Social Media and Privacy Presentation

Social Media and Privacy Presentation

Yesterday, at the joint CLA/CSLA conference in Sacramento, I gave a very, very early presentation on privacy and social media. Way, way too early. Trust me. I’m making the slides available as a PDF for now – hope to put up an HTML version once I get home. And I may add and take away some info to make it a short but useful guide on how to evaluate and navigate social media with an eye towards intellectual freedom issues….

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Catharsis burgers

Catharsis burgers

This has nothing whatsoever to do with librarianship. I passed the CA bar back in May.  I wanted to do a grand gesture to signify my triumph.  My idea: set my bar prep materials (outlines, testbooks, flash cards) ablaze in a bonfire, preferably at a beach with friends and small amounts of alcohol. However, figuring out the maze of requirements and prohibitions of various beaches in the area has left me confused and with 15 pounds of paper gathering dust…

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News Librarian in front of the camera

News Librarian in front of the camera

I know the interviewer, Chris Hardesty, via the News Division of the Special Libraries Association. Chris had been a news librarian for a number of papers over the years, but in his current position for the Wall Street Journal, he has the title of “Editor” … and apparently, he gets to interview subjects on-camera. Go, Chris! Congratulations!

A Failure to Understand, Part I

A Failure to Understand, Part I

Quoted in entirety, the AALL Action Alert that came out today: AALL ACTION ALERT June 21, 2010 IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED: Call your Senators and urge them to vote NO on Coburn Amendment No. 4331 On Thursday June 17, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) offered a package of amendments to the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010 which, according to him, would pay for implementing all the provisions of the bill. One of the amendments would drastically cut funding…

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ED’s Closing Remarks at SLA 2010

ED’s Closing Remarks at SLA 2010

I’ve just returned home from New Orleans and the Special Libraries Association 2010 Annual Conference. It was an informative and entertaining event, and I enjoyed meeting new people and getting re-acquainted with familiar friends and colleagues. But SLA, like many other institutions, is going through serious challenges – financial shortfalls that are triggering a major organizational restructuring.  In her remarks in the closing session on Wednesday, SLA Executive Director Janice LaChance devoted her address to the challenges facing SLA in…

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News, community and the hyper-local

News, community and the hyper-local

On Tuesday, at SLA, I attended a rather interesting panel: State of the Revolution: Constant innovation in the local news landscape While the format adapts and morphs – journalism will endure. The news just keeps coming. The question is: what do communities need to know? How can we get as many people as possible to these stories or provide the best information? How best to connect citizens with this information? Join new media pioneers Ben Ilfield and Geoff Samek, co-founders…

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Bad maps, mushrooms and the Shallows

Bad maps, mushrooms and the Shallows

I am in New Orleans for the Special Libraries Association’s Annual Meeting. One of the things I’m looking forward to (besides the food and seeing old friends, of course) is hearing the remarks of keynote speaker Nicholas Carr.  Carr has written a new book, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains. The central thesis seems to be that ” the Net is having such far-reaching intellectual consequences,”[NYT] or even more ominously, “computers are destroying our powers of…

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Latest battle in the ongoing Serials Crisis

Latest battle in the ongoing Serials Crisis

I have to admit, I wasn’t able to keep track of a lot of library news and trends while I was in law school.  So … the news that the serials crisis has reared its head again (if it ever left) is a bit surprising to me.  Looks like UC libraries (and perhaps the faculty) will draw a line in the sand once again? From UCLA’s Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library Blog: Informational Update on a Possible UC Systemwide Boycott…

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Congratulations to Mary Minow

Congratulations to Mary Minow

From the California Library Association mailing list: Mary Minow has been nominated by President Barack Obama to the National Museum and Library Services Board (NMLSB). Minow, an attorney, consultant and a former librarian and library trustee, specializes in copyright, privacy and free speech. The nomination requires Senate confirmation. The NMLSB is an advisory body that includes the director and deputy directors of IMLS and twenty presidentially appointed and Senate-confirmed members of the general public who have demonstrated expertise in, or…

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