George & Joan just finished presenting a very thought-provoking webinar on Libraries in a Post-Print World (the archive is available now). There waas more chat than any of us could keep up with during the webinar. We’ve added a link to a transcript of the text chat for those who would like to read through it. But we also think that there is more than enough content for a follow-up something. Another webinar? An online course?
We thought we’d throw it out to all of you to help us figure out how best to keep this conversation going. Thoughts? Ideas?
In this edition of Thinking Out Loud, Joan starts the ball rolling by reflecting that she still views the start of the new school year as the start of her new year, with thoughts of what she wants to learn and what she wants to achieve. Both George and Joan have lots of ideas for what they want to learn themselves, and what they would like the library world to think about learning and exploring in this new school year.
One of the things that Joan wants to learn about this year is http://www.scvngr.com/. As she says, it’s gaming meets consumerism.
What are you looking forward to learning in this new school year?
In this podcast, George and Joan use this blog post from In the Library with the Lead Pipe as a jumping off point for a far reaching conversation about what libraries really are all about, and why they should continue to exist. There’s lots of great food for thought to chew on.
Among the things they discuss: the Digital Public Library of America, an initiative you can read more about here (and about which Joan, for one, has some very strong opinions!). George also mentions his work with the IFLA/OCLC Fellows. You can read more about that program here.
Oh, and here’s a link to their podcast on sustainability, which they make reference to in this podcast.
In this podcast George and Joan put on their futurist hats and ponder the question, “How would a library accommodate a post-print culture in the future?” Is a library without books still be a library? What defines a library? Is it the books and materials that make the library, or is it something more ephemeral? Join the discussion!
Infopeople’s podcasting pundits George Needham and Joan Frye Williams recorded a segment for NPR’s Here and Now program recently about a favorite topic of theirs: the future of libraries. Give it a listen! (Scroll about halfway down the page to find their segment.)