It's like spelling... bad spellers just don't know how to fix the problem.
|useful|useless less useful
- comparison shop incl. online vendors
- implementation w/ technology plan
- "I'll look it up" [useful in so many ways]
- tech lion tamer
- buy what's at the local retailer
- reactive technology. change happens when things break
- "I don't know" [dead end]
- tech victim
There will be new things to understand and new ways to understand them. The more you know, the better you help others. Everyone
in the library can help.
We work with and for the public. We can use our public resources to address various sociopolitical concerns, if we decide to. Such as...
- homelessness - library cards for the homeless, safe places to congregate during the day, public restrooms
- unemployment - resume writing books and software, certification tests in online databases, access to daily papers for classified ads
- poverty - limits to fee-based services, equality of access, free programming, free ILL services
- the digital divide - email and technology classes, public computing facilities, free books about technology
What else? it's all about choices, and choosing FOR one thing often means choosing AGAINST something else.... like the internet being the world's biggest library.... overt rules and decisions often create unforseen and unintended consequences. I'll talk about a few of them
Books take many forms. We're comfy with books on tape/CD. What about books in
- MP3 format?
- Streaming audio?
- Ebooks in various formats?
Using books in these formats involves not just knowing about technology but also knowing about licensing
. Learn the term DRM
project gutenberg has free ebooks &
the wikibooks project is making more
teleread tracks ebook developments
listen ohio & listen illinois are offering plug and play audio book system
trendy: ipods with ebooks. read about it in Wired, macobserver
The good news and the bad news about technology: it is what you make out of it. Some things you
can do even with very low-end tech skills...
For what it's worth, I'm not totally sold on
- CD listening station with one of your offline computers
- using your voice mail system to have a pre-recorded list of new books
- having a staff intranet as part of your web site with links to frequently-used staff pages.
- Accessibility in web design and use of technology generally.
- Create a nurturing environment where everyone can learn together
Jessamyn West is a librarian, community technology mentor, and the editor of the weblog librarian.net
. She's an elected representative to ALA Council where she tries hard to advocate for sensible technology use at all types of libraries.
IM her at iamthebestartist
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