Welcome to the Carnival of the Infosciences #80. The Carnival is a weekly weblog post that endeavors to showcase the best posts in the blogosphere about topics related to the wide world of Library and Information Science. This week its my honour to be hosting the Carnival for the third time.
First, the submissions and thanks to everyone who contributed to this issue:
Filipino Librarian presents Pinoy Bibliobloggers’ Mafia. “This post asks why Filipino librarians who blog are less likely to be working in libraries, and that they are more likely to be male.” Unusual situation when compared to libraries in general – interesting thoughts.
Jimmy Atkinson presents
The Self-Directed Student Toolbox: 100 Web Resources for Lifelong Learners posted at OEDb: Online Education Database. There are some real gems in there, for any library interested in lifelong learning and aren’t we all!
Steven Silvers from Scatterbox presents Bury my rant on the Internet saying, “Consumer advocates take issue with SEO companies that get paid to push legitimate product reviews down into the clutter. But relevance is not the Internetâ€™s obligation — and modern Internet users will eventually figure it all out anyway.” Search engine optimization isn’t all its cracked up to be!
Laura Solomon at Library Geek Woes presents Chasing the technology curve. She talks about where we should look when we are deciding which technologies to invest our time and money in for our libraries. As usual, she is thought provoking and so I will leave it to you to decide if you agree with her conclusion.
Jeremy Aldrich from Global Citizenship in a Virtual World presents Filter? I hardly knew ‘er!, saying, “Filters are a fact of life, but perhaps school decision makers are using the minimal legal requirements for filtering to excuse their often-rigid control of information flow.” Where does the line go between education and filtering, in protecting our children from inappropriate content. Jeremy asks for your thoughts in this post.
Now to conclude with some picks of my own, to round out this week’s Carnival.
There has been a lot of discussion about Wyoming Libraries use of the mud flap girl in their promotions. I just love Shelf Check #93 – Emily Lloyd’s contribution to the discussions that have revolved around this unusual marketing choice. Check out this and many other amusing library based cartoons at Shelf Check. If you like cartoons, I recommend you also check out Unshelved and Turn the Page. If you know of any other library based cartoons, let me know, I’m a fan!
Finally, Karen at Library Web Chic posted The future of Web services isn’t the library website. She discusses what key elements we should be including in our library websites. Interesting reading.
That concludes this edition – thanks for joining us. Help out the Carnival by submitting a blog article to the next edition of Carnival of the Infosciences using the carnival submission form. Feel free to submit one of your own posts, or another that you have read that you think is worth highlighting. Past posts and future hosts can be found on the blog carnival index page. Filipino Librarian is the next host, so see you at the Carnival on the 15th October!