Aaron Schmidt — referred to in Library Journal as a hard-core librarian “by friends because he is an avid mountain biker, rock climber, and extreme sports kind of guy” — recently made an interesting post on the future of libraries in Finland from the Gates Foundation’s 2010 Global Libraries Peer Learning Meeting:
The libraries I saw have overcome their addiction to circulating content. Now they’re all about doing, making, publishing, working, and experiences revolving around content.
Instead of books people check out guitars. Or record music and edit music videos.
Another observation of Finnish libraries from Ari Katz at IREX from the same meeting.
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Some recent blogs I just discovered:
- International Archives – archivist/records manager Gustavo Castañer from Barcelona, Spain blogs on his knowledge about job opportunities for international organizations. Library and archives centric and something of what he calls “a personal obsession”. Looks like he has a sense of humor too since calls himself “in short, your Dream Nerd” in his twitter bio.
- International baccalaureate librarians – a blog for school media librarians working in IB schools around the world. Centers on issues in school libraries, job search and career advice, and conference discussion.
- Save Libraries – “When one library is in trouble, ALL libraries are in trouble.” This blog is the brainchild of Lori Reed and Heather Braum in response to library closures throughout the United States. You might recognize their branding: they developed the social “Save Libraries” sticker for twitter and facebook profiles. (Get yours here.)
- Bilingual Librarian – This blog has been out there for a while, but it deserves special mention for its continually timely information on trends in the library world (especially Latin America). Stephanie Rocío Miles has some interesting things to say about the profession, which is why she is mentioned on all these.
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