Archive for April, 2005


Faster, Faster

Hurry up and get here already, WiMax!


flickr Laughs

Loath to repeat what’s already been done, I point you toward today’s post at I Do What I Can. You see flickr made some changes and KB has a nice recap. And a contest. A contest that, if I were eligible to win, would do so hands down. Just look in the comments and you’ll see. ;)

Following similar guidelines, I would like to offer up my two free flickr accounts (a $25 value each). I’ll give my two free accounts to libraries or librarians that will use them well. Additionally, if you take one of the accounts, you most promise to join and post to the Librarians via Libraryman flickr group. btw, Librarians via Libraryman now has 30 members and 272 photos of libraries and librarians posted. Send me (mp {at sign} an email if you are interested!


Apparently I’m an 8.19

So the Libraryman Blog is an 8.19? With 178 votes. Wow! So how does your blog rate?



Compare this! Then maybe try your own.


Mars Attacks!

(You may have to click the *Go* button in the middle of the sceen at the top of the window)
Thanks, LiB


What Mission Statement?

A librarian?s professional mission statement would be pretty darn impressive. Sure, Google says they want to ?do no evil? but we library professionals are really striving hard to ?do only good? while swimming in an increasingly Googlefied information world. Because of this, my professional mission statement is in what seems to be a permanent state of flux. I like it like this, even though I get dizzy on occasion. Like many of the fine folks reading this, most of the flux in mission is due to technological changes and the speculations that can be extrapolated from reading a great deal and talking with smart library and technology professionals.

Along these lines, while doing a bit of my daily professional reading, Panlibus had a post about the super keen new PSP and emerging hacks for the device. I talked about the PSP and Nintendo DS in a blog post last year in the same spirit that Panlibus is today. In reference to hacked PSPs they say:
Taking one speculative step forward, a constituency of young people carrying around high quality screens that are Wi-Fi connected, with browsing, video, audio, e-book capabilities, and storage, will be a fertile community for new innovative ways of delivering services.

Just a couple instantly come to mind. The PSP enabled museum, would be a great place for kids, and adults, to wander around taking in the exhibits with the assistance commentary, explanatory video clips, relevant games. Or how about the PSP enabled Wi-Fi exam revision guide download point in the school library?

Now take this four steps and ten years down the road. Now throw FOLED into the mobile handheld computing mix. Now welcome to my vision of what libraries will be for the next century.

My professional mission statement now involves understanding as much as I can of the sea change we are in the midst of in the library and information science world then using this understanding to ensure the growth and strength of the library as an indispensable community resource, regardless of community size and wealth.

My readings and watching and discussions and thoughts tell me libraries will be drastically different than what they are now. My gut tells me a lot of folks reading this won?t have a job in libraries in 20 years if we aren?t very, very careful, active, thoughtful, creative and hard working. What will libraries do and be in 20 years? They will be all about technology (however small and portable), resource sharing, partnerships, training, and acting as physical spaces to play, learn, share and develop community. Yep, those are all words in my professional mission statement. I hope they are in yours too.



At the end of the last century I was the President of the ALA Student Chapter at Indiana University. We had bake sales, sold mugs, sold shirts, gave away ALA-SC pens, held lots of meetings, arranged library tours and guest speakers, had many social events including a most enjoyable pizza party night in the library where we watched Party Girl. Heck, we even organized a scholarship to attend the ALA annual conference. Sure, it was extra work, but the effort was well worth it. My organizing and planning skills developed a bit and we even got to use some of Roberts Good Ole? Rules of Order. That was less fun, but still interesting (to a point:).

I?ve always hoped the ALA-SC at IU would continue to prosper and have made it a point to check back in on them on occasion. Imagine my delight at discovering that they have been named ALA Student Chapter of the year! Woo hoo!

They now have a very nifty electronic bulletin board system with spots for committees to meet, for events to be arranged, for people to discuss general library/tech topics or even swap text books. Nice work ALA-SC IU! I love you, man!

If you want to show them love too, why not order a SLIS mug? If you like lizards, libraries or IU, it?s the mug you want to be seen drinking from. C?mon, you?re thirsty, aren?t you?


Search Awards

The annual article for people that only read Search Engine Watch once a year:
Search Engine Watch award winners 2005.

Completley unrelated record of the day:
The Unicorns ?Who Will Cut Our Hair When We?re Gone??


Eat A Book

Books 2 eat. I?m doing some book related baking next year!


Libraryman In Print

Libraryman In Print

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