The Google Generation: challenges and changes for libraries, archives and museums

Professor David Nicholas (University College London) visited the National Digital Library day in Helsinki, Finland. In his keynote 'The Google Generation: challenges and changes for libraries, archives and museums' he talked about how our information seeking practices have radically changed in the past 20 years. It's not just the kids who do it differently now -- we all do.

Watch the interview with professor Nicholas here.


Please Join 'Oprah, Libraries Need You!'

If you're on facebook and haven't yet joined, please sign up for our group to try to get Oprah to devote a show (or two) to the needs of public and school libraries in this time of economic crisis. In less than a month, the group has grown to 1400 members.

The group began as a dream that author Marilyn ("This Book is Overdue") Johnson had, in which she asked Oprah to help libraries, and Oprah, being the savvy and book-loving woman that she is, said that she would. Now we have to make the dream become a reality.

If you can tell a personal story about how your library has served your community or a special individual, please post it on the group's wall. Nothing like a testimonial to inspire the group's members and hopefully...Oprah.

In a few weeks we're planning an active campaign to get Oprah onboard, and YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED to add to the voices of everyone who needs libraries (yeah, and who doesn't?); librarians, patrons, authors, teachers, kids, teens, parents, scholars, young and old professionals, seniors, and the occasional cat & or groundhog.

Join us!! Spread the news on that old reliable librarian grapevine!! ...and invite your friends and patrons! Please (I'm begging you!!).

Funding Cutbacks & More on Australia's TV Show 'The Librarians'

Any LISNews readers down under? On this season's premiere of Australia's TV show The Librarians there's a gay wedding and of course talk of slashing budgets.

The motley bunch of characters working in Middleton Library — sorry, ‘Interactive Learning Centre’ — will experience some big changes.

Head librarian Frances O’Brien is faced with the threat of funding cutbacks unless she turns the library into a ‘profitable exercise’. Her husband Terry continues denying the existence of middle age by reforming his tragic Midnight Oils cover band, Oils Ain’t Oils.

And librarian Ky Lee, played by Keith Brockett, marries his partner Darren in a wedding ceremony that veers from the hilarious to the disastrous — mirrorballs and Cyndi Lauper tunes make an appearance before it all goes tits up.

Australians, please let us know what you think of the show...

Join "Oprah, Libraries Need You!" on Facebook

On facebook? Please join our campaign to get the top pop culture book-loving maven of our time to PROMOTE LIBRARIES by joining "Oprah, Libraries Need You!".

The group, created as the result of a dream that Marilyn Johnson (author of 'This Book is Overdue') had in which she spoke to Oprah about libraries and Oprah agreed that they needed support (vivid dreaming MJ!) is ONE WEEK OLD and already has close to 1,000 members.

Please add your name to the ranks and invite all your friends. It won't cost you a penny and who knows, maybe it'll result in an overwhelming wash of love and money from Oprah's coffers.

If you have a story about your library that will help to support the cause, please post it on the wall and keep posting. Don't be shy. Thank you!!

Librarian keeps a 'Mad Men' reading list

BOOKS ARE no exception to the meticulous re-creation of the 1960s advertising world in "Mad Men" - and a local librarian has been paying attention.

The paperback Betty Draper pored over in the bathtub while trying to soak away suspicions that Don's cheating. The book Sally reads to her grandpa Gene at bedtime. The Japanese cultural history tome that everyone in the agency is forced to read.

Billy Parrott, 41, manager of the New York Public Library's Battery Park City branch, has included these books and more in his "Mad Men Reading List."

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Franzen? Really Oprah?

From Nora Rawlinson at Early Word:

In about an hour, we’ll learn which title will get the magic book club sticker, when Oprah’s live show debuts on Chicago’s WLS at 10 am. EDT. Many news outlets are already claiming that Oprah will pick the wild card, Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, based on a story, released mid-afternoon yesterday, by the AP, quoting three anonymous booksellers who have seen early copies of the stickered book. [UPDATE: yup she picked it]

The Melville House Publishing blog posted a story way back on Monday, based on “reliable sources” and followed with a post featuring the Freedom cover sporting an Oprah sticker. The L.A. Times is suspicious, however, that the rather blurry photo may be a result of photoshopping; see it next to the original cover on the left. What do you think — a poor photo shop job, a bad scan, or just a terrible photo?

Between the Folds

Documentary: Between the Folds

Filmmaker Vanessa Gould takes you on a provocative odyssey into the mesmerizing world of modern origami, where artists and scientists use the ancient art form to craft works of delicate beauty and to model cutting-edge mathematical theories. Pushing the envelope of origami to include caricatured portraits and elaborate abstract designs, these experts examine how paper folding can reveal the profound connection between art, science and philosophy.

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Betty White set to portray a librarian on ABC sitcom.

Betty White will guest-star on the season finale of The Middle. The four-time Emmy winner will play a school librarian who goes after a student over several overdue library books.

What? A librarian chasing down an overdue library book? What hijinx! Oh, one can only wonder where these writers get their ideas. We can only hope that zaniness and uncontrolled hilarity ensues.


Viacom to Take ‘Daily Show’ and ‘Colbert’ Off Hulu

Viacom to Take ‘Daily Show’ and ‘Colbert’ Off Hulu

Viacom will remove some shows from Hulu in the first major fracture between show owners and the video site.

Full story in the New York Times:

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