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so, do most people's institutional google services include hangouts? 
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Pretty high adoption in CLAC Google schools, was my impression from a recent listserv conversation.
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oh my, haven't been on G+ in weeks.... i do hope i haven't missed anything.... looks like we're talking about #NeilGaiman and Batman....
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update re: Harvard Library events from the front:
http://oodja.blogspot.com/2012/01/great-librarian-massacre-and-other.html
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The nature of academic and research librarianship changed today. Today, all Harvard librarians were essentially given pink slips, asked to participate in a website that has tips on rewriting your resume and changing your career, and also asked to basically re-apply for their jobs. You can read updates on twitter at #hlth

Harvard has the second largest endowment in the world, second only to the funds held by the Vatican. If Harvard is unwilling to fund research librarians, you can bet most US libraries will quickly ditch their staff as well. This will impact your health, because it impacts medical research. This will impact the economy, because it will impact engineers needing information access. This will impact all areas of R&D in the United States, because much of the in-depth research assistance to those working on DARPA, NIH, and other government grants is - surprise!! - conducted on behalf of researchers by academic and research librarians.

Full disclosure: I have worked both for Harvard Medical Library and Harvard University Library. In that second position, I helped consolidate the foreign language libraries into the main university library. I'm obviously not against consolidation of information. But my time in the medical library underscored for me how very important librarians are to the research process.

Information neither curates nor organizes itself. I hope that Harvard plans to hire back the majority - if not all - of its librarians, and retrains them for DAM or remote research assistance. Another good idea would be to embed research librarians in individual research projects - effectively assigning a knowledge worker to important projects.

My worst fear is that the finest research library system in the world is being gutted, and that we're all going to suffer for a lack of reference. Harvard needs to issue a press statement NOW about what their master plan might be regarding #hlth . We all deserve to know what's going on - especially those librarians and archivists who have devoted their lives to helping make all of ours better.

UPDATE:@mpeachy8 is live tweeting info given to librarians.
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Of course, the response today is that the tweets inflated the severity of the situation.... From what I heard in conversation recently, the whole process of reorganization has been going on for several years, with committees and working groups of various sorts and compositions. I'll be interested to hear what bits of wisdom come from the conversations at ALA.... What Harvard does will certainly have implications for organizations further down the food chain....
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just had my first hangout with Lloyd Benson and Julian Chambliss, as we discussed our NITLE Symposium panel for April.... I think hangouts are probably the bests feature of G+
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Very useful tool.
I suspect the advantages of the rest of G+ are distributed.
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Our views on the "failure" of higher education may be based on a basic misunderstanding of its essential function.
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"People are more likely to share with you if you add them to your circles."... Actually, Google+, I'm more likely to get something out of your sad little effort if.... aw, just fill in the blank....
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getting ready for a hangout with Amy and Ryan
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a parsing of Harvard Library events from the other coast and recommended by folks in Cambridge:
http://chrisbourg.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/whats-happening-at-harvard/
The twitterspere (at least my corner of it) was all abuzz today about the Harvard Library Town Hall meetings (hashtag #hlth). Harvard Libraries have been in a "transition" for some time now, and it......
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Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) has an opening for a Knowledge Management Officer. What a great title! Requires you to log in to EDUCAUSE to see the position description.
http://jobs.educause.edu/hr/jobdetail.cfm?job_id=4635337
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yikes!... note that one argument used to promote online "education" is the notion that students will need to be able to learn online in the future.... i would argue that children and adults already do learn online.... i would argue that the goal should be to empower children and adult to create and produce online.... so instead of selling online content, de-mystify code and teach design....
Under the banner of high-tech progress, corporate lobbyists have rammed through legislation privatizing K-12 education across the country—with help from all the key right-wing players.
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