The bad news, libraries are underfunded. The good news, they are innovating in what they offer their communities, and communities in places such as DOK in Holland are leaps and bounds ahead in their implementation of first-run services. DOK is the environment that I wish I had had to play in as a child; maybe I would have kept up with my music lessons. What they have done in their library is taken concepts from technology and repurposed them. The commercial applications are utilized in a public space, with much enjoyment by all. As Professor Stephens wrote, “[Hyperlinked] [l]ibrarians are tapped in to user spaces and places online to interact, have presence, and point the way.” (2011, p.2)
There’s a book by Eli Pariser called The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding from You. The explains how and why on Google two different people will receive two different sets of search results. From my Google search on ‘DOK Library Delft’ comes this link:
I read Redesigning Library Services: A Manifesto with great interest. He was prescient in many of his determinations. As Buckland says in his chapter on The Electronic Library, “What counts is what is conveniently accessible” (1992, p.41) This is borne out by the much more recent article by Denning which explains that Borders became obsolete because they focused on traditional materials, while Amazon is thriving. (2015, no page number)
Definition of librarian
- : a specialist in the care or management of a library
From the online Merriam Webster Dictionary…
But librarians are so much more…
Increasingly, a useful expert is not someone with all the answers but someone who knows where to find answers. The new experts have value not by centralizing information and control but by being great “pointers” to other people and to useful, current information. (Weinberger, 2001, Let’s put the hyper back into hyperlinks section) This is the quintessential definition of a Librarian.
The articles in Module 2 and 3 were thought-provoking, and while I was inspired by the majority of them I was also occasionally at odds with the material:
I really would like to be on the selective side of technology, where I make conscious decisions about how and when I incorporate it. There would be a loss to the human race if serendipity were to disappear. How many of us, in our travels, followed an amazing odor to a little-known restaurant? A future of being bombarded with information about every place to eat in my immediate area is unappetizing.
Roush’s 2005 short article about the possible uses for future technology brought up mixed feelings – Of course, the world is digitizing, but many people are buying the dream of the stake-holders and those with vested interests. It would be good to take a step back, not necessarily to undigitalize, but to step away from our cell phones and laptops. It’s even better to use this opportunity to LOOK AT and SEE the world around us without a digital filter.
In an analogy to food, a good meal suffices; no need to gorge at a buffet with a surfeit of consumables.
Again from Weinberger, I’m heartened to hear of corporations/companies like Aetna who build up their employees by providing them with informational opportunities that they can access at work. (2001, Personal Work Time section) Good companies such as these are successful because they treat their employees as people, rather than replaceable units. This is an example of what human is.