LISNews Features

Libraries and Librarians In A Digital Future: Where Do We Fit?

I have recently become convinced our future is digital. After following the Google and The Illiterate Monks thread, and reading "How Transistor Radios and Web (and Newspapers and Hi-Fi radio) are Alike" I believe I can see a small bit of the future, and it's not paper based. I'm not even sure I can see a place for libraries. It's not that I want the future to be like this, I believe, as the old saying goes, there is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on to a digital future.


For years I've been on the fence when it comes to our digital future. I've always bought into the assumption that books are here to stay. That libraries will always have a place. That 100 years from now we'll still want to browse the stacks to see what's related. I think I've fallen off that fence, and landed on the side with the digitalists. I've chosen sides based on things I've read from both the crumugednons like Gorman, and the many techno-freaks on the other side. I don't know what this means for the millions of books we hold currently. I don't know what this means for the future of libraries & librarians, nor do I know what, if anything, we can do to ensure we're still around in 20 years, but below I'll share with you why I've moved from fence sitter, to digitalist. -- Read More

The LISNews Librarian Pickup Lines

Originally posted on February 21 2003, this hiliarous collection of librarian pickup lines remains one of our most popular features ever.
The List was originally compiled, (but not tested) by Blake, Aaron and Steven. Many others have contributed to the list since.

Feel free to use them at work, conferences, out at your favorite pub, or anywhere you may find the librarian of your dreams. Note: use at your own risk, may result in slapping, or having a drink thrown in your face.

"Are you on interlibrary loan? Because, baby, you're outta this library!"


What's your cutter number baby?

I bet you have quite a nice book worm!

You must work at a busy library, cuz baby you just increased my
circulation.

Are you a librarian? Well I really need to be shushed!

Damn... you have more hardcovers than my private stash

Are you a librarian, because when you walked in the room I knew I was
overdue!

I couldn't help noticing what a great book bag you have

Have you heard the one about the librarian with more stacks than she
could handle?

You look like a real challenge!

No one believes I am a librarian, maybe you should try to check me out.

You have the tightest hair bun in the place.

I'm like Google, more results than you can deal with.
 
Did I mention I write for LISNews?
 
Let's play search engine:  enter your terms and see if you get
positive results.
 
Soooooo, people tell me that I look like Chris Sherman.
 
I'd catalog you under "Desirable!"
 
You have some back-end architecture.
 
Either my sight's fading fast, or you're the hottest guy I've checked
out all week.

So, you're a librarian? Do you mind if I work on your desk? -- Read More

10 Ways To Make The Internet A Better Place

99% of the stuff on the Internet is trash. Don't help make it 100%. Here's some good ways to make the web a better place for all of us.


Remember that the Internet is permanent. When your motivation goes away or you've changed your mind, that piece you wrote will remain.

Contribute:
The best part of the internet is how it enables collaboration on a scale not known before. You can help by working with many of the collaborative web sites and open source projects.

Maintain:
Patch that computer! Make sure all the computers you control are secure, and make sure you help other people stay updated.

Promote Web Standards:
Using standards helps make your site easy to use and accessible to the largest number of users. It also saves you bandwidth.

Mentor:
Think you know it all? Prove it! Share your knowledge with others.

Support:
It takes time and money to make a quality web site. Don't be afraid to provide some financial support to your favorite sites.

Promote Civility:
There's nothing wrong with being nice. Spend some time focusing on the good.

Be a good neighbor:
There are some basic rules that keep the internet running more efficiently.

Write Right:
Give some thought to what you write.

Add to this list:
We missed something, what is it?

Unplug!
We can all use some time off, the Internet will continue to exist without you for a day. Go outside and play!

Details and ideas below... -- Read More

You Only Need To Know 5 Things To Be A Library Geek

Inspired by that list that had been making the rounds on LISFeeds, I've thrown together 5 areas of focus for librarian geeks. Sure, you could waste your time learning those "20 Technology Skills Every Librarian Should Have," but why spend all that time learning 15 more things than you really need to learn? Save time and money learning just 5 things by using The "LISNews You Only Need To Know 5 Things To Be A Library Geek" list!

  1. Software: Microsoft Office, Web Browsers & Plugins, Windows, Other OSes, Instant Messaging, Relational Database Theory
  2. Hardware: Networking (Wired and Wireless), Handhelds (Cell phones, PDAs, Cameras), Computers (PCs, Servers, Peripherals)
  3. The Internet: The WWW, DNS, Email, Usenet, Search Engines, Wikis, Podcasting, Blogs, Distance Education, Open Source, Open Access, FTP, SSH, XML, HTML, XHTML, and CSS
  4. Everything on the Slashdot Topics Page
  5. At Least One Programming Language

Acquiring knowledge in a subject area as diverse as technology takes experience and work. I can't spend as much time on this list as I'd like to so feel free to chime in and let me know what I overlooked, or maybe over stated. This is just meant to be a quick summary of what I think is important in the world of the library geek. Think of this list as knowledge areas that would make you much more useful to any library. I've expanded on my ideas below. And yes, there are more than 5 things you need to know, but they fit into 5 subject headings. This is meant to be a list for those of us who are employed in the technology/computers/internet side of librarianship. You could also use it as a starting point for moving your career in a new direction.

Taken together all these skills and knowledge should give you the ability to stay current and relevant. It can seem overwhelming if you're just getting started, and it's hard to focus on just one thing most of the time. All I can say is if this is something that interests you just start with something that looks interesting and see where it leads. -- Read More

Foetry Librarian Declares War on Go-Daddy

The Foetry Librarian, Alan Cordle, didn’t want his name known. As we all know, one must pay a hefty extra fee for anonymity when registering a domain nowadays. When he registered the Foetry.com domain with GoDaddy.com in March 2004, they directed him to their associate, Domains by Proxy, where they accepted an additional payment to keep his information out of 'who is.' And now he’s out to "out" them.

His website identified Pulitzer prizewinners, Harvard professors, Macarthur Fellows, and Poet Laureates openly engaged in unethical poetry “competitions� involving millions of dollars (see LISNews story from last month). Doing his investigating anonymously, Foetry.com was featured in such places as the Boston Globe, the New York Times Book Review, and on leading literary websites, like Mobylives.com. For a year, Cordle successfully maintained his privacy until one website visitor complained to Domains by Proxy.

In April 2005, while reading a weblog, Cordle discovered that Domains by Proxy had canceled his anonymity, and his name, address, and phone number were available in the Internet Whois Database, and posted on weblogs throughout the world. Emails from Cordle, and certified letters from his attorney to Domains by Proxy and Go Daddy have not properly answered his questions.

Cordle has launched fauxdaddy.org to spread the word about anonymity and the internet. His site details his story and hints at other problems with privacy breaches at Domains by Proxy.

What are the THREE BIGGEST THINGS facing librarianship?

We're having a good discussion over on Daniel's Journal about our little world.
1) What are the three biggest problems facing librarianship today?
2) In a perfect world, how would these issues get resolved?
3) Is there anything we as individual librarians and/or library associations can do in the real world to fix the Big Three problems?

Several good answers already, I'd love to read more.

One Student's Journey To ALA Annual

Rosemarie Maldonado writes: Often said is, "Getting from here to there is the journey and that is more important than the destination." While I am no sage, I will tell you a few of my experiences on my journey with research at UB and at the ALA Annual Conference 2005 last month in Chicago, Illinois in which I co-presented a research paper as a University at Buffalo The State University of New York MLS student. I've included som tips if you are thinking about doing a special project, and some tips if you are thinking about going to a conference. -- Read More

AskLIS: What are the differences between US librarianship and Australian librarianship?

AshtabulaGuy writes "I turn to the collective world-wide-LISNewsterz-Wisdom for some advice. What are the differences between US librarianship and Australian librarianship? That is a burning question. Although Australia utilizes AACR2r, what is different in practice there? If an American was to be on exchange for a year, what would they likely expect? Any pointers as to starting points for seeking knowledge in this case?"

Librarians like to party

emknecht writes "Go to this link for a chuckle (or, adds rochelle, a gross-out or an eye-roll).

Historians Ask Congress To Suspend Nixon Transfer

Kathleen de la Pena McCook writes "Nixon historians have written Congress to request suspension of the transfer of Nixon Presidential library materials from the National Archvies to the Nixon Library & Birthplace in Yorba Linda, California.
The Nixon historians assert, "The unprofessional behavior of the Nixon Library leadership calls into question that institution's fitness to join the Presidential Library system. The Nixon Library evidently feels free to toss aside, at its own convenience, its commitments to Whittier College and to the conference participants. A similarly cavalier attitude toward the commitments that the Library has made to the National Archives and to the Congress, in order to gain public funding for the transfer, would seriously jeopardize public access to and long-term preservation of invaluable historical records."

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