In this edition of Thinking Out Loud, George and Joan take a look at the state of library education. Is it worth all of the time and effort people put into it? George advocates a serious rethinking of MLS programs and what they teach.
It's food for thought!
In their latest podcast, George Needham and Joan Frye Williams discuss how librarians refer to their...customers? patrons? users? and what those words mean, and how all of those terms have different connotations. As Joan says, it's more than just nomenclature.
If the January Infoblog postings about trend watching didn't grab you, but you've become more interested after listening to George and Joan's podcasts, take a look at Trendwatching.com's September 2007: Top 5 Trend Watching Tips and get ready for the changes 2008 is sure to bring.
The five tips for September are easy to read and understand; here's the list with a brief description to whet your appetite for more.
In their second podcast George Needham and Joan Frye Williams take a look at libraries that are doing new, exciting, and/or innovative things.
Update on 8/21: Sorry about the lack of a link there, folks! As you can see, it's corrected now.
I thought I'd share some information about our new podcast series, George and Joan: Thinking Out Loud. If you use a newsreader you can subscribe to the George and Joan feed using this URL: http://feeds.feedburner.com/InfoblogGeorgeAndJoan. Just copy or click on the link, and pop it into your aggregator, and you'll know as soon as the next podcast is posted! The George and Joan podcasts will be appearing monthly.
Infopeople is pleased to announce a new series of podcasts: "George and Joan, Thinking Out Loud." Perspicacious pundits George Needham (OCLC) and Joan Frye Williams (library consultant) will compare notes - in their own inimitable style - on some of the hottest topics in libraries today.
This audio version of the August 11, 2006 webcast by George Needheam and Joan Frye Williams looks at the implications of the new OCLC report, Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources. This material was originally delivered by George Needham and Joan Frye Williams in person at the Public Library Directors' Forum in San Diego, California back in May 2006.