ABC15 – “Valley librarians are working hard to make sure their books don’t collect dust in the digital age. In the era of instant downloads, when even big chain bookstores are closing, are public libraries still relevant? The numbers illustrate an interesting story. Rita Marko with the Phoenix Public Library tells ABC15 that physical visitors to the libraries are down 9 percent since 2010, online users are quite strong at 24 million hits so far this year. That’s on par with numbers from 2010.”
Chicago Tribune – “When Ruth Lednicer recently placed a hold in the Chicago Public Library system for the cookbook “Fix It and Forget It” at the start of the year, she never guessed the book would take nearly a month to arrive.
Of course, Lednicer had a bit more sympathy for those who processed her book request within the Harold Washington Library because she works there as the director of marketing.
For the rest of the Chicago’s 1.9 million library cardholders, the extended waits for materials they placed on hold at the start of the year were more of a mysterious hassle.”
Ottawa Citizen – “The first thing Janice O’Neill did when she became librarian at St. Mark Catholic High School in Manotick was tear up the No Talking sign.
She also ripped up the No Eating sign, stopped charging students for printing stuff off the Internet and said goodbye to the card catalogue.
Now she’s clearing the tidy shelves of encyclopedias and other out-of-date reference books jammed with facts that are a click away thanks to Google.”
Gizmodo – “Tomorrow, The University of Chicago will be changing how their students will be doing their research papers. The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library will use a massive automated retrieval system, turning the whole library experience on it’s head.”
Boston Globe – “They posted quotes around campus from Henry David Thoreau. Meditation groups discussed Buddhist techniques of emptying the mind and overcoming attachment. Some sipped organic tea or took knitting and crocheting classes. The dean took off his shoes and socks and led students in qigong, a traditional Chinese breathing exercise to promote awareness of body and mind Still, no matter how much administrators at Clark University sought to promote their Day of Slowing — 24 hours without texting or checking Facebook or listening to an iPod — nearly every student in the academic commons of the main library yesterday was either talking on a cellphone, checking e-mail on a laptop, or otherwise connected to a digital device.”
CNN – “As technology evolves at breakneck speed, thorny legal issues are emerging, experts say”
CJOnline – “Boomers are also connecting to old favorite places through social media. David Lee King is the Digital Branch and Services manager at the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library. The library has 20 to 30 blogs that customers can comment on. It has a Facebook page and Twitter, YouTube and Flickr accounts. King said the biggest challenge he sees for boomers trying to adopt social media is understanding that it’s about connections with people. “The goal isn’t to interact with your computer. It’s to meet somebody,” King said. “That’s a hard jump for some people who aren’t used to these kinds of tools, but if you immerse yourself in it for a month or so, I think you’d probably understand.”
Great quotes DLK!
Louis Gray reviews the “relaunch”.
He also mentions that Eric Berlin, an old high school chum (and librarian) is now working for Technorati. Congrats Eric!
NYT – ” It is a rare criticism of elite American university students that they do not think big enough. But that is exactly the complaint from some of the largest technology companies and the federal government.”
Slate Magazine – “How the brain hard-wires us to love Google, Twitter, and texting. And why that’s dangerous.”