CTO of America our digital future, social software

by Meredith Farkas on 11/14/2007 with 2 comments

I think I just decided who to vote for (from VentureBeat): The campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has given VentureBeat an exclusive look at his technology plan, which he plans to unveil officially tomorrow (Wednesday) before a visit to Google’s headquarters. The full plan can be seen below. It contains several new proposals, …

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Alternative ways to participate (or why I probably won’t be at Midwinter) ALA, free the information!, our digital future, social software

by Meredith Farkas on 11/12/2007 with 38 comments

I’ve written some posts critical of ALA in the past and have had a number of people encourage me to get involved so that I can try to make a constructive difference (instead of just complaining). So, when I was asked to be on two committees whose missions I felt strongly allied with, I said …

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Off to Massachusetts speaking, Wikis

by Meredith Farkas on 11/9/2007 with 4 comments

This weekend I’m driving down to Sturbridge, MA for the Massachusetts School Library Association conference. I’m giving a workshop on wikis… twice. I’ve never given the same talk twice in one day, but it’ll be an interesting opportunity to immediately improve my talk based on my observations during the first iteration. My slides are already …

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Pennvibes librarianship, our digital future, reference, social software

by Meredith Farkas on 11/9/2007 with 4 comments

The University of Pennsylvania sure has some pretty impressive library tech folks! First they create PennTags, now they’re working on Pennvibes, which, according to this abstract from the DLF conference, looks like an exciting new way to create resource guides: Pennvibes is a framework for content delivery and organization inspired by Netvibes, iGoogle, and Pageflakes. …

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Reflections on Internet Librarian and LAUC-B Conferences (or 5 talks at 2 conferences in 1 week) free the information!, librarianship, our digital future, reference, social software, speaking

by Meredith Farkas on 11/6/2007 with 7 comments

Today [Note: This part was written Monday] will be my first day back at work after the marathon that was Internet Librarian and the LAUC-B conference. I ended up giving 5 talks in one week, which is a record for me (and probably for most people other than Roy Tennant, Stephen Abram and other similarly …

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Survey of the Biblioblogosphere: Results blogging, librarianship

by Meredith Farkas on 10/10/2007 with 7 comments

Pfew! All done publishing the results of the 2007 Survey of the Biblioblosophere! To refresh your memory, here are all of the posts about this year’s survey: 2007 Survey of the Biblioblogosphere: Demographics 2007 Survey of the Biblioblogosphere: Blog Demographics 2007 Survey of the Biblioblogosphere: Attitudes and Behaviors 2007 Survey of the Biblioblogosphere: Results from …

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2007 Survey of the Biblioblogosphere: Attitudes and Behaviors blogging, librarianship

by Meredith Farkas on 10/10/2007 with 3 comments

For comparison to the 2005 results (though some questions are new) visit Survey of the Biblioblogosphere: Attitudes and Behaviors 23. What is the primary way that you read blog content? ResponsePercent ResponseCount  I visit each blog individually  15.1%   118   I read blogs in a Web-based RSS aggregator (Bloglines, Google Reader, etc.)  71.1%   557   I read …

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Should we take off those training-wheels? instruction, librarianship, social software

by Meredith Farkas on 10/7/2007 with 28 comments

no more training wheels Originally uploaded by shadycat I’ve been reading a number of interesting posts on the “training-wheels culture” from Dorothea Salo, Nicole Engard, and Emily Clasper. As I’ve been doing a lot of teaching — both online and in-person workshops — it’s an issue I’ve also been thinking a lot about on my …

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Who knew? our digital future

by Meredith Farkas on 10/5/2007 with 4 comments

“New ideas are fine, but they are also illegal, because they are a form of ageism… We’ve learned that you can’t teach a dog new tricks, because it’s illegal and you will go to jail.” -Michael Scott, The Office You can read a great analysis of generational issues and technology adoption through the lens of …

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