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The Golden Ratio and Community
My column begins like this....
"I recently read The Secret Code: The Mysterious Formula that Rules Art, Nature, and Science by Priya Hemenway. It is a book about the Divine Proportion or the Golden Ratio. The Golden Ra-tio is roughly five to eight (more precisely the square root of five). It turns up in nature in nu-merous ways and you see these proportions over and over again in art and architecture be-cause it resonates with us in some mystical way.
It came to mind as I was pondering the relation-ship between using Open Source software and being actively involved in an Open Source community. I developed the theory that the more one actively participates in their Open Source community, the more satisfied they are with their Open Source choice. Could the Gold-en Ratio apply here as well? We may not be able to divine the exact relationship, but I do know that the success of any Open Source pro-ject relies on an active, engaged user and devel-oper community, and that there is something mystical involved...."[read the whole article]
Other goodies from this issue include:
- "Co-Teaching Relationships among Librarians and Other Information Professionals" by Ann Medaille and Amy W. Shannon
- "Team-Based Ingenuity Supporting 21st Century Learners" by Sarah C. Hutton, Robert C. Davis, and Carol Will
- "By and For Us: The Development of a Program for Peer Review of Teaching by and for Pre-Tenure Librarians" by Jaena Alabi, et al
- "Extending Access to Electronic Resources of a Merged Community College and University Library" by Angela Dresselhaus
- "Innovation & Leadership Through Collaboration – The Orbis Cascade Alliance Experience: An Interview with John Helmer"
- "Tribute to a Cooperative Pioneer: Bill DeJohn" by Cecelia N. Boone
- Review of "Social Networking Tools for Academic Libraries" by Alison Hicks