Library Babel Fish

Library Babel Fish

A college librarian's take on technology

May 31, 2011 - 10:30pm
In last Sunday's New York Times Jonathan Franzen wrote about the ways love, technology, and consumerism are growing blurred. We collect friends, we show affection for things by clicking on them, and we gather followers in a hall-of-mirrors projection of our selves as an aggregation of connections.
May 26, 2011 - 9:45pm
I seem unable to develop a sustained argument about anything right now, so - oh, look, a butterfly! Instead here are some random thoughts. This is more or less my brain on RSS feeds. First, the bad news:
May 17, 2011 - 7:30pm
For the last couple of weeks I've been acting cynical and complaining about our cult of excess information when what we need is access to information in a way that's sustainable and not quite as likely as the current state of affairs to make my head explode.
May 11, 2011 - 3:30pm
Last week, I confessed to having something of a crisis of faith. I was attending a fascinating workshop on library publishing services.
May 5, 2011 - 9:30pm
I am feeling a bit of cognitive dissonance. I just sent off a list of talking points for a board meeting of our friends group, which works hard to support the library and would like to hear some cheering news about what that support means. Because I'm out of town, a colleague will be talking to our friends, and I just remembered--whoops--I had promised to give her some ideas.That's really not hard, because the friends group supports a lot of neat things.
April 28, 2011 - 10:00pm
Some end-of-the-week reflections on the uses of college students as human shields for stupid decisions:
April 19, 2011 - 8:30pm
I’ve been mulling over a couple of documents that have generated a lot of chatter in my online circles in the past couple of weeks.
April 12, 2011 - 9:30pm
I recently returned from a brief encounter with some fascinating ideas at “4Cs” – the annual meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication.
April 7, 2011 - 12:45am
My friend Steve Lawson made an interesting discovery the other day as he did the kind of research one naturally does when working as a librarian at a liberal arts college.
March 28, 2011 - 9:15pm
I am a huge fan of open government and of the Freedom of Information Act. The right of the people to request information from public officials is an important tool for journalism, research, and activism. That’s why, as I read responses to a political group’s request for e-mail correspondence from a state employee, my knee does not begin to jerk convulsively. I don’t think, “e-mail!? That’s outrageous!

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