Posts Tagged ‘libraries’

When librarians are obstacles

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

When librarians are obstacles

Blog post from Molly Kleinman, taking on the accusation that librarians are frequent obstacles to innovation and progress. Key excerpt: "If they see us as an obstacle it is only a matter of time before we become obsolete. We want those experimenters and innovators to view the library as both a resource for and a partner in their work, and we can do that by funding innovation among our own staff, expanding our definition of the library’s role on campus, and embracing the possibility of failure. If we neglect to do these things, we don’t just risk becoming obsolete, we guarantee it."

Marred by Shelving

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Marred by Shelving

From Tom Peters, thoughts on the increasingly-frequent question of whether and how libraries can lend out ebooks. "We need a radical new way to circulate etexts," Peters writes, emphasizing that ebooks are simply not the same animal as their printed counterparts.

He concludes with the interesting point, "perhaps for all these centuries lending libraries have been good information services marred by shelving – by the need to process, handle, label, shelve, re-handle, and preserve all those pulpy, plastic, scratchable, breakable, eminently decayable text-bearing devices. If libraries got out of the device business, we could concentrate on content and services."

Library Videos Won’t Survive, and There Go Our Circ Stats

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Library Videos Won’t Survive, and There Go Our Circ Stats

Annoyed Librarian writes about DVD circulation in libraries, arguing that libraries are in a losing battle against content providers when it comes to digital information. She writes, “With digital books, videos, and music, the creators have the control, and are so far doing a pretty good job of leaving libraries out of the loop. They don’t care about ‘information access’ or any of that baloney. They care about sales, and the less libraries are able to lend, the more sales they get.”

A Tool Kit to Help Academic Librarians Demonstrate Their Value

Monday, September 20th, 2010

A Tool Kit to Help Academic Librarians Demonstrate Their Value

“Like researchers and administrators throughout higher education, academic librarians have heard the drumbeat of accountability—the call to prove the usefulness of what they do on an institutional scale. A new report from the Association of College and Research Libraries seeks to help them make their case.”

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