Carnival of the Infosciences #25

Come one, come all. The Carnival of the Infosciences has returned to beautiful Urbana, Illinois for its 25th instantiation.

Olympic coaster

Photo courtesy of Yee Wong.

Seems the Carnival is in its midwinter doldrums. We got one submission this week and, Steve, I’m considering it the best birthday present I’ll get this year! Thank you!

I’ll consider the chance to construct my own little version of “What did Mark find interesting around the biblioblogosphere this week?” as a present from the rest of you all who stop by.

This is #25 folks! Can we sustain a bit of semi-focused conversation in our little region of the web? That is my goal for this Carnival—can we maybe discuss some of these further? I have not had the time I’d like to really consider these, and I’m not even sure what Andrea is talking about at points, but I think there is something important being said in all of them. I hope that maybe we can re-look some of these and perhaps discuss them a bit more in the hopes of furthering the good bits. That is what I would consider a wonderful birthday present!

Without further ado, Carnival of the Infosciences #25:

Steve Lawson at See Also gives us “Building a blog to the 18th century,” because he wants more people to “know about the cool blog that [he] wrote up….” I certainly agree that more people need to know about this blog and pictures would be a wonderful compliment.

Andrea Mercado at LibraryTechtonics muses “On Tagging People.” It is an interesting post that intriguingly has something to say about the recent meme of fours to travel through the biblioblogosphere, among other places. Even if some of it is beyond your knowledge of “friendship” in an online environment, stick it through to the end and then let’s see if we can help Andrea give form to her thoughts. Nice list of resources included.

I see it somewhat of a reminder that considering content and information about
people and things is not the same as considering the resulting relationships and knowledge about people and things on the New Web (an incomplete thought in my brain that’s still a work in progress).

Words are important things. Naming and expressing are two of the most fundamental human traits. A loss of either is usually only precipitated by trauma or a failing body. Feel-good Librarian reminds us about “The power of a word.”

**Special Section: Not sure what to label this insert but I see it as a small conversation. Ed’s piece serves as a kind of prologue, while Will’s report of Bausch and Michael Casey seem to have a lot of overlap. What would these three posts be like in conversation? You may want to break them up though.

Edward Vielmetti, Superpatron, gives us “A rant, mostly, on the difficulties ahead.” A discussion continued well into the comments about the pains of ILS migration and its impact on innovation, or lack thereof.

Online NW: Keynote Speaker Paul Bausch” as reported by Will Stuivenga at LITA BLog. “Bausch expressed a desire to “convince you that the web and library worlds are working in the same arena.”” I really liked the use of “translation” and metaphor.

The central promise of a library is that someone can access scholarship, through reading what other people have written before they themselves can add to the larger conversation. In the web, we’re in the middle of our own world of translation, but we are translating offline processes into the online world. Web 2.0 is beginning to speak the language of the web like a native; finding its strengths.

It sounds like it was an interesting keynote, as it is interesting reporting. Good job Will!

Evolutionary Technology and the Emerging Divide” by Michael Casey at LibraryCrunch. Where are we with “library technology” now? Are we in an evolutionary or revolutionary period?

Programming being done by Casey Bisson and John Blyerg
point to some of the revolutionary things that can be done with small,
evolutionary, tools. What will result from these efforts will be
amazing, and I am very anxious to see where we are in two or three
years with their services. This illustrates the one item that we
cannot put on our Emerging Tech suggestion list, a programmer.

Jane, of A Wandering Eyre, is all for “Melting Down the Sacred Cow.

The time and evergy spent on this one handout is staggering added to the fact that even a change in color caused an uproar. Seriously, a piece of goldenrod paper.

I’m with Jane on this melting down the sacred cows. I have witnessed more than my fair share of goldenrod paper-caused uproars.

Richard Urban of <libraryland> asks “Can images be metadata?

While I haven’t seen anything clearly state this, there do seem to be assumptions in practice that suggest that images are metadata in certain contexts. How can we refine and explicitly state this practice?

Can you help Richard out? Disclosure: Richard is a classmate of mine. Nonetheless, I still think he asks an intriguing question. At the bar Friday night I had him clarify a bit what he meant for me, but as it was somewhere around the 3rd pint you’ll have to ask him yourself…. By the way, Richard is one to watch for from the computing and cultural heritage intersection </tip>.

ALA President-Elect Leslie Burger gives us “A few highlights from the ALA Midwinter meeting” over at Burger’s Blog. She talks about attending her 1st conference in her “official” capacity as President-Elect and she asks some good questions about ALA meeting protocol. While that may not make for a killer Carnival post by itself, considering what we’ve put up with this past year, I’ll take the President-Elect of ALA blogging as a reason to dance in the streets.

Dan Visel at if:book experiences “travel blindness.” How is it the French have a philosophy book store? Dan asks, “Why don’t we need books like these?” Interesting discussion of book cover designs across “markets.” And since we’re in the “American market” we even get pictures. Wine bars, book design, philosophy bookstores, cultural capital, “universal” novels, and more all in the service of reminding us that:

Culture cuts both ways. It’s important to remember that the ways books (and, by extension, their electronic analogues) function in American society isn’t the only way they can or should function. We tend to fall into the assumption that there is no alternative to the way we live. This is myopia, a myopia we need to continually recognize.

I’d love to see all of these posts and the ideas they contain get revisited. Lots of questions being asked. But that is a very good thing in my mind, as long as they aren’t asked into a void.

Angel, The Gyspy Librarian, gives us a lovely little review in “Booknote: It’s Not Easy Being Green.” I’m taking lessons, my friend.

Yeah, well, I’ve got a dream too. But it’s about singing and dancing and making people happy. That’s the kind of dream that gets better the more people you share it with. And, well, I’ve found a whole bunch of friends who have the same dream. And it kind of makes us like family.

“…I’ve found a whole bunch of friends who have the same dream. And it kind of makes us like family.” Let’s talk then like family, here in our little region of webspace. Let’s continue the conversation.

This week’s Carnival comes to you courtesy of some things Mark would like to see conversations around, and the letters TEI.

Next week the Carnival moves to Amanda Robertson’s Data Obsessed ~life has no subject headings~ Amanda’s contact info is on the right sidebar just under the Categories.

10 thoughts on “Carnival of the Infosciences #25

  1. Wow, it is amazing that it has already made it to 25. Seems like yesterday that the Carnival started. You must be right about the Midwinter doldrum, slows people down. For me, the teaching schedule slows me down a little, but can’t complain. It’s what I do.

    And here I thought doing the ocassional meme was just for the fun of it. I am not sure I will think about them the same way after reading that post. Interesting thinking.

    I read that post from the Feel-Good Librarian. Probably among the most moving that blogger has posted. When I think of someone who really has a calling, this is one person I think of.

    As for the President-Elect, while I see her blogging and meeting with bloggers as a nice start, I am not quite ready to dance in the streets yet. After the damage the last guy did, I am going to need a bit more than some token gestures to believe again. However, I do think she may have a good start. Then again, I may just be a bit less optimistic than most people.

    A nice set of posts for this edition. You clearly picked out a good blend. Best, and keep on blogging.

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