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Library Link of the Day, with John Hubbard
Circulating Ideas 234
When you cut off your most fruitful source, how can you keep up with professional news?
I faced this question when I recently decided to leave Twitter (do I really need to explain?). While I still post podcast-related links for marketing purposes, I rarely read anything other than replies and direct messages. However, reading and interacting on Twitter was one of the prime ways I got links to stories related to the profession, particularly after the premature (and unnecessary) death of Google Reader, so how can I continue to keep up with things?
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In Circulating Ideas 234, I spoke with John Hubbard, (transcript available here), who created Library Link of the Day 20 years ago as a way to distribute professional news among his colleagues and friends: an alternative to passing along a physical magazine with a routing list where you checked off your name once you’ve read it (and maybe flagged some articles you thought were particularly good). I personally receive Library Link of the Day via email, but an RSS feed is also available.
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CI234 Show Notes
John Hubbard is a librarian at Washington University in St. Louis, where he is excited to be leading the development of the main search interface: a discovery layer known as Primo.
John has worked with library technology for over twenty years, with an emphasis on taking an evidence-based and user-driven approach in order to offer the best library user experience. He has previously worked at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Haverford College, and the University of Pennsylvania. His past responsibilities include acting as a library webmaster, coordinating electronic resources, providing library reference services, performing bibliographic instruction, technical writing, and a little light cataloging. John received his library degree from Drexel University and his undergraduate degree at Macalester College.
He was once interviewed by National Public Radio about librarian stereotypes; has delivered presentations on the benefits of emerging and disruptive technologies; and currently operates the Library Link of the Day. He was also named a Library Journal “Mover & Shaker,” as one of the innovators “who are transforming libraries for the future.”
Change management [Wikipedia]
“Vocational awe and librarianship: the lies we tell ourselves”, Fobazi Ettarh [In the Library with the Lead Pipe]
“Vocational awe is always harmful”, Meredith Farkas [Information Wants To Be Free]
“Overdue Fines: Advantages, Disadvantages, and How Eliminating Them Can Benefit Public Libraries”, Sabrina Unrein [iSchool Public Libraries Initiative at Syracuse University]
“What is a discovery layer?” [OH-TECH]
Library Vendor Mergers & Acquisitions [Marshall Breeding]
“The Uncanny Valley of Search” [John’s blog]
“Why ‘Uncanny Valley’ Human Look-Alikes Put Us on Edge” [Scientific American]
Glider bot [Wikipedia]
Gold farming [Wikipedia]
Right to be forgotten [GDPR]
“10 Stories That Shaped…” [LISnews]
Controlled digital lending [Wikipedia]
Wayback Machine [Internet Archive]
“It’s not your imagination: Shopping on Amazon has gotten worse” [Washington Post, via MSN]
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