libraries

Library Decimation?

Another day, another insightful, interesting library blogger. Andy Woodworth published a challenging blog post last week entitled, Why Closing More Public Libraries Might Be the Best Thing (...Right Now).

How 2.0 Can You Go?

For years, David Lee King has used his blog, conference presentations and other platforms to preach the value of social media in libraries. Last week, the interwebs were all abuzz and aTwitter with links to fresh evidence that David practices what he preaches. At his day job, David is Digital Branch & Services Manager for the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Libary System (TSCPL).  Therefore, I have little doubt that he's responsible in some way for

Two Free Technology Webinars: learn about Second Life and online donations

We had an interesting webinar last week on wikis, and two more free tech webinars are coming up soon! Hmmm, I wonder if any libraries are combining these two topics and using Second Life to link to a site for online donations?

What is Cloud Computing and How will it Affect Libraries?

As with many questions about the future of technology, I’m afraid that the only completely honest answer to the questions in the title of this post is probably “I don’t know and neither does anyone else”. So pardon me while I make a provisional attempt to answer this unanswerable question.

Libraries and the Democratization of Manufacturing

Chris Anderson's (Wired Magazine’s editor-in-chief and author of The Long Tail) articles are always worth reading, but his latest: “In the Next Industrial Revolution, Atoms Are the New Bits," is especially interesting in its implications for libraries and librarians.

The Light and Dark Sides of Social Search

Teaching, learning and research have always been social activities involving heavy reliance on trust, reputation and brand awareness., and these social aspects of information seeking behavior grow more prevalent every year. This natural tendency to seek reliable, community-validated information sources has traditionally drawn people to libraries for two reasons.

Free Webinar on Stimulus Bill Funding for Libraries

If you've been following the economic stimulus bill (The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 or ARRA) and its impact on libraries, you know that it allocates $7.2 billion to encourage investment in America's broadband infrastructure. Of that money, $200 million has been specifically allocated to expand public computing

Why Libraries Exist

I normally blog about library technology, but I'd like to take a break from that today and do a fun post from the "great writers in the library" genre. I've heard a million of these stories, but I never get tired of them (btw, does anyone know of a site where they're collected?). This one is the story of Carl Sagan's first visit to the library from Cosmos (pg. 133):