Wikipedia, Winer, and Librarians

Dave says that librarians are afraid of Wikipedia.

bq. Today, who feels threatened by Microsoft? But four years ago I was asking if people wanted to try Microsoft-free Fridays. Today, to some, the menace is Google. And to others, Wikipedia. I’ve gotten into an extensive discussion with people on and around a Harvard mail list about it. Researchers and librarians are not happy, but don’t dare say so publicly. Like the mania about open source in the 90s. It was going to change everything, but open source already existed before the mania, and honestly, the mania ended up changing nothing, except a lot of people got distracted at a time when we should have been focused on the new power of networking, for users. But there was so much shouting then, much the way there is shouting today about Wikipedia. – “Dave Winer(Today, who feels threatened by Microsoft?)”:

For those of you who haven’t been following the story, Dave feels that “people have erased him(People with erasers)”: out of the “History of Podcasting(History of Podcasting!)”: There certainly has been a lot of “editing(Podcasting)”: going on. As for librarians, I have never noticed any librarian having any reluctance to saying anything publicly. As a group we have questioned “whether open source can be a good source(Wikipedia — can open source be a good source?)”:, “if an encyclopedia can be faith-based(Wikipedia The Faith-Based Encyclopedia)”:, and even “if Wikipedia has an anti-library bias?(Anti-Library bias at Wikipedia?)”: And made lots of “positive statements(Is lisnews anti-wikipedia?)”: as well.

Oh, and just for the record, I don’t think any discussion of Dave’s contribution to podcasting is complete without the quote below.

bq. I’ve been lurking on the ipodder-dev list, and have been totally impressed with how productive this community of users and developers has been. At the core is an activity they call podcasting, a really simple idea with powerful implications. Think of an iPod that can subscribe to audio feeds the same way a desktop aggregator subscribes to text feeds. Adam Curry, who’s been feeding this community with his Daily Source Code programs, is a natural born community leader. He knows just enough technology to be dangerous, and doesn’t mind asking questions. The community is on the cusp of shipping a polished and revolutionary product. This work will be visible at BloggerCon III, Adam is leading a discussion, and with any luck at least some of our sessions will flow out through the podcast network. – “Dave Winer(I’ve been lurking on the ipodder-dev list)”:

Posted by Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997. Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident. Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida. He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995. However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999. In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.