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January 14, 2008

U. of Pittsburgh Librarian Calls Library Medieval - Chronicle.com

Of course, he's talking about other libraries, not any of ours, right?

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January 09, 2008

MLA'08 in my sights

First things first - go read David Rothman's posts asking for input on his upcoming MLA presentations:

davidrothman.net - Blog Archive - More on MLA 2008 Planning (and Need Your Help!)

Going to MLA 2008: Your advice, please?

and Patricia Anderson's posts exploring possible in-person exercises to demonstrate Web 2.0 and how it works:

36 Ideas: Teaching Web 2.0 Concepts

36 Ideas - #1: Who's Your Neighbor? (Social Calisthenics)

36 Ideas - #1, Variant A: Who's Your Neighbor? (Social Calisthenics)

Okay, now that you're back from all that clicking around, think about what's happening: presenters beginning to interact with their audience before the meeting. How cool is that? Isn't that what web 2.0 is supposed to be about? Participate, and make it even more valuable and interesting! Tell us, what are your thoughts - about this, about the program, or about David's question (which you probably should answer over on his blog, not here.)?

I find it interesting in part because one of the conversations we've had within the NPC has been about how we can facilitate web 2.0 technologies being used in conjunction with the meeting as well as being presented and discussed, a subset of the discussion around making the meeting a spark for ongoing activities that include and give value to those not physically present in Chicago. No easy, hundred percent solutions, but we've identified some ideas to test out. You'll be seeing those in MLA News and MLA-Focus, as well as on the meeting blog and in the preliminary program.

I should at this point mention my disclaimers, though both of these facts are already known to most of you: I have a vested interest in the MLA'08 meeting, being one of the meeting co-chairs, and Patricia Anderson is a colleague of mine here at the University of Michigan.

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January 07, 2008

Silver Anniversary

AAHSL has posted a page on its website in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Matheson Cooper Report.

In today's environment, so much of what this report advocates is an integral part of our professional lives and work. Its groundbreaking nature and profound influence on health sciences librarianship in academic medical centers cannot be overstated, and it remains relevant reading to this day. We owe much to Nina Matheson and John Cooper not only for their vision but for their articulate and persuasive presentation.

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