Saturday, January 13, 2007

The Changing Role Of Library Science

By Aja Carmichael

From The Wall Street Journal Online
The librarian with cat's-eye glasses, a faded cardigan and gray hair twisted into a bun is getting a makeover.
source: Library Link of the Day


See also:
  • Jenny Levine addresses the SC Librarians




  • Re-defining the library by Lynne Brindley, Library Hi Tech 2006 Volume: 24 Issue: 4 Page: 484 - 495
    Abstract: Purpose – This article was originally the keynote speech to the Bielefeld Conference. The article aims to explore the challenges facing libraries in the digital age and consider ways in which they need to reshape and rethink their services and skills to maintain their relevance and contribution.
    Check for fulltext article and other interesting stuff, such as, Design / methodology / approach Findings Practical implications
  • Inviting Participation in Web 2.0 by David King, Digital Branch & Services Manager at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
  • Dewey, or Don't We?, By Traci Vogel
  • Interview (by Vinita Ramani) with Julian Samuel who made a documentary film, 'The Library in Crisis'
  • 7 comments:

    Mohamed Taher said...

    Im the article by Brindley, I see two interesting aspects:
    a. Adapt new technologies including the adaptive spirit of Web 2.0 (calling for active participation from the end-users in many ways), but also sustain the foudnations of librarianship.
    [My note: I have no questions about this approach]. I fully agree.

    b. It has room for some debate on issues of what and which of the Web 2.0 tools are OK in re-definng the library. For e.g., The author probably approves a quote: "the accuracy of Wikipedia articles on science is validated by Nature."

    {my note: And, this second point is not digestable, as far as I am concerned. Let me explain. I added my own articles, in Wiki. In a day or two stray, walkie talkies come in and delete or modify all of my content. Without any discussion or concern for my own speciality and research input. That is to say, you can edit any text in Wiki and modify, whoever wants and however one wants it. How can such a casual resource with free-for-all write / edit / modify authooity be an acceptable, and reputable source. Let alone, credibility, authenticty, and accuracy of the data / text/ content. etc.]

    what do you think, about this article by brindley and others.

    Anonymous said...

    Dear Dr. Taher:
    Regarding your comments on the article, I concur on it totally.
    Sajjad Ahmed
    email: sjahmed@kfupm.edu.sa

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    Anonymous said...

    Libraries have become like retail outlets, needing constant monitoring of customer demands and meeting their needs, which justifies the very existence. Shrinking budgets and fluctuating exchange rates have created even more challenges. Libraries should out-reach the customer groups, identify their needs and build the resources; so that they meet the customer needs ‘just in time rather than just in case’.

    Future of the libraries will be more of stepping in to the user’s world. Libraries could become part of the community groups, e.g. kids out of school time, collaboration with communities and schools and working with governmental bodies.

    Physical space as well as the layout plays an important role in creating the first impression for the customer who walks in. Marketing the services is another aspect we need to focus, with care in doing so in customer language as library jargon does not make any sense to common man

    Yes the library professional need to be outward going with sharp business skills and understanding of technology and implications of internet, but tell me how many staff are receiving adequate training to be able to use the newer resources and confidently talk about them while helping the customers.

    Sujatha Thadakamalla Sujatha.Thadakamalla@aucklandcity.govt.nz

    Mohamed Taher said...

    active participation - my comment at David's blog

    Dav
    I have quoted you in my blog and in the forum I am working with, called ASK Ontario.
    I quoted your ASK and active participation stuff, for them to consider that we must and should ASK the end-user, the consumer and hence be prosumer. It is to advise that this path is better than, continue to be as we have traditionally been (i.e., what has been so far: by us, for us and of us libraries).
    For me, ASK is the term used by my professors at Rutgers, and may be you are aware of this.
    Would appreciate if you leave your comments at my blog on the changing dimensions of Librarianship
    [I have a bitter experience with blog comments. I submit, and then the screen sometimes says, it is accepted (sometimes the comment does not show up) --with no clues about gone-with-the-wind status!
    Hence, I am mailing this to you.]

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    jessica said...

    If I were to wager a guess at why, I’d say that users don’t “browse” forms. The interaction style users engage in with forms is different, and requires its own study and design best practices.

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