An Abramism via a recent email: “Blocking MySpace teaches kids as many good searching and internet safety skills as banning roads does teaching kids road crossing safety.” Stephen Abram Well said!
Via Alane at It’s All Good: The OCLC Symposium at Midwinter Listen to her talk here! Listen to this talk and pay close attention: Netflix, how we present our services to the public, convenience, user expectations, choice, what are people willing to pay for and community. “This is the age of being wowed.” EXPERIENCE! This is big.
And guess what? Your library sounds the same way if you tell patrons (of any age) that they can’t IM from your library because that’s not a valid use of your public computers. You’re basically telling people that their choice of communication channel isn’t allowed and that they should go elsewhere because you won’t be serving them today. ROCK ON!
Take a look a report of Joyce Valenza’s piece about OSS and schools. Joyce and I are in school together. Her work for school libraries and internet skills blows me away! http://www.digitaldivide.net/news/view.php?HeadlineID=525 The terms open source and free software are associated with the same revolution. Folks who use the term free software use it philosophically to emphasize the importance of freedom from reliance on one vendor, freedom to see the source, freedom from complicated licensing, freedom from forced upgrades, freedom associated with greater software reliability, and the free support of the online community. A great dialogue is under way, with […]