Why not without desks?
I am so transparent, aren't I. Imagine the librarian [doctor] roaming all over campus meeting the user [patient] where their need is; imagine roaming from government office to government office meeting the city officials need; imagine roving from park to park being ubiquitous ; imagine a set period time you spent out of your office finding out what people needed, rather than believing they will come to you --oh the places we could go!
Why not without desks?
Who isn't busy? Fantastic; fantasticly busy. Was up til 1 last nite doing school work again. Between school, work, Aikido, cyclying, I'm busy. Getting back into lifting & yoga again too.
On top of that I maintain a pretty solid media diet. I'm pretty sold on the power of TabletPCs -so versatile & functionably workable for many reasons in the personal information management realm. Considering a Motorola Q as my new cellphone since I don't have one right now. Yes, no cellphone.
How do you bust time?
"The experiment quickly gained social networking heat...A curious culture of haves and have-nots emerged on the Best Buy campus, with those in ROWE sporting special stickers on their laptops as though they were part of some cabal."
Ohhh: I like. It's not the hours you put in but the work you get done.
Would students come?
I've paraphrased this conversation:
" ...Credit courses like this but with more boring names used to be more common than they are now, in fact. Many universities used to require library classes. Some do under the mantel of Information literacy. All freshman usually take one. Do you think an FGCU student would take a 1 hr. Class? Maybe they would... maybe they wouldn't ..."
The conversation started over this post " Speaking at Internet Librarian in October" A credit bearing class? This is what I'm talkin' about. A credit bearing class. Did you know there is one on the books already in Florida? Couldn't we add this one credit to Styles & Ways making it a true 3-credit class? Yes, but only if it was done very carefully.
Instead of a bland BLT session (I'm not joking when I say those sessions were bland ) a freshman could be highly encouraged to take this class but we would need to plan it very carefully in order to realize some kind of success. Marketing would be heavily involved. It would have to be most untraditional in its implementation, course requirements, & instruction methods.
Check out what these students did in Cory Doctorow's class. More on Cory. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cory_Doctorow
Can you pack like this?
I use too. What if all you had to hold information was a backpack-like mental container -what would go in? You can't carry/read everything.
Compress your information into easier formats for you to use. An aggregator like google reader is fantastic.
Wanna waste less part deuce?
I'm always thinking about a system of steps, information formation if you will, to reduce waste. Matt is too it seems. One day we'll pair up our ideas. Matt pointed to this blog too. http://sfcompact.blogspot.com/
Awhile back I wrote about a philosophy centered on decision-making for economy; I'm starting to think about information, amounts, change and that the most successful *users* have an implicit, explicit or some combination of for aggregating data into information to become knowledgeable. All information organizations should focus on this, including libraries.