Lost in the Stacks

I saw the following tweet and got intereted…

And as a result of my curiosity I spent the last hour listening to a discussion about expunging your digital history from a pretty awesome group of librarians at Georgia Tech, including Charlie Bennett, Ameet Doshi, Alexandra Low, Perry Shuman, Cody Turner, and Anthony Nguyen. The show is called “Lost in the Stacks,” and I believe it airs once a week on Georgia Tech’s student-run radio station WREK. Their show description rules:

The one and only Research Library Rock’n’Roll show! Ameet and Charlie from the Georgia Tech Library pick a theme and free-associate an hour of music, interviews, and library talk every Friday for lunch. You’ll hear indie rock, pop rock, alt rock, New Wave, and the occasional oddity in between interviews with students, faculty, and librarians.

How come they aren’t being X-cast to ds106radio? I might have to fix that. This week’s show featured an interview with UCLA (my alma mater!) professor Jean-François Blanchette (UCLA) talking about the changing nature of discovering personal records on the web. The show revolved around the questions and cahllenges of trying the manage one’s digital identity through a series of third party, corporate services that have no real concern for your interests. It also usefully framed the U.S. context—largely driven by media and advertising interest groups—to the European stage tht is actually making decisions that enable it’s citizens to be forgotten by search engines like Google. Great stuff!

  The interview was broken up into a couple of parts, and the music played throughout the show was themed around disappearing. It was really quite brilliantly done. Much of the conversation was deeply relevant to the work we are doing at UMW currently, so it was a total treat when they gave a shout-out to Domain of One’s Own.

I have to say I love that Charlie Bennett refers to Domain of One’s Own as a movement in higher ed. I;m not sure it has the critical mass of a movement jsut yet, but I think the more and more folks listen to shows like this and realize how essential it is to start engaging and interrogating the issues around who we and who owns us in these digital spaces, the more apparent how necessary a reclamation movement like Domain of One’s Own is, or at least I hope on my better days.

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