Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Jarrod's work is downright awesome. He's received some great press from Dwell, and he is looking to take his 10 Degree Stepstool from prototype to production. Check out his company's site at www.officeforlostobjects.com and head on over to Kickstarter to help him turn his 10 Degree Stepstool into production reality.
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Google announces that Personalized Search will now be default. That could be good, but that could also be bad.
I worry that, in Google's quest for relevant search results, it may be undermining what it is trying to develop--relevancy.
Say a student uses Google all the time to conduct research, but they do not critically evaluate the websites they use (i.e. they don't have good information literacy skills). Let's say the student pulls information from sites that do not have a vetting process. Google's Personalized Search will rank the student's usual sources over others like .edu sites. Furthermore, general users like our hypothetical student rarely go beyond the first page of results. Thus, Google reinforces the student's poor searching habits while the student believes they are obtaining relevant information. However, the information is not relevant if it is incorrect.
To opt out of personalized search, go here.
Friday, December 04, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Image: Poppies Triptych by Annette L. Haines
Haines does amazing work, and she's a librarian to boot. Above is her most recent work done using the moku hanga style of wood-block printing on handmade Japanese Nishinouchi paper. Haines even uses hand-ground pigments!
Check out Haines' blog at Serendipity Artist (she gives a great play-by-play on Poppies and other works). Definitely check out her esty shop at www.etsy.com/shop/serendipityartist
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
The Evolving Role of the Columbus Metro Library
Friday, November 20, 2009
Image: Ohio Art League Holiday Mirror Ball, A Member Appreciation Party
From the release:
HOLIDAY MIRROR BALL
A Member Appreciation Party
Saturday, December 19, 2009
8 p.m. to Midnight
Skye Bar in the OSU South Campus Gateway Arts Alley
1562 N. High Street
The Ohio Art League would like to invite you and yours to Holiday Mirror Ball, a member appreciation party. Please, join us for this festive evening as we say thank you to all of our members, friends, supporters and fans.
Entertainment for the night will feature:
Music by DJ Sally Simple
Performances by Jenai Cutcher and Whistling in the Dark Theater Company
Cash bar available featuring Elevator Brewing Company
Entry is free for all members ($5 entry fee for public). The first 100 members through the door will receive a special thank you gift from OAL.
If you are interested in volunteering for this event please contact Eliza Jones at 614-299-8225, email email@example.com, or sign up on our website at www.oal.org.
Before the festivities begin on the evening of December 19 don't miss out on...
HOLIDAY ART MARKET
Saturday, December 12 & 19, noon to 6 p.m.
Skye Bar in the OSU South Campus Gateway Arts Alley
Stop by Skye Bar to get your unique holiday gifts from some of Columbus' finest local artists, featuring ceramics, jewelry, photography, painting, printmaking and more. Are interested in selling your work and would like more information, visit artilleryohio.com.
Also on December 12 at The Shoe Box in the Arts Alley:
Kids Holiday Craft Workshops and Holiday Movies
Noon to 2:30 p.m. & 3 to 5:30 p.m.
Kids age 5 - 11, $25 registration
Presented by (Mix)ed Media
For more info about OAL, please go to www.oal.org
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The article then goes on:
Mr. Murdoch added that News Corp. believes that the fair-use doctrine, which allows for use of copyrighted materials in limited ways such as search results, “could be challenged in the courts and barred altogether.”
Wowza. This is definitely something to watch. Will we have something akin to the RIAA/DMCA for bloggers who republish parts of works like I just did above?
Friday, November 06, 2009
Growing up Kelley witnessed first-hand the extinction of an industry due to the lack of innovation. In a span of less than 20 years, Akron (OH) went from making 100% of the tires used in the U.S. to making 0%. This affected his family, his community, and, of course, the tire manufactures.
Kelley spoke at Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) this past Wednesday. CCAD's Business Advisory Council made the event a reality, and CCAD's president, Denny Griffith, gave a poignant introduction that focused on creative economies.
In Kelley's presentation, he focused on 3-out-of-10 personal roles of innovators from his book, "The Ten Faces of Innovation: IDEO's strategies for beating the devil's advocate & driving creativity throughout your organization." Those roles include the anthropologist, the experimenter, and the cross-pollinator.
Each role has unique characteristics that lead companies to innovate.
The anthropologist sees with new eyes. Doing so allows for the observance of needs--not directing what should be needed. Observing the need(s) and matching with an organization's capabilities leads to empathic design.
This role is Kelley's favorite. He indicated anthropoligists must be in a mental state of vuja de (a play on deja vu). Anthropologists must use new perspectives to look at things that have been witnessed a million times over. By doing so, anthropoligists discover unmet needs.
The experimenter is all about trial and error. Experimenters are given the allowance to fail in a fostered and secure system because with many innovators (Edison, Dyson, etc.) new knowledge comes from failure. Kelley remarked that organizations need to "lower the bar for prototyping." He explained that we do not allow ourselves enough room to be creative, and he indicated that even the crudest prototypes can elucidate ideas, eventually leading to breakthrough products or services (Kelley highlighted a case study from their HBR article, "Design Thinking.")
Cross-pollinators, my personal favorite, are individuals that spread knowledge and ideas throughout the organization. Of course, this directly relates to librarians and knowledge managers. Kelley described cross-pollinators as "unstable elements" until they've spread the new information/knowledge they have. Furthermore, Kelley said that cross-pollinators are infinitly curious and part student, part teacher. He indicated IDEO actively looks for these types of individuals to help their organization remain innovative.
While although a bit like a presentation to sell his book & IDEO, Kelley's talk gave us much to think about. I'm grateful for central Ohio organizations like CCAD, their BAC, and the YPO/WPO/EO collective for bringing luminaries like Kelley to Columbus. I hope that the cross-pollinization between academic, public, and private sectors continues to thrive in Columbus, fostering our own creative economy.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Last month Helene spoke at OCLC about the future of libraries. Her talk was entitled, "Finding the Phoenix: Feathers, Flight & the Future of Libraries," and it focused on how we can move beyond current trends and create engaging learning spaces.
I was particularly impressed with her trends analysis. She highlighted trends that I'm pretty sure that most of us were already aware of (e.g. mobile web, e-readers, etc.). However, it was her analysis of these trends which lead to new insights and got the crowd thinking. The ability to formulate new thoughts around data/info that has been around for 3-5 years really blew me away. I realized that it's not necessarily about finding the latest trends but what insights you're able to create.
Blowers tapped into the idea of the creative community/economy to transform libraries into deeply-rooted, community spaces that empower and foster community members' creativity. Furthermore, libraries that "harvest community knowledge" will shift from a privider of intellectual outputs to one that includes both inputs & outputs.
This is a powerful idea. The intellectual input/output paradigm will implicitly demonstrate a library's ROI to the community. That is, if they come to us (online or off). Consequently, strategic outreach becomes a critical component for our libraries.
Overall, it was really good presentation. Thanks again Helene. And thanks to my employer, SC search consultants, for placing a high value on professional development (i.e. allowing me time to attend ;)
Below are the slides from the presentation.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Image: Des Moines Public Library by toddmundt
There's a really interesting discussion on Jassamyn West's blog about her recent visit to the Des Moines Public Library. The library enforces a no indoor photography policy due to the wishes of the building's architect.
Something new to me was the fact that buildings can be copyrighted, but it appears that copyrights are not extended to personal photography or other personal creative works depicting the building.
While I can understand concerns of architects regarding commercial photography, I think it is counter-productive for libraries to adopt blanket policies. Limiting the ability of community members to share their experiences through images or other artistic means creates a rift between the community and the institution. Public libraries as public institutions can not afford to be disconnected from the communities they serve nor the global community that supports them.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
TEDxColumbus was an amazing event. The venue (OSU's Wexner Center) , the MCs, the speakers, and the participants made for an unforgettable evening. It was great to catch up with old colleagues and meet new acquaintances.
Slaybaugh's "This One is for You" delivered the powerful, yet not overly sappy message of finding purpose in work & life (i.e. "pick something you love & do it like a bad habit for 10 years"). Slaybaugh's delivery was quite masterful. His gestures, his voice, and his ability to appear as if he was personally talking to each member of the audience was commanding.
Pendleton-Julian drove home the idea of ecosystems and their interconnections. She likened ecosystems to games in her talk, "Design Through Gaming," by demonstrating their structural qualities while also indicating almost infinite possibilities within those structures. In her teaching, she uses game design as a means to teach how to think differently, to "rewire" her students' thought process. Students would then tackle architecture and urban planning problems with a new cognitive skill set and create more holistic solutions.
Mueller argued that the U.S. has over-emphasized the threat of nuclear weapons. He indicated that terrorist attack scenarios are highly unlikely and that nuclear powers like China are not compelled to stockpile. While I agree with Mueller to some extent (and would certainly need further research to disprove his claims), I still believe that the nuclear card is a powerful positioning tactic. The ROI currently comes from an enemy's belief that nuclear weapons could be used. If the enemy devalues the other's claims, I fear some enemies will up the ante.
Norah Zuniga Shaw
Shaw's presentation demonstrated how seemingly random & diverse activities have deep underlying structures. Shaw used the term "counterpoint," the interplay of independent elements, to describe these deep structures. Specifically, Shaw uses dance and "choreographic visualizations" to manifest counterpoint. The process of capturing data from dancers' movements and then creating abstracted visualizations from that data are intriguing. For more check out Synchronous Objects, a project by William Forsythe, Maria Palazzi, and Shaw.
Glenn participated in a memorable Q&A discussion with Mike Curtin. Glenn focused partly on education and repeated the need for an "educated citizenry." At 88, Glenn was amazingly sharp and could remember stats from 10-year-old (but still relevant) reports on education that he was involved with. Additionally, Glenn said macro- and micro-level curiosity across our society is vital for the continued development of research. He then quoted Ralph Waldo Emerson
If there is any period one would desire to be born in, is it not the age of Revolution; when the old and the new stand side by side and admit of being compared; when the energies of all men are searched by fear and by hope; when the historic glories of the old can be compensated by the rich possibilities of the new era? This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.Emerson, R. (1837). The American Scholar. Essays. Retrieved from http://www.gutenberg.org/files/16643/16643-h/16643-h.htm#THE_AMERICAN_SCHOLAR
Harpham positioned Design as a process or tool to answer, "What if?" His presentation focused on the OneLab's project to create a more efficient millet thresher for Mali citizens. I especially liked how he spoke about prototyping (the physical manifestation of an idea, experiencing an idea). He ended by challenging the audience this question, "Every single person has the power to change the world. What would you do?"
Again, it was so great to have a librarian as part of the inaugural TEDxColumbus. Hill specifically touched on libraries as community builders. Hill stressed it is imperative to go beyond knowing your users. Hill expressed the necessity to know the non-users in a library's community. By doing so, libraries can develop services that truly matter to the entire community, not just one population of it. She also touched on libraries-as-dynamic-learning-spaces vs book warehouses and provided the Seattle system as a case study for all of the above.
Epstein and his colleagues are doing some amazing work in the field of plastics. Epstein spoke about plastics that conduct electricity, others that are magnetic, and yet others that could be used as light-emitting inks. Epstein ended his talk by discussing possible glucose notification applications for diabetics.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Sample of the documentary film "Library of The Early Mind," directed byEdward J. Delaney, produced by Edward J. Delaney and Steven Withrow. 7 minutes.
This looks to be really good. I have to say I'm intrigued when one of my all-time-favorite children's book author/illustrators says, "If I hadn't become an artist, I probably would have become a serial killer." Yowza! Mr. Small, I'm glad you choose the arts.
Audio needs to be worked out their promo, but the graphics and animation are great.
quick teaser about UX for libraries.
See http://influx.us for more
Monday, October 05, 2009
With a great speaker lineup, the 1st TEDxColumbus event on Oct. 20th, 2009, promises to be quite remarkable. Speakers include former astronaut John Glenn, librarian Chrystie Hill (OCLC), industrial designer Reade Harpham (Battelle), Ann Pendleton-Julian (Professor & Director, Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture, Ohio State University), and many other notable luminaries.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is call TEDx (place), where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDx (place) event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
For more information, visit www.tedxcolumbus.com
Via: Columbus Underground
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
by Flash Rosenberg
"Who is Mark Twain?" by Mark Twain himself
(new, never-before published works, Spring 2009)
Chapter 2: "Whenever I am about to publish a book...."
read by: John Lithgow
publisher: Harper Studio
video editor: Sarah Lohman
Flash is New York Public Library's artist-in-residence.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
This time lapse covers the period of time from November 2007, when we put the web cam up, through July 2008 when it had to come down so that they could put in the parking lot.
One of the best construction time lapses that I've seen. Darien Public Library - http://www.darienlibrary.org
University of Edinburgh, Visual Cognition Lab, Copyright 2009 firstname.lastname@example.org, psy.ed.ac.uk/diem/
University of Edinburgh's Visual Cognition Lab has a really compelling way to visualize eye tracking. The concentric rings that you see on the ad are the results of the VisCog Lab's analysis. Another interesting analysis is the one done on on the Sony Bravia commercial below. This would be a great visualization for usability testing or eye tracking in live situations for wayfinding, etc.
(As a side note, Fallon has done a fantastic job on Sony's Colour Like No Other campaign)
University of Edinburgh, Visual Cognition Lab, Copyright 2009 email@example.com, psy.ed.ac.uk/diem/
This is a news story produced as a training tool at the Defense Information School at Fort Benjamin-Harrison, Indiana. The subject was the DINFOS Academic Libary, an on location facility that students used to gather information for their stories and relax for awhile.
Videotaped: April 1982
Producer: SSgt. J.D. Harrington
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
"As a result of the state budget crisis and legislation impasse, the
entire Free Library of Philadelphia system is set to close October 2nd."
For more information on how to help, go to http://www.library.phila.gov/about/actionnow.htm
Saturday, September 05, 2009
Image: OAL's 2003 Annual Auction by Jim of JimOnLight
Per Adam Brouillette on ColumbusUnderground.com:
"The Ohio Art League embarks on this new venture during its 100th
Year Anniversary celebration. OAL will relocate from its Short North
gallery to the Gateway later this month in store-front space in the
main alley just off High Street between 9th and 11th Avenues. In its
new 1,500 square foot space, OAL will continue all current programming
for its nearly 600 members including monthly member-curated
exhibitions, Spring & Fall juried exhibitions, the December
Thumb-box exhibition, and weekly drawing classes.
OAL also plans to collaborate with the OSU Arts Initiative and
Couchfire Collective for expanded programming. OAL membership
coordinator Eliza Jones will oversee the new gallery, which will be
open seven days a week."
OAL also sent out a request to its members to volunteer with their move over the Labor Day Weekend and to help transform their new space. To volunteer send an email to oal [at] oal [dot] org.
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
"HGTV's Top 10 showcases the work of the top architects and designers from the Hamptons to Vancouver. Each episode features a tour of 10 amazing rooms of the same type exemplifying stellar design work. Meet the talented architects, designers, and illustrious industry experts who provide valuable insight as to why these rooms work, revealing the design secrets and unique features that make them worthy of our A-list!"
Image: Photek by Brad Schwede (Graffiti Technica)
Brad Schwede's project, Graffiti Technica, melds his love for the digital arts and the graffiti aesthetic. The image of Photek above is a digital representation of what the piece might look like if placed on the side of the state library in Brisbane, Australia. Below is a turntable rendering of Photek.
There is also a nice interview at Flawlesshustle.com
Thursday, August 27, 2009
"YouMedia @ CPL is an innovative, 21st century learning space, housed at the Harold Washington Library, created to connect young adults, books, media and institutions throughout the city in one dynamic space designed to inspire collaboration and creativity. By working both in teams and individually, young adults will have an opportunity to engage in projects that promote critical thinking, creativity and skill-building.
YouMedia @ CPL is a partnership between the Chicago Public Library and the Digital Youth Network.
Find more online:
Film Presented by:
The Chicago Public Library
The Person Foundation
The MacArthur Foundation"
Friday, August 21, 2009
Here's the background at LA Times.
Here's the FB Group.
Here's the petition.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
"A fascinating look at the work of Swindon Library in 1946. Made by the Government as part of the 'Britain can make it' programme, it exemplifies the spirit of social renewal prevalent after the Second World War. 6-240"
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Image: Dwellephant's Sieger/Pezzettino Handbill
Old friend Dwellephant has been a busy bee this summer. He did the art for the entire 91.7 FM WMSE Radio Summer Camp festival. He also runs a sketch-a-day blog called Dwellery.
Image: Transdermal Testers via jurvetson
Slate's article Seeking & PSFK's follow up offers some interesting insights into our data driven ways--suggesting that we are biologically inclined to become obsessive info seekers.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Sunday, August 09, 2009
Yumi: An Expolosion of Art & Food
Awesome friend Mark Mattson is part of the shindig & has his artwork on the Yumi flyer. The show has been paired with an outdoor version of Pecha Kucha Night at Junctionview Studios. Fantastic!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Rockin' the Library Day in the Life meme. Here it is.
7:30 AM settle in - get ice water, log in, & open multiple programs
7:45 Begin to research advertising possibilities for client
9:00 Respond to email queries regarding potential candidates
9:30 continue advert research
10:00 interview associate regarding information needs (KM audit)
11:30 working lunch with presentation from onboarding firm
1:00 team meetings
1:30 break out meetings regarding individual clients
2:45 continue advert research
4:00 respond to various emails
5:00 meet with associate about document formatting
6:25 complete advert research with proper formatting and send out
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OPPL Warrior Librarians 1st place Book Cart Drill Team ALA 2009
I'm thrilled to let you know that the short film 34x25x36 is screening on P.O.V. on August 18th -- at 10pm (est). The film takes a look at mannequins, perfection and religion. Tune in if you can. We've started a blog for discussions and feedback www.JesseDocs.com.34x25x36 is part of a larger project on media and physical perfection called BODY TYPED. Info and clips are also up on the film blog.In addition -- New Day Films is putting out a DVD compilation for teachers and community educators -- to start people talking. Let me know if you want any more info about this.Best regards,Jesse--Jesse Epstein
Saturday, July 25, 2009
When libraries face dramatic funding cuts, some react by cutting services, hours, etc. What if we were proactive?
I know that some of our public libraries offer consultancy services, but what if this was more systematic and as well developed as Marcin's concept. Using technology to connect, collaborate, and project manage asynchronously/synchronously with librarians, patrons, and other potential stake holders is genius. The potential of Google's Wave might address this. However, a wiki hosted locally would help ensure data sustainability.
Description: "Service concept for danish libraries developed during Service Design course at CIID."
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
"this is an interview with sarah krygier, the young adult librarian at the solano county library in fairfield, california.
it was made by anna koval for her portion of program, "it takes two: school and public libraries, partnerships that can work," which was presented at the american library association's annual conference in chicago, illinois in july 2009.
anna koval did the recording and editing and scott hess did the special effects. copyright 2009."
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Friday, July 03, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Image: Save Ohio Libraries Rally 1 by Bryan Loar
It was a decent turnout for such short notice. A couple of speakers were exceptional. Excerpts from their speeches are below.
"Let Our Libraries Live" Video [text of speech is now on CML's site - bl June 30, 2009]
"Open to All" Video
More images here.
For more information on how you can help, go to www.saveohiolibraries.com
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Image: Fireside Picture Alphabet (1858)
"The mission of the International Children's Digital Library Foundation (ICDL Foundation) is to support the world's children in becoming effective members of the global community - who exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas -- by making the best in children's literature available online free of charge."
ICDL offers the ability to view children's books from all over the world. Even better, many of these books are rare and out of print.
Via: Patricia Havrin on LinkedIn
Monday, June 22, 2009
Image: Save Ohio Libraries
"At a news conference on Friday, June 19, the Governor proposed an additional cut in the PLF of $112.5 million in fiscal year 2010 and $114.8 million in 2011 as part of his "framework" to fill the $3.2 billion gap in the budget that must be balanced by Ohio General Assembly's Conference Committee by June 30. This will mean a more than 50% cut in funding for many of Ohio 's public libraries." - Ohio Library Council
Learn how to get involved here: http://saveohiolibraries.com
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Friday, June 19, 2009
Image: Folksonomy by psd
Andy Carvin's "In Iran, The Revolution Will Be Tagged" is an interesting article that touches on how folksonomies are used in Twitter. It is an interesting article which definitely needs expanding upon. Librarians have been talking about it for years.
Is the general public really starting to use it? The case of Twitter user population is too small. Just writing aloud here, and I'm thinking that I might form a thesis for an ARLIS/NA paper (I've got to check out Sherman Clarke's & other librarian's work too).
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Image: Gordon Matta-Clark's Office Baroque
Recently came across Matta-Clark's work. Dead at 35, Matta-Clark was active in the early-to-late seventies. His Office Baroque is especially notable. Cutting into the floors of abandoned buildings & transforming these spaces is genius.
Here's NYT on a recent retrospective on Matta-Clark held at the Whitney.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Color: How to Use It (with metal calipers), image by Bryan Loar
For the past couple of months, I've been volunteering at Ohio State University's Fine Arts Library (FIN). I've been reviewing portfolios for collection development purposes.
During that time I've come across some amazing books. From a 1959 issue of Form magazine to an 1836 edition of Specimens of ancient furniture drawn from existing authorities, it has been an eye-opening experience to the wealth of materials held by FIN.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Jessica Stoddart, photo by Bryan Loar
I had the good fortune to go to the Columbus Arts Festival last Saturday. I was particularly surprised and delighted to see so many contemporary artists with strong illustrative sensibilities--this has rarely been the case in the past.
Jessica Stoddart's work pictured above, IMHO, wins best of show. Her unique art has such a wonderful design aesthetic, and the underlying architectural structures she builds into her works intrigues me.
Mr. Hooper, photo by Bryan Loar
A close second is Mr. Hooper (aka Tim Hooper). Mr. Hooper is amazingly self-taught, and his current work is a mix of R. Crumb meets Mark Ryden.
Here are some other great artists
Friday, June 05, 2009
Instructions for the Mod Man 1 by Bryan Loar
Just completed my first artbook.
I used the "instant book" technique described in E.K. Smith's How to Make Books.
The drawings are traced from various instruction manuals, and the cutouts are from S.L. Stoffel's The Art of Alice in Wonderland.
The underlying theme focuses on repression--the idea that modernity has somehow repressed our more animal instincts. The theme comes full circle with Sabato's quote about authors giving us the guilty pleasure of playing out these animal instincts in our minds via literature (i.e. books).
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Wilbanks gives a really nice overview of how libraries and academic institutions are affected by current copyright law in our digital era. He also moves on to give examples of what he & his team at Creative Commons have been doing to help.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
The video above features Rainer Ziehm, who always tells a great story. He travels abroad frequently, gets to know the locals, and photographs them. His presentation this time focused on one of his reoccurring themes--people smoking. Although he doesn't smoke himself, he is drawn to documenting those who are in the act of.
Though I would like to hear more about the artists' process(es) rather than listen to a portfolio presentation, Pecha Kucha offers a great way to learn about creatives in your area. Check out more at www.pecha-kucha.org, and if there is not a chapter in your city, definitely start one.
"The items in these collections were rescued from Antioch College by a small group of students and alumni in the Summer and Fall of 2008. The Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute has taken on the task of preserving organizing and cataloging the collections. We are currently most of the way through cataloging the Alt Library, which you can search through this site - library.nonstopinstitute.org"
Mind Tread is a service that allows you,Interesting how the search process is documented--a way to capture some of that tacit knowledge.
and your knowledge need to be connected to the
It also allows you and your librarian to visually build,
use and share knowledge pathways you create and
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Last night I had the opportunity to watch Objectified and listen to a Q&A with its director, Gary Huswit. It was a packed house at the Wexner, and I'm truly grateful to have such a wonderful institution here in Columbus.
The film is fairly good, and the big-named designers & thinkers certainly gave the film some weight. I was particularly happy to see Rob Walker in the film.
Huswit's Q&A shed light on some of the film's technicalities and processes. I admired his take on pre-prepared interview questions--he doesn't do them. Instead, Huswit comes to the designer with themes, and they have a discussion.
I also enjoyed parts of the film (e.g. Newson talking about materials) because it was one of the things that I enjoyed most about working at Fitch--finding & bringing in new materials and professional material representatives to Fitch's Columbus studio.
However, there were parts of the movie that just didn't jive with me. Really, I couldn't put my finger on it until I read Steve Portigal's comment on Core77. Specifically, it was the ideation sessions for IDEO. Although they may illustrate part of the design process, they really came off as an orchestrated advertisement. Good for IDEO, but not necessarily good for objectivity.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Image: Dunce by garybirnie.co.uk
I've been thinking about how access to information correlates to our collective brain trust.
Libraries across the nation, and probably the world, have reduced services or are looking to do so. Of course, there are a staggering number of resources that are available electronically. However, any good researcher knows that not everything is online or digitized. This is especially true in the Arts & Humanities.
So the question becomes, "Are we handicapping our students by limiting access?" Do we have a choice? I'd argue that we do. If we value education as a means to global competitiveness and diplomacy, then it's absolutely necessary that we continue to financially support our institutions.
Of course, it would be naive to suggest we should do so without accountability or making tough decisions. Without continual auditing and analysis, we would be throwing funds blindly at a problem we don't understand. Additionally, shifting funds (at a personal, local, state, or national level) would not be easy. Somebody, somewhere, will feel the pinch. However, our students' educations really are that important.
Related: ALA & LSTA