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Librarians, Web 2.0, Technology: Celebrate Hi-Fi Librarians and Hi-Tech Libraries in October

October is National Medical Library month!

Here is a screenshot of the poster which Medical Library Association created for the October 2008 event:

Dig Deep!

Medical Library Association: Dig Deep!

Photo source/credit: http://www.mlanet.org/resources/nml-month/

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Just how far librarians have contributed to the cause and purpose of creating digital collections can also be savored by reading a new book from MIT Press (with support from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching) entitled “Opening Up Education: The Collective Advancement of Education Through Open Technology, Open Content and Open Knowledge“, edited by Toshi Iiyoshi and M.S. Vijay Kumar. This 500 page E-text is openly available under a Creative Commons license on Scribd.com (at this link: http://www.scribd.com/doc/5597799/Opening-Up-Education).

Following is a screenshot of the cover art of this e-text:

Cover art credit: http://www.scribd.com/doc/5597799/Opening-Up-Education

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Thinking of librarianship as a profession: When can we retire the dated stereotype of a (female) librarian with hair pressed up in a bun, wearing sensible shoes… while shushing people in the library stacks? In the days of no-technology (and little funding), librarians have historically made do with the resources they had available – and we still do. Read this opinion piece by Tawny Sverdlin found on LibGig recently, called the “Feminization of Librarianship“. We’ve come a long way, Baby, from the Dewey Decimal system and graduate school. And thank goodness for that.

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Now for the fun part! Creative and talented librarians/musicians Michael Porter and David Lee King created and released this video in August 2008 with their celebrity-librarian friends called “Hi-Fi Sci-Fi Library!” And thanks to MedLib Musings, a blog run by students and faculty from University of Alabama School of Library Information Science, for the heads-up about the librarians’ video.

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P.S. Do you Love Your Library? If so, please read more about the annual campaign by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the New York Times (in conjunction with the American Library Association) which sponsor the “I Love My Librarian Awards 2008!” (Nominate one by October 15), at: http://www.ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian/home.cfm

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2 responses to “Librarians, Web 2.0, Technology: Celebrate Hi-Fi Librarians and Hi-Tech Libraries in October

  1. Kelly September 29, 2008 at 11:30 PM

    Wow! I got blogged about.
    Thanks – that was awesome to see!

    Your welcome for the heads up about the music video.
    I am still singing along to the lyrics 🙂

    ~ Kelly

    University of Alabama SLIS Grad Student
    MedLib Musings
    http://www.blogs.slis.ua.edu/slis/courses/ls534/fall2008/maccall/01/15/wordpress/

  2. creaky15 September 30, 2008 at 8:35 AM

    Keep up the good work, Kelly!
    Creaky

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