For my librarian friends. 

futuramb:

“if libraries did not exist, it would be necessary to invent them”contemplativecomputing.org
UK-based futur­ists Andrew Curry, Vic­to­ria Ward and Sabine Jac­caud have recent­ly com­plet­ed a study of the future of the library. Ward’s com­pa­ny Spark Now has a descrip­tion of the project on its blog, and this jumped out at me:The futur…

A very good and thoughtful article by Alex. And I agree with the values that lies in the future if the library. What I have difficulty with is how the current staff will take the ideas there. To me the people who is involved in library work seems too narrowly educated, and by far not represented on the levels in society which would be needed to perform such a transformation into the future. Maybe the a brutal reinvention is the only way to come to the library of the future?
For my librarian friends.

futuramb:

“if libraries did not exist, it would be necessary to invent them”
contemplativecomputing.org

UK-based futur­ists Andrew Curry, Vic­to­ria Ward and Sabine Jac­caud have recent­ly com­plet­ed a study of the future of the library. Ward’s com­pa­ny Spark Now has a descrip­tion of the project on its blog, and this jumped out at me:

The futur…

A very good and thoughtful article by Alex. And I agree with the values that lies in the future if the library. What I have difficulty with is how the current staff will take the ideas there. To me the people who is involved in library work seems too narrowly educated, and by far not represented on the levels in society which would be needed to perform such a transformation into the future. Maybe the a brutal reinvention is the only way to come to the library of the future?

Tags: Libraries

THE FUTURE HAS ARRIVED. 

smarterplanet:

Amazon Kindle can now check out e-books from 11,000 libraries - CSMonitor.com
Kindle users can now check out e-books from 11,000 community libraries across the country, Amazon announced today. The process is a simple one: Navigate to the website  of your local library, enter your library card number, select a title,  click “Send to Kindle,”  and plug in your Amazon.com information. Your book can then be  transmitted wirelessly or via USB – any gadget with Amazon software will  do, including an iPhone or Android handset.
The availability of the e-books will vary from library to library, but  most titles should be available on your Kindle for about two weeks.  After that, they’ll disappear. In a press release, Amazon exec Jay Marine called libraries a “critical part of our communities,” and framed the initiative as the natural next step for library lending.
“We’re even doing a little extra here – normally, making margin notes in  library books is a big no-no,” Marine said. “But we’re fixing this by  extending our Whispersync technology to library books, so your notes, highlights and bookmarks  are always backed up and available the next time you check out the book  or if you decide to buy the book.”
THE FUTURE HAS ARRIVED.

smarterplanet:

Amazon Kindle can now check out e-books from 11,000 libraries - CSMonitor.com

Kindle users can now check out e-books from 11,000 community libraries across the country, Amazon announced today. The process is a simple one: Navigate to the website of your local library, enter your library card number, select a title, click “Send to Kindle,” and plug in your Amazon.com information. Your book can then be transmitted wirelessly or via USB – any gadget with Amazon software will do, including an iPhone or Android handset.

The availability of the e-books will vary from library to library, but most titles should be available on your Kindle for about two weeks. After that, they’ll disappear. In a press release, Amazon exec Jay Marine called libraries a “critical part of our communities,” and framed the initiative as the natural next step for library lending.

“We’re even doing a little extra here – normally, making margin notes in library books is a big no-no,” Marine said. “But we’re fixing this by extending our Whispersync technology to library books, so your notes, highlights and bookmarks are always backed up and available the next time you check out the book or if you decide to buy the book.”

(via emergentfutures)