two-way touché.

A bit of recent serendipity motivates me to address a point I made during my and Chris Guder's ACRL presentation on Ohio University's 2008 student environmental scanning project. Based on our findings, I made a joke along the lines of "librarians are the only Twitter users," citing its extremely low student adoption relative to other tools:... Continue Reading →

on solitude (and injury).

This gem of a busted shoulder happened while I was riding to work yesterday morning, thinking about my first blog post after a long hiatus (I got off relatively easy - fracture, no surgery necessary... I was doored, of course). I had just been listening to an episode of KQED's Forum featuring William Deresiewicz, author... Continue Reading →

teaching technology/ies.

I've been on a bit of a self-imposed break from blogging after my fingers fell off at Computers in Libraries, but this morning I read an interesting older post by Steven Bell on ACRLog that I thought merited a (long) response. In it, he critiques the growing wave of Library 2.0-esque technology classes in LIS... Continue Reading →

the open library project

Many thanks to Lia at the Experiment for forwarding this Chronicle article on Aaron Swartz, co-creator of RSS and Reddit who now apparently is interested in the "modern library." His vision, the Open Library project, could be described as a user-generated mashup of WorldCat and Wikipedia - very promising. Judging from his track record, I... Continue Reading →

for and against facebook applications.

The topic of library Facebook applications having been thoroughly explored by numerous library bloggers over the past year or so, most of this post will be no revelation. That said, because it's based on some preliminary feedback we've gotten from a monster (as in 3400 responses and counting) student technology survey we're administering at OU... Continue Reading →

streamlining social technologies (and web 3.0)

Last week O'Reilly Radar discussed the potential for developing "interoperability" between social sites and services - or, using stored data to transform the current ask-and-confim personal network model into a more intelligent and automatic one: "The move from manual confirmation to automated recognition is one of the major trends that has allowed the web to... Continue Reading →

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