Archive for January, 2008

ooOOooh! A Thesis!

First attempt at a thesis paragraph for my Current Issues paper:

“Public libraries organize information for the purpose of making information resources free and accessible to the public.  Similarly, open source software provides resources in the form of free computer applications with publicly accessible source code that is open to revision and improvement.  In fact, an open source software Integrated Library System known as Koha has been developed, allowing users to expand and improve the system’s efficiency and effectiveness of information organization.  Open source software allows individuals to organize information according to the methods that best meet their needs, while proprietary software is much slower to accept and manifest revisions.  However, because open source software evolves so rapidly, it frequently faces compatibility and security issues.  Moreover, the library’s traditional support of intellectual property rights and protection of copyrighted material seems at odds with the open source premise.  Open source software is an admittedly flawed, but ever evolving tool of enormous potential for the field of information organization.”

I’m struggling to reconcile the public library’s position on free access to information with its position on intellectual property as one of the issues related to open source software.  But maybe that doesn’t belong in this paper.  It didn’t seem to fit smoothly into my paragraph.

I know there’s more to this issue, but I haven’t had time to read everything about it yet.  There’s a lot of information out there about open source.

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Muddled Musings

For something a little more substantial than the previous, here are a few thoughts.

It’s amazing to consider how many of the crazy inventions detailed in Vannevar Bush’s “As We May Think,” have come into existance, and how far information technology has come in such a short time.  Yet it’s interesting that his concern of locating quality information within the quantity of publications is still a very real and current concern.  The Google phenomenon seems evidence enough of that.

In section 6, Bush mentions difficulty accessing information due to the artificality of indexing in his time.  He notes a desire to browse information packets in the same way the human mind works, operating by association.  Sounds to me like he’s longing for the hyperlink!  Or something like it.  That’s some visionary thinking for all the way back in 1945.

Michael Buckland’s position that anything can be or provide information in “Information As Thing” seems to support Bracken’s and my argument that information permeates planet earth and all the interactions of its inhabitants.  But can something be informative if there is no entity to receive that information?  If the nature of information is to inform, then perhaps not?  If a tree postulates in a forest and no one is there to hear it…

The subjectivity of our absorption of information is interesting to note.  Buckland’s thoughts remind me of the novel, Being There, which I read in one of my undergrad communcation classes.  The main character was a mentally challenged individual whose simple statements about life were taken to be extremely profound by everyone he came in contact with.  Some of the questions the book poses seem to be, how much information do we really absorb from the world around us, and how much is that information corrupted, enhanced or transformed by our interpretations, life experiences, and all the information we bring with us to every new interaction?

Hm…  All this pondering is making me hungry…

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I went to high school with these guys.

I’m so proud…  (sniff)

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Just for Fun

 Everyone needs a laugh

I love comics!  For more of Cat and Girl, look here.

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Taking the Leap


I’m starting this blog as an assignment for my MLIS 5033 class, and to chart my journey through the looking glass of Library and Information Studies.  As I stand on the edge of this endeavor, I am reminded of my first glimpse of the Grand Canyon last summer.  The vastness of the infosphere defies my senses’ ability to perceive its boundaries.  Its enormity seems beyond comprehension.

But I also feel the same surge of excitement.  I am ready to explore.


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