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09 December 2009


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Cynthia Berglez

Hi Dennie,
I read the power point, 3 times actually. I'm sure the author suffers loss of context by stuffing his ideas into PP.
It would help if you could tell me why you feel this is so important you have ordered us to spend our time on it.

Thank you,
Cynthia Berglez

Dennie Heye


I have updated the entry to provide more background. Also, I have added information about RIck's notes on the slides which provide context. I hope this makes more sense now - let me know what you think of Rick's challenging presentation.

best regards,


Cynthia Berglez

I agree that we need to reevaluate 'typical' librarian practices. So we let go of the things we've always done, what do we replace them with? What do we do?

We need to find something only we can do, better than Google, and make sure that it's valued.

I'm reading the latest McSweeney's which is a newspaper which does all the best things newspapers can do and the internet can't (amazing full page graphics, cartoons, charts etc.).

What can we do that the internet can't? And how do we convince folks to hire us to do it?

Letting go of Cows is only half the problem.

Mimi Calter

I disagree with Rick on several points, most notably his discussion of "ownership". Given the time and attention every library I've worked for has spent on copyright issues, I don't feel there was ever a sense that we had ownership of content per se. And frankly, the dynamic is dramatically different in a corporate library, where the emphasis is on immediate access, versus an academic library, where the emphasis is on long-term preservation.

Nevertheless, his parable about the railroads is valid, and important. In fact, it's applicable to many industries -- oil companies need to think of themselves as energy providers, and newspapers need to find a good business model for journalism. It's here that the going gets rough, and I agree with Cynthia that the difficult next step is defining our core competencies and finding the business model that integrates them with new technologies.

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