If libraries are to survive the 21st century, we have to decide what role we play in our communities. Are we going to be providers or educators? Providers focus on satisfying patron demands; educators focus on satisfying patron needs. Providers measure gate-counts; educators measure community impact. Providers want patrons to read; educators want them to read well. What Bivens-Tatum offers is a reminder that libraries aren’t just there to satisfy their communities…they are there to improve them, to educate them, to enlighten them.
Niel DePonte writes: While it is undeniable that there will be an increasing demand for skills in science, technology, engineering and math -- the STEM skills -- students who excel in the skills of creativity and innovation, and who evidence a...
Celina Carter can’t hear herself think in libraries. “The quietness, hearing clicking, chewing, coughing, typing, it irritates me,” she says. She prefers working in a coffee shop. “I look out the window for inspiration,” she says.
"Have you ever noticed how ridiculous many of the poses seen in fashion and glamor photographs are? Artist Yolanda Dominguez has a project called Poses highlighting how absurd and artificial the poses are..."
The problem, of course, is how to know when you’ve stumbled upon something potentially useful. How does your brain know that there is a possible solution out there? How did that possible solution even get there to begin with?
There’s something I call the polymath paradox. Polymaths, renaissance people--we don’t train them well in school; they’re supposed to pick a major and drill down. We don’t hire them well, we mold them pretty quickly, and we don’t promote them well on a grand scale. And yet when you start listening to what’s happening in the world, you see that the ability to move from one type of conversation to the next, to cross between disciplines to get insights, is an increasingly important skill.
Some thoughts about how important it is that librarians participate actively in the shaping of the new cloud-computing platforms which are are emerging from a number of organizations. The main reason for participation as librarians is simply this: to ensure the value of librarianship is contained within, and amplified by new technological foundations.
Humans are relational beings with their modeled behavior as practical examples of cultural routines that they hear, see, read, and assemble on their own from communal pieces of information to answer the needs of their everyday lives .....
The concept of an “e-book” is a strange one. Just consider the idea of pages on a screen--is that metaphor really the best way for us to explore written content? And do e-books still need to books at all?
A nonprofit research center that specializes in long-term forecasting recently released a report detailing the 10 key skills that will be relevant to the workforce of the future. What are they, and are our schools doing enough to instill them?