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Happy New Year

1 January 2013
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새해 새 아침

이해인

새해의 시작도

새 하루부터 시작됩니다.

어서 희망의 문을 열고 들어 오십시오.

사철 내내 변치 않는 소나무 빛 옷을 입고

기다리면서 기다리면서

우리를 키워온 희망

어서 기쁨의 문을 열고 들어오십시오.

시작을 잘해야만

빛나게 될 삶을 위해

설레는 첫 감사로 문을 여는 아침

서로가 복을 빌어주는 동안에는

이미 새사람으로 거듭나는

새해 새아침이여…

New publication on credibility

1 November 2012

My article, entitled, “College students’ credibility judgments and heuristics concerning Wikipedia,” has been accepted by Information Processing & Management. This study is a continuum of my research interest in user information behavior in Web 2.0 environments. In particular, I have been interested in college students’ credibility judgments concerning user-generated content such as Wikipedia. Based on the theory of bounded rationality and the heuristic-systematic model, this study examined: 1) whether a peripheral cue and subject knowledge influenced the credibility judgments in the context of Wikipedia; and 2) whether certain factors affected heuristic processing in the context of Wikipedia.

Read the full paper here.

A Beautiful Korean Song

15 August 2012
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청산에 살리라

나는수풀우거진 청산에 살으리라

나의 마음푸르러 청산에 살으리라


봄도 허리엔 초록빛 들었네

세상 번뇌 시름 잊고 청산에서 살리라


길고 세월동안 온갖세상 변하였어도

청산은 의구하니 청산에 살으리라

 

김연준작사 작곡

Tenor Wookyung Kim

Visualizing Bach

11 November 2011

Alexander Chen visualized the Prelude to Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G major. Enjoy this nice animation!

See also this video at Open Culture.

My students’ achievements

13 October 2011

CONGRATULATIONS to Amy Mars and Tanya  Cothran on publications!!

Amy Mars‘s article, entitled,“Library Service to Homeless Patrons” has just been published in Public Libraries (Mar/Apr 2012). Amy wrote the first version of this excellent article as her final paper for my management course, LIS 7700  in Fall 2010.

Mars, A. (2012). Library Service to Homeless Patrons Public Libraries. Public Libraries. 51(2).

Tanya Cothran‘s article, entitled, “Google Scholar Acceptance and Use among Graduate Students: A Quantitative Study,” appeared in the latest issue of Library and Information Science Research. This excellent project grew from her final paper for LIS 7960 (Research Methods), Fall 2008 and her independent study with me, Fall 2009. The exact citation of this work is below. After obtaining her MLIS degree from St. Kate’s, Tanya has been working for the non-profit Spirit in Action, as an administrator.

Cothran, T.(2011).Google Scholar Acceptance and Use among Graduate Students: A Quantitative Study, Library & Information Science Research. 33(4), 293-301.

Leon Fleisher’s My Nine Lives

26 July 2011

My Nine Lives is a memoir of Leon Fleisher, a pianist and conductor. Fleisher was a child prodigy. However, his career as a pianist was abruptly in jeopardy at his peak (at age 36) in the 1960s when he suddenly lost his ability to play with two hands. The fourth and fifth fingers of his right hand were cramping and curling up.  Nobody could figure out what was wrong with his hand. It was not until in the mid-90s that his problem was diagnosed as focal dystonia, a neurological condition. In the 1990s, with the help of botox treatments, he has regained his two-handed playing. During the 30-year interval, he kept trying other ways to express his passion for music, and became a teacher, conductor, left-handed pianist and arts administrator.

As a music lover and teacher,  I find My Nine Lives delightful!! His thoughts on music and teaching are inspiring! His master class on certain piano pieces, including the Brahms D-minor piano concerto is simply a pleasure!  View his interview with the Newshour here.

He plays “Sheep May Safely Graze” by Bach. Enjoy this peaceful piece!

Alone Together

22 June 2011

I just finished Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together. This is a very interesting book, which echoes Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows and William Powers’s Hamlet’s BlackBerry.  Alone Together is the culmination of years of her ethnographic research done by hundreds of interviews and observations. The first part of the book describes social robots and people’s emotional attachments to their robots. Unlike dolls, some social robots need the care or nurture of their users (e.g., Tamagotchi, My Real Baby, Furby, etc.). Other social robots make eye contact and react to human motions (e.g., Cog) or are huggable (e.g., Paro).  While social robots don’t have emotions at all, people who interact with their robots feel as if they had emotions!  Turkle precisely remarks that humans love what they nurture, and humans want to nurture what they love. At the same time, she points out the critical differences between our relationships with fellow humans and relationships with robots:  No demands, no disappointments or no risks of getting hurt in relationships with robots!

I found the first part to be interesting and insightful.  Nonetheless, some questions came to my mind. Aren’t we attached to objects that evoke certain memories? Isn’t it uncommon for one to talk to an object (e.g, doll, picture, pen, etc.) as if it heard her/him?  Social robots probably have some negative social consequences and I agree with some of her concerns. However,   I don’t think that social robots would profoundly change or destroy the ways we develop relationships or expect from our fellow humans.

The second part discusses our addiction to the Internet and too-connected digital lives. This is a familiar domain. People are distracted with their digital devices all the time and don’t give their full attention to the person(s) with whom they are together.  Indeed, they are mentally and psychologically alone! Teens are afraid of the telephone and prefer a text message to a call because they think that a call is too intrusive and too open.  Some adults feel the same. At the same time, they feel pressure to respond to a text message immediately. Everything is a performance on Facebook, which promotes narcissism. Teens feel exhausted and anxious about Facebook due to constant needs for performances…

This book is worthwhile to read! As far as we are aware of some negative consequences of new technologies and work on such problems, our future wouldn’t be that dark.