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Boots on the Ground . . . 

according to this article in the Atlantic SXSW 2011 is choc full of Librarians and information professionals. It's a short article and worth the read if not only for this great quote from Justin Grimes (PhD cand. U. of Maryland) "Librarians are the boots on the ground," Grimes told me. "We don't care what the …

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How to Credit . . . via DesignSponge 

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EVENT: ASIS&T Meet and Greet 

Are you a member of the ASIS&T Metro chapter? Do you think you might be a member of the ASIS&T Metro chapter? Would you like to be a member of the ASIS&T Metro chapter?! If you answered “yes” or “maybe” to any of the above, come join us as we informally relaunch the chapter at …

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E-book lending libraries 

Open Library now offers a digital lending library where you can borrow up to 5 e-books at a time. They've united about 150 libraries to provide this service. From the Internet Archive Announcement (link also includes: Any OpenLibrary.org account holder can borrow up to 5 eBooks at a time, for up to 2 weeks. Books …

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On Living with eGuilt 

Like this author, I have difficulty returning materials to the library on time and have not found the possession of an MLIS to have changed that behavior much. I also find that my e-reader reading is "less serious", or repeat reads of classics which often is just fine for the commute. Reading heavier books in …


Reposted from Learning at the Library. Written by Laura Costello.

I need to make an e-confession: NYPL revoked my borrowing privileges. As a newly minted librarian and outspoken fan of public libraries in all forms, I’m horrified and extremely embarrassed. Naturally, I’m writing about it on the internet.  Here are my excuses: 1. It’s kind of out of my way, they don’t have a night …

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Academic Publishing Still Needs Help 

In this article in Ars Technica discusses several of the realities of modern Academic Publishing.  Which comes right down to Change ASAP.  They outline well the various deteriorating spirals that the systems has worked itself into to stay afloat. Enjoy the read

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Evolving Storytelling. 

I was on the subway a few months after the iPad came out when I saw a mom hand her kid an iPad playing Dora the Explorer.  I'm rarely in the chorus of people shouting down technology's negative effects on children.  The only thing that makes me uncomfortable is when it too mirrors television, until …

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Google Analytics – In Page View 

I just read this article on Read Write Web about the new "in-page" view of Google Analytics.  This allows you to see what links and features people are more using on your site directly.  Also, something I just discovered while going to write  this very post, I realized selecting the "in-page" view now exists whenever …

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7 Skills students need for their future 

Dr. Tony Wagner, co-director of Harvard's Change Leadership Group presents what he believes are the 7 skills students need for their future. Follow the link for the power point and another link to the video: LINK

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1922 KodaChrome Color Test Kodak 

I'm posting this mostly because I think it's beautiful. It also allows me to segue into how great I think the internet is for special collections. It's really interesting how the women are posing as if for a still photo, and then moving around after encouragement. There are so many rare objects available to us …

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Information Overshare 

A great summary of the trappings of online fact checking and "common knowledge".


Reposted from Learning at the Library. Written by Michelle Pronovost.

An interesting article in Sunday's New York Times addressed a popularly-held misconception of today's undergrad students that anything on the Internet is free for the taking, without citation. This is caused by a coupling of the ease in which students can copy-and-paste online content and the culture in which publishers create tools making it easier …

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15 Facts about Net Neutrality 

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and it SPARQLZ like the sun 

I'm really looking forward to getting to actually try this out.   A coworker of mine was talking to me about this recently, how the first wave of the web was receiving content, the second wave was contributing content, and the next wave will be the editing, or limiting of access to content.  SPARQLZ might …

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Protecting yourself online 

ok, that's a dramatic title, but I was just reading this disturbing article about Google and their "agonizing over privacy".  As it stands, Google has a "don't be evil" policy, but they are pretty alone in that, and I think they may be considering how to perhaps introduce some practices without going all Faustus on …

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The Power of Placement 

As many librarians learn in school, you can get rid of a book without removing it from your library.  A "pocket weeding" if you will.  This usually means placing it in a section of the library away from it's subject heading brothers, as well as the prying eyes of the browsing public (i.e. a section …

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Calming down Saussure at the Airport 

I travelled this weekend, not a long trip or anything, just to Virginia from New York.  While I was in the airport, it struck me yet again, how important it is to make signs and labels large, readable and placed in logical places. This is not my first time travelling, not that I jet around …

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Jam Jars, Tagging and an extended simile 

I've been digging around in Pressible blogs as well as "blogs at large" and I noticed a pattern in tagging.  People are more than willing to tag the subject of a post, or taggable item, but not necessarily the contents.  Sometimes if the content varies from the expected hole, like this Library of congress image …

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The Reanimation Library 

My friend Eric sent me to these guys, who are dutifully following the spirit of Ranganathan's first law of library science which I will allow them to explain here: The images provided online are worth a flip through! It also makes me think of The Way Back Machine, which saves old versions of websites.  Also …

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Publishing Panic 

OK, so my last post about DRM briefly touched upon Academic Publishing.  I attended the Bloomsbury Conference and Academic Publishing Course offered by my school at UCL last summer and we talked about the current issues at length.   Basically, publishing is broke.  Under the old, print model, a small journal, like "Impacted Molars Quarterly" …

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The Long Arm of the Law: DRM and me 

My mother and I went upstate this past weekend to visit my family.  Because the train ride is quite long, I had found a few articles from Wilson's Library, Literature & Information Full Text database and had sent them to my free Kindle conversion e-mail account so that I wouldn't have to carry paper, as …

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