Two sets of priorities

This post is a presentation of two lists of priorities – first, priorities of the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT), and second, a list of the kind of issue that I think SRRT ought to emphasize instead. The first list is as complete a list as I was able to compile of the subjects of … Read more Two sets of priorities

We need a social media helper – call for volunteers

We (Litwin Books and Library Juice Press) have a presence on a number of social media sites – Facebook, Twitter, Goodreaders, Livejournal, LibraryThing – but we’re not using them to their full potential. I’ll own up to it – I don’t relate to some of these services (especially Twitter – I just don’t get it). … Read more We need a social media helper – call for volunteers

SLA —> ASKPro?

It comes up periodically and gets a little more serious each time. The Special Libraries Association is asking members to approve a name change to the “Association of Strategic Knowledge Professionals,” or ASKPro. Lots of SLA members say, “What’s in a name? It’s a matter of being recognized as what we are. Don’t take words … Read more SLA —> ASKPro?

On the contribution of publishers

This post presents a second look at the familiar story regarding the transformation of information consumers into information producers and the idea that this shift is making book publishing companies obsolete. While the effects of the technology revolution have certainly empowered individuals, this common story overlooks some important aspects of the role that publishers play, … Read more On the contribution of publishers

An illustration of the difficulty of being a good futurist

From “How Technology Changes Society,” by: William Fielding Ogburn. Published in Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 249, Social Implications of Modern Science (Jan., 1947), pp. 81-88. Between the patenting of an invention and its use, the old adage is appropriate: there is many a slip betwixt the cup and … Read more An illustration of the difficulty of being a good futurist

Pres. Obama Declares October National Information Literacy Awareness Month

I look forward to Republicans coming out against this…. THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ____________________________________________________ For Immediate Release October 1, 2009 NATIONAL INFORMATION LITERACY AWARENESS MONTH, 2009 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Every day, we are inundated with vast … Read more Pres. Obama Declares October National Information Literacy Awareness Month

Call for Papers – Politics, Libraries and Culture: Historical Perspectives

Call for Papers *Politics, Libraries and Culture: Historical Perspectives* *Library History Round Table (LHRT) Research Forum, June 2010* * * The Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) seeks papers for its Research Forum at the 2010 ALA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., June 24-29, 2010. The theme of the Forum … Read more Call for Papers – Politics, Libraries and Culture: Historical Perspectives

People and Machines

Leveraging our impact with technology means certain things. It means substituting machine processes, which are good at certain kinds of thinking, for intellectual processes, which are good at other kinds of thinking. In terms of “recommender engines” or other systems intended to connect people with information automatically, it means relying on aggregate data and averages. … Read more People and Machines

Library History Bibliography

From the LHRT site: “The Library History Round Table publishes a bibliography of library history in each semi-annual issue of the LHRT Newsletter. LHRT has consolidated the bibliographies from the 1990s and early 2000s to improve searchability.”