Taiga Forum 2011 Provocative Statements
1. organizational structures flatten
2. radical cooperation
3. collaborative space partners
4. books as decor
5. no more collection building
6. new model of liaison librarianship
7. staff reallocation, elimination, and retraining...
8. library in the cloud
9. boutique services
10. oversupply of MLSs
We felt guilty for failing to compose a library-related quiz for National Library Week last week, so we’re making amends today. We love our libraries!
In the days before the Internet put much of the world’s information at your fingertips, the world’s scholars had to find a way to organize the growing number of books. The Dewey Decimal System divided works into ten major groups, and hundreds of subsets within those groups. Can you identify the ten main groups by matching their numbers with their corresponding subject matter? Good luck!
Take the Quiz: Deciphering the Dewey Decimal
<a href="http://sgrblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/in-support-of-libraries.html">In support of libraries</a>
John Allison: "I believe passionately in libraries and have been horrified by the prospect of closures throughout the system as part of local government cuts. I tried to make a useful comic to help but it wound up being a bit... flawed?"
Library Of Congress Adds 3 Titles To List Of Films That Should Be Destroyed Forever
NFIP president Lawrence Feldman said as workers shoveled every known copy of Hollow Man 2, Nights In Rodanthe, and Rock Star into a furnace burning at 6,000 degrees Fahrenheit. "I'd like to thank our librarians for their painstaking work combing thrift stores for VHS tapes and personally deleting every known digital version of these unremarkable films."
The Journal of Universal Rejection (JofUR)
About the Journal
The founding principle of the Journal of Universal Rejection (JofUR) is rejection. Universal rejection. That is to say, all submissions, regardless of quality, will be rejected. Despite that apparent drawback, here are a number of reasons you may choose to submit to the JofUR:
You can send your manuscript here without suffering waves of anxiety regarding the eventual fate of your submission. You know with 100% certainty that it will not be accepted for publication.
There are no page-fees.
You may claim to have submitted to the most prestigious journal (judged by acceptance rate).
The JofUR is one-of-a-kind. Merely submitting work to it may be considered a badge of honor.
You retain complete rights to your work, and are free to resubmit to other journals even before our review process is complete.
Decisions are often (though not always) rendered within hours of submission.
So apparently you see the public library, our temple of shared learning, the repository of thousands of years of intellectual inquiry as a source of paper weights...
The Next Time You Need An Airplane Book Go To Borders Like The Rest Of The Sheep
"It should be stamped out '...the computer is not for library use; that all the promises offered in its name are completely fraudulent; and that not only is it extremely expensive compared to other methods at this time, but that it will become increasingly expensive in the future; that it has been wrapped so completely in an aura of unreason that fine intelligences are completely uprooted when talking about it; that its use in a library weakens the library as a whole by draining off large sums of money for a small return; and that it should be stamped out."
–Ellsworth Mason, "Along the Academic Way," LJ, May 15, 1971"
(See Also:'The great gas bubble prick't; or, Computers revealed' by a Gentleman of Quality [Ellsworth Mason] in College and Research Libraries, 32 (May 1971): 183-196.)
Yes! There are Zombies in the Library.
The South Australian Library & Information Network (SALIN) Committee has chosen to celebrate our diverse and changing profession through production of the 2011 calendar "Zombies in the Library". In 12 beautifully rendered scenes the calendar covers such topics as the role of the Zombie in reference, the frustrations faced when the Undead hog the photocopier, and for cataloguers, poses the eternal question: 299.675 or 398.21?