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C3 and the Management Triangle

Last week ISL hosted Summer Institute. With 3 tracks going on, my week was spent in the C3 track: “Improving Library Services: Cooperation, Collaboration, and Communication.” What an amazing week! Not only did we have the opportunity to learn from the likes of Pat Wagner (Tools for Successful Project Management), Linda Silva (The Brain: A Manager’s Guide), and Susan Swetnam (Fostering Grassroots Support for Public Libraries: the Example of Idaho’s Carnegie Library Applications); but we were also privileged to have an amazing learning group to learn from. Participants shared their ideas, experience, and knowledge with each other and truly made C3 a week to remember.

Anonymous's picture

Beware Exploding Heads

Good golly! I haven’t been immersed in directed reading and thinking like this since library school. Do you think things will get so intense we’ll have people’s heads exploding like cherry bomb stuffed pumpkins?
One intellectual trail leads to another. I’m preparing for the future by reading the past…suggested reading leads back to McLuhan, McLuhan bridges over to de Chardin; I’m not going any farther back than Augustine.
This stuff is so heady that I am really hoping we can get outside in Boise to avoid the pressure cooker syndrome (and avoid those splattered pumpkins).
We’ll be in a place that is close to some fine natural beauty. The river should be part of this conversation.

Anonymous's picture

Change to stay the same

I read an article in CNET titled “College Library of the Future” which emphasizes Google’s continued efforts to digitize the biggie libraries (Stanford, NYPL, etc.), as well as the efforts of other libraries not on Google’s digitization radar. Nothing new on that scope, but what I found interesting was the ending comment of the article:

“The library that acts as a steward will have to learn what it means to capture and persistently manage new vehicles of information,” said Daniel Greenstein, associate vice provost of libraries at the University of California’s Digital Library project. “It will have to change in order to stay the same.”

gina.persichini's picture

Future of Resource Sharing

A few months ago an interested group of library professionals decided it was “Time to Think Again About Resource Sharing.” A discussion paper was drafted and they have been seeking input from the library community through various discussion sessions.

During the July 20th LiLI Advisory Board meeting, I asked the members of the advisory group to share their thoughts in response to to the discussion questions set forth in the paper. Their responses can be found in the minutes of that meeting. *Editor's Note: These meeting minutes have been archived and are no longer available online.  If you have any questions, please contact us.

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The dark side...

Technology is wonderful. Sometimes. But. I had 575 (no, I didn’t add a digit) comments on one of my posts - pornographic links that also showed up in my email inbox. The email names were pretty humorous, actually, but it certainly shows the dark side of technology.

Please let us know if this happens to you! (You can’t miss it, when your adminstrator sends a message: “Your mailbox is over its limit” and you have 600 new messages overnight!)


    Anonymous's picture

    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.

    Anonymous's picture

    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.

    Anonymous's picture

    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.

    Anonymous's picture

    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.

    Shirley Biladeau's picture

    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: