Sunday, July 18, 2010

How eBook Catalogs at PL’s drive Publishers Sales

How eBook Catalogs at PL’s drive Publishers Sales
Let's use this as leverage when negotiating for collection development.

Metaweb - Connect your site to the web's best sources

Metaweb - Connect your site to the web's best sources: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

I can't wait. Soon we'll be able to get rid of our expensive ILS and let Google tell us if we have a book and if it's on the shelf.

Google Buys Metaweb - WebNewser

Google Buys Metaweb - WebNewser: "

Librarians really are going to need advanced skills to stay relevant. (Why did I put that in future tense?) We need them yesterday.

Ryu Murakami to Release Novel Directly Through Apple iPad - Japan Real Time - WSJ

Ryu Murakami to Release Novel Directly Through Apple iPad - Japan Real Time - WSJ: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

Hurray! The novel as multimedia has arrived. (I can't wait to see what this looks like for librarians.) Brooks from NYT recently playing on McLuhan's "The Medium is the Message" says the "The Medium is the Medium." If we weren't already confused enough...

He makes a strong argument for EFF: " It could be that the real debate will not be books versus the Internet but how to build an Internet counterculture that will better attract people to serious learning."

Saturday, July 3, 2010

The OtherLibrarian's blog about professional & librarian as oxymoron

My response as follows:
I haven't read all the replies yet, but one thing comes to mind as a distinguishing factor when I explain to others how I differentiate professional from para-professional and it doesn't really have anything to do with the list mentioned here. I was one of those who pooh-poohed the idea of MLIS while working in a library as a page with master's degree in literature at minimum wage. After receiving my MLIS, of course, I had a different take on the whole thing. Making more money was a big incentive for supporting getting the degree for me, but in getting the degree I made a commitment over and above the one I had prior to the degree. I made a commitment to consider the role model associated with the title, a commitment to supporting lifelong learning not only for myself but for everyone, a commitment to not make assumptions but rather "look it up" (research) and provide supporting statistics when possible. I could go on, but suffice it to say that with the "commitment" to the field came the "professional" standing, not just the degree. For para-professionals, being a librarian (one who works in a library) is often about a "job" rather than a vocation. It's more like "a calling" for those that choose to make the commitment to be a professional librarian, though, as in any field, the degree is only one step of the journey. We practice our academic skill set and learn from our day to day experience, all the rest of the numbered items are of consequence only in this regard.