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Information Today Holiday Sale–Save 40% on Select ITI Titles!

I guess I would be remiss if I didn’t post our Holiday Sale here on this blog, right? I mean this is a book blog after all. But I digress.

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Eleven Questions to Ask About the Future of Your Library

Public libraries have changed significantly since my childhood. Gone are the card catalog and the abundant staff (replaced by fewer staff and various forms of automation). And in many local libraries, only a few research items, such as encyclopedias, remain. Research libraries with their large stacks and historical collections retain an air of legacy, but they too have changed. The most significant changes for all libraries lay ahead.

In the 1960s, only a few saw the potential of the internet, then a nascent defense system project, to disrupt libraries. And few, if any, saw the disruption in bookstores and retailing.

As we look forward, we can be much wiser about the questions we ask than about any conclusions we may draw. In the discipline called scenario planning, uncertainty drives stories with rich, multiple, branching chronicles of future history that create a safe place to explore what might be. For uncertainties to be useful, they must be named, their outcome or impact or very nature must be highly uncertain, and they must be critically relevant to a question such as, “What will be the role of libraries in 2023?”

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David Lee King on The Importance of Using Social Media to Connect with Patrons

Here is the last interview from Internet Librarian 2014 featuring David Lee King, author of Face2Face: Using Facebook, Twitter, and Other Social Media Tools to Create Great Customer Connections.

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Ruth Kneale on Shattering Librarian Stereotypes

I’m back with another on-the-spot interview with one of our ITI authors at Internet Librarian 2013. This time it’s Ruth Kneale, author of You Don’t Look Like a Librarian: Shattering Stereotypes and Creating Positive New Images in the Internet Age

In this interview with John Bryans, Ruth discusses how some librarian stereotypes are fading away, but we still have a way to go on how librarians are portrayed in movies and popular culture.

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An Interview with the Career Q&A Authors at Internet Librarian 2013

So things have been a little slow here on the Books Blog.  We are in full conference mode here at ITI, but that doesn’t mean we should be lax on posting content for the blog…. But I digress.

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