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December 30, 2006

Congratulations Aaron!

my entrance to the library makes news
Originally uploaded by aaron schmidt.

December 27, 2006

Chicago State University's Robotic Stacks

From January's Wired, a quick look at Chicago State University's automated stacks.

Robotic Librarians by the Numbers

  • Top speed of CSU’s robotic librarians: 7 mph
  • Average time for a robot to retrieve five books: 2.5 minutes
  • Average time for a student to retrieve five books: 2 hours
  • Capacity of CSU’s high-density storage: 800,000 volumes
  • Robots making out in the stacks: 0

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December 26, 2006

my new iPod

the first sync
Originally uploaded by Michael Casey.

my in-laws gave me this cool new iPod!

December 22, 2006

Blog Tag: 5 Things You Don't Know About Me

I've been tagged by Michael Stephens to write about "5 Things You Don't Know About Michael Casey".

I'll quote Michael here and say, If you're not interested in me (and no reason why you should be) move on now!

Okay, five things:

1. I did not set out in life to be a librarian. I went to grad school and got my master's in political science with every intention of going on to get the PhD and teach or work in DC. Oh well, life throws curve balls. I have never regretted entering librarianship and I have found many truly wonderful people in this line of work -- probably far more than I would have found in DC!

2. I lived in Moscow for most of 1997. My wife got a graduate fellowship to move to Moscow and complete her dissertation research so we moved there in the early spring of 1997 and stayed until the winter snows were falling daily. It was an incredible year and an amazing time to be in Russia.

3. I love to cook and I enjoy spending time in the kitchen with people who enjoy the same. Sharing the kitchen with someone special can be a lot of fun.

4. I enjoy very loud music on very good audio equipment. Whether it's KT Tunstall singing "Universe & U", Bono singing "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own" or Bruce singing "No Surrender", I like hearing it at a very good volume.

5. I enjoy writing, not that you could tell from how active I've been lately on this blog! But I really enjoy writing (bad) fiction -- it gives me peace.

Since Michael mentioned Jake I'm going to mention Duncan. He never had his own web page like Jake but he was my best friend and I miss him.

I'm going to tag Amy Kearns, Megan Adams, Helene Blowers, Sylvie Szafranski, and Monika Bargmann. (Edit: oops, I see Helene was already tagged!)

December 21, 2006

Declassifying Secrets

From today's NY Times, U.S. to Declassify Secrets at Age 25.  

At midnight on Dec. 31, hundreds of millions of pages of secret documents will be instantly declassified, including many F.B.I. cold war files on investigations of people suspected of being Communist sympathizers. After years of extensions sought by federal agencies behaving like college students facing a term paper, the end of 2006 means the government’s first automatic declassification of records.

Historians say the deadline, created in the Clinton administration but enforced, to the surprise of some scholars, by the secrecy-prone Bush administration, has had huge effects on public access, despite the large numbers of intelligence documents that have been exempted.

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December 18, 2006

Editing of the Galley

Originally uploaded by lsavastinuk.

We're done!

December 15, 2006

Happy Holidays

Santa at Starbucks
Originally uploaded by Michael Casey.


December 10, 2006

Billions for User-Generated Content

From today's NY Times comes a good article on the worth of user-generated content titled 2006, Brought to You by You

All that material is “user-generated content,” the paramount cultural buzz phrase of 2006. It’s a term that must appeal to the technocratic instincts of investors. I prefer something a little more old-fashioned: self-expression. Terminology aside, this will be remembered as the year that the old-line media mogul, the online media titan and millions of individual Web users agreed: It demands attention.

It’s on Web sites like YouTube, MySpace, Dailymotion, PureVolume, GarageBand and Metacafe. It’s homemade art independently distributed and inventively promoted. It’s borrowed art that has been warped, wrecked, mocked and sometimes improved. It’s blogs and open-source software and collaborative wikis and personal Web pages. It’s word of mouth that can reach the entire world.

...The promise of all the self-expression online is that genius will reach the public with fewer obstacles, bypassing the entrenched media. The reality is that genius has a bigger junk pile to climb out of than ever, one that requires just as much hustle and ingenuity as the old distribution system.

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December 06, 2006

PLCMC Learning 2.0 Wrap Up Video and Prize Drawing

PLCMC's Helene Blowers and their Learning 2.0 wrap up video starring Helene and Charles Brown, PLCMC Director.. Very cool!