Category Archives: Links

Chart Wars

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Here is a great (and short) presentation on the power of visuals and data. Well worth checking out.

Calling all Future Science Librarians

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Below you’ll find a link to a flyer for new program getting started at Syracuse University’s iSchool to prepare a new crop of eScience librarians. They are looking to build a cohort of students. Those selected will get a full ride at SU for the LIS program (including a stipend) as well as mentoring by…

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School Libraries and Participatory Librarianship

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I wish I could hear the presentation that goes with the slides, because the slides are amazing. Check out the Unquiet Librarian’s presentation at AASL 2009: Not Just Another Brick in the Wall: Engaging 21st Century Learning Through Participatory School Librarianship View more presentations from Buffy Hamilton.

Longshots #191: The Power of Participatory Librarianship

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Here is a podcast I did with Sarah Long. Check it out. She also has a bunch of other great podcasts to check out as well: Sarah talks with Dr. R. David Lankes, Associate Professor and Director of the Information Institute of Syracuse School of Information Studies at Syracuse University about the concept of participatory…

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Libraries in Action

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Here is a great story (thanks for the find Shifted Librarian) about the impact libraries can have. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c

Google and CCTVs = Real Time Maps

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Below is an amazing video showing what a group out of Georgia Tech did by combining Google Maps with real time public CCTV data. Now you can see car going down the roads, clouds in the sky and people at play in real time. It is both really cool, and really scary at the same…

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Podcast Feed Consolidated

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So it doesn’t make sense to have two RSS feeds anymore, one for the all blog entries and one just for podcasts. I’ve consolidated everything into just one feed: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/blog/?feed=rss2. If you subscribe to this in iTunes or any podcasting tool you will still get all my presentations and screencasts. Please update your feed readers…

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Lankes in 100 Best Blogs for Librarians of the Future

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While I am guessing this more about getting incoming links than “thanking the academy” it turns out it is a good list of library-related blogs. So: I’ve been listed on the Learn-gasm’s 100 Best Blogs for Librarians of the Future http://www.bachelorsdegreeonline.com/blog/2009/100-best-blogs-for-librarians-of-the-future/

Another Case for Libraries

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In some of my presentations I talk about the danger of libraries ignoring massive scale information and the dangers of letting the commercial sector solve the problem. While not massive scale, the following story still highlights the danger and shows that using functions (providing reading materials) to define what you do over a worldview (why…

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How Much is a Petabyte?

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Here is an awesome graphic visualizing a petabyte from Mozy (http://mozy.com/blog/misc/how-much-is-a-petabyte/). Great for all those of us concerned with massive scale information and librarianship:

Nicolette Sosulski: Reference Hero

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You know, I do a lot of talking about how librarians need to be less anonymous, and more personal. I should do my part as well. I not only do a lot of talking about reference, I use it too. I’d like to take the opportunity to give a shout out to a librarian who…

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Mashups Made Real

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So I was moderating a WebWise pre-confernece on mashups with Eli Neiburger and Joe Ryan. Eli had a great observation, that data and API’s are to the information age what interchangeable spare parts were to the industrial age. APIs and web services make the data interchangeable. Very cool observation. Anyway, API’s, XML, web services, and…

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Great Information Video

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I think this video does a great job of showing how information and knowledge is all about context, and not encoding (all about use and not artifacts):

Very Cool Word Clouds

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I’m a huge fans of tag clouds (ironically, not such a big fan of tags). I just found a great tool that allows you make very cool word clouds from blocks of texts, blogs and web pages: http://www.wordle.net/ From my Blog:

Great Video on Information Literacy

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A great video on how undergraduates seek information in doing their work. It is from a study out of the iSchool at the University of Washington with Allison Head, Mike Eisenberg and David Nasatir (http://projectinfolit.org/). Pay particular attention to the role of Wikipedia, the notion of pre-search, and the comment about “I’ll go to some…

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Librarian: Best Careers in 2009

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Saw this on Gerry McKiernan’s post and thoguht I’d share too: http://www.usnews.com/articles/business/best-careers/2008/12/11/best-careers-2009-librarian.htm U.S. News & World Report says that librarianship is one of the best careers for 2009. I like the write up too: “That effort to land a job will be well worth it if you’re well suited to the profession: love the idea…

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More Panoramas

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I have set up another Blip.tv channel that I use to put one off videos and streaming screencasts I use for class. There isn’t really any rhyme or reason to them as a whole. I just did a piece on using Photoshop and cell phone cameras to make panoramas some or you might find interesting.…

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iPhone Panoramas

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I saw a great link to a new iPhone application called PanoLab on Gizmodo. The app takes the lightweight camera on the iPhone and lets you turn out some very interesting looking panorama images (here’s mine): Here is a link to a lot more on Flickr and a link to PanoLab. If you have an…

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How to Make a Book in the 1940’s

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This is so cool. It shows how to make a book (including manual typesetting) from about 60 years ago. Sometimes you forget just how far the production of information has come. Printing a Book, Old School from Armin Vit on Vimeo.