I’m that librarian, Seth! And, unfortunately, there are no jobs for me because the state and federal government don’t yet share your vision for the library as the information/data hub of the local community. Please, Seth, tell me what to do. I want that job. I crave that job. I’ve done everything in my power to mentally and educationally prepare myself for that job. I’d do almost anything to have my great ideas be heard and implemented in the library. To work in a “Yes” culture, instead of a “we can’t afford your digital expertise” culture. I’m already doing that job for free because I see the value and I want things to change toward that end. But, it doesn’t yet exist.
I appreciate your proclamation, but we need more than that. We need dollars. We need legislators and policy makers to see what you see about the library. What would you be willing to do to advocate for the “next library?” I’d be happy to join you, if and when you write a bill or a petition, from the digital citizens, on The Potential Civic Impact of the Next Library.
Posted as a comment on NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour’s Facebook page.
My pop culture comfort food - Punk/Indie albums from 1994.
Green Day’s Dookie, Weezer’s Blue Album, Rancid’s Let Go, Offspring’s Smash, Bad Religion’s Stranger Than Fiction, GbV’s Bee Thousand, Jawbreaker’s 24 Hour Revenge Therapy, Sunny Day Real Estate’s Diary.
Most uncomfortable/revealing/mind-blowing/inspiration thing I’ve learned in libschool just hit me a few weeks ago: I don’t know everything about everything I’m interested in, and I don’t have to. I have a lot of ideas, real enthusiasm for the job ahead, and the capacity to learn and try new things.
News broke early this morning that Amazon has launched their Cloud Player for the Web and Android. It probably caught a lot of insiders and observers off guard because the most recent speculation has been the “imminent” launch of Google’s Music in the Cloud, with Apple probably not that far…
"I cultivate this beard, not for the usual given reasons of skin trouble or pain of shaving, nor for the secret purpose of covering a weak chin, but as pure, unblushing decoration, much as a peacock finds pleasure in his tail. And finally, in our time a beard is the one thing a woman cannot do better than a man, or if she can, her success is assured only in a circus.”
This is a topic I’ve been thinking on for some time now. I am coming to the belief that yes, to call oneself a scholar/technologist in digital humanities, one should be competent in code. I say this because as Tom Scheinfeldt points out in this recent post:
“Most of the most successful digital humanities projects are those done by scholar/technologists not those imagined by scholars and implemented by technologists. Likewise, the most successful digital humanists are scholars who know the technology, often those who are self-taught, not ones who seek a client-vendor relationship with technologists.”
Digital Humanities = DIY and DIY for digital humanities is in the code.
Regardless, and the buzziness of the terms aside, the point is that we, and thus our patrons and users, need to develop and grow to accomodate a variety of competencies for accessing, interrogating and repurposing information that exists in a variety of formats and across a variety of platforms. Vague enough, for you?
To me this whole debate ends up moot (and I love talking about Transliteracy) when we can all agree that stuff is out there, we need to organize it, learn how to use it, and help others do the same. Call it what you will… the point is doing stuff with stuff is important, and we’re good at it. amiright?
No one doubts Lévi-Strauss was the author of important works and the purveyor of powerful insights, but the suspicion remains that behind his fantastically rigorous analyses of Amerindian culture there operated a deeply impressionistic and idiosyncratic mind at odds with any general theory. Some accused him of reducing the meaning of human existence to an arbitrary stock of contrasting flavors: the raw and the cooked, the fresh and the rotten, the wet and the dry. Others took his structuralist program to be a scientific alibi that concealed his fundamentally artistic enterprise.
Finding some really great articles via my Instapaper “Editors Picks.” Heres one.
Within two months of the last touchdown, almost all of Florida’s 9,000 space workers will have lost their jobs. The layoffs have already begun. By the end of last year over 2,000 had been made redundant. Another cull began in January, with between 1,000 to 3,000 jobs at risk. A similar number of jobs will go in another round of cuts planned for the spring. […] In all, 19 per cent of jobs in Brevard County, which has a population of half a million people, will disappear.