Applying the Three Ps to Libraries

While browsing through the feeds in my Google Reader this afternoon, I noticed this post from the Pew Internet and American Life Project:

News Consumption 2010: Portable, Participatory and Personal | Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project via kwout

I was struck by the simplicity yet power of the three Ps:  portable, participatory, and personal and decided to look for the research report that supports this talk.  In  “Understanding the Participatory New Consumer“,  the authors assert:

In today’s new multi-platform media environment, news is becoming portable, personalized, and participatory.

I think these three principles are relevant to us as librarians as we think about our program goals and how we can better serve our patrons.  Can we say that our library, our content, and our services we offer are portable, participatory, and personal?  What strategies are you and your library using to make your information ecology portable, participatory, and personal?


Library of Congress Now on iTunes!


Now you can access podcasts and resources from the Library of Congress at iTunes!  Here is what Matt Raymond of the Library of Congress blog has to say about this exciting new Web 2.0 addition for LOC:

Blog. Twitter. YouTube.  iTunes.  Yeah, we speak Web 2.0.

You nation’s Library has millions of stories to tell, so we’re trying to tell them as many places and to as many people as possible–whether on our own website or elsewhere.  And now you can add another biggie to the list: iTunes U.

For those who don’t know, iTunes U is an area of the iTunes Store offering free education audio and video content from many of the world’s top universities and other institutions. (The iTunes application is needed to access iTunes U, and is a free download from

The Library’s iTunes U page launched today with a great deal of content, with much more to come.  (Link here, opens in iTunes.)  A nice bonus, for those in the know, is that the content is downloadable and even includes materials such as PDFs.

As always, it’s also available in the Library’s own corner of the web.

So as long as people keep finding new ways to get information, we’re going to keep finding ways to get it to you!

The Argument for Social Media in Education

I discovered a most wonderful blog, Teach Paperless, this past week.  I urge you to read the argument here for social media in education—I literally got chills of excitement reading this post!

It compels us to act immediately as educators because our students can not afford to have their access to this Zeitgeist blocked by foolish laws and fearful bureaucrats.

The blocking debate ended this weekend.

Goodbye to the last vestiges of 20th century top-down media. Goodbye to the fear of what humans might produce given the opportunity to work collectively in thought and goodwill. Good morning, humankind.

So teachers, don’t try to teach kids to live in a world that doesn’t exist anymore. Rather, reach out and take hold of the possibilities social media offers. Anyone countering you doesn’t deserve the authority their office holds.

This is the moment. Legitimize social media in education.