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I visited the Post Falls Public Library in Idaho back in August 2006. I recall that trip fondly due to a public concert by a local band one evening that week.
John Seely Brown
Chief of Confusion, Office of the Provost
University of Southern California
Recorded August 10, 2015 at the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries, “Leadership Roundtable on Library Innovation”
Published on Aug 10, 2015
IN THE SECOND EPISODE OF THE GATHER OMAHA PODCAST, WE SIT DOWN TO TALK WITH THREE AWESOME LADIES CHARGED WITH CURATING INFORMATION AND ACCESS FOR OUR COMMUNITY.
Our guests for this episode are Micki Dietrich, Wendy Townley, and Rebecca Stavick. Micki works with the Omaha Public Library on community engagement efforts. Wendy works with the Omaha Public Library Foundation, raising funds for special projects at the Library. Rebecca is leading the new DoSpace project here in Omaha. an innovative digital library project opening very soon.
There are all kinds of ways for you to get involved and support these organizations. Go check out your local library branch, spend some time at DoSpace, and be sure to reach out to these ladies with questions about support. The library needs our civic support to continue to grow and flourish in Omaha.
A 1940 silent film promoting the services of Lincoln City Libraries.
Recently I’ve been working on setting up a ton of public access PCs and getting all of the systems to talk to each other when it comes to our ILS, printing software, and computer time management. All of this deals with software “types” I’m familiar with due to my 2003 book The Neal-Schuman Directory of Management Software for Public Access Computers, co-written with my friend Louise Alcorn. Granted, none of the software I’m using today even existed back then, but the issues haven’t changed all that much.
NLC Tech Rodeo Participants and Staff, 28 July 2012
Peter from the National Coalition Against Censorship sez, “At a public hearing over whether or not to remove LGBT children’s books from a public library, one mom’s comments stole the show.”
Via Boing Boing
Here’s a photo of Brian Pichman of the Evolve Project presenting at the NEFLIN Technology Conference in June 2013. Brian and I will be co-presenting at the 2015 conference tomorrow.
In the book, he claims that libraries today are more than just book repositories, and that they can become bulwarks against some of the most crucial challenges of our age: unequal access to education, jobs, and information.
He goes on to argue that, in order to survive our rapidly modernizing world and dwindling government funding, libraries must make the transition to a digital future as soon as possible—by digitizing print material and ensuring that born-digital material is publicly available online. These modifications are vital if we hope to save libraries and, through them, the American democratic ideal.
John Palfrey is an educator, scholar, and law professor. He is a notable authority on the legal aspects of emerging media, and he is an advocate for Internet freedom, including increased online transparency and accountability as well as child safety.
Published on Jun 2, 2015
Omaha Public Library Great Writers Series
Originally published on Apr 13, 2014