Carnival of the Infosciences #66

Ladies and jellybeans! Alligators and crocodiles! Friends, robots, cybrarians, lend me a fiver ’til next payday! And get out your tickets for the latest edition of the Carnival of the Infosciences!


Submitted for your approval:

Abigail Bordeaux sends in her reaction to a WWII-era article on “Getting More Efficiency Out of Women Employees” in a post entitled “Oh Really?

In “Citizen Preservation, a vision for the future,” James Brunskill offers a “discussion of the idea of bringing web2.0 to the world of digital preservation.”

Connie Crosby points us to a post by Michael Stephens called “Ten Tech Trends for Librarians 2007.” About the post, Connie says, “Michael Stevens put a lot of work into his post Ten Tech Trends for Librarians 2007. I know this is probably based on a presentation he did, but good to make everyone more aware of this important post.” I absolutely agree.

Jon Swift (who is dead, according to Wikipedia, but that must be wrong, because how could he be blogging if he were dead?) offers us his take on a new source of, er, information: “Conservapedia.” “Now, finally, there is an alternative to Wikipedia, which doesn’t have any controversial ideas at all: Conservapedia. Conservapedia is based on good Christian values, unlike Wikipedia, which I gather from the name, is based on Wiccan,” Jon says swiftly.

Ladles and gentlemen! Preeee-senting, for your edification, my own pugnacious picks for this crazy carnival:

Walt Crawford has also posted a review of Conservapedia in “Wikipedia too liberal for you?” Walt betrays his own liberal bias in his review of the site…and that’s quite alright with liberal ol’ me.

Tim Spalding of LibraryThing wrote a smashing post about tagging, comparing Amazon’s tagging with LibraryThing’s, “When tags work and when they don’t: Amazon and LibraryThing.” I’m a big fan of LibraryThing, and I’m a big fan of Tim’s blogging. He’s never afraid to throw ideas out there and see how they work or don’t work. There are some brilliant comments on this particular post, too.

Michelle “Jane Eyre” Boule has posted the first of her series of ALA TechSource posts about new ways to approach online education, “Unsucking Online Education, Part One.” Michelle is part of a group that has formed an online technology-education course, Five Weeks to a Social Library. I’m not exaggerating when I say I think Five Weeks is the wave of the future, the shape of things to come, so Michelle’s “Unsucking Online Education” makes a great companion piece.

For more on the Five Weeks to a Social Library front, co-creator Meredith Farkas has offered her picks for the highlights of each week of the course: “Highlights From Week 1 of Five Weeks to a Social Library,” “Five Weeks to a Social Library: Highlights From Week 2,” and “Five Weeks to a Social Library: Highlights From Week 3.” There are some great links to blog posts there, which sort of makes this a meta-Carnival extravaganza. Or something like that.

Inspired by the goings-on at Five Weeks, Iris Jastram posts her thoughts on social bookmarking in “Social Bookmarking and 5 Weeks.” Iris also touches on the larger issue of library employees having time to play and experiment with new tools.

Mark Leggott presents a description and definition of what the “Slow Library” movement is all about in “Ahhh…the Beauty of Slow.” Personally, I’m not seeing much of a difference between “Library 2.0” and “Slow Library,” but I like what Mark says a whole lot. It’s well worth reading, regardless of your feelings about “Library 2.0” or the open source movement.

Well, that’s all for the big top show this time, but as always, feel free to wander off down the concourses to see the varied acts performing in this nonstop Carnival of the Infosciences. Connie Crosby will be the next ringmaster, so get your submissions in before the next show on March 19, 2007.