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alectau:

I just loved this. We must care for the things we cherish. :)

alectau:

I just loved this. We must care for the things we cherish. :)


Faculty rejected both ideas and drafted a petition saying there are “no first-rate universities in the world without a first-rate library.”

Source insidehighered.com


Norway Is Digitizing All Its Books

From the article: “In a plan to scan all of its publications to the cloud, the National Library of Norway is digitalizing its books, and it and plans to make them all freely available to users with a Norwegian IP address. The library plans to have the project completed in about 15 to 20 years.”


The End of the Library

MG Siegler asks if it is “that crazy a notion” to wonder if libraries will continue to exist in the future. He goes on to state that librarians are “not allowed to answer that.” But isn’t this like wondering if TechCrunch will exist in the future, and then disallowing TechCrunch columnists from answering that?

I would argue that, as a librarian, it is not only my professional duty but my moral imperative to evaluate the efficacy and strategy of the library as it currently exists, and to make my best suggestions for how it should improve and change in the future. And believe me, it should improve and change.

Siegler goes on to talk about the economics of e-books, which is a valuable discussion, but diminishes the role of the library in a community to a book repository, a stereotype we’ve encountered many times over. People who can spend their income on books, computers, and smartphones often make the mistake of stereotyping the library in this way, but others less affluent cannot afford to make the same mistake.

I link it here not because it is a particularly thought-provoking read but it is important for librarians to understand how some people stereotype libraries and speak about this stereotype as if it is fact, and then “disallow” us from weighing in on the conversation because of our own bias. What about your bias, tech columnists? 


We need to stop thinking of and talking about ebooks as books, and more as we would an app or a software package: Ebooks are computer code that display text and pictures instead of instructing our tablets to do some task. Not only can we not legally fiddle with such proprietary software, but we can’t “buy” it, either — we lease it, according to terms and conditions set by the manufacturer.

Source Wired


Books are to libraries what beds are to hospitals. They are an absolute requirement but they do not define what it is that we do. So one of the issues that is facing the country at the moment is really trying to define what libraries are and what role that they have and one of the large issues that we have I think is that the councils are looking at libraries really just as glorified book swaps.

Source thebookseller.com