Recently some of the WebJunction crew participated in a Seattle holiday tradition, The Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition, as the Dewey Decibels. The Dewey Decibels unique contributions were “Christmas Carrels” with special library-themed lyrics. These were composed for the occasion by our WebJunction lyricist extraordinare, Joe Anderson.
One of the real crowd pleasers was Banning Claus is Coming to Town. Here’s a sample (but there’s much more):
You better watch out, take care what you read
Some of those books are naughty indeed
Banning Claus is coming to town…
Now you too can enjoy these in the warm glow of your computer by visiting Joe’s Fat Chants blog!
Congratulations to Tennessee! They are the first of the 18 states participating in the Public Access Computing Hardware Upgrade Grant program to have all their libraries complete public access computer inventories in preparation for applying for the statewide grant. Way to go Tennessee!
Out of the blender of our latest WebJunction advisory committee meeting (Hartford, CT, last week–the best one ever) and a stimulating conversation this morning with an interesting potential partner comes the following milkshake…
The information commons will remain healthy if two diametrically opposed tendencies develop synergistically:
Info Hippies. The unfettered, chaotic, freeform schmoosh development of disaggregated, disintermediated content must continue apace (as the existence of Flickrs, wikis, and blogs of the world–and their unpredictable offspring–just about guarantee). Mmm, groovy.
Info Fascists. At the same time, quite contradictorily, and equally necessarily, defined, centrally maintained information frameworks (Dublin Core, MARC, the semantic web, RDF, etc., etc.) must continually be made stronger and more sophisticated. This enables the sharing and retrieval of the messy products of hippyness. Mmm, tidy.
Info Hippies and Info Fascists are the twin pillars of the information commons. Without both, the whole thing freezes up.
All Info Hippie and no Info Fascist, and you get static, both in the sense of all-noise-and-no-signal radio or tv broadcasts, and also in the sense of “no movement.” Without a structure, the cooperatively developed genius of the contemporary human race amounts to a bunch of monkeys banging on typewriters. There may be great stuff there, but you have to weed through a lot of bad imitations of Danielle Steele to find it.
All Info Fascist and no Info Hippie, and you lose all that amazing creative spontaneous energy that makes a commons worth having in the first place. You get a locked-down, brutalist, empty tidiness that contains no life.
OK, everyone, get in line for some peace and love.
WebJunction is written by WJ internal staff. Here’s a list of the whole motley crew.
Among our regular contributors:
|Joe Anderson is WebJunction’s Editor and Content Manager. In the first role he gets to help develop content on a whole range of interesting topics; in the second he gets to help figure out how to organize and display it on the WebJunction site.Joe is not a librarian, nor does he play one on TV. But his obsessions with Bob Dylan, Gregorian chant, and the NCAA basketball tournament has loaded him up with useful cultural literacy material that enables him to keep up with all but the most dweeby LIS discussions. His experience as a teacher, writer, and technology jack-of-all-trades helps perpetuate the illusion of competence.|
|Chrystie Hill is our Director of Community Services and she works with our Community Services team to build communities for library staff – usually with WebJunction’s programs and tools – but she swears that KARAOKE works just as well! Chrystie has been with WebJunction since 2003, where she spends much of her time posting, casting, conferencing, blogging, tweeting, and chatting with colleagues about emerging technologies and how we can make the most of them. Also a librarian, writer, and consultant on technology and community building, Chrystie writes and speaks frequently about anything that helps connect people to information and each other in or through library land.|
|Betha Gutsche, Curriculum Developer, knee-deep in competencies. As an artist, woodworker, and now a librarian, Betha likes to design, build, and generally know how things work, whether that applies to the tools in her shop/studio or the technology tools that drive online collaboration. She was attracted to the field of librarianship because of its embrace of technology and the new horizons opened up by it. Oh, and also because of a lifelong love affair with books. When she’s not immersed in reading, she’s likely to be found in, on, or around water.|
|Emily Inlow-Hood is the Special Projects Coordinator for the Community Services Team. She previously worked with the WebJunction Spanish Language Outreach program, and has worked in the past with libraries in Guatemala. Her background is in libraries (public, academic, and special), bookstores, and she has a strong interest in international development and cross-cultural communication. Emily also studied creative writing in college, but will not be inflicting any of her poetry on anyone any time soon.You will see her popping up on the Discussion Boards as “emnica” and talking about international development and disaster relief issues as they intersect with libraries on her own blog, dev.librarian. Her home library is the South Park branch of the Seattle Public Library which boasts a 30% Spanish collection.|
|Tim King is WebJunction’s brand-spankin’ new Community Associate. He brings to the team a freshly minted MLIS from the UW Information school, a well-developed passion for online community, and bunch of years worth of experience in trying to make online commercial software support just a bit more user friendly. Tim and his family are attempting to lead a mostly car-free lifestyle, though they will “cheat” when it comes to skiing and camping trips. You can often find the family Xtracycles parked in front of the North East branch of the Seattle Public Library.|
|Kendra Morgan is the Project Coordinator for TechAtlas. Her first memory of using a library goes back to elementary school in Kihei, Maui where she was one of the “library helpers”. Fast forward a few years (okay, more than just a “few”) and she found herself in library school at the University of Hawaii and excited about helping libraries to use technology to help staff and patrons meet their needs. Her interest in technology and libraries has led her to work as a trainer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s US Library program and with The Library of Virginia as a technology consultant. When she isn’t being a technology geek, Kendra enjoys cooking, traveling and playing endless games of Scrabble with family.|
|Jennifer Peterson joined the WebJunction team in 2005. She works as Community Programs Manager and loves being a part of a great big group of collaborators and believes that the success of a community depends on its capacity to learn together. She has worked in many of the Northwest’s public libraries since 1993 and interned at the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation while completing the MLIS program at the Information School. She has a hard time containing her passion for libraries and learning, but stays grounded with the help of her amazing family, who also love books, music, dance, art, movies, thrift stores and camping. Her children often include librarian in their list of future careers and describe their local library as a favorite place.|
|Michael Porter, Community Product Manager, loves him some libraries. Seriously. He has worked in libraries since 1990 and got his MLS in 1999. He was fortunate to be able to teach thousands of librarians while visiting 30 different states during his work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation US Library Program and then later while working at OCLC Western. He loves libraries almost as much as he loves PEZ dispensers, travel, cooking and the magic of the Intenet and it’s amazing tubes. While Michael tries to be funny sometimes, he also tries to think hard about worthwhile things. Lots of folks know him as Libraryman because he blogs at www.libraryman.com, a web site he has maintained for several years. He writes the regular “Internet Spotlight” column for Public Libraries magazine with his good Libraryland buddy, David Lee King. His frequent in person and on-line public presentations on libraries and technology are greatly enjoyed by many folks while some attendees just politely smile and nod. He’s not sure what these folks are thinking but he’d sure like to know. Happily for him, very few of his presentation attendees walk out in a huff. You can see where he might be speaking next by clicking here.|
|Laura Staley is the project coordinator for WebJunction’s Spanish Language Outreach Program. She joined WebJunction and the SLO program in 2004. Prior to joining WJ, she spent five years working for NPower, a non-profit dedicated to helping other non-profits meet their missions by improving their technology savvy. Laura received her Master’s in Teaching at Seattle University. When she’s not helping libraries reach out to their Spanish speakers, you can find her combing the beaches of West Seattle. Laura’s hometown library is the Marysville Public Library.|
|Sharon Streams is the staff editor for WebJunction. After a stint doing government research for a Washington, D.C., law firm, she attended Indiana University’s School of Library and Information Science (back when the web was in its Gopher/Veronica/Archie stage). She spent the next decade-plus in the sci-tech field, managing a book publishing program and launching an optics news website. Even though she has transitioned fully into web publishing over the last few years, she has an undying obsession for the printed word, and can’t quite function without knowing there is a book at close hand.|
|Emily Warren is the Special Projects Coordinator for the Learning Services team. Emily is a self-proclaimed information junkie and received her MLIS from the University of Washington in 2005. Since then she has been working for a local non-profit doing prospect research, loitering in her local library branch, and helping to develop crafts for a weekly story-time. In her past lives she has been a Latin major and teacher(dux femina facti!!), a book store employee, and a frustrated cruise director.|