Be the first lab!libraries, social software

by Meredith Farkas on 8/11/2007 with 3 comments

I absolutely loved Jill Stover’s post about the library as a lab for creative exploration (by the way, if you don’t read her blog, subscribe! It’s a gem!): This “community creativity lab” is where where I see libraries’ future and competitive advantage. I can’t think of any other free, publicly-accessible place (except perhaps for museums, …

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Library school 0.5?library school, social software

by Meredith Farkas on 8/11/2007 with 4 comments

How can a library school teach their students to be user-focused if they model the exact opposite behaviors? Check out the assertive (and admirable) way that Jennifer tried to confront the issues she and other students had with the distance learning program at the Information and Library Science Department at Southern Connecticut State University. I …

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2007 Survey of the Biblioblogosphereblogging

by Meredith Farkas on 7/29/2007 with 18 comments

In August of 2005, I conducted a survey of people in the library and information science profession who blog to get some sense of the demographic characteristics of bibliobloggers. The results of the first Survey of the Biblioblogosphere can be found here. After two years, it doesn’t take a survey to see that the library …

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Giving and TakingALA, free the information!, hi, librarianship, online education, open access, open source, social software, Wikis

by Meredith Farkas on 6/28/2007 with 19 comments

Oh Meredith, why can’t you just write a nice, short, concise post? I really don’t know what happens! I start writing and my fingers just seem to take over. This is what happens when my husband goes away and leaves me alone with my thoughts. Sorry folks! Something I frequently think about when I go …

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Any readers of my blog from Quebec? (y a-t-il des lecteurs Québécois de mon blog?)Wikis

by Meredith Farkas on 5/2/2007 with 14 comments

Ok, enough of my very rusty and pathetic French. Tomorrow I’ll be heading up to beautiful Montreal for the Quebec Library Association Conference. I’ll be giving a talk on the afternoon of May 4th entitled Building Collaboration with Wikis (the description — in English and French naturellement — is available in the program). If you’re …

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Let 100 wikis bloom?librarianship, Wikis

by Meredith Farkas on 5/1/2007 with 5 comments

In Please, Not Another Wiki Casey Bisson complains about the proliferation of wikis: Perhaps I cringe at any suggestion to create a new wiki because I wonder why that content can’t be published on an existing wiki. Perhaps I cringe because I wonder if the proprietary motivation to create a new wiki is itself in …

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