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Crossroads

The future truly is the place where no one has gone before. There seem to be so many trends that we're barely taking advantage of. (And should we?) I feel that especially when I visit Seattle. My family lives on their cell phones - text messages, photos, etc. Meanwhile, like many in northern Idaho, I don't even own a cell phone.

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Words from years ago

The greatest crisis facing us is not Russia, not the Atom Bomb, not corruption in government, not encroaching hunger, not the morals of the young. It is a crisis in the organization and accessibility of human knowledge. We own an enormous “encyclopedia” — which isn’t even arranged alphabetically. Our “file cards” are spilled on the floor, nor were they ever in order. The answers we want may be buried somewhere in the heap, but it might take a lifetime to locate two already known facts, place them side by side and derive a third fact, the one we urgently need.

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More on Utne

I thought I was the only person who reads Utne! I also read Mother Jones, but perhaps that’s more information about my political persuasion than I should give.

I also went back and read Mike’s post about why we exist, and should we continue to exist? It hasn’t been all that long that libraries have existed for the public (as a public good, as Rich so eloquently points out.) I read a book (I forget the title, but can find it again) that is a primary source about jobs that existed a century ago: jobs such as wheelwright, ironmonger, etc. that largely don’t exist anymore. Many of the chapters dealt with how people coped as their jobs disappeared beneath their feet. Is there anything that guarantees the further existence of libraries? Not everything lasts forever.

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Technology Trends Updated

WebJunction has updated their Technology Trends. For a look at what’s new and exciting with library technology go to http://www.webjunction.org/.

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    Losing the way

    Here's a link to an article in Utne by Chris Dodge entitle Knowledge For Sale: Are America's public libraries on the verge of losing their way?

    Article at Utne.com.

    (Sorry, but I can’t seem to make the linkmaker work.)
    [Editor: the link has been fixed.]

    Mike

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      How do I….

      With each Phase of the LiLI Unlimited Resource Sharing roll-out, library staff are learning how to use OCLC’s CatExpress and Interlibrary Loan tools. Part of the State Library’s evaluation of the training includes a follow-up a few months after the initial training to see how things are going.

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      Digitizing the Future

      It might be worthwhile to read (and print out, if you wish) The Infinite Library from Technology Review. It can be found at www.technologyreview.com/articles/05/05/issue/feature_library.asp.

      Mike Doellman
      Marshall Public Library, Pocatello

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        What is SEARCH?

        UPDATES:
        Catching up on blog entries, we have some terrific material and thoughts being shared. Thanks to everyone for contributing and reading.

        I’ve been able to meet with Brenda Cooper and Louise Marley in person, and Dave Kusek by phone in the past couple of weeks. They are all excited to attend. Brenda and Louise will be able to join us for the entire Think Tank. They will stay in the discussions, and Brenda will help with facilitating if needed.

        Brenda’s first novel, with dean of Science Fiction Larry Niven is out this month. Title: Building Harlequin’s Moon. I am reading it now and it’s a great summer read. Earthborn people escape an over-technological earth but get stranded on the way to a new world. They have to build their own world, and in so doing must use the same technology they set out to escape, plus they have to birth a new civilization of moon-born. Thus they must come face-to-face with their own prejudices and fears.

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        All-Terrain Google

        If you’re like me, you like the beaten path. Routine is a great way to stay organized and save time and energy. And of course it’s comfortable.

        That said - and you all know where I’m going with this rhetorical strategy - we need to get off our self-worn paths on occasion and synchronize our selves with what’s out there.

        There’s no single web site I visit more often (except www.lili.org, where I practically live) than Google. I’ve worn a deep, rutted path from my browser’s Google favorite button to the search box and then to the “Google Search” button. But just off to the side, there’s a “more >>” link. Beneath this oft-overlooked link is an array of web services highly under-recommended by such a simple label.

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        Pat Wagner and The Generation Gap

        Attendees at this year’s Summer Institute track “Improving Library Service: Cooperation, Collaboration, Communication” are in for a real treat. While we were both in Chicago, I met with Pat Wagner (Pattern Research) who will be presenting a major portion of the content at the Summer Institute (August 1st - 5th).

        Pat is sharp, experienced, and has the ability to relate the material right to the attendee. She shared some theories with me, and I just can’t wait for Summer Institute when the whole group will get to experience the entire program. Later in the conference, I had the opportunity to see one of the programs that Pat was presenting: “Generation Gap: Challengs and Benefits of a Mixed Generation Workforce.”