Time just released its list of the best 50 websites for 2008. With oil prices climbing, it is no surprise that a website used to locate the cheapest gas in town made the top of the list! For the complete listings, visit: http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1809858_1809957,00.html?xid=site-cnn-partner
or slow, concentrated thought. It’s in their economic interest to drive us to distraction.”
- Posted to the ili-l listserv by David Kent, Instruction Librarian,
“Google's newly-launched Google Health provides consumers with a facility for storing their personal health record, via a combination of blog posting, webcast and what it terms a "factory tour" - a press briefing in all but name.” – Outsell (June 6, 2008).
To read more about this initiative and the pilot program that Cleveland, Ohio is doing with health care providers using Google Health to manage patients' records, visit: http://news.cnet.com/8301-10784_3-9875967-7.html or http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/02/21/google-health-begins-its-preseason-at-cleveland-clinic/?ref=technology
In The Parallel Information Universe Mike Eisenberg, Dean Emeritus and Professor, University of Washington, Seattle, asserts that the Web 2.0 buzz is just as much about a change in focus as it is the new technology. This "change in focus to participation, user control, sharing, openness, and networking" is the core of Eisenberg's point - that these new Web 2.0 technologies provide a "parallel information universe." And since the libraries' founding principles are based on meeting patrons' information needs, then libraries must take a lead in this "parallel information universe." The purpose of the article is to provide an environmental scan and a SWOT (strength, weakness, opportunity, threat) analysis for a variety of new technologies.
Take a moment to check out this article in Library Journal - May 2008. A pdf full-text version is available through Academic Search Premier.
Eisenberg, Mike. "The Parallel Information Universe." Library Journal 133.8 (2008): 22-5.
The Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries and the Children's Literature Research Collections proudly present the exclusive Twin Cities appearance by David Hajdu, author of The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How It Changed America.
Tuesday, July 8
Elmer L. Andersen Library
222 21st Avenue South
University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/maps/EALib/index.html
Dessert reception follows with books available for sale courtesy of Red Balloon Bookshop. David Hajdu will be signing books during the reception.
Comic books, not rock-and-roll, created the generation gap. They also spawned juvenile delinquency, crime, sexual deviance, and things of unspeakable depravity. Long before Elvis appeared on Ed Sullivan from the waist up, long before Jerry Lee Lewis married his cousin, long before James Dean yelled, "You're tearing me apart," teachers, politicians, priests, and parents were lining up across from comic book publishers, writers, artists, and children at bonfires and Senate hearings decrying the evil that was the ten-cent plague.
David Hajdu's The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How It Changed America comprises the last book in an informal trilogy about American popular culture at mid-century, and radically revises common notions of popular culture, the generation gap, and the divide between "high" and "low" art.
This special event with David Hajdu is part of an evening celebration honoring John Borger and his gift of almost 40,000 comic books to the Children's Literature Research Collections at the University Libraries.
For more information contact Lanaya Stangret at (612) 624-9339 or firstname.lastname@example.org.