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Everything I've written about public libraries

Open like medical gowns, Standard as in oil

Same, same, but different A couple of months ago I attended a consultation on ...well, it wasn’t enormously clear...

Antifragile Libraries pt 2: Antifragile librarianship

In my last post we considered the idea of Antifragility and how libraries might consider making our collections more anti-fragile....

Public libraries, research and a little bit of Redmond Barry

Things have been a little quiet here at It's not about the books, but over at In the Library with...

Not just an Academic question: Why Open Access matters for public libraries

I’ve been thinking about writing a post on Open Access for a while. The recent tragic death of Aaron...

Blogs and the post-paper library

My title this week is a little provocative. I’m unconvinced of the imminent, or even eventual, complete death of...

What libraries can learn from public transport ticketing

Recently I had a bit of a run-in with the bureaucracy running Melbourne’s new(ish) public transport ticketing system,...

Evolution, the death of librarians and the end of history

Today aspiring book restoration librarian @hanmunn alerted me to a back and forth in the LA Times about libraries, librarians...

The front line is everywhere

In my previous post post I finished by writing that librarians need to become more pro-active. Today’s post attempts...

Newspapers are dead, long live libraries

I've been thinking recently about what libraries look like when they're about information retrieval and dissemination rather than information storage....

Just books - coming to a town or iPad near you?

My last post somehow found itself on the front page of both the Vex News and Quadrant websites as recommended...

Bad language

In the comments of my last post on whether  libraries should take on some of the role local newspapers have...

Why you should be thinking of your library patrons as an audience

In my last post I talked about eBooks.  There will be more on that later, particularly addressing some of the...