One of my favorite “characters” in history has always been Alexander the Great, the strapping and swoon-worthy young man who really made a go of the whole empire thing. He got as far as settling his forces into lands far away from his Macedonian home and name a whole heaping helping of cities after himself. One of these cities was the Alexandria in Egypt, which became famous for its center of culture and its wealth.
Who else loves the library? Go on, raise your hand.
Some of my warmest childhood memories revolve around the impatience involved in waiting to go to the library on Saturday. (This was in Dayton, Ohio, eons ago.) The anticipation, the waiting, were sheer torture. All the books from last week were long read and re-read. I agonized because they were my friends but I'd have to slip them through that ominous 'return' slot in the front desk. My mind was in turmoil, trying to decide what to read next. No wonder I bit my fingernails
Take a peek at the world's most exquisite libraries.Libraries encapsulate the history of knowledge and stand as monuments to different epochs in architecture, interior design and art. When Dr. James Campbell of Cambridge University could not find a book that traced the history of library buildings through the ages, he decided to write one himself. With the renowned architectural photographer Will Pryce he embarked on an epic journey across 21 countries, visiting 85 of the world's greatest libraries. Three years later the result is The Library: A World History, the most complete account of library buildings to date. Here James Campbell and Will Pryce take us on a virtual journey through some of their favorites.
If libraries do what Saarinen suggests – creating their own architecture reflective of the time, how will libraries creatively destroy traditional aspects of our profession without too much collateral damage? How can we make creative destruction in libraries, particularly in the context of higher education, sustainable and constructive as we create a profession that fits the evolving demands of our digital age? Students are the heart of today’s academic libraries; engaging students as collaborators in library work; redesigning spaces to be active hubs of student engagement and learning; and putting ourselves in the role of students for a continuous arc of learning to continually revise how we provide and promote library services.
Prepare for the worst and hope for the best, I tell my students. Books will probably be gone in a decade, though if we ask politely we may be permitted to keep the ones we already own; après nous le deluge.
When science fiction author, past Science Fiction Writers of America president, and noted blogger John Scalzi spoke at LJ's Movers & Shakers luncheon during ALA Annual 2013, part of his address consisted of reading aloud from his Personal History...
Innovative Interfaces Inc. (III) has been a strong player in the integrated library system (ILS) field for many years, but its new take on ebook management could thrive in the new field of dis-integrated services.
As more big library systems turn to external discovery platforms and other extended digital services, the future of the all-in-one ILS looks increasingly iffy. Part of the problem is the unending struggle between innovation and stability. The back-end inventory management systems need to be rock solid stable, but libraries are also realizing the need for a more user-focused display for patrons. We need to keep up with the Joneses, Googles, and Amazons.
PSSSTT! Let me let you in on a little librarian research secret: finding information at branches and online isn't hard (anyone can do it). In fact, in this digital age of big databases, Google and Wikipedia we are on information overload.