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Archive for September 9th, 2007

on the road…

I don’t normally talk about my work outside of the September Project, but since it is connected to libraries and September, I thought I’d share.

I work for TechSoup on the MaintainIT Project, an effort to capture how libraries maintain their public computers. Basically, we share what’s going on in the world of technology and public libraries so that libraries can learn from the experiences of others. We all know that someone out there has dealt with an issue another is struggling with, and we try to bridge that gap by publishing, blogging, and sharing those techniques and tips we gather.

Right now, I’m on the road, traveling to rural and small libraries in northern California. This has been an amazing trip; meeting and talking with public librarians, learning of their triumphs and tribulations, and pulling it all together to help them keep computers available to the public. I’ll still be on the road next week, and I wonder if there are any libraries in northern California that are participating in the September Project that we haven’t heard from yet. I’d love to visit–please let me know if you’ve planned an event, and I’ll do my best to be there!

If you’re interested, check out the project blog and photos of our travels.

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The University of Utah’s September Project event should prove to be an interesting one. A mixture of thoughtful reflection and public talks, their latest September Project event will have something for everyone, including the chance to hear our very own David Silver share his thoughts. He’ll share his thoughts on blogging and its growing place in discussions of culture, politics, and other issues of importance. Drawing from his experiences as a professor, as the co-director of the September Project, and as a human, he’ll talk about how blogging has influenced his work, his interests, and his voice. This should be a great program–wish I could be there! Also on September 11:

Freedom of speech is a keystone liberty for all citizens of the United States. Come to the Library’s east plaza to write out on OrangeCards your thoughts,concerns, and questions related to current affairs, politics, and issues you careabout; then hang the OrangeCards up for all to see. OrangeBands will be available for display on backpacks or book bags to promote dialogue on issues affecting our community and our world. This event is sponsored by The Marriott Library, ASUU, and OrangeBand www.orangeband.org

And on September 13:

Democracy as an Ongoing Project: Threats and Challenges to Democratic Governance in the U.S
Alexander Keyssar is the Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy at Harvard University ‘s Kennedy School of Government. A historian by training, he has specialized in the excavation of issues that have contemporary policy implications. His 1986 book, Out of Work: The First Century of Unemployment in Massachusetts , was awarded three scholarly prizes. His book, The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States (2000), was named the best book in U.S. history by both the American Historical Association and the Historical Society; it was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Keyssar’s current research interests include election reform,the history of democracies, and the history of poverty. http://ksgfaculty.harvard.edu/alexander_keyssar

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