Monday, December 01, 2014

be researchers

Shifting language from 'reference librarian' and 'reference services' to 'research'. Research services. Be a 'researcher' -- someone who does research, who participates and publishes, and someone who teaches others how to use info sources (in any medium) to do their own research.

Monday, August 09, 2010

facebook q&a

I've publicly criticized FB's use by libraries before -- but at the link below I don't even bother to mention the dissolution of reference services this development suggests.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Happy Ada Lovelace Day: Donna Haraway

Ada Lovelace Day: Donna Haraway

Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

My hero of the day is Donna Haraway.

I think I first encountered Donna Haraway’s work in about 1996. I was studying up on Actor-Network Theory as part of an effort to get into an exchange program to Keele University (John Law had taught at Keele, and that’s how I got into ANT), and somehow that led me to theCyborg Manifesto. Once at Keele, Primate Visions was required (for a class about society and nature with Gordon Fyfe, I think).

Haraway’s work has really been important to me. She’s helped me to make sense of the interstitial spots between technology and bodies, between people and animals. So for Ada Lovelace day, I celebrate Donna Haraway!

img: rusten hogness via wikimedia commons

img: rusten hogness via wikimedia commons

Thursday, October 08, 2009

(teaching a class how to embed video for their blog projects... Dave ended up as the example for some reason...)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

QR book to Web application: live

Via "Building Library 3.0" blog:

QR book to Web application: live

QR Library application -- this is very homemade, very "beta" -- actually very "delta".

I've described it before: QR code slapped on a book, a patron uses their phone to snap a pic, QR pic takes them to whatever online resource you want them to see.

Here's an example:
Imagine you've just picked up this book in the library, "Chess and the Art of Negotiation", and noticed a QR barcode on it.

You use your gizmo (to which you have already loaded Semacode or Kaywa, etc.) to load the barcode and are taken here:

Hosted resources -- online forums, chess resources, similar books, available e-books, etc. etc. Plus a place for patron comments, so they can add resources you hadn't yet found/ thought of / or approved.

This is a "proof of concept". Sorry I can't give the direct URL yet. Hope you'll work up something like this on your own. []

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