I’m posting this because RateYourMusic has disappeared Jenny’s comment function and comments once again…for me, at least, for the moment. (I hope it’s a great comment system, because it sure does come and go.)
The Shifted Librarian has an interesting post about her thwarted attempt to show how library resources could be integrated into appropriate net media, in this case Wikipedia. You should read the whole thing and follow its links as appropriate, but here’s the key discussion:
As an example, I edited the entry for The Da Vinci Code and under External Links, I added â€œFind libraries near you that own The Da Vinci Codeâ€ (snapshot).
Seventeen minutes later (thatâ€™s 1â€“7 minutes later), Violetriga removed my link, citing the very vague reason â€œ â€˜find a libraryâ€™ link isnâ€™t a good way forward.â€
WTF? Needless to say, I was beyond irked. Itâ€™s one thing to remove the link; itâ€™s another to say it isnâ€™t â€œa good way forward.â€ It isnâ€™t a good way forward for whom? To where? And why not? I needed answers.
She posed that question to Violetriga. So far, days later, there’s been no response (although Violetriga’s been responding to other questions).
I have an idea, although it may be unfair. I’m guessing some folks out there on the Bleeding Edge think of libraries in general as being Boring Old Analog Institutions with no real role in the digital future–after all, the “good way forward” is for all knowledge to be freely available to everyone, organized via Wikipedia. (That latter is a mild paraphrase of direct statements I’ve seen from some digital warriors.)
I hope I’m wrong. I hope it’s a simple misunderstanding or an issue of who can and can’t get linked to from Wikipedia.
Paragraph deleted because my idea was, in this case, wrong and probably unfair–at least for the Wikipedia honcho involved in this incident. The reality, as brought forth in comments, makes it clear that “Wikipedia honcho” is not a meaningless term; Wikipedia has Animal Farm equality. (Probably necessary, to be sure.) The bad here is that the honcho failed to provide a reason for the abrupt pulling of the link…well, and maybe that Wikipedia’s ISBN-based search page is such a monstrosity. (Sure, it’s there, but…)