Steve Cisler, the quintessential "digital librarian," died last week of cancer. Steve was a pioneer in the kinds of information retrieval, virtual communities, and global knowledge sharing that have become the platforms of today's Web. My colleague Michael Liebhold at Institute for the Future worked with Steve for years at Apple, where Steve ran the Library of Tomorrow program. Mike writes of his friend:
Many people's lives were touched by Steve; Steve is widely known and beloved across many communities around the world for his years of work worldwide, initially as leader of Apple's Library of Tomorrow, and later leading programs worldwide for a broad network of international groups helping people in developing communities understand and do practical and interesting things with computers, networks and the web.
We worked together during the 1980s and 1990s, and then over the last decade he and I traveled widely over different paths, but e-mailed or talked almost daily, and celebrated often in person with our families or friends whenever we could. For me he was simply a kind, generous friend, a fascinating character, a wonderful conversationalist, a great cook and a great gardener. We shared many wonderful times together talking about books, music, culture, over meals including wine, tortillas, and fresh foods he made himself. Even up until the very difficult end, Steve was always cheerful and intently interested in talking about the world. His passing leaves a great void in my life, that leaves me almost speechless.
Others on the web, have written more eloquent retrospectives than I could, including these:
• Steve Cisler - first Internet librarian
• Steve Cisler is gone
• Steve Cisler RIP
• Steve Cisler Passes
And this e-mail posted to the Nettime list by Ted Byfield, one of Steve's many dear friends around the globe. Link
UPDATE: A site has been established for Steve's friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and family to post their remembrances. There is also information on the site about an upcoming memorial service and where to send donations in memory of Steve. Link
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