When I was in high school PDA meant “public displays of affection” and the term was used more to taunt couples who spent too much time making out, as in “Whoa, too much PDA!” Then the personal digital assistant came along and PDA took on a whole new meaning, as in “Whoa, nice PDA!” Now, as a result of this week’s edition of Digital Campus, I learn that PDA means something altogether different yet again — now it stands for “patron driven acquisition” as in “Whoa, we better buy that book right away! Patrons want it!”
In addition to setting me straight on pop culture (and library culture) acronyms, hosting Digital Campus this week gave me a chance to learn a lot from Jennifer Howard of The Chronicle of Higher Education about Robert Darnton’s proposal that we create a “national digital library” and that, to my immense satisfaction, the Wikimedia Foundation has caught up with Episode #1 of Digital Campus in which I discussed assigning my students to write Wikipedia entries. Oh, and Dan had a chance to fill listeners in on the latest developments on the Omeka front: Omeka.net.
Want to know more than these teases? Then go to the Digital Campus website and give the podcast a listen.