Giving and Taking ALA, 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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My book is available through Amazon! hi

by Meredith Farkas on 6/26/2007 with 9 comments

My book is available through Amazon! Originally uploaded by librarianmer I’m almost afraid to mention this for fear that I’ll jinx it, but it looks like my book is finally available through Amazon.com! It says “In Stock” and everything! Huzzah! Thanks to Rob and the rest of the folks at Information Today for helping to …

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My developing ALA Schedule ALA

by Meredith Farkas on 6/13/2007 with 4 comments

I’m really excited about ALA and I can’t believe it’s coming up so soon! I’m giving three talks and have to do signings and appearances at the exhibits on Saturday, so I don’t have a lot of time to see DC or to go to sessions other than my own. Still, it’s going to be …

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Being Transparent Isn’t Enough librarianship

by Meredith Farkas on 6/3/2007 with 9 comments

We talk a great deal about the importance of being more transparent to our patrons. Things like blogs, flickr, etc. can help put a human face on the library, make us seem more approachable and friendly. For my August column for American Libraries (which I just finished) I wrote about how Virginia Commonwealth University’s library …

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Eight random things random

by Meredith Farkas on 5/28/2007 with 6 comments

Rachel tagged me with a new meme and challenged me to come up with eight random things about myself. I feel like I’ve disclosed a lot on this blog, so I had a hard time coming up with anything anyone would find remotely interesting. Here goes nothing! My favorite author right now (and for the …

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Through her eyes libraries

by Meredith Farkas on 5/6/2007 with 2 comments

I have always enjoyed reading books and articles about certain places written by foreigners. Whether it is the British writer Jonathan Raban writing about America, the early 20th century British adventurer, Freya Stark, writing about “Arabia”, or American journalist, Adam Gopnick, writing about Paris, there is something special in their writing that comes from seeing …

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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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