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Libraries should be the community’s repository and archive

Libraries can perform a hugely important social mission of serving as the repository for the community—which might be a university or a small town—in which it is based.

What’s the one thing you have from college 20 years later? The year book . . . because it serves an important personal and institutional function of preserving the everyday past. Libraries can certainly perform this function for images and a whole variety... more »

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Libraries and open source software really go together well

Some people have said that the principles librarianship are very much like the principles of open source software (OSS). For example, both value peer review. Both are very collaborative. Both offer products and services that benefit the common good. Both are primarily interested in things other than the "bottom line". Thus, libraries ought to implement open source software to meet their computing needs because the principles... more »

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Libraries need an easy to manage open source Google-like search

Even if our search methods are more powerful in skilled hands, for better or worse, library patrons now view the power of a search function in how closely it matches the methods of Google. Libraries need to make their web sites have the same type of search functionality as used by Google. Once patrons are using the Google-style search, this might even be an entry point to introduce library patrons to more sophisticated... more »

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Libraries ought to provide services against texts

Much of traditional librarianship is centered around the collection and dissemination of data and information -- usually in book form. Now-a-days, more and more content is born digital. This, combined with the availability of Google make the process of finding and getting information commonplace. In fact, finding information -- one of the core processes of traditional librarianship -- is now so easy it does not represent... more »

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Libraries should expand social media to connect to patrons

Library patrons live in a completely connected world, immersed in rich media every waking hour. Libraries can play an important role in helping make connections among people based on more meaty issues of intellectual aspirations and civic involvement by helping patrons find affinities with other patrons based on what information they accessing. What a powerful idea to connect two people who would otherwise never meet... more »

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There is a critical mass of OSS to do much of library work

While every piece of library-related open source software (OSS) is not necessarily up to par, there exist enough pieces of OSS for many libraries to do much of their core technical work, such as downloading and editing (MARC) metadata, hosting digital collections in repositories, and last but not least, running an integrated library system.

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Libraries need open source systems for ad hoc collections

Libraries need an open source system for managing ad hoc collections of ephemeral academic content.

This should cover everything that a professor or student might produce in the process of doing a research project. Some of the content would be original material produced by the patron, and some of it will be pointers to materials in the formal library system, and some pointers to material on the open Internet. Since... more »

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Libraries should help weave the semantic web

More and more, our patrons will not be at our buildings, but still depend on us for the "locality" of information resources they need. Libraries should gather the expertise to link together useful data available on the web, their OPACs and local collections, and expose them in a useful manner to external data consumers.

Librarians should learn about linked data, microformats and other topics of the semantic web, and... more »

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Libraries need SW development/programming/integration skills

Libraries need to change the way they look at IT skills and start developing much stronger internal resources for managing their technology, integrating software and even developing new software. To be effective today, libraries need to be able to do more for themselves: developing web pages, integrating software or writing workarounds, developing little widgets and applets and plugins, using basic LAMP tools, and making... more »

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Make use of the Kindle and other e-book devices

Right now libraries don't have any method I know of to serve the book needs of patrons who own Kindles, et al. Since these people are, by definition, high users of books and information, it seems to me that it would be useful if there was a software system that libraries could adopt to dispense "books" to users' Kindles. Not exactly sure how this would work, though.

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