Don’t Panic: Why Catastrophism Fails Libraries

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Fri, 05/31/2013 - 01:59

We just celebrated an important holiday – towel day. Sadly, I only just found out about it as I browsed the Internet when I should have been working. But I will henceforth do what I can to “really know where my towel is,” to quote the late great Douglas Adams.

This may come in handy, because I’ve been thinking a lot about “disruptive innovation” and what that really means, about MOOCs and what the rhetoric around them tells us about the present state of higher education, and about the millennial talk about the future of libraries.

The Joint New Year's Eve Special

Submitted by StephenK on Mon, 12/31/2012 - 22:49

In concert with the team behind the Ubuntu UK Podcast, the Air Staff at Erie Looking Productions presented via WBCQ a New Year's Eve special broadcast via shortwave radio. Now that the show has finished being broadcast, it is being made available for download.

Download here (MP3). You can subscribe to the podcast (MP3) to have episodes delivered to your media player. We suggest subscribing by way of a service like gpodder.net. Stephen's shopping list of items to replace hardware damaged and destroyed due to adverse circumstances over the past week, which includes requiring replacement of our dead in-house server with a lower-powered Raspberry Pi at this point, can be found here where direct purchasing is possible to send the items directly to the Air Staff.

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #218

Submitted by StephenK on Sun, 10/28/2012 - 23:35

This week's episode brings discussion of preparing to respond appropriately to Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath as well as a news miscellany.

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Download here (MP3) (Ogg Vorbis), or subscribe to the podcast (MP3) to have episodes delivered to your media player. We suggest subscribing by way of a service like gpodder.net. Support and subsistence items for the production team can be purchased and sent from here via Amazon, as always.

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Op-ed: Long Live Paper

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Thu, 10/11/2012 - 12:31

Opinion piece on the NYT: Long Live Paper


LAST week, Education Secretary Arne Duncan declared a war on paper textbooks. “Over the next few years,” he said in a speech at the National Press Club, “textbooks should be obsolete.” In their place would come a variety of digital-learning technologies, like e-readers and multimedia Web sites.

Elif Shafak: The politics of fiction

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Mon, 09/10/2012 - 20:58

Op ed: Seattle's libraries need a makeover for the digital world

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Wed, 09/05/2012 - 00:58

Op-ed by George Hageman. He recently graduated from Harvard University. His father, Bob Hageman, is a retired librarian who worked for Seattle Public Library.

First, we need to change the layout of the branches and prioritize the needs of the modern patron. Nowadays, people come to the library to gather with friends and neighbors, to study in a peaceful environment, to watch DVDs and flip through magazines or to browse the Internet for free. As any librarian will tell you, they rarely come to read books.