Come by the Education Building at the MN State Fair today and you’ll find me hanging out with computers and librarians, at the Try Cool Tools @ Your Library booth, sponsored by the MN Digital Library, Minitex, and the U of M libraries. We’ll be demoing Minnesota Reflections*, ELM databases, where you can access fulltext newspapers and magazines, the MNLink Gateway, by which one can access items from most libraries in Minnesota, MyHealthMinnesota GoLocal, connecting folks to health information and resources, and the Research Project Calculator. While you’re at the Fair, stop by the Creative Activities building and take a look at my lovely okra pickles. Anyway, I’ll be at the booth from 3-9. Come by, say hello, and try out the Cool Tools!

*the HCMC History Museum photos are up! Go look at them on Minnesota Reflections!
Update:  One of the best parts about this experience was having people come up to me to express their love and admiration for “you librarians.”  Folks don’t really get the warm fuzzies for historians, or museum people in general, in the same way they do for librarians.  Nice to have some of that reflected goodwill.

Gov. Pawlenty astonishingly vetoed the money needed for the Minneapolis–Hennepin County library merger.  Meanwhile, my community library is still closed.

A scholar who moved from academe to public history (and a creator of the great, though never-updated, Beyond Academe) talks about the transition.

Another story of a move from academe to public history, this time in publishing, but with lots of strawmen.  Manan Ahmed responds.

Public Resource put 6000 photos from the Smithsonian on flickr to protest lack of  free access to public domain works.  Read their ‘dear internet’ letter.  The conversation about the project on MCN-L has been fascinating, especially around how the photo metadata was migrated from the SI to flickr.  The answer seems to be poorly, and brings the discussion back to the question of provenance and context.

Museum 2.0 on making 2.0 easy for museums–post-its, anyone?:

Web 2.0 means stepping away from fancy flash-based applications that lock content behind programmed doors and towards clear, text-based, multi-access content. It may not be gorgeous, but it’s easy to create, manipulate, and access for techies and newbies alike. The low barrier to entry makes it easy for users to transition from consumers to participants—whether in wikis, blogs, or on social networking sites.

Ray Bradbury says Fahrenheit 451 isn’t about censorship, it’s about TV.

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