) has a metadata orientation that offers some interesting search capabilities."
and "At present, the Lalisio social network of scientists seems to be the most active side of the operation (www.lalisio.com)."