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Here’s part 1 & 2 of Eli’s 2010 talk on ebooks titled “Libraries are Screwed”. It’s quite possibly the most important thing that anyone’s said about libraries in the digital age and I believe it’s up there with Ranganathan et al.

Part 2 in particular has a renewed relevance to our conversation on eBooks-in-libraries, what with Amazon’s ebook subscription service being the thing people are talking about. (Please do watch part 2!).

Eli lays it out: the time of “libraries as distribution centers for popular fiction" is over. (Sure, we’ll still do that now and in the future, but we’re going to continue to ride into the sunset as municipal budgets get cut as long as we continue to think of libraries in that model).

Some important quotes:

"In an internetworked world, when you can download anything from anywhere, the idea of having a local copy only makes sense to a hoarder.
No digital native is going to get excited about waiting to receive a digital object, and what’s the sense in making someone give something back to you when you still have it even after you gave it to them?
The purpose of libraries when they were created was not to purchase commercial content for use by the community but to store and organize the content of the community.

Please do watch this (at least part 2), think deeply about it, and share it widely. It’s a more important message in 2014 than is was in 2010.

Reposting because this lecture is an oldie but goodie.

Collette J. at A Wrinkle in Tech discusses why she decided to get rid of the “decimal” portion of the Dewey Decimal Classification of her school’s nonfiction:

  1. I’ve stealthily been shortening the decimals to whole numbers on all the new books for the second half of the school year.  It hasn’t impeded students’ ability to find a book in my professional opinion.
  2. Students don’t learn about decimals until at least 3rd grade.  I want students to use the nonfiction WELL before that.  I let kindergarten and 1st graders check out nonfiction, especially with the Common Core 50/50 fiction/nonfiction expectations barreling down the tracks.
  3. The main point of the Dewey Decimal System, or METIS or any other system of organizing books, is to make them easy to find and use.  I think sometimes we forget that.  If we can make it easier to find a book or audiobook, more students will find what they are looking for and consequently spend more time actually reading and learning.
  4. If a student goes from the Spring Ridge library to another library that uses the full decimals, they will still have the basic skills to find a book.  A number still denotes a topic.  567 is still dinosaurs, with or without the .9 after it.
  5. And finally, I’m not going to change all the call numbers myself.  I’m having Mackin do it for me for $300.  My collection has just over 12,000 titles.  I can think of much better uses of my time than sitting at a computer editing copy records in Destiny one at a time.  Some very clever computer programmer will write some code and change the call numbers for me, plus the price is right.

It’s an interesting read.  Tech services librarians and school librarians, what do you think of her decision?  Would you have done the same?  Why or why not?

Video is at the link, but unfortunately I can’t embed it.

So in Creative Experience we have Mac computers and they’re all set up in collaborative work areas we call them pods,’ says Andrea Johnson, the Creative Experience Specialist. ‘They have the iLife suite on them which is Garageband, iMovie and iPhoto and we also have Adobe Creative Suite Six which includes Photoshop and Dreamweaver.’

Hey, nice. Any other public libraries do this?

In Brief: A call for articles based on an open source outline

On January 20th, 2014 nina de jesus posted “Outline for a Paper I Probably Won’t Write.” The editors at In the Library with the Lead Pipe approached de jesus to see if she might like to write it after all. We also discussed her idea to release her outline with an open source license and see what others would write. We are thrilled to announce that de jesus agreed to both.

If you are interested in writing an article for us based on this outline and would like to work with a Lead Pipe editor, please email ellie@leadpi.pe by August 13th, 2014. If you would like to write your article without going through the Lead Pipe peer review process, please email ellie@leadpi.pe by September 10th, 2014 with a link to your completed article. You are not bound to follow the outline to the letter. We welcome divergence and dissent.

Depending on the number and quality of submissions we receive, we will either publish all of the articles together as a digital edition or we will publish de jesus’s article here along with links to any other articles published using this outline.

The deadline for the completed article is September 10th, with a publication date of September 24th.

This is a great idea! And based upon her outline, I’d read the heck out of de jesus’s paper.

Never forget, they say.

Update: The origin of the phrase is at the 2:55 mark in The Colbert Report’s March 26, 2007 interview of John Perry Barlow.

I retweeted this 3 hours ago, and www.digitalbookday.com is still down.

Required reading, or should be.  In brief, the suggested principles are:

  • Ensure neutrality on all public networks
  • Prohibit blocking to legal sites and services
  • Protect against “unreasonable discrimination,” either based on the user’s identity, the type of service, or the content itself
  • Prohibit paid prioritization
  • Prevent degredation of services by broadband providers and ISPs, either by neglect or by design
  • Enable “reasonable network management” against “congestion, viruses, and spam”
  • Provide transparency
  • Continue capacity-based pricing of broadband Internet access connections
  • Adopt enforceable and transparent policies
  • Accommodate for “public safety, health, law enforcement, national security, or emergency situations”
  • Maintain the status quo on private networks


the internet summed up in one gif set

Also: Why the aliens keep passing us by.

(via unemployed-librarian)