Diary of a Digital Librarian

Excerpts from my working life

Why UX in libraries is a thing now

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UX (or User Experience) incorporating usability studies, ethnographic research, and service design, is now being actively embraced by librarians. This presenta…

nickcarman's insight:

Not really a future trend, but I think it is a really good idea to understand the tribes that use your library.


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This could be Ireland’s library of the future – but why the controversy?

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The Lexicon is costing €36.6m to build. In an interesting move, the 6,520m2 building – which will be the central library for the county of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown – will be called the Dlr Lexicon, which reflects the fact that it offers more than a library.

It’s also intended to be a cultural centre, with a café (the tenant is yet to be decided on), a gallery, a small auditorium space, crafts spaces, a local history library, 100 parking spaces and a children’s library.

It’s hoped that this mix of facilities will attract more than 50,000 people to Dun Laoghaire every year.

Rather than being detached from the rest of the town, it is supposed to draw people into the centre of Dun Laoghaire, offering them a space to explore and enjoy before making their way into the town.


nickcarman's insight:

Public libraries have to prove they are delivering value to their customers to justify the money spent on them.  There is nothing different about this library to any other library in the world.  Staff & management will need to be on their game.


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The Five Laws of Library Science: INFOGRAPHIC - GalleyCat

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"USC Online has created an infographic called, “The Five Laws of Library Science,” which explores five principles which can help guide the practices of librarians.

According to the graphic, almost 2.5 million public library books were circulated between more than 1.5 million people in 2011. The graphic also points out that there is more than 120,000 libraries in the U.S.”


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This Swede takes credit for 2.7 million Wikipedia entries. So why are purists complaining?

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 A 53-year-old Swede can take credit for 2.7 million articles on Wikipedia, but some “purists” complain about his method.

nickcarman's insight:

Sverker Johansson uses a bot to create articles for Wikipedia.  He creates article stubs & then lets others flesh them out.  It looks like curation on steroids to me.


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Futuristic Library Design Encouraging Social Interaction in Edmonton,Canada

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The design collaboration between Hughes Condon Marler and Dub Architects led to the development of Jasper Place Branch Library, a project recently complete

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How your library can help you resist the surveillance state

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The library is one of the few institutions that has the potential to organize communities to access and produce information responsibly and safely.

nickcarman's insight:

A useful quote from the article: “The library is one of the few institutions that has the potential to organize communities to access and produce information responsibly and safely. Libraries connect people with resources, facilitate inquiry and popular education, and are accessible and highly trusted. For the growing movement fighting for an alternative to a culture of surveillance, they are an excellent place to start.”


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Why It’s Difficult For Your Library to Stock Ebooks

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A pilot program operating in Massachusetts has library officials excited about the prospect of expanding access to ebooks and digital content for the state’s library patrons.

nickcarman's insight:

Not a future trend, but a current one.  Exploring new licensing models with publishers.


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Future of the library and information science profession

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ALIA has set out to investigate the big questions about the future of libraries: How will libraries remain relevant for users? What changes will institutions and individuals in the sector experience? Will ‘library and information professional’ continue to be a necessary and desirable occupation?

nickcarman's insight:

This report was recently released by ALIA (Australian Library & Information Association).


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Four Lessons Libraries Can Learn From Amazon | Digital Book World

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It is hard for my view of the world not to be informed by the two years I spent working in senior management at Amazon. I am not a librarian, but I have spent

nickcarman's insight:

Mitchell Davis makes useful observations about ebook purchase models for public libraries.


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Augmented Reality’s Next Frontier Is Real-World Search | Opinion | WIRED

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What if you need to know the details of “that thing you’re looking at,” but don’t know its name? That’s where augmented reality must come in.

nickcarman's insight:

How could this be made use of in libraries?  How could we accommodate customers with this technology?


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