Daily Archives: September 15, 2008

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When Worlds Collide

By Michael Casey & Michael Stephens As the buzz around social networking continues, consider that author Kevin Kelly has called the emerging web “One Machine” and predicts that “total personalization in this new world will require total transparency.” So, where do we fit in? Where do we position ourselves as professionals? We two don’t completely agree, so we thought we’d try to tease out the relationship between personal/social transparency and library transparency. MS: I think the line between the personal and the professional online has blurred so much recently that it’s impossible to separate them. MC: Our worlds are colliding-I […]

The Transparent Library: When Worlds Collide

MC: And how do we manage this personal/professional divide? Should we be worried that supervisors “friend” subordinates on Facebook and can look into their personal lives while at the same time they must evaluate their performance? Do we go to someone’s Flickr stream or Twitter status to check on them when they call in sick? Ethical questions surround what we can now “find out” about coworkers, job applicants, potential friends, etc. MS: Indeed! Our location-aware iPhones and applications like Loopt make it very easy to follow someone’s movements. I am both excited about broadcasting my whereabouts to trusted friends/colleagues and a little […]

Workshops at ILI

Will you be attending Internet Librarian International in London next month? There are some cool workshops, including one taught by Michael Casey and I based on our work at LJ and our blogs: http://www.internet-librarian.com/2008/day.php?day=Wednesday Please say hi if you will be there! I am really looking forward to a few days in London.