George and Joan, Thinking Out Loud about Some Big Existential Questions

podcastIn 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.

George and Joan, Thinking Out Loud about Sustainability

podcastIn this edition of Thinking Out Loud, George and Joan take on the issue of sustainability planning for libraries. In the recent past, libraries have been big on strategic planning – what we are doing, what we should be doing, what we hope to do. Sustainability addresses not only what we should be doing but how we can continue doing it over the long haul. They identify four types of sustainability: existential (why do we exist?), operational (how do we build capacity?), political (who we work with to make common cause?), and financial (what resources do we need, and what do we have?).

George mentions a recent OCLC report, Perceptions of Libraries 2010, in the podcast. That report is available for download. And remember, George and Joan want to hear your comments and thoughts! You can email them at