recommend to anyone working in a library, who is thinking about the future of libraries and their role in building this future?
I have my own list of articles that I think all librarians should read – well those that are interested in the same things as me, anyhow. Some are there because they offer a perspective from outside the library echo-chamber, some are there because they represent large-scale research that breaks away from the “how we done it good” that characterizes much library literature. Some are toolkits for equity of access. Most items are on it because they are a good read by themselves – clear, logical and interesting writing that makes me think of more questions, rather than feel like I have just read all the answers.
I see very little literature on my list about management or philosophies of librarianship. There is little about taxonomy, cataloguing, corporate librarianship and knowledge management. I guess they are outside my interests.
My list has an Australian slant, and leans toward:
- equity of access to information and library resources
- the impact on libraries of shared data on the internet
- how library users find research information
- format changes – the rise of online video, ebooks, transliteracy and DRM
- how librarians and libraries are preparing for the future
I have created a Zotero group for sharing articles that people recommend, 100 articles every librarian should read . The library of references is here, 100 articles that every librarian should read library .It is public, so anyone can look at it. Some of my links go through my university library’s link resolver, but it is easy to work out what they should be. If you have (or make!) a Zotero account, then you can add your own candidates. We can then pare them down to just 100. If you are blogging this or want to contribute to the list in another way, please pop over to Con’s post Day 14 #blogjune Library Futures Reading List and leave a comment there.
So – I have around 40 items on my list. I am sure that only about a quarter of them would make it to a definitive list of “must reads” for EVERY librarian. What would you keep? What is missing?
MY LIST OF MUST-READS FOR LIBRARIANS
- American Library Association. (2008). Serving Non-English Speakers Toolkit. American Library Association: Office for Literacy and Outread Services. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/olos/toolkits/LI_toolkit.pdf
- ATSILIRN. (2005). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Library and Information Resources Network Protocols. Retrieved from http://www1.aiatsis.gov.au/atsilirn/protocols.atsilirn.asn.au/index6df0.html?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=0&Itemid=6
- *** Berners-Lee, T. (2010). Long live the web. Scientific American, 303(6), 80-85. Retrieved from http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=long-live-the-web&print=true .
- Berners-Lee, T., Hendler, J., & Lassila, O. (2001). The semantic Web: a new form of Web content that is meaningful to computers will unleash a revolution of new possibilities. Scientific American, 284(5), 34.
- Bush, V. (1945). As We May Think. Atlantic Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1945/07/as-we-may-think/3881/
- Carpenter, J., Tanner, S., & Smith, N. (2011). Researchers of Tomorrow: Annual Report 2010-2011. British Library / JISC. Retrieved from http://explorationforchange.net/index.php/rot-home.html
- Casey, M. E., & Savastinuk, L. C. (2006). Library 2.0 : service for the next generation library. Library Journal, 131(4), 40-42. Retrieved from http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6365200.html
- Colbow, B. (2010, March 1). Why DRM Doesn’t Work or how to download an audio book from the Cleveland public library. The Brads. Retrieved March 24, 2011, from http://bradcolbow.com/archive/view/the_brads_why_drm_doesnt_work/?p=205
- Draft Treaty on Copyright Exceptions and Limitations for Libraries and Archives. (2011). Retrieved May 7, 2011, from http://www.ifla.org/en/publications/draft-treaty-on-copyright-exceptions-and-limitations-for-libraries-and-archives
- Fenn, J., Gammage, B., & Raskino, M. (2010). Gartner’s Hype Cycle Special Report for 2010. Trumbull United States: Gartner Research. Retrieved from http://www.gartner.com/DisplayDocument?doc_cd=205839&ref=g_noreg
- Gleick, J. (2011). The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood. New York: Pantheon. (See http://www.worldcat.org/title/information-a-history-a-theory-a-flood/oclc/607975727 )
- Gow, V., Brown, L., Johnston, C., Neale, A., Paynter, G., & Rigby, F. (2009). Making New Zealand Content Easier to Find, Share and Use. Museums and the Web 2009. Presented at the Museums and the Web 2009, Toronto: Archives & Museum Informatics,. Retrieved from http://www.archimuse.com/mw2009/papers/gow/gow.html
- Hildenbrand, S. (2000). Library feminism and library women’s history: Activism and scholarship, equity and culture. Libraries & culture, 35(1), 51–65. Retrieved from http://www.gslis.utexas.edu/~landc/fulltext/LandC_35_1_Hildenbrand.pdf
- Holland, M. (1997). Diffusion of innovation theories and their relevance to understanding the role of librarians when introducing users to networked information. The Electronic Library, 15(5), 389-394. doi:10.1108/eb045587
- Hull, D., Pettifer, S. R., & Kell, D. B. (2008). Defrosting the Digital Library: Bibliographic Tools for the Next Generation Web. PLoS Comput Biol, 4(10), Retrieved from http://www.ploscompbiol.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pcbi.1000204
- IFLA/FAIFE. (2010). IFLA/FAIFE World Report. The Hague, The Netherlands: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. Retrieved from http://www.ifla-world-report.org/cgi-bin/static.ifla_wr.cgi?dynamic=1&d=ifla_wr_browse&page=query&interface=map
- Johnson, L., Adams, S., & Haywood, K. (2011). The 2011 Horizon Report K-12 edition. Austin, Texas: New Media Consortium. Retrieved from http://www.nmc.org/publications/2011-horizon-report-k-12
- Kelly, K. (2011, 15). What Books Will Become. The Technium. Retrieved May 9, 2011, from http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2011/04/what_books_will.php
- ***Kelly, K. (2008, January 31). Better Than Free. The Technium. Retrieved September 30, 2010, from http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2008/01/better_than_fre.php
- King, D. L. (2009). What is a Digital Branch, Anyway? Building the Digital Branch: Guidelines for Transforming Your Library Website, Library Technology Reports, 45(6), 5-9.
- Lankes, R. D. (2008). Credibility on the internet: shifting from authority to reliability. Journal of Documentation, 64(5), 667–686. Retrieved from http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Publications/Journals/credibilityontheinternet.pdf
- Lebert, M. (2009). A Short History of eBooks. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: University of Toronto. Retrieved from http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/29801
- ***Lemley, M. A. (2011). Is the sky falling on the content industries? Journal of Telecommunications and High Technology Law, 9, 125–313. Retrieved from http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1656485
- Levine, R., Locke, C., Searles, D., Weinberger, D., & McKee, J. (1999). The Cluetrain Manifesto. Retrieved April 29, 2011, from http://www.cluetrain.com/
- ***Library Council of New South Wales. (2009). The bookends scenarios: alternative futures for the Public Library Network in NSW. Retrieved from http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/services/public_libraries/publications/docs/bookendsscenarios.pdf
- Morville, P. (2005). Information Interaction. Ambient Findability (pp. 43-63). O’Reilly Media, Inc.
- National Library of Australia. (2007). National Library of Australia IT Architecture Project Report. Canberra, A.C.T.: National Library of Australia. Retrieved from http://www.nla.gov.au/dsp/documents/itag.pdf
- OCLC. (2010). Perceptions of Libraries, 2010: Context and Community. Retrieved March 3, 2011, from http://www.oclc.org/reports/2010perceptions.htm
- Oldenburg, R. (1999). The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community (3rd ed.). Da Capo Press.
- Schneider, K. G. (2006a, April 3). How OPACs Suck, Part 2: The Checklist of Shame | ALA TechSource. ALA Techsource. Retrieved September 16, 2010, from http://www.alatechsource.org/blog/2006/04/how-opacs-suck-part-2-the-checklist-of-shame.html
- Schneider, K. G. (2006b, March 13). How OPACs Suck, Part 1: Relevance Rank (Or the Lack of It) | ALA TechSource. ALA Techsource. Retrieved September 16, 2010, from http://www.alatechsource.org/blog/2006/03/how-opacs-suck-part-1-relevance-rank-or-the-lack-of-it.html
- Seale, M. (2008). Old Maids, Policeman, and Social Rejects. Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship, 9(1). Retrieved from http://southernlibrarianship.icaap.org/content/v09n01/seale_m01.html
- ***Sheehan, K. (2010, August 3). Keeping Up with Keeping Up. ALA Techsource. Retrieved October 1, 2010, from http://www.alatechsource.org/blog/2010/07/keeping-up-with-keeping-up.html
- Silipgni, L., & Dickey, T. (2010). The Digital Information Seeker: Report of the Findings from Selected OCLC, RIN, and JISC User Behaviour Projects ( No. 706). London: Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) on behalf of JISC. Retrieved from http://www.jisc.ac.uk/media/documents/publications/reports/2010/digitalinformationseekerreport.pdf
- State Library of Victoria. (n.d.). Disability Awareness Kit: A training resource for public library customer staff. Retrieved from http://www.openroad.net.au/access/dakit/welcome.htm
- Raymond, E (n.d.) The Cathedral and the Bazaar. Retrieved from http://catb.org/~esr/writings/homesteading/cathedral-bazaar/
- The IFLA Internet Manifesto. (2002). . Retrieved May 7, 2011, from http://www.ifla.org/publications/the-ifla-internet-manifesto
- Thomas, S., Joseph, C., Lacetti, J., Mason, B., Mills, S., Perril, S., & Pullinger, K. (2007). Transliteracy: Crossing divides. First Monday, 12(12). Retrieved from http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/2060/1908
- Transformation Lab – Prototyping the Future. (2007). Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpFO_L_jA1c&feature=youtube_gdata_player
- United Nations Organisation. (n.d.). The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Retrieved from http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml
- Wesch, M. (2008, July 26). An anthropological introduction to YouTube. Library of Congress. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPAO-lZ4_hU&feature=youtube_gdata_player
- Wesch, M. The Machine is Us/ing Us (Final Version). (2007). Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLlGopyXT_g&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Post number 15 for #blogjune 2011. Half way there!!!!