Join the Libraries and Librarians flickr group!
Social software just gets me all excited and flickr is my absolute favorite. It?s social software and it uses tags (think amateur cataloging for photographs).
Over the last few months I?ve posted hundreds of pictures , made some pretty crazy photos just to post on flickr, joined many theme related photo pools and even started
a few of my own.
One very popular group I started is for librarians, but it is private. You have to request membership or get an invite to join the ?Librarians via Libraryman? group. At last count it had 55 members and 520 photos in it?s pool.
Today, I (and a new librarian flickr pal from NJ named Amy) started a new Library, Librarian and Librariana group. This one is public though. It is called Libraries and Librarians. You don?t have to be invited to join and share your library, librarian or librariana related pictures here. If you haven?t given flickr and social software a spin lately this might be a great place to start. It promises to be the premiere library related photo pool on the Internet. Yeah, that?s right, on the whole Internet. Best part is, WE get to make it!
Join the library fun here: The flickr Libraries and Librarians Photo Pool
While you don?t have to love Michael Stephens and his myriad
high profile activities in Libaryland, I sure do. He seems especially loveable to me when
he says such nice things about this here little ol? blog. Thanks very much for the kind plug,
Michael! The whole mission statement idea really is a fun and interesting one in this context. I and many others no doubt would love to hear your take on the issue too.
netconnect is a quarterly supplement to Library Journal. The recently released Spring issue has addressed a series of very, very important issues relating to the future of libraries. Even if you aren?t an ILL person, you should definitely be up on this. Way up! Very timely these articles are! Resources sharing and ILL are bigger deals than a lot of people know. Can you tell I think resource sharing and ILL is a top issue relating to the future of libraries?
Part of why resource sharing is a big deal:
Infinite Collections, Almost
Franca Rosen defines resource sharing and how it can change your?and, more important, your patrons’?world.
The Virtual Consortium
Tim Bucknall describes how a group of Carolina libraries came together to expand dramatically their journal content.
And my favorite of the group (please read it):
Evolution Takes a Leap
The future of resource sharing, Bernie Sloan says, will be shaped by technology and funding of consortia.
I’m not saying these articles have all the answers, but they do address important issues. It’s an exciting time to think about the potential of resource sharing and these folks are right in there thinking and doing.
In addition, there are several other interesting articles in this issue too. A great gadget article by super smart Jenny Levine, and another Mac-y article by my recursive friend Michael Stevens. All in all, I think this is the best library related print magazine of the season.
A fellow Librarian and most excellent buddy just sent around
this story about a senior citizen patron of her library that was cold busted for allegedly swiping library materials and selling them on eBay. Why, grandma? Why?! Be sure to note that she had planned to pay the liubrary back at some point in the future. See, she’s not so bad!
CNN wraps 42 different technology issues in an article about “Tags” that is a decent read.