Still chugging along under the steam of EPIC, I gave a talk to a big group of librarians in Denver on Friday. Had Matt been there too, there would have been singing; as it was, I just did a slideshow.
Here’s Jennifer Lang’s run-down on her blog called “Z666.7.L365.” Z is the Library of Congress classification space for information about libraries. That’s so rad.
Jennifer also rounded up some examples of a trend I heard about in Denver: libraries creating MySpace pages. The logic, of course, is that MySpace is where all their patrons are hanging out… so they should connect with them there. The Brooklyn College Library has 1673 friends, and some comments that are totally worth reading. For instance: “it is THE strangest experience when you get a Friend Request from your SCHOOL’S LIBRARY. who the hell came up with this idea? BRILLIANT I TELL U….abso-freakin-lutely brilliant!!!!”
And so much sweeter and legit-seeming from a library than from, say, some stupid deodorant.
One of the really magical things about libraries, after all, is that they are all about service. They don’t want anything from you; they don’t want to sell you anything. Today, that is almost a radical proposition. Like serious journalism, librarianship is worth preserving and extending in the era of Google’s cold genius; in both cases there is something valuable at the core.