Maybe it was just a slow news week between Christmas and New Year’s, causing editors to pull out the evergreen (pardon the pun) articles. But this past week has been a big one for thinky pieces about the future of libraries in the mainstream media. There’s nothing much new here for the plugged-in librarian, but there may be much that you’ve long been grappling with that patrons are now hearing for the first time. So if you’ve been offline for the holidays, here’s what you missed:
I’m a writer, and a geek. So if CourseSmart had wanted to track students’ use of its etextbooks to improve the texts themselves, I could totally sympathize. But it seems to me that CourseSmart wants to use those analytics to fix, not the book, but the reader, and that has the potential to disturb privacy advocates and put students off etextbooks altogether.
Library Journal’s upcoming Directors’ Summit at the Los Angeles Public Central Library made me think of irises, one of my favorite flowers, regardless of the variety. The problem with irises, aside from the occasional borer, is that they bloom so ardently, with rhizomes ever productive, that after three of four years the gardener has an [...]
Anthony Marx, the president of New York Public Library, posted today an extensive question and answer document about the future of NYPL on the library’s Huffington Post page. The document includes details about renovation plans for the flagship Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, including these comments: As for the invaluable research collections, the plan addresses very [...]