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Grant Potter

https://qz.com/1158839/the-case-against-library-fines-according-to-the-head-of-the-new-york-public-library/ cc: @sleslie "So we know 11,000 kids and teens have rekindled their relationship with reading, learning, and libraries one month after we offered the amnesty."

Grant Potter

All I Know Is What’s on the Internet

As much as the advocates of information literacy at libraries and universities hope to be arbiters of truth and facilitators of knowledge, with a unimpeachable mission of social justice guiding their practices, their micro actions over the past few centuries have too often been tangential rather than negotiated with or in resistance to the dominant hierarchy. The result is a system that, by and large, reconciles pupils to the existing order, first in deference to an aristocracy of power and now to the sovereignty of the market.

So rather than develop localized standards, with librarians and instructors working in collaboration with those seeking information, developing together shared social standards for knowledge in their community, colleges and libraries have ceded control to content publishers, who impose their hierarchical understanding of information on passive consumers, leaving institutions to only exhibit and protect the information. In this, they have excelled: Access to the world’s most prestigious research journals is a website away, although that website is behind both a tuition and a journal subscription firewall. The best teachers in the world offer the best courses in the world for free through networks of classes aimed at democratizing education, as long as the students are essentially autodidacts. Although shrewd advertising promotes the college experience as personalized and connective, schools and libraries have joined the historical arbiters of culture as mausoleums.

To remake education into a space of social justice rather than course-by-course “all you can consume” content buffets, faculty and staff would need to acknowledge and address these structural issues. Instead, educators doubled down on control, promulgating top-down information-literacy rubrics.

Grant Potter

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"as we move creative scenes from cities and neighborhoods and onto the web, we outsource the publishing, storage, and archiving of their products to young, for-profit businesses — and therefore run the very serious risk of losing huge and important libraries of culture to the vagaries of a new and quickly moving economy." http://nymag.com/selectall/2017/07/soundcloud-shutting-down-what-happens-to-the-music.html

Grant Potter

.@OpenGLAM promotes free & open access to digital cultural heritage held by Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums https://openglam.org/

Grant Potter

#Budget2017 here's hoping that $50 million goes to libraries and not #codingbootcamp startups

Grant Potter

Son & I adopting incredibly useful @echonest Infinite Jukebox http://labs.echonest.com/Uploader/index.html to explore/discover libraries for @ableton and @WeAreNovation launchpad

Grant Potter

So happy to see thousands of @VideoDifference titles preserved for public access http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/dalhousie-university-halifax-public-libraries-video-difference-1.3722688

Grant Potter

p5.sound brings the approach to + p5.js http://p5js.org/reference/#/libraries/p5.sound via @twoodwar