Thursday, September 28, 2006

Librarians and the CIA

David Weinberger (Small Pieces Losely Joined) has an interesting blog post on a recent stint as consultant to the CIA on social software. It turns out David and six other experts* were called in to engage some 50-odd CIA analysts about wikis, blogs, tags and "linking linking linking."
"This was a totally fascinating set of sessions. The CIA folks there included visionaries (e.g., Calvin Andrus), internal bloggers, the people behind Intellipedia (an in-house wikipedia), folks from the daily in-house newspaper, and some managers not yet sold on the idea of blogs and wikis and tags. ... The people we met with are serious about understanding the opportunities, experimenting, piloting, and evangelizing."

First thought: The CIA has an in-house Wikipedia!?

Second thought: When CIA analysts—a process-oriented, authority- and expertise-driven profession if ever there was one—get serious about social software, isn't it time for mainstream librarians to get interested?

And the water-boarding? Okay, maybe librarians should avoid following everything the CIA does.

*My invitation lost in the mail, I'm sure.


Anonymous brarian said...

Who told you that mainstream librarians are not interested? After all, the largest group on your site is Librarians who LibraryThing (at 815 members).

9/28/2006 11:17 AM  
Anonymous thebiblioholic said...

I wonder what the Intellipedia says about the world elephant population. :-)

10/12/2006 5:55 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Wow. I don't actually get that one! I feel a cultural reference passing me by...

10/13/2006 3:13 AM  
Anonymous thebiblioholic said...


10/14/2006 2:36 AM  
Blogger Paul Bramscher said...

I work in a Big-10 library, and I prefer the quiet of my office, the stacks, lots of coffee and the scholarly environment. Torture, secrecy, toppling governments, aiding druglords, etc. just doesn't quite have the same charm.

10/19/2006 11:39 PM  

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