Library Unveils New Archives Website

The University Library at Colorado State University – Pueblo (CSU-Pueblo) unveiled its new Archives website yesterday. The site provides links to the Archives’ online finding aids and digital collections as well as general information about the Archives’ holdings and policies.

The Archives’ Southern Colorado Ethnic Heritage and Diversity Archives (SCEHADA) is sponsored by CSU-Pueblo with a generous grant of $30,000 from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

New University Archives and Special Collections (UASC) website unveiled 7/1/09

New University Archives and Special Collections (UASC) website unveiled 7/1/09

http://library.colostate-pueblo.edu/about/departments/archives/index.asp

AccessMyLibrary

I just heard of AccessMyLibrary for the first time today as I was listening to NPR on the way to work. The announcer read off that the program I was listening to was sponsored by “The Gale Group” bringing me access to information libraries “use” via AccessMyLibrary. Well of course that caught my attention. He didn’t say access to information “in” my library. Just information that libraries “use”. I’m pretty sure he said use not “trust” as listed in the tag line below, but I could be wrong. So I decided to look it up. The site is linked below.

AccessMyLibrary – News, Research, and Information that Libraries Trust

Apparently, it is a site through which registered users can authenticate to GALE content their libraries have purchased if their library has also registered. The attempt is to funnel Internet researchers to GALE content. It’s pretty smart, but very commercial. The pages are riddled with advertising. And it isn’t clear to me from the FAQ on the site if people have to pay for the service or not?

Have any libraries out there signed up for this? And, if so, what are your impressions?

The Machine is Us/ing Us – We are the Web

This is the video of the week! Everyone is talking about this video, which was created by Professor Michael Wesch and his class of Digital Ethnography students at Kansas State University.

Some of the important statements he makes in this video are:

  • XML allows us to separate content from form. This is important because content can then be moved around, reformatted, repackaged, reused. How does that impact our understanding of authorship, copyright, etc? How much does context effect meaning?
  • We are the Web. The social nature of Web 2.0 technologies means that information we view is not static. It can constantly be rewritten. How does that impact our understanding of authorship, copyright, and truth?
  • Text is no longer the medium of choice. Video and audio are now prevalent means of communication. How does this change our experience and understanding of information? Of ourselves?
  • He says, “We are teaching the machine. Each time we forge a link between words, we teach it an idea.” When read in the context of the last video I posted on regarding Google’s use of personal information, what does this mean for us in terms of privacy and identity? Who is writing the code that allows the “machine” to learn?
  • “The Web is no longer linking information, it is linking people.” In the end, will we no longer recognize any authority? How will we identify authority?

Group of University Researchers to Make Web Science a Field of Study – New York Times

This New York Times article discusses an announcement regarding a new field of study being proposed. Referred to as “Web Science”, this discipline would study the phenomenon of the Web from both a social science and an engineering perspective. Should schools of Information Science be worried or excited by this announcement? It seems to run parallel to what some schools are are already teaching. Would it be fair to say that perhaps this new discipline would approach the Web on more of a macro level than Information Science? Maybe library schools should be the ones teaching “Web Science”. At a time when library schools are still trying to redefine themselves, this new wrinkle could cause more uncertainty, but might also represent a good opportunity for L.I.S. programs to expand.

Group of University Researchers to Make Web Science a Field of Study – New York Times
Web science represents “a pretty big next step in the evolution of information,” said Eric E. Schmidt, the chief executive of Google, who is a computer scientist. This kind of research, Mr. Schmidt added, is “likely to have a lot of influence on the next generation of researchers, scientists and, most importantly, the next generation of entrepreneurs who will build new companies from this.”