Dewey lovers <3
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.
Stephanie Chase, Director of Library Programs and Services for the Seattle Public Library
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.
“When I go on Internet, do I need the HTTP or do I just do a Google?”
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).(via thelifeguardlibrarian)
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.
We don’t need a building to define what we do. We define what the building is for.
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.(via lowscoreattack)
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.
History lesson. This is how we used to do it.