Archive for March, 2012

Tuesday (4/3) Berkman Lunch: The Growth and Decay of Shared Knowledge

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Tuesday’s (4/3) Berkman Center for Internet & Society Lunch about The Growth and Decay of Shared Knowledge with Berkman Fellow Dennis Tenen should focus on information issues near and dear to our hearts. Knowledge grows, but it also contracts as outmoded facts and theories are replaced with new ones. This talk will discuss our intuitions […]

Some Potential Employers Request Social Media Logins

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

What do you think about employers asking for login credentials for social media sites during interviews? What about potential employers asking to connect, so they can view your connections and make employment decisions based on what you show your friends online and who they are? Would you allow an employer to view your account? Would […]

Census Data Analysis Reveals Much about American Librarians

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Through a LinkedIn librarians group, I noticed this analysis of US Census data to learn about American librarians and the profession. The count of librarians captured my attention: 636 in 1880, 307,273 in 1990, and 212,742 in 2009. The decline over twenty years is striking. Many of us know about people who have lost jobs, […]

Do Media Makers have a Mission?

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Judy Richards, who has done many things in her life, but is possibly most widely recognized as a filmmaker, shares with the Center for Civic Media lunch gathering whether media makers have a mission greater than just making media.

MLS Special Libraries Roundtable March 19 NFPA Quincy MA 10:30 am

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Greetings The Massachusetts Library System is holding a Special Libraries Roundtable on Monday, March 19, 2012 at the National Fire Prevention Association in Quincy MA 10:30 am -12:30 p.m. “Join special library colleagues for a discussion of common concerns. The agenda is yours! Submit your discussion items in advance or bring them along. MLS Executive […]

Profile of NARA Leader David Ferriero

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Because the 10th Archivist of the United States, director of the National Archives and Records Administration, David Ferriero, is from North Beverly, Massachusetts, The Boston Globe profiled him and his work.

Supply Chain Maps @ MIT Center for Civic Media

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

When I arrived at this MIT Center for Civic Media’s lunch about mapping supply chains, Leonardo Bonanni was explaining how it took him a very long time to develop the map etched in his computer case showing all the places his computer’s components supposedly originated. It wasn’t the etching that took so long. Discovering where […]

Building a Digital Public Library of America

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Yes, well, another day, another talk: Building a Digital Public Library of America, Harvard Law School. This event is being webcast live, which means right now, 3 pm Eastern. (Since the event is now over, the webcast is probably over. I don’t know if an archive is available somewhere.)

Mining Web Query Logs to Analyze Political Issues

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Ingmar Weber of Yahoo! Labs is at MIT’s Center for Civic Media to tell us about Mining Web Query Logs to Analyze Political Issues. He’s based in Barcelona and has studied at the Max Planck Institute. Kiran Venkata and Erik Borra work with Ingmar on political search trends and how to figure out which way […]