I attended the first keynote address at EDUCAUSE this morning. Scott McNealy, CEO of Sun Microsystems, had some interesting things to say. His themes illustrated how interconnected the higher education and computing industries are, and that globally these two can advance education. He said we have moved from the information age to the participation age. Itâ€™s no longer about retrieving information on the net, but about everyone and everything happening in a participative community. He said â€œItâ€™s about contributing via social networks.â€ This resonated with me because Iâ€™ve been thinking that academic libraries need to figure out where we fit into this participation age. Sure, weâ€™re blogging at our libraries, but how do we create communities in which our faculty and students participate. For the most part, I doubt they even read academic library blogs or contribute to them. We need to get integrated into the blogging and wiki activity that is happening in the classroom. We are already doing this to some extent within courseware, but we need to explore these frontiers further. What didnâ€™t resonate with me was McNealyâ€™s statement that â€œevery library on every campus is at risk to Google. The digital natives are on Google so fast that they donâ€™t even know there is a library.â€ I wish I could have handed him a copy of the Chronicleâ€™s special report on libraries from a few weeks ago â€“ they are giving them out at the Chronicle booth in the exhibit hall. Like many IT experts, I donâ€™t think he has a real clue about whatâ€™s happening in academic libraries â€“ but letâ€™s not deceive ourselves that we have no competition. My favorite â€“ his top ten list of excuses for not handing in homework in the digital age. It included, â€œMy cut and paste keys on the keyboard are worn outâ€ and â€œI plan on open sourcing my homework from the kid next to meâ€ â€“ good stuff. If you want to follow more of what is happening at EDUCAUSE (beyond my occasional posts) there is lots of conference blogging and podasting to be found on the EDUCAUSE site.