Friday, October 30, 2009

Penn Station Amtrak 173 to WAS

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Internet Archive Glassware

IA glasses
Originally uploaded by chrisfreeland2002

The celebration at the new Internet Archive headquarters and unveiling of the "Bookserver" also brought the opportunity to distribute more if he very nice Internet Archive glasses.

Suitable for all occasions, this fine bit of glassware can be seen all around the world.

If you have one and want to take a picture of it, post it to Flickr and add it to the "IA Glasses" group.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Peter Brantley speaking

At the Making Books Apparent meeting/workshop

Yet another BHL presentation

I'm in San Francisco to attend the "Internet Archive Leaders' Forum" and also their "Making Books Apparent" meeting. Also doing some other assorted Biodiversity Heritage Library and Smithsonian Library work and visits.

Our BHL group had a very good meeting yesterday followed up by an Internet Archive hosted dinner for out of towners at the St. Francis Yacht Club.

Today the Internet Archive meetings start to be followed tonight by a large press reception at the new Internet Archive headquarters (didn't know they were moving?). Yes, after all these years, IA will be leaving the Presidio for new digs. Where are they and what does it  look like? I'll let Internet search hounds figure that out for themselves, the rest of you can wait to find out later tonight (hint: as one Internet Archiver told me, "we've finally found a building that looks like our logo").

Here my presentation that will occur later today:

Saturday, October 17, 2009

UA 874: IAD to SFO

Leaving a rainy DC for sunny San Francisco. Going to be a long trip. Wonder if mold will be gone when I get back?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tweet tweet said the librarian

Originally uploaded by martin_kalfatovic

Thinking about library reference and one of the questions I have (as many others have had) is, "are we where are patrons are?" Obviously, in many cases we are. We're in the library, we're on the phone, we answer email, we even Twitter, Yammer, and talk to people in the hallway.

But increasingly our users are in others places. They're on Facebook (not just for kids, the largest demographic is around, uh, cough, our - meaning my - age), they're on Twitter (and not just older folks, reports that Twitter is ignore by the Millennium generation are being proven to be inaccurate), they're staring at the Google one box and feeling lucky.

Our challenge is to continue to serve current users in the spaces they are (libraries, phone, email) while also finding the common ground with new users (or old users who've moved on to new spaces.

Would any of us answer an email reference question by printing out the email, annotate it in pen, attach photocopies and drop it in interoffice mail? Unlikely. We would scan in the relevant document and email the answer back to the patron. However, in all to many instances, the answer is yes.

Likewise, our patrons in the Yammer- or Twitter-space asking the question there and probably expecting the answer to come in the same space (either to the group or as a direct message).

Yammer could prove a good test case for the brainstorming that came out of last week's brown bag on social networking.

For those of you who have been attending or listening to the Smithsonian's lecture series on information and library technology, you'll have heard these ideas before. Specifically see David Weinberger and David Lankes (links below).

And again, I still find that the Cluetrain Manifesto has said it all. From a library perspective, The Darien Statements on Libraries and Librarians are interesting .