Archive for February, 2010

Six Years after Grey Tuesday, the Quest for Openness Continues

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

When Lawrence Lessig kicked up a bit of the Grey Album’s Public Service Announcement during his talk at Harvard Law School about open video and copyright, it started a chat tangent with a friend about the Grey Album, which led me to realize yesterday marked the 6th anniversary of Grey Tuesday. Remember that? Sites put […]

Tuesday’s (2/23) Berkman Lunch: The Augmented Museum: Tapping Technology and Participatory Models

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Tuesday’s (2/23) luncheon at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, The Augmented Museum, discusses how museums can tap technology and use more participatory models. We librarians and Web site builders should be able to garner ideas about how to present items from our collections or other kinds of information online while encouraging site visitor […]

New York Times Profits

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

1) Cut costs … 3) Profit!* Cost saving measures by The New York Times Company seem to have, well, paid off. The company reported a profit in 2009—a big change from ending 2008 with almost $60 million in debt. Advertising revenue is supposedly increasing. Hopefully, that means good things for the news industry … or […]

Captivity Ends for Iraqi Freelance Photographer the US Military Held for 17 Months

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

The US military released freelance photographer Ibrahim Jassam after holding him for 17 months, believing him to be a security threat. In September 2008, when Iraqi and US forces raided his home in Mahmoudiya, Jassam, who took video and photos for Reuters, was detained. The following December, the Iraqi Central Criminal Court decided there was […]

Berkman Lunch: Beyond online/offline: Information access, public spaces, & the boundaries of visibility for queer youth in the rural US

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Today’s Berkman Lunch presentation Beyond online/offline: Information access, public spaces, & the boundaries of visibility for queer youth in the rural US ties in nicely with an interest I explored in library school about access to material about homosexuality in libraries. Mary L. Gray, professor of communication and culture at Indiana University, draws “on her […]

Designing eBooks to be Learning Tools at Tuesday’s BostonCHI Meeting

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Tuesday’s (2/9) BostonCHI, the New England area chapter of the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction, meeting might interest some of you because it deals with the design of ebooks. “This talk will cover the basics of Universal Design for Learning and show how applying principles of UDL to the […]

A Valentine for Librarians

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

I dedicate this post to the folks at the Winthrop Public Library. Our buddy Amy Disch, chief librarian at the Columbus Dispatch library, was part of a panel discussing the importance of librarians on the WOSU radio show All Sides. The book This Book is Overdue* by Marilyn Johnson inspired the discussion. Upper Arlington (Ohio) […]