You may have heard the news that just 90 companies are responsible for almost two-thirds of the carbon emissions to the atmosphere since the industrial revolution started in 1751. What you may not have heard is that the information came from libraries saving long runs of annual reports:
I have colleagues at various universities: at Cambridge, at the British Library in London, in Sydney, in Johannesburg, Berkeley, to look at collections of annual reports housed in business libraries. Unfortunately, most of them aren’t catalogued so we had to go in person to dusty stacks and find the old reports for most of these investor-owned companies going back to the early 1900s, sometimes even earlier than that.
I am a librarian by career choice. I am also one of those patrons that librarians both love and neglect. I place masses of holds, get my materials, pay my fines, use many of the Web-based resources, and can come and go without ever actually speaking to anyone who works in the library. This has been my modus operandi for the past fifteen years and it is my strong perception that most libraries are happy to keep it that way. As I continue through my 20s and am looking at my 30s very shortly, it's a place where I see a failing on the part of public libraries.
There has been a lot of change in public libraries from what I remember even from my own not particularly distant past. Summer Reading Programs have gone from a stickers posted on a paper star with my name on it on the library wall to daily and weekly programs, huge prizes, and an ever increasing number of statistics on circulation, hours read, and maintaining reading levels over the summer. Teen Services has gone from an awkward set of shelves and all of the Sweet Valley High books to entire rooms, dedicated librarians, focused programming and 98% of magazine covers in library literature for the past several years. And as the population in general and the librarian population has aged (this is not a myth nor an ageist statement—my library director pointed out in a staff meeting last week that 58% of our full time staff is over 50—we are not an anomaly), we are seeing an increased focus on services to the Boomer and Senior generations. These are all good and excellent things.
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For over 1500 years books have weathered numerous cultural changes remarkably unaltered. Through wars, paper shortages, radio, TV, computer games, and fluctuating literacy rates, the bound stack of printed paper has, somewhat bizarrely, remained the more robust and culturally relevant way to communicate ideas. Now, for the first time since the Middle Ages, all that is about to change.
Newspapers are struggling for readers and relevance; downloadable music has consigned the album to the format scrap heap; and the digital revolution is now about to leave books on the high shelf of history. In Print Is Dead, Gomez explains how authors, producers, distributors, and readers must not only acknowledge these changes, but drive digital book creation, standards, storage, and delivery as the first truly transformational thing to happen in the world of words since the printing press.
The aim of the International Symposium on Emerging Trends and Technologies in Libraries and Information Services (ETTLIS-2010) is, once again, to bring researchers, academicians, business community and research scholars on a common platform to share their experiences, innovative ideas and research findings about the aspects of emerging trends and technologies in the field of knowledge resource centres and information services.
Access blog at: ETTLIS 2010 http://ettlis2010.ning.com/profiles/blog/list
Free one-on-one counseling plus other services are available, as they once were doing a lean period for our current Commander-in-Chief. In an interview four years ago with American Libraries magazine, Mr. Obama recounted how a librarian at the mid-Manhattan branch of the library helped him locate the organization in Chicago that hired him as a community organizer in the mid-1980s. Hurray for librarians!!
Kristin McDonough, director of the business library estimated that more than one-third of the 1,900 daily visitors are looking for work or preparing for the loss of a job. She said about $1 million will be spent throughout the library system in the effort to help job seekers.
Gizmodo has some photos of an a-traditional corporate library, the Lego Secret Vault. Here they store examples of all old Lego sets in a climate controlled compact shelving. While this video is meant for Lego fans, it's interesting to see the storage system. Now I'm wondering if it's cataloged...
The Coloradoan Has A Nice Little Q&A with Business Librarian Anne Macdonald.
Q: What's the most interesting part of this job?
A: The most interesting part of the job is showing business people and nonprofits what we have available online. Business people are surprised that they can have immediate access to major SWOT Analyses, Market Research Reports, national and global Industry Reports, all online.
stevenj writes "Think that the top CEOs got to the corner office by reading business books? Well you may be wrong. To get some insight into the personal libraries of CEOs take a look at this New York Times article. You'll find the reading of the CEOs goes beyond Machiavelli and the latest business fad literature. Read more at: NYTimes.com"
The Independent reports that the British Library (the UK's national library) has become a popular source for business support, thanks to its Business & Intellectual Property Centre. Initially a temporary experiment, it proved so successful that it is now a permanent resource. Part of its success comes from activities such as networking events, guest speakers, and seminars.