Librarians, archivists, and information professionals of tumblr! I am researching social media use in archives and special collections, and part of my project is to send out a survey to archives and special collections about their current practices. I would appreciate it so much if you could re-blog and/or send this link around!
Hey beloved librarian tumblr community! Let’s support each other. Here’s one good way to start (or continue):TAKE THIS SURVEY! For a more in-depth explanation, click through here.
As our students grow dependant on Internet being a primary source for their information, it becomes of urgent necessity that we, as teachers and educators, should know how to evaluate web content and decipher credible resources from spam and irrelevant ones. Regrettably enough, some of the teachers who are using technology in their instruction still don’t come to grips with the mechanisms used to sift through internet content. There is a crude analogy to this situation . A teacher who does not evaluate the web content he shares with his students is like a person driving a car without having a driver license, he can still drive his car but he does not know the real dangers he is putting himself to in doing so…………..Link
You probably saw the title of this post and thought ‘okay there’s no friggin’ way anyone’s going to assemble a list of the best 50,000 education apps. But thanks to a partnership between Edudemic and FindTheBest, we’ve done just that. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to build a robust directory of, as of this writing, about 56,000 education apps. But it’s not just a list… it’s a finely tuned directory capable of sorting out all the apps in ways not even available in the iTunes or Mac App stores. For example, you can now find out the average price of all education apps to see where your app falls.
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? BOOKMARK AND SHARE AND REBLOG AND USE this awesome resource! :)
Several patent applications filed by Apple cover a range of areas, from security to color luminance to flash memory. Read this blog post by Lance Whitney on Apple. Another application suggests a way to cut down on manually having to input metadata for your files. Instead of adding tags to documents, images, and other files, users could tap into other sources, including the Internet and social networks, to automatically add key metatags to files based on their content and other attributes.
John Markoff of the New York Times reports, “Inside Google’s secretive X laboratory, known for inventing self-driving cars and augmented reality glasses, a small group of researchers began working several years ago on a simulation of the human brain. There Google scientists created one of the largest neural networks for machine learning by connecting 16,000 computer processors, which they turned loose on the Internet to learn on its own. Presented with 10 million digital images found in YouTube videos, what did Google’s brain do? What millions of humans do with YouTube: looked for cats.”
He continues, “The neural network taught itself to recognize cats, which is actually no frivolous activity. This week the researchers will present the results of their work at a conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Google scientists and programmers will note that while it is hardly news that the Internet is full of cat videos, the simulation nevertheless surprised them. It performed far better than any previous effort by roughly doubling its accuracy in recognizing objects in a challenging list of 20,000 distinct items. The research is representative of a new generation of computer science that is exploiting the falling cost of computing and the availability of huge clusters of computers in giant data centers. It is leading to significant advances in areas as diverse as machine vision and perception, speech recognition and language translation.”
I just finished reading a new friend harpskord's blog entry on he/she love for cataloging (I can’t tell if harpskord is a he or she. sorry ). I have to say; the 1xx’s, 5xx and 700 fields are indeed dangerous areas of the MARC record if you were going to catalog a person. But, I think the 600 or subject headings are just as if not more dangerous. If you recall, the tail of Sanford Berman, the arguably zealot cataloger who helped radically re-edit the LC Subject Headings; he is probably considered to be a cross between an English grammatical samuri and a subject heading romantic.
This guy is pretty much the closes thing to the Guy Fawkes of cataloging librarians. In other words, he is the type of maverick librarian that stands his ground and makes distinct interpretation on what he believes in. With librarianship, for example, he is synonymous with challenging the Library of Congress to systematically either delete or edit various subject headings for their insensitive nature.
In his book,
Prejudices and Antipathies: a Tract on the LC Subject Heads Concerning People, Berman discusses racism, sexism, Christocentrism, and other biases inherent in the LCSH. Berman is also known for his role in encouraging the Library of Congress to drop such archaic headings as “Colored” in favor of “Black “or “African American.” Would I say Berman was an extremist? Four years ago I would say yes. However,now I think if anything, Berman verified that cataloging is indeed an art form and possible a cousin English Creative Writing with regard to controlled vocabulary. So, why the history lesson Metamind?
We are supposed to learn from history. At the same, time, history often predicts the future. Furthermore , historian like to draw correlations between the past, present, and future. In this case, the correlation here is cataloging and social media. Specifically social tagging.
I predict that social media is making us all catalogers. I know I am jumping to a conclusion. But, lets look at some basic facts. When you create an social media identity using say Facebook , you are providing information for fields that classify and make yourself unique amongst a large populous of strangers, friends and even ourselves. However, the difference is, political correctness that Berman augured for in terms of Subject headings gets tossed out the window because “We The People” determines the ethical limits of the vocabulary used in these mediums for description.
I can associate names like “Twilight” with “ Vampire Buffoonery” or “Superman” with “wimp”. All of this can be done on Facebook or of course, in Tumblr. The result is that this is my own vocabulary. So, what is your point Metamind before I go to sleep? My point(s) are two.
First, catalogers or in reality Metadata technicians (librarians, multimedia producers, ..etc) should be regarded as artist. ( Stop looking at the photo of Abraham Lincoln chasing that dude from the movie Twilight.) They are charged with making items searchable in imaginative ways in order to reach a wide-ranging audience. Musicians want to reach everybody by sharing their talents and not sacrificing their own creative authenticity.
Second, quite frankly, we all as human beings are cataloging things everyday regardless of whether we know it or not. In simpler terms, we are all opinionated. An abrupt ending……….
So, I have been looking through the Internet trying to relax for a minute and gather my thoughts and strength. I have been stressed for the past couple of days. As a result, I have been communing with the porcelain goddess. As such, I came across this awesome summary of Library Cataloging. From the early 20th century to its future with the incoming RDA, this slide show pretty much covers it all. As I pointed out to my cataloging class a year ago, RDA is really not a new standard. It just expands on the description and search parameters of AACR2. Granted, RDA is more than a modified version of AACR2. But, for practical purpose, we have always had RDA. RDA just allows the OPAC to be more accessible to the user. In a way, catalogers are manipulating the user by making their dreams come true. What do I mean? OPACs are now becoming increasingly refined in terms of subject headings. It feels as if a searcher can use the OPAC to enter a search phrase and come up with the result that he or she is looking for regardless of where they began their search.
It is almost as if catalogers are assimilating users in to one harmonious collective. Yes, I have been watching Star Trek Voyager. The Borg are cool.
At least the one on the left is cool.
Anyway, below is the cool slide on cataloging that thought those crazy metadata librarians might find cool . It kind of escorts you back into the world of digital immigrants resources from the dimension of the “Digital Born.
Recently, I started following a discussion on LinkedIn about Social Bookmarking. While I was thumbing through the responses, I really wanted to take a step back and look at the whole picture in order to link the attributes if not say in a sense that Social Bookmarking is really a form of Crowd Sourcing. To do this I was going to start doing some research in my own spare time. However, I found something of a document that really hit home with the overall view of the Social tagging phenomenon. The emerging Web Social Machines is that document. Also„ I inserted above the post a link for Faviki, which is a Social Bookmarking tool that uses Wikipedia as Vocabulary base for tagging. Here is a question; how accessible do we have to make a virtual document or resource easily findable until it becomes irrelevant for higher academia to distrust it. Yes, you want the metadata to be of such where the data is easily found and nearly effortless to understand in terms of what data is being described. But where is the line between trendy/ culturally changing vernacular and a vocabulary that can transcend time? Example: Bath Salts use to refer to something that was used to clean one’s self. Now, it is a term recently adopted by pop culture to describe a hallucinogen. Just a thought…
Gaming in Academic Libraries: What to Buy and What to Bet On?
Ok, the title could use some help. As such, I have been doing some research in to game emersion or video gaming with regard to education. Specifically, libraries have been adopting the video game model as a luring/ learning tool increase their facility usage. In effect, they have just been given patrons what they wanted. I can remember as far back as 2004 when one of my former supervisors at the University of Montevallo was talking about purchasing games for the libraries. I must admit, I was skeptical about it because video game system was coming out every 4 years. Plus, I was one of those individuals who manly played PC games. Therefore, I was use to the keyboard mouse interface and not game pads. Then all of sudden, I was back in school to try and finish a second bachelors in Mathematics and I could not handle the stress of Real Analysis due to outside distractions/family illnesses. So, I went out and not only bought an Xbox. But, I also bought a PS2. Believe me, it was exciting. I went from an Atari 2600 straight to a PS2. That is like going from the outhouse to having an inside toilet with a separate Bidet.
Did it help? Nope. Why? I think the problem had more to do with the location of these machines versus the games themselves. I was always in my dorm room up ‘til the crack of dawn. At that time, I was playing the Xbox port of Max Payne and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. What? Don’t hate. Max Payne appealed to my sensitive side. Anyway, I think I might have fared better academically if the game systems and games themselves where in the library. I could take brakes and play games then study some more. You know, three in your head and you know their dead then
2 hours of work on Uniform Convergence problem.
Anyway, I am going off on a tangent (figuratively)……….
Public Libraries across the country have been ordering video game consoles to checkout; or hosting standalone and LAN/web based parties. Now, academic libraries as are embracing this form of entertainment with a passion. So, what is the point to this blog post? Actually, this is a fact finding blog post. I am actually looking to see what games libraries are buying for their libraries to be implemented for their collection. Are they buying what patrons really want? Or, is it just the stereotypical game that has a strategic underline-learning component. For instance the game With that being said, are the librarians keeping the normal statistical data on these games that you would see with say books or serials?
University Of Calgary’s Video Game Library
I mean is Borderlands being checked out more than Deus EX? Can library aides and paraprofessionals give specific details of a Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows (Xbox 360) game beyond reading the narrative that is on the back cover? Granted, I would not expect each librarian to know how Battlefield ends or if the story conversation lines between characters in Mass Affect 2 where more interesting than other shooters.
But, I am interested in knowing how collection development is actually done with video games? I have been switching between Deus Ex Human Revolution and Batman : ArkhamAsylum for about a week now.
Batman : ArkhamAsylum
Would I play these games in a library? Yes. Are these games the type that would motivate repeat play? That would depend on the gamer. I could read probably read a Tale of Two Cities multiple times. But, how many times can I play Rage: The Campaign Edition? I think that is another question I am asking underneath my fact-finding mission; how is the repetitive use? Well these are a lot of question to ponder upon. So, I am ending this blog post installment with an example of an academic library that is doing the following: purchasing games that don’t not a have specific learning components to them; popular games; and a games library that is organized by preferred system. I give you the University of California at Santa Cruz Video Games page. Their library support the following systems including: Sony’s PS3 (regular and Japanese version console), Atari Flash back, Nintendo (ES, 64, DS), Sega, Xbox, and the Xbox 360. Here is a link to their Video Game page .
I was just going to share this article when I noticed that something was different. This article points out the real world issues with e-books not only in terms of Universal Accessibility, but in general. The problems include budget issues, compatibility, and the needs of various users. In the end, I think the mass consumer market will decide which way e-books will go in terms of compatibility. Cost is another issue. This will always be a thorn in a dean or directory’s side. Anybody, remotely thinking that books being offered electronically where going to see a significant cost reduction should have paid attention to the music industry. But that is another story.
Eventually, the question does come across one’s head; will see the end of a library hold monographs period or is this just another river that libraries have to cross to see what will happen?
“What is digital literacy? The term has been rising in visibility since 2009 but it has been used quite differently by a variety of stakeholders including policy makers, educators, and business and technology professionals.”—