New Twitter! But follow the old for LIS.

So after a lot of thinking (and consulting with some trusted friends and mentors) I’ve decided to split my professional and romance-writing selves into two twitter accounts. My main account, @braveworldgirl, will be kept for All Things Library/Information Science simply because I’ve already made so many connections there while doing this master’s program. For my writing, I’ve started a new twitter, @HEKollef (primarily romance writing at the moment).

And yes, I do wish I’d made this decision before sending out my first two blog tour posts for this book. Ah well. Many an email to write, a website to update.

Now, back to your regularly scheduled LIS programming with a link to a really excellent article about Big Data and education:

Your High School Transcript Could Haunt You Forever: How big data could create an inescapable “permanent record”

This article articulates (does that count as a pun? alliteration?) all of my fears about Big Data and the modern move towards increasing data collection. I understand the benefits, especially for and LIS sector fighting to prove its (considerable!) worth. But I can’t help but be uneasy at the implications of all this data collection. What happens when your past can no longer be forgotten? Should we not learn a lesson from the prisoners, released from prison in the USA, only to be unable to get jobs or start new lives because of the records that follow them around?

In an age of big data, do we lose our Right to be Forgotten not through choice but because it’s simply no longer possible to accomplish (recent legislation illustrates the difficulty of maintaining this right, even with legal backing)? Is it ethical to collect data for analysis when you know that the government might pass legislation that could violate individual’s rights that you, the librarian, have been taught to protect? Where does convenience run into the wall of personal privacy?

A lot of questions, and no answers, I know. Chime in below if you’ve any opinions on this.