19 February 2007

Carnival of the Infosciences #65

In this carnival, bib-dating, online dogs, and penguins by the truckload! Maybe you'll learn a librarything or two.

Photo CC by BoxchainFirst up Jodi Schneider offers 3 posts for this carnival.

Cites & Insights 7:2 - Conference Speaking posted at Cites & Insights.
"A synthesis post from Walt Crawford re: Transparency & advice on conferences. Technically part of his regular journal rather than his blog. " Useful stuff here and presented from both the speaker and conference organiser perspectives.

Pew Report on Tagging posted at Catalogablog.
"An alert that The Pew Internet and American Life Project has released a report on tagging. David Bigwood gives a few comments on the report to whet our appetites.

Can subjects be relevancy ranked? posted at Thingology (LibraryThing's ideas blog).
Jodi says "Tim Spaulding tries to determine the most canonical results from a subject heading. He gets a bit wrong--and this has spurned (sic) some conversation on NGC4Lib--but it's an interesting idea to follow."
Jodi, that spurned would be a great answer on Verbotomy. No doubt some disdainful rejections were spawned - I know just what you mean. But let us not digress. The benefits of Tim's mental gymnastics on flights are clearly in evidence when you take a look at Librarything, and this blog post elicited some interesting ideas from its readers.

Photo CC by BoxchainR Waldhoff presents Love in the Stacks–6 Library Makeovers posted at Britannica Blog. "For Valentine's day, George Eberhart (senior editor at the ALA's American Libraries) blogs about six novel ways libraries are reinventing themselves to remain relevant," reports Waldhoff.
Are you on the lookout for an idea to reinvigorate your library? Or a date? Maybe this post will help. Bib-dating - who'd have thought?

Or maybe you can be inspired by Michelle McLean's Improving User Service post at The Connecting Librarian. Michelle discusses how her Library has made some changes to long-standing circulation policies and what the flow-on effects are. Also some interesting comments on this post, including one ex-library-user.

Photo CC by Agent DavidovWeb 2.0 video: The Machine is Us/ing Us posted at Shaunna Mireau on Canadian Legal Research. Shaunna says "Not only is this an informative piece about Web 2.0, it is also a very interesting experiment in the power of social networking."
Who didn't read about this in a blog? Check out the statistics that Shaunna reports. You might also like to see some of the video responses.. Web 2.0...We Respond To We/sch Internet Access Re: Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us.

And while we are on the topics of videos....
Rebecca Newburn presents Metacafe, An Alternative to YouTube Videos posted at Information Age Education. Rebecca explains how Metacafe differs from YouTube and reports that there are a number of interesting and helpful educational videos accessible there. Apparently it is not blocked at schools and has a screening process in place.

Photo CC by Alaskan DudeKathryn Greenhill presents No-one knows you are a dog?or a library? posted at Librarians Matter. I like Kathryn's writing. It's easy to read as she takes you along the path of her thoughts. In this post she looks at the blurry edges where marketing and online friendship butt up against each other. It has a nice ending too... "Back in the good old days of 1993, people were just people and libraries were just libraries and we all knew who was who…except, of course, those of us who were dogs." LOL. Go and read the whole thing, and while you are there check out her posts on her virtual explorations.

Jimmy Atkinson presents Top 25 Web 2.0 Search Engines OEDb posted at OEDb: Online Education Database. Here are 25 new toys to play with. And I haven't tried any of them yet!
Thanks for pointing these out.

Adam presents For the Information Scientist posted at Sophistpundit. Adam Gurri continues to wrestle with his theory of information, and in this installment has a go at answering this question theoretically. "So, curious minds of science, how do you go about looking at the vastness of existence and not simply become overwhelmed?"

Looking for a more pragmatic approach? Kris Mayrhofer presents Finders Keepers: Tips for better research posted at SuccessFiles. Kris states "Most students think of each piece of information in a research project as an isolated tidbit. The truth is, however, that the best way to find new information is to work from old information." Here are 9 practical tips for students, some hi-tech, some low-tech.

And one from me...
Photo CC by Alaskan DudeMichael Rees reports Massive Multi-authored Online Book Takes Off (posted at Impressions Scholarcast), about The Million Penguins book project where Penguin Books and De Montfort University have joined forces to create a multi-authored book using MediaWiki. Michael reports that within a single day 12 chapters were written.

Well that's all for this edition. The next carnival is to be hosted by The Goblin in the Library.

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