Knowledge management (KM) and knowledge sharing are increasingly common in public libraries. In this case, knowledge is described as information with the added value of experience and judgement plus an understanding of the organization’s best practices and decision making.1,2,3 Though this can shift, KM is unique from other forms of information management because it deals with… Read More Knowledge Management and Public Libraries
OLA Super Conference back in 2010 School is back in session and just as busy as last term. Today, however, I can’t focus because I will soon be attending my first professional conference. The Ontario Library Association (OLA) Super Conference started yesterday and I’m excited to be heading over tonight. There are so many talks… Read More OLA Super Conference 2015
Quick post to feature the Ferguson Public Library because of their dedication to the community. Check out the article here. During everything going on in their community, the Library is staying open regular hours for patrons and offering assistance as they can. Because schools are closed, Ferguson Library is holding activities for kids and teachers… Read More Well done, Ferguson Library
According to this article, the Calgary Public Library is no longer charging fees for library cards. This is confirmed on the CPL’s About Us page. Congratualtions, residents of Calgary! …wait. There was a fee just to get a library card? Turns out, in Alberta and parts of Quebec it is acceptable to charge patrons a fee… Read More Free Library Cards for All!
Continuing my search for what a “Librarian” actually is… In his recent post Now, Do You Like People?: What 1947 Can Tell Us About Libraries Today, Tarek Akhtar discusses how people are an essential part of librarianship. He states, however, that applying a standard customer service model is missing a necessary “organic factor”. To make his point, he features Pam Sandlian-Smith’s talk from TEDxMileHigh.… Read More Create & Collaborate
Take a minute to watch The Librarian 1947 Vocational Guidance Films. It may not showcase the cinematic sensibilites you’re used to, but it will provide context for this post. (If you can’t, picture a black and white film complete with an old school narrator trying to sell you on a career in librarianship.) Anyone else… Read More Do you love books and people? Have I got a career for you!
Imagine browsing the stacks and seeing one of these little bots coming at you! That will be a reality at the Westport Library in Connecticut, now the proud owners of two “NAO Evolution” robots named Vincent and Nancy. In the article by The Wall Street Journal, executive director Maxine Bleiweis says: “Robotics is the next disruptive technology coming into… Read More Humanoid Robots in the Library