The Guy Who Calls Himself A Luddite but has a blog and complains about RSS and XML… something does not compute 🙂
More than one blogger will be writing about this post today. Here are some thoughts from me:
“New technologies have certainly added something to libraries, but what the [beep] does RSS newsfeeds or XML [sic] metadat schemes have to do with serving patrons and getting people to read books?”
Well… could be that those patrons can now subscribe to a feed on a topic that interests them and be notified when new books about said topic arrive at the library… with a direct link into the catalog… so they can check it out… and read more.
“fire the webmasters, settle on the current version of the OCAT software”
OK. The newest “OCAT” (did you mean OPAC?) will most likely be web-based. So you need to rehire the webmaster you just fired.
“libraries should be tools for social change, especially when it comes to fighting ignorance and illiteracy.”
Have you looked around lately? “Social change” is taking place – we’re going through a HUGE technology revolution right now. Smartphones that connect to our catalogs. Wireless laptops and hotspots throughout our cities. Web-based news. Etc. By embracing technology, libraries ARE “tools for social change” and are “fighting ignorance and illiteracy.”
“These tech savvy librarians are also the ones responsible for the disappearance of books and other printed materials from our libraries.”
Two things here…
1. “tech savvy” librarians usually work in the IT department, and have no say in how the colleciton development librarians spend their budget line. If you want to complain about books disappearing, complain about the people who SET the budgets.
2. Printed books disappearing does not mean that books are disappearing. Books are slowly changing formats from print to digital, and we’re seeing this during our lifetimes. Books are now being formatted to be read on cell phones – and this is not something librarians are doing. For that matter, ColdPlay (the rock band) is releasing their newest single as a ringtone first.
Libraries SHOULD still focus on books and other materials that can be read – but formats are changing. Libraries need to be able to provide those formats.