February 2007


EPIC 2015

My decision to blog about EPIC 2015 has more to do with:

1) The fact that I enjoy watching it.

2) I wouldn’t have known about it had it not been for another library school student, so let’s hear it for networking and recreational professional development!

3) I am darn near completely out of other ideas to post about right now. I’m tapped out, folks.

Also, I haven’t gotten to use the word “dystopia” in my blog yet, and this gives me a chance to.

This video, created by Robin Sloan and Matt Thompson, is a sequel to EPIC 2014, and provides a slightly less dystopian (or, depending on your viewpoint, possibly utopian) vision of the future of information than its predecessor. It’s a vague description, but any attempt I make to describe it further will probably do it a disservice. And, as I said, tapped out. However, one last stab at it:

Web 2.0, information literacy, the potential hegemony of organizations like Google and Amazon, the democratizing effects of the internet…it’s all there, and a lot more. Enjoy!

Leslie Burger, current ALA president, has appointed a library education task force to help her answer this question.

Library school has been a bit of a mixed bag for me, but there have definitely been a lot of great learning experiences during my two years, foremost being the practicum that I’m currently in the middle of. I’m finally getting a chance to put a lot of the theory (which classrooms seem to be pretty heavy on these days) into practice, and it’s been an extremely rewarding experience.

 In my “perfect world” scenario, LIS students would get about a 50/50 mix of theory and practicality, preferably in tandem. It seems, to me at least, that the core theory classes are heavier on theory and lighter on the practical applications related to the theory, and that the practical applications classes don’t necessarily focus on how the theories underlie the practical applications.

However, I’m having a ball in my last semester of school; I’ve made a lot of great, funny, intelligent friends and I feel like I’m beginning to immerse myself in a profession that I love, so it’s hard for me to nitpick too much…

Except to say, there’s always room for improvement. 🙂