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#ala11 playlist

Below is my playlist for this weekend’s ALA conference.  I looked for a legal way to share this music but didn’t find anything satisfactory, so the list will just have to do with random YouTube links.  The song order is still being perfected, but here are my picks.  What will you be listening to?

  1. TV on the Radio – Wolf Like Me
  2. The Dodos – Don’t Try and Hide It
  3. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth
  4. Menomena – Wet and Rusting
  5. Coconut Records – Back to You
  6. Andrew Bird – Heretics
  7. Radical Face – Wrapped in Piano Strings
  8. Okkervil River – No Key, No Plan
  9. The Arcade Fire – Keep the Car Running
  10. Band of Horses – The Great Salt Lake
  11. Flake – Mieke
  12. Blind Pilot – The Story I Heard
  13. Magnolia Electric Co. – The Dark Don’t Hide It
  14. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes – Janglin
  15. St. Vincent – Actor Out of Work
  16. The National – Squalor Victoria
  17. Loney, Dear – Saturday Waits
  18. Man Man – Mister Jung Stuffed
  19. The Rosebuds – Leaves Do Fall
  20. Wilco – Heavy Metal Drummer
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Posted by on June 22, 2011 in conferences, links, pop culture


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How Wikipedians-in-Residence Are Opening Up Cultural Institutions
I love the idea of using an existing popular medium to actively promote archival collections and make them more accessible to the public.

“The National Archives maintains national records and preserve cultural heritage, but they don’t do a great job of presenting this information to the public in a searchable, digestible format,” says McDevitt-Parks. “This is exactly what Wikipedia does: presenting history and cultural in a way that people use every day. For the Archives specifically, the mission is not just preserving documents, but promoting their use. Through some sort of collaboration, we can make these records available for regular use by the public at large.”

I hope to hear of more Wikipedians-in-Residence in the future!

100 articles that every librarian should read
This list is a great resource, and I really should make time to read all of them.

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Posted by on June 17, 2011 in links


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After 40 Years, the Complete Pentagon Papers
Next Monday, all 7,000 pages of the Pentagon Papers will be declassified.

Why non-academics should be following the Georgia State U case
Anyone interested in copyright and technology policy should be paying attention.

Moving Forward in E-Readers
David Pogue compares the newest Nook and Kobo models.

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Posted by on June 10, 2011 in links


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Libraries are Part of the Safety Net — No Wonder Governments Hate Them
In libraryland, we already believe in the importance and power of libraries and information.  Reading more opinions about it may feel redundant, but I always enjoy hearing new perspectives.

Libraries are already, naturally, a part of the safety net, because they empower their community with equitable access to knowledge. And libraries can’t do that without librarians — someone who knows their collection, who knows their patrons, who has the right training and the right salary. Someone who has compassion, and the financial and social resources to act on that compassion without losing their mind.

Who Should Digitize (And Who Should Profit from) a Nation’s Newspaper Archives?
The title says it all.

Everything You Need to Know to Participate in Our Book Club
The Atlantic started a Twitter book club called 1book140 — check out this link for all the details.  This month’s book is Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin.

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Posted by on June 3, 2011 in links



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A suggested approach for the Digital Public Library of America
This blog post focuses on the three C’s of what libraries are all about: collections of knowledge, conversations about knowledge, and context for knowledge.

Wikipedia and the Death of the Expert
Learning is no longer a passive action where you just hear one perspective or seemingly authoritative version and take it as truth.

For nearly 20 years we have had the Internet, now grown into a medium of almost infinite paths, where “learning” means that you can Twitter directly to people in Egypt to ask them what they really think about ElBaradei (and get answers), ask an author or critic to address a point you feel he may have missed (ditto), or share your own insights in countless forums where they will be read and admired (and/or savaged.) Knowledge is growing more broadly and immediately participatory and collaborative by the moment.

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Posted by on May 20, 2011 in links


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