Libraries

Dude Doesn’t Get Libraries

If you’re a librarian, you’ve probably come across the op-ed by MG Siegler on Techcrunch. It can be interpreted as “outsider baits group and revels in group response.” Put in the context of other anti-library pieces, one may discover some patterns.

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Reflections on the #NewLib Master MOOC

My general track record with MOOCs falls in line with most students. I sign up; sit through a video lecture; and then I walk away. However, I signed up for the MOOC on New Librarianship offered through Syracuse and feel this time will be different. What attracts me to this course is the opportunity to… Read more »

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Library Schism: How Do Librarians Define Their Profession?

Are you a librarian or graduate from an ALA-accredited graduate program? If so, how do you define the library profession? What does it mean to you, and in which direction would you like to see it move? Is there a split occurring among those who identify with the profession, and if so, what’s causing that… Read more »

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Pew Internet: Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations

Yesterday, the Pew Internet and American Life Project published a report, “Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations.” To summarize, 16-29 year-olds love libraries and use them more than older age groups. In looking at the age group though, one wonders if the increase in use is also tied to the higher unemployment rate of that… Read more »

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Archivists in France Fight a Privacy Initiative

Written by Eric Pfanner and published in the New York Times. One of the European Union’s measures would grant Internet users a “right to be forgotten,” letting them delete damaging references to themselves in search engines, or drunken party photos from social networks. But a group of French archivists, the people whose job it is… Read more »

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MOOC: New Librarianship Master Class

R. David Lankes announced on his blog yesterday he will be teaching a free, online class in new librarianship along with Jill Hurst-Wahl, Megan Oakleaf and Jian Qin. The course description reads: Libraries have existed for millennia, but today the library field is searching for solid footing in an increasingly fragmented (and increasingly digital) information environment. What is… Read more »

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Is Your Library Using Schema.org?

When Schema.org came out, a conversation about using microdata in digital collections ended before it began, because Schema.org was the product of Google, Bing, and Yahoo, and was not an agreed upon standard developed by the W3C. Forget the fact that sitemaps, also a Google creation,  were widely used. This was different. The big three… Read more »

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Audio and Video on Library Websites

Audio and video media are becoming an increasingly important part of libraries’ online holdings. Distribution may need to be limited to in-library devices or authorized users. The issue isn’t basically different from written documents and images, but it’s more technically complicated, and rights holders are often more sensitive about letting AV get into unauthorized hands…. Read more »

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Dumping on Libraries for Pageviews

So, Michael Rosenblum lives across from a hole and he likes it. He likes it, because that hole, formerly a library, will soon be a condominium. What does Rosenblum’s opinion piece, “What’s a Library?” published in the Huffington Post offer? Pageviews. The piece was originally published on Rosenblum’s blog and generated a sparse response. Why?… Read more »