Top 10 things good and bad for 2010 of some librarianship importance
- The closure of public libraries around the world due to funding cuts (especially in the UK)
- The building or renovation of hundreds of school libraries under the federal government’s Economic Stimulus Package
- The inexorable rise of the e-book
- The inexorable rise of Trove
- The Internet filtering debate
- The Australian declaration of open government
- The appointment of the Australian Information Commissioner
- The retirement of Jan Fullerton
- Justin Bieber
What would be nice in 2011
- A change in worldwide government policies to protect library funding
- The person to be appointed DG of the National Library to be a librarian
- A proper role for libraries in the NBN implementation
- E-book readers for sale below $100
- RDA to be adopted
- A federal coordinating body created to oversee libraries and library funding
- Public lending of e-readers to become widespread
- That’s it
The Government has announced an Australian Law Reform Commission review of Australia’s classification regime .
This will feed directly into the computer game and Internet filter debates – we should probably be afraid. Comments need to be provided by 28 January 2011.
A new report:
Life in the clickstream : the future of journalism has just been published by the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance.
The report confirms that newspaper websites continue to be the main online source for news, which shows that newspapers are not dead, it’s just that the print medium is no longer where the readers are.
It is also interesting to note that online sources are now more trusted than print media.
With the continued decline of readers of print newspapers and the continued growth of online news readership, newspaper websites will become of ever more importance. For reference or deposit libraries that are required to retain newspapers, it thus becomes ever more important to collect not only the paper newspaper but also the online version. Since June 2009 the National Library has been doing just that with the Sydney Morning Herald see: http://nla.gov.au/nla.arc-122643
The report has many points of discussion on new, digital and social media that any organisation interested in aggregating or delivering information (such as libraries) should take note of.
One other interesting statistic, especially for Rupert Murdoch, is that 91% of those surveyed said they would not pay for online content, 6% were undecided and only 3% said they would pay. Whether 3% is enough of a demographic to make financial sense we shall see.
What will kill this profession is not ebooks, amazon, or Google. It will be a lack of imagination. An inability to see not what is, but what could be. To see only how we are viewed now, but not how that is only a platform for greatness. Librarianship is not a building, or a collection. It is a conversation you are having. A conversation that has lasted over nearly three millennia. A conversation handed down from generation to generation, culture to culture, great society to great society, epoch to epoch. Librarianship only ends if we stop this conversation – set in stone, transfer practice to golden idols. It only survives if we, librarians and the communities we serve, take it up, renew, refresh it, and constantly engage in what is next. It is in that conversation that we find what a triumphant librarian is. Someone who wakes to see a better day for their community, and works to make the next even better, and the next day after that.
- R. David Lankes http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/blog/?cat=21
Yes, thanks SLQ, your 50,000 images made available in the Wiki Commons will be much appreciated.
Yep, I know everyone has been playing with Google’s Ngram viewer and extrapulating all sorts of results. This one has no validity either.