Sunday, January 11, 2004
"Three notes from the keynote speak. Omar from BlackPlanet gave the talk before the 'Life Post CIPA' panel discussion. He had several very good points that I wanted to write down before I forgot them. His basic premise [which will be online sometime in the next three weeks according to Carla Hayden] is that CIPA's legacy is less relevant than librarians working to reduce NOT the digital divide, but what he sees as the literacy divide -- people using the Internet as passive consumers rather than as creators. This was not as possible with TV for example, as it is for the Internet. Or, as he put it, people who are failing to use the Internet because of dispossession, not disposition. The line that I took away from it was 'The future of libraries is helping everyone think like a librarian' that is, being critical thinkers and appraisers of information. I'm not sure I totally agree -- he did dodge the 'what do we do NOW' issue -- since I see many more hurdles to this sort of access, but it's an appealing perspective." [librarian.net]
Emphasis above is mine. Sounds interesting - wish I'd heard Omar's talk. I agree with Jessamyn that I don't totally agree with that bolded statement, but information literacy is certainly a major role in our future and we need to step up to it. Who else will?
"See this article (via Frank) and Weed's website. Here's how it works: you download a song; listen to it three time, at which point you must buy it or get rid of it; purchasing gives you a WMA version, with permission to burn a CD, copy to a portable player and copy to 2 other computers; if you distribute the song to someone else who goes through the same process and buys the song, you get a cut of the money. Get rid of the DRM, and you have something a lot like mediAgora." [A Copyfighter's Musings]
How interesting would it be to insert a library into this model? What if libraries could buy and circulate digital music files that users could then purchase if they wanted to keep them permanently?