Reading List – Patron Privacy in Libraries in the Digital Age #nisoprivacy

I was asked to share my reading list for the NISO committee to develop a Consensus Framework to Support Patron Privacy in Digital Library and Information Systems. As all reading lists this one is always evolving. I would love suggestions if there is something you think is missing. Books Engaging Privacy and Information Technology in a Digital Age from by Committee on Privacy in the Information Age, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Research Council  Intellectual Privacy: Rethinking Civil Liberties in the Digital Read more [...]

Intellectual Freedom Requires Intellectual Privacy #nisoprivacy

I have quite a reading list for my work on the NISO committee to develop a Consensus Framework to Support Patron Privacy in Digital Library and Information Systems. The first meeting took place during finals so I had not yet tackled my reading list. I have been writing and thinking about privacy for some time but not on a concentrated level like this. As I work through the research and form my opinion about privacy and libraries in the digital age I will share my thoughts here. One of the best articles I have read is Privacy is Not Dead—It's Inevitable by Neil M. Richards who is a Read more [...]

Patron Privacy in Age of Digital Service #nisoprivacy

On Thursday the first meeting of the NISO committee to develop a Consensus Framework to Support Patron Privacy in Digital Library and Information Systems took place. This initiative is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  I am honored to be working with this committee on this important issue. If you have any thoughts or concerns please feel free to leave a comment or send an email to me. The grant will support a series of community discussions on how libraries, publishers and information systems providers can build better privacy protection into their operations and the Read more [...]

This is What a Librarian Looks Like – 3 Years and Counting

The three year anniversary of This is What a Librarian Looks Like came and went in February. I love this project! It's not about shoes, or fashion, or books, but about librarians showing the world what they love and what makes them tick. That sometimes includes shoes, and fashion, and books, but sometimes not. We have fire dancers, fire breathers, runners, swimmers, bicyclists, scuba divers, sky divers, zombies, fairies, roller derby divas, football players, foodies, skiers, beer lovers, whiskey and gin drinkers. Librarians come from all over the world, in all shapes, sizes, ages, races, and Read more [...]

FCC 2015 Broadband Progress Report Compared to 2012

The FCC released it's 2015 Broadband Progress Report in February. I was please to see that the benchmark speeds for broadband were reclassified from 4 Mbps download and 1 Mbps speeds (which were ridiculous) to 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload. This of course changed how broadband availability and adoption is calculate. I put together a visual comparison of progress from their previous report from 2012.   It doesn't look good, I don't know what the progress would look like if they had maintained the 4/1 speeds, but a safe guess is much better. While the change in speed requirements Read more [...]

New Project! I Freaking Love Libraries!

I am so excited to finally announce I Freaking Love Libraries! This idea has been in the works for over a year. What: A new site to celebrate the awesomeness is that is libraries in all forms. Where: On Tumblr, or Twitter, or Facebook. Get updates delivered via RSS or email Who: Anyone who has something awesome about libraries to share - an image, a news story a quote, data, facts, research, whatever, head over to the submissions page and share something. Your hosts are Bobbi Newman, Dan Messer, and Michael Sauers. We will be approving submissions and creating posts. A HUGE Thank Read more [...]

Keynote, Libraries as a Bridge: The Role of Libraries in Closing the Digital Skills Gap

I had the honor of delivering the keynote at the Lexington County Public Library this week. 10/18/2014 update: I was very impressed with the administration and staff at the library. There were so many great things about this trip but I want to point out two. First, each branch provided a passive programming idea that was on display throughout staff day, you can see the photos on Flickr. Second, I especially enjoyed how much they got into the Star Wars theme for their staff day event, having a fun theme really brought everything together! Libraries as a Bridge: The Role of Libraries Read more [...]

The Answer To “Who Are You Empowering?” Better Be “Our Patrons”

Hugh Rundle's new article "Who Are you Empowering?" over at In The Library With a Lead Pipe caught my attention this week, so much so that I commented on it twice and finally decided to write this post. First, I wasn't present for Joe Murphy's closing keynote address, but if it was as Rundle describes it, I agree with Rundle's reaction. The techno lust displayed by many in library land is a bit ridiculous. And, frankly, I generally find those, even librarians, predicting THE FUTURE, laughable. I also agree with the comment made by StevenB about the perception of the term "gap filler". The Read more [...]

Summer Reading List 2014 – What Are You Reading This Summer?

I opted to create my reading list for this summer on Pinterest. I like being able to see the covers and I think I'm more likely to add in start and finish dates as comments. I didn't do a very good job of editing my post last year to add that information. I also didn't stick to my list, but that's summer reading for you! What's on your summer reading list?   Fiction The White Queen: A Novel (The Cousins' War 1)5/27 The Red Queen: A Novel (The Cousin's War 2) 5/20 The Lady of the Rivers: A Novel (The Cousins’ War 3)6/4 The Kingmaker's Daughter (The Cousins' War)6/14 The Read more [...]