OCLC Extends Cut-Off Date

July 28th, 2015

Here is a posting from OCLC that bears reprinting here for all FirstSearch users:

Based on member feedback, OCLC has decided to extend unlimited access to FirstSearch beyond the announced date of December 31, 2015 to a to-be-determined date in late 2016. Per-search access to FirstSearch will end on December 31, 2015 as previously communicated.

WorldCat Discovery is already being used by thousands of libraries and many librarians have provided OCLC with insightful feedback on how well the service meets the needs of their library staffs and users. Librarians have also provided us feedback to identify a number of valued features in FirstSearch that they would like to see added to the new service before they complete their transition.

We will extend unlimited access to FirstSearch through late 2016 in order to add the important features that you identified and give you time to review our solutions in a timeframe that allows you to complete your transition on a schedule appropriate for your library. You will hear a new date once we are satisfied that we have met those goals.

Read more about this important date change announcement (and meet our new team member, Mike!) at http://oc.lc/firstsearchextended.


Perhaps Preparing Is a Waste of Time

July 27th, 2015

We often post links to articles here which either corroborate our common opinions about the status of libraries today or struggles that we have universally faced in the last decade but there is an article which appeared in Sunday’s Buffalo News which puts forth the position that perhaps all of our re-imagining ourselves in this new-age world may be for naught because there will be far less need for any of us to “work” as we know it and though free time will need to be filled, what will provide the fuel for that time is a mystery.  So, maybe we should just let “what will be will be” and believe that we will adapt to whatever comes.  Read “Humans Can Expect a Tsunami of Unemployment on the Horizon”.

Chinese Library More Than Just For Reading

July 21st, 2015

Yearly we give awards for library design and inherent in the choice is the function of the library as a library in addition to the aesthetics.  This, however, was not the intention of Li Xiaodong, a Chinese architect, who decided to save a small town from economic malaise by utilizing the town’s abundance of trees and creating a conversation piece which has turned the tiny town into a tourist mecca.  Completely covering the metal and glass “box” with twigs has produced a peaceful retreat for urban Chinese who value the quiet a library, especially a twig-covered library, symbolizes.  The influx of tourists has turned into an economic engine for the small town and saved a multitude of businesses which would not have survived the exodus from China’s rural provinces.  Almost none of this has anything to do with what is inside the library.  In fact, the “librarian” can barely read.  Read moreAnd here.

Self-e Helps the Author AND the Library

July 20th, 2015

If you can’t deal with publishers, you go around them.  Many authors now self-publish and this makes their access to libraries quite difficult.  Libraries do not have the resources or time to sort through the myriad self-published choices but authors know one thing–when readers find their ebooks in libraries there’s a very high percentage chance they’ll seek other books by that author from a bookstore so it behooves the authors to offer a book or two to libraries for a small pittance if anything at all.  To this end a collaboration between Library Journal and Biblioboard called Self-e will give retailers like Amazon some competition. Read.

TedTalk Reiterates Libraries’ Value

July 8th, 2015

If you are feeling melancholy enough and can see the truth through the saccharin, you will enjoy this TedTalk of several years ago.  It will be preaching to the choir but you will love to be validated in your belief that libraries are a vibrant part of the 21st century.  Listen.