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If a Library Is Bookless, What's In It?

Talk Of The Nation Covered Libraries yesterday. The "Bookless Library." Is it a contradiction in terms, or a sign of the times? Information technology changes as soon we think we understand it. With mammoth collections to maintain, libraries are struggling to keep up -- and to redefine their role.

Library Science in India: Vision for 2010

GreaterKashmir.com Has This from Dr. Abdul Majid Baba, who sums up the proceedings of the 25th All India Conference of the Indian Association of Special Libraries and Information Centres (IASLIC) hosted by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras from 16th to 29th December 2005 at Chennai

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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?"

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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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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."

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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."

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But did George Washington sleep in that suit?

Cortez writes "The curators and historians are thinking they might have the genuine article,
Report newhousenews.com
"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.""

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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."

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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."

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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?""

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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."

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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!

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