Infomancy n. 1.The field of magic related to the conjuring of information from the chaos of the universe. 2.The collection of terms, queries, and actions related to the retrieval of information from arcane sources.


The New Base Expectations

October 22nd, 2010 by infomancy

The traditional written essay accompanying an application for prospective teachers and teacher-librarians is not enough. The ability for a future educator to write a coherent essay must be one of our most base expectations. What we need applicants to prove is that they can produce in other media as well. Applications to library and education [...]

The DDC is Killing our Libraries

April 9th, 2010 by infomancy

The Dewey Decimal Classification System (DDC) is broken. I am not going to entertain any sort of conversation on this point, it is just a fact you need to accept. Accept it, and move on. One of the incontrovertible facts that clearly demonstrate the brokenness of DDC is that we have to teach DDC, and [...]


April 8th, 2010 by infomancy

Library Policy Theater

April 6th, 2010 by infomancy

Anyone who has travelled by air recently should be quite familiar with the concept of security theater; the complex set of TSA rituals designed to make us feel more safe (or at least to make the TSA feel like they are making us feel safe) while not actually addressing any of the real safety issues. [...]

Follett Cognite – Details

March 17th, 2010 by infomancy

This was posted as a comment on Cathy Nelson’s post about my letter to Follett Software about Cognite. In response to some questions about details, Follett doesn’t specifically state that their new Cognite software is designed to replace a librarian, but using my library kung fu I read between the lines. Check out – [...]