Monthly Archives: April 2012

Battle for the the Internet

The (British) Guardian has just published an interesting investigation into the several attempts to control the Internet – see it at:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/series/battle-for-the-internet.

To me this is investigation is the perfect case for the libraries as it shows that the decentralized design of the Internet can be tamed by the commercial powers of the few. This indicates clearly that that the Internet even at this early stage is not a safe storage for all the human knowledge, as many enthusiasts claim, but that there is a vital need to have the records of our culture stored in various formats in multiple decentralized locations.  If  we fail to convince now the people around us that such places that are publicly funded and provide free access to knowledge and information are still necessary, the Fahrenheit 451 scenario is not too far removed from reality.   Indeed, it is a huge professional responsibility on all of us to prove through our work and inventiveness that libraries are the institutions that can fulfill this mission.

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Future, Leadership, Libraries

Virtual Tour of Bora Laskin Law Library on Youtube

The layout of the library I work at is quite confusing for people who use it for the first time and, as such, perhaps it discourages them from coming back again.

With the help of part-time library assistants,  I created a virtual library tour to address the problem.  I hope we may play in on the plasma screen in the library close to the main entrance. This would alleviate some of the problems that first time library users encounter trying to  locate a book by call number in the evenings or the weekends when the one staff member who is working at that time cannot leave the circulation desk to assist these users.

I am still working on it, but here is the first draft posted on youtube as it is:

Leave a comment

Filed under Libraries, media