eVisioning Maryland Libraries: My thoughts from day 1
First, I'm really glad I was invited because I never hear the point of view of the school library media specialists and rarely hear from the local public library management. These librarians, library marketing specialists, managers, and IT managers are amazing -- it's a really neat group. They all seemed really up on new technology and a bunch of the libraries are experimenting although they don't seem to get hyped that much in the biblioblogosphere (Harford County has a bunch of teen activities including an Anime club and a blog).
It's really hard to get people from special, academic, public, and school libraries together. CIL is really the only event I attend that draws from all of them and that's why I go.
It's really, really hard to come up with a vision or a goal -- it's so easy to slip back into all of the immediate problems and not envision the desired future.
All libraries have communication problems. We all need more information on how our customers perceive libraries and our services. According to a big survey
(big ppt file), they like us, they really like us -- but what do they think we know, offer, do?
We all need to figure out how to enable serendipitous discovery in mixed electronic/print environments.
If I thought I
had problems with intranet and firewall, you should talk to a school library media specialist... holy cow! They're not even allowed to let their catalog be searched outside of the library (maybe this is typical?)