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Finding the right fit

Aug - 31 - 2007
Nicole C. Engard

I was having a chat with Chris Schwartz the other day about which technologies we should be looking at for our library. She asked me if I thought we needed to pay attention to Second Life – if this was really where our students were. I don’t know the answer to this without asking the students, but based on those I’ve met, I don’t think we need to worry about Second Life just yet, but it might be good to look into some sort of IM or Virtual reference service.

In a comment to her own post the Annoyed Librarian says:

I don’t think it’s essential that all libraries have IM reference, or that all library directors blog, or anything like that.

And it’s so true! Reading that line just made me start to think about my chat with Chris and made me want to share with you all.

I’m all for everyone learning everything they possibly can, but not all tools are the right fit in all organizations. The problem is that people hear us techie librarians going on and on about the nifty new thing we learned how to use today and think we’re saying “If you don’t use this tool you’re lame.” – and maybe that is the case with some techie librarians – but with me, I just want to bring every tool I can to your attention – because one might just be the one you were looking for to solve that pesky little problem you were having :)

3 Responses so far.

  1. Meredith says:

    You’re a good egg, Nicole. No one could ever accuse you of pressuring anyone to do anything. :)

    I’ve found a lot of things on your blog that I didn’t find anywhere else, so I definitely appreciate the wide net you cast.

  2. Nicole says:

    Thanks Meredith, I wasn’t really saying that anyone had ever said that to me – just wanted to use my blog as a way to make a point :)

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