Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Expect More

Steve speaks with R. David Lankes about his new book, Expect More.

Libraries have existed for millennia, but today many question their necessity. In an ever more digital and connected world, do we still need places of books in our towns, colleges, or schools? If libraries aren’t about books, what are they about?

In Expect More, David Lankes, winner of the 2012 ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for the Best Book in Library Literature, walks you through what to expect out of your library. Lankes argues that, to thrive, communities need libraries that go beyond bricks and mortar, and beyond books and literature. We need to expect more out of our libraries. They should be places of learning and advocates for our communities in terms of privacy, intellectual property, and economic development.

This book is written for the people who support and oversee libraries. This includes college provosts, students, parents, board members, volunteers, and, well, just about everyone who has ever gone to school or pays taxes. You need to know what libraries are capable of, and you need to raise the bar on your expectations. Expect More is a rallying call to communities to increase their expectations for great libraries.

Buy the book in print at CreateSpace (the preferred retailer) and Amazon. It is also available as an eBook from Smashwords for all major platforms.

For more information on the book, to order a copy, or to join the conversation about improving libraries, go to the book’s website http://www.riland.org.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Episode Nineteen: Jason Griffey

Steve speaks with Jason Griffey, the Head of Library Information Technology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and creator of LibraryBox.

Jason Griffey is an Associate Professor and Head of Library Information Technology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His latest book, Mobile Technology and Libraries, is available as a part of Neal Schuman's Tech Set, the winner of the ALA 2011 Award for the Best Book in Library Literature. He has also written multiple Library Technology Reports for the American Library Association on topics such as personal electronics in the library, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. Jason was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2009, and speaks internationally on the future of libraries, mobile technology, eBooks, and other technology related issues.

His current obsession is the LibraryBox Project, a portable digital file distribution system. He can be stalked obsessively at www.jasongriffey.net and Pattern Recognition and is a columnist for the ALA Techsource blog. He spends his free time with his daughter Eliza, reading, obsessing over gadgets, and preparing for the inevitable zombie uprising.