Category Archives: LIS bits

Morsels from my studying and surfing in Library and Information Sciences

ALA membership

ALA logoI finally sent in my application for membership to American Library Association mid-December. I didn’t realize early enough how big a deal is that their midwinter conference was right here in Seattle in January. I should have registered earlier for membership and go to the conference. But I was too late and busy. Today I got my membership card in the mail and received a welcoming email too. I guess I could be a card-carrying member of an organization from now. But I won’t, because I don’t really need the card for anything in daily life. I still am looking forward learning more about the Association. One good thing already came out of it. When I ordered a textbook for my next quarter, published by the ALA I got the 10% discount.

Investigating based on the Value Sensitive Design methodology

For one of my classes I was asked to “working with the Value Sensitive Design methodology, please write 1-2 pages if you were reporting briefly on a small conceptual investigation. Here is what I submitted. is an “online resource offering instant advice from the qualified men, women and Rabbis on our team of expert scholars.” It offers a solution for those who value privacy, courtesy, trust, and authenticity. Continue reading

Reflecting on the Evolution of the Book

Book coverFor one of my classes I had to reflect on Kilgour’s The Evolution of the Book. These were the questions, followed by my answers.
1. How does Kilgour define the book? Is this definition too narrow or broad? What does his definition leave out?
2. Kilgour summarizes five requirements that enable a transition in the form of the book (p. 9, 2nd par.). Which requirements have currently been met that might signal the beginning of a shift to the “electronic book? Which requirements are still unsatisfied?
3. Kilgour explicitly states six criteria for the electronic book to satisfy current user requirements (p. 152). Do you agree or disagree with each of these criteria? Why? Continue reading

Theodor Holm Nelson, hypertext, and Xanadu

As an assignment for my IB/HCI (Information Behavior in Human-Computer Interaction) class I was supposed to “select an individual (or a single project made up of multiple people) from history that had a significant impact on the progression of HCI and/or IB, or more loosely the fields of technology design and/or information science.” This is what I wrote:

tednelson.jpgTed Nelson (b. 1937) was not the first to envision a hypertext system, but he was the first to call it such. He coined both the “hypertext” and “hypermedia” terms in 1965. Furthermore he has been working on the spreading his vision ever since. However as I learned from his homepage he calls his concept now “‘deep electronic literature’ instead of ‘hypertext’, since people now think hypertext means the web.” (Nelson)
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Autumn 2006 courses

In my first quarter at the iSchool I took 3 classes. At this time I had to take preset classes, from the next quarter one I can select my own. Up to a certain degree, because in order to graduate, I have to finish 63 quarter credits, consisting of nine core courses (totaling 34 credits) and 29 elective credits. The quarter started with three days of residency where I got to introduced to the school, professors, classmates and had a few in-person classes too. The rest happened all online.
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