My #ALA12 Conference Report

My #ALA12 Conference Report (Or how I discovered LITA, said goodbye to ACRL, and rediscovered a joy and engagement with library professional involvement) <!– Conference Report –> (tl;dr version: LITA has some kick-ass interest groups.) This year at the American Library Association’s annual meeting in Anaheim #ala12, I decided to change-up my standard method for […]

King James, Gutenberg, and Information Abundance

Libraries are solutions to the problem of information scarcity Libraries, broadly speaking, are solutions to the problem of information scarcity. Given a world in which information is rare, difficult to acquire, and expensive; collecting information into a central location where it can be shared with a population of users is a very good idea. People […]

The user becomes the collection

(This is a previously unpublished post  from my WordPress drafts folder. I’ve cleaned it up and finished some thoughts, but mostly it stands as written in November 2010) The user becomes the collection At this Fall’s ACRL Northwest conference, I had the good fortune to participate in a panel discussing the future of libraries. We […]

Imaginary Libraries

I was asked recently to write a response piece to an article written by one of my CMDC colleagues John Barber. John is a Richard Brautigan scholar and has recently proposed creating a digital archive in the spirit of the library described in Brautigan’s The Abortion: an historical romance. My response focused on three questions. […]

It’s not about the book

“If you want to have game rooms and pingpong tables and God knows what — poker parties — fine, do it, but don’t pretend it has anything to do with libraries” – Michael Gorman The L.A. Times recently published a story about the future of libraries. It contained the sorts of things you would expect […]