I talk a lot about things that work for small libraries with little or no tech staff and almost no budget. Sometimes it’s good to remember that larger libraries with crack staff and bigger budgets can, if they’re lucky, achieve really great things. The Darien Library website/OPAC went live this morning. Go play around with it. I daresay it’s fun. A few more comments from John Blyberg on his blog. Nice job team!
We’re going through some growing pains at the Vermont Library Association requiring a lot of email, extended explanations and apologies, and a revisting of what is and is not “normal” for libraries and library associations to do and to know. I’ve been quoting John Blyberg quite a bit.
Some people also just donâ€™t like to step out of their comfort zone. They donâ€™t want to absorb new things. I was on a top technology trends panel at OLA last January when someone asked, â€œwhat if we donâ€™t want to learn about all these new technologies?â€ (paraphrase). I donâ€™t think I was in the mood for hand-holding because my answer was, â€œitâ€™s your job.â€ Really. I donâ€™t believe libraries are life support systems for staff. We need to work for our bread. That means that we have so stop bunting and try to knock it out of the park every single time. That takes passion, and too many people in every industry, including libraries, lack it.
John Blyberg talks about the social tools built into the new Social OPAC (SOPAC!) he’s rolled out — and released the source code for — at AADL.