Steven Bell, “Designing The Library Experience The Community Can’t Get Anywhere Else,” Designing Better Libraries

Pull quote: “As a community commons, the library is perfectly positioned to be the gathering point for those who have creative skills they want to share with those who want an outlet for their creativity. Bringing people together this way creates a unique teaching and learning experience that offers meaning for those giving or receiving.”

Steven Bell, “Designing The Library Experience The Community Can’t Get Anywhere Else,” Designing Better Libraries

Peter Brantley, “Lending literacy,” PWxyz

Pull quote: “As formative discussions about important matters of public policy relating to digital commerce and access loom ever larger, it is going to become ever more vital for those of us contributing to these debates to understand the forms of education we must offer the broader public. Libraries and the new publishing industry both need to step up and be willing to teach others. It is not enough to complain about the chariness of Big Publishing, or to spin cool new services in the proverbial garage. Living in a networked age means we have a responsibility to continually educate ourselves and our communities about the possibilities we envision for the future. Passing a taper is no longer enough to share knowledge; we must teach one another how fire works; that it can both illuminate and burn.”

Peter Brantley, “Lending literacy,” PWxyz

Ken Varnum, “RSS: From Format to Plumbing to Nothing in 13 Years,” RSS4Lib

Pull quote: “At the same time, if Apple no longer indicates that RSS feeds exist in pages that you visit in Safari (and if other browsers follow suit), that’s will drive a fundamental change in the way individuals discovery and access Internet content. Sure, discovery will happen, but it will happen through your social networks, mediated by major services. And it will happen in short-form: a few characters in a tweet, or a snippet on Facebook. It won’t happen in long-form, in a context that you (the consumer) manage. If information wants to be free, as the saying goes, it needs a path to follow. RSS seemed like it was that path. What’s next?”

Ken Varnum, “RSS: From Format to Plumbing to Nothing in 13 Years,” RSS4Lib

Jessica Olin, “Connecting With New Faculty, Or, Welcome to Our World,” Letters to a Young Librarian

Pull quote: “And then there’s the coup de grâce: I take each and every one of them on an individual, personalized tour of the library building. Yes, it takes a lot of my time, but it’s worth it. I can make sure each person gets the information they need.”

Jessica Olin, “Connecting With New Faculty, Or, Welcome to Our World,” Letters to a Young Librarian

Jacob Berg, “New Year, New Library: Why We Hired Who We Hired,” BeerBrarian

Pull quote: “I cannot stress enough how important it is to bring in someone from outside the library and library services when interviewing, at least for an academic library. It keeps the conversation focused on what a candidate can do for not only a library, but also the larger academic community, and it keeps the library jargon to a minimum. It also keeps me in check, lest I say something less than stellar about MPOW’s administration, not that that would ever happen.”

Jacob Berg, “New Year, New Library: Why We Hired Who We Hired,” BeerBrarian

James Connor, “Scholar Updates: Making New Connections,” Google Scholar Blog

Pull quote: “We analyze your articles (as identified in your Scholar profile), scan the entire web looking for new articles relevant to your research, and then show you the most relevant articles when you visit Scholar. We determine relevance using a statistical model that incorporates what your work is about, the citation graph between articles, the fact that interests can change over time, and the authors you work with and cite.”

James Connor, “Scholar Updates: Making New Connections,” Google Scholar Blog