I feel that if there is no real risk in what you’re doing, it can’t be DIY. To overcome the obstacles that we face, we need to really do it ourselves. Journal costs too high? Focus on open access institutional repositories, then federate search. Worried about patron privacy with specific vendor software? Contribute to the development of an open source alternative that manages privacy the way it should and refuse to use or integrate with systems that won’t let us. Ebooks not available? Either roll out our own, or test the copyright law itself. Give out the books without DRM! We’ve not tried it yet, but wouldn’t that simplify things greatly if we could? We act for the public good, or at least we should. There is a level of radicalism in the amount of DIY-ness that we could do, but aren’t. But if we don’t force change, together or separately, we’ll lose what all our collaborations and associations have been able to carve out so far.
Over at his Tumblr, Chris Chelberg meditates on what it means to be and do DIY in libraries today.