My First Presentation at a State Level Library Meeting

This Friday I gave a short presentation about personal blogging at the Michigan Library Consortium‘s Annual Meeting.

You can download my presentation here.

I was very excited to hear the keynote address by David Weinberger, frequent commentator for NPR, co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto, and author of Small Pieces Loosely Joined. Mr. Weinberger says that, “in the future, data and metadata will be indistinguishable.” Read more about his opinions in Free Dewey.

It was a privilege and an honor to hear Mr. Weinberger speak. I even had the opportunity to sit next to him during lunch. I asked him if he had read Michael Gorman’s article about “Blog People.” He had not, but he has read plenty of other anti-blog articles and said something akin to, …these guys just don’t get the nature of information!… I will send him a link to the article and see if he responds 🙂 In his speech he indicated that peer review publishing as we know it was soon to become irrelevant. He continued to emphasize that in order for people to become well informed, we need to do a much better job of training critical thinkers.

Update: Mr. Weinberger replied to my e-mail, and he in fact had read the LJ article. In fact he blogged about it. Here is an excerpt from the e-mail he sent me…

…but it’s a “pleasure” to read it
again. It’s good to have this type of thing on record so when historians
go to sort out this period, they’ll have something concrete to hang
their hats on 🙂

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The Fiddling Librarian 3.0 is Kevin Smith’s personal weblog. Kevin is a recent graduate with an MLS from IUPUI. Kevin is the Assistant Director of the Cass District Library which is in Cass County Michigan.
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