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Christina's LIS Rant
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
  At CIL 2005
Well, here I am at CIL with my spiffy work laptop and wireless card, I’m detecting a network and I have a good connection, now what do I do next? No internet, alas!

Clifford Lynch is now giving the keynote. Always very interesting. Since this is the 20th anniversary of CIL, he started with a history of the internet. Libraries have led the way to a certain extent because for many people the first interaction (not results of but interaction) with a computer was accessing the OPAC at their local public library.

He then went on to talk about the difference in cultural history now that there are conversations, “he’s not just a civil war general, he’s my great-grandfather” or “he’s more than a ‘native bearer’ he was my great-grandfather.”

Another interesting thing he mentioned is the archive of information that is the internet. If you google yourself, you might find a flame you sent to a listserv in 1994 that argues what now is an unsupportable position. Unfortunate, but unavoidable. Kids now will have to deal with their pre-braces, pre-contact lenses, pre-nose job pictures residing forever on the internet.
 
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This is my blog on library and information science. I'm into Sci/Tech libraries, special libraries, personal information management, sci/tech scholarly comms.... My name is Christina Pikas and I'm a librarian in a physics, astronomy, math, computer science, and engineering library. I'm also a doctoral student at Maryland. Any opinions expressed here are strictly my own and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer or CLIS. You may reach me via e-mail at cpikas {at} gmail {dot} com.

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