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January 21, 2010



To clarify, are we doing the hand-wringing, or do we cause you to wring your hands? :) Thank you for the heads up on what sounds like an excellent book; it's now on my short to-read list, so I should be able to check it out soon! I'd also like to thank you for all of your excellent writing; I've passed several posts on to colleagues.

And, in perhaps an interesting coincidence, I was alerted to the presence of a new "style" of library (because they started following me on twitter today, of all things) that seems exactly in line with the articulating libraries' roles in our culture. Have you heard of the "Anythink" libraries in Colorado? http://www.anythinklibraries.org/


"I know that a lot of the hip young techno (hand-wringing) librarians don't like to read books. They get everything they need from blogs and twitter." - This is an instance in which you're being facetious and it's just taking me a minute to realize that, yeah?

Tom Roper

This has gone straight to the top of my reading list. I heard Darnton in Oxford last year http://www.roper.org.uk/tr/2009/04/libraries-of-the-future.html. They don't let me out very often these days, and certainly no further afield than Oxford

T Scott

Rachel -- well, teasing at the very least (Gabe, my deputy director, is a notorious twitter fiend, and I can't resist any opportunity to give him a hard time about it). Seriously, though, I do recall seeing on two separate occasions, young librarians posting on their blogs that they didn't see any point in reading the professional literature because they could get everything they needed from reading other librarians' blogs. I do NOT consider them to representative -- it kinda freaked me out!

T Scott

Amy -- thanks for the compliment. Let's just say that reading the hand-wringing of some librarians makes me wring my own hands in frustration.... I was not familiar with the Anythink libraries -- just spent a little time on the website and it's fantastic! How could anyone look at that site and NOT be optimistic about the future!!

T Scott

Tom -- I envy you getting to see Darnton speak; hope I get the chance sometime. If you enjoyed his talk, you'll love the book.

Pat Erwin

And, it is also available on Kindle.

I have a personal collection on books and reading - most are hardbound. But it's very nice to have some of my reading available to take along...and with Amazon's PC program, access from work as well.


It really is a good book. As a librarian who worked in special collections and now archives, I really appreciate Darnton.


The NYT had this a week or so ago. As one who used to program in DOS I enjoy seeing the changes in the generations and the availability of electronic information. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/10/weekinreview/10stone.html

T Scott

Thanks for the link to the Times article -- I hadn't seen it.

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