In this issue:
Slate • August 12, 2009
Primal instinct. The need to "seek" is an integral part of our mental makeup, and neuroscientists are finding the stimulation it provides is even more powerful than the gratification we get from targeting our pleasure center. According to Washington State neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp, "Seeking is the granddaddy of the systems," which helps explain how we can so easily get sidetracked for hours on Google or obsessively keep checking e-mail. As it turns out, "info junkie" is a pretty apt description.
The Smart Set • From Drexel University
Pithy and to the point.Columnist Morgan Meis says that while the Twitter phenomenon has encouraged an overproduction of celebrity dross, the 140-character limit may herald the revival of the epigram—concise, clever, poems or witty observations that were all the rage in Greek and Roman times. Read on for a brief history of the epigram and some amusing examples.
Stanford Knowledgebase August 2009
What makes people give? It turns out that by triggering a person's "social identity," nonprofits may have more success in encouraging people to give money or volunteer their time. "Really small manipulations can have a really big impact on how people think of themselves," says Stanford marketing professor Jennifer Aaker.
Computerworld • August 10, 2009
Palm computing. Media Labs' David Merrill talks about "siftables"—small, block-like computers the size of a child' s building blocks—that can be manipulated alone or as a group to perform a task. This new take on an intuitive physical interface has implications for interactive museum displays and other public kiosk-type activities.
Fast Company • September 1, 2009
Education 2.0. The current traditional higher ed system is unsustainable and the "Edupunk" generation is pushing ahead with open courseware, wiki textbooks and other collaborative intelligence alternatives. Check out the latest trends in the evolution of higher education.
Keeping Cartography Alive
Metropolis • August 13, 2009
Crowd-mapping. A new software platform called Cartagen allows users to embellish maps with their own points of interest— parks, streets, libraries, etc.—and revise as needed as the neighborhood changes. In one experiment, the software was used to create a collaborative map of wildlife sightings in New York, providing a real-time plotting of bird and animal movements.
Beth's Blog • August 12, 2009
An Addict's Guide to social media. If you're consumed by Facebooking, blogging and Tweeting, this column is for you. If not, it's still good advice to shut your computer off one day a week and smell the roses.
- Helene Blowers to Speak on Finding the Phoenix: Feathers, Flight and the Future of Libraries, 9 October at OCLC in Dublin, Ohio. Attend in person or online via WebEx.
- Going Beyond: The Silos of the LAMs in the UK
- Welcome to St Andrews—a 'Fountain of Science'
- Serendipity in Digital Environments
- 2009 RLG Partnership European Meeting at the University of Leeds
18 September 2009
- 2010 RLG Partnership Annual Meeting and Symposium
9-11 June 2010 in Chicago