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Date: 12/12/2005

Lipsitz poem on Writer’s Almanac

Into the future, Lou Lipsitz’s poem “In memory of George Lewis, Great Jazzman” will air on Wednesday December 14 nationally on the Writer’s Almanac read by Garrison Keillor. You can hear it in advance here.(Real Audio)
The poem needs to be seen and heard — both — to be appreciated there is a bit of cummings there in the typography.

LeBeau Update

The latest from the Kansas City Star tells us that Brian LeBeau, The University of Missouri-Kansas City dean who was put on administrative leave after being accused of plagiarism[…]will not seek reinstatement to his dean’s position.

More on Library Futures (and wikipedians)

Mike Conway posts a comment in response to the musing about the Future of Collections in Academic Libraries below asking about Wikipedians (as a term and as a people) and a bit about library futures. I decided to reply as a brief article and as a comment so’s it doesn’t get lost.

First Wikipedian is not that new a term. Wikipedians have been self-identifying by that name for a while now. See also “You now you are a Wikipedian if …”

We have a professional information caste; we call them “librarians” and less often “encyclopedians” The last were/are the heroes of the Foundation Trilogy as compilers of the Encyclopedia Galactica. Or you might prefer the parody turned real HitchHiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”.

For the moment, I’m thinking and talking about academic libraries and their future collections. A little bit of boundary helps me out. I do think that data preservation and access (see post above) problems and solutions contain the big issues for the next 20 years.

Public libraries are in an interesting state. They are busier than ever before. People are demanding growth and more access. Being able to access information on the Internet seems to have increased public library use. Book clubs, internet access, reference, and collections of multimedia (books on tape, children’s, etc) are large growth areas at the moment.

An aside, today I have two board meetings — one of the Academic Board of the Library for the UNC Academic Libraries; one for the Chapel Hill Public Library Board of Trustees.

UPDATE: Nassib has been thinking about Federated Databases in Science over at his blog.

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