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What constitutes a library?

When I got home from Boise last night, I checked my email and found a message about an interesting post on what constitutes a library at the blog :

“The Madisonian Take on Libraries”

There are some very interesting ideas noted there — gives us more food for thought to add to our discussions at the Think Tank.



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    What fun!

    Several things I wanted to share with you all. First, a great big Thank You to Jan, Glen, all the presenters, and the folks at the Idaho State Library for the opportunity to come together and share/bounce ideas about library futures.

    Second, I wish I would’ve done a better of job of getting to know all the participants—next time I will make sure I introduce myself, shake your hand, and get to know you well enough to borrow money.

    Third, I’m still digesting everything that I heard and read and am percolating the implications involved to truly change my current mindset of “it’s possible” with the preferred future vision of “let’s do it!” I know I have to strengthen my guts (heart? head? being?) to start affecting change.

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    …admitting our ignorance, our concerns, our fears

    This will be my last attempt at blogging before the conference. I realize I missed the boat by not responding regularly to what others had to say like Cayce does with Parkaboy in William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition. But, I do look forward to meeting all the characters in our drama face-to-face.

    I also finished The Age of Spiritual Machines, Good to Great and I’m working on Tomorrow Now along with many other documents and those in OCLC’s 2003 Environmental Scan. I bounced his writing about genetics off on an expert in the industry and had an enlightening conversation. It is hard to believe we will actually meet this author. It is an incredible opportunity.

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    Last Random Thoughts Before Boise

    We as librarians — regardless of our type of library — hold knowledge in trust. Library school (at least mine!) said that we exist to meet the educational, recreational, and informational needs of our users. To do this, we assume a hubris that ranks right up there with the best in Greek tragedy: we confront and attempt to organize for use all human knowledge.

    Information is abundant; wisdom is rare. Should we be attempting to provide keys to wisdom as well as information?

    Video on demand is one of the “coming things.” Do you supposed that a “library on demand” is also possible?

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    Getting in on the (future) action

    While I was standing in the checkout lane of the grocery store, I saw that Reader’s Digest has an article titled something like ” 14 new trends that will change your life.” I might have to buy it just to see what the CW (Common Wisdom) says. I haven’t checked on LiLI-D to see if it’s there. After all, what’s RD without the jokes?


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      Article: The Architect of Learning: The Reinvention of the College Library

      Below is an article from the July 31st Boston Globe:
      The Architect of Learning: The reinvention of the college library

      Below is a quote from Geoffrey Freeman in the article:
      ‘’There are the different mediums — paper, digital, video. How do I combine these different pieces of information?” he asks. ‘’Today’s library is where people challenge the information they get. It’s a real cultural difference. Students don’t care if it’s a technology or content question, so the new demands on a library are tremendous. The biggest challenge in any of these facilities is how to integrate technology and knowledge. The goal is one-stop shopping.”

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      1 billion!

      At about 2:30pm in Ohio today, Thursday August 11th, the one billionth item was added to the OCLC WorldCat database. It’s All Good is sure to have all the details about who, what and how as they are available.

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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.

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      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.

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      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.”