December 14, 2004
My oh my
A short while back my new friend TiVo caught my old friend Charlie Rose being especially useful. (Episode #10833 originally aired on 11/17/2004). The guests were the respective heads of Yahoo!, Intel, Google and Cisco. Push the geek jokes aside and I’ll dare you to watch this episode and not be inspired to think a bit, especially if you are a librarian. It wasn’t rocket science but the conversations gelled amazingly. One of the episodes themes was “Convergence” and as a librarian I just can’t get that word out of my head.
Good old Charlie Rose was the crest of a refreshing wave of tech awareness and convergence that has inspired me to write this article and even a little tongue in cheek library haiku. I even tried to stay true to haiku form just for all you literati out there. Here goes:
True seasons do pass
Our libraries will evolve
Hold on tight and grow
In between writing haikus and watching my pal Charlie on PBS a few things have been hitting me over the head lately. Google, PSP, TiVo, Musicmatch and assorted other concepts have me all worked up about technology, libraries and the future.
Google Is Freaking Me Out and I love it!
First the general public got Google then Google Scholar and now Google Print starts kicking up dust. Likely literally! This is a very, very interesting read about Google Print (originally referred to as Google Library). Read it then predict the future (insert creepy "Mwaaa ha haaa!!!" or carnival music depending mostly on your perspective). Reminiscent of Amazon’s “Inside the Book” search feature, but different enough to startle a bit.
Back in 1998 a library school professor back in Indiana told our “Electronic Resources” class that he wished he could buy Google stock then. It appears the good Doc's wish/forecast may more deeply fit a librarian’s definition of ironic as years go by.
This is the first section of an "article" I'm working on. The other parts will likely follow shortly.
Next Installment: TiVo+Musicmatch=Fuggetaboutit and/or loose some sleep!