Monthly Archives: October 2011

3 Aaron Schmidt shares a quote by way of John Gruber: People will not adopt a technical solution that serves to replace a manual task, if that solution is less efficient than the manual task it replaces. How could we think that QR codes for marketing would work any better […]

“Why the QR Code is Failing”

For more:   This post is a reflection/response to questions posed at the Salzburg Global Seminar program Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture, exploring the challenges, solutions and potential for participatory services within libraries and museums. Join the conversation: Special Thanks to the Salzburg Global Seminar  and IMLS for the invitation to participate in […]

Participatory Culture: Photos from the Seminar

I’ve been looking forward to this session – focused on how we teach future library and museum professionals. First up, David Lankes, Professor, Director, Masters in Library and Information Science, Syracuse University, School of Information Studies, Syracuse, New York, explored  this statement: The mission of librarians is to improve society through facilitating knowledge […]

Participatory Culture: Building the Skills of Library & Museum Professionals

Noha Adly, Deputy Head, ICT Sector, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt, explored various technologies in use at her library as well as by some insights about the way people are interacting with technology and information. Key areas of importance: search beyond text, user interaction with devices and data, and new representations […]

Participatory Culture: Communication & Technology   Rob Stein blogs from the Seminar three questions for consideration: 1. How can museums aid in addressing the socio-economic consequences of a widening technology gap? A number of participants spoke eloquently about the social and economic consequences that impact marginalized communities who lack the same easy-access to technology […]

Challenges and Opportunities of Participatory Culture for Museums and Libraries ...

  I’m part of the Communication & Technology plenary this morning. My slides are here:  I’m planning to talk briefly about the four areas of technology/trends and how participation from community of users can enhance information environments, library service and our interactions with each other. This post is a […]

Participatory Culture: Communication & Technology – My Presentation

Highlights from case studies from around the globe during this evening’s fireside chat: Catalina Escobar, Director of Makaia, a non profit working with libraries, Medelli?n, Colombia: Implementing SMS notifications for circulation messages and general messages has been useful, but has presented some challenges. These include the perception that emails from […]

Participatory Culture: Fireside Chat

Note from Michael : I am honored to have written over two years of The Transparent Library with Michael Casey. I am pleased he took me up on an offer to do a guest post about participatory service for the Salzburg Global Seminar week. I asked him to explore where […]

Revisiting Participatory Service in Trying Times – a TTW Guest ...