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Physical & Virtual Space

Co-convenors: János McGhie & Nick Bancks
Month of Meeting: April 2011
Meeting Date: Friday, April 15, 2011
Meeting Time: 9:30 - 5:00
Meeting Location: Rice Street Branch Library, 1011 Rice St, St Paul 55117
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Choice Excerpts:
  • "I've found it hard to imagine why people getting most of their books/movies/music/reference service through the library's digital branch will come into the library building... What if… there were neat, social, community-building opportunities for patrons to engage in whenever they happened to step foot in the library?.. Here's what I'm thinking: a living, updated-in-real-time site (somewhat like Twitter or Foursquare in the way it works--and it would need IM capabilities built in), ideally displayed prominently on a large screen in the lobby/entrance, but workable even if it was just on the web via a link on the library's home page. The Social Physical Library: fostering connections & giving patrons a reason to come inside" (Emily Lloyd)
  • "I am interested in... the catalogue being MORE than an inventory... A library catalogue can incorporate reference and readers services into it. There are chat widgets for reference and RA staff that can be placed not only on the catalogue interface, but within the catalogue. There are add-ons to catalogues that includes faceted navigation as well as reading recommendations (NoveList Select)... In fact, with the genius of YouTube, author readings and other programs that occur at the library (and are recorded) can now be catalogued so that they, too, can be accessed." "Are catalogues more than an inventory? Or, more than just a place to query library holdings?" (Laurel Tarulli)
  • "Amazon.com’s decision to allow e-book buyers to lend out and borrow certain titles among themselves... [enabled] the online Kindle Lending Club, which already has 12,000 registered users making as many as 600 swaps every day. What began as a simple desire to share books with other Kindle users quickly became... “a crowd-sourced virtual library,” one that functions much like the real thing and is quickly being replicated by similar clubs and startups, all of them inspired by the “lending feature” offered first to users of the Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader and then the Kindle... U.S. distributor BookSwim launched eBook Fling, a sharing site that allows users to swap books from both Amazon and Barnes & Noble." "The rise of the e-book lending library (and the death of e-book pirating)" (John Barber) [Shouldn't we be infuriated that private individuals and companies set this up first? -JMc]
  • "Should we... get to work building the universal library to succeed all the little ones?.. We must get our own domain: the dot-lib... All entries acquiring a dot-lib domain name would have to be evaluated and approved. Standards and even ratings would be set, probably tied to types of questions and levels of user sophistication. Libraries themselves would contribute and link into the system. Quality "ask me" services would be put in the sidebars of result sets." "Life in a Dot-Lib World" (Barbara Quint)
  • "Imagine something like this... A patron sits down at one of the couches, essentially inviting a librarian or library staff to approach him... And/Or if the question is more involved or if the patron doesn’t want to sit on couch, they can move over to one of the stand-and-help stations around the periphery... Or the pair could move over to a small table and spread out materials. Additionally, there are some group help stations and a small workshop / instruction space... This would move us away from the bank teller desk approach that we use now and make it more casual and inviting, like getting help in your living room." "A Future Space For Reference Services? An Inspiration From GALE" (Brian Mathews)
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