The rewards of information gardens vs. streams [...]

Most mainstream web platforms now are information streams. With alternative formats like wikis, you can cultivate online information as a garden, a growing hypertext library, says Mike Caulfield, one of the makers of Wikity.

The Garden is the web as topology. The web as space. It’s the integrative web, the iterative web, the web as an arrangement and rearrangement of things to one another. Things in the Garden don’t collapse to a single set of relations or canonical sequence[…] Every walk through the garden creates new paths, new meanings, and when we add things to the garden we add them in a way that allows many future, unpredicted relationships.[…]
In the stream metaphor you don’t experience the Stream by walking around it and looking at it, or following it to its end. You jump in and let it flow past. You feel the force of it hit you as things float by.[…]In other words, the Stream replaces topology with serialization. Rather than imagine a timeless world of connection and multiple paths, the Stream presents us with a single, time ordered path with our experience (and only our experience) at the center.


Bowie seeded “Lust for Life,” says Pop [...]

Iggy Pop told the New York Times that David Bowie actually wrote the main riff in “Lust for Life,” or rather, lifted it from a beeping technical signal they heard on Armed Forces Radio in Bowie’s Berlin apartment.

Mr. Pop and Mr. Bowie, seated on the floor — they had decided chairs were not natural — were waiting for the Armed Forces Network telecast of “Starsky & Hutch.” The network started shows with a call signal that, Mr. Pop said, went “beep beep beep, beep beep beep beep, beep beep beep,” the rhythm, which is also like a Motown beat, that was the foundation for “Lust for Life.” Mr. Pop recalled, “He wrote the [chord] progression on ukulele, and he said, ‘Call it “Lust for Life,” write something up.’” (Source)

I’ve had similar experiences where I notice something interesting but am too hesitant or lazy to follow up on it creatively, but an older mentor tells me, “If you find it that interesting, make something out of it!”

Thanks to other Wikity users for posting this NYT article, which I loved when it was first published.

MLIS linked to specific roles in Germany [...]

2014 review of where librarians with the new-to-German MLIS degree fit into the German library system still compares them to those with the more traditional preparation for management-level civil service positions: in-house training by the government (Referendariat). But on a more equal footing then earlier articles I’ve read.

Mit dem Master in die Bibliothek

Libraries are uniquely charged spaces [...]

“Bibliotheksflirt,” published in German by Jonas Fansa in 2008, uses qualitative interviews of academic library patrons to show why patrons gravitate toward library spaces in their own right, not just to use the resources contained therein. Patrons mentioned the unique quality of the “library concentration” which they achieve when working there, the mysterious attraction of the books and shelves, the thrill of seeing and being seen, being motivated by the hushed concentration around them. Being able to interact with strangers and friends in a low-pressure manner because all are in agreement that they are primarily there to study, and thus even flirting or asking someone to take a lunch break together is low-key.

I’d like to come back to this book and consider what questions it brings to mind for public library spaces. I’d like to find out what’s been written on public library spaces in this vein.

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