Carnival of the Infosciences #6

life in the circus ain’t easy
but the folks on the outside don’t know
the tent goes up and the tent goes down
and all that they see is the show
and the ladies on the horses look so pretty
and the lions are looking real mad
and some of the clowns are happy
and some of the clowns are sad


Photo courtesy of ishrona under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license.

but life on the outside ain’t easy
no sequins, no elephants
no parading around
yeah, the tent goes up
and the tent comes down
and they’re stuck in this town

you need a lot of love and compliance

welcome to the freakshow

here we go

freak show
¤ Ani DiFranco to the teeth

[While I have met several of these fine folks and started to use Walt’s method of using first names when I have met them, I decided many of you may not have so more formal intros were in order.]


Computer Lab, Kinkos, or Research Center? Jane at A Wandering Eyre wonders about the wholesale slaughter of trees in a research library, and more importantly, just where is the line between an academic library and campus IT, and whether there should be one?

Typing Music David Bigwood says Walt Crawford’s post at Walt at Random is “some of the most insightful writing I’ve read in some time.” [Actually from last week, but what’s a few days among friends?]

Dangers of assumptions Joy Weese Moll recommends Jenn Riley’s post at Inquiring Librarian about Thomas Mann’s article “Will Google’s Keyword Searching Eliminate the Need for LC Cataloging and Classification?”

This article uses rhetoric to stir the librarians up for their cause. But it does us a disservice by making false assumptions and obscuring the facts.

The true story of a distance ed class Joy Weese Moll continues her wonderful series of advice for LIS students at Wanderings of a student librarian by describing the process and structure of a distance ed class at the Mizzou library progam. [I’ll have to write up one on our program soon, as I am taking my 1st distance ed class this semester, although I have broadcast almost a dozen of them now.]

Wikiphobia Laura Blalock, The Creative Librarian, muses on how Wikis could be useful after all.

More on social identities, search, and recommender systems Christina Pikas of Christina’s LIS Rant has “A post in which I revisit the idea of social identity, provide a brief summary on a recent article on social identity and social presence, and make suggestions for changes to a specific recommender system taking this all into account.”

An Alternative to Chaos Von Totanes of Filipino Librarian provides “a paper I wrote when I was still in school. The most significant statement for me is this: “Sure, libraries are undermanned and librarians are too busy doing everything themselves in their own libraries to worry about advocating their cause, but no one else will fight for libraries if librarians don’t.”” Thanks Von! I’m always looking for philosophical discussions of librarianship. Thanks for all the resources. It’s just what I needed—more to read. ;->

on and off the bandwagon Laura Crossett of lis.dom says “Just as people learn in different ways, people gather information in different ways, and we should try to remember that our preference for some doesn’t invalidate the usefulness of others.”

Ringmaster’s (editor) Picks:

I Hereby Dub Thee Since many of us are still looking, or will be, for that first professional job I give you a light-hearted Dorothea Salo of Caveat Lector on being dubbed the “New Person.”

a little note on librarians collaborating with faculty Maybe I’m partial to the article ‘analysis’ gig, but Angel at The Gypsy Librarian has some good comments on an article and its relevance to both his daily job and his job search.

Haiku fever Jonathan at 025.431: The Dewey blog is having a little fun as usual. This one is my favorite, but be sure to see the rest:

“Itself an education.”
For me? Vocation.

Online community roadmap at WJ Meredith Farkas of Information Wants To Be Free gives us an overview and roadmap into her guest editing gig at WebJunction.

Will Bill & Melinda save libraries? Library Geek Woes asks shouldn’t we be paying attention when “one of the most powerful men in the world believes that libraries are in trouble?” [Sorry, couldn’t find a name.]

Library School as trade school vs. library school as information research institution Excellent post by Christina Pikas of Christina’s LIS Rant on the current dichotomy in library schools. “I think that the key is really balance (as with everything else in life!).”

The language of Katrina For something a bit further afield, Nicole Stockdale at A Capital Idea, writes about the power of language, which is something all of us as information professionals should be aware of.

Previous Carnivals of the Infosciences:

Carnival #1 8 Aug 2005 Open Stacks
Carnival #2 15 Aug 2005 Open Stacks

Carnival #3
22 Aug 2005 Wanderings of a student librarian

Carnival #4
30 Aug 2005 lis.dom

Carnival #5
5 Sep 2005 Christina’s LIS Rant

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8 thoughts on “Carnival of the Infosciences #6

  1. wow! this really feels like a circus, especially with the poem (?) and the photo.

    i suppose the library is, in some ways, like the circus: so many fascinating things inside… but we can’t stay there forever…

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