Here are some great examples of librarians moving up the information value chain:1, 2
The team at In the Library with the Lead Pipe just keep on doin’ it. Brett Bonfield’s recent post about the publication’s first year is a veritable primer on collaboration, editorial practice and the WordPress publishing platform. And the latest by Hilary Davis, Not Just Another Pretty Picture is a thoughtful reflection on data analysis with a review of online visualization tools. Like all the ItLwtLP articles, these are rich in personality, accessibility, multimedia and references.
Another shout out goes to Ellyssa Kroski of Barnard College. I came upon Ellyssa’s outstanding work through iLibrarian, her discriminating surveillance of information tools and trends. It’s been invaluable to me professionally, as a blogger and as a volunteer tech consultant for libraries and municipalities. Her presentation on NexGen Libraries is the best of the dozen or so I’ve seen like it.
Some of the library websites referenced in the presentation:
• Library of Congress
• Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
• Nashville Public Library
• Darien Library
• The British Library
• Orange County Library System
1I’ve offered ideas for how public libraries can move up the value chain here:
An Inflection Point for American Public Libraries, Sept 2009
Being ‘Better Than Free’, May 2009
My town election/library/school dream, April 2009
2The value chain graphic is from a good article by Zern Liew, Beyond Selling Information.