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Librarians' Tech Reading List

Weinberger's Well-ordered Miscellany

This book is dangerous. Everything is Miscellaneous takes all the precious ideas we are taught as librarians and throws them out the window. Structure, order, precise metadata, bibliographic control: gone, gone, gone, gone. Even, for you edgier types, ye who tell of your Semantic Web and your RDF...

My Phoner with Pogue

During the week leading up to ALA Midwinter, I received an email message from a publicist, stating that his client would be attending Midwinter, and wondering if I would like to conduct an interview. His client is David Pogue, the excellent NY Times columnist and blogger who writes about technology topics, especially handheld electronic devices. I jumped at the chance to interview Pogue,...

IT and Sympathy

I'm a big fan of the interactive/ dynamic/ RSS'ed/ video-blogged/ to-the-user-born school of library services. The days when we saw our job as input/output for books and journal articles are, I hope, long over. Most of us get itchy when we think about spending a year to make a minor decision… that way of doing things is so very 1995. But when I talk to colleagues inside the belly of the IT...

Expecting Change: American Libraries and the Next 100 Years

By now you likely have received your January issue of American Libraries (AL). (If not, it's coming soon!) Editor in chief Leonard Kniffel starts out his inaugural "From the Editor" column of the newly redesigned issue with a nugget about Melvil Dewey and change. "The World Encyclopedia of Library and Information Services notes that Dewey was a visionary who 'cared more for results than the...

The Long Tail Wags the Dog

On June 26th I caught the tail end of Chris Anderson's standing-room-only talk in New Orleans during the ALA Annual Conference. Chris was discussing the "long tail" phenomenon in the new business-and-economics climate of the Internet age. His book on this topic was just published, appropriately titled The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More.The long tail in a nutshell:...

Hectic Pace Launches; ALA Annual Underway in New Orleans

Congratulations to Andrew Pace and American Libraries on the launch of Andrew's new blog, "Hectic Pace" (just in time for ALA Annual in New Orleans!). Starts off Andrew: When I was a kid, I hated when people made puns out of my name—keep up the pace, do you like picante sauce?, your parents must have been pacemakers. Those of you with punnable names will sympathize with the one-sided hilarious...

When Owning Isn't Owning

At the Ontario Library Association Superconference earlier this month, I argued that library schools need to offer a course in copyright, licensing agreements for electronic products, and digital rights management (DRM), because they all affect the future of how libraries will interact with our users as entertainment and information becomes increasingly digital. It's unfortunate that at a time...

Karen's 'Beyond Algorithms' in Google's Newsletter for Librarians

If you read FRL (which I know you do), you know how busy Karen is. Considering she's the director of LII.org, I'm always amazed when I see her well-crafted work on FRL and her smiling face and seemingly unhurried composure at conferences (where she's a very sought after individual) at which I've had the pleasure of hanging out with her if only even for a few moments. There's also her work on the...

At the Top of Its Game: The MLS Symposium

"If you don't offer them something that has value to them now, you're going to be irrelevant to them for the rest of their lives. It's not a risk we can afford to take."—Eli Neiburger, MLS Symposium on Gaming, Learning, and Libraries, December 6, 2005, Chicago, ILAnn Arbor District Library's Eli Neiburger— who sports a Triforce-symbol tattoo (from The Legend of Zelda; see photo of...

Information-Seeking Prefs-21st-Century Style

OCLC's new report, Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources, is downloadable at oclc.org/reports/2005perceptions.htm. Karen, points to it here, and says... so far, so good. The Association of College and Research Libraries' blog, the ACRLog, also posts about it today ('a must-read...library usage report'). States the OCLC Web site about the new research: Perceptions of Libraries and...

Librarian’s Reading List: The Future of Music

Exploring the Future of Digital EntertainmentThis will be the first of a few posts about books that have rocked my world in the last few months that I would suggest to all librarians who want to understand our current and future technology landscape.“The best selling CD of 2004 was BLANK."I'm still reeling from Apple's big announcement about downloadable video last week while I was in London for...