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The Future: What Does It Mean? . . . .A Reading List

We discussed so many things at last Saturday’s event nanobots, toast technology, privacy, data and a ton of other stuff. Along with our author’s works, we talked about a TON of reading, below is a list of things I managed to write down. If you have any more suggestions put them in the comments.

  1. Too Big To Know by David Weinberger: The Book ; The Blog
  2. It’s not Information Overload It’s Filter Failure talk by Clay Shirky
  3. One Laptop Per Child Mesh Network
  4. The Right to Be Forgotten: in the Stamford Law Review; in Ars Technica
  5. Why Anonymity Matters Gawker
  6. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

ASIST 2011: Day One: Blogging for User Needs

The afternoon session I attended focused on the variety of ways that blogs can serve a collection and user base. Not exclusively as a publishing venue, but also as a focused user feedback tool, as a catalog, as well as a supplement to their collection.

The first speaker was Grace Constantino from the Smithsonian who talked about their survey project for the Biodiversity Library. They not only surveyed their population of users by traditional means (sending out an e-mail survey), but they then published it. They encouraged the users to include specific citations and links to their own work to serve as an incentive for participation. The speaker mentioned that due to the small, dedicated group of users they have, most were participating out of loyalty to the tool itself.  They learned a great deal, specifically that they had a user base within the artist community, who were interested in their images collection (many of them are hand drawn/painted) but had no way to access them specifically. As a result, they are adding in an image search. Here’s the “Users” section of their blog.

Next up was the UMarmot project out of Amherst. What I felt was most interesting about this project was the emphasis on the adaptability of the blogging platform in a library world of constant technological change. Here’s there collections.

Finally, Carolynn Sheffield of the Field Book project also from the Smithsonian Institute presented the exposure and sharing of field books. This includes not only their collection, but guest authors sharing info about their own uses of field notes.

ASIST 2011: Day One: Preservation-the final frontier?

Tom Wilson is giving the plenary lecture today.

He highlights (using the ol’ Ozymandias poem) that what we have from other cultures was not usually intended to be found. Our impressions are mostly made from things that were never supposed to be found (using King tut’s tomb paintings as an example). Often the things we’ve discovered are things that were thrown away (most archaeologists love a good garbage pile).

Wilson emphasizes the need to consider preservation in our current environment because of the lack of durability of the information we’re creating. It’s been discussed for quite some time that our excessive variety of filetypes will be difficult for preservation. Often preservation of digital objects is about updating and file transfers. “Intelligbility” is an important element. Language changes, particularly labels for things that no longer exist whether it be an object or a profession, we may need to consider explaining some of these things more in depth.

Here’s the project he’s been working on:

One of the suggestions of preventing the need for perpetual file transfers, computers of the future will be able to “emulate” the file preparation. Which is already being done by a group.


Sorry to be so brief, internet is thin on the ground at this conference. More updates later.

ASIST 2011: Day One : New Member’s Brunch


First event for me was the New Member/First Timers brunch. Not only was it a warm welcome and a general call to action, but the people who welcomed us were all hilarious and lovely.  I also got to thank Cassidy Sugimoto for all her help with our chapter in person.

I was sitting at the SIGEd table and we got to talking about some of the educational technologies. One of the people I met out of Rutgers is interested in researching k-12 facebook Human Info Behavior so be on the look out for that.

There’s also a cool “Student Design Competition”  where students get a “Design problem” at the beginning of the conference and get to present their ideas at the end. This seems like it would make it worth it for student chapter member’s attendance.

Off the to Plenary!