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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…