Aug 18th, 2010
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Aug 18th, 2010
Oct 17th, 2008
Not sure how the joke will go tomorrow, but…shhhhhh! I am gonna rick roll the heck out of my LITA “hi-fi sci-fi library” keynote session attendees tomorrow. It is already a pretty funky presentation that talks about libraries, the content, community, hardware and software environment all in a way that sets up a series of stories taken from science fiction. Throw in a rickrol and who know what will happen. Wish me luck!
Aug 29th, 2008
The hi-fi sci-fi library for President campaign is taking the nation by storm!!!!
(Thx to Pam Jackson for being the first to show me this link!)
Aug 27th, 2008
Whenever something like this comes up I always think “How could a library use this?”. I’m really not sure about this one, but if nothing else it will hopefully amuse. Lots of folks in Libraryland have been making these pretend yearbook photos (via yearbookyourself.com) over the past week or two so I gave it a whirl as well. For 15 different years. Then I pieced them all together in PhotoShop and voila’! Heck, Peter Bromberg even made a flickr group for library folks making these. If nothing else, it may amuse.
Clicking the photo will take you to the flick page of the image where there are some pretty funny comments. Oh, btw, I used the same image for this “project” that I used for the video last year of me and Michael Gorman dancing together (and he really was a good sport about that btw).
Now playing: Weezer – The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations On A Shaker Hymn)
Aug 23rd, 2008
- Video is up and linked below!
Song available for download very soon through a link on
David Lee King’s web page
There is a slew of Libraryland folks singing along in the video (mostly in the second half). Thank you guys!
Here is “hi-fi sci-fi library”…behind the music!
Several months ago LITA asked me to be one of their keynote speakers at their upcoming National Forum (October 16-19). This made me happy, proud, excited and, well, a little nervous. It also left me wondering…what should the theme of my presentation be? Hmmm… LITA, eh? The Library and Information Technology Association of the American Library Association? Well, lets see…I travel all over the place talking about libraries, library futures and emerging technology, right? And I believe we are in the midst of a sea change in library, culture, community and info services. And I am convinced there are things libraries need to do *right now* to ensure our relevance going forward. And while we are generally smart enough, we surely don’t get rich from our jobs…yet we keep at it. So we need some inspiration AND amusement! We all work so hard and we keep on believing that libraries will and MUST endure as society evolves. So why not talk about libraries present and future in light of current tech, future tech, academic futurism and, yes, science fiction! But what might get people’s toes tapping before the presentation? Yep! A groovy library song! A song that shares the same name as that upcoming presentation :”hi-fi sci-fi library”!
As far as I am concerned, what the world needs is a collection of “hi-fi sci-fi libraries”. And I was so excited about this idea that I just had to sing it out loud! But alas, I know how to play only the most basic of notes on the most basic of instruments. Soooo, I approached my most helpful and generous Libraryland buddy (and joint author of the “Internet Spotlight” column in each issue of Public Libraries Magazine), David Lee King. You see, before he worked in Libraryland, David worked in Nashville, in the music industry. And as you might imagine, David is also a fairly accomplished musician and producer (though he is far too humble to admit that to most folks despite his great talent and ability).
So I said to David: “David, I want to make a song and a video for this LITA presentation I am doing in the Fall. Something that both you and I could do together and can both believe in and get behind. I’m slightly nervous about this presentation for some reason, but I also see it as a GREAT opportunity to help get the word out about what we both believe in when it comes to society, library futures and technology. I have some basic song ideas and all the lyrics ready. Would you like to help me make a song and a video?”
And David, being the generous and thoughtful friend that he is said “Of course!”. Actually, he said something like “Well I like the idea for sure. Why don’t you write down your ideas and lyrics, send them to me and we might be able to work on it once things settle down a bit.” And, of course, things never did settle down, for either of us. So, slowly but surely we worked on it like a hobby for a few months.
Over the course of those months David and I sent musical ideas and lyrics and rhythmical concepts back and forth. Then, I arranged to spend a day with David in Kansas recording our song. No, it wasn’t easy. But yes, we actually DID IT! And lo and behold, one day of recording later….we had our song. AND a few goofy video files! So..we were really on our way!
With the song complete, it was time to make the video. And since David had done 85% of the musical work, it seemed only fair that *I* (non-Mac owner that I am btw) handle the video making responsibilities.
So I dove in. And, well, it took a couple of weeks. Actaully, it took almost a month. And it took contributions from librarians all across the planet. Literally! BUT…we now have a video. And it is, in my opinion, a pretty decent video. Sure, it is goofy! But it is also just as hopeful and honest as it is goofy.
And let me tell you…it was quite a project. A project involving weeks of editing and nearly 100 different video and audio files. Is it perfect? Nah! Is it a labor of love for Libraryland? Completely. And heck, some of you folks reading this might even be in the thing,lip syncing along to the jaunty little “hi-fi sci-fi LIBRARY!!” chorus.
So, on behalf of David and I, THANK YOU! Thank you so much to the folks that contributed to this video! We both hope it provides some inspiration and energy to the quest we are all on as library professionals as we strive to help libraries realize their unparalleled potential in this crazy, cool and even sometimes scary, hi-fi sci-fi world we all now live in.
Rock on, Libraryland! We hope you enjoy it!
Now playing: David Lee King & Michael Porter – hi-fi sci-fi library
Aug 23rd, 2008
song: hi-fi-sci-fi Library
Here-in contains collected thoughts from our brains
when it comes to the subject of: wow!
Like: Wow, it’s amazing that for thousands of years
libraries have survived at all
The razing, book blazing, techno staff crazing
fighting competition new tech and how
to emerge like a rocketship, speedy and fast
that is demanded in our world right NOW!!!
Hi-fi, sci-fi, library!
Hi-fi, sci-fi, library!
S. R. Ran-ga-na-than ‘long with Benjamin Franklin,
Dewey, Kilgour and good people like YOU
Learnt that Mashed up with currents and a whole bunch of circuits
info went to many not just the few.
Now we wrestle with techno, money and limitations,
that might sometimes make a good man go “ewww”
But we’re telling you brothers, sisters, ladies and others
that we’re near a massive “Wow!” breakthrough.
it is your:
To prepare our libraries we must be informed, explore lots
and have fun learning how to evolve.
Learn about things like gaming, social software and being
just where our users are: that brings us HUGE Wows.
Look at open-source software and the creative commons,
look at netfilx and itunes and learn how
We can take competition, turn it into fruition:
THE LIBRARY FOR TOMORROW AND NOW!
It will be:
Now we sometimes might wonder how to succeed not blunder
since we’re underneath the specter of “how?”
It’s a do or die sea change and we cannot just remain, what we
were before or we’ll just sink down.
Take time daily, read lib blogs, build community, and
slog the through the learning, practice, wisdom and “pow!”
It will be fun we promise, you’ll work hard but will harness
and endow your libs tomorrow with “WoW!”
The wow of:
spoken over the chorus
We can do it.
We just need to be wise
and explain the situation
in a way that’s fun and savvy
and connect with our communities.
We must engage with em all
from the kids to my mammy
banter over chorus
hi-fi sci-fi librarians:
Michelle Boule and Gideon Smith
wanderingeyre.com (Michelle’s site, not Gideon’s;)
John Blyberg – Darien Library
Nebraska Library Commission Staff:
(as himself AND an alien and sock puppet)
Cindy Hickey – State Library of Kansas
WebJunction Staff (l to r):
Allen County Public Library
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Future hi-fi sci-fi librarian?
And her two lovely and talented girls.
Thank you very much, ladies!
b d solis (via flickr)
kitty cat cowbell
Thank you all so much for being a part of this project!
-Michael & David
David Lee King
Now playing: David Lee King & Michael Porter – hifi scifi library
Aug 18th, 2008
If I do a gadget presentation in a library and it is a paying gig, I usually take part of the payment and:
1. Buy a new gadget (gotta stay on top with experience, right?)
2. Bring a give-away for one or two lucky audience members.
Recently I saw some food shaped USB drives; high quality too, the kind you see outside some restaurants in Japan, and thought “Best Gadget Presentation Giveaway Ever”. Well, a new laptop would be better, but c’mon. At any rate, the new drives arrived today and man, they are pretty sweet. These are 4gb examples and yes, they really do work. They smell like plastic, but they LOOK delicious:
Now playing: Prince – Rebirth of the Flesh
(Unreleased Prince song btw. Soooo good!)
Aug 5th, 2008
From the last post you can see that David and I recorded a snappy little library song last week. We are really proud of the work we’ve produced and now YOU get a chance to be in the video!! It is jumpy little ditty about library futures, technology and how we will succeed as libraries.
Please listen to this short snippet and then…..shoot a brief video of you singing along! Thats all it takes! You can use a web cam, or any other camera you like and send it to the email below. It should really only take a few minutes on your end, and after we get the videos, we’ll take the best and put them in the video we are hard at work on! Of course, please also feel free to send other video that might go along with the title/theme of the song “hi-fi sci-fi library” (costumes are very welcome by the way!:)
So join in the fun and star in a video with us! This is your official invite! We are looking forward to seeing YOU in our upcoming video!
Here is a link to the very short snippet to sing along with (you can download it even if you want). The “hi-fi sci-fi library” part is what we really need to see you singing.
If you have you have a webcam, you really should be emailing your video to: michael.libraryman *At Sign**gmail.com
Please send your clips in to the above address no later than August 24th, 2008.
We are really looking forward to seeing you in the video with us!!!!!!!!!
-Michael Porter and David Lee King
Now playing: David Lee King & Michael Porter – hi-fi sci-fi library
Aug 3rd, 2008
Last week, during an amazing trip to Kansas to speak at the NEKLS Tech Day 2008 (more about that in another post), David and I took a day to record a song that we had been working on together for a couple of months via phone, email and the interweb tubes. We started pretty early and had a happy, long day of fun, creativity, meeting family and, well, making music about the most exciting things out there when it comes to library futures.
The song is called “hi-fi sci-fi library”, and is intended for use around the time I do my keynote session at the 2008 LITA National Forum in October, but I doubt we’ll be able to resist sharing it for that long. We even shot some nice HD video to turn into a music video. lol! It was really fun work and my deepest appreciation to David and his family for their kind welcome. I think we might all still have the chorus knocking around in our heads three days later. Oh, and speaking of the chorus, the song is actually pretty good! It is catchy, fun, quick, (hopefully) inspiring and the lyrics are tight! David and I will both blog about it when we get the mix and the finishing touches completed. In the meantime, here area couple shots of us in the studio:
Now playing: David Lee King and Michel Porter – hi-fi sci-fi library
Aug 20th, 2007
Testing the new Jib Jab “Starring You” tonight was partly fun and partly a chore. There are a few steps you have to go through to make the heads work and look “right” which took a bit of the joy out of setting things up. It is interesting to see this sort of technology interface being sold as something the public will latch on to. It is a stretch at the moment, but think of the promos libraries could do with a carefully planned marketing program using something like this (perhaps embedding letting patrons stick themselves in a famous book setting, etc?). The video I made is really just for fun and isn’t meant to be too awfully serious. You know, I must confess that upon seeing the results I couldn’t help but wonder “should I have just read a chapter or two in a book instead of making this?”.
Naaaah, who am I kidding, this time was time well spent! Enjoy: