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il05 - day 2

The keynote speaker today spoke more about “social computing:” blogs, flickr, del.icio.us. Another term that seems to be prevalent in many sessions is “continuous partial attention.” The fact that many people now pay partial attention to things, e.g., blogging while listening to a speaker, monitoring email, text or instant messaging, makes some uncomfortable. However, it is a way of thinking/acting that will increasingly become more ubiquitous.

So what does that mean for libraries? It means that we can’t expect undivided attention. We aren’t the only stream of information that our patrons use. (We already know that, don’t we?!) But by using deli.ci.ous, we can bookmark our favorite sources of info, and become one of our patrons’ trusted sources. (LaGrange Library is already doing this.)

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Discounts for LiLI Unlimited participants

As if that great access to OCLC cataloging and interlibrary loan weren’t enough, Idaho libraries that participate in LiLI Unlimited are also automatically members of OCLC and the OCLC Western Service Center. This means that you can participate in the cooperative purchasing discounts available through the OCLC Western Service Center. Companies providing discounts to OCLC Western members are listed at http://www.oclc.org/western/cooperative/default.htm. Companies include:

Highsmith
Brodart
Kapco
Facts on File
McGraw-Hill
and many more!

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European visions

Came across this article via ResourceShelf on the efforts of the European Union’s “European Commission responsible for Information Society and Media” and a conference titled “The Role of Libraries in the Information Society”, which took place in Luxembourg on September 29, 2005. The commissioner, Viviane Reding, gives an illuminating overview of the challenges and importance of libraries as they grapple with questions of access, digitization efforts, and relevance.

In her address, she outlines an initiative called i2010, which aims to “provide[s] a framework to address the main challenges facing the Information Society and media sectors in the next 5 years.”

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I, Librarian

Found a great read in the September 2005 issue of Information Technology and Libraries (Vol. 24, no. 3), titled “I, Librarian” by Hilda Kruger. In it she discusses the same issues we 2020 Vision folk are discussing, including virtual reference (on steroids), wearable computing, and futuristic concepts applied to day-do-day library transactions; and let’s not forget the keen awareness that librarians and libraries are increasingly mutating to reflect the demands of both the people we serve and the technologies available to them. It also includes excerpts from science fiction novels and futurists. It’s all so weirdly familiar…

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Serving (and surviving) teens

It’s confession time. As a teenager, I was lazy. It’s true. I watched too much tv. I slept in. I had to be threatened with punishment before I’d clean my room, pick up a broom, or dust something. I did my homework quickly and with the fewest steps possible–if I did it at all. I also procrastinated; writing reports the day before they were due and often scribbling away at algebra during the lunch break before my 5th period class. I, dare I say, was a pretty normal teenager. Unfortunately, I don’t have any real research upon which to base my opinion. I can only say that I generally saw my friends, my sisters, and other kids at school behaving pretty much the same way.

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Readers Advisory Community

If you have an interest in Readers Advisory, you may want to take a look at the WebJunction discussion. This FREE discussion thread was created to “Share ideas and discuss issues related to the exciting and sometimes challenging, topic of adult reader’s advisory. It’s all about getting the right book to the right reader.”

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    Technology Watch - Updated

    WebJunction has posted the updated Technology Watch List for Small Libraries. On the list you will find information about:

      Application Service Providers (ASPs)
      Digital Preservation
      Wireless Access
      Blogging and RSS
      Thin-Client Technology
      E-Books & Audio E-Books

    Of course the WJ Technology Watch Committee points out that “the items on this list are *not* in order of priority, except this one, which always comes first: Technology Planning…”

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      A View From Capitol Hill (Seattle)

      I urge the readers of this blog and those thinking about the future of libraries to read Chrystie Hill’s blog piece posted at WebJunction. She asks, “…do libraries currently have enough going for them to stay open? Some of them may. Is there enough there there to sustain this concept of libraries for the public good?”

      Chrystie wrote an interesting piece that starts with a look at 7 users in a coffee shop on an average day and moves on to discuss social networks and the role of libraries in the lives of one generation of users.

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      LibraryThing.com - Folksonomy in Action

      I learned about a web site called www.librarything.com today from an email to the OSS4Lib (Open Source Software for Libraries - not that LibraryThing is open source) email discussion list. Quite an exciting idea, really. I’ll let the site speak for itself: read the about page. Pay special attention to the “What are tags? (short answer)” and “What are tags? (long answer).”

      If you’re not quite keen on what this is all about, LibraryThing.com is a social cataloging site that does for books what Flickr
      does for digital photos.

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      SL Futures TT Followup

      This is a request to the SL staff members who attended the Futures Think Tank last month. Jan, I’m including you because you are a Steering Committee member, participate in the blog, and attended both northern regional meetings so I’m sure you have some thoughts on this.

      One of my initial responses after the Think Tank was that I wished we had resources (primarily staff time) to get started on several new things. My second thought was that we have some outstanding staff, so what can we stop doing or do differently so that staff can do something new?

      While the futures process isn’t completed yet, I’m curious what you see on the horizon that would be new for us to take on. My intent is to start a discussion based on our collective reactions to the process so far. It’s also opening up the staffing needs discussion even wider before coming back to the already-identified need for more IT and web staff.