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Feb 25, 2005: New and Old

Not blogging much lately; too busy, and maybe a bit intellectually over-stimulated. Blame temporarily living in the same town with people like Victor Lombardi, Peter van Dijck, Tanya Rabourn, Liz Danzico, Michael Angeles, Karen McGrane, Dave Heller, and lots of other folks whom I hope I haven't offended by neglecting to mention. As much as I'm looking forward to biking Washtenaw County's back roads this spring, it'll be difficult to leave NYC.

A couple of quick announcements:

  • From the "Probably for the Best" Department: AIfIA is changing its name to The Information Architecture Institute. The initial 'a' came from Asilomar, the incredible meeting center outside Monterey where a dozen of us met to get AIfIA started. A great meeting, a great time, but an irrelevant place to those who weren't there. So we're going with a more generic, though descriptive name, as well as a great new identity (courtesy James Spahr) and domain name (iainstitute.org).
  • From the "A Decade Can Really Fly By" Department: The Internet Public Library is celebrating its tenth birthday. I have a vivid memory of sitting in the basement of Cava Java café in Ann Arbor with Joe Janes, who had this great idea that he just had to share with someone. I loved it, but didn't see how the IPL could be sustained financially. Well, I was right and wrong: the IPL hasn't always known where its next dime would come from, but thanks to the passion and energy of its staff, student team members, and many, many volunteers, the world fortunately still has an IPL. Kudos to IPLers past and present.

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