Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Avoided #Snowmageddon in DC this time

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The info superhwy is more than a short cut to every book in the Lib of Congress. It is creating a totally new, global social fabric #QotD

"The information superhighway is more than a short cut to every book in the Library of Congress. It is creating a totally new, global social fabric."
- Nicholas Negroponte, Being Digital (1995)
Nice to see that one of the icons of the Internet Age, Nicholas Negroponte's Being Digital, is, as of today, available as an ebook from Amazon.

First published way way back in 1995, the book quickly became a touchstone for the emerging Internet culture. The book led to a number of  cognates, including, from my own library world, Being Analog: Creating Tomorrow's Libraries by Walt Crawford (1999).

By great luck, I was able to spend three days with Negroponte (including having him as a dinner table companion) at the Envisioning Our Information Future and How to Educate for It conference.

IMG_20150116_094455I enjoyed our dinner conversation and especially his on target and provocative comments during the meeting.

Here are a few quotes pulled from Being Digital:

"Thomas Jefferson advanced the concept of libraries and the right to check out a book free of charge. But this great forefather never considered the likelihood that 20 million people might access a digital library electronically and withdraw its contents at no cost."

"Tomorrow’s will have as much or more to do with “pulling,” where you and I reach into the network and check out something the way we do in a library or video-rental store today."


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A recap of Envisioning our Information Future and How to Educate for It #InfoFuture

I spent much of last week at an innovative conference/workshop, "Envisioning our Information Future and How to Educate for It" at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College (Boston, MA).

The workshop (funded via an IMLS grant led by Dr. Eileen G. Abels, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College along with partners Dr. Linda C. Smith, Graduate School of Library and Information Science University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Dr. Lynne C. Howarth, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto) brought together a diverse group of library (and archives and museums) practitioners, funders, educators, and users from across the US and Canada.

Many there were familiar faces (complete list of participants), but I also met a number of interesting new people.

Let by a pair of facilitators from the firm Tomorrow Makers, there were various group activities, innovative reporting out and kinesthetic exercises to inspire explorations on what "information services" and how to train future generations, is.

Personally, I felt there was too much dancing around the topic til the third day. Never a fan of "information services", lukewarm to "information science", and a big fan of just plain "libraries, librarianship, and librarians". The concept of "taking back the term library"was batted around a bit.

We were also asked to bring along an object and a book that would be part of the events. The range of items was quite interesting. It was fun to see that one of the books (not from me) was Smithsonian Secretary Clough's Best of Both Worlds (on digitization and collections). You can see what I brought and why at this post "McLuhan, Lincoln, and Dodos: Attending "Envisioning Our Information Future and How to Educate for It" at @SimmonsSLIS this week"

 

 

Some more shots of the meeting: