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Serving the Print Impaired

I'm caught up thinking about the future. Earlier this month I attended 5 focus groups with print impaired users and service providers. In those groups we asked questions about information needs, preferred formats for receiving information, and suggestions for improved access to information. I heard frustrations about current capabilities as well as ideas for future services and resources.

gina.persichini's picture

Passwords: Secure and Sane

This week I have had the opportunity to sit in on the training for new LiLI Unlimited participants. Staff from these libraries are learning how to use OCLC’s CatExpress, FirstSearch, and Interlibrary Loan tools. As I hand out the passwords to access FirstSearch, I am struck by how much they look like something the cat types as she walks across my keyboard.

FirstSearch passwords are machine-generated. Is it secure? You bet. Easy to remember? Not at all.

Since this password can be shared with your library’s customers, you might want something more user friendly. So how can a library change their password to something that is both secure and sane? You have 2 options:

jan.wall's picture


I'm struck by this thought when I read these posts - what about browsing? I wonder if the focused search - i.e. knowing exactly what is "needed" will be the demise of wonderful serendipious finds?

Anonymous's picture

Jumping In

Graduation is over and now I’m gathering books, articles and reading postings in the Vision’s blog.
I’m jumping in!

I’ve read part of Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t, by Jim Collins. Commonalities of organizations or companies that have moved beyond “good” to “great” are identified by Collins. One shared element is that almost all their CEO’s or leaders who lead the group from “good” to “great” came from within. Drawing on this point, libraries should look to a cooperative management approach to create great leadership. In school libraries, this would involve the faculty, staff, students, administrators, counselors and the community. The physical presence of our school libraries will be morphed and so must the staff and the system by which new leaders are developed.

gina.persichini's picture

A new communication channel

This entry begins the Idaho State Library’s adventure into blogging. Why blog? Blogging is another opportunity to reach the Idaho library community. Through it, we can share news, provide education, and highlight some great practices around the state.

Each of our blog entries can be assigned categories. Since each entry is archived, anyone can find past entries within a specific category. Even more, they can use the “search” box up top to search all the entries with keywords.

The information you find in this blog will be more informal than our newsletters or any white papers ISL staff might write. Blogs, by nature, are less formal, and I hope that our readers welcome the casual conversation that will take place. Enjoy learning about services, discovering new trends, and discussing ideas for providing service to the Idaho library community.

Anonymous's picture

The Gamer Generation

I recently read a review of a book by John Beck & Mitchell Wade entitled “Got Game: How the Gamer Generation is Reshaping Business Forever.” In it Beck and Wade suggest that in the next five years, Gamers will have a significant impact on society and will be the dominant demographic for libraries. They also suggest that libraries will need to serve and attract both Gamers and Boomers through a number of avenues including creating separate zones in your library, knowing each generation’s culture and being attentive to the needs of both cultures. The review can be found at:…oclc/2005/267/stayinthegame.htm

Anonymous's picture

Some URLs

I received this e-mail today from the libadmin listserv, and I thought I would post it here. It seems to offer some interesting sites for exploration.

Beth Hill

How do some of the largest libraries in North America see their near-term future? Two of my recent DigitalKoans posts provide links to ARL libraries’ strategic planning Web sites and documents. Web sites were included if the library’s strategic plan included the years 2004 and/or 2005.…efforts-at-arl-libraries-part-1/

Anonymous's picture

The Future of Music - Megatrends

At the end of his book The Future of Music: Manifesto for the Digital Revolution, David Kusek (who will be joining us in August) and his coauthor Gerd Leonhard put forth six megatrends that they believe will affect the future of music. Since the authors say “knowing how to recognize a trend often leads to recognizing a specific opportunity that may result from it”, here they are for your contemplation:

The accelerating pace and scope of diversity – This trend seems a no-brainer as we are all experiencing its “unfettered, low cost, all-you-can-eat access” to information. However, the authors’ description of our media becoming less ‘push’ and more ‘pull’ is an interesting one to consider. Information consumers are more and more attracted to access that offers choice and control, less TV and more internet for example.

gina.persichini's picture

Questions (no answers) about serving the NextGen users

“I’ll add it to my queue.” This was the statement from a friend of mine when a group was discussing a particular movie that needed to be watched or, as it happened, re-watched. He was referring to his queue of movies with Netflix. As I read his words (because many of our conversations take place online by email, IM, or within a weblog) I found myself thinking ‘Netflix generation.’

A Netflix user gets movies shipped directly to their home. They watch them and return them to Netflix when they are done. No due dates. No late fees. No postage. After returning the movies, Netflix will send the next videos in the user’s queue.

Anonymous's picture

Looking Forward from the Past

While cleaning out our back room here in Post Falls, I came across photocopies of a series of articles on the future of libraries written by Raymond Kurzweil in the Jan, Feb, and Mar 1992 issues of Library Journal.

I thought it would be interesting to look back 13 years to see what people were saying about the future, as we are supposed to be looking 15 years out in creating our vision.