Category Archives: information poverty

Social Justice Librarian Style and a Networking Opportunity are Coming to Chicago

Social Justice Librarian Style and a Networking Opportunity are Coming to Chicago:

As many of you know, a group of us have been working on bring a Chicago version of the Deskset to fruition.  After a very successfully meeting last night, I know that this idea will become a reality soon.  We still have some details to work out, but it is such an exciting time, and I wanted to share!

The vision is to create a network in which librarians, library lovers and book lovers can come together to share in our commonality.  It will also have a primary purpose of achieving social justice in the area.  It will unite us!  It will bring us together!  It will help alleviate information poverty and promote literacy!  It will fill a major need!  It will be just plan awesome!!!

I hope that you are excited.  I will keep you all posted.


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The Virtual Revolution

Saw this video over on perpetualbeta and would love to watch the whole series.

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Times have changed

I wonder if because I live in the times, that I have trouble seeing all that has occurred in the last 5, 10, 20 years.  The world has truly changed.  Information is becoming so prolific the world over.  I stand in utter amazement of this.   The internet, and social media, has removed so many barriers to information. 

Yes, the digital divide is real and needs to be dealt with, but just to think that so many people in the world had no access to an encyclopedia or other information resources and now they do.  I am learning to see information as a true resource, like clean water or food.  It is here that my mission lies.  I want to ensure that these resources get into the hands of everyone.  Information poverty is real and cyclical like other forms of poverty.  Lets change that.  Lets bring information to the people.

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Information Poverty

As I ponder information poverty and the implications of the read/write web, I wonder if some poverty allievation may be achieved through these new technologies. 

I am preparing to hibernate for the winter with a bunch of books:

The Future of the Internet–And How to Stop It – Jonathan Zittrain
Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations – Clay Shirky
Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies – Charlene Li
Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means – Albert-Laszlo Barabasi
Infotopia: How Many Minds Produce Knowledge – Cass R. Sunstein
Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages – Alex Wright
Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder – David Weinberger (Repeat)
Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution by Howard Rheingold
The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google by Nicholas Carr
Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything by Anthony D. Williams, Don Tapscott
The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki
Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob by Lee Siegel (Repeat)
The Cult of the Amateur by Andrew Keen (Repeat)
The Social Life of Information by John Seely Brown
Tagging: People-powered Metadata for the Social Web by Gene Smith

This is what most of them look like:

Winter reading list

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