Carnival of the Infosciences

Atlantic City Carnival Beauty Pageant, 1922 (LOC)

UPDATE: The Carnival has been extended!

Welcome to the Carnival of the Infosciences #78!

We might as well get started with a little action. Ryan Deschamps submitted the Annoyed Librarian’s The Cult of Twopointopia. Don’t miss the comments for some cult analysis and lively discussion.

AL is not the only one questioning Library 2.0. In another submission, Second Life Hype vs. Human Needs on the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table Hunger, Homelessness & Poverty Task Force blog, John Gehner writes, “it’s disappointing at times to think that some of the best and brightest information professionals are devoting their substantial talents to the denizens of a virtual world founded on leisure time rather than a real world with millions of people struggling for a Better Life every day.”

Now don’t get too comfortable with that cotton candy, because next we have a report from John Dupuis at Confessions of a Science Librarian, The PRISM Coalition: Partnership for Research Integrity in Science and Medicine. It’s not just big publishers against Open Access—non-profits and society publishers are joining with the bigger commercial publishers.

Also from John Dupius we have Bloggers for Peer-Reviewed Research Reporting, in which he reports on a movement among academic bloggers to differentiate their “serious” writing from other blog posts.

On a related note, submitted by your editor, LibrarianInBlack Sarah Houghton-Jan asks Library literature: academic and generally useless? Several bloggers have noted that blog posts can generate more attention and be more immediately useful to others in the field than articles in refereed journals. Again, don’t miss the comments for further discussion.

One more editor’s pick before we pack up and move on: John Miedema asks Have you ever reached a blog impasse? Is that a good thing? Miedema closes his post with the questions “Have you ever reached a blog impasse? How did it resolve itself?” Walt Crawford comments succinctly:

1. Of course. Frequently.
2. I stopped blogging until I had something to blog about.

Well, that’s it for this carnival, folks! The next stop is September 17 at Libraryola. Submit blog posts to the next edition of Carnival of the Infosciences using the carnival submission form, or use the tag carninfo to submit your favorites. Make sure to use the “Notes” field to state why you tagged it and sign your name. Past posts and future hosts can be found on the blog carnival index page.

Using to submit entries seems to work well. I didn’t get any email submissions—they all came from My only problem was that I couldn’t figure out how to read the whole “Notes” in, so I didn’t know who to attribute the “Second Life Hype vs. Human Needs” submission to.

Photo: Neptune (Hudson Maxim), Miss America (Margaret Gorman) at Atlantic City Carnival, Sept. 7, 1922 / photo by Bain News Service, 225 Canal St., New York. Library of Congress via pingnews.

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Cotton Carnival, Memphis, TennesseeSeptember 4, 2007. Folks, looks like the Carnival of the Infosciences is in town for one more day. Turns out there were submissions from the form, but they got caught in a spam filter and didn’t make it to the carnival in time.

Joshua Neff submitted a post of his at goblin in the library inspired by the recent revisits to the Library 2.0 topic: Library Turns out the secret ingredient to Library 2.0 is ice cream. Go figure—and we’ve got plenty of ice cream at the carnival!

Kathryn Greenhill submitted her post, Why libraries should care about mobile phones, from Librarians Matter. Greenhill asks, “What do your library users use more often, their PC connected to broadband or their mobile phone? What do more of them own? What do more young people have exclusively for their own use – a mobile phone or a PC?”

Chris Zammarelli submitted Jenica Rogers-Urbanek’s Keep it secret, keep it safe, about anonymity in professional blogging and whether to put your blog on your resume. Zammarelli added, “Personally, I do mention it since my potential employers will find it by Googling me anyway.”

Heather Leask Armstrong submitted Volkswagons and Road Trips I Have Known and Loved from, about cars and road trips and books. Hopefully reading this will make up for the road trips I didn’t take this summer.

OK, I think this carnival is finally moving on now! It’s been fun, and I’ll see you in 2 weeks at Libraryola!

Photo: Cotton Carnival, Memphis, Tennessee / photo by Marion Post Wolcott. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA-OWI Collection, LC-USF33-030905-MD DLC.

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  2. Tara, thanks for hosting! You did a great job as we continue to struggle to increase our submissions and readership. I appreciate you taking the time to participate and share information in this format. Good stuff!

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