Theory

Theory

How More Info Leads to Less Knowledge

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 02/03/2009 - 11:30

Clive Thompson on How More Info Leads to Less Knowledge:

We need to fashion information tools that are designed to combat agnotological rot. Like Wikipedia: It encourages users to build real knowledge through consensus, and the result manages to (mostly) satisfy even people who hate each other's guts. Because the most important thing these days might just be knowing what we know.

LibraryThing Calls for New Cataloguing Scheme

Submitted by Great Western Dragon on Mon, 01/19/2009 - 11:10

With all the talk of Dewey or Don't We...

Gawd I'm getting tired of that phrase.

Anyway, with all the talk of whether or not libraries should use DDC, LCCN, BISAC, or something else for their collections and then the possibility of using open databases instead of OCLC, it seems like cataloguing is on everybody's mind.

Greenstone 2.81 Released

Submitted by StephenK on Thu, 11/13/2008 - 15:26
David Bainbridge from the Greenstone team posted a release noting that a new version of the package was released. Greenstone originates from New Zealand at the University of Waikato. Relative to the changes in the new release, Bainbridge wrote:
The main focus has been on multilingual support.

Everything I needed to know about library policy I learned from "generation kill"

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 10/06/2008 - 08:23

Aaron "Boot Camp" Schmidt: "Doing things like knowing people’s names when they approach the circ desk and starting to check them out even before they have time to find their library card are a part of creating a good experience. And because we spent the time detailing exactly how we can best serve our patrons, no one has to break any rules to do it. The ability to provide good customer service is built in to our procedures."

Are you really doing anything in your library?

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 10/03/2008 - 08:38

Christopher Harris wonders Are you really doing anything in your library? What are you telling people that you are doing in your library? This might be a better question to ask yourself. Now, more than ever, it is critical to remember that there is indeed a difference between what you are doing and what others know you are doing. Libraries of all types need to spread the word about what they are doing. We need to take ownership of the expertise that we possess and the valuable services we provide.