ALA2007: Participatory Networks: Libraries as Conversations: Second Life

John Lester (Pathfinder Linden!):

– introduction to second life
– fundamentally not a game
– asked “is the web a game?” There are games on the web… SL is the same
– online augments face-to-face just like the phone augments – doesn’t replace
– median age 35
– goal – host your own SL grid (they went open source in January 2007)
– emotional bandwidth – constantly want to connect with people (emoticons vs avatars with facial expressions)
– over 200 universities represented – doing experiential learning
– creating immersive experiences
– imagine learning about ancient egypt, in a replica of ancient egypt
– real vs virtual worlds… are people you talk to real? Cell phone? What’s the difference?
– don’t get mired in past frameworks – ie., movies are not plays

ALA2007: RUSA Preconference: The Hyperlinked Library: Reference Services in the 2.0 World

Michael Stephens, Keynote: The Hyperlinked Library: Reference Services in the 2.0 World

David says: other people probably took better notes – honestly, I really enjoy just sitting and listening to Michael talk – he does a great job, and it’s fun!

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introduced web and library 2.0, discussed the information revolution that’s taking place.

three things to do:

evolve – checking out laptops, camcorders, etc… welcoming buildings
let go of control – no cell phone signs as examples
be visible online

plan with your users

engage your users
– catalog search box in facebook
– comments in catalog

adopt a 2.0 philosophy

– throw out the culture of perfect
– learn from the gamers (it’s ok to make mistakes)
– discover, play and experience these new tools

Second Life reference desk – 200 questions a week

create a culture of trust
– trust users
– trust each other

I’m No Antidigitalist: a song about GormanGate


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Last week, as I was reading and responding to everyone’s responses to Michael Gorman’s blog posts, I re-read a couple of the posts myself… and this phrase from his earlier “blog people” article started running through my head … and wouldn’t leave.So I did what any self-respecting closet musician would do on his day off – I wrote a song!

A little more explanation – I wrote the music (with a little help from GarageBand here and there). For each line of the lyrics, I pulled random Gorman quotes from these three articles.

This is probably some odd self-fulfilling prophecy, since I am a blogger, since Gorman said “entirely possible that their intellectual needs are met by an accumulation of random facts and paragraphs” … and that’s pretty much what I did to construct this song!

Now, on to the song! And here’s a game for you while listening: try to find each quote while you’re listening to the song!

I’m No Antidigitalist
Music by David Lee King, lyrics pulled from Gorman quotes

an associated flight from expertise
believers in Biblical inerrancy
authoritative printed sources
an extreme example of technophiliac rambling

human beings learn, essentially, in only two ways
verifiable credentials and demonstrable expertise
derision of the professorial authority figure
hyperventilating not blasphemy

I’m no Antidigitalist

there are obstacles to such a benign outcome
antihuman and intellectually debasing
the endemic confusion of means
the triumph of hope and boosterism over reality

I’m no Antidigitalist

read what they want to read … random facts
read what they want to read … paragraphs

an associated flight from expertise
believers in Biblical inerrancy
human beings learn, essentially, in only two ways
hyperventilating not blasphemy

I’m no Antidigitalist

The structures of scholarship and learning are based on respect for individuality and the authentic expression of individual personalities.

Enjoy!