Canada scored a pick and a pan in this month's Current Cites. The redoubtable Roy Tennant gave a talk and a glowing review to the Capitalize on Access Conference 2006 that just took place at the University of Ottawa. For the non-librarians among us, Capitalize on Access is the big library and technology conference of the year. RT says:
Always a good time, it has recently been discovered by library technologists south of the border to be a don't miss event. Thus it is a fruitful and interesting cross-fertilization between the latest developments in Canada and the U.S., as well as Europe and points more distant. This year was no different, and the presentations and podcasts available here are testimony to the fact.
The conference stuff — PowerPoint decks, audio files — is rated TTA ("take a techie along"), so find a friend who's even geekier than you and look and listen together.
The pan is for: "Pornography, gambling, lies, theft and terrorism: The Internet sucks" by Steve Maich, in Macleans, October 30 2006. Current Cites' Shirl Kennedy says:
I'm not sure whether this article was intended to be ironic or not. I'm sure there are people who feel this way. It certainly does go on, and it includes a number of…rather sweeping and/or eccentric statements, which all revolve around the main idea — "Let's put this in terms crude enough for all cyber-dwellers to grasp. The Internet sucks." And so, by extension, do those of us who use it and find value in it. Some of the pronouncements here are just plain weird, and if you don't want to waste the time reading it yourself, I'm providing some excerpts…
…of which she gives some 10 or so in one of the longest CC reviews I've ever seen. I'll only treat you to one:
Just like America's favourite little blue pill, the Internet produced in business a rush of extreme excitement, which temporarily interfered with normal brain function.