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

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 ( 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 (, the DARE project (, and SURF Diensten (

The course website can be found at 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

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

NYTimes: Videos Challenge Accounts of Convention Unrest

Videos Challenge Accounts of Convention Unrest

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.


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

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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.

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

Sunday, April 10, 2005

NPR: Ravi Shankar, Master of the Sitar

Ravi Shankar, Master of the Sitar

by Susan Stamberg

"Morning Edition, April 7, 2005 · Ravi Shankar, the renowned master of the Indian sitar, turns 85 on Thursday. He is considered one of the world's greatest musicians, and continues to give concerts, tour, teach and compose.

In the latest report for the NPR/National Geographic co-production Radio Expeditions, NPR's Susan Stamberg travels to New Delhi, the capital of India, to meet with the artist."

NPR: Acerbic Wit of Comic Commentator Lewis Black

"Arts & Culture
The Acerbic Wit of Comic Commentator Lewis Black
by Terry Gross

Fresh Air from WHYY, April 7, 2005 · Lewis Black is a playwright, stand-up comic, actor, and a commentator on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He's been described as having the mouth of a shock-jock and the heart of a liberal. But his comic rants are targeted at anyone he finds deserving.

Black has written a new book, Nothing's Sacred. In addition, he has several comic CDs, and a DVD of his HBO special Black on Broadway has been released."

Thursday, April 07, 2005

MindShift: Disruptive Scholarship Revisited


If you have not yet made plans to attend the ACRL 12th National Conference in Minneapolis beginning today [ ], you still have time to do so!

In addition to many opportunities to Listen-and-Learn from a variety of pre-conferences, presentations and poster sessions


you could be among the select few to attend MySession in which I will elaborate on my wiki-based vision/version of Scholarly Communication known as Disruptive Scholarship

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Sooooo** Please mark you ConferenceCalendar:

Pair Two |
Saturday, April 9, 4:30 - 5:45 p.m.; 200AB

Quality Assurance in the Age of Author Self-Archiving. In the age of author self-archiving, there are forces, factors, and influences other than pending classical peer review that can assure the quality of scholarship before formal publication. Among these alternative approaches are institutional review, 'critical peer response', 'action learning', and Total Quality Scholarship. Gain an understanding of
the strengths and weaknesses of conventional peer review process and develop an awareness of current and emerging alternative models to traditional peer review.
Presenter(s): Gerry McKiernan, Iowa State University


NOTE: The emphasis will be on EMERGING!

BTW: If you are unable to attend the entire session, please don't hesistate to stop by at the end to offer to buy me a beer [:-)

Be Prepared For A MIND SHIFT !!!

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Happy Birthday, Kristen

Today, April 5, 2005 is the 21st birthday of my middle daughter, Kristen.




Bibliocasting Listserv Launched

Introducing the Bibliocasting listserv.

The bibliocasting listserv ( is
dedicated to a discussion of streaming media in the library
environment. This list grows out of the increasing popularity of
"Podcasting," or the use of RSS and the Internet to download audio
programs (like audio blogs) to computers and MP3 players. A recent
Reuters story states:

"Twenty-nine percent of U.S. adults who own MP3 players like Apple
Computer Inc.'s iPod say they have downloaded podcast programs from the
Internet, the Pew Internet and American Life Project found...That means
more than 6 million people are listening to a form of communication
that emerged only last year, according to the nonprofit group."

So what to post on the list? Examples of how libraries can build on the
growing excitement of Podcasting; Questions on how libraries can use
podcasting and other multimedia information they create to promote
themselves and provide better service; Questions on how to podcast and
other technical questions on streaming media including QuickTime
Streaming, RealProducer, and others. In addition, the list will
include postings of key articles, reports, and news about podcating and
other streaming media in general and in the the library context.

Bottom Line: We are looking to build a community of individuals
interested in the application of multimedia in the library environment.


You can get the listserv in two ways. The first is through e-mail. To
subscribe to the list send an e-mail to with
the entire message (no subject line):

subscribe bibliocasting FirstName LastName

We have also set up a podcast for the list...that's right, you can
listen to the list. Each post is transformed from text-to-speech, and
syndicated using RSS. The RSS feed (podcast feed) for the list is at:

"Virtual Dave" Lankes, Ph.D.
Executive Director Information Institute of Syracuse
School of Information Studies, Syracuse University

Friday, April 01, 2005

Personalised RSS for Library - User Education (Talis White Paper)

Personalised RSS for Library - User Interaction
By Richard Wallis, published February 2005
Talis White Paper