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Question: In your opinion, who are the major technology thought leaders? Who do you follow/read to keep up with technology?
[disclaimer: heavy on the library folk, and lots I know personally to some degree. Also generally random order] Walt Crawford, Stephen Abram, David Pogue, you, Michael Stephens, Jessamyn West, Karen Schneider, Jenny Levine, David Lee King, Meg Canada - Michael Golrick
First name that comes to mind is Clay Shirky. In the library world, I often look to Stephen Abram, Jessamyn West, David Lee King, Michael Stephens, and Karen Schneider. - Toby Greenwalt
Outside of the library peeps, Cory Doctorow, Anil Dash, David Weinberger, Michael Wesch are my faves, although they focus mostly on tech & society/pop culture or edutech. - val, an ominous portent
Good, good, good! More ,more, more! - Libraryman
michael geist, danah boyd, ethan zuckerman - jambina
Leo Laporte & Kevin Rose are a couple not mentioned already. - Scott Childers
Many of the people already mentioned, as well as Jason Puckett (GSU), Jane Hart (Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies), and Stephen Downes (National Research Council of Canada) - αnnα vαȵ scoyoç
Jon Udell. Everyone at the Berkman Institute at Harvard. - Stephen Francoeur
Agree with Steve. Especially in these days where the amateur can be an expert, I find I'm learning from a much larger group of people -- and most of them *don't* have "big names." - Meredith
Depends a lot on what you mean by technology thought leaders. Dana Longley is probably the most thorough at discovering new tools and creative about deploying them. henry Jenkins, TED talks, all good. On a more critical note, an awful lot of the big library names mentioned so far fall into a category I call cheerleaders, and I tune out the second their names come up...I want substance from my tech thinkers, and while support and enthusiasm are important, they don't make someone a leading thinker. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
duh! Dana Longley -- of course! - αnnα vαȵ scoyoç
Lorcan Dempsey - Stephen Francoeur
Mostly, I am just doing a gut check here. It is very useful to hear who you all pay attention to tho, ty! Honestly, for me, it is my "cloud" of "friends" on ff, fb and twitter that I spend the most time with and pay the most attention too. - Libraryman
I am however, working on a juicy project and I need to talk with 3-4 very well connected industry "tech" types soon. In round one I need to talk to ppl that know ppl and tech, not necessarily the companies or programmers, engineers, etc (yet). That was the other big reason I asked (and really appreciate you all sharing!). So, pls keep the names coming! -and Lorcan ftw, Stephen :) - Libraryman
After Michael G's comment, I'm afraid to say anything--but, well, what Meredith sez and, to some extent, what Rudi sez (after "On a..."). So, sorry, I don't have a neat list, particularly one of Very Well Connected types. (There's Clifford Lynch, to be sure...and he does provide substance, not cheerleading.) - walt crawford
I don't know if I would call Robert Scoble a "thought" leader, but he does keep up with the newest technology... - Joe
Don Tapscott, Louis Gray - Joe
Clay Shirky - Joe
This thread reminds me of one of the best things about FriendFeed. There are great conversations everywhere in so many different places. In fact, most of these folks, I am not even following, but now I will check them out. - Louis Gray
What, you don't follow 100+ librarians? - Joe
Get on the librarian train, Louis! :) - holly #ravingfangirl
Librarians Rock!! - Katy S
I try to keep the phrase "thought leaders" out of my phrase book. - anna sauce
Library tech thought leaders? I think of Jessamyn West, danah boyd, Eli Neiburger, David Lee King, John Blyberg, Jason Griffey, Jason Clark, Karen Coombs, Karen Schneider, Marshall Breeding... I could go on. I also love David Pogue (NYT) - not in libraries, but he's cool still. - Rachel Vacek
yup, "thought leaders" is a bit of an overdone/overblown phrase these days, but for me, I do enjoy Clay Shirky, Charlene Li, danah boyd, Beth Kanter. Following Scoble and Leo LaPorte's convos helps me keep up with tech in general. - Laura Norvig
I keep scobles posts in a separate feed from my "librarians" list. That way, I can see his stuff when I have time, but not every day, all day. - Joe from iPod
It is nbd, but I didn't rlly need library "thought leaders" (agreed a somewhat inaccurate and tired phrase) I asked for *technology* thought leaders (and then clarified that I wanted to hear about ppl who have access to the tru thought leaders aka the ppl that make the stuff we end up talking about and in some cases using). Still, this list is very useful and I am grateful for the feedback and conversation everyone! Thank you? Is there more? - Libraryman
I love this thread! I agree with a lot of the names on this list. I'd like to mention the people who I have learned the most from: Rudibrarian, Sujin Huggins, Ingbert FLoyd, Jenny Benevento, Michael Porter, Iris, David Lee King, David Rothman, my colleague Melissa Records, and when people ask me where they think things are going, I say, I don't know, see what Greg Schwartz is up to - Eric Sizemore
You're very kind, Eric. Wrong, but very kind. :) - David Rothman (☤)
NYT Tech Podcast and Circuits email for the Consumer stuff. Engaget and Lifehacker for the forward thinking tech stuff. - ♫Maurice the Dolphin♫
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Text messaging is the MOST important addition to library services of our time - @libraryfuture #hhlib.
um, grandiose much? - maʀtha
Maybe to whoever said that. Sure it is something to consider doing and then most likey do, but lets be honest, the net at large is more important. - Libraryman
Uhhh. . . I just don't even know where to start with that one. For what kinds of libraries? For which patrons? I'm having a hard time picturing the large print crowd clamoring for tiny characters on tiny screens. - laura x
well, I also heard him say in a different presentation that he would not teach in a room that didn't have good cell phone access - maʀtha
Got to say, our uni students are pretty damn ecstatic about getting overdue notices by text messages, especially for 3-hour loans: it's cut down their fines a *lot*. (Though I concede they're also over the moon about 3-day pre-overdue notices by email.) - Deborah Fitchett
Second Life? Really? - Peter Murray
Joe Murphy said it during the Handheld Librarian Conference today. I think he used the work "addition" to library services to imply that the net is already in place. Not sure. But I personally think Second Life is pretty low on the list....Sorry Steve. - Rachel Vacek
I think Steve's Second Life comment was a joke :) - maʀtha
I'm a little slow on the uptake tonight. Thanks, martha. :-) - Rachel Vacek
Geez -- I hope it was a joke... - Peter Murray
Having myself said some pretty grandiose things before, I'm not sure that Joe is wrong. Data backs him up...twice as many people in the world use txting over email. txting is more popular in the US than email. And mobile use is growing at rates that no other technology has ever seen. - Jason Griffey
I'm all for offering services via text messaging, as well as other services and applications for mobile devices. I do think, however, that his statement shows a lack of perspective. Just too grandiose for me. - maʀtha
Joe Murphy's statement is like saying in 1983 that CDs are the info delivery medium of our time. Yes, they were important for 10-15 years, but I think cell phones and microblogging and voice to text recognition (and vice-versa) will merge in 10-15 years. Why focus on SMS? We just want to respond to our patrons using whatever method is right for them. - Joe from iPod
I don't have a problem with doing SMS services. I'm just in this weird position where I'm the techie person in my library--the one who says, "We have the website to serve *some* patrons, just as we have story time to serve *some* patrons and a large print collection to serve *some* patrons"--but I'm a librarian in a place where a lot of people still don't have cell phones. So, sure,... more... - laura x
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I'm starting a trip to Chicago today. - http://www.dopplr.com/travell...
I'll be there from July 9th until July 14th. See more in my Dopplr profile. - Rachel Vacek
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Entrepreneurship Program Ranks #1 - http://www.bauer.uh.edu/news-ce...
Had to share this with my Walker Management Library and Owen colleagues back at Vanderbilt. :-) - Rachel Vacek
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Decision to reopen irrational - Opinion - http://media.www.thedailycougar.com/media...
A faculty member posted this on the Daily Cougar, the University of Houston newspaper. I so totally agree with him. We are still not ready to be open, and here we are, still trying to function. This afternoon they announced that we can at least drink water on campus. - Rachel Vacek
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Edouard hits Texas coast with strong wind, rain - Yahoo! News - http://news.yahoo.com/s...
Phew. So far, just lots of rain here. At least I have the day off to do some packing. Not as nervous any more. - Rachel Vacek
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From the Weather Channel - http://www.weather.com/newscen...
Ok. Edouard is headed for Galveston, which is just outside of Houston. I'm nervous about this one. Granted, it is only still a tropical storm, but it'll probably be a hurricane by the time it makes landfall. Flooding is expected in Houston, as well as power outages. - Rachel Vacek
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Trailer - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Trailer
I can't wait! This looks so dark, so awesome. - Rachel Vacek
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King of Conference | AL Focus - http://alfocus.ala.org/videos...
You should see some familiar faces in this little video by David Lee King! - Rachel Vacek
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Emergency Operations Center - http://piersystem.com/go...
Dolly will only be bringing thunderstorms to Houston on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Phew! This stuff makes me so nervous. - Rachel Vacek
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Karen Coombs delicious-ed this with me. It talks about the new iPhone, and all the apps that millions of people are downloading for their iPhone. And the author points out that publishers - and libraries - aren't jumping in. He says, "Where, for example, were the software library vendors like Ex Libris or Sirsi, or even open source alternatives like Evergreen, in espousing their new iPhone applications? OCLC should certainly have a georef WorldCat application, like NOW, that would show me WHERE my nearest library is when I do a book search on my iPhone (or GPS equipped Nokia phone)." - Rachel Vacek
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Apps in Facebook & OpenSocial: Why librarians should pay attention - http://www.yourbigwig.com/node...
Here is my presentation for the LITA BIGWIG Social Software Showcase. It's informative, has nice pictures, but not as entertaining as I had hoped. It might be better muted. :-p - Rachel Vacek
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Gartner Identifies Top Ten Disruptive Technologies for 2008 to 2012 | eHomeUpgrade - http://www.ehomeupgrade.com/2008...
Gartner’s top 10 disruptive technologies 2008-2012: * Multicore and hybrid processors * Virtualisation and fabric computing * Social networks and social software * Cloud computing and cloud/Web platforms * Web mashups * User Interface * Ubiquitous computing * Contextual computing * Augmented reality * Semantics - Rachel Vacek
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Very cool. Entertaining to watch! Michael Sauers shared this on Twitter, so I thought I'd share here. - Rachel Vacek
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World of Warcraft commercial parody - Belf Librarian - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
World of Warcraft commercial parody - Belf Librarian
Hey! A another WoW addict and librarian! For the Horde! - Rachel Vacek
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M.D. Anderson Library Workshops - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
M.D. Anderson Library Workshops
My library has produced yet another great video! This one is advertising the workshops the library offers. Have a look! - Rachel Vacek
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M.D. Anderson Library Superhero Commercial - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
M.D. Anderson Library Superhero Commercial
My library has a new video commercial on You Tube. You gotta watch it! - Rachel Vacek
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Airlines to Charge for Second Bag - New York Times - http://www.nytimes.com/2008...
For all of those who travel, this is not the greatest news. The new fee of $25 for a second bag is being levied by Continental, Delta, Northwest, United and US Airways. I'm happy that Southwest isn't on the list. - Rachel Vacek
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Michael Sauers shared this on Twitter. It's too cool to not share with my geeky friends on Facebook. - Rachel Vacek
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The Drupal Song Music Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
The Drupal Song Music Video
Some days, you just can't get a song out of your head. This unfortunately is one of them. - Rachel Vacek
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TNT Checks Out 'Librarian' Again - Noah Wyle returns for third chapter of movie series - Zap2it - http://www.zap2it.com/tv...
The cheesy but fun "Librarian" movie continues... - Rachel Vacek
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David Parry, assistant professor of Emerging Media at the University of Texas at Dallas, recently blogged about using Twitter in class. - Rachel Vacek
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Lifehacker Top 10: Top 10 Obscure Google Search Tricks - http://lifehacker.com/339474...
I didn't know most of these. Pretty nifty! Others are mentioned in the comments. - Rachel Vacek
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Take a look at this new app. Looks pretty cool! - Rachel Vacek
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Libraries in the 21st century - Education (Other) - Helium - http://www.helium.com/tm...
A friend posted this and I thought it was interesting, hence the sharing. - Rachel Vacek
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Joe Hills created an app in Facebook for searching ACORN!!!!! He's cool in my book! - Rachel Vacek
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What is next for the social library? - http://bibliodox.blogspot.com/2007...
My friend Lee LeBlanc, a librarian down in Florida, always has thought-provoking and philosophical posts on his blog. Here is is latest one. If you don't subscribe to his blog, try it. He will challenge your thinking and open your eyes. - Rachel Vacek
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The Chronicle: Wired Campus Blog: Librarians Find a Place in a 'Web 2.0' World - http://chronicle.com/wiredca...
Cindi Trainor pointed this out on Twitter. (Thanks!) The discussion is heated and interesting! - Rachel Vacek
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