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In honor of my 350th post I’d like to present to you the Carnival of the Infosciences #39. That’s right – I haven’t been quiet all week because I’ve had nothing to say – I just wanted to save this special post milestone for a special post.

This week’s carnival is all over the board – and all over the world – so let’s get on with the show!

Our first submission came from Nancy Dowd at The “M” Word (which has gotten a lot of notice by library bloggers lately). Nancy brings out attention to an article by Washington Post's reporter, Bob Thompson in response to the NY Times article Scan this Book.

On another note – Michelle McLean from Connecting Librarian makes some very interesting comments on the recent results of a 2005 survey of internet access in Australian public libraries. Michelle states: “I am anti-filtering and will remain so until filters can ban the inappropriate content” – and makes a good point – we don’t filter our print materials. I’m just glad I work in a library with an adult audience – because I’m sort of on the line about this issue. Make sure you give Michelle’s post a visit.

Just to keep you on your toes, we have another completely different post from Vernon Totanes at Filipino Librarian. Von shares with us an article that will be published next month titled “What can teacher-librarians do to improve their libraries?”. The article gives tips to public school teachers who have also been assigned the job of school librarian – most importantly – “Be Proactive”.

Next, Eric Schnell from The Medium is the Message discusses the word that seems to cause many libraries to get nervous — change! But Eric points to Michael Casey’s post on the topic and quotes:

“Successful change is not the old school variety of change that comes every few years and is accompanied by massive upheavals, frightened staff, and upset customers. Successful change is constant change, and constant change cannot be discontinuous or fractured. Constant change is fluid; it's evolutionary, not revolutionary.”

Which leads Eric to ask Is Change in Libraries Evolutionary or Revolutionary? Make sure you give this post a read!

Last week and the week before I attended Greg’s webinars on podcasting. The first session was a great intro to finding and listening to podcasts. The second session was about starting your own. The second session left me realizing that our library really wasn’t ready for podcasting. This brings us to our next submission from David Free at David’s Random Stuff. David asks the ultimate question – To Podcast Or Not To Podcast….

Next we turn to Rick Roche of ricklibrarian. Rick discusses a recent article by Neil Hollands in Reference & User Services Quarterly titled “Improving the Model for Interactive Readers’ Advisory Service”. I have to admit (Please don’t think less of me) I had no idea what a “Readers’ Advisory Service” was until I read this article – so if you’re like me you might want to read through Rick’s post – he brings up some interesting questions and answers about how to start up a service like this in your library.

We now turn to a couple of editor’s picks (things I would have written about if I hadn’t been saving this special slot).

John Blyberg has a great post on Radical Trust. After reading this post I sent it on to several people at my library. While the post has a lot to offer I want to share one section with you:

If it's a real challenge you're looking for, let's take a look at how we're to “let go” of our content and let it be at the mercy of an untrained collective. Let's be honest and admit that when it comes to catalogs and material, librarians do not trust the public to make good metadata. A lot of these feelings are wrapped up in a time-honored tradition of providing authoritative information that has passed the scrutiny of official librarianship.

I was chatting with some Second Library Librarians this weekend about the wiki on our Intranet. They missed the fact that this was an internal wiki and kept asking questions about letting people edit the content on our website – there was a real note of fear that I was giving up control of my library site to the users. While I would never give up complete control of our library website – I don’t see why we couldn’t have sections where the patrons (in our case – lawyers) were able to share their research tips, links, etc. Read John’s post – it's well worth it!

Last, but not least, a post by Paul Miller on my favorite topic to rant about – the OPAC!! Paul points to Karen Schneider’s series on How OPAC’s Suck (another good read). Make sure you give both posts a read through!

Well, that’s it for this week – next week the carnival will be hosted at Christina’s LIS Rant.

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