First of all, let me say that I read Anthony as referring to multiple Brians in the title of his last post–and all the cognitive dissonance that that entails.
That said, I will now report on the recent findings of a sub-group of edlabbers. And I must quickly concede that my understanding of the discussion that ensued in the Lab from 5-7PM tonight will be Brian-centric. Hui Soo, Lin, Maureen, Gary, Anthony, and myself talked at length and I cannot pretend to remember the lines of thought in detail, and am resigned to fumble about for some slight grasp of what it all means. I eagerly welcome revisions, comments, outright disagreements, and nonchalant complements in response to this effort…
Because there is an ever-growing list of projects on everbody's plate, I thought I'd take a moment to assess the Media Group's workload going into the second half of the summer. Below are a list of the projects I can think of off the top of my head in no particular order...
I've attached the word document that we passed out at the meeting, for further perusal. It includes the following bits of knowledge:
- Patrons like the current system
- Room set-up is a barrier to success
- Clarity is important
- TC community is usually polite
- The Library often appears to patrons as more “quietâ€? on higher floors
- Judgment about the value of room use is important
- Patrons aren't always sure when they'll need a room (or what they need)
- Patrons want “bagels and juiceâ€?
- Emptiness is perceived as good
- Monitoring rooms is difficult
Miller's "Is Persuasion Dead?" op-ed in the New York Times (although a bit overstated?) caputured a worry from some recent conversations around these library haunts. One can substitute a few words here and there and it's about the role of education on habits of mind in general, and not just politics.
I've talked with Anthony about this a little bit... We need to share photo content better. So, there should definitely be photo archives, and they should probably be in the same location as the Art Collections (except they will not be made public). However, before this happens, there are some details to be ironed out. The goal will be to have one collection (such as "Media Group Images") hold many groups of photos... this way we wont have an out-of-control list of "collections." How about the following:
check out this MIT entity: http://smg.media.mit.edu/people.html
they look like an interesting bunch of people, even if they only focus on one aspect of the online world. i like the "webbed footnotes" project.
somewhat related to this subject--i think the existence of groups just like this one suggest a course of action for our tech development: open sourcing the code...
fyi: the design group is preparing for a summer exhibition (may 30 - july 29) in the m.w.offit gallery. this exhibition will feature heritage high school students' work in a computer art class run by hugo ortega. the exhibition is special for a few reasons...