A Solar Powered Library

Taiwan has begun construction on a solar-powered library in the
Taiwanese capital of Taipei and could benefit from new incentives designed to offer solar energy providers above-market prices for the energy they generate. Rooftop solar panels will provide electricity to the two-story building. Construction started last week and is expected to be finished by June 2010. The library is a donation by Cheng Fu-tien, the late chairman of Taiwanese solar cell maker Motech Industries." - BusinessGreen

The Failure of E-Reader Devices, Ctd.

Since my initial post on the subject two and half weeks ago, I have read over the replies that have accumulated across a couple of sites. I’ve appreciated the time that commenters have put into their replies to the post. In reflecting upon the discussions put forth, I can see that major flaw of my post was lumping e-readers and e-book stores together. In separating the two, it creates a pair of much more navigable and manageable issues for the library. -- Read More

The 2010 Census, the Latino Community and Libraries

I recently listened to an interview on NPR concerning the debate brewing in the Latino community concerning the participation of undocumented workers in the 2010 Census.

This is a link to the NPR interview.

This is my response in The Antiquarian Librarian.

Support Your Glocal Library

The libraries that thrive in the coming years will be those that learn to offer the best glocal service. Glocalization is the new term that some are bantering about in the fields of politics and economics, where although the populace around the world is able to conduct global business at will, but the concerns of both the worker and the consumer is turning to local issues.

The libraries that can best master glocalization will me the most likely to excell.

Great glocal libraries will:

1. Provide the best databases available for their size of community. This means not only having the databases, but having traied personnel who are adept at using those databases.

2. Have a strong, yet diverse core collection of materials in both hard copy and digital formats.

3. Provide for both the educational and recreational information needs of their people.

4. Encourage and support production of creative works by patrons within the community.

5. Develop a strong local collection of both fiction and nonfiction works that represent the local interests of the community.

While there are more things that libraries must do to continue to be successful, these represent some of the core things that libraries must do to survive in the glocal economy.

A New Type Of Identity Theft in 2009

Today in 2009 a new bunch of identity thieves will soon come after your web profiles. Aladdin a security firm has produced their security report.. According to their report, if you don't own and control your online persona, it's relatively easy for a anyone to aggregate the known public information about you in order to create a fake one.
Those Without Social Network Profiles Could Have Online Identities Stolen
This new type of identity theft was listed among other predictions for 2009 in the firm's annual report and was based on previous trends which included a rise in attacks distributed through social networking channels.
According to the report this new type of identity theft will be "devastating, both on the personal level by creating difficulties in employment, damaging social and professional connections, ruining reputations; as well as on a financial level, such as stealing customers, corporate data,"
The team at Aladdin was able to set up fake online identities which ended up connecting to the real network of friends and acquaintances easily.
What began as a harmless "fun" way to socialize, grew into a professional way to maintain someone's network and make new connections, the report notes. Unfortunately, this new type of identity theft, aka "identity hijacking," will become more of an issue in 2009 unless social networking sites create ideas that will incorporate better, more trustworthy ways of connecting an online persona to a real person. -- Read More

Gradual Shifts In The Libraries

We are seeing a gradual shift from desktop applications towards web hosted clones that run in browsers. For instance , microsoft office live, google docs, zoho & think free. We will see a shift from organizing information spatially (directories, folders,desktops) to organizing information temporally (feeds live streams, & microblogs. The biggest ultimatum is not retrieving information but keeping up with it.
Desktops will be more concerned with helping users manage information overload. The interface will be created to help the user understand what the trends are instead of how things are organized. Users will shift from acting as librarians to acting as day traders.
Information creation and distribution continues to precipitate. The capabilities of the human brain are limited, we will rely on tools that help us manage our attention more productively. Librarians are currently struggling to cope with the problem of filtering what is truly pertinent or what is relevent now or in the near future. Librarians have to be cautious in what they are looking for. Such is the mindset of the day trader. A wrong bet could cost you to end up wasting valuable time and resources.
Addtionally there will be a shift in the role of IT in libraries. Librarians will play an active role in IT governance in their institution. Library & Information Science educators will have to address the changing needs of IT/Library hybrid and enhance the skill sets of future grads. Toss out the notion that getting a MLS degree means you sit in a room all day full of dusty books

The Google Generation & the Digital Transition

An interesting study was commissioned by the British library and the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) identify how specialist researchers of the future, currently in their school years and preschool years are likely to access and interact with digital resources in 5-10 years time. Additionally, the study is to assist library and information services to anticipate and react to any new or emerging behaviors in the most effective way.
The report defines the "Google Generation" as those born after 1993.
The study was to establish whether or not as a result of digital transition, the "Google" generation are searching for and researching content in new ways; and whether it is likely to mold their future behaviors as mature researchers. Additionally, whether or not,new ways of searching content will be any different from the way researchers & scholars carry out their work.
Moreover,research libraries face a great deal of challenges today in the digital marketplace. Today, they're adjusting to facebook.
Additionally,the study found the the "Google" generation and information literacy of young people,has not improved even with more access to technology. Young people spend little time evaluating information. Young people have poor understanding of their information needs. As a result, they exhibit a strong performance for expressing themselves in natural language rather than analyzing which key words might be more effective/
Finally the study suggests that print sales will diminish drastically as blogs, RSS,media players, and podcasting devices become established. -- Read More

Best Careers of 2009

So...once again, we are listed as one of the best careers of 2009 in U.S. News and World Report. I find this exciting because we were one of the best careers of 2008, too. It's nice to know that not everyone thinks we can be replaced by Wikipedia.

Bunny Burnstein

P.S. I love the comments on the last post. Very interesting!

Libraries in a Tough Economy...are we winning or losing?

I read this entry (and watched the video) from ALA TechSource, and I just have to comment on it. Yes, it makes sense that, in this economical climate, libraries are booming with business. Free books, free movies, free Internet...sometimes free entertainment for the family. These are all important reasons libraries exist. Yet...aren't we still victims of this economy? Less money means less jobs...or lower-paying jobs. It also means less money with which to buy these books and movies that libraries offer to the public for free.

I don't a world where bailout money is begged for by men with private jets, I can't help but think, "Where is the bailout money for libraries, schools, hospitals? Where is the money to help out firefighters, police officers, and paramedics?" I'm not saying we shouldn't help the Big the words of John Stewart, at least they have a product to sell. But maybe we should also keep an eye out for those entities (we're certainly not corporations) that offer free services to people. Maybe we deserve to have some financial consideration, too.

Bunny Burnstein

Oh, speaking of free on my signature to see my blog. The entry for December 11, 2008 is devoted to free online museums. Thanks!

The Future of Public Libraries

Years ago the tech society predicted an end of the public library. Thomas Frey, Senior Futurist (Da Vinci Institute) notes that critics failed to predict the library's ability to reinvent themselves. Thus, libraries thrive well in our information environment. Cities across the continents are investing heavily in public libraries. These libraries contain opulent multistory structures, equipped with cutting edge technology.
Libraries have evolved into interactive research and leisure centers.
Frey further suggests that libraries can reinvent the information experience that could be added to a library.
Frey further prognosticates that library activities will be diverified and varied on a global scale. Frey further suggests that memories of a community should not disappear throughout time.
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