Sunday, July 31, 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

Finding Good Information on the Internet

"Finding Good Information on the Internet." Scientific American / Kevin McCluney.
New York: Scientific American Online, July 16th 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Naughty Librarian / Pearle Vision

Is That a Bad Thing?

"We have more libraries per person than any other city in the world.
I’ve got more libraries in my area than I have Tim Hortons."

Our Public Library: Project Rescue 

The Tao of Librarianship

"The Tao of Librarianship." Information Tyrannosaur / Andy Burkhardt.
Burlington, Vermont: Information Tyrannosaur, July 19th 2011.

"It is a philosophy which values balance, moderation, compassion and being pliant and adaptable. There is a wealth of wisdom from the Taoist philosophy that could be applied in librarianship. ...
Be Like Water (8) – “The best are like water, bringing help to all.” Water helps all people, that’s it’s nature. Just so, we should constantly be thinking about how we can best serve others. Water also is quite adaptable. It can fit easily into any sort of container and it naturally goes with the flow. Librarians too should be able to change themselves, their services, and their resources to meet their community’s needs. They should be able to adjust along with the changes that are constantly happening in the world both technologically and socially."

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Make a Wish

Retiring Librarian Knows the Secret to Good Service

"Retiring Librarian Knows the Secret to Good Service." The Gleaner / Chuck Stinnett.
Henderson, Kentucky: The Gleaner Online, July 22nd 2011.

""People ask, 'What do you need a library for if you've got the Internet?' " [Donald Wathen] said. "Libraries aren't about books or tapes; libraries are about people. The library is here to serve people, to help people."
The key, he said, is embracing change and responding to what customers want.
The library today not only loans books and other materials, but provides access to technology, a variety of free classes, genealogical help and other services, and safely houses elements of Henderson's history: Old photos and documents; microfilm copies of The Gleaner, deeds, birth and death records, marriage records; old telephone books and city directories; old high school albums and more.
"People come here to find a good mystery or knowledge of how to get a job or access to a computer or ... (to attend) children's story hour," Wathen said. Some patrons visit three or four times a week; some come every day."

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

We Want Books!

Annual Report of Public Libraries 2010

Annual Report of Public Libraries 2010 / Federation of Ontario Public Libraries.
Ontario: Federation of Ontario Public Libraries, 2011.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

Critical Issues Facing the Government of Canada

Critical Issues Facing the Government of Canada / Canadian Library Association.
Ottawa: Canadian Library Association Political Task Force, 2004.

"Whether we are talking about the major library systems in a Canadian city, the small, beautiful rural library branch, the happy school library, the major research library at a university, the technical library of a college, the proud library on a reserve, the hospital library for patients and medical pros, or a fresh law library in Canada’s newest territory Nunavut, we can clearly recognize that libraries support nearly everything we care about in Canada:
* Learning and schools for our whole lives
* Preparing children for their futures
* Medical care and good health and nutrition
* Peace order and good government
* Healthy and effective communities
* Entertainment, the arts and culture
* A great democracy
* A wonderful country."

Thursday, July 21, 2011

National Core Library Statistics Program Statistical Report, 1999: Cultural and Economic Impact of Libraries on Canada

National Core Library Statistics Program Statistical Report, 1999: Cultural and Economic Impact of Libraries on Canada / Alvin M. Schrader & Michael R. Brundin.
Ottawa: Library & Archives Canada, 2002.

"It also becomes evident that libraries as physical, and increasingly virtual places, play multiple roles in the lives of their users; and, moreover, that Canadians place a high value on libraries as places for the construction of community—whether the communities are those of the general public, post-secondary students and faculty, school students and their teachers, or employees in government, industry, and the not for-profit sector. 
In the quest for quantitative descriptions and generators of economic activity, we should remember that each library transaction—whether it is a reference question, onsite consultation of material, borrowing for off-site use, or remote access—represents a “moment of truth” in the lives of Canadian library users.   
Each interaction is an opportunity for librarians and their staff to contribute to the personal and professional satisfaction of clients of every age and walk of life every day of the year in every corner of the nation.  Every outcome of library service is an individual’s story."

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Doctors Prescribe Regular Library Visits

"Doctors Prescribe Regular Library Visits." Kitsap Sun / Katie Scaff.
Kitsap County, WA: Kitsap Sun Online, July 13th 2011.

"Kitsap Regional Library is working with health clinics and the nonprofit organization Reach Out and Read to promote early literacy this summer through a program called Libraries Are Doctor-Recommended."

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Long Lost Library: Living On A Budget

"The Long Lost Library: Living On A Budget." Cullman Sense / Meghan Nelson.
Cullman, AL: CullmanSense, July 14th 2011.

"At this point, you may be wondering what, exactly, the Cullman Public Library has to do with living on a budget. The answer is quite simple: it provides free book (and I was surprised to learn, movie) rentals, as well as internet and computer access.
I use 'free' in a loose manner, since the public library is funded by the government, which is, in turn, funded by us, the taxpayers. So, rather than 'free', the public library is actually more like something you are required to fund regardless of whether or not you plan to use it. When viewed in this fashion, it seems ridiculous not to take advantage of something for which you have already paid."

The Dark Ages Began with Closing A Library

Monday, July 18, 2011

What Skills Does a Digital Archivist or Librarian Need?

"What Skills Does a Digital Archivist or Librarian Need?" The Signal / Bell LeFurgy.
Washington: Library of Congress The Signal Online, July 13th 2011.

Keeping the Antennae Up: How Listening In The Library Improves The UX

"Keeping the Antennae Up: How Listening In The Library Improves The UX." Designing Better Libraries / StevenB.
Philadelphia: Designing Better Libraries, July 13th 2011.

"The best thing about listening to the user community is that it is something any library worker can do. No special training is needed. There are no listening workshops. The more staff members we can enlist to think of themselves as individual listening posts the better positioned the library is to both discover what’s broken and quickly fix and detect ideas for new services. When an undergraduate walks up to the reference desk and asks the librarian on duty why it’s not possible to send a text message from the library catalog, the antennae should start buzzing and the ideas should start flowing. If we do a good job of picking up the signals, there is no end to the ways in which we can enhance the library experience for our community members."

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Friday, July 15, 2011

In Lean Times, Schools Squeeze Out Librarians

"In Lean Times, Schools Squeeze Out Librarians." The New York Times / Fernanda Santos.
New York: New York Times Online,

Friday At the Library

Hiram College

Save Our Libraries, Fire the Librarians

"Save Our Libraries, Fire the Librarians." News Leader / Mike Thompson & Amelia Island.
Fernandina Beach, Florida: News Leader Online, June 27th 2011.

"Nonetheless, as so often is the nature of government, our local stewards are ignoring the real problem: It is not the perfectly good Fernandina Beach downtown library building that needs to be replaced, but the self-styled "Radical Militant" Fernandina Beach librarians who must go. Pronto.
Because commissioners collectively have failed to perform the one simple and basic function of government (to use "due diligence" before spending taxpayers' money), documented here are a few powerful and shocking reasons to root out of our library system those brazen, self-proclaimed Radical Militants who posture as mild-mannered, shushing librarians:
Reason 1: Our library is corrupted by the far-left ALA"

Uhhh, yikes. 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Revolution is Coming

Amy Buckland

Is a Bookless Library Still a Library?

"Is a Bookless Library Still a Library?" Time / Tim Newcomb.
New York: Time Online, July 11th 2011.

The short answer, yes, but books still largely advised by this Bookpusher.

Poster Cabaret

Shake a Leg / Invisible Creature
Poster Cabaret is the online poster shop for Sebastien Foster, an indie art Business in Texas.

Mmmm, I like dis!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

5 Conversations [About Libraries] I Don't Want To Have Anymore

"5 Conversations [About Libraries] I Don't Want To Have Anymore." The Adventures of Library Girl / Jennifer LaGarde.
North Carolina: The Adventures of Library Girl, June 28th 2011.

Open Wonderful New Worlds

The Sound of Libraries Suffocating

"The Sound of Libraries Suffocating." Santa Maria Times / Editorial.
California: Santa Maria Times Online, July 5th 2011.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Are You a Level-Six Leader?

"Are You a Level-Six Leader?" HBS Working Knowledge / Mitch Maidique.
Cambridge: Harvard Business School Working Knowledge, July 6th 2011.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Without Libraries, We're Powerless

"Without Libraries, We're Powerless." Windsor Times / Shawna Sharp.
Windsor, Ontario: Windsor Times Online, July 5th 2011.

"These are centres of learning, not only for kids or teens. The library is a centre of learning for everyone, regardless of age, gender, race or the amount of income they have."

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011

Confronting the Future: Strategic Visions for the 21st-Century Public Library

Confronting the Future: Strategic Visions for the 21st-Century Public Library / ALA Office for Information Technology Policy.
America: ALA, June 2011.

"••People—People are the library’s greatest advantage.  The library’s staff of professionals are available to provide unbiased service to individuals at no charge and often with little or no delay. They have no commercial or political incentives affecting their advice, adhere to a professional code of ethics, and generally are experts in one or more segments of the library’s collections. They play an active role in creating the collections; in arranging for speakers, convening events, and organizing exhibits; in selecting technology to meet user needs and offering training in its use; in organizing services to meet user needs; and in general, in fashioning the library to serve its patrons and its community. These professionals will serve as the library’s driving force for adaptive change.
•• Place—Most libraries offer the advantage of place— physical facilities that are quiet, private, and  comfortable for reading and reflection, as well as meeting places for small or large groups. These facilities exist today in many libraries throughout the country, representing a valuable physical infrastructure.
•• Price—Virtually all public libraries provide services to their patrons at no charge, a price that it is difficult for their commercial competitors to meet, except with the help of advertisements."

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Talk I Meant to Give

"The Talk I Meant to Give." In Forming Thoughts / Amy Buckland.
Montreal: In Forming Thoughts, June 26th 2011.

"...but when i think of librarians as thought leaders, i think of…revolutionaries.
believing in access to information as a human right means fighting for our communities. fighting to make sure the digital divide continues to shrink. fighting for privacy for our users. fighting against the entire concept of censorship. and lately, fighting for libraries.
so this is my call to arms. librarians are revolutionaries, and society needs us. and no i don’t mean killing all the things with fire.
true thought leaders, true revolutionaries, are willing to overthrow the system, or join it, if that’s what works best for their community."

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Libraries: Information & Knowledge Spaces

"Libraries: Information & Knowledge Spaces." Huffington Post / Carla Leitao.
New York: Huffington Post Online, June 23rd 2011.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Street Librarian

"Meet Portland's Street Librarian." The Portland Mercury / Allison Hallett.
Portland, Oregon: The Portland Mercury Online, June 22nd 2011.

"When I went down to investigate, I met Laura Moulton, who handed me a business card reading "Street Librarian," and explained that she recently received a RACC grant to fund a project called Street Books, a mobile library that provides books for the homeless. (Or "people living outside," to use the website's wording.) The bike-powered library has a small trailer full of 40-odd books—an impressively diverse collection skewing slightly toward regional authors (Jim Lynch, Benjamin Parzybok, Kevin Sampsell, Tom Robbins)."