Andromeda Yelton

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Entries Tagged as 'library 2.0'

libraries as philosophical instances

June 18th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

OK, so Jens-Erik Mai is brilliant, and reading his stuff was one of the high points of LIS 419, but still, how is it that I have not before heard anyone theorize library 2.0/future of the library questions as an issue of postmodernism? He points out that the library as we know it is a [...]

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your DIY library

June 11th, 2010 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

In Do Open Academic Libraries Need Academic Librarians over at ACRLog, StevenB brings up MIT OpenCourseWare and its kin, notes the People’s Library set up outside the (closed past 8pm) CalState library by students who need a place to study (…ah, California, you were so hospitable to open-air spaces), and asks questions about what constitutes [...]

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50 cent/robot/owl city/africa is the future

February 3rd, 2010 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

I promised a meatier post on Wayne Bivens-Tatum’s post, so here we go… * I think Andy is very much right that people are the future. Surely one of the big lessons of the Internet in general and web 2.0 in particular is that people are the killer app — technology that lets us interact [...]

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incentivizing ratings & reviews

November 19th, 2009 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

Implicit question asked by Roy Tennant during a presentation to my LIS 531R class — why is Amazon so much better at incentivizing users to rate and review books than libraries (when they support those capacities) are?

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Update on Cushing’s all-digital library

November 12th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Update on Cushing Academy, the school that ditched its print collection for Kindles &c — worth knowing about now that the academic year is underway. Some pros, some cons, not a lot of detail. Interesting that a wide variety of administrators, including a library administrator, are quoted approvingly (I wish I could’ve been around for [...]

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data mining for fun and…

November 10th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

That slideset yesterday was funny, so I’ve RSSed the guy’s blog. Liked this recent post about data-mining your circ records. His university now has a recommender system (both “people who liked this book also liked” and “people in this course of study tend to like”) and a course-of-study-specific search functionality (nursing and law students want [...]

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lipstick, cowbells, and serendipity!

November 9th, 2009 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

Hilarious slideset on library 2.0 OPAC features with a great subtitle — “Utilising Web 2.0 in the OPAC: lipstick, cowbells and serendipity.”.

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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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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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