Last week, Google unveiled a new service called Helpouts and, maybe in the process, they’ve introduced a threat to libraries. Libraries face increased costs due to journals and databases, while at the same time they have seen their budgets decrease or stagnate since 2008. But, what does that have to do with Google Helpouts?
Written by Mélanie Berliet and published by the New York Observer. For a grand total of $225 per semester, Felix rents nine small cubbies, which he has named according to their contents: two “closets” (one… Read More »The New Homeless: Inside the Accidental Dormitory That Is NYU’s Bobst Library
If you’re a librarian, you’ve probably come across the op-ed by MG Siegler on Techcrunch. It can be interpreted as “outsider baits group and revels in group response.” Put in the context of other anti-library pieces, one may discover some patterns. For a piece that is critical of libraries, but encouraging of discussion, I recommend Seth Godin’s post “Future of the Libraries.” How does the tone shape the discussion versus the latter pieces? What is Godin trying to communicate?
Are you a librarian or graduate from an ALA-accredited graduate program? If so, how do you define the library profession? What does it mean to you, and in which direction would you like to see it move? Is there a split occurring among those who identify with the profession, and if so, what’s causing that rift?
Yesterday, the Pew Internet and American Life Project published a report, “Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations.” To summarize, 16-29 year-olds love libraries and use them more than older age groups. In looking at the… Read More »Pew Internet: Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations
Written by Eric Pfanner and published in the New York Times. One of the European Union’s measures would grant Internet users a “right to be forgotten,” letting them delete damaging references to themselves in search… Read More »Archivists in France Fight a Privacy Initiative
R. David Lankes announced on his blog yesterday he will be teaching a free, online class in new librarianship along with Jill Hurst-Wahl, Megan Oakleaf and Jian Qin. The course description reads: Libraries have existed for millennia, but… Read More »MOOC: New Librarianship Master Class
Audio and video media are becoming an increasingly important part of libraries’ online holdings. Distribution may need to be limited to in-library devices or authorized users. The issue isn’t basically different from written documents and… Read More »Audio and Video on Library Websites