Just listening to this. Interesting. Not much different from his blog, but a good starting point for those not familiar with him
Right now, he’s essentially saying that libraries should adopt Blockbuster’s circulation systems. He may have a point. Maybe we could go one better, reform tendering processes and switch to Open Source; even cheaper than Blockbuster! The issues around tendering processes that he and Richard Wallis skirt around are legal issues, not the finicky needs of librarians.
On to looking for new books. Someone has already made the point that libraries should be able to point to new books, whether they are coming out, when the library might get it.
Oh now he’s telling you what you’ll get when asking about what new books are coming out. This is what is frustrating about him; he uses straw librarians. I don’t doubt that some librarians are like this. I know I’m damn well not.
Ooh, now he’s onto a Cenote like project, or a national/union catalogue. Some stuff like this is going on. He’s even hinting at Library 2.0 style union catalogues. How does this square with his blog comments against ‘librarians jargonning on about the digital library.’
Giving librarians power! Gosh, a bit of a departure. Making library managers individually responsible. But then all librarians are all about their own needs, all the time.
Whos is this ‘we?’ Who are ‘the public?’ What do ‘the public’ want? How do we know?