On Monday I attended a fantastic METRO event, Google and Libraries. I’m not even sure what to say about it other than to relay to my readers the fact that the event happened and to plug the great work of some of the speakers. The variety of speakers balanced “deep” and “applicable” perfectly, if you know what I’m saying.
Siva Vaidhyanathan, Associate Professor of Media Studies and Law, at University of Virginia was the “deep” highlight. He blew everyones’ minds with his “Googlization of Everything” talk. Check him out at the Insitute for the Future of the Book as well. His book/talk/shtick is:
“dedicated to exploring the process of writing a critical interpretation of the actions and intentions behind the cultural behemoth that is Google, Inc. The book will answer three key questions: What does the world look like through the lens of Google?; How is Google’s ubiquity affecting the production and dissemination of knowledge?; and how has the corporation altered the rules and practices that govern other companies, institutions, and states?”
My other favorite speaker represented the “applicable” side of things. Jill Cirasella‘s presentation was directly relevant to providing excellent front-line service at the library. Jill is Assistant Professor and Computational Sciences Specialist, Brooklyn College Library. She gave an excellent presentation on Google tools and how they can be used at the reference desk. I had never seen Google Sets or Google Suggest before.
I’ll leave it at that. Thanks to METRO for such a cool event. Click through to the METRO site to read more.