CLIR’s Chuck Henry on Classification

In the latest issue of the CLIR newsletter, CLIR president Chuck Henry gives a swift consideration of the evolution under way in classification in this digital age. He invokes Naming Nature, the book in which Carol Kaesuk Yoon chronicles how we’ve manifested our need to name the things in the world around us over the ages, and gives a nod to new-ish developments like the semantic web. My interpretation of his view is that these developments should cause formal classification to lift anchor and overlay across different, shifting contexts context. I would’ve liked to read about concrete ideas for this, but it is but a brief article. Continue reading

Last year’s hope, this year’s reality

Avoiding work by doing some house-cleaning on my Facebook profile this morning, I noticed a link I’d posted last year to Viva Obama, a rousing political mariachi music video. At the time I first saw it, it was an inspiration, showing just how broadly and deeply Obama’s call for hope and change was, and how his humble origins, his humanistic spirit and drive, his leaderly wisdom and eloquence were appreciated across the socioeconomic spectrum. Continue reading

Lusting for Cherries


(No double entendre intended.) The half dozen cherry trees just down the block have been radiant for the past two weeks with fruit, both fiery, translucent sour cherries and deep-night tender sweet ones. I’ve had such delight climbing limb and ladder picking them for home and for sharing. Probably some 12 pounds have been pulled by my fingers from the trees, and yet far more remains. The bounty of fruit and other edible things from the ground is one of the things I love about living in Seattle.

Craving Agility in Higher Education

A skim through the Starfish and the Spider at the Boulder Book Store last weekend charged me up with thoughts about higher education in general and academic libraries in particular. Some of the reasons offered for the successes of fluid, barely-hierarchical–successful–organizations (e.g., Wikipedia) put in relief the stultifyingly inelastic structure of large academic organizations (at least per my experience so far).

Managing the Platform, an article by David J. Staley in the most recent issue of EDUCAUSE Review, examines similar notions and applies them directly to the higher education enterprise. Continue reading