Friday, June 30, 2006


Blog Post # 1 (The "Old Internet")

So, I have to admit that this could possibly be the most redundant post ever! I've read so many other entries that defined this so well. So, as hard as this may be, I'm going to give it a shot. Be warned, because as much as I wanted to find information elsewhere, I used Wikipedia for a lot of it. I also found a great article through Proquest called "Piecing Together the Internet," by Janet Rae-Dupree. The citation can be found below.

Back in the day, the internet was created to fuel military intelligence first through the use of packet switching, then in the late 60's through the development of ARPANET( which connected UCLA, Standford, University of California, Santa Barbara, and the University of Utah). According to Wikipedia, "ARPANET became the technical core of what would become the Internet, and a primary tool in developing the technologies used." The variety of networks grew, and therefore it became necessary to develop protocols for file transmission Internet Protocol Suite. The common one that many of us have come to recognize is TCP/IP.

During the 80's, the military took over the ARPANET, and called it the MILNET while the National Science Foundation began to spearhead the use of the internet in the non-military sector. As it worked out, any country or organization that was using TCP/IP networks was part of this new system. Then, in 1993, MOSAIC, the first web browser, was created at the University of Illinois. This led to the foundation of the internet today. In 1996, according to Rae-Dupree's article, "the (d)ata networks deregulated (and) (t)he Netscape/Microsoft browser war beg(a)n."

Side Bar...
According to the Wikipedia article, the shift from the internet as a research tool, to internet for commerce was "highly controversial." Hmm... I didn't realize this but I understand it. After all, the network began first as a defense measure, then as an academic venture. It only makes sense that the universities would want to define its use. This is interesting to me because it was this shift to commerce that defines the basis of our internet today.

Works Cited:

"Piecing together the Internet"
Janet Rae-Dupree. U.S. News & World Report. Washington: Apr 22, 2002.Vol.132, Iss. 13; pg. 68

History of the Internet-Wikipedia 2006


Argh!!! Should I pay up and get internet at home???

Growl! I don't know if I should do it, but I think it would make my life a lot easier. Although, it is quite convenient that my library down the street has free wi-fi. Whaddah all think? Can I survive as a NextGen without internet at home?!!



Blog Post #2 (The Perfectionist vs. Web 2.0)

The Perfectionist vs. Web 2.0

I arrived in 753 with a love of THE BLOG, an adoration of Flickr, and a huge appreciation for the librarians who assist libraries in adapting these technologies. To be honest, I had easily embraced anything that masked itself in the guise of "Web 2.0."; therefore I assumed that I would feel comfortable blogging. But that's when THE PERFECTIONIST kicked in.

To know that my blog is public, and accessible by anyone, has caused me to take myself way too seriously when posting. If I were representing an organization through my blog, this process might not be as difficult. I would be responsible for posting specific information for the public. But, instead, I am posting as myself. Because of this, I am having a hard time making peace with the fact that my online personal represents a snapshot of who I would like to be, not necessarily who I am*.

and yet....

WEB 2.0

The "old" internet didn't allow us to feel this sort of discomfort. At that time (many years ago, in the dark ages), the web maintenance gurus were deemed "the experts," while the rest of us sat back and watched our world defined for us.
Now, social software has allowed us to acknowledge that new ideas seem to go hand-in-hand with imperfection, clichés, and a state of perpetual change. Not only are we imperfect, but we are also strangely accountable for being that way.

I realized this as I thought about what I have learned by reading other people's blogs. (Some of my favorites: The Librarian in Black or The Shifted Librarian) Instead of viewing their writing with disdain and judgment, I am grateful for them for sharing their knowledge, and I am thankful that they have gotten past the initial discomfort of being imperfect. In fact, I love reading everyone else's posts. I learn so much, and there is an element of communication and human perspective that is deeply engaging. Blogging, for a purpose, seems to push an idea and cause it to be collectively refined. And that’s what I will be exploring in the months to come…

Thanks for reading.


*I have to give credit where credit is due--this idea was suggested to me by my friend...but I just realized that I don't know if he would like to have his name posted on my oh-so-public-blog... hmm. Another dilemma.

Sunday, June 11, 2006


Welcome to My New Blog!

So, here I am... I'm finally posting a blog...

You know, being in
library school has given me the opportunity to be a bit braver. Even though I have a big mouth, there's something about blogging that is slightly terrifying. I suppose I'll get over it, but in the meantime, read on!

753 Blog...

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