Boundaries and the future role of libraries (and of knowing)

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Fri, 06/20/2014 - 13:13

Professor Gary Marchionini made a number of interesting remarks in his guest of honour talk at the biannual LIDA conference in Zadar. Marchionini made some remarks on the future role of libraries as institutions collecting people. By collecting people he referred to managing and helping to curate our personal data, information and cyber identity.

Evaluation of what?

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Wed, 06/18/2014 - 08:43

The theme of this year's LIDA conference is evaluation. At the moment, when the conference is still going on, it is possible to say that the variety of papers on both qualitative and quantitative evaluation has been interesting.

Another review of Information services and digital literacy

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Thu, 03/13/2014 - 07:18

I just bumped into another review of my book Information services and digital literacy: In search of the boundaries of knowing (Chandos, 2012) I had somehow missed earlier in the Journal of Information Literacy. Jane Mansfield makes sharp remarks on the book and notes, for instance, that

Too big or too gendered - not to fail?

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Fri, 03/07/2014 - 18:15

I was following this morning at iConference in Berlin an interesting panel on failure in information and technology. Patrick Keilty, Lilly Nguyen Nguyen, Leah Lievrouw and Colin Doty were discussing failures and their origins and to whom there are ascribed. Leah Lievrouw started the panel by discussing Big Data and its posited outcomes and their relation to reductionism and systems theory.

What is difficult with information - and how to make it easy

Submitted by Isto Huvila on Sat, 02/15/2014 - 19:31

Business press is going crazy about big data. But so are many companies that are  sitting on it. Lauren Silva Laughlin recommends investors to buy big data companies in Fortune. She refers to McKinsey figures that 15 out of 17 US sectors have more "data" than the Library of Congress, and  retailer that "understands its information" can push operating margins up by 60%.