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. 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.

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.

[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.” The existing library was foreboding, scary.

[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.

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.

Open Access and libraries

David Weinberger

I’ve posted the next in my series of library podcasts at the Library Innovation Lab blog. This one is with Peter Suber , the hub of the Open Access movement

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…).

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. By David Gurteen.

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.

[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. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information.

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.

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. Before, the library was a space for media.

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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.

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.

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

[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

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

Nancy White

If you are a librarian or library junkie, join us! Library: WebJunction Location: Wimba Classroom Other Information: *Registration is required for this event.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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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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.

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!

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. Posted by: David Seruyange | December 01, 2005 at 10:34 AM That's actually how I use my blog.

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.

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.

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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.

stevenberlinjohnson.com:

Steven Berlin Johnson

Its effectively two essays: one about the future of electronic text in the age of a universal library, and one about the Google book scanning controversy. But this vision misses the chief revolution birthed by scanning books: in the universal library, no book will be an island.

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.