Wahey! Who’s that? Are you there? We are… sort of. Amy and I have donned our library suits (tweed with a pocket for our library cards, because you know… we read books!), and sat round for a good ol’ LibPunk Radio Chat! It’s been a while due to some technical problems, and then we got busy with stuff. You know… Amy rocked SXSWi and is taking over the world, I got my job back and started moving my library book by book. No fun.
We really need to start with a tip of the hat to Greg Schwartz and Uncontrolled Vocabulary. The URL may have changed, but it’s still in our hearts. We wouldn’t be here without you man. Amy will drink something classy in your honour.
We caught up on SOPA, PIPA, and RWA. We talked about how publishing and the music industry are screwing the producers and consumers, whilst making the middle men rich, and then we wondered what the post-OPAC world will be like, since Google Scholar is getting harder for lazy people to access. And then we wandered off to other places, like this soup I made for dinner.
Computers willing, we’ll be back next week. THANKS PEOPLE!
I think that’s about it. We tried something new with the recording. It was a bit rough but I think it worked? Let us know what you think! We’ll start inviting people to join in when the kinks get worked out.
We’ve taken an extended hiatus but it’s coming to an end. We’ll record a new show and let it drop on November 17 like a needle on a record. A shoe on the floor. (Come up with your own metaphor.) What will we talk about? We’re open to suggestions. If you want to join in, let us know. We’re abandoning TalkShoe probably.
In this week’s installment of LibPunk Radio we tried to get back into the swing of things. It was a bit rough. We talked about Rick Anderson’s new article, The Crisis In Research Librarianship. You should go read it, as it’s excellent and makes lots of intelligent points. Our take home is that the system is broke and we need to start doing things different – say no to shitty ILSs, say no to bad portals, just say no to shit. CARPE DIEM!
So, we’ve been quiet here. A lot of shit’s happened. Sarah is took a break (well is still taking a break), but is also starting a new job. Amy rocked the TEDxLibrarians (See here preso here.), and I lost my job. That’s a lot of stuff.
But, Amy and I will be doing the LibPunk Radio thing tomorrow, July 6 2011, and we want you to call in. The phone number is (724) 444-7444, and the call ID is 81240. We’ll be doing it a 9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific. More details here!
Posted on March 10, 2011 and filed under projects.
So you’ve decided to purchase some materials for your library. Which vendor should you use? What should you pay? What should you ask for?
The answer to all of these questions and more will soon eventually be found at Lisvendor.info . I write a more detail explanation of why I made the site on my personal blog here, but basically I wanted a one-stop shop for librarians to communicate and educate each other about Library/Vendor Relations.
No more sitting on our hands and feeling powerless. We do have a power – knowledge. And by sharing it, we can help make the vendor/librarian relationship more profitable (not necessarily in a $$$ sort of way) all around.
It’s in a very rough outline form right now, but hey….librarians are awesome at organizing things! This should be no problem, right? Well, the wiki will only be as good as what we put into it. I encourage (read:BEG) you to register and drop whatever knowledge you have. About anything related to Libraries and Vendors.
We’re still talking about Harper Collins and such. I think It was a relatively good show. I must apologize who screaming 15 minutes in. I was surprised by an HC creeper in my apartment. I forget what we covered. Anyhow, join us next week!
So go slog through those bloggity tomes and then call in tonight. We start at 9pm EST. Info here or you can just dial (724) 444-7444 and our Call ID is 81240. Public librarians, please call in! We need your perspective. (Seriously, I’m tired of the Academics here.)
Aight. I’m going to go pass out and dream of William Gallas. See you in the pit! I mean, talk to y’alls tonight.
The thing is, I know it’s funny because the librarian is such an asshole to the user, but I couldn’t help but think that I wouldn’t be surprised if this wasn’t some sort of fantasy for many bitter, downtrodden librarians. You know, the ones so quick to complain about pretty much anything and everything. Kids these days are such idiots. Nobody appreciates their wit. Shit, I could be talking about me! (Except I really love my user community and do it all for “the kids”.)