Hi. I’m a little tired and have been taking bad notes, though I did see the Power of the Napkin Sketch work wonders this evening. Both Eli and Fred have some good commons-meeting-oriented notes on their sites. There may also be some notes on Peter Levine’s site. There likely won’t be any wrap-ups here because 1) Fred and Eli did such a good job I see no reason to be redundant 2) my big picture thinking about the whole commons issue sums up a lot of what people were talking about, unhelpfully, as “details” 3) I’m already halfway to Australia in my mind, even though I’m not going for a few weeks now.
Hi. I had a great time at the Dartmouth conference which has to go down in history as one of the best-run conferences I’ve been to. People stuck to time limits, were generally interesting and engaging, had stories to tell, kept to the topic and I saw a lot of informal talking and chitchatting during the two hour long lunch and poster session. I got to meet a contributor to Revolting Librarians Redux, meet some other new folks, talk to some folks I knew and learn a few things. I’m on my way to Cerritos California for the Workshop on the Information Commons that, alas, has no web site, but you can read the bibliography that we got [in print and online]. So, posting will be sparse and I’ll likely not post much in any big way until after the election so I figured I’d leave you with one link and one quote that came over the Council listserv this week. The link is to Michael McGrorty’s presidential poll results from his admittedly unscientific polling, plus his always insightful commentary. Lastly, this from Boston Public Library president and fellow Councilor Bernie Margolis
Very rough notes from the Dartmouth Conference are online now. I’m heading out for Indian food. One side benefit of leaving the state is that going out for “ethnic” food doesn’t automatically mean Italian.
I just posted a short chat interview with Matt Haughey the Creative Director of the Creative Commons project about copyright and librarians and music.
The ALA web site FAQ has returned after an 18 month absence. You might recall that I reported it missing in June of last year, replaced by a “how to use this new web site” faq. Of course, the handy URL http://ala.org/faq still goes someplace else. There are also a few other ALA FAQ’s hanging around the site including this one which occupies the coveted FAQ position on the sidebar. Don’t try looking for FAQs in the search engine [which is due to be replaced within a few months, woo hoo!] because since the word FAQ is in the footer text, a search for “FAQ” will bring up every page on the site. Councilors just got a report from ALA president Kieth Fiels about, among other things, the web site stating [emphasis mine]