Like many librarians I often turn to Creative Commons licensed photos on Flickr for use in my presentations and blog posts. Flickr makes it incredibly easy to search for photos with a Creative Commons license. Unfortunately it also makes it ridiculously easy for users to change the license on all their photos at any time with the click of a button. There is no way to prove the license at the time of use. I have been slowly weaning myself away from Flickr photos instead taking my own or sometimes paying for them. Although I have never heard of what happened to me this weekend happening to Read more [...]
After careful consideration I am calling an end to the Library Day in the Life Project. When I look back at my original post, which was written on whim, I said If I post about this and get others to do it too, it will allow librarians to share amongst ourselves (our positions are changing so rapidly) and also to let the public know what we do. So the purpose was to share with each other, across divisions of the library - reference to tech services, and across types of libraries - public to special, and perhaps to reach outside of libraryland. Over the years I have heard from LIS students Read more [...]
Yesterday two blog posts were making the round came to my attention. The first I saw was by Andromeda Yelton, which is a response to Julie. Andromeda offers some great advice on how to get the attention of people looking for speakers in response to Julie's heartfelt post about wanting to speak. Both are worthwhile - go read them, I'll wait. I started a response on Julie's blog and quickly realized it was too long to be a comment and might be of interest to my readers (if I still have any). So here are my thoughts to Julie. Before we get started I want to remind you that there are many Read more [...]
Help the Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries Initiative Identify the Role of Public Libraries in Their Communities.
Please consider taking a few minutes to answer this survey. This short survey is being conducted on behalf of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Libraries (GL) Initiative. The purpose of the survey is to help the Global Libraries Initiative identify opportunities to focus their current support of public libraries in ways that foster innovation and dramatically accelerate positive and lasting change in libraries throughout the U.S. and around the world. The vision of Global Library Initiative is one where libraries, world wide, provide public access to information for people Read more [...]
The time has come to expand the scope of conflict for ebook issues. What does that mean? It means that we, people who care about ebook issues, need to organize about ebook issues on a larger scale than just the issues surrounding libraries. The effort that has gone into ebook issues over the last few years has been impressive, unfortunately the results have not (I am not finger pointing). One of the reasons is that, while we love libraries and are believe firmly in their place and purpose in the world, many do not, which makes libraries and ebook issues a narrow interest topic. We know that Read more [...]