Monthly Archives: October 2011

43 posts

The New Normal Needs You

Greetings from London and Internet Librarian International! Don’t miss this conference theme-related article by Ulla De Stricker at Info Today Europe:—to-tell-it-like-it-is-78092.aspx Fragmented, opaque, multidimensional, fast-changing … however we view the profession we chose, we share the need to assess constantly how our professional contributions match the evolving needs of employers in light of their new tools – and translate that assessment into language they understand: Because society is brimming with new technologies and new ways of communicating, our unique capabilities and skills, and the results we can produce, are ‘lost in the din’ more and more frequently. Because the workplaces of today are […]

Programming is great, but…

Have you ever given your all for a teen program, only to feel less than spectacular about the end result? We’ve all been there. Maybe we don’t attract the attendance numbers we hoped for or that our well thought out plan didn’t go exactly as we expected it to go. It’s got me thinking about life in the library beyond programs. Programming is a great tool for libraries, but it can only get us so far. Real interactions, friendships, and something as simple as saying hello to our patrons is one of the best practices for a teen librarian to […]

Participatory Culture: Cross Cultural Connections in the Age of the Internet

Vishakha Desai, President and CEO, Asia Society, New York, United States, was the keynote speaker this afternoon – as we hurtle toward the end of this incredible experience. The Asia Society’s Mission: Asia Society is the leading global and pan-Asian organization working to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the people, leaders, and institutions of the United States and Asia. We seek to increase knowledge and enhance dialogue, encourage creative expression, and generate new ideas across the fields of arts and culture, policy and business, and education.  Some key thoughts: The potential of the tools we all hear about is […]

Building the Skills of Library & Museum Professionals

I was honored to participate in the group devoted to building the skills of librarians and museum professionals. Lead by Dr. David Lankes, the group worked hard over two days at the Seminar. Above is the mission statement the group used to frame an example of future curriculum for educating in LIS and museums. The curricular topics include: Management for Participation Asset Management Cultural Skills Knowledge/Learning/Innovation Technology Transformative Social Engagement Under the heading of technology, this statement speaks well to my ideas about teaching and how LIS students should learn to learn: “ability to engage and evolve with technology” This […]

Participatory Culture: Video from Salzburg Global Seminar

Special thanks to  Robert  Fish, Associate Director of  Communication, Salzburg Global Seminar for his expertise and editing! This post is a reflection/response to questions posed at the Salzburg Global Seminar program Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture, exploring the challenges, solutions and potential for participatory services within libraries and museums. Join the conversation: Special Thanks to the Salzburg Global Seminar  and IMLS for the invitation to participate in this event.

Participatory Culture: Demonstrating Public Value

Camelos levam livros para crianças no Quênia, originally uploaded by 365 Dias que Acalmaram o Mundo. The last thematic area started our morning. Each panelist shared success stories and insights about demonstrating public value for libraries and museums. Gary Vikan, Director, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, United States, detailed the history of the Walters collection and shared with us the mission of the museum, updated in the year 2000: Bring art and people together for enjoyment, discovery and learning. “Everything we do should be measured by the benefit of the public,” he said. Another focus of the Waters museum staff […]

“Why the QR Code is Failing” Aaron Schmidt shares a quote by way of John Gruber: People will not adopt a technical solution that serves to replace a manual task, if that solution is less efficient than the manual task it replaces. How could we think that QR codes for marketing would work any better than CueCat? Did we not learn the first time? Click through and read Sean X Cummings full article – he offers some interesting ideas for making QR codes useful. My question – has any library or information organization actually researched successful use and adoption?