Interesting ideas from some smart people.

It’s been a good week.

I was allowed to participate in the LITA National Forum 2012 Committee. Now the hard part. Doing a good job and representing the County well. I’m looking forward to the experience. I hope to learn and contribute as much as I can.

I had a good time Thursday at the RALC-Web Users Group meeting. I always enjoy hanging out with librarians with similar interests. Those people are VERY smart and I’m happy they let me tag along. My friend Suzanne discussed the redesign process of her library’s new website. They launched it on Monday and it has gotten many positive reviews. Everyone at our meeting really liked it. I hope we can redesign our website in the near future…

The articles/posts below contain some interesting ideas from some smart people. They’ve gotten me thinking… As always you can download them in various formats here if you’d like.

  • I think Andy sums up one of my personal philosophies pretty well: “For me, librarianship is about being self aware of one’s own ignorance and embracing it as an impetus to stay curious, to seek answers, and to continue to grow. It is truly a journey into ignorance.”
  • I’m a sucker for trends so this one caught my eye. I’ll have to find out what actually happened at the Mobile World Congress. Maybe next week…
  • Mike Shatzkin discusses ebook ‘sales’ and emphasizes the distinction between a selling something (physical) and licensing something (digital). This is an interesting article and I believe we should probably begin thinking about ebooks this way. I don’t know what it will mean for libraries but if licensing content (instead of owning a physical object) is the future model of the publishing business then we might want to start thinking of ebooks more like the databases we subscribe to now.
  • A call for unity among Librarians of all varieties, OR “Hey! We really should get to know each other better”. I think this is a great idea. It can only benefit the profession. By getting to know librarians in other types of libraries we can establish useful connections, learn different aspects of library service and get a clearer outlook of librarianship as a whole.
  • This is an interesting prediction about the future of connectivity. If the phone is the hub of a personal “Internet of Things” then it could be possible for someone to: walk into a library, search for a book, then be directed to the book, and check it out all via his/her phone without ever having to talk to a person. Scary or exciting?
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2 comments

  1. suzanne

    I always look forward to the RALC-WUG meetings. So fun to get out of the library (and into another one!) I learn so much from fellow WUGgers–or the techtribe, as Andy said.

    Call for unity among disciplines of librarianship–YES. I approve this message.

    • Matt

      Techtribe meetings are fun and I always look forward to them. They provide a way for us to get to know interesting people from different libraries and to ‘unify’ our little segment of library land. I’m looking forward to the next one!

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