Sunday, July 29, 2007

Hiroshima Memorial


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Monday, May 01, 2006

TICER 2006: Digital Libraries à la Carte: New Choices for the Future

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Digital Libraries a la Carte: New Choices for the Future
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Modular, International Digital Library Course
Tilburg University, The Netherlands, 22-25 August 2006

http://www.ticer.nl/06carte/

The International Ticer School (known for its former International
Summer School on the Digital Library) offers a new, modular course
for librarians and publishers: "Digital Libraries a la Carte: New
Choices for the Future". The course will be held at Tilburg
University, the Netherlands, 22-25 August 2006.

Modules
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From its 'menu' of four one-day modules, you can pick your choice:
* technological developments, relevant to libraries (lectures)
* Library 2.0 technologies to reach out to the customer (hands-on
in a computer room)
* libraries supporting research and Open Access
* libraries and teaching and learning

Subjects covered
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* digital paper
* interoperability between repositories
* institutional portals and the role of the library
* developments in search/search engines
* blogs/RSS
* instant messaging in libraries
* Library 2.0
* eScience
* virtual research environments and digital libraries
* Open Access and the role of the library
* the role of the library in teaching and learning
* learning technology
* the application of gaming in libraries and education
* library impact measurement

Speakers
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Top speakers will present their views. Below is a selection.
* Malcolm Atkinson is Director of the National e-Science Centre
and the new UK e-Science Envoy
* Carl Grant is President & COO of VTLS, Inc.
* John Willinksy wrote 'The Access Principle: The Case for Open
Access to Research and Scholarship'
* Paul Miller is Senior Manager and Technology Evangelist at Talis
* Michael Stephen's blog 'Tame the Web' is read worldwide by
librarians
* Philip Payne is an expert on measuring the library's impact on
learning and teaching
* John Kirriemuir has extensively researched and published on
gaming in learning/teaching
* Herbert Van de Sompel is a driving force behind the Open Archives
Initiative
* Sue Roberts co-authored 'Developing the New Learning Environment'
* Michael Fraser is the director of the Humbul Humanities Hub

To guarantee a highly interactive programme, the number of
participants is limited to 45 per module, lectures contain an
nteractive component, and one module consists of hands-on sessions
in a computer room. The course is recommended by JISC, DEFF -
Denmark's Electronic Research Library, the Swiss National Library,
Helsinki University Library, and FinELib (Finnish National
Electronic Library), part of the National Library of Finland.

The course website can be found at www.ticer.nl/06carte/. On the
website you can find the full programme, the complete list of 16
lecturers with short bios, abstracts of most presentations and
practical information about course fee and registration.

If you register before 1 June 2006, you will get a 150 euro
discount.

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Do you want a quick update in just one to four days?
Then Tilburg is the place to be this summer!
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Further information
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Ms Jola Prinsen
Course Manager Ticer B.V.
P.O. Box 4191
5004 JD Tilburg
The Netherlands
tel. +31 13 466 8310
fax +31 13 466 8383
e-mail jola.prinsen@uvt.nl
www.ticer.nl/06carte/

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

eProfile: WikimediaWorlds. Part I. Wikipedia

I am pleased to announcement the publication of my latest eProfile in Library Hi Tech News:

Gerry McKiernan, “WikimediaWorlds. Part I. Wikipedia,” Library Hi Tech News 22, no. 8 (September/October 2005): 46-54.

Overview/Summary from the publisher

ABSTRACT: Purpose – This article of part 1 of a two part series on wikis. Part 1 focuses on Wikipedia. Design/methodology/approach – The article is prepared by a library professional and provides a summary of the main features. Findings – A wiki is a piece of server software that allows users to freely create and edit web page content using any web browser. Wiki supports hyperlinks and has a simple text syntax for creating new pages and crosslinks between internal pages on the fly. Originality/value – This article is a useful summary of a development of interest to library and information management professionals

I have self-archived a copy at

[ http://www.public.iastate.edu/~gerrymck/WMW-I.pdf ]


I would Most Appreciate Any and All Comments/Critiques/Observations or Cosmic Insights about this review.

BTW: Wikis (and Blogs) are Not Just For Breakfast Anymore:

“The Wiki and the Blog: Toward a Complex Adaptive Intelligence Community”

D. CALVIN ANDRUS (Central Intelligence Agency) [CIA]
[Studies in Intelligence, September 2005] / Link to full-text available at

Monday, September 19, 2005

Wikis: Disruptive Technologies for Dynamic Possibilities

I am pleased to announce the availability of my PowerPoint presentation titled “Wikis: Disruptive Technologies for Dynamic Possibilities” that was delivered at Digital Libraries à la Carte: Choices for the Future, an international workshop held at Tilburg University, The Netherlands late last month [ http://www.ticer.nl/05carte/program.htm ]

BTW: TICER 2005 was a *Most Excellent * Program !

A self-archived copy of my presentation is available at

[ http://www.public.iastate.edu/~gerrymck/TICER2005.ppt ]

The presentation reviews the general nature and structure of select wikis, the features and functions of popular wiki software engines, and describes the content and use of wikis by select businesses, colleges and universities, and libraries.

The presentation also speculated about the wiki as an environment, framework, and venue for Disruptive Scholarship, my proposed model for alternative scholarly authorship, review, and publishing [ http://www.disruptivescholarship.blogspot.com/ ]

In this Era of Open Access, I conclude the presentation with The Bold Question:

“Is Wiki Method/Methodology the Full/True Means Of Achieving/Creating Real Open Access?”

Think About It !

As Always, I would Most Appreciate Any and All Critiques/Comments/Criticisms/ Etc. .

/Gerry

Sunday, April 17, 2005

TICER 2005: Digital Libraries à la Carte: Choices for the Future | August 22-26, 2005 | Tilburg NL

Modular, International Digital Library Course
Tilburg University, The Netherlands, 22-26 August 2005

http://www.ticer.nl/05carte/

The International Ticer School (known for its former International Summer School on the Digital Library) offers a brand new, modular course for librarians and publishers: "Digital Libraries à la Carte: Choices for the Future". The course will be held at Tilburg University, the Netherlands, 22-26 August 2005.

From its ‘menu’ of five one-day modules, you can pick your choice:
• trends and strategic issues
• technological developments, relevant to libraries
• consortia and licensing
• Open Access and institutional repositories
• the role of libraries in teaching and learning

Top speakers will present their views. Below is a selection.
• Marissa Mayer is Director, Consumer Web Products at Google
• Derk Haank is CEO of Springer and former CEO of Elsevier
• Peter Suber is among the most cited authors on Open Access
• Jenny Levine’s blog (theshiftedlibrarian.com) is read by thousands of librarians
• Carol Tenopir has published over 200 journal articles and is cited frequently
• Deb deBruijn closed the worldwide biggest consortium deal (over 50 million dollar)
Gerry McKiernan is the compiler of several known Web registries
• Steven Gilbert is president of The TLT Group and an expert on learning landscapes
• Pat Maughan transforms the undergraduate curriculum at the prestigious UC Berkeley to include information literacy training

To guarantee a highly interactive programme, the number of participants is limited to 45 per module, lectures contain an interactive component, and two modules are concluded with a practical workshop. The course is recommended by JISC (www.jisc.ac.uk/), the DARE project (www.surf.nl/en/themas/index2.php?oid=7), and SURF Diensten (www.surfdiensten.nl/).

The course website can be found at www.ticer.nl/05carte/ On the website you can find the full programme, the complete list of 20 lecturers with short bios, abstracts of most presentations and practical information about course fee and registration.

If you register before 1 June 2005, you will get a €150 discount.

Do you want a quick update in just one to five days?
Then Tilburg is the place to be this summer!

Further information
Ms Jola Prinsen
Course Manager Ticer B.V.
P.O. Box 4191
5004 JD Tilburg
The Netherlands
tel. +31 13 466 8310
fax +31 13 466 8383
e-mail jola.prinsen@uvt.nl

http://www.ticer.nl/05carte/

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

NYTimes: Videos Challenge Accounts of Convention Unrest

Videos Challenge Accounts of Convention Unrest
By JIM DWYER

Published: April 12, 2005


Dennis Kyne put up such a fight at a political protest last summer, the arresting officer recalled, it took four police officers to haul him down the steps of the New York Public Library and across Fifth Avenue.

"We picked him up and we carried him while he squirmed and screamed," the officer, Matthew Wohl, testified in December. "I had one of his legs because he was kicking and refusing to walk on his own."

Accused of inciting a riot and resisting arrest, Mr. Kyne was the first of the 1,806 people arrested in New York last summer during the Republican National Convention to take his case to a jury. But one day after Officer Wohl testified, and before the defense called a single witness, the prosecutor abruptly dropped all charges.

During a recess, the defense had brought new information to the prosecutor. A videotape shot by a documentary filmmaker showed Mr. Kyne agitated but plainly walking under his own power down the library steps, contradicting the vivid account of Officer Wohl, who was nowhere to be seen in the pictures. Nor was the officer seen taking part in the arrests of four other people at the library against whom he signed complaints.

[MORE]


http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/12/nyregion/12video.html


Can We Say Orwell ......................

Monday, April 11, 2005

Candidates for _SandBox(sm): Wiki Applications and Uses_

Candidates for _SandBox(sm): Wiki Applications and Uses_

I am greatly interested in learning of Any and All Wiki applications and uses implemented in

• Corporations
• Education
• Government
• Libraries
• Research Environments

for inclusion in my recently-established registry titled _SandBox(sm)_ .

_SandBox(sm)_ is located at

[ http://www.public.iastate.edu/~CYBERSTACKS/SandBox.htm ]

and is currently UnderConstruction.

BTW: I Googled a number of months ago, and will do so again, but would prefer recommendations from my WorldWideWeb colleagues as well.

In addition to the application and use of wikis in the institutions/organization noted, I am also interested in their application in/for novel venues (e.g., conferences, directories, etc.).

I am also interested in learning of additional key/significant literature for potential inclusion in my WikiBibliography.

[ http://www.public.iastate.edu/~CYBERSTACKS/WikiBib.htm ]

P.S. Of course, in time, there will be a Wiki to allow uses to contribute, but it's not yet available [:-(] but StayTuned [:-)]