Library 2.0

Library 2.0

Out with The Old, In With the New 'Young Hip Librarians'

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 01/11/2011 - 12:31

SAN DIEGO — The American Library Association capped its national conference at the San Diego Convention Center by honoring creators of children's books. One recurring theme at the conference was how libraries stay relevant in the lives of young readers as many librarians near retirement.

Stand-up comedian Meredith Myers (above) is part of a new group of young librarians who are busting stereotypes about who is a "typical librarian."

“I think we need cool librarians,” said Myers, who sports a stylish hat, bright red hair and black biker boots. “Image is important. (Younger patrons) are more likely to ask for help from people who they can identify with.”

Myers is part of a growing number of young librarians who are busting stereotypes of the “typical librarian” and forcing change within their own libraries. They said it is not uncommon today to see librarians wearing Doc Martin boots, tattoos and dreadlocks. And some new librarians say they are more interested in pop culture than historical text.

Towards a National Library Transition Plan

Submitted by Blake Carver (not verified) on Tue, 01/04/2011 - 09:12
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Public libraries are undergoing huge changes in the shift from analog to digital media. Some large city libraries have hired digital strategists to help them take appropriate steps in this transition. Smaller or poorer libraries don't have the benefit of having a full-time staff person working on the transition. To keep those libraries from falling behind, it makes sense to devise a national plan for this transition – a plan that will unfold in increments over the next ten years.

Adding your library catalogue results next to Google results using WebMynd

Submitted by Blake Carver (not verified) on Sun, 10/17/2010 - 19:38
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Our users love google. It's probably in their instinct to search Google first rather than our catalogue or databases. WebMynd is a free browser addon that will overlay library catalogue results, databases (Pubmed etc) next to Google, Yahoo, Bing when they search these search engines.

In the image below you can see how a search of Google, brings up a sidebar of results from other sources, including LINC, which is our library catalogue (this is just a beta)

Sign Up for On-Line Summit--eBook: Libraries at the Tipping Point

Submitted by birdie on Fri, 09/24/2010 - 11:06

Sign up for a day-long virtual conference to be held on Wednesday Sept 29 from 10am - 6pm EDT--eBooks: Libraries at the Tipping Point, a unique online conference that explores the way the digital world is changing books and how these changes are reshaping the way we produce, distribute, and consume them.

This event will offer librarians, technology experts, publishers, and vendors a glimpse into the future of libraries with keynote speeches, special tracks, and an exciting exhibit area. Don’t miss this opportunity to investigate the evolving role of libraries in the twenty-first century!

Librarians and library administrators will learn about current best practices for library eBook collections and explore new and evolving models for eBook content discovery and delivery. Publishers and content creators will learn how to effectively identify and develop the ‘right’ content offerings for each segment of the relatively untapped library eBook market. ebook platform vendors and device manufacturers will learn just what libraries need and want in this rapidly changing environment. It's a party and everyone's invited!!

FOUR SPECIAL TRACKS:

New LIS-based Podcast: The Knitting Librarian

Submitted by librariankate7578 on Fri, 09/03/2010 - 22:30
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Announcing a new(ish) podcast for librarians: The Knitting Librarian. The knitting librarian combines all things sticks and string with all things library and information science. Segments include: The Big News of the Day (show notes only), Knitting Update, This Week in LIS, Me me me me, and the Awesome Sauce. Episodes released biweekly.

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New LIS-based Podcast: The Knitting Librarian

Submitted by librariankate7578 on Fri, 09/03/2010 - 22:29
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Announcing a new(ish) podcast for librarians: The Knitting Librarian. The knitting librarian combines all things sticks and string with all things library and information science. Segments include: The Big News of the Day (show notes only), Knitting Update, This Week in LIS, Me me me me, and the Awesome Sauce. Episodes released biweekly.

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Bookfuturism: The Future or the Present?

Submitted by Name Brand Serials on Thu, 08/12/2010 - 15:18
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"A futurist (in Marinetti's original sense) wants to burn down libraries. A bookfuturist wants to put video games in them. "

Another take relevant to the "Libraries 2.0" idea: Tim Carmody outlines "A Bookfuturist Manifesto" in the Atlantic. Carmody describes a philosophical compromise between the print-devoted book lovers and the cutting edge technophiles.