Archive for January, 2005

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Emerging Technology

What a cool conference! What a cool presentation at this cool conference. Cool!

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Beginning of The End?

No, but…
There is a quote in the movie version of i, robot that mentions the old fashioned folks who mourned and decried the death of libraries due to the net. Was the quote from this scene passed around the blogosphere while I was away this Spring/Summer? Didn’t see it in Feedster if it was. Guess the internet hasn’t made a good human search irrelevant just yet. ;)

Along these lines, Lorcan Dempsey’s blog points us towards a mention of proposed subject librarian staffing reductions at a university in the UK. This is due, naturally *smirk*, to the fact that “The university management thinks that technology has ‘deskilled’ literature searching”.

Say what you will about the movie version of the book and how it didn’t stick to the original story but maybe it didn’t lose the plot completely?

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“Librarians are the sexiest people”

Libraries, the Princeton campus’s unknown repository of sexiness
-For people who are really interested in finding out about things and engaging ideas, the excitement of libraries is sensual and visceral as well as cerebral.”

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Learn Here

What more can be said about WebJunction.org? Lots! I?ll keep it to a minimum though today. If you want some cool classes for professional development or continuing ed or just for fun (surprisingly, some of us might even take these just for fun;), this is one of the best places to go.

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PLIN

Public Libraries International Network
Interesting back story of this group is found here.
PLIN Conference 2005 in sunny Seattle April 27-30.
Found via the fairly recently discovered and most excellent library blog “It’s All Good“.

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DRM I

An interesting link (found via BoingBoing) that discusses the impending law dictating that digital televisions be sold only if they support new anti-long term recording flags (that are included in digital TV broadcasts). I know, it sounds ultra nerdy, but this issue has lots of practical application in your life. Basically, now you can legally buy a digital TV tuner (DTV), plug it into your computer and record digital programming for your archives (the same way you can record things now with your VCR). Apparently after August you won?t be able to buy these digital TV tuners unless they support ?flagging?. This ?flagging? will then erase (or make unplayable) your recorded digital content after two weeks (or so). So if you want to record and archive digital television programs in the future (and who won?t) you might think about buying a tuner before August when this law goes into effect. Or should you?

These sorts of DRM issues have impacted and will impact libraries in more ways than are immediately apparent. P2P sharing has decreased circulation of audio CDs in libraries. More of this circ reduction happens when people stream movies and television programs with tools like BitTorrent. Add new things like Google and its many incarnations (Google Print, Scholar, etc), blogs and aggregators and we see circulation and reference questions decrease more and more all the time. We?re all for easy, efficient access though, right?…as long as it is legal? Of course, of course! DRM might be good for our circ, but what does it mean for the promise of the technology we love?or hate? or love to hate? As a librarian it sure seems worth trying to understand and stay informed about this issue.

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Art X 10

Below, please find my ten favorite art web sites of the moment. Anybody else have an “Art” folder in their Bookmarks/Favorites? Have any good links to add? Do any art librarians read this blog? Why am I asking so many questions? There is some top notch linkage here, folks. Enjoy!

Mike’s Amazing Cakes
John Hrehov
KozynDan
Chinati Foundation
Yee Haw Industries
Whimsy Load
Duane Keister
Eric Doeringer
Illegal Art
Neomu