Tag: “2.0”

Who’s Saying What about Second Life

As the cat makes one of her daily rounds of sprinting back and forth behind my chair and meowing piteously…

There’s been some chatter again this week about Second Life. I did some exploration with it in January, but couldn’t really find anything interesting to do at the hours I was usually conscious and available to do it (3 a.m. CST). It seemed to be getting a huge amount of attention in the press and in the biblioblogosphere at the time and looks to really be launching into something huge.

Now, it’s March and the momentum seem to have slowed. I haven’t heard of any other countries jumping on board with massive office openings in cyberspace. Most of the people I know don’t seem to be aware of what it is–and once I explain it, a number have said instantly that they doubt their systems could handle it. I don’t think my desktop computer could–even though my laptop does. My best friend was frankly skeptical when he viewed the homepage and the “number of US dollars spent in the past 24 hours.” (I have to agree–how are they spending $1.5 million every 24 hours? Does your avatar really need THAT many clothes?)

But it’s good to stay current on what’s available:

Walt has a ‘cautious post’–which has turned into an interesting discussion mostly with Jenny Levine– about whether or not librarians need to push to meet our users in Second Life.

Rich Hoeg at eContent has a well-timed post with some tutorial and informational links in case (like me) you’re still trying to figure out what you’re supposed to do with this avatar you’ve created.

and the fabulously recuperating LiB (welcome back Sarah) put up a link to a tutorial on trying to explain it to your staff–if you are desirous of incorporating SecondLife into your library.

The Library 2.0 Network

I was directed via one of my listservs to a new social network: Library 2.0 as created by Bill Drew. It looks a bit like a social network (of the myspace variety), a bit of one-stop-shopping for ALA blog updates, a few podcasts, and the latest librarian video, and a jolly good time to be had by all. I can upload videos (or link to my favorite YouTube’s), add library photos, etc etc.

I particularly liked A Librarian’s 2.0 Manifesto Video

I’m in the midst of a database crunch so don’t look for a lot of personalization on my page just yet. Perhaps once I get through the 5000+ records that were “discovered” in New York that have to be entered…

Sleep is optional.

Rettig for President Video

Jim Retting had a YouTube video up that I was hoping to link to for his ALA Presidency candidacy. I liked it! It was simple, effective, and got his name and ideas into my brain. However, when I just checked the link…it’s been removed by the user. I wonder what happened.

I hope we get to see more videos like that! It’s nice to put a face with a candidacy….

Thanks to the Librarian in Black and David Rothman for the link. If anyone knows why it came down–please let me know!

This is Your Online Life….

There are many, many days when I feel like I have more of a life online than I do in the real world. I have friends, colleagues, and coworkers that I’ve never met IRL. With the majority of them I have a healthy relationship. There are the ones I hear from all the time, the ones who check in and remember details that are just amazing, and the ones who you pass by on email and go–right, you, we have to swap bad work/interview/date stories again sometime!!

Not all relationships are healthy, though, and I am continually amazed by the people who put themselves into the online world and then start to create a negative persona. This has been a recurring problem that I’ve noticed on the list serves wherein I participate. Everyone has a bad/cranky day and those vents are generally taken at face value, dismissed as soon as we read another email. However, among the professionals there tends to be an understood law of civility–for most of us. The exceptions always make my blood pressure rise. Deliberately inflammatory posts, derogative, mean, and often without much background information…..

I’ll admit it–if you interest me, I might Ask or Yahoo! you. If you annoy me–it’s almost guaranteed that I’ll run a search on you to see what turns up. One point that always makes me fail to take someone seriously–if I can’t find a trail. If you don’t appear to have existed online until last week (literally a problem I encountered with two provocateurs), how am I to know that you’re not using a false identity? Shouldn’t you exist…somewhere? Another point is when I find someone who just seems to complain on a VARIETY of list serves that are publicly archived. Then the person looks globally whiny–not just on my list.

The other point that bothers me–people who think their online reputation won’t carry into the workplace, interviews, etc etc etc. Particularly in the small profession of library science, where we do all know each other, people network and remember. An insult or slur goes much further online than it can in person because now there’s an archive of it. In the past six months I’ve heard only too often a chorus of “me expressing my negative opinion means I get picked on…” and other such woeful verses. I understand the frustration (often about job availability) but not the tone. Do you think I won’t remember when you insult a librarian younger or older than you? Do you think I won’t remember when you verbally attacked another person? Do you think your name won’t trigger a warning bell if I ever see your resume? I think of it less as personal bias than professional preservation.

Said provocateurs are, of course, always just using their own right to freedom of speech. Yet they always seem incredibly affronted when others suggest that these very negative online manners might not assist their career paths. They seem to hold an assumption that “anything goes” online and that employers can’t hold snotty online remarks against a candidate. I even heard an argument that we (the rest of the list readers) shouldn’t judge anyone by their online presence but only by their printed resume. Only—what if I find your resume online? Does it not count because it’s not a printed piece of paper? If you email it to me–isn’t your cover letter then also online remarks? Should I discount that also?

We exist in an online world as much as we do in our physical one and our presence is as important if not more so here.

We now return to the real world so I can pay attention to the incredibly cute, “always ignored,” pathetic cat who just crawled into my lap and started purring.

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful….manuscripts

Ahhh…illuminated manuscripts. So lovely. So carefully done. Occasionally even—so bawdy.

But I digress. I have fond appreciation for pages carefully drawn/woodcut/imprinted/colored in detail I can’t begin to imagine by men (primarily) whose entire lives could be devoted to this. I have a special place in my heart for the Book of Kells—the Chi Ro page of which I had as an enormous poster in my two apartments ago covering a big water spot on the wall. *sigh*

So of course I had to dive right in when I saw the post on Resource Shelf: January 2007 Curator’s Choice: Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts from Western Europe

NYPL’s Digital gallery is amazing to begin with but now there are even more lovely pictures for me to pour over. I wish it was as tactile as the real experience (where one peers from outside a glass casing…wishing one could hold the book and touch the page…) but I’ll settle for being wistful in my apartment instead. At least that I can do at three a.m. when sleep eludes me again.