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When old cliches were new

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 04/15/2011 - 08:04
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When old cliches were new
" For Barlow, we can be natives of the future through desire and understanding. Being a native is an act of will, not an accident of birth. Likewise, being born after a certain date doesn’t make one a native of the future. It requires opportunity and imagination. Information wants to be free only because it also wants to be expensive. Digital natives are born, but natives of the future need to recreate ourselves again and again."

The Book Lust Author Speaks

Submitted by birdie on Wed, 12/01/2010 - 08:19

How we dote on Nancy Pearl...she's got two action figures and she's way lusty (now the author of five Book Lust Books and a Book Lust Journal)...no one quite like her in the library world.

From Americana Exchange: This is the Nancy Pearl who started the city-wide book discussions - the format where everyone in town reads the same book at the same time and talks about it. It was an idea that was widely adopted, expanded and has now spread to practically everywhere.

This is the Nancy Pearl who teaches, blogs, speaks, broadcasts and can easily be found at her own site, not to mention on facebook and on twitter. She is also a participant in the facebook group, "Oprah, Libraries Need You!", found here: http://is.gd/fuL2q

And talk about iconic high visibility librarian, this is the Nancy Pearl who has her own action figure (both Regular and Deluxe).
More from Nancy Pearl here.

Ten Things You Won’t Find On Your LIS Class Syllabus

Submitted by AndyW on Sat, 11/27/2010 - 02:13
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I generally try to avoid posts comprised of a list but every now and again I get inspiration to put one together. I give credit to Jill Hurst-Wahl for providing a catalyst with her blog post “What I want LIS students to know”. In doing my own reflection of the last couple of years, I’d like to offer my own advice on this avenue.

Introducing transgibberish: What does it mean to academic libraries?

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Tue, 11/16/2010 - 02:22
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Transgibberish is recent terminology gaining currency in the library world. It is a broad term encompassing and transcending many existing concepts. Because transgibberish is not a library-centric concept, many in the profession are unsure what the term means and how it relates to libraries’ instructional mission and to other existing ideas about various literacies. Transgibberish is such a new concept that its working definition is still evolving and many of its tenets can easily be misinterpreted.

The Future Of The Library Is Not The Apple Store

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 09/29/2010 - 07:57
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The Future Of The Library Is Not The Apple Store
My main reason for arguing why we should avoid modeling future libraries on Apple Stores is that the whole point of designing a user experience is to create something unique and fun for your local user community – and which is based on the needs of the local community. Apple Stores have the luxury of being somewhat cookie cutter in how they are modeled.