Carnival of the Infosciences #35
Good day, carnival-goers, and welcome to the thirty-fifth Carnival of the Infosciences! First up, the submissions:
- Carolyne Sidey blogs the keynote address at the Endeavor Voyager EndUser 2006 Conference. The keynote, given by Tom Turvey, Strategic Partner Development Manager at Google, was all about Google Book Search, and Carolyne reports that Turvey was “funny, personable, a great speaker, calm under questioning, forthcoming when he could be.” Sounds like a great session!
- Amanda Robertson submits a great round-up of competitive intelligence resources from blogs and newsletters.
- For all you Library Thing junkies, Rick Roche has written up some good ideas for the use of Library Thing in a small library.
- Chadwick Seagraves submits his interesting post on “the librarian as archetype” and notes, “we continue to look to the future while discussing our identity as a profession, but must remember that we are defined by our history as well.”
- Greg Schwartz submits Zack Mortal’s write-up on his experience giving the first library instuction session at Second Life Library 2.0. Cool!
- Meredith Farkas submits her thought-provoking post “On skill sharing” about the importance of sharing our skills, whatever those skills may be. She writes, “I know tech skills are in high demand, but they aren’t the only things we’re often lacking at smaller libraries. We could benefit from the expertise of a lot of non-techie librarians.”
- Meredith also submits John Blyberg’s post “Overcoming the “Tech Deficit” (and helping others to)” about the plight of tech-challenged libraries.
- JanieH has been “Rocking out on Pandora“! Her post on the coolness of Pandora and the potential for a similar project for books “questions you to think about the possibility of creating a “Book Genome Project” to get at “the essence” of books and create an RA tool similar in scope and ease of use to the popular music site Pandora.”
- And since Library Garden is doing so many things right, another post worth checking out is Kimberly Paone’s “More NJLA Redux: Fantastic LGBTI Roundtable program!” about LGBTI populations and the extent to which libraries are serving them. Also submitted by JanieH.
And, now for a few Editor Picks:
- Over at Blog On the Side, Darlene Fichter blogs the CHI 2006 conference. In particular, her post on the keynote speech by Scott Cook caught my eye. Darlene writes, “Creating a culture of innovation is all about observing your customers and understanding their problems, coming up with new ideas and innovations, recognizing that more than 50% will fail and celebrating that failure as a chance to learn”.
- Jill Stover, at Library Marketing — Thinking Outside the Book, points to the BBC’s impending website redesign to include user-generated content, and sees the potential for libraries to do the same. Jill notes, “There’s a shift going on with what patrons want to do with information. They don’t just want to find it, but they also want to create it, organize it and share it. As information providers, it makes sense to accommodate these needs in our physical and online spaces.”
- And finally, over on Tame the Web, Sophie Brookover comments on the blogging and podcasting going on at the New Jersey Library Association’s Annual Conference. And, the motto of the NJLA IT section? “Making IT Simple”!
And that about wraps it up for Carnival #36, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my first outting as ring-leader! Thanks to all who submitted their posts and recommendations! Keep it rolling this week because the next Carnival will be hosted by Dave Hook over at The Industrial Librarian.