13 4 / 2013
"Recently I was engaged in an online discussion about whether there are or can be a basic set of skills that all librarians should master. I have yet to see a persuasive argument for any particular library-specific skill that absolutely every librarian or library school graduate must have, and I’m pretty sure that’s because no such argument can be made. Most claims about what all librarians need to know or do or think rest on the assumption that there is a mythical creature—The Librarian. However, The Librarian doesn’t exist."
In which Wayne Bivens-Tatum talks about the TV movie The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (starring Noah Wyle) among other things.
Not to mention the many, many things that fall under “What They Don’t Teach You in Library School” and “Other Duties as Assigned”—all librarians have to be ready to do things they didn’t think they were going to be doing.
09 4 / 2013
"Now many public libraries want to lend e-books, not simply to patrons who come in to download, but to anybody with a reading device, a library card and an Internet connection. In this new reality, the only incentive to buy, rather than borrow, an e-book is the fact that the lent copy vanishes after a couple of weeks. As a result, many publishers currently refuse to sell e-books to public libraries."
Authors Guild president Scott Turow in his New York Times editorial last Sunday, which many in the publishing world have criticized for its negativity and defensiveness.
He claims to be looking out for the financial and creative interests of new and midlist authors, and yet, as I myself have pointed out, he fails to acknowledge how invested the American public library system is in launching writing careers. (First novels are always a draw for collection development librarians, and I market them aggressively.)
Turow is, how do you say, desperately out of touch with the opportunities of the digital age. Sad.
Wildly out of touch—and out of touch with the opportunities of the analog age? What does he think libraries have been up to all this time?
He makes it sound like anyone can go online to any library and download their ebooks. Digital books work just like physical books - a library card is required. The requirements for getting a library card doesn’t change just because you only want ebooks.