Thursday, February 21, 2008

An Upstart Web Catalog Challenges an Academic-Library Giant

An Upstart Web Catalog Challenges an Academic-Library Giant
Section: Information Technology
Volume 54, Issue 24, Page A11
From the issue dated February 22, 2008

At only 21, Aaron Swartz is attempting to turn the library world upside down. He is taking on the subscription-based WorldCat, the largest bibliographic database on the planet, by building a free online book catalog that anyone can update.

Many academic librarians are wary of Mr. Swartz's project because it will allow nonlibrarians, who may be prone to errors, to catalog books"

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Laurence Lessig's campaign to "Change Congress"

This site hosts this video to explain the launch of two exploratory projects — first, a Change Congress movement, and his own decision whether to run for Congress in the California 12th.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Librarianship in 1940s

The has a 10-minutes video from 1947 ( But I think
it is more about librarianship advocacy than about information literacy. Besides, some things have changed since then (e.g., the card catalog) because of the technology advances, although basic principles remain the same.

Enjoy watching :-)

Ying Zhang

Ying Zhang, Ph.D.
Research Librarian for Asian Studies
University of California Irvine Libraries
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