1. …libraries are in the information business, not the book business. Citizens have always gone to libraries for information, and, historically, information has come from books. But that process is changing, and to keep up, libraries will need to supply information in different formats and on different platforms to make it accessible to their users.

    — 5 Bright Ideas for the Libraries of the Future (via librarianrafia)

  2. 
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An image of a page from The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, describing The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, on an e-reader that resembles The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.

This is the future, guys.

    jerumebrunneng:

    An image of a page from The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, describing The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, on an e-reader that resembles The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.

    This is the future, guys.

  3. Unlike wax tablets, books didn’t break or melt, and unlike scrolls, they could be quickly thumbed through to locate a desired passage. Students could carry them to their lectures, generals could mail them to the hinterland, and pagans could hide them in their robes. It was a revolutionary invention.

    — 

    Robert Moor, “Bones of the Book

    From papyrus to paper to print to i-Pads! The book! Jonathan Frazen would’ve been clutching his scrolls.

    (via thelifeguardlibrarian)

  4. Books are only one aspect of what libraries and librarians are about. Librarianship is a people profession; a librarian’s job is to connect people with the information they are seeking, whatever format that may take. At their heart, all library jobs have a central purpose: to help people access and use information, for education, for work, or for pleasure. In all library roles customer service and communication skills are important. If anyone ever thought they’d become a librarian because they liked books or reading, they would be sorely disappointed if they did not also like people too. Libraries of all kinds are keen to demonstrate their value to as wide an audience as possible, and to open up access to culturally significant resources that they hold.

    — From the Guardian’s Beyond books: what it takes to be a 21st century librarian.

  5. At AllThingsD, Katherine Boehret’s “A Device for When You’re Hurt, Lost or Feeling Scared.”

    This week, I tested a product I could have used during that scare: the 5Star Responder from GreatCall Inc., a sort of portable OnStar. It’s a 1.8-ounce gadget with a speaker and microphone that clips onto a keychain or shirt. One large center button calls an always on-duty concierge, who knows information about each caller—like medications, preferred hospitals, emergency contacts and the caller’s location (using built-in GPS). Once the situation is assessed, a nurse can speak with the caller, emergency services can be dispatched or, in less urgent scenarios, the agent can stay on the line with the caller.