Okay okay, now sit down. I need to tell you something. I’m going on vacation for a week. That’s right. To the wilderness. No cell reception. No wifi. I’m not even taking my laptop. Now don’t cry. No really, it’s going to be okay. I will try to be back as soon as possible to provide you with further wit, wisdom and insight. All six of you that read my blog.
I’m leaving now. Don’t try to stop me. See you in a week. au revoir, mon cherie or whatever it is they say in France and other French speaking places.
I’ve always been a fan of Twitter being used in libraries and have gotten a couple of my public library pals into using the tool to keep patrons informed. Here’s an article recently posted by Startup Nation that provides some interesting statistics on text messaging and marketing.
If you don’t get American Libraries direct, then you may have missed this article by Steven M. Cohen, about how Google marketed their way into the library world, then promptly left us in the cold when they got what they wanted from us. Nice.
I will be the first to tell you that I like a lot of Google’s tools. I make good use of them and I tell others. But Google Books is an utter shame and no I’m not going to provide a link to it. The books that Google scans can only be found via the Google or the Google Books search page. That is called limiting access, folks, and it more than whispers the beginnings of turning everything scanned into proprietary information in some way.
Just go to OCA, please, where the Open Library is more in line with our profession.