Andromeda Yelton

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Entries Tagged as 'culture clash'

after @bohyunkim: talking across boundaries and the meaning of “coder”

February 22nd, 2011 · 13 Comments · Uncategorized

Bohyun Kim has a great post (and read the comments too), Why not grow coders from the inside of libraries? Interesting questions on why we’re not doing that and how our institutions could better support that sort of development. The question that came up for me, though, reading through comments, was a question of vocabulary. [...]

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an asymptotic approach to truth

August 12th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Spent the weekend visiting the in-laws in Princeton, hence visiting my librarian crew down there; Monday lunch with Janie Hermann followed by Deep Thoughts with Peter Bromberg. Lovely! (As always: how lucky am I to have found this profession where people are so generous with their time, thoughts, and expertise?) And at one point Peter [...]

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internet culture vs. library culture?

July 19th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

I was writing a comment on an ALA TechSource post on library culture vs. internet culture (thanks to Buffy for bringing it to my attention), and it got long enough I figured it should be a blog post instead. Blockquoting from the post; the rest is mine: The movers and shakers of Internet culture probably [...]

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what Google ethnography and research oncology have in common

January 25th, 2010 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

Here, we have an ethnographer talking about why (outside of academic/elite contexts) Google is not widely adopted in China. (A variety of reasons: the Google name is hard to pronounce and spell in Chinese and there is not a widely accepted, Google-promoted canonical form; many, many users have their primary internet access through mobile technologies [...]

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structure of open source community

January 7th, 2010 · 11 Comments · Uncategorized

So my husband (a software engineer) and I talk a lot about this library stuff, duh, and it’s useful for exposing underlying assumptions that differ between these two fields of information geekery… One of the things I’ve been thinking about is the structure of open source development communities. I’ve run Linux (albeit no more) and [...]

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discovery interfaces in the Chronicle

October 12th, 2009 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

Chronicle of Higher Ed article on discovery layers in library catalogs. Doesn’t say much I haven’t already seen (although if you have no idea what I mean by “discovery layers” do read it; it’s a good overview). I did like this bit, though: “It’s sort of our answer to, Why it is you need a [...]

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NISO Forum 2009: Annette Bailey, and women in CS

October 9th, 2009 · 8 Comments · Uncategorized

I was at the NISO forum with my Library Automation class yesterday. Couple of interesting talks, particularly Annette Bailey‘s, and my notes have all these “blog this!” memos, none of which I’m blogging about right now because it turns out what I’ve been thinking about overnight is how her presentation reminded me of a chat [...]

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the perfect is the enemy of the good; the good is the enemy of the perfect?

September 18th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

In my Library Automation class yesterday, the concept of satisficing came up. Digression: satisficing is where I feel most acutely the cultural conflict between the librarians I read and talk with in school, and the software geeks I socialize with. So any time that comes up, there’s a lot going on in my head. Someone [...]

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Create Your Own Economy (part I?)

August 13th, 2009 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

I’ve just started reading Tyler Cowen’s new book, Create Your Own Economy. (That is to say, I’ve just finished Chapter 1.) I should preface this by saying that Cowen is one of my great intellectual crushes and his blog, Marginal Revolution, has taught me a lot and strongly influenced my thinking on some matters (as [...]

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objectivity vs. transparency

July 21st, 2009 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

The always fascinating David Weinberger blogs on transparency vs. objectivity. Worth reading the whole thing — the argument gets deeper as it goes along. But here’s the part where I really started thinking: Transparency prospers in a linked medium, for you can literally see the connections between the final draft’s claims and the ideas that [...]

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