Archive for February, 2009

To those who complain that Twitter is just a growing forum for navel-gazers with nothing significant to say, I offer this post from the Columbia Journalism Review: At the TimesOPEN conference it was easy to assume that the audience of Twitterers (Tweeters?) wasn’t paying attention, but what was really going on was a broader, more international version of the TimesOPEN conference itself. The conversation was opened up, more voices were let in, and the ideas being presented were discussed immediately and widely. The presentations turned into conversations. That is the real power of Twitter. It’s about sharing ideas, not sharing self-indulgent bon mots.

When I encounter people who summarily dismiss Twitter I usually know right away they’ve never actually used it. I, myself, felt fairly dismissive about the whole thing until I saw its usefulness in staying connected, sharing ideas and information, communicating quickly, and having communal discussions into which anyone with something to say can jump. Those who write off any kind of communication media without ever trying it for themselves, well, they are usually the ones missing out in the end.

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Library Websites, redux

I read a great article this morning about the future of library websites, and thought it more than worth sharing. Steven Bell writes in Inside Higher Ed that we need to re-think the purpose and role of library web portals. He points out that most scholars (and students) are no longer using library web sites as an entry point to research materials, and talks about how we might (and whether we should) change that. He also makes some excellent points about the importance of faculty-librarian collaboration. Overall, this is a very thought-provoking and forward-looking article, one whose ideas I will certainly be bringing with me into whatever future role I might have in an academic library.

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Nerd videos

Josh Porter at Bokardo pointed out a great collection of videos released by Peachpit on such fascinating topics as search engine optimization, social networking, and web standards by big names in the field (at least, I assume they’re big names. Being new to all this, I’m not so sure). Interesting stuff, if you’re into that kind of thing, and worth checking out.

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Feminist Books for Kids

The Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the ALA (wow, we librarians sure now how to complicate things) comes up every year with the Amelia Bloomer List, a list of great feminist books for kids. The 2009 list has been released! These books all showcase girls and women who go against the grain, stand up for something they believe in, are courageous and unique and cool. The books include fiction and non-fiction, and the list includes offerings for kids off all ages. This list is well worth checking out if you have kids (boys or girls), if you buy books for a library, or if you teach. Man, I don’t do any of these things and I still want half of these books.

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