Library of the future

The library of the future as seen by the UTS Library staff. Not all of the issues are relevant to us as a National Library, which is the case with most thought and discussion on the roles of most libraries. Being a national library we have a different usership and responsibilities and thus we don’t fit within larger groups (such as university libraries, public libraries, etc.) which makes trading experiences and learning of new ideas hard.
The only really relevant people in our sector are librarians who work in other national libraries and at home in our state libraries. But there is no fora in which our state and national librarians here can frequently meet or exchange ideas. Well there is NSLA, but I have had no involvement nor have other staff I know, and it appears to be only for quite senior staff.
This does not mean we are not innovative, we are, most assuredly and we provide great services to our users, but we are less assured in the way we operate with regards to staffing – we don’t have staff working from home, although technology allows it and comparable staff in state libraries currently do so, we also have a very firm hierarchical structure and whilst we push new technology to our users we are hesitant in allowing staff to use it in some regards. So maybe there are lessons from the library of the future video, namely trust.


Librarians unite with Google, Yahoo on censorship

ALIA, on behalf of librarians in Australia, has produced a statement here on Internet censorship in conjunction with the big Internet players.
It is worth reading it all, it’s quite short.

Here are the recommendations:

According to a large body of peer-reviewed research on the matter the most effective way to protect our children on the internet is achieved by adopting a strategy containing the following three Core Principles:

* Education: Properly funding a national comprehensive cyber-safety education program for children and parents on how to avoid inappropriate material and stay safe online. If any element of online safety is to be mandatory, it should be education.
* Policing: Significantly increasing and funding the level of oversight by the government and federal police focused on the locations, such peer-to-peer, where child sexual abuse materials are disseminated.
* Technical Measures: If the government and the broader political system are determined to implement technical measures as part of online safety efforts, then we believe Australia can learn from the approaches adopted in peer countries, particularly in Europe. The strong consensus internationally is for ISPs, police and government to work together in partnership targeting a clearly defined and narrow band of child sexual abuse material.

Under this filtering regime:

* there would be little to no impact on the internet.s performance or greatly increased costs to users;
* there would be an environment in which adults are able to choose whether to have their service filtered or not.

Library Lovers Day

Coming soon, don’t forget Library Lovers Day on the 14th of February and brought to you by ALIA and Public Libraries Australia

Remember it’s about loving as in appreciating your Library, and not your librarian, that’s a separate day, sometime.

here we have an example of what not to do

ALIA New Librarians Symposium


The 4th Symposium was held in Melbourne last week, the website is here and the photos are here

It is worth keeping a watch on the website for when the papers go online.