Top Ten Links Week 9

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My personally selected top 10 from the links I shared on Twitter from 2/26/2010 thru 3/04/2010

1 . Are We Becoming Our Own Puppetmasters? – a thought-provoking post from Venessa Miemis asking the questions

“What do our online personas do to our physical-world identities? As we invest more time into developing our digital selves, is something taken away from who we are? Or something added?”

2. Librarian Essay Contest: 22 Essays in 28 Days via @LISNews: – go vote on your favorite essays and keep an eye out for the winner.

3. Do You Make These 3 Common Mistakes When Trying to Improve Your Self Confidence? – I know I have been guilty of all of them at some point.

  1. You sit around and hope that you can solve it in your mind somehow.
  2. You focus on the wrong things.
  3. You don’t prepare.

4.  Online Content Should Never Have Been Free via @libraryriot @Newsweek:- an interesting look at what we expect to pay for content changes based on the format in which we access it.

5. Has Digital Media Changed American Youth? what effect is the connections of social media having on the young?

6. Brainwashed: Seven Ways to Reinvent Yourself via @VenessaMiemis: Awesome Manifesto by @sethgodins via @SmarttKyle

Years ago, when you were about four years old, the system set out to persuade you of something that isn’t true. Not just persuade, but drill, practice, reinforce and, yes, brainwash.  The mission: to teach you that you’re average; That compliant work is the best way to a reliable living; That creating average stuff for average people, again and again, is a safe and easy way to get what you want.

7.New Pew study on information shift away from print/broadcast: #infoneeds via  @agahran:

A few highlights…

  • Popularity: “The internet has surpassed newspapers and radio in popularity as a news platform on a typical day and now ranks just behind TV.”
  • Portability: “33% of cell phone owners now access news on their cell phones.”
  • Personalization: “28% of internet users have customized their home page to include news from sources and on topics that particularly interest them.”
  • Participation: “37% of internet users have contributed to the creation of news, commented about it, or disseminated it via postings on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter. …More than 8 in 10 online news consumers get or share links in e-mails.”
  • Socializing: “Getting news is often an important social act. Some 72% of American news consumers say they follow the news because they enjoy talking with others about what is happening in the world and 69% say keeping up with the news is a social or civic obligation. And 50% of American news consumers say they rely to some degree on people around them to tell them the news they need to know.”

8.  Having Ideas Vs Having a Vision [HBR] – ideas are not in short supply, visionaries are, we need more visionaries, they are how things get done. via @VenessaMiemis:

9.  “The Future of the Library: Urban Mediaspace via @dmlcentral

This seems like a great way to both provide a center for civic and cultural life and reinvent libraries for the digital age.

10. The White House Asks: What Does A 21st Century Education Mean to You? – Yes The White House. Go tell them. Leave a comment. Tell them how vital libraries are and why. Do it.

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