(From our new American Contributor - Twitter handle: bflolibrarian) At first glance I thought writing about how the idea of social justice relates to librarianship would be pretty obvious and uncontroversial..
When the new BiblioTech library opens in San Antonio, Texas later this year, it will become the nation's first "bookless public library" -- everything is going to be digital, the library will rent out e-readers like Kindles and iPads, and the whole...
If there’s anything the editors of BestMastersPrograms.org love more than classes and books, it’s universities and libraries. It’s no surprise, then, that university libraries rank right up there among our favorite places.
Talk to a randomly selected group about libraries and you will get the same 'ole ideas. That's why librarians have to tell people what to think about libraries.Every so often some very talented visionary will echo the statement that they don’t listen to focus groups or conduct market research because people don’t know what they want. I think that this idea can be applied on the ground as much as in far-off visions of very smart people. One doesn’t have to be ahead of his time to realize that non-experts or amateurs are often totally clueless and/or grossly misinformed about a given subject or occupation. Many times, these folks will even overestimate their competence or knowledge of the item under consideration..
ALSO true .Everyone is trying to come up with some solution to the non-existent problem of what should we do with our libraries. It's a non-existent problem, imo, because I think libraries do a great job of taking a bunch of money and hiring great people and buying lots of cool, useful shit.
The Pew Project recently added a Libraries pageto their site, gathering research especially relevant to our community, as well as updates from the Pew Project blog, Libraries in the Digital Age, as well as slides and videos from Pew Project presentations.
Here’s the main problem with book discovery online: Right now, it doesn’t really work. New research shows that frequent book buyers visit sites like Pinterest and Goodreads regularly, but those visits fail to drive actual book purchases.
The library in 2020 is the last bastion of truth. Sure, you can search yottabytes of free data by simply batting an eyelash. But it's dangerous to believe what you see through the iGlass lens. As you learned the hard way back in the Facebook era, if you're not paying for it, you are the product. That research study about the safety and efficacy of Lipitor Lollipops™ was sponsored by a subsidiary of a subsidiary of Pfizer. That consultant you almost hired wrote his own customer reviews. And while you can't tell for sure because the algorithms are opaque, it sure seems like the first page of web search is pay-to-play. You routinely skip past the top ten results.
A study by Bowker has found that among children, there has been a marked decline in bookstore and library influence as a source of recommendation and acquisition, and that many purchases are instead migrating online to vendors like Amazon.
A blog post by Nick Carr about the future of the printed book touched off an epic comment debate between the author and media theorist Clay Shirky about whether the book format itself will die out and be replaced.
Is Growth Over?“The data are”: How fetishism makes us stupidWhy Workers Are Losing the War Against MachinesAn innovation agenda to help people win the race against the machinesSure, Big Data Is Great. But So Is IntuitionThe Consequences of Machine IntelligenceWill a Robot Take Your Job?Artificial intelligence – can we keep it in the box?You Must Make the New MachinesWhy Making Robots Is So Darn Hard
he New York Times on Libraries
Libraries See Opening as Bookstores CloseHandled With Care (what to do with deceased scholars books)Failing to Close the ‘Digital Divide’More Relevant Than EverIt’s Not Just Story Time and BookmobilesFor Gathering and for SolitudeDo We Still Need Libraries? (response by John Palfrey)Libraries and bookshops/stores (response by Phil Bradley)
"Success Through Collaboration" HELIN Annual Conference. Smithfield RI. (pre-recorded) Abstract: If you want a future for libraries, it is within you, the librarians.f you want a healthy community that seeks out knowledge, and seeks informed conversation, then advocate for it beyond your walls. If you want your library to thrive, the community must thrive. To be a librarian is not to be neutral, or passive, or waiting for a question. It is to be a radical positive change agent within your community.
And as a future librarian, I feel like this is a sin! Judy Blume has been monumental in shaping juvenile/young adult literature, and she has even found her way onto the BANNED LIST (*Gasp*). So I desperately wanted to spend ...
Trudy Raymakers's insight:
An Ecclectic Book Blog. Reviewing Juvenile, YA, and Adult Fiction.
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