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.