December 19, 2014

Roy Tennant: Digital Libraries

Since 2008 the blog of Roy Tennant, a Senior Program Officer for OCLC Research. Among other things, he is the owner of the Web4Lib and XML4Lib electronic discussions, and the creator and editor of Current Cites, a current awareness newsletter published every month since 1990. Follow him on Twitter @rtennant.

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 […]

The Ignorance of What it Will Take

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I noted in July’s issue of Current Cites, that we had ended our 24th year of continuous monthly publication and were entering our 25th. Of course the real celebrations will happen a year from now, but I thought that it was worth noting. As I thought more about it, I remembered (again) that I had […]