Information and the Future

This is the blog of the Information and the Future task force of the Rolfing Library at Trinity International University. The IF task force exists to explore the role of libraries in the future of Christian higher education.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

IF Task Force Agenda

The first meeting of the IF Task Force will be Friday, July 28th. The agenda for this meeting will be as follows:

1. Discuss the scope and functioning of the group. I will share some of my ideas, but I also am interested in hearing your thoughts and expectations.

2. Discuss when we will meet in the future.

3. I would also like each person to be prepared to share 2 or 3 things that they think will be important developments for the future of the Rolfing library. These can be new or emerging technologies, new use of technology, new trends, continuation of current trends, larger cultural issues, etc.

4. I'm also interested in your answer to the following question: What resource would you reccomend to someone who ask you about the future of information? This could be a book, journal, blog, website, conference etc. If you would like to get the converstation started early feel free to post your response to this blog. Ask me if you are unable to sign up as a blog contributor.

The current plan is for the IFTS to meet once a month. In August we are planning on discussing the section (pp.1-224) of Friedman's book The World is Flat. In September we will discuss the new OCLC report: College Students’ Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources. Kevin has placed a copy of this report in the F:data\common folder on the Rolfing LAN.


  • At 7:43 AM, Blogger arcee said…

    For introductory level resources, I would recommend Computers in Libraries, Chronicle of Higher Education, and, not surprisingly, CIL offers some basic questions to consider when implementing new technology in libraries. CHE often includes articles on how technology is changing in larger libraries around the US. NJIT is a helpful example of how technology can impact the library catalog.

  • At 10:29 AM, Blogger Rebecca said…

    At ALA I went to a couple of sessions that discussed new technology. One of the presentations was called “Research Instruction in a Web 2.0 World.” This webpage they put up discusses web 2.0 and information literacy. There are also links to other resources:
    This page describes the new technologies:

    They talked about having assignments to teach Wikipedia. For example, have the students add content to Wikipedia based on what they’re learning in class. It’ll show them how easy it is for anyone to add content, but it teaches them to add good content, not bad. (You shouldn’t have them deliberately put up false information.)

    There was also discussion about teaching students about privacy, since many of them are putting up damaging information about themselves on Facebook, MySpace, etc., and job employers are often checking these things.

    I also went to a program on blogging. Here is their website:

    Both sessions mentioned some interesting technologies:

    It uses “tag clouds” where you tag websites with subject terms. The subject terms that have the most websites in them will appear largest in your tag cloud, so you can see their relative significance.


    Library Web Chic (for blogging)

    Library Thing (keeps track of books)

    Tag Warrior (I couldn’t find the website for this)

    Flickr (for posting pictures)



  • At 11:11 AM, Blogger Matt said…

    Thanks to Rebekah and Rebecca for sharing some intriguing resources. I've asked them both to repost their comments as blog enteries. And would encourage other team members to post resources they would reccomend to the blog. If you are unsure how to do that let me (Matt) know!


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