Open Platforms and the Anti-Fragile Library

Earlier this week I gave a short talk for IFLA's New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations webinar series. They had asked me to talk about my ideas on 'technolust' and antifragility, but of course my thoughts have moved on a little since my first blog posts on…

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Creative Commons, Open Access, and hypocrisy

Recently I had an experience that prompted me to change the Creative Commons licensing on this blog. I was contacted by a representative of McGraw-Hill seeking permission to include one of my blog posts in some school assessment software in the States. The request included a long and convoluted US…

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Dialogue: a new model for conferences and scholarly communication

Recently I've been thinking a lot about how librarians communicate with each other to explore ideas and professional practice. Generally speaking I see four current models for substantial professional communication - journals, conferences, blogs and unconferences. All have strengths, but they also all have significant weaknesses. Journals Scholarly journals date…

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ALIA Votes 2014

Yes it's that time of year again! Voting for vacancies on the Board of the Australian Library and Information Association opens today. If you are an ALIA member and have not received an email from 'Corpvote Voting Services' I suggest you contact ALIA and/or check your spam. Once again…

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How to move from Wordpress.com to Ghost in a bazillion easy steps

In my last post I wrote about why I moved to Ghost, and why I made some particular design decisions. I thought it might be useful to some people if I also wrote up how I did the transfer, as there are a few moving parts here. Most of it…

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Why I moved my blog from Wordpress to Ghost, and why I turned off comments along the way

In May last year I saw a tweet about a Kickstarter campaign for a new blogging platform called Ghost. I hadn't heard anything about Ghost up to that point, nor had I ever pledged money to a Kickstarter campaign. Nevertheless something about it intrigued me, and before I knew it…

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