Librarians are awesome

Tell us something we don’t know, Wil Wheaton. Or, better yet, add your voice to the growing numbers of people advocating for the future of libraries and tell us exactly why you think librarians are awesome.

If you’re a librarian today, you probably don’t hear this very often, but thank you. Thank you for making a difference in people’s lives.

And thankyou, Wil, for speaking up! Read more here.

Library Hotel

Thinking of somewhere to stay in New York, of course you are. Why not consider the Library Hotel where you can choose your room according to the Dewey Decimal System.

I suppose it will have to do until we get the much promised but never actually appearing Libraryland theme park.

In the meantime, check out this site

Twitter and Facebook make you MORE productive! according to this article in WIRED

…for knowledge workers charged with transforming ideas into products — whether gadgets, code, or even Wired articles — goofing off isn’t the enemy. In fact, regularly stepping back from the project at hand can be essential to success. And social networks are particularly well suited to stoking the creative mind.

The article talks about aiding creativity, but I would think that especially with Twitter, among librarian and techie users there is a huge amount of information and link sharing that goes on that is of enormous benefit for keeping up to date with tools and technologies. You just have to Twitter follow the right people.

Counter terrorism

I see the government’s Counter-Terrorism White Paper : Securing Australia – Protecting our Community has been released and note that yet again there is no stated role for librarians in the defence of the country. This is a shame because whilst covert intelligence and surveillance has a primary role, the use of librarians with their skills in technology, classification and primarily Open Source Intelligence could yet win this war. Let us not forget it was the many Librarians in places like Bletchley Park who substantially shortened WW2.

As with all things, if you need something sorted, you need to call on a librarian. For if, as Shelley said, ‘Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world’ Librarians then are the unacknowledged soldiers.

Twelve theses on libraries and librarians

Check out this blog post on Libraries at:
http://faith-theology.blogspot.com/2010/02/twelve-theses-on-libraries-and.html

..there is nobody more conservative than a librarian. Their enthusiasm for constant change and reinvention springs from an even deeper commitment to what has been received from the hand of the past. The library is an angel whose wings are spread out in fierce and loving protection of the past, while its face stares deep into the eerie light of the future