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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.

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      Washington shenanigans

      Take a look at Washington’s state-wide library marketing campaign. Lots of information as well as great ideas and pointers to adapt their marketing and awareness campaign to one’s own make-your-library-known bandwagon.

      Who’s putting it together?

      A statewide committee comprised of library marketing professionals and representatives from all types of libraries is guilding the project. The project is coordinated by the Washington State Library and funded with Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

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      Serving teens; serving Bart

      At a meeting last week, I had another opportunity to hear Stephen Abrams speak. He said two things that really struck me:

      1. Kids in high school now are 40%-60% of the parents bringing their kids to the public library in 10 years.

      Wow. Are we serving those high school kids now? How many of them? If they aren’t using us now, will be they bring their kids in 10 years? Can we serve these new parents and kids? Can we communicate with them using the comminication methods that prefer?

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      "peak libraries"

      Here's An Interesting LISWiki Article on the "peak libraries" idea.
      Peak libraries is a concept named after the (contested) theory of peak oil. According to the peak oil theory, as the world's oil supply becomes depleted, its supply will diminish along a mathematical curve, causing large economic shifts and forcing alternative power supplies to be explored.