Making library miscellaneousness awesome

David Weinberger

Sitterwerk Art Library in St. All the items have RFID tags in them, and the shelves are automatically scanned so that the library can always tell users where items are located. The library has now installed Werkbank, which is a plain old table where you can spread out a pile of books and do your research. At the Harvard Library Innovation Lab , we wanted to do something that touches on some elements of this.

Olin Library: Library as place, as lab, as local theater

David Weinberger

I went to see my friend Jeff Goldenson — we worked together at the Harvard Library Innovation Lab — at Olin College , where he’s director of the library. Jeff’s taken a library that was an under-utilized resource and, with full Administrative backing, turned it into a playground and a lab …by learning some lessons from community theater. The library’s got two floors, neither of them particularly large, and 15,000 volumes.

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[aif] Re-imagining public libraries

David Weinberger

I’m at an early Sunday morning (7:45am) session on re-imagining libraries with John Palfrey of the DPLA , Brian Bannon (Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library), and Tessie Guillermo ( Zero Divide ). My seat-mate tells me that many of the people here are from the local library and its board.The audience is overwhelmingly female. NOTE: Live-blogging. SM: Libraries are being more used even though people can download books. All at the library.

[liveblog] The future of libraries

David Weinberger

I’m at a Hubweek event called “Libraries: The Next Generation.” ” It’s a panel hosted by the Berkman Center with Dan Cohen , the executive director of the DPLA ; Andromeda Yelton , a developer who has done work with libraries; and Jeffrey Schnapp of metaLab. NOTE: Live-blogging. Sue Kriegsman of the Center introduces the session by explaining Berkman’s interest in libraries. That makes it hard to be the director of a public library.

[2b2k][liveblog] Wayne Wiegand: Libraries beyond information

David Weinberger

Wayne Wiegand is giving the lunchtime talk at the Library History Seminar XIII at Simmons College. He’s talking about his new book Part of Our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library. NOTE: Live-blogging. He exercises his curiosity in the field of library history. [ People love libraries, he says, citing the Pew Internet 2013 survey that showed that almost all institutions except libraries and first responders have fallen in public esteem.

From the collection of…to your local library

David Weinberger

So, why not lend it to your local library? As the owner, you can reclaim it at any time, although maybe your library would prefer you lend it for a known term so that they can count on reducing the number of copies of a bestseller they have to buy. But that would help with the problem facing public libraries that the demand for recent books falls off sharply as the next bestsellers come along, leaving libraries with 99 more copies of 50 Shades of Gray than they need.

Bryn Geffert: Libraries as publishers

David Weinberger

NOTE: Live-blogging. With increasing prices for serials, libraries have less money for books. In 1986, academic libraries spent 46% of budgets on books. And the effect on book publishers is even worse: when they can’t sell books to libraries, they shut down publishing in entire disciplinary fields. Libraries have to boycott offenders. What is the mission of the academic libraries? U of Mich put its press under the library.

[templelib] Craig Dykers: library architecture

David Weinberger

NOTE: Live-blogging. If you ask people to describe a library, you get different answers. Their first library job: designing the new library in Alexandria, Egypt. “Libraries don’t stop at the door.” During the uprisings, the students at the university and other citizens formed a human chain around the library to protect it — people on both sides of the argument. Libraries have always been about these interactions.

New York Public Library blog

David Weinberger

The NYPL blog is nicely eclectic, the way a libraries tend to be. Tags: new_york_public_library nypl libraries blogs It’s for people who find interesting the sorts of topics covered in books (or magazines or photos…).

Physical libraries in a digital world

David Weinberger

I’m at the final meeting of a Harvard course on the future of libraries, led by John Palfrey and Jeffrey Schnapp. They have three guests in to talk about physical library space. NOTE: Live-blogging. He begins by pointing out that until the beginning of the 20th century, a library was not a place but only a collection of books. He gives a quick history of Harvard Library. E.g., search on “Shakespeare” in the Harvard library system: 18,000 hits.

Building a Solid Library of Use Cases

Luis Suarez

. You may still remember how a while ago I put together over here a couple of blog posts, where I was talking extensively about the Social Business Adaptation Framework I’m currently using when working with clients in their various different change initiatives as part of their own Social Business journey. That’s why the third pillar of the Social Business Adaptation Framework I keep using all the time has always been about building a solid library of use cases.

Blog Post: Benjamin Franklin's Junto Club led to the birth of the first US Public Library in 1731

David Gurteen

So Benjamin Franklin was convening a Book Discussion Café (well not really but it's a nice fantasy) back in 1727 that morphed into the Library Company of Philadelphia - the first public library in the US in 1731. I love the thought that they bought books to inspire their conversations and that this book collection was the foundation of the public library. By David Gurteen.

Libary Lab funds library innovation projects

David Weinberger

Harvard’s new Library Lab has announced the first projects it will be funding. The Library Innovation Lab [ blog ] that Kim Dulin and I co-direct had a few of its proposals accepted: Library Analytics Toolkit : Tools to enable libraries to understand, analyze, and visualize the patterns of activities, including checkouts, returns, and recent acquisitions, and to do so across multiple libraries.

[templelib] Rachel Frick. Digital Library Federation

David Weinberger

NOTE: Live-blogging. Also, LibraryBox : an instant wifi distribution point run on a battery for distribution of library content. It was a great way to engage people in conversation about libraries. Because he could reach beyond the library space, and because it spoke to open access to info, it succeeded. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly.

Whither the library?

Clark Quinn

I go to libraries, and check out books. And some recent debates have got me thinking about libraries in general, public and university. As the editor on one for-profit journal (British Journal of Education Technology), and now on one ‘open access’ (Impact: Journal of Applied Research in Workplace E-learning), I’ve been thinking more about the role of the journal, and the library. Libraries democratized access, by aggregating purchasing power.

Susan Hildreth on libraries in the digital age

David Weinberger

At the Library Innovation Lab blog, there’s a podcast interview I did a couple of weeks ago with Susan Hildreth , director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services , a federal agency that supports libraries and museums. She is quite frank about the future of libraries as works gets digitized, suggesting that physical copies of books might be archived in regional offsite repositories.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Uploading My Library

Steven Berlin Johnson

stevenberlinjohnson.com « The New Office | Main | » Uploading My Library In setting up my new study , I did something with my books Ive never done before in the twenty-odd years that Ive been building this library: I alphabetized them. Can we start some kind of blogging/flickr sharing of personal library photos? "Fredric") Also, you really should blog a list of all those books. Subscribe to this blogs feed Blog powered by TypePad

Patrons empty library to prove its value

David Weinberger

BoingBoing.net reports : The library in Stony Stratford near Milton Keynes, England, urged its patrons to check out every book on the shelves as a way of proving to the local council that its collection and facilities provide a vital service to the community. Cross-posted at the Harvard Library Innovation Lab blog

Report from Denmark: Designing the new public library at Aarhus, and the People’s Lab

David Weinberger

Knud Schulze, manager of the main library in Aarhus , Denmark and Jne Kunze of the People’s Lab in Denmark are giving talks, hosted by the Harvard Library Innovation Lab. NOTE: Live-blogging. Now that the process of digitizing all information is well underway, the focus is on what can only be experienced in the library. Before, the library was a space for media. Seriousness was prized in libraries. If you have a library card, you can open the door.

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[templelib] Charles Watkinson: “The Library in the Digital Age”

David Weinberger

NOTE: Live-blogging. We’re seeing the emergence of several different mission-driven publishers: university presses, scholarly societies, library presses. He will talk about univ and library presses. (He He mentions Anne Kenney’s partnering of Cornell Library with Purdue U Press on Project Euclid.). E.g., Habri Central Library skills: bibliographic research, taxonomy, metadata, licensing, preservation.

Dean Krafft on the Linked Data for Libraries project

David Weinberger

Dean Krafft , Chief Technology Strategist for Cornell University Library, is at Harvard to talk about the Mellon-funded Linked Data for Libraries (LD4L) project he leads. The grantees include Cornell, Stanford, and the Harvard Library Innovation Lab (which is co-sponsoring the talk with ABCD). (I NOTE: Live-blogging. The participants are Cornell, Stanford, and the Harvard Library Innovation Lab. It provides model for access to library data.

[templelib] Siobhan Reardon: Renewing the Free Library of Philadelphia

David Weinberger

NOTE: Live-blogging. Reardon is president and director of the Free Library of Philadelphia. [So She brought in a consulting group to help the library come up with a strategic plan. The consultants took the Library through an extensive and well-structured process. The library must have a robust virtual aspect. Each of the 48 neighborhood libraries have to be focused on its community. Siobhan shows the layout of a re-designed library.

Questions from and for the Digital Public Library of America workshop

David Weinberger

I got to attend the Digital Public Library of America ‘s first workshop yesterday. Mainly because the Chatham House Rule was in effect, I tweeted instead of live-blogged; it’s hard to do a transcript-style live-blog when you’re not allowed to attribute words to people. Fortunately, John Palfrey, the head of the steering committee , did some high-value live-blogging, which you can find here: 1 2 3 4.

Quiet blog

David Weinberger

This has been one of the longest stretches of non-blogging for me since I stopped blogging every freaking day in around 2010. In part it’s because I’ve been traveling — to Mexico City for a library conference I blogged about, to Penn State for a talk at the new and really interesting Center for Humanities and Information , to Atlanta to talk at a Deloitte internal Knowledge Management get-together. (I’ve

Adaptive Path’s SF Studio Library: A Social and Thinking Space

Adaptive Path

Adaptive Path's San Francisco studio library was originally set up by Chiara Ogan, and when she left last year, she entrusted it to me. Among Chiara's many talents, she's a trained and experienced librarian, and she set up a complete library system about which she blogged in December of 2010 , when we were at our Brannan Street location. I'm not a trained librarian, but I am a compulsive classifier and organizer*, so I jumped at the chance to run our library.

Technology Stewardship at Libraries – Free Online Event | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… May 29 2009 Technology Stewardship at Libraries – Free Online Event Published by Nancy White at 7:38 am under Digital Habitats , events , technology stewardship June 10th I’ll be joining the good folks at WebJunction to do an hour on technology stewardship in/at libraries. If you are a librarian or library junkie, join us!

50,000 Photos as a Blog

Doc Searls

For a blog that’s not bad — and I’m beginning to think that, in a way, a blog is what Flickr is for me. Journalism is a form of documentation, and what I provide the world through my photo blog is fodder for that. As a result of that, 425 of my shots have showed up on Wikimedia Commons , which is Wikipedia’s source image library. Here’s one that ran in the NYTimes Bits blog on the 19th.

Adaptive Path’s SF Studio Library: A Social and Thinking Space

Adaptive Path

Adaptive Path's San Francisco studio library was originally set up by Chiara Ogan, and when she left last year, she entrusted it to me. Among Chiara's many talents, she's a trained and experienced librarian, and she set up a complete library system about which she blogged in December of 2010 , when we were at our Brannan Street location. I'm not a trained librarian, but I am a compulsive classifier and organizer*, so I jumped at the chance to run our library.

Blog Post: Wasted Reception Areas

David Gurteen

I wish I could recall the name of the law firm I heard about in Germany who transformed their reception area by moving both their library and cafe there. It was not only used to hold internal meetings and meetings with clients but clients were even welcome to come in to have coffee and make use of the library. By David Gurteen The larger the organization - the larger and more grander the reception area. Huge impressive, impersonal halls of glass, stainless steel and marble.

Looking back at the Acorn Study; Part 1: Introduction 

Dave Snowden

In the spirit of this playing, I decided to turn the report on the Acorn Study in a blogging series, hoping that it will land in front of more eyeballs and will also be an easier way for people to digest information – coming at them piece by piece rather than all in one go.

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Why so little blogging?

David Weinberger

It’s been a slow week on this blog because I’m doing a final read-through of the second draft of “ Too Big to Know.&#. Or, possibly, working in my office in the basement of the Law Library Last week I finished accommodating my editor’s comments. He gave it an extraordinarily helpful reading, focusing mainly on making sure my arguments make sense and are clearly expressed. So, it was a challenging rewrite.

Blog Post: Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: February 2018

David Gurteen

The Listening Project: a partnership between BBC Radio 4, BBC local and national radio stations, and the British Library: Capturing the nation in conversation. By David Gurteen Here are some of my more popular recent tweets. Take a look, if you are not a Tweeter, you will get a good idea of how I use it by browsing the list of micro-posts. Community is about people: feeling respected, cared about, and recognized by others. It drives our sense of connection and belongingness.”

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): "Using Open Source Social Software as Digital Library Interface" (D-Lib Magazine)

Mark Oehlert

e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « Top Ten AntiSpyware Apps from CNET | Main | Semi-Daily Quote/Lyric/Words of Others » March 26, 2008 "Using Open Source Social Software as Digital Library Interface" (D-Lib Magazine) ( LINK ) "This article investigates the use of social software applications indigital library environments.

Network Effects - YouTube - Video Blogs and More

Clark Quinn

Wow, what a great presentation / video from Michael Wesch and the author of The Machine is Us presenting to the Library of Congress. It's an hour long, so make sure you give yourself time

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Blog Post: Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: February 2016

David Gurteen

Seth's Blog: A simple antidote to a corporatized, unfeeling, profit-maximizing world [link]. Dubai is going to soon be home to a huge library [link] /another amazing building to adorn the Dubai skyscape. By David Gurteen Here are some of my more popular recent tweets. Take a look, if you are not a Tweeter, you will get a good idea of how I use it by browsing the list of micro-posts. The art of questionstorming [link].

KMRC Conference Blog: Patrick Lambe

Dave Snowden

This was a great centre of learning, but while the building stood the library was destroyed. Its a simple database which works like a blog in which people contribute experience. Tags: conference blogs Now in the build up to this conference Kim called Patrick a Gentleman; coming from the bands of Australia Women I know I am not sure if this was a complement or not!

Blog Post: Legal KM Mini-Interviews with Ginevra Saylor

David Gurteen

They have recently added a number of interviews to their video library focusing on KM in law firms, in a series of short Q&A clips with Ginevra Saylor, head of KM at Denton's. By David Gurteen eClerx Services in India have been conducting mini-interviews with KM experts from across the world for the last few years. Take a look at their YouTube Channel.

Blog Post: The Listening Project: intimate conversations between friends or relatives

David Gurteen

They have collected over a thousand so far, and most are being broadcast on BBC radio and are being archived by the British Library to preserve them for future generations. The conversations are stored at the Library of Congress. By David Gurteen The BBCs listening project is a fascinating one. Since 2012 the BBC have been collecting intimate conversations between friends or relatives, to build a unique picture of our lives today.

How Not to Adopt an LCMS

Xyleme

While template is a four-letter word in some training organizations, organizations can gain huge efficiency by standardizing a rich library of screen layouts, interaction types, and content structures that learning and development teams can choose from when designing content. They can gather information on existing processes, work through the process changes, and design the rich library of templates needed for your organization.

3 Simple Ways to Embed Learning in the Flow of Work

Xyleme

Add a search box in the applications learners use every day such as Salesforce or Slack and allow them to easily search your learning library. Blog Resources UncategorizedSometimes we struggle to get started because the problem seems too big. While embedding learning in the flow of work may have some challenges for your team, here are some simple ways to get started.

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stevenberlinjohnson.com: Meet The New Blog

Steven Berlin Johnson

stevenberlinjohnson.com « | Main | » Meet The New Blog Today marks the most significant change in this little blog since I first set up shop here a little over three years ago. That decline is a normal fact of life for those of us who dont blog for a living, but I think it has been accentuated by my primary posting genre: the mini-essay, somewhere between 200-600 words, with some kind of coherent argument, not always fully-baked, of course, but usually in the oven.

Blog Post: Its a Cinch!

David Gurteen

For example, photos could be taken of artifacts and annotated with a short voice description to form a simple library of sorts. By David Gurteen I recently discovered Cinch and I love it! It's a really easy way to create and share audio, text and photo updates using your phone or computer. Using a simple interface, you can take a photo and annotate it with a short piece of audio. You can then notify people through Facebook, Twitter or CinchCast.

Why I have not been blogging much: it’s my book’s fault and more

David Weinberger

My blogging has gone way down in frequency and probably in quality. The second reason I haven’t been blogging much: I’ve been mildly depressed. I’ve been looking for a new job because the Harvard Library Innovation Lab that I’ve co-directed, with the fabulous Kim Dulin, for almost five years has been given a new mission. And that makes it harder for me to post to my blog for some reason.