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Thursday, 9 October 2014

From Knowledge Cafe idea to Living Library Cafe Idea

The idea of living library café actually stem from another idea of introducing a knowledge café for black gay and bisexual men which out of discussions at our monthly Heart Circle meetings. I found it was very much needed as black gay, bisexual and trans men like talking about issues very close to home, thus believe it could be a platform to launch other initiatives from which in the past got started but never realized its full potential. So happens we are constantly re-inventing the wheel but never actually adding on or building up structures.
 
Researched the idea of a living library from online sources, and found the main purpose of establishing one was to foster a positive mental outlook that encourages social interactions and cooperation amongst individuals in a community. I believed creating one at London Friend would be an interesting way of breaking down stereotypes and prejudices among black gay, bisexual and trans men. It is also another way for us to use spaces which reflect our reality, and our journeys as to where we are right now. 
 
The concept of a living library is based on the coming together of individuals like ourselves from all walks of life in open and safe environment. Volunteer books are real people who are able to communicate their personal reality to the volunteer user selecting that experience thus helping to break down stereotypes and challenge attitudes about difference by fostering understanding among diverse members of our community. Also thought it would much powerful than knowledge café idea, as a living library café idea would draw out some very interesting dialogues amongst ourselves. How would this work?
 
Readers would be greeted by volunteer librarians and invited to select titles representing the "living books" available. The reader then "borrows" a book who is able to talk and answer questions in an open manner about their personal life experiences and values in order to advance the reader's understanding of their reality. Why would they want to participate?
 
The main reason for setting this initiative up would be to provide opportunities for learning while instilling a lifelong habit of questioning cherished assumptions that can paralyse our own growth, then the benefit would be to challenge members of the black lgbt community to examine their beliefs and attitudes towards difference.
 

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

What is a Folksonomy?

A Folksonomy is an unstructured or freely structured approach to classification of how a user personal collection would be designed thus a user driven system for organizing online information resources encourages social classification for users to add web pages linked to keywords.
 
This representation appears on those websites, in other words an personalisation approach enables users to tag freely their content and share with others.

Information Management Strategy

Information management strategy as I perceived it to be involves a process called a communication chain or information connection moving through various information lifecycles. Now what does this mean to us?
 
Managing information passes many lifecycles in other words it is disposed to becoming out of date, obsolete or totally redundant to the task it was previous thought fit for purpose. The key point here is communicating any strategy through an information connection or channel may also involve communicating through an information lifecycle. Driving any strategy requires communication in the format of recording information that travels in a lifecycle channel, information relies on what recorded data information has been disseminated from process to process using free energy.
 
Lifecycles and strategies complement each other but are normally dependent on structural frameworks designed to help facilitate life connection between their carriers of information and their information resources. Who are the carriers of information? We are these carriers or conduits of information which describes how information resources become dispersed in a ever changing environment, namely libraries and information spaces. This helps us understand how we ourselves impact our presence on how these information resources can be used in different information domains to drives those structural frameworks.

A Classification Scheme: library catalogue and automation

The main objective of a classification scheme is to use a library management system to organize information resources from the computer onto the shelf based on tools required for bibliographic information resources. The process of this organization must be systematic in the way items are arranged in a library. So how this works for library catalogue? A classification scheme in a library catalogue such as an online public access catalogue system creates a link between an item call number for that record and item located on the shelf, this allows the screen interface to display a list of call number items as references to help users finalise these items at a fixed locations for example library shelves. What if we decide to automate a classification scheme instead?
 
Automating classification schemes based on organizing bibliographic items for library shelves poses a lot problems when using existing classification models. Firstly, the expanse nature of information resources on the web make it difficult but almost impossible to classify such resources, as well as time and cost. Secondly, any emerging or new subjects, particularly interdisciplinary subjects would compromise this scheme therefore it can only cater for small rather specialized collections. There have been attempts to introduce automated classification schemes before, for example, Cyber Dewey, and Cyber Stacks have gradually become redundant in use. However, digital libraries and subject gateways replicate a form of bibliographic classification scheme tool in organizing internet information resources, for example, BUBL and ACMDigital Library.

Indexing using Aleph

What is indexing? How does this work in a library management system like Aleph? Well, my experience of using Aleph, for example to examine a record would bring up local user information where much of its index interface was designed as a systematic arrangement of entries made to enable user to locate specific information.
 
For instance, Aleph would have a series of main headings as part of a menu system, a user selects an activity that would display a collection list of operations on an index panel. The user registration shown on this panel was responsible for indexing a user's details in accordance to a user's information geared towards global and local levels in Aleph.