Theory

How do you build a public library in the age of Google?

Slate Has Posted a slide-show essay about the architecture of libraries.

an Extinction Timeline, predicts that libraries will disappear in 2019. He's probably right as far as the function of the library as a civic monument, or as a public repository for books, is concerned. On the other hand, in its mutating role as urban hangout, meeting place, and arbiter of information, the public library seems far from spent. This has less to do with the digital world—or the digital word—than with the age-old need for human contact.

Free! Why $0.00 Is the Future of Business

Article in Wired.com by Chris Anderson called "Free! Why $0.00 Is the Future of Business". I was initially skeptical about the article but after reading it I found several ideas that librarians should think about. For example Stewart Brand is quoted in the article: "Information wants to be free. Information also wants to be expensive ... That tension will not go away."

How can libraries use the ideas presented by this article? What impact will the ideas in this article have on libraries?

Holodecks in Libraries?

The site Game Couch (a video game and general nerd site) posted a question to some bloggers on how a holodeck (really? you don't know what that is? turn in your MLIS right now!) might fit in with libraries. He got responses from David Lee King and Jessamyn West. Oh, yeah, and the.effing.librarian, but don't let that keep you from reading.
story here.

...and if any of you Star Trek nerds have an opinion, I'm sure the editor would like to hear it, so leave comments.

Chinese Blogger Killed

TechCrunch reports that a Chinese blogger was beaten to death by the Chinese government officials for the crime of....attempting to record a protest on his mobile phone. The Chinese government seems to be acting quickly to detail those involve in the attack.

The Physical Library in the 21st Century?

David Lee King Wonders... How can we get people into the physical library? He says we need to run the library a bit more like a business, and simply offer people something they want (like a good or product that a business offers to a customer). But what do we offer them? He has a good answer...

30 Library Technology Predictions for 2008

30 Library Technology Predictions for 2008: Steven Abram says he rarely does this formally but he was in the mood this year! Here's a few things, in no particular order, that he thinks will happen in 2008 that might/will have an impact on our little library world.

25. Blockbuster will begin its death throes in earnest in 08. Libraries need to discuss why and what they need to learn from this.
26. 2008 will see some cool - almost ready for primetime - uses of integrated e-paper in portable devices, readers, and wireless signs, etc.

My 4 Year Old Told Me To “Google It”

Can you connect This Story By Mat Siltala to libraries?

He turned to me and said: “Why don’t you just Google it Dad, because you use it to find everything else”. I guess he does hear me (more then I realize) say stuff like “find it on Google”, or “look it up on Google” with everyday interactions with my wife, friends or clients! It was so funny, cute and genuine that I was speechless.

Cowboy Junkies Paradox

Can you connect This Story By Seth Godin to libraries?

Marketers of all stripes face the same challenge. Your current customers want nothing but the old stuff, but the new customers don't know you exist, so they can't speak up.

Cat teeth: search trumps experience

Can you connect This Story By Stephen Baker to libraries?

Search is replacing the knowledge we gain from experience: the tactile, slightly risky, scratched fingers variety. We can learn more facts this way, but do they mean as much to us?

What did Jesse say?

Jesse Hauk Shera (1903-1982) was a faculty member at the Graduate Library School of the University of Chicago and later dean of the library school at Case Western Reserve University. Shera and his contemporary Margaret Egan are credited for defining and advancing the concept of social epistemology and, in particular, its role as a theoretical foundation for librarianship. (1) They defined the concept as “the study of those processes by which society as a whole seeks to achieve a perceptive or understanding relation to the total environment – physical, psychological and intellectual.”(2) In addition, Shera was also responsible for early research in library and bibliographic automation.(3) In the past decade or so after the beginnings of the ‘digital age’ and ‘information revolution’, I find solace in the fact that it is librarians who are responsible for initially asking the question ‘how do we collectively know things,’ especially in the context of ‘what do we do?’ That such questions emanated from library practitioners indicate, to me, an informed awareness of the dynamic nature of intellectual communication. -- Read More

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