Thursday, March 29, 2007

A delightful Billy Collins Animated Poem

Entitled "forgetfulness", this is quite thoughtful.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

HIP-HOP COURSE Rap puts cool spin on library research

A class in rap research is helping Ohio State University freshmen learn, in a palatable way, how to do college-level research. A hip-hop scholar herself, instructor and OSU Fine Arts Librarian Leta Hendricks worried that nobody would sign up, but the two-hour, once-a-week seminar filled quickly with 17 rap fans....Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, Mar. 3

Last 3 sentences in the article: "Before this class, I would just Google everything," said Hall. "But I’ve learned anyone can put anything up there. Now, I know different ways to utilize research."

Monday, March 05, 2007

Shift Happens

A very thought provoking and informative presentation.

Found via The Shifted Librarian

Friday, March 02, 2007

Second Life and the future of Libraries

The College Center for Library Automation's LINCCWeb Strategic Planning Team and members of the CCLA Website Team are looking into new, novel and advanced ways to deliver LINCCWeb products and services. One of the vehicles we are exploring is Second Life ( Several of us have already established a presence on that service and we are amazed at the number of libraries and library services that are already there. For example, the Kansas State Library has a completely functional virtual library staffed by real librarians – all hosted in a virtual world. There are dozens more.

To get you excited about these possibilities, I offer this video presentation by the New Media Consortium ( The New Media Consortium (NMC) is an international 501(c)3 not-for-profit consortium of more than 200 colleges, universities, museums, corporations, and other learning-focused organizations dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies.

This is amazing.