We Work Together But Don’t Read Each Other’s Blogs

We Work Together But Don’t Read Each Other’s Blogs.

I find this very true.  It’s difficult to keep track of everyone and their blogs, but I have made an effort to use Google Reader and collect as many new feeds as I can.  It may seem daunting, but if you read them like emails you can actually get alot of recent events before they are old news.

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Categories: library science

Twitter can make you immoral, claim scientists | Mail Online

Twitter can make you immoral, claim scientists | Mail Online.

The constant stream of information obviously leaves no time for reflection and judgement.  As we give students more and more information to select from, are their decisions based on careful consideration or reactionary necessity?  Information morality…hmmm?

Facebook a distraction from studies?

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Jeff Young from the Chronicle: Wired Campus Blog recounted a new study from Ohio State in which the performance of students was assessed using their use of Facebook as a determining factor.  There are many raised eyebrows surrounding this topic, but the data so far is inconclusive and not accurate enough to draw true correlations between use and performance.  Frankly, I would wager that there are more factors than just Facebook for poor performance.  What if one student didn’t use Facebook but constantly texted their friends in class, played Warcraft until 3a.m. and then spent most of the other times watching old Kung Fu movies without cracking a book?  I would wager that performance would rate rather low.  Then again what if there was another student which had a similar behavior pattern but used Facebook to organize get togethers with their friends, shared assignments online, and contacted their librarian for help via Facebook.  They may still perform poorly, but it wasn’t their use of Facebook that brought them down. 

I would be curious to run a study in which the students are assigned a level of social networking proficiency.  From that we could try to rate whether their networking seemed to add or detract from a normalized pattern of studious behavior.

10 SKills for Software Developers of the Future

04/02/2009 1 comment

Justin James submitted a post about possible preferred skills software developers will need in the next few years. It isn’t a far leap to realize that many of these skills will be necessary for librarians dealing with web and application design.

Diablo III: Archivist class?

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For those of you unfamiliar with the Diablo game franchise, your goal is to collect loot while killing hordes of demonic baddies.  Gamers are anxiously awaiting the next release from Blizzard Entertianment which features numerous upgrades without losing the flavor of the original game.  On April Fool’s Day they released the announcement of a new class called an Archivist.   With powers like Lorenado (a cyclone of pages), Quest Bolt (a magic question mark places the traditional quest giver symbol on the baddies), or Shush (a massive silencing attack that kills all the evil doers in the room); the Archivist would seem to have enough offense to survive for a short time.  His defense leaves a bit to be desired.

It would seem that this isn’t as exciting as one in our field would think, as this falls into the long line of pranks from the game company.

Past pranks:

Dance Battle System

Bard Class

Tauren Marine

Molten Core for Atari

 

I don’t have a problem with the prank, but why do they think that an archivist or librarian couldn’t hold their own in a battle.  Do you think those magic classes learned their skills by watching MageTV?  No they went to the library.

Categories: library science

You Tube goes edu

03/30/2009 1 comment

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As reported in the Chronicle of Higher Education, You Tube has recently created a channel for colleges and universities.    They are only accepting one channel from each institution, but this is a great way to focus your library videos onto the You Tube network.  Now when your users look for your library’s information literacy video, they won’t have to spend hours browsing through unrelated videos.  There are over 100 institutions signed up now, so don’t wait and start the process to get your videos into the You Tube Edu stream.

Gaming in Libraries gets press, sort of

 

Image used from Flickr.  CC ownership by j.c. westbrook.

Image used from Flickr. CC ownership by j.c. westbrook.

From a recent post on Game Couch, a Nebraska news team forgot to actually investigate their reporting and claimed that the public libraries in their towns were buying video gaming equipment and using them on taxpayer supported time. 

The reality was that the outreach program involving video games has been around for some time and is supported by those approving the library funding.

I would call them “gotcha” media, but it doesn’t work if the media reporter looks like the fool.

I believe that this may be their next teaser: 

Tomorrow on Action News, the libraries are using tax payer dollars to buy books on Socialism and then encouraging your kids to take them and read them for free. We’ll show you the reactions by Joe 6-pack right after our ongoing coverage of several, local, untamed bears defecating in a wooded area…