Category Archives: Research

Reference Extract in under 4 minutes

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If the long explanation of Reference Extract is, well, too long, here is some help. The first is a 3 minute video on the basic concept of the project: Reference Extract: Concept from R. David Lankes on Vimeo. The second is a fast overview of the project’s proposed architecture: Reference Extract in 4 Minutes from…

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Reference Extract Seeking Support

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As we proceed to seek funding for the building of Reference Extract, we are seeking your support. Below is a video overview of Reference Extract (available in high definition too) and the concept of a credibility engine. Below that is a generic template for a letter of support. Reference Extract: Call for Support from R.…

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Dave Screencast How To

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Here is a screencast on how I do “talking head” screencasts on my Mac. I am just amazed how increasingly easy it is for a person and a computer to make pretty polished productions these days. by the way,someone asked me if I came up with the term (hence my comment in the opening of…

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OCLC, Syracuse University and University of Washington to help develop a new Web search experience based on expertise from librarians

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DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 7 November 2008—Researchers and developers from OCLC, the world’s largest library cooperative, and the information schools of Syracuse University and the University of Washington today announced their participation in a new international effort to explore the creation of a more credible Web search experience based on input from librarians around the globe.…

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NSF Awards Syracuse Team Grant on CI Facilitators

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Jeffrey M Stanton, Elizabeth D Liddy, Derrick Cogburn, Megan Oakleaf, and R. David Lankes are co-PI’s on a new NSF grants entitled: CI-Facilitators: Information Architects across the STEM Disciplines. Paul Gandel, SU’s CIO also deserves a large portion of the credit for the grant. What does this have to do with participatory librarianship? Well, read…

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Draft Report from LC Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control

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Today someone asked me about how the new LC report (http://www.loc.gov/bibliographic-future/news/draft-report.html) meshed with participatory library concepts. Much of this is very compatible: user create materials, wider cooperation, distribution of tasks, etc. However, a central tenant of participatory is the focus on conversation and how artifacts only make sense in the context of someone’ use. Perhaps…

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Paperback Writer

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So things on the blog have been a bit slow because I have been pushing out a raft of articles related to participatory librarianship. Within the next few months the following articles should start changing from “forthcoming” to actual dates and issue numbers: “Virtual Reference to Participatory Librarianship: Expanding the Conversation” Lankes, R. David (forthcoming).…

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Participatory Version of Tech Brief

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So, it has been a long summer. Sorry fort he delay in news. I’m just starting my sabbatical, so I had to get a lot of stuff out of the way first. Much more news should now be coming, starting with: We’ve now put up a new participatory version of the technology draft “Participatory Networks:…

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Conversations

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Yesterday (a day late…sue me I got a new iPhone and had to play) we changed the Participatory Networks tech brief page to a participatory librarianship test bed site. It’s not very interactive…yet. Take a look and get involved. Below is the video introduction for the site posted on YouTube.

Has Dave Abandoned Virtual Reference?

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I was asked several times at ALA this past week if I had abandoned virtual reference? Was virtual reference passe? Is it dying? Do I think “been there, done that?” In a word — no. I remain an advocate for virtual reference and there are still a few virtual reference related publication in the pipeline.…

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Lankes on Sabbatical

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I just received official word that I have been granted a sabbatical for the 2007-2008 academic year. The purpose of the sabbatical is to further develop the concept of participatory librarianship and the recommendations that came out of the Participatory Networks technology brief. I’ll have some more details on my planned activities for the year…

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Great Minds

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Isn’t it amazing how you can run across kindred spirits separated by time. I just ran across an article by Joan Bechtel called “Conversation, a New Paradigm for Librarianship?” written in 1986 (full citation below). It is a great read. I see a lot of crossover ideas here with our paper on Participatory Librarianship. She…

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Test Plugoo

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I’ve tried Meebo, but wasn’t impressed. Great to IM through a web interface, but you have to be logged onto Meebo. I saw folks talking about Plugoo on Dig_Ref and thought I’d take a look. Seems very cool. It connects a web based IM to my IM client (adium) on my desktop through AIM (or…

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Final Participatory Network is Released

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The final version of the ALA-OITP/IIS technology brief “Participatory Networks: The Library as Conversation” has now been posted online at: http://iis.syr.edu/projects/PNOpen/ The site includes an executive summary, a PDF version of the final paper, and an experimental participatory interface to the document. Comments always welcome. From the document: Knowledge is created through conversation. Conversations can…

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Participatory Networks at Midwinter

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The final version of the Participatory Network Technology Brief (http://iis.syr.edu/projects/PNOpen/) developed for the ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy will be releassed at ALA Midwinter. The full brief will be available via the web. Many, many thanks to those who took the time to comment on the first public draft. There was an active period…

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MacArthur Investing $50 Million in Digital Learning

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Today the MacArthur Foundation is rolling out a big push into digital media and youth. They are working hard to create a field in the area with researchers and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines. I’ve been a part of this effort as an author for their MacArthur book series devoted to the topic…

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Public Comments Welcome on ALA Participatory Network Draft

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The public is invited to provide input and feedback on the latest draft of “Participatory Networks: The Library as Conversation,” a technology brief being written for the ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy. Read the draft, join the online discussion, or even WIKI the draft at: http://iis.syr.edu/projects/PNOpen/ You will also find more information at the…

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Institute to Write Technology Brief for ALA

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The rise of new web applications that both facilitate and depend upon user contributions has exposed a number of serious issues that today’s libraries must face. These web services allow users to easily: * build digital collections (YouTube, FLIKR); * join and create social networks (or digital collections of people such as MySPACE, Facebook); and…

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Lankes Nominated to 3rd National Academy of Science Panel

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Lankes has been nominated to the National Academies’ National Research Council policy study â??Transportation Information Manage- ment: A Strategy for the Future.â?? From the National Cooperative Highway Research Program’s 2007 outlook: The scope of the current National Research Council study is to â??â?¦provide strategic advice to the federal government and the states regarding a sustainable…

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Credibility Commons Gets Some Press

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The new Commons project has started to get some press. There was a nice write up in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Here’s the blog link, but the actual article is behind a password: http://chronicle.com/daily/2006/03/2006032901t.htm Ars Technica also write it up: http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060330-6492.html