Articles in category 'Futures'

Like most people who do blogging (whether regularly, or sporadically like I do), I keep a list of ideas for posts, which I often add to, but less often write up. I’ve been a very poor blogger recently, and it’s not because nothing is going on, LOTS is going on. Perhaps it’s more that I’m […]

By Diane Hillmann, December 7, 2011, 9:44 am (UTC-5)

Recently I retweeted the following: “nice quote “your data ages like fine wine, whereas your software applications age like fish” in @mattwall’s http://j.mp/o8zsQG (via @edsu)” Since then I’ve been thinking about the important lesson encapsulated in those less-than-140 characters, and how we’ve not really internalized this lesson in LibraryLand, no matter how many times we’ve […]

By Diane Hillmann, September 8, 2011, 9:30 am (UTC-5)

I’m supposed to be writing a paper (as part of a team and as designated herder) but like most people I have strategies for avoiding such tasks, not necessarily in ways that are entirely useless, just useless in the context of a particular deadline. In this instance, I’ve been listening to an interview of Janet […]

By Diane Hillmann, April 24, 2011, 3:55 pm (UTC-5)

At my keynote at Code4Lib a few weeks ago [recorded here about 90 minutes in], I got a good laugh when I equated the continuum that catalogers and programmers inhabit to that described by Kinsey in his famous discussion of sexuality. Since then, perhaps as a response to my presentation and Eric Hellman’s at the […]

By Diane Hillmann, March 2, 2011, 5:12 pm (UTC-5)

One continuing theme of the recently concluded DC-2010 is that of the perpetual search for consensus on what the hell DCMI should be doing. I know this continual search for identity is a common phenomenon with this sort of organization, as it is for the human adolescent hovering around the age of 15 years. Like […]

By Diane Hillmann, October 23, 2010, 11:26 am (UTC-5)

Ten days or so ago I took some time out to listen to a webcast by Jenn Riley, ‘RDF for Librarians’, which was well worth the effort. Jenn has been worth watching for a long time, and she’s done us all a service by putting out her slides and a bibliography as part of this […]

By Diane Hillmann, October 5, 2010, 12:42 pm (UTC-5)

Among the ongoing efforts with potential to change the range of options available to libraries, I would count the evolving Lyrasis organization among the most interesting, if not, certainly, the most visible. In the past few months, the organization has launched some interesting initiatives, among them a ‘partnership’ with OCLC, in the form of an […]

By Diane Hillmann, August 9, 2010, 4:54 pm (UTC-5)

As one who entered college in 1966 and experienced the sixties from the front lines, I sometimes wonder how I got to be so old and stodgy. I particularly think of this when I pass plate glass windows while walking on the street and glimpse my reflection in them. Who is that gray-haired old broad […]

By Diane Hillmann, February 17, 2010, 4:41 pm (UTC-5)

One of my favorite aphorisms is “Time flies, whether you’re having fun or not.” I’m not sure where I heard it, but for sure I’m not creative enough to make it up on my own. The truth of it has been reinforced by the realization that here it is the end of January, post-Boston Midwinter, […]

By Diane Hillmann, January 27, 2010, 12:16 pm (UTC-5)

A few weeks ago I attended the opening of an amber exhibition at our wonderful Museum of the Earth which is only about 6 miles from my house. The exhibit had a little of everything: science, history, geography … and jewelry. I have to admit (and this will surprise no one who knows me) that […]

By Diane Hillmann, November 24, 2009, 11:04 pm (UTC-5)