IMLS Press Release – “The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced that it has entered into a cooperative agreement with the University of Washington to conduct a national study on the social, economic, personal, and professional value of free access to computers at public libraries.”
I see Jason Griffey, like most of my librar* friends, twice a year. I love spending time with Griff over a beer, chatting about our families, techie stuff, and other random stuff. But mostly, we laugh. He’s a great guy and deserves all the happiness with his new addition.
“[A]fter examining my prejudice, I came to one conclusion: I no longer have any patience with applications that are local. Unless the application I want AND my data live in the cloud, I just wonâ€™t use it. Iâ€™ve found myself, over the last 6 months to a year, moving nearly everything I do online. Documents are created with Google Docs, I prefer Gmail to any local mail client Iâ€™ve tried, heck, Iâ€™ve even started using Flickrâ€™s editing deal with Picnik to do my photo edits, and I luuuuuuurve me some photoshop.”
I’m the same way. 98% of what I do on my computer takes place online. To me, that’s 2.0.
They’re kidding us, right? The last time I checked, this was not 1995.
Economic & Social Research Council – “With public concern over online fraud, new research, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, has revealed that internet users will reveal more personal information online if they believe they can trust the organisation that requests the information.”
Super Librarian – “This Is Why Librarians Aren’t Obsolete”
Reuters – “Rather than looking for their perfect match, one in four Americans say the Internet can serve as a substitute for a significant other, according to a poll released on Wednesday.”
AP – “YouTube, online job applications and homework help sites have boosted demand and contributed to lines for Internet access at the nationâ€™s public libraries, yet a new survey finds the majority have no immediate plans to add computers. For many library systems, the buildings simply do not have enough room, and their electrical wiring couldnâ€™t deliver the required power. Others are already struggling to stay open, buy books and encourage youths to read.”
Stephen Lewis – “Mannâ€™s paper â€” prepared for AFSCME 2910, the Library of Congress Professional Guild â€” is a compelling 40-page examination of the roles of libraries, librarians, and cataloging, and of the place and present limits of the Internet. Beginning with the device of a studentâ€™s attempt to research the Peloponnesian War, Mann reflects on the nature of research, knowledge, and scholarly discourse vs. â€œquick fixâ€ searches for isolated facts.”