critical reading for the rude

tla wuz

TLA wuss?  No sir.  I caught a falling metal pole and saved a maiden’s head from hurt!  Really did, over on the far (South?) side of the exhibitions hall.  Then me and some likely lads secured the rest of the frame, and got the roughnecks called in to re-bolt the bastard.

But, yes, TLA.  Had my doubts about it, my prejudices.  Really did and still do.  But it was good on the whole.  Better than good, and more than worth the time, traffic, and money.  Just wish my bureau-crew had backed me a little better, sent me for more than a day.  But hey, I appreciate what I did get to do.  Very much.


April 18, 2008 Posted by | libraries | , | Leave a comment

bldgblog library




















buildings and books

books and people

people and machines

machines and buildings

and people


Some of these things go together, you know.

Spacetime, mind; meat and machines.

December 3, 2007 Posted by | info sci, info viz, libraries | 1 Comment


Working on a project now about making the 2.0 stuff work for libraries — advanced tools, qr code, smart xml schemes, social books, wanding w/ arphids.  Trying to gather all the thoughts together, lay them down in one spot with some order.  Will be making some notes to myself here and there.

December 3, 2007 Posted by | info sci, libraries, ubicomp, writing | | 4 Comments

yahoo like seadragon

yahoo! design innovation team

Take a look at Bookscape, and the movie demo there… Reminds of Seadragon:


“The Open Library project (part of the Internet Archive) has scanned and digitized about 2,600 illustrated books for children, all full of about 250,000 illustrations total. It it hard to see all the pictures without paging through each book however, so this experimental interface uses dynamic resampling of image data to place all the images in one zoomable space, arranged alphabetically by title.”

(via infosthetics

via ishush)

November 28, 2007 Posted by | info viz, libraries | Leave a comment


reBang blog writes about PerfectBook:

What I wonder is whether the public will fully grasp the potential impact that such technology might have on their day-to-day lives. Will they both be aware and understand the significance of stories such as those surrounding, for example, the final Harry Potter book (e.g. scanned copies uploaded to the internet or unauthorized translations)? Will they make the connection between the current Flickr controversy and this kind of technology? What happens when those same amateur photographers discover people using their photos to create calenders for sale on Lulu? When it’s their work being passed around – when someone else is making money from their effort – will attitudes change?

August 10, 2007 Posted by | books, info sci, libraries, making | Leave a comment

sl again

People are generally afraid to say that Second Life is lame.  They think others think SL is really cool.  They think that if they think SL is lame, others may think of them as lame.  People should get over this fear.  There’re plenty cool things abt SL, but nothing in there is really all that cool.  SL is kind of lame.  We should treat the thing as a classroom (classrooms are too often lame spaces anyway) and quit blowing smoke about how cool we think it is.  It’s not cool.  It’s lame.  Being lame doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its uses and value.  Some people think I’m lame.  I have uses.  I have value.  No, no, I’m not saying that we should chuck it altogether.  But be honest.  Recognize.  It’s pretty lame.

Now let’s think about how we can make it cooler.

1. One… chuck the Lindens.  Just quit showing up in SL.

2. Open-source and non-profitize MMORPG environments, creating standards for worlds that let you come and go with one avatar in multiple worlds… like you can open a document in a notepad, in Word, or in .odt format…

3.  I dunno.  What else needs doing?

August 10, 2007 Posted by | libraries, teaching | 2 Comments

cool librarians

Vanity googling, I found myself on a list of “cool librarians” over at the Lemur Love Wiki. I’m honored to be in that number! (though I always thought I was a geeky librarian… same thing?)


August 9, 2007 Posted by | libraries, personomy | 1 Comment

gaming culture, libraries

Open ‘note to self’,

read if you want to.

just thinking out loud

abt instruction, libraries, and “digital natives” (ha!)


The kids who were born in 1990 (BORN in 1990!) are in our library… many “grew up” online… and watching teevee that referenced “online life”… You’ve Got Mail… that Sandra bullock movie abt ‘the net’, Hackers in 94? many better examples. Et.c. These are webby people. And they’re still learning and growing…. Developing (RIGHT NOW) more advanced critical thinking faculties, we hope…

they’re on that myspace and that e-mail, using them world wide webs, on that zwinky and facebook, and trading mp3s and mp4s, and e-mailing Craig Ferguson and e-mailing tha RZA fan mail. They’re frustrated when the web isn’t easy to use, and they don’t understand that there’s a wider Internet of which ‘tha web’ is just a subset.

for them, sadly, books are dusty dead-ends. We’ve got to show them how the web opens books. How our webby tools behoove them… get them the grades.


virtual environments even as CRUMMY as myspace are their turf.

Video or virtual games is how they learn to solve probs.

There must be ways to exploit their fascination with the virtual, to teach them information literacy skills, cyberliteracy skills, critical thinking, for their own benefit. There be many good ways, yah.

All learning is distance learning once they step out of the “2.5 hrs in desks” – profs using that time to push info to attentitve listners? Hopefully, hopefully, but real learning is independent learning. Real learning happens when you make the connection for yourself, you open the book for yrself, you seek that key bit of gov’ment statistics in the NIH database yrself.

It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become a conservative without changing a single idea.Robert Anton Wilson

Nothing of any importance can be taught. It can only be learned, and with blood and sweat. – ibid.

How do we enable self-teaching and classroom teaching for these webby learners?

Take a digital game world, throw it in a blender, add some information and research skills, sift out the word educational and maybe, just maybe, we have a new and effective way to teach our students bibliographic instruction.

Something to think on…

Related – Second Life, mmporgs, learning-by-doing, strategy and critical thinking…

Fictional economies, economies of attention, social positioning via problem solving…

Bibliographic instruction formatted for participation, execution of searches…

Beyond the ‘scavenger hunt’… points for playing = real stakes. REAL STAKES.

From virtual to “real”. Physical to informational and back again. AR v. VR.

how do we use these media

as object lessons

for instruction in using these media

for real-world outcomes… i wonder.

I do wonder that.

July 23, 2007 Posted by | info sci, libraries, search, teaching | 4 Comments

please librarians i hope you will not

let architects do all your thinking for you please (yeah).

[Joshuah Prince-Ramus on abt Seattle’s public library design]

Joshua Prince-Ramus is architect of the Seattle Public Library and principal of REX (Ramus-Ella Architects). Previously, he was U.S. Director of Rem Koolhaas’s Office of Metropolitan Architecture. Through a series of beautiful visualizations, he deconstructs the collaborative process of building the Seattle Public Library, and also offers a sneak preview of his works in progress (The Wyly Theater in Dallas, Texas and Museum Plaza in Louisville, Kentucky). (Recorded February 2006 in Monterey, CA. Duration: 20:43) – More TEDTalks at

July 18, 2007 Posted by | info sci, info viz, libraries, video | Leave a comment

open library

more on this later.

thanks, Deb.

|update|  reminds me — see seadragon demo too.

July 17, 2007 Posted by | books, libraries | 1 Comment