May 22, 2015

When the Astonishing Becomes Commonplace

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Recently I’ve been thinking about the recent past and the not-too-distant future. Mostly in terms of what we have been able to achieve in imaging our world. For example, do you remember what the world was like before you could see a map and a photograph of any spot on the planet? It wasn’t all […]

How Some of Us Learned To Do the Web Before it Existed

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Perhaps you really had to be there to understand what I’m about to relate. I hope not, but it’s quite possible. Imagine a world without the Internet, as so totally strange as that is. Imagine that we had no world-wide graphical user interface to the world of information. Imagine that the most we had were […]

My Online Stalker

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No one enjoys being stalked. Well, at least no one I’ve spoken to. So recently, when I discovered I was being stalked online I felt…uncomfortable. Creeped out. Even freaked out. But this kind of stalking wasn’t even as freaky as the usual kind. I’m being stalked by retailers. And so are you. Of course I’ve […]

The Great Plateau

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I had what you might call an unusual early adulthood. Whereas most young adults march off to college and garner the degree that will define their life, I dropped out of high school at the 8th grade, attended an alternative high school (read dope-smoking, although I passed at the time) for two years, then dropped […]

I’m So Very Sorry

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Two different but very related things happened last week which brought my own fallibility into painful focus for me. One is that I blogged in support of the work of the Ada Initiative. They do great work to advance women in open technology and culture. If you are not familiar with their work, then by […]

The Power of Powers of 2

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Despite the fact that I consider myself a lifelong feminist, I am still surprised and dismayed at how easily I can overlook discriminatory behavior toward women. Or not even discriminatory behavior but things that are much more subtle, like situations that discourage women from speaking up or participating. So when a colleague forwarded a notice […]

In Memoriam: Anne Grodzins Lipow

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I was reminded by her daughter on Facebook that Anne Grodzins Lipow passed away ten years ago today. In commemoration of that horrible event, I am posting the Foreword I wrote for Anne’s festschrift that was published in 2008. On September 9, 2004 librarianship lost a true champion. Anne Grodzins Lipow was unique – of […]

Literacy for More Than Just a Day

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It may not have escaped your notice that today is International Literacy Day. There are of course many aspects to this, as you might imagine when you discover that this year’s theme is “Literacy and Sustainable Development”. They go hand-in-hand. But of course there are also personal aspects to literacy. Being able to read makes a […]