Entries for April 25, 2006

Future of Libraries & Web 2.0

My library started a Reading Club for the employees as a way to supplement professional development and leisure activities. We will meet once a month for boxed lunches and sweets. We plan on alternating between novels and professional articles.

For our first meeting, we discussed The Future of Libraries, Beginning the Great Transformation by Thomas Frey (The DaVinci Institute) and What is Web 2.0 by Tim O'Reilly. We only minimally touched on the Web 2.0 article as we ran out of time.

If you are not familiar with the Future of Libraries article, it proposes 10 trends that will drastically change libraries in the next 50 years. It does make some futurist predictions, such that books and literacy will be dead in 50 years. As a group, we thought the timelines were very debatable, and wondering why the author made some of his statements. Frey provided little justification in his predictions, so our discussions went all over the place. Frey's recommendations may be considered reminders for future thinking libraries, as some libraries do many of these things already.

OhioLINK Joins Google's Summer of Code

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From the OhioLINK announcement:

Are you a coder? Then check out Google's Summer of Code, a program designed to inspire young developers and provide students in computer science and related fields the opportunity to do work related to their academic pursuits during the summer, and to support existing open source projects and organizations. OhioLINK is pleased to participate in the Summer of Code program again this year as a mentoring organization.

If your application for the Summer of Code is accepted, you will receive a $4500 award ($500 to get started and $4000 once the project is completed). In addition, the mentoring organization will receive $500 for each student developer that completes a project.

OhioLINK has a page on the Digital Resource Commons development site which describes our participation and projects; take a look, augment or add your own (feel free to read the project documentation through the Wiki link above and suggest other ideas), and apply to participate beginning May 1st. Questions about the program? Take a look at Google's participant FAQ.