Libraries

George Siemens

I like libraries. The time at the public library in my community was perhaps the most important part of my youth. But I would have access to one in the community library. In addition, many libraries today include music, movies, video games, and other digital resources. This report supports the value of public libraries as places of equity of access: 32% of the US population uses libraries for computer/internet access I like the feel, the smell.

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.

Library as starting point

David Weinberger

A new report on Ithaka S+R ‘s annual survey of libraries suggests that library directors are committed to libraries being the starting place for their users’ research, but that the users are not in agreement. This then calls into question the expenditures libraries make to achieve that goal. My own opinion is that libraries should let Google do what it’s good at, while they focus on what they’re good at. Library platform s can help.

Harvard Library adopts LibraryCloud

David Weinberger

According to a post by the Harvard Library , LibraryCloud is now officially a part of the Library toolset. Internal to Harvard Library, it’s a metadata hub that lets lots of different data inputs be normalized, enriched, and distributed. To the Harvard community and beyond, LibraryCloud provides open APIs to access tons of metadata gathered by Harvard Library. This also would not have happened without Harvard Library’s enlightened Open Metadata policy

Future of libraries, Kenya style

David Weinberger

This video will remind you, if you happen to have forgotten, what libraries mean to much of the world: Internet, mesh, people eager to learn, the same people eager to share. A future for libraries.

Library: Future.0

David Weinberger

I put this video together as the opener of the first in a series of public conversations Harvard is holding about the future of libraries and of the Harvard Library system

Library as a platform: Chattanooga

David Weinberger

I finally got to see the Chattanooga Library. In fact, you can see the future of libraries emerging there. That’s not to say that you can simply list what it’s doing and do the same things and declare yourself the Library of the Future. Rather, Chattanooga Library has turned itself into a platform. It had been the Library’s attic, but now has been turned into an open space lab that works in both software and hardware.

BoogyWoogy library browser

David Weinberger

Just for fun, over the weekend I wrote a way of visual browsing the almost 13M items in the Harvard Library collection. It returns 5-10 of the first results of a search on the Library’s catalog, and lays them out in a line of squares.

[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. SM: Libraries are being more used even though people can download books. Turning into community centers is risky for libraries.

Library News

David Weinberger

Did I ever mention the really useful site Matt Phillips and Jeff Goldenson at the Library Innovation Lab put up a couple of weeks ago? If you are interested in libraries and tech, Library News is a community-supported news site where you’ll find a steady stream of interesting articles. Or, put differently, it’s the Hacker News code redirected at library tech articles. Go library hacker nuts

The future of libraries?

Clark Quinn

I had lunch recently with Paul Signorelli , who’s active in helping libraries with digital literacy, and during the conversation he talked about his vision of the future of the library. What I heard was a vision of libraries moving beyond content to be about learning, and this had several facets I found thought-provoking. Now, as context, I’ve always been a fan of libraries and library science (and librarians).

Full-text searching Harvard Library

David Weinberger

I’m a little proud of this, although it’s a total hack job, and not in the good sense.Take it as a library mashup. Harvard Library has 13M items in its collection. LibraryCloud provides an API to Harvard’s open library metadata and more. (We’re

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Building a Solid Library of Use Cases

Luis Suarez

and Social Computing Guidelines and why you would still need them ) I guess it’s now a good time to talk further along about the next pillar in the framework: Building a Solid Library of Use Cases. .

[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. Sue Kriegsman of the Center introduces the session by explaining Berkman’s interest in libraries. “We have libraries lurking in every corner…which is fabulous.”

Americans love themselves some libraries

David Weinberger

Here’s the summary from a new Pew Internet & American Life survey of 6,224 Americans 16 years and older: Some 90% of Americans ages 16 and older said that the closing of their local public library would have an impact on their community, with 63% saying it would have a “major” impact. I find it encouraging that while only 54% of Americans have used a public library in the past 12 months, 95% think libraries play an important social role.

The future of libraries won’t be created by libraries

David Weinberger

Library Journal has posted an op-ed of mine that begins: The future of libraries won’t be created by libraries. Still, that doesn’t mean that libraries can wait passively for this new future. Rather, we must create the conditions by which libraries will be pulled out of themselves and into everything else That’s a good thing. That future is too big and too integral to the infrastructure of knowledge for any one group to invent it.

The Adaptive Path Library

Adaptive Path

Adaptive Path has a lending library for its employees and interns to use. The San Francisco Library has been around for about four years and we have 488 books in the collection, plus periodicals. I am the Librarian for the San Francisco Library; our other studios are working on creating libraries of their own. The library is run as a small, special library, much like the scientific library at the Rowland Institute at Harvard , where I used to work.

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.

Aaron Swartz and the future of libraries

David Weinberger

I was unable to go to our local Aaron Swartz Hackathon , one of twenty around the world, because I’d committed (very happily) to give the after dinner talk at the University of Rhode Island Graduate Library and Information Studies 50th anniversary gala last night. These are heroes of libraries. (My And the reason for that is because in my heart I don’t think librarians are going to invent the future of libraries.

[templelib] Craig Dykers: library architecture

David Weinberger

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.” Libraries have always been about these interactions.

Libraries as community centers…of meaning

David Weinberger

I’m here to keynote an OCLC EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) conference about libraries. After three major revisions, I believe that on Tuesday I’m going to propose thinking about libraries as community centers. The idea arose in a conversation with Robert Fleming, executive director of the Emerson College library. It used to be that once a user checked a book out of the library, the library was out of the loop. Your local library

The World Live Library

Doc Searls

Thanks to Google Books and the Library of the University of Michigan , we have an account of the Elizabeth Rose’s launch, in March 1917, in Volume 35 of The Rudder , edited by Thomas Fleming Day (in a day when using full names was still as current as sails on ships).

Biblioteca Malatestiana – The world’s oldest public library

David Weinberger

The 400-year-old Biblioteca lays claim to being the world’s oldest public library. Then you are taken into the Pope Pius VII’s library, a well-lit room with 15th century music books on display. I’m in Cesena, Italy for the first holding of the Web Economic Forum.

[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. 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.

[2b2k] Libraries are platforms?

David Weinberger

I’m at the DPLA Plenary meeting, heading toward the first public presentation — a status report — on the prototype DPLA platform we’ve been building at Berkman and the Library Innovation Lab. But I’ve been thinking for the past few weeks about ways in which libraries can (and perhaps should) view themselves as platforms in a broader sense. Libraries are attached to communities, whether local towns, universities, or other institutions.

[2b2k] Library as platform

David Weinberger

Library Journal just posted my article “ Library as Platform.” It argues that there are reasons why libraries ought to think of themselves not as portals but as open platforms that give access to all the information and metadata they can, through human readable and computer readable forms ” It’s likely to show up in their print version in October.

Library WiFi: Three 21st Century Issues

Nine Shift

Libraries are arguing over how the federal government funds WiFi in public libraries. Space versus People Maybe the most interesting issue is whether WiFi funding should be allocated by the square footage of libraries, OR by how many users each library serves.

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Libraries of the future

David Weinberger

We’ve just posted the latest Library Innovation Lab podcast , this one with Karen Coyle who is a leading expert in Linked Open Data. And, if you care about libraries and are in the Cambridge (MA) area on Oct. link] at Sanders Theater at Harvard for a year of conversations about the future of libraries. Will we have perpetual but interoperable disagreements about how to classify and categorize works and decide what is the “same” work?

Local libraries are the 99%

David Weinberger

Libraries are a statement of a community’s commitment to the 99 Yeah yeah, not everyone uses them. But they could.

Rebooting library privacy

David Weinberger

The upcoming HyperPublic conference has posted a provocation I wrote a while ago but didn’t get around to posting, on rebooting library privacy now that we’re in the age of social networks. (Ok, Here’s the opening couple of subsections: Why library privacy matters. Without library privacy, individuals might not engage in free and open inquiry for fear that their interactions with the library will be used against them.

[templelib] Temple Univ. library symposium

David Weinberger

On Friday I had the pleasure and honor of attending a symposium about libraries as part of the inaugural festivities welcoming Temple University’s new president, Neil Theobald. Library, featured an amazing set of library folks. Here are the links, in chronological order (which of course is the reverse of blogological order): James Neal : 26 truths about libraries. Siobhan Reardon : Renewing Philadelphia’s public libraries.

Bryn Geffert: Libraries as publishers

David Weinberger

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.

A day at the Bogota Library

David Weinberger

The Bogota National Library has been bringing in speakers this year to talk about the future of libraries, the relation of digital and cultural worlds, and library innovation, partially sponsored by the U.S. The Luis Ángel Arango Library, and the church up the street.

The library-sized hole in the Internet

David Weinberger

Sarah Bartlett of OCLC interviewed me at some length about the future of libraries. At some point I will write up the topic of my talk at the OCLC’s EMEA Regional Council Meeting in Florence: libraries as community centers…of meaning You can read it here.

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

Professional library for sale

Jay Cross

FOR SALE: Professional Library of Jay Cross. Acquire an instant library! Classic marketing and sales library. Buy them all. I will throw in an afternoon on my back deck in Berkeley going over what I thought were the major messages of as many volumes as you wish.

Linked Data for Libraries: And we’re off!

David Weinberger

I’m just out of the first meeting of the three universities participating in a Mellon grant — Cornell, Harvard, and Stanford, with Cornell as the grant instigator and leader — to build, demonstrate, and model using library resources expressed as Linked Data as a tool for researchers, student, teachers, and librarians. We are particularly focused on showing the value of the high-quality resources that libraries provide.

Libraries sans Dewey

David Weinberger

Barbara Fister has a terrific article in LibraryJournal about libraries who have moved away from the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system, many in favor of some version of the BISAC system that arranges books alphabetically by topic. Libraries serve multiple purposes, so librarians have to make hard decisions. If the DDC isn’t the safe and obvious choice, then libraries have to confront the question of their mission.

Will Digital Libraries Lose the Future?

Nine Shift

Will making libraries digital cost us to lose our future? . News reports a library will test going totally digital. The bottom row of books in my home library are encyclopedias from 100 years ago Some librarians are concerned. So am I.

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.

E-book licensingby libraries: an overview

David Weinberger

The Berkman Center’s David O’Brien , Urs Gasser , and John Palfrey have just posted a 29-page “ briefing paper ” on the various models and licenses by which libraries are providing access to e-books. It’s not just facts ‘n’ stats by any means, but here are some anyway: “According to the 2011 Library Journal E-Book Survey, 82% of libraries currently offer access to e-books, which reflects an increase of 10 percentage points from 2010.

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. 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. After the library burned down in 1764, the libraries lived in fear of fire, until electric lights came in.

[templelib] Rachel Frick. Digital Library Federation

David Weinberger

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.