past entry 11sep

Great letter to Adelphia in Library Juice. Have you seen their ads conflating their high-speed service with the library [only better, no card!]? I feel the same way about this stuff as I did about Google Answers. It’s fine to have both services, but the people with the for-fee service seem to need to try to explain why they are better than the for-free service. And in reality, it’s just apples and oranges. Adelphia, you are not the library. Google Answers, you are not librarians. Why pretend you are? I think it’s the strength of our reputation, don’t you? [ juice ]

I’ve been getting interested in alternate classifciation schemes. The Warburg Institute Library has its own brand. Four sections: Action, Orientation, Word, Image.

Is protecting the rights of users and supporting free access to ideas one of the fundamental values of librarianship? I sure think so. [ commonsblog ]

Soon to be a new favorite of mine: Ref Grunt, pullquotes from life at the reference desk. [ blogsource ]