OK, so this keyboard is steampunk :
And so is this dalek:
And on 25 May 2008, Jim Groom coined the term “Edupunk” in his post The Glass Bees . He’s continued to define it and the self-identified edupunkosphere has been buzzing to join in. Today, my friend Wikipedia has the following to say… although being a neologism, the inclusion of it at all is being contested.
Edupunk is an ideology referring to educators and education strategies with a do it yourself (DIY) spirit. Most instructional uses of blogs, wikis, various mashups, and podcasting among many other uses of emerging technologies might be described as DIY education or Edupunk. The term was first used on May 25, 2008 by Jim Groom in his blog,  and covered less than a week later in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Examples of Edupunk are Legos, Edusim, chalk, Hypercard, Moodle, use of the Bliki (blog and wiki mashups), students’ art work on the outside wall of the classroom, and students teaching their teachers how to use technology.
Edupunk is also a rejection of efforts by government and corporate interests in using emerging technologies to exercise control over education, its processes, and its stakeholders, somewhat similar to punk ideologies. There is also an element of resistance to large and influential education businesses like Blackboard cooping emerging, collaborative, DIY technologies and techniques and repackaging them as their own product.
Does that mean that these actions *might* be an example of what we could, if we wanted to join the hysteria, call “Libpunk” ? Librarians using non-proprietary products and groupings not based on institutional alliances to practice their craft and communicate their practice? Open, collaborative enterprises based on not making money, but often on increasing social capital or extending knowledge?
- Grassroots-organised library unconferences
- Casey Bisson’s Scriblio, which is a library catalogue based on blogging software WordPress
- John Blyberg’s work on the SOPAC , a social OPAC layer over the top of a proprietary Library Management System
- The “ Five Weeks to a Social Library ” free grassroots course
- Ellyssa Kroski’s use of greenscreen to shoot her own video course material to complement her drupal course site for a course on Web 2.0 technology that she is running for San Jose State University (or is that just edupunk ?)
- The BigWig Social software showcase that uses many different online tools to show new software
- The Library Society of the World
- The work done by Real Life librarian JJ Jacobson as Second Life Librarian avatar JJ Drinkwater .
- Librariesinteract.info or Library Garden, collaborative library blogs run by groups of library bloggers
- Collaborative, anyone-can-phone-in podcast, Uncontrolled Vocabulary
- The proposed Semantic Library Learning Program ?
- Even if the initial development of the LibX toolbar doesn’t count, does the way they have created a tool to allow libraries to build their own count as libpunk?