Friday, January 25, 2008

Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Videos and Podcasts

Find here a 20 minute video on Jacob Lawrence, one of my very favorite artists.

14. Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Videos and Podcasts

"Art lovers who can't make it down to 5905 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles
will enjoy mulling over some of the videos and podcasts presented on this
site. Currently, the site has over fifty different programs, and the Los
Angeles County Museum of Art will continue to add new programs over the
coming months. In the "Current Features" area, visitors can take a walk
through the new museum campus and also learn a bit about an exhibition that
highlights the work of Salvador Dali. Other visitors may be more interested
in the "Public Programs" area. Here they can listen to conversations and
dialogues with the likes of Anthony Hernandez, Ken Gonzales-Day, Jeff Koons,
and John Baldessari. Finally, the "Documentaries" area offers up profiles of
Jacob Lawrence, a group of contemporary potters, and noted fluorescent light
artist Dan Flavin. [KMG]"
From The Scout Report-Jan 25, 2008[Copyright Internet Scout, 1994-2008. Internet Scout

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Flickr and The Library of Congress="The Commons"

Even the Library of Congress is in to Web 2.0 technologies. Partnering with Flickr to mount their photographic collections in a site called "The Commons," the LOC is asking visitors to tag these photos with everyday words describing what they see. LC Subject Headings are great for focusing a search, but they are limited to a controlled language that is sometimes baffling. By allowing visitors to tag photos, this site is using the populist strategy found in collaborative websites called Web 2.0 like, LibraryThing and Flickr itself that aims to create easier ways to find info, in this case visual info.

The photos themselves are labeled as having "no known copyright restrictions" so they can be used for whatever purpose you can devise.

Enjoy the photos, but add some value by tagging the ones you look at so that others can find them more easily.

Friday, January 11, 2008

What Have You Changed Your Mind About?

Every year an entity called The Edge Foundation presents a question to intellectuals, scientists, celebrities, philosophers and educators.

The Edge Annual Question — 2008

When thinking changes your mind, that's philosophy.
When God changes your mind, that's faith.
When facts change your mind, that's science.


It strikes me as an important question teachers need to ask of their students. I see first year students asked to investigate a controversial issue who come in to the library already knowing what they believe--without evidence, without data, without experience, but with the faith that there are simple immutable answers which they really don't need to justify. This writing exercise is for them divorced from critical thinking, as everything is black or white, right or wrong, true or false. Such is the nature of first year students. What are we doing to push them beyond this simplistic view of the world? Maybe reading about how even the brainiacs of the world sometimes change their minds about big and small issues could be such a nudge to complex thinking. Besides they are fascinating reads.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

100+ Ways to Organize Your Life

I'm too busy getting organized. No blogging today.
100+ Ways to Organize Your Life