Application Deadline: Five Weeks to a Social Libraryfree the information!, online education, social software

by Meredith Farkas on 11/29/2006 with 2 comments

I just wanted to remind folks that December 1 is the deadline for applications to participate in the Five Weeks to a Social Library course. You can find the application instructions here. We have gotten an incredible number of applications for the course from people all over the world — from all different types of …

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MaintainITfree the information!, tech trends

by Meredith Farkas on 11/7/2006 with 2 comments

While at Internet Librarian, I learned about the Maintain IT Project. This three-year Bill and Melinda Gates funded initiative is designed to identify best practices for maintaining public access computers. Right now, they are collecting stories from library folks about working with public access computers and keeping them running. From these stories of success and …

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IL2006 Day 2: Institutional Repository Basics: From Soup to Nutsfree the information!, open access

by Meredith Farkas on 10/25/2006 with 2 comments

Roy Tennant, University of California While I was very interested in all of the talks in the social computing track today, I really wanted to expand my knowledge of certain topics that I know very little about. I knew that Roy would be likely to give a very practical nuts-and-bolts introduction to developing institutional repositories …

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Five Weeks to a Social Library: Participant Applicationfree the information!, online education, social software

by Meredith Farkas on 10/2/2006 with 8 comments

I’m so pleased and excited to see how Five Weeks to a Social Library is shaping up! We have a terrific group of presenters involved in the course who will help to teach participants all about social software and how to successfully implement social technologies in their library. You can see a very preliminary preliminary …

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Wikimania Day 1: On Accuracy and Authorityfree the information!, Wikis

by Meredith Farkas on 8/4/2006 with 7 comments

Sins of omission? An exploratory evaluation of Wikipedia’s topical coverage Alex Halavais & Derek Lackaff Looking at authority/authoritativeness of wikipedia articles. Accuracy is obviously an issue, but authority is more than that. It’s also about breadth, timeliness, etc. Encyclopedias are thought of as being authoritative, but what about the Wikipedia. Halavais and Lackaff took three …

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