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Opinion | The American Renaissance Is Already Happening - The New York Times
May 14, 2018

In many of the cities the local library serves as an all-purpose community center. In Bend, Ore., the library has a few dozen local partnerships — AARP volunteers help people do their taxes in the library; Goodwill workers teach résumé writing. In Charleston, W.Va., and Columbus, Ohio, the libraries zero in on programs for infants to 3-year-olds, so children enter school ready to learn.
social_mobility  David_Brooks  libraries  civics  James_Fallows  renaissance 
may 2018 by jerryking
Libraries Can Be More Than Just Books - The New York Times
By MATT A.V. CHABAN SEPT. 18, 2017

New York, graced with the generosity of Astor, Tilden and Carnegie, was foundational in the library movement. Today, those foundations are crumbling. Despite their popularity, and because of it, the city’s 212 branches face nearly $1.5 billion in capital needs. And that is simply to reach a state of good repair.

Chipping away at these needs can seem overwhelming. But New York has an opportunity, one shared by cities across the country, to improve library infrastructure while creating badly needed housing. By using aging branches as sites for development, new libraries may rise with affordable apartments on top. The administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio should seize the chance at sites citywide to link these crucial needs.......
Libraries have become 21st-century settlement houses, providing a world of resources under one roof. They help bridge the digital divide, invest in early literacy and lifelong learning, increase language skills and serve as civic hubs. Let’s add affordable housing to the list.
libraries  NYPL  property_development  community_development  partnerships  New_York_City 
september 2017 by jerryking
How to Stream Thousands of Free Movies Using Your Library Card - NYT Watching
By Monica Castillo

More than 200 public library systems in the United States have teamed up with the streaming platform Kanopy to bring some 30,000 movies to library cardholders, free of charge. Kanopy’s emphasis is on documentaries and international films, all of which can be streamed on your computer, through a Roku box or on iOS and Android phone apps.

Be careful not to plan a mega binge-watch just yet, though. Each library imposes its own limit to the number of free movies a single cardholder can watch each month, from three to 20 titles per card, a spokeswoman for Kanopy said. Once they’ve registered their library cards with Kanopy, viewers can keep track of how many movies they have left in the upper right-hand corner of the onscreen interface. The limit for New York Public Library cardholders is 10 free movies a month, while Brooklyn Public Library allows six. Outside of New York, Los Angeles County libraries, for example, have a 10 movie limit.
streaming  free  films  movies  libraries  howto  James_Baldwin 
august 2017 by jerryking
David McCullough’s History Lessons
April 14, 2017 | WSJ | By Alexandra Wolfe.

David McCullough thinks that the country isn’t in such bad shape. It’s all relative, says the 83-year-old historian and author of such books as the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographies “Truman” (1992) and “John Adams” (2001). He points to the Civil War, for instance, when the country lost 2% of its population—that would be more than six million people today—or the flu pandemic of 1918, when more than 500,000 Americans died. “Imagine that on the nightly news,” he says.

History gives us a sense of proportion, he says: “It’s an antidote to a lot of unfortunately human trends like self-importance and self-pity.”.....see history “as an aid to navigation in such troubled, uncertain times,”.....[McCullough] thought back to something that the playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder had said while a fellow at Yale during Mr. McCullough’s undergraduate days. When Wilder heard a good story and wished to see it on the stage, he wrote the play himself. When he wanted to read a book about an interesting event, he wrote it himself.....Even today, Mr. McCullough doesn’t use a computer for research or writing. He still goes to libraries and archives to find primary sources and writes on a typewriter. ...History, he adds, is “often boiled down to statistics and dates and quotations that make it extremely boring.” The key to generating interest, he says, is for professors and teachers to frame history as stories about people.
archives  authors  biographies  Civil_War  contextual  David_McCullough  DIY  flu_outbreaks  Harry_Truman  historians  history  John_Adams  libraries  self-importance  self-pity  sense_of_proportion  storytelling  Pulitzer_Prize 
april 2017 by jerryking
Center for the Future of Museums: technology trends
Thursday, October 6, 2016
The Future of Ownership

Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums (GLAMs) are already grappling with the migration of content (records, correspondence) from paper to digital, including challenges of scale and readability. Now we face an additional complication: increasingly people don’t even own their digital collections of music, books or video content—they rent, borrow or pay to play.

Content that used to be contained in physical objects (books, records, photos, DVDs) is increasing being leased to us via digital devices. What does that mean for the legacy people can (or can’t) leave to document their life and work? Instead of an historic figures’ beloved book collection, will we be able to preserve her Kindle library? Would that collection even be stable over time? Will it contain (digital) marginalia? Photo collections increasingly live on the cloud, and if a service unexpectedly disappears, years of documentation can simply disappear. The podcast Reply All recently devoted a sobering episode to one such story, about a mom named Rachel who panicked when PictureLife folded, erasing her visual record of her daughters’ childhoods. What if one of those girls grows up to be president?
trends  ownership  sharing_economy  minimalism  end_of_ownership  decluttering  galleries  libraries  archives  museums  content  legacies  preservation  streaming  on-demand  physical_assets  artifacts  digitalization 
december 2016 by jerryking
Get thee to a library: It’s more important than ever - The Globe and Mail
JESSICA RIDDELL
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May 05, 2016
libraries  cutbacks 
may 2016 by jerryking
The Indian Spy Who Fell for Tibet - The New York Times
By SAMANTH SUBRAMANIAN
MARCH 16, 2016

Book cover of Journey to Lhasa and central Tibet,
Journey to Lhasa and central Tibet,
Sarachchandra Dāsa, 1849-
Book, 1902. 285 p.

TRL Stacks
Stacks Retrieval Stacks Request Reference N-MR In Library
Stack Request 915.15 S13
Tibet  security_&_intelligence  espionage  India  United_Kingdom  books  TPL  libraries 
march 2016 by jerryking
Leadership Means Learning to Look Behind the Mask - The New York Times
JAN. 30, 2016 | NYT | By BARBARA MISTICK.

Don't wait until it's too late to solicit feedback. Ms. Mistick was named president and director of Andrew Carnegie’s public library system in Pittsburgh, becoming only the second nonlibrarian to lead the system in over 110 years. She went in knowing that she was considered an outsider and that she would need to call on all her interpersonal and communication skills to navigate her new position. The problem is, the higher your position in an organization, the harder it is to receive honest assessments from the people who work for you, because the balance of authority shifts. ...The search for genuine feedback is increasingly your own responsibility.... In a culture of scarce resources, people had become guarded with their opinions. ....Mistick felt that everyone except her knew what was expected to succeed in “library land.” New jobs always present the challenge of how to read the norms, standards and expectations that aren’t explicitly told to new hires....When seeking input on specific skills, the 360-degree management assessment tool is a great starting place. When you want insights on the most important priorities for personal change, it takes honest conversation with those who know you best at work....We each have more control of our future than we recognize. One of the most powerful ways we can take charge of developing new skills is to ask for feedback.
leadership  women  CEOs  Communicating_&_Connecting  sense-making  performance_reviews  people_skills  Pittsburgh  libraries  anonymity  feedback  first90days  self-improvement  outsiders  tacit_knowledge  insights 
january 2016 by jerryking
Explore Toronto’s libraries, one illustration at a time - The Globe and Mail
SEAN LILLANI
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Feb. 13 2015,

Daniel Rotsztain’s prints are available at allthelibraries.ca/prints.
TPL  libraries  art  artists  architecture  Toronto 
february 2015 by jerryking
Mobile Apps : Books, Video, Research & More : Toronto Public Library
BookMyne
BookMyne (developed by library vendor SirsiDynix) allows you to check your account, search the catalogue, and place holds

OverDrive
Use the OverDrive app to download ebooks and eaudiobooks directly to your tablet or phone.

OneClickDigital
Download and listen to audiobooks on your device

Zinio
Download full current issues of popular magazines to read on your mobile device.

Hoopla
Stream music, movies and television episodes through the Hoopla app, or download for offline viewing.

Naxos Music Library
Listen to streaming classical music and jazz through the Naxos Music Library app.

Mango Languages
More than 34 foreign language courses and 14 English as a second language courses
mobile_applications  libraries  TPL  e-books  streaming  digital_media  movies  television  magazines  audiobooks 
february 2015 by jerryking
Do People Need Libraries in the Digital Age? - Speakeasy - WSJ
Feb 12, 2014| WSJ| by Christopher John Farley.

Google recently launched a program called “Helpouts” which connects people with experts. There’s no reason future libraries couldn’t do something similar, acting as a hub for putting people in touch, via Skype or in person, with book authors, professors, and learned members of the community. A number of places around the world are already setting up such “living libraries,” allowing people to contact people in the know directly. The Ptolemies pioneered a similar concept, bringing together some of the leading thinkers of the Hellenistic world for the Museum at Alexandria, which was linked to the Great Library.

Libraries of the future could be places we go not to just check out books, but to check out each other–to participate, face to face, in cultural activities in a way we can’t do over the internet. Some of this is being done. Perhaps more of it needs to be done soon.
libraries  expertise  human_experience  personal_libraries  personal_connections 
february 2014 by jerryking
Victory lab : the secret science of winning campaigns : Issenberg, Sasha. : Book, Regular Print Book : Toronto Public Library
Victory lab : the secret science of winning campaigns
1st pbk ed.

by Issenberg, Sasha.
Year/Format: 2013, Book,

Toronto Reference Library
Reference Hum & Soc Sci 2nd Fl Reference Open Shelf In Library 324.70973 ISS
political_campaigns  howto  books  libraries  TPL  data_driven 
december 2013 by jerryking
Strategic intelligence /
Strategic intelligence /
author
edited by Loch K. Johnson.
books  security_&_intelligence  uToronto  libraries 
november 2013 by jerryking
At Your Service
Autumn 2013 | University of Toronto Magazine| By Janet Rowe.

Personal librarians help first-year students understand U of T’s libraries....For students who haven’t been assigned a personal librarian, Vine offers an insider secret. “One of my favourite ‘hidden’ resources is a set of bibliographies on many subjects,” she says. “Prepared by experts, each item has an abstract that can help you figure out if the article is suitable for your assignment – a big time-saver for busy students. The trick is to look under ‘Oxford Bibliographies Online’ in the library catalogue.” Bonus: many paywall-protected articles are free when accessed through the library website.
personal_libraries  libraries  uToronto  curation  Colleges_&_Universities  research  paywalls  hidden  personalization  outreach  expertise 
november 2013 by jerryking
Hotels Add Libraries as Amenity to Keep Guests Inside - NYTimes.com
July 29, 2013 | NYT | By AMY ZIPKIN.

For hotels, the challenge is to persuade guests to spend more time, and money, in restaurants and bars, rather than venturing outside.

The Indigo Atlanta-Midtown hotel, for example, has a separate space in the lobby it calls the Library, with books, newspapers and coffee. The Indigo Nashville Hotel also has a library-style seating area.

Country Inns and Suites, with 447 hotels, now has an exclusive arrangement with Penguin Random, called Read It and Return Lending Library, that allows guests to borrow a book and return it to another location during a subsequent stay.

Scott Mayer, a senior vice president at Country Inns, says the goal is to provide guests, 40 percent of whom are business travelers, with “something they didn’t expect.”
hotels  libraries  reading  amenities  unexpected  perks  serendipity  hospitality 
july 2013 by jerryking
No public library on the Essequibo Coast in twenty years - Stabroek News - Georgetown, Guyana
Home > Opinion > Letters > No public library on the Essequibo Coast in twenty years
No public library on the Essequibo Coast in twenty years
February 18, 2013
letters_to_the_editor  libraries  Guyana 
february 2013 by jerryking
Handled With Care - NYTimes.com
By ANDREW D. SCRIMGEOUR
Published: December 28, 2012

One of the little-known roles of the academic librarian is bereavement counseling: assisting families with the disposition of books when the deceased have not specified a plan for them. Most relatives know these books were the lifeblood of their owners and so of intellectual value if not great monetary worth. But they remain clueless about how to handle them responsibly. Some call used-book shops. Some call the Salvation Army. Others call a university library. Many allow friends and relatives to pick over the shelves before bringing in a professional.
personal_libraries  Colleges_&_Universities  libraries 
january 2013 by jerryking
When markets collide : investment strategies for the age of global economic change
When markets collide : investment strategies for the age of global economic change
by El-Erian, Mohamed A., 1958-
books  PIMCO  CEOs  libraries  Mohamed_El-Erian  investment_thesis 
november 2012 by jerryking
Antifragile
by Taleb, Nassim Nicholas.
Year/Format: 2012

Just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension, and rumors or riots intensify when someone tries to repress them, many things in life benefit from stress, disorder, volatility, and turmoil. What Taleb has identified and calls “antifragile” is that category of things that not only gain from chaos but need it in order to survive and flourish.

InThe Black Swan,Taleb showed us that highly improbable and unpredictable events underlie almost everything about our world. InAntifragile,Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner. The antifragile is beyond the resilient or robust. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better and better.

Furthermore, the antifragile is immune to prediction errors and protected from adverse events. Why is the city-state better than the nation-state, why is debt bad for you, and why is what we call “efficient” not efficient at all? Why do government responses and social policies protect the strong and hurt the weak? Why should you write your resignation letter before even starting on the job? How did the sinking of theTitanicsave lives? The book spans innovation by trial and error, life decisions, politics, urban planning, war, personal finance, economic systems, and medicine. And throughout, in addition to the street wisdom of Fat Tony of Brooklyn, the voices and recipes of ancient wisdom, from Roman, Greek, Semitic, and medieval sources, are loud and clear.

Antifragile is a blueprint for living in a Black Swan world.
Nassim_Taleb  libraries  brittle  stressful  tension  antifragility  books  revenge_effects  Black_Swan  improbables  unpredictability  blueprints 
november 2012 by jerryking
On Borrowing Digital Books From the Library - NYTimes.com
August 9, 2012, 11:19 am24 Comments
On Borrowing Digital Books From the Library
By ANN CARRNS
libraries  e-books 
august 2012 by jerryking
Culture keepers
September 15, 2002 | Library journal | Andrew Richard Albanese.

An archival challenge

With the conference firmly focused on what lies ahead for African American librarianship, securing a brighter future, librarians said, requires preserving the past. ln that regard, African American librarians face a massive challenge and one that needs action. Over the course of the conference there were a number of sessions that focused on preservation issues, including digital archive initiatives. One session, "Preserving Cultures," summed up the archival issues at hand and detailed new problem-solving efforts. Librarians are particularly concerned about how little is currently known about the wealth of important historical materials pertaining to black history that is moldering in attics or being put on the curb. Brooklyn College's Chantel Bell captured the challenge of black librarians in discussing her effort to archive the records of Brooklyn's large Caribbean population Through her efforts, which include archiving as well as offering archival advice, she is attempting to keep the history of a vibrant community from being "permanently lost."
African-Americans  libraries  marketing  archives  historical_amnesia  preservation  cultural_institutions  history  Caribbean  Brooklyn 
august 2012 by jerryking
We make our own social programs
Jul. 28 2012 | The Globe and Mail |Craig Christie.

An element of a solution in this article: a parent (or parents) that demonstrated good work ethic and who promotes/instills the importance of education, to their kids. Without that, anything that is undertaken by organisations (government or non-government) will start out the gate with a handicap.
op-ed  Toronto  African_Canadians  responsibility  parenting  social_housing  work_ethic  values  gangs  violence  victimhood  self-help  role_models  self-reliance  self-respect  self-starters  libraries  JCA 
august 2012 by jerryking
Who will preserve the past for future generations? - The Globe and Mail
J.L. Granatstein

The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, Jun. 12 2012,

A national library is by definition national, the repository of the nation’s past and its treasures. It makes available the record of triumphs and failures, of glories and disasters, the sources for literature and history now and forever. But in Canada, for fear that the government be seen as elitist and Ottawa-centric, LAC’s priceless collection is to be broken up and dispersed.
libraries  literature  history  institutions  Canadian  archives  decentralization  heritage  J.L._Granatstein  preservation  digitalization 
june 2012 by jerryking
A library of the world’s most unusual compounds - FT.com
June 20, 2009 | FT | By George Pendle
A library of the world’s most unusual compounds
materials  libraries 
may 2012 by jerryking
Five reasons to look at an industry magazine
March 24, 2011 | Teresa

Now why would you want to look at a magazine in print, when so many are available in either databases or have websites with current content? Here are 5 reasons (in no particular order)

Advertisements - many publications have business to business opportunities or job ads that you will not see in other sources.
Directory issues - most of these magazines offer an annual directory that lists company specialties and contact information. Many times the company breakdowns are more specific than in more traditional directories such as Scotts or Canadian Trade Index. Expensive to purchase separately, they are usually included in a print subscription.
Forecasts - want to be ahead of the game? The first or last issue of the year many times has predictions of where the industry will be going in the coming year.
Trends - want to track a particular wave of interest in a certain product or see what the next big thing might be? Or what was popular 5 years ago? Leaf through an issue.
Charts and illustrations - unless the article appears as a PDF in a database or online on the website, you will miss out on what are vital pieces of information complementing an article.
industries  market_research  libraries  tips  blogs 
april 2012 by jerryking
Dixie lullaby : a story of music, race, and new beginnings in a new South : Kemp, Mark. : Book, Regular Print Book : Toronto Public Library
Dixie lullaby : a story of music, race, and new beginnings in a new South
by Kemp, Mark.
Year/Format: 2004, Book, xxii, 296 p. :

TRL 781.66097 K25
music  history  libraries  books 
april 2012 by jerryking
The business case for beautiful libraries - The Globe and Mail
LISA ROCHON | Columnist profile | E-mail
From Saturday's Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Feb. 10, 2012
culture  libraries  planning  case_studies  Lisa_Rochon  architecture 
february 2012 by jerryking
Libraries win reprieve from cut on operating hours - The Globe and Mail
elizabeth church
From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Oct. 17, 2011
Elizabeth_Church  libraries  cutbacks  Toronto 
october 2011 by jerryking
Report proposes $17-million in cuts for libraries -
Oct. 13, 2011 | The Globe and Mail | elizabeth church AND patrick wh
ite

Less than a month after Toronto city council spared library branches from the chopping block, more than $17-million in cuts are on the table, including reduced Sunday openings, fewer weekday hours, less spending on collections and the elimination 100 full-time jobs.

The money-saving measures are in a report by Toronto’s head librarian in response to a demand for a 10-per-cent reduction in all city operations for next year. The report will be considered next week at the first meeting of the library board since the appointment of eight new members. It stops short of recommending all the cuts, instead proposing the board back $9.7-million in savings, or about 5.7 per cent of the amount requested.
More related to this story

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Backlash over Toronto library cuts gives Fords ‘pause for thought,’ Margaret Atwood says

To meet the 10-per-cent target, the chief librarian says in the report that the board would have to consider an additional $7.3-million in added belt-tightening, which would include eliminating Sunday service at eight branches, and summer closings at the remaining 19.
libraries  cutbacks  austerity  Toronto  Elizabeth_Church  budgets 
october 2011 by jerryking
The Archimedes Palimpsest | Walters Art Museum | Reading Beneath the Lines | By William Triplett - WSJ.com
OCTOBER 12, 2011 | WSJ | By WILLIAM TRIPLETT.

Palimpsests—recycled handwritten books from the Middle Ages—aren't a particularly big deal. "They're around," says Will Noel, curator of manuscripts and rare books at the Walters Art Museum here. "What's rare is finding one that's interesting."

The interesting part is always the original text that the recycler (or palimpsester) tried to erase in order to write a new, different book...."Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes" is a palimpsest that mostly contains recovered writings of the great Greek mathematician, but it also includes two other recovered texts that have caught the attention of a variety of scholars. A good chunk of these writings exist nowhere else, any other copies having been lost or destroyed long ago.

"It really is a small ancient library of unique texts," Mr. Noel says.
Middle_Ages  books  museums  exhibitions  libraries  Archimedes  Greek 
october 2011 by jerryking
Modern citizens know a library’s worth
Aug. 30, 2011 | Globe &Mail | VINCENT LAM. There are two
priceless features of each of the 18 million annual library visits in
this city. First, sharing wisdom through the library & its programs
increases the wealth of our community. We learn, innovate and enrich our
city by sharing knowledge through books, films, lectures and
discussion. Second, the library is completely democratic. It provides
access to information, culture &leisure for new immigrants and
established Canadians, to children and the elderly, and to all
Torontonians whether they’re rich or going through tough times.

Speaking of tough times, in which we’re told that all belts must
tighten: Such are the precise times in which those with less disposable
income need access to good libraries more than ever. Those who can’t buy
books need to access the library’s collections, not to see acquisitions
or library hours cut. The destruction of the ancient Library of
Alexandria is one of the intellectual tragedies of antiquity.
civics  citizenship  libraries  Toronto  Rob_Ford  cutbacks  hard_times  austerity  TPL  social_fabric  commonwealth  institutions  engaged_citizenry 
september 2011 by jerryking
Why We Need Free Public Libraries More Than Ever
July 29, 2011 | The Atlantic | Keith Michael Fiels, the executive director of the American Library Association.
libraries  advocacy  reading  economy  community  democracy 
july 2011 by jerryking
Margaret Atwood's inspiring defence of Toronto’s libraries - The Globe and Mail
Jul. 27, 2011. Globe Editorial
What is shocking is Doug Ford's suggestion that Atwood should “go run in
the next election and get democratically elected” if she is concerned
about funding for libraries.

...Toronto’s public library system is among the best. Not only the best
in Canada, but in North America. Toronto’s system is the 2nd largest, by
number of branches, and the busiest by circulation, on the continent.
NYC public libraries lent out 24 million volumes in 2010; Toronto’s lent
out over 32 million. The system has innovated, offering music and
e-book downloads, making Internet access widely available, delivering
materials to local branches, and lending out cards that give free access
to local museums.

Mr. Ford’s attack is ironic, because no public service puts democracy on
display more than libraries. Toronto has invested in libraries to
foster a learning and reading culture. How? By democratizing knowledge.
And the value of the system is inseparable from its density.
Margaret_Atwood  libraries  Toronto  Rob_Ford  editorials  TPL 
july 2011 by jerryking
Margaret Atwood tweets to keep libraries open - The Globe and Mail
ELIZABETH CHURCH
From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Jul. 25, 2011 11:04PM EDT
Last updated Tuesday, Jul. 26, 2011
austerity  cutbacks  libraries  Toronto  Elizabeth_Church 
july 2011 by jerryking
How to make school libraries relevant again - The Globe and Mail
GLOBE EDITORIAL
How to make school libraries relevant again
From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
Published Monday, May. 16, 2011
schools  libraries  cutbacks 
may 2011 by jerryking
Librarians fight for a role in a digital world - The Globe and Mail
KATE HAMMER
EDUCATION REPORTER— From Monday's Globe and Mail
Published Monday, May. 16, 2011
libraries  future  education 
may 2011 by jerryking
Knowledge Ontario funding axed - The Globe and Mail
Apr. 22, 2011 Globe and Mail KATE HAMMER — EDUCATION REPORTER
Option for UWO's alumni department?
libraries  cutbacks  funding  media_literacy 
april 2011 by jerryking
Dear Book Lover: How to Get Kids to Read - WSJ.com
OCTOBER 1, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By CYNTHIA CROSSEN.
I know libraries are under the budget gun today, but I wish they worked
a little harder at sales. "Too many libraries run like 'Helpy-Selfy
Supermarkets,'" wrote Margaret A. Edwards in her tart manual/memoir
about libraries and young adults, "The Fair Garden and the Swarm of
Beasts." "Many other institutions that serve the public and believe in
their product put skilled salespeople on the floor, not behind desks
waiting for the customer to approach them."
reading  howto  youth  libraries  books  cultural_institutions  sales  selling  memoirs 
october 2010 by jerryking
A technique for producing ideas : Young, James Webb, 1886- : Book, Regular Print Book : Toronto Public Library
Its thesis is both simple and applicable to many sorts of
problems. The central premise is that any new idea is in fact only a
fresh combination of old elements, plus the ability to see new
relationships between known facts. What every successful business needs
is competent execution--you cannot patent an idea and protect it from
replication by a rival. Companies are increasingly using their
customers--social networking-- to help design their products and improve
their offerings.
ideas  idea_generation  books  libraries  book_reviews  Luke_Johnson 
september 2010 by jerryking
University Assigns Freshmen "Personal Librarians"
Sept. 15, 2010 | Fast Company | BY David Zax. What are we to
make of a recent prgrm at Drexel U., which is assigning to each of its
2,750 freshman a “personal librarian”? Is it a scrambling quest for
relevance, in an age where the Assoc. of College & Research
Libraries is issuing reports with names like “The Value of Academic
Libraries”?..Though students are expert at GOOG, sometimes they just
don’t know what they’re searching for, Drexel’s Dean of Libraries Danuta
Nitecki told the Chrn. of Hgher Educ.: “The pt. is not just about
interacting with info. out in the Internet—it’s about trying to identify
what questions you’re trying to answer.”..If GOOG is causing librarians
to hustle & innovate, what we’re seeing is not the last desperate
flounderings of an obsolete profession. Rather, GOOG is simply exerting a
healthy pressure ensuring that librarians do the sort of reaching out
they should've been doing all along--true & thorough outreach--which
makes prgrms like Drexel’s commendable.
libraries  personalization  Colleges_&_Universities  innovation  Drexel  outreach  personal_libraries 
september 2010 by jerryking
Dear Book Lover: Keeping Libraries Open - WSJ.com
JULY 9, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By CYNTHIA CROSSEN.

I love my library. Now it looks like budget cuts are going to reduce hours and staff. Is there anything I can do?

—L.C., Washington

Free libraries are a privilege some of our forebears fought hard for. When they were first proposed in England in the mid-19th-century, opponents argued that libraries would give the lower classes ideas about ephemera like equality. Later, critics worried that they were a waste of time......So raise your voices, library lovers. Raise money, too. Donate your time. Talk up your library with your friends and neighbors, especially if one of them is Jay Leno. Describing my feelings now, the historian Barbara Tuchman wrote 25 years ago, "Nothing sickens me more than the closed door of a library."
Barbara_Tuchman  budget_cuts  cost-cutting  Cynthia_Crossen  libraries 
july 2010 by jerryking
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