past and pending

~ some of the past and a little that is pending

Most of us, in this world of abundant content in our pocket, are seeking a human connection, and a human connection not trying to sell us anything or requiring us to believe anything in particular.

Damn right libraries shouldn’t be book-lined Internet cafes. They should be book-lined, computer-filled information-dojos where communities come together to teach each other black-belt information literacy, where initiates work alongside noviates to show them how to master the tools of the networked age from the bare metal up.

Cory Doctorow, Libraries and Makerspaces: a match made in heaven (via libraryadvocates)

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Weird library question of the day:


“When I go on Internet, do I need the HTTP or do I just do a Google?”


Dewey lovers <3 

If the philosophy of academic libraries is to promote the creation and dissemination of knowledge throughout society, you would expect academic librarians to be advocating for that sort of thing. And we are.

Wayne Bivens-Tatum, “From Philosophy to Practice

Another plea for open access and public collaboration in academic libraries (and higher education generally, especially those curmudgeonly humanities).

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Library time via @jeera #webstagram
One of my all time favorite #libraries
Radcliffe Camera, Oxford, UK

Because academic libraries are adjuncts to the institutions they serve, philosophizing about libraries is also philosophizing about higher education, specifically about the origin and purpose of research universities and the effect they have had on higher education and academic libraries […] Academic librarians are trying to support a scholarly mission to create better human beings and a better society through the creation of knowledge in all areas. That’s why we do what we do. There are worse jobs to have.

Wayne Bivens-Tatum, Why We Do What We Do, Peer-to-Peer Review. (Me: Academic libraries are becoming more than adjuncts to their home institutions with the increase of interdisciplinary research institutes, but that essential role, as adjuncts, is still at the core of everything we do. It also reminds me that I need to read WBT’s book.)

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We don’t need a building to define what we do. We define what the building is for.

David Lankes

About a week or so ago David Lankes held a webinar for New Zealand Librarians, Finding Heroes posted the first of hopefully many ideas to takeaway from it this week.

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The man who turned his home into a public library

By Kate McGeown

BBC News, Manila

If you put all the books you own on the street outside your house, you might expect them to disappear in a trice. But one man in Manila tried it - and found that his collection grew.


Frederico Pietrella. Art created with library date stamps. While working, Pietrella changes the stamp to reflect the current date.


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History lesson. This is how we used to do it.

Libraries are far more than just books — they are the heart of democracy and the souls of our communities”

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