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A thought on technology and librarires

This will be quick, since I’m on a public computer at PNLA in Sitka.

Technology is not, and cannot, be the savior and solution for the future.

Technology is a tool and nothing more. And this comes from someone who was a System Administrator for 10+ years.

Used well, technology, like fire, becomes a powerful force which will assist us in getting information and recreation to our users. But if it is viewed as a solution in itself it will cause us to crash and burn — and we will deserve to do so because we couldn’t tell the difference between the hammer and the house we were building.

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My first blog - Musings on the future

A library. What do you see in your mind’s eye when you see those words? I have worked and been in many libraries, but I still think of the one I went to as a child. It was a wondrous place. There was so much to look at: the book displays, the art exhibits, the people quietly reading at the big tables.

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Catching up on postings and reading …Sue Bello

I read an article from, Making the Big Decision, July 15, 2005, that Karen Ganske mentioned on LIBIDAHO. The author Christine Schutz describes her "quirky...librarian-style" suggesting that librarians should forget the stereotype and find what works for them in today's libraries. Christine is the new Director of the Terteling Library at Albertson College.

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Excited about 2020 Vision

I applaud Ann Joslin and the Idaho State Library staff for shepherding us to the 2020 Vision conference. While in my last post I was trudging the roads of reality I am now looking forward to engaging in thinking, brainstorming, discussing, and being challenged by colleagues as we ponder the future of libraries.

Having worked, as a professional, in high school, academic, and public libraries I know that there are many differences in our respective missions. However, in spite of the differences, we are all trying to get appropriate information to our users.

In my preparation for this conference I read Greg Bear’s “Darwin’s Radio.” What I got from the book was that adaptations to an environment will happen whether we like it or not. We can either embrace the change or find it hideous and try to hide it away from public view. I would like to think that I fall into the “embracing” reaction but the uncomfortable reality is that all too often I see things through my “hideous” eyes.

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Semi-random thoughts to prep for Think Tank

One of my big goals to prepare for the Future’s conference was to try to get a better handle on the present – catch up to 2005. Every once in a while I have a mini-panic attack because I don’t feel like I’m really in touch with what’s happening in the world out there. In fact, I’ll confess that one of the reasons I like living in Idaho is it’s perfectly fine to not be as hip as the gals in N.Y. or L.A. We can pick and choose the latest items we want to try (yeah Netflix) and ignore those that aren’t going to meet our needs (like wearing camisoles to work or listening to pod casts while I’m trying to type). I even made a list of “homework” I was going to do before the big event:

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ILL, CCG and CCL - what does it mean?

Library staff that request copies of magazine and journal articles through Interlibrary Loan need to indicate on their request compliance with copyright laws. They do this by indicating either “CCG” or “CCL” in the request. But what do those letters mean?

CCG indicates compliance with the CONTU Guidelines. CONTU refers to the Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyright Works. The Guidelines can be found at The purpose of the guidelines is to “discourage the use of ILL as a substitute for magazine subscriptions.” (Butler, Rebecca P., Copyright for Teachers and Librarians, 2004.) Butler states that under the CONTU Guidelines, “borrowers may not receive more than five copies in one year from a single journal title published within the last five years.” So, if your library is borrowing a journal article and (1) the article is less than 5 years old, and (2) you have not borrowed more than 5 articles from the same journal in the past year; then you would show “CCG” on your request to indicate that your request complies with the CONTU Guidelines.

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Getting the SCOOP on Harry

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Barack Obama speech online

Thanks to Andrea at the PLA Blog for hunting down a link to Barack Obama’s keynote address. If you missed ALA and U.S. Senator (Illinois) Barack Obama’s speech, you can read it on his website.

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    Long Tail Presentation - online

    I previously wrote about the OCLC Symposium “Mining the Long Tail: Libraries, Amazoogle and Infinite Availability.” The webcast of the event is now available online via the OCLC Website here.

    A few notes picked up from the It’s All Good blog:

  • To view the webcast, use Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Chris Anderson’s slides are not available, but you can find a lot of what he speaks about at his blog The Long Tail, and
  • Nancy Davenport did not have any PowerPoint slides
  • Take some time to watch the webcast and share your thoughts here. I’m very interested to learn what others think about the Symposium.

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    The Long Tail and Predictions

    Found two extremely interesting articles on the future of library content and delivery. The first is by Clifford Lynch from D-Lib Magazine titled “Where Do We Go From Here? The Next Decade for Digital Libraries. In which Clifford expounds on what the next ten years will be like for digital libraries.

    The second took place in ALA’s 2005 annual conference (which I didn’t attend):
    OCLC Symposium: Mining the Long Tail: Libraries, Amazoogle and Infinite Availability uses Chris Anderson’s (Wired Magazine) paper The Long Tail to explore the increasing use of content targeting, the future of information resources, and how technology has and will shape how libraries provide services. Of course, Mr. Armstrong is the first speaker but the rest, like John Blossom and Nancy Davenport, also provide great insights into the fluid state of library services.