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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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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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Beyond books: what it takes to be a 21st century librarian
I’m sure this article has already made it through the online library grapevine, but I thought it was worth linking to anyway.  The title sums it up well.

Where Are All the Wiki-Women?
The Atlantic Wire compiles a list of reactions (and explanations) to the statistic that only 13% of Wikipedia articles are written by women.

Donnie Darko: Explaining the Madness
I’ve loved Donnie Darko for the past ten years, which means I’ve read many interpretations and explanations of the film. This one is the best I’ve found so far.

Were The Beatles Bad for Us?
The Beatles were so good that all music since just doesn’t compare.

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2011 in links

 

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