Categories Resources & Websites for Librarians

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#bookgate FOIA Documents: The Mission of Libraries?

The Smile Politely blog has posted Freedom of Information Act documents related to the Urbana free Library weeding kerfuffle. A snippet: “She also reminded me that our mission was no longer lifelong learning.”  I am having trouble processing such a statement.  What will happen next? Also, see:  

Announcing PREFAB – Library Website Service

Are you struggling with an unfriendly or dated library Website? Not have the staff or big budget to do a lengthy overhaul? Look no further than PREFAB. Do not miss this incredible offering from Aaron Schmidt and Amanada Etches, aka INFLUX: PREFAB THE LIBRARY WEBSITE SERVICE Prefab is a ready-to-launch website designed for libraries. Based on years of library user research, our template gives you everything you need to create a fantastic library website. With Prefab, you won’t even need to worry about hosting. We’ve designed an amazing library website so you don’t have to. THIS IS PREFAB and it […]

Too Much Assessment Not Enough Innovation: R&D Models and Mindsets for Academic Libraries

Don’t miss Too Much Assessment Not Enough Innovation: R&D Models and Mindsets for Academic Libraries by Brian Mathews. Download it here: Brian writes: In seven days I’ll be giving a talk on R&D for academic libraries but here is the enhanced version of the conference paper. This is a follow-up (actually a sequel) to Think Like A Startup. I described the intentions of this paper last month so I’ll save us all from repetition. The key point is that assessment programs should be engines for change seeking progress not sustainment. I reread the paper on Saturday and the thing that stood out was how […]

New White Paper: Think Like a Startup

Please go here ASAP: to find out all about the new white paper from Brian Mathews: This paper is a collection of talking points intended to stir the entrepreneurial spirit in library leaders at every level. I think it is also useful for library science students as they prepare to enter and impact the profession. My intention is for this to be a conversation starter, not a step-by-step plan. The future is ours to figure out and I hope that this captures the spirit of the changes ahead. So here you go: Think Like A Startup: a white paper to […]

Hack A Kindle*

UPDATED ON 1/28/12 (see below) *sort of   I bought a Kindle for these reasons and for the past few days, I’ve been using it in a few different ways.  I bought two books from Amazon totalling $6.99.  But most of the space on my Kindle is taken up by a collection of PDF’s.  Yes, this is how I’m hacking a Kindle.  It’s my PDF collection device. Does your library subscribe to some databases?  Chances are, they do, and this will be where you will start your hacking.  My current topics of interest include empowering patrons to create “stuff” in […]

Web 2.0 & Libraries Parts 1 & 2 Available Free on Hyperlinked Library Site

I am happy to announce the full text of both of my ALA Library Technology Reports are available now at the new TTW companion site The Hyperlinked Library. The rest of the site is currently under construction, but for now you’ll find: Web 2.0 & Libraries: Best Practices for Social Software (2006) – Web 2.0 & Libraries: Trends & Technologies (2007) – Special thanks to my SJSU SLIS grad assistant Patrick Siebold who worked very hard the past few weeks inputting the content. I know the examples from ’06 and ’07 may seem out of date and quaint in some […]

“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?