Archives for June, 2011

Sometimes two posts just collide in my brain. I thought I’d share a recent case of this phenomenon. First up, marketing/PR/social media Rock Star Mitch Joel on taking the best advantage of the inherent evilness of social networks like Twitter in The New Media Pecking Order. Newsflash: the world is one big pecking order. My…

As you read this, I’ll be at TEDxLibrariansTO helping out with registration. And having a great time talking about librarians as thought leaders! As I’ve done for the last few days, here is my answer for yesterday’s TEDxLibrariansTO Countdown Question: Question 1: What means should librarians choose to encourage their institutions to embrace change? I’m…

This one’s pretty funny, but in a painful way. I’m sure this one rings true for a lot of people out there. I like Number 8: 8.) Self-Entitled Social-Media HotShots Who You Are: Your license plate reads “SCLEXPT”. You spend all day teaching computer illiterate people how to create a facebook pages and twitter logins…

Following on from the last three days, here are my answers for today’s TEDxLibrariansTO Countdown Questions: Question 1: What are the similarities or characteristics of thought leaders that you know? Tell us about the attributes that your ideal thought leader would have. I don’t think any one person could actually have all the qualities of…

The Library Chapter of the York University Faculty Association has released the following unanimously approved letter: York University Faculty Association, Library Chapter 240 York Lanes, York University 4700 Keele St. Toronto, ON M3J 1P3 June 2, 2011 Dr. Patrick Deane, President and Vice-Chancellor 238 Gilmour Hall, McMaster University 1280 Main St. West Hamilton, ON L8S…

Following on from the last two days, here are my answers for today’s TEDxLibrariansTO Coundown Questions: Question 1: How can experience of failure contribute to making an effective thought leader? Failure is useful for a thought leader in the same way that it’s useful for everyone. We can learn a lot from our failures: how…

A couple of odd ones from last week’s Inside Higher Ed, both related to the way scholarship, higher education and the intelligent design/creationism movement intersect. First up, Blasphemy of a Different Kind, involving people possibly being fired for teaching evolution at an Adventist school. Although the university involved claims that the firings weren’t related to…

Following on from yesterday, here are my answers for today’s TEDxLibrariansTO Coundown Questions: Question 1: What should we expect/demand of our thought leaders? I’m not sure I like the way this question is phrased, preferring something like, “What do thought leaders actually do?” We certainly shouldn’t demand anything of our thought leaders, it’s not like…

The very fine TEDxLibrariansTO team is counting down to this Saturday’s big event with some daily questions for us all to consider. The topic, of course, is Librarians as Thought Leaders! These are the questions for Day 5. I’ll attempt to answer them and every day’s questions very briefly. I figure if I go for…

I have a whole pile of science-y book reviews on two of my older blogs, here and here. Both of those blogs have now been largely superseded by or merged into this one. So I’m going to be slowly moving the relevant reviews over here. I’ll mostly be doing the posts one or two per…

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