Knowledge Management

Mr. Safe and Atom

Remember “Mr. Safe(Why I envy Mr. Safe)”: Apparently, no one has spoken with the gentleman in quite a while. Sam Ruby decided to take some time and have a “conversation(Mr Safe)”: with him. The results are interesting and informative. I have been thinking about the whole Harvard aspect of this. Dave Winer deeded the RSS 2.0 specification there after complaints that RSS should not be under the control of a single vendor. Apparently, Dave picked Harvard for three reasons: 1) they were not a vendor, 2) he happened to be working there at the time and 3) no one would confuse them with a legitimate standards body. But they also have something “less than an unbiased view(You gotta be nuts: A VC fund dedicated to RSS?)”: at this point. I certainly can’t predict what is going to happen, but I do think the balance may starting tipping soon.

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.