Digital Culture Media

Google Wave and Igor

For the BIGWIG Showcase this year, I talked about and put together a presentation on Google Wave, and what I think it will do to library services. One of the things I talked about was the ability for software robots to watch the Wave, and alter it in specific ways. Well, it looks like we’ve got our first bibliographic example of this, with Igor. Stew over at Flags & Lollipops has put together a robot that will watch a given Wave for mentions of citations, and then query and automagically fill in footnotes from PubMed, Connotea, or CiteULike (for now, I’m sure that Zotero and other coverage is easily possible).

I’ve got no idea how he did this, given that Wave isn’t public yet…but the demo shows what’s going to be possible with Wave. Take a look, and get ready….Wave might change everything. You may need to click through and enlarge the player to really see what’s going on.

Igor – a Google Wave robot to manage your references from Stew Fnl on Vimeo.

Igor is a robot for Google Wave written in Java and running on Google App Engine.

It allows users to pull in references from PubMed & personal libraries on Connotea or CiteULike by querying services with keywords that they supply inline with the article you’re writing.

ALA Media

Shenanigans with Shanachies

I got ambushed by the Dutch Boys at the OCLC Blog Salon at ALA Annual 2009. Evidently, so did lots of other people…the video below is the result.

OCLC Blog Salon:Shenanigans with Shanachies from Jaap van de Geer on Vimeo.


My ALA Annual 2009

Here’s a short little audio summary of what I’m up to at ALA Annual 2009.


Direct link to the AudioBoo, in case you have a problem with the above.


Midsummer update

It’s been, unfortunately, another big gap in my blogging here. But I’ve been busy!

  • I finished my new book manuscript, and sent it merrily off to Neal Schuman for review.
  • I worked overtime trying to ensure that our new Academic Library got included in the state of TN budget.
  • I’m trying to, if not revolutionize, and least evolutionize the program planning process for LITA.
  • And I’m preparing for what looks like 3 different presentations at ALA Annual 2009:
    • Unconference on Friday at 9:15am at the Palmer House Hilton, Northwest 5 Room
    • OITP Libraries and Mobile Devices Public Policy panel on Sunday at 1:30 in McCormick place West, room W-192a
    • BIGWIG Social Software Showcase on Monday morning at 10:30 in McCormick place West room w-184

If you are attending ALA Annual 2009, please come join me at one of the talks above. I promise not to be too boring. đŸ™‚

That, and a real job, will keep anyone busy, I think. But every time I fail to blog for a week or so, I feel guilty about it. I keep expecting to log in to PatRec, and have it be passive-agressive that I did so: “Oh, so glad that you could visit…no, no, it’s no problem that you’ve been gone so long. Here, let me just warm up the “add new” link for you. It’s not a problem, really.”

ALA BIGWIG Technology

BIGWIG Social Software Showcase 2009

It’s hard to believe that it’s already time to start the planning for the BIGWIG Social Software Showcase 2009, but indeed it is! We’re going to be swapping up the format just a little bit this year, but the thing that isn’t changing is that we want the library community to tell us what they want to hear about. For those who may not have attended the SSS over the last couple of years, here’s how it works:

Step 1: We put out an open call for topics to the library world. You tell us the topics you want to hear more about.

Step 2: We find experts on those topics who are willing to participate in the Showcase.

Step 3: Those experts prepare a web-based presentation on their topic, and put it up sometime before ALA Annual 2009.

Step 4: At Annual 2009, those same experts will attend the Showcase and will discuss their topic, answer questions, tapdance, and otherwise entertain and educate. The format is slightly different every year, but the Showcase at Annual 2009 will be fun, educational, frantic, interesting, and guaranteed different than any program you’ve ever attended at an ALA Conference.

Step 5: After ALA, the conversation will continue online, on YourBIGWIG and other places.

Come join us for one of the most interesting presentations you’ll ever see, and more importantly, help us put it together! The “social” in “Social Software Showcase” isn’t just about the tools, but about the process as well. Be a part!

BIGWIG Library Issues

BIGWIG Showcase 2008 in Library Journal Insider

The BIGWIG Social Software Showcase got a very nice writeup in a recent Library Journal Insider blog post by Josh Hadro. Josh said:

In stark contrast to the LITA Top Tech Trends was the fun and functional chaos of the LITA BIGWIG Social Software Showcase. Though the listeners numbered an order of magnitude fewer, the room hummed with the buzz of their excitement, mounting to a near frenzy following BIGWIG chair Jason Griffey’s introduction when the audience’s attention was released into the wilds of small group discussions. This was the infectious frenzy of mostly librarian associates and assistants genuinely eager to identify new ideas, wrap their brains around the source code, and carry it home with them to bolster their own library’s services. This was a beautiful thing.

Nice! He picked up as well on the difficulty of scaling the Showcase (which we’re talking about already) and the fact that everything we discussed is up online (including the recorded live stream, up on the Showcase page now).

Thanks, Josh, for such a great writeup…glad you enjoyed it.

BIGWIG Media Technology

BIGWIG Showcase – Video 2.0

My presentation for the BIGWIG Social Software Showcase on what I called Video 2.0, all about the new video sites and how they change media as we know it. The presentation turned out really well…let me know what you guys think.

Media Podcasts

LibraryThing Podcast

Over the weekend, I was honored to participate in the very first LibraryThing podcast. Tim really pushed me a bit, and I had to think on my feet (not very well, to be fair, but lmk what you think).

BIGWIG Digital Culture Library Issues

Off to ALA Annual

I leave in the morning for ALA Annual 2008, but keep an eye on this space over on the right sidebar. I’m going to stream as much as I can of my Annual trip via Ustream. So bookmark or otherwise check my twitter feed, as I’ll announce my streaming there.

Also, don’t forget to check out the BIGWIG Social Software Showcase 2008. Tons of great content, and lots of interactivity planned…more Ustreaming, plus TWO virtual discussions via Talkshoe. There will be no shortage of virtual participation…come join us!

Library Issues Technology


I’m very, very excited to announce the next step in the continuing attempt to take over the world illustrate modern communication methodologies and community building for the larger LITA and ALA types:


This is a place for members and potential members and interested parties of the LITA Interest Group BIGWIG to gather, talk, and most importantly: do stuff. The site is open…anyone can create an account and participate in the site, add content, etc. It gives us a place to meet virtually, and a place where I hope good ideas are filtered and implemented. Consider it a BIGWIG-driven playground.

The site is Drupal based, and will be chock-full of open source goodness over time. We’ll also continue to experiment with Web 2.0 tools and hope that people use the site to do so.

So: Join us virtually, and then decide if you want to join us at conferences and such. Either way, we’re happy to have you participate in our playing. Come join us!