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In Library: An Unquiet History, historian and curatorial fellow for Harvard’s metaLAB Matthew Battles describes Melvil Dewey’s impatience with inefficiency in library work in the 1870s. “To Dewey, local interests and special needs were less important than the efficient movement of books into the hands of readers,” he writes. That crisp statement of purpose should be an inspiration to the current discussions around making library collections and programs visible and available on the web.
Until there is a body to take responsibility for reviewing LIS programs globally and granting the strong ones accreditation, a large number of librarians will be banned de facto from participating in our increasingly mobile information age economy. Having been a sometimes struggling expat myself (I lived in the UK and in Taiwan before Texas and the UAE), I know a little about trying to find work abroad; it can be a hell of a lot harder than it was for me, especially if you’re brown-skinned and English isn’t your first language. An international standard for accreditation for LIS degrees would go a long way toward fixing this for librarians in the eastern and southern hemispheres who want a fair shot at jobs in the northern and western hemispheres and in the complex, frustrating, bewildering, and lucrative Middle East.
This semester I enrolled in LIS452, "Foundations of Information Processing." I am learning Python. I'm learning how to code! This was not a skill I expected to pick up in library school. Nor was it something I thought I would enjoy, given my background in the humanities. However, this class has quickly become a cherished…
Morning Brief: App updates from B2B publishers Putnam Media and BNP Media, and a new look for Amazon's app Amazon Music with Prime Music There was once a time when the Steve Jobs-led Apple saw the iPhone and iPad as a way to break Amazon's dominance of the eBook market.
Here's a full text report (Feb. 2016) published by the Council of Europe titled, The Libraries And Museums Of Europe In Times Of Change. From the Summary: With the growing importance of the knowledge economy in Europe, libraries and museums act as a resource for human development an
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