Category Archives: social media

Democratizing Information and Speak

I continue to read, ponder, and research the role technology and society has played in the democratization of information.  I am trying to understand if there is a difference between the democratization of knowledge and the democratization of information.  What is certain is that communication technology has changed the communication and information models.  What once was a many to one model has shifted to a one to many model.

I am also thinking about the success of YOUmedia.  YOUmedia is about so much more than books, writing and print, but they are still a part.  Other forms of information creation, beyond the printed word (and even including the printed word), were so complex that the layperson could not create or share them.  If they could not create than they could not communication.  Their voice was rendered mute.  Technology has changed that.  Just like everyone is note a gifted painter (me for example) the same would hold true for a reader or writer.  Everyone does not have the gift of writing, or reading for that matter.  But everyone does have a voice.  They may share that voice through other means.  And herein lies the power of social and communication technologies.  The masses of silent citizens are suddenly given a voice.  A voice to…

All I have is a voice
To undo the folded lie,
The romantic lie in the brain
Of the sensual man-in-the-street
And the lie of Authority
Whose buildings grope the sky:
There is no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die. (Auden)

There is currently a campaign by Laurie Halse Anderson taking place on twitter #speakloudly about the attempted ban of her book Speak.  What has happened as a result, is thousands of people rising up to let their voices be heard.  They are rising up to share their story and how their story has been affected by Speak.

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Let’s Get Social: Social Bookmarking Presentation for DLS

I recently participated in the Let’s Get Social: Social Bookmarking Presentation for the DuPage Library System.  The slides were posted the other day, but the full audio stream is now available.  In this presentation, we discussed the use of social bookmarking, Diigo, Evernote, and Delicious.  It’s not the best presentation I have ever done, but enjoy.

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Let’s Get Social: Social Bookmarking

Here is my part of a presentation I did for the DuPage Library System’s Let’s Get Social series.  I will post the audio archive when it is available.

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Post Post-Modernism or Remodernism

Over the class weekend we discussed postmodern theory as it applies to LIS.  Have we moved past postmodernism?  If so, what have we moved too?  Has social media played a role in any of this?  I, of course, have no answer but it does make for food for thought.


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Mango Languages Round II

I just had a wonderful call from Beverly, the head of marketing at Mango Languages.  They have been very helpful in resolving the issue.  The learned of the problem via social media.  And that got me to thinking, do libraries pay attention to what our patrons are saying via social media?

So, I recant and recommend Mango.

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Social Media Policy

My library has just approved two social media policies.  I am rather proud of these two policies!

The Social Media Staff Policy is intended for our staff, while the Social Media Public Policy is intended for our public.

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Web 2.0

Tonight I am thinking, again, about the impact of web 2.0 on the democratization of information.  To think that this simple tool helps break down information barriers on a massive level is inspiring.   I hope that we, librarians, continue to embrace the radical trust necessary to encourage the people to control the creation, organization, preservation and dissemination of information.  Yes, we have a role to play, but it really is their information!

I only wish that more 2.0topians would discuss the democratizing effect of web 2.0 on information.  Every persons’ voice has it’s place.

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