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Physical…Digital…It’s All Important

The Internet Archive is well known for its achievement in digitizing large amounts of content and providing free access online. This past weekend, David Streitfeld wrote an article for the New York Times about the Internet Archive entitled, “In a Flood Tide of Digital Data, an Ark Full of Books.” The article, however, did not focus on the Archive’s 15 plus years of contributions to digital collections. Instead, it highlighted digital librarian and founder Brewster Kahle‘s physical collection of books — which he hopes one day reaches 10 million.

Check out The Librarian (1947), which can be found via the Internet Archive.

Internet Archive is also hiring! Check out their job postings.

Big Data Big Future

We Are Librarians sees Steve Lohr’s recent NY Times article The Age of Big Data as a call to action for librarians. According to Lohr, the “United States needs 140,000 to 190,000 more workers with ‘deep analytical’ expertise and 1.5 million more data-literate managers.” While many companies are signing on for the software required to manage large amounts of data and analytics, the people managing the data and technology are equally if not more important. Last week, Dan Woods wrote an article for Forbes entitled Defining the Art of Big Data Leadership. Implementing and managing a plan requires leaders who have the focus and imagination to progress companies into the age of big data. Librarians are the perfect candidates for these positions.

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Checking Out 2011

Here are some highlights of New York Times coverage about libraries and librarians in 2011:

Randall Stross’ recent article Publishers vs. Libraries: An E-Book Tug of War investigates the conflict between the publishing industry and libraries and the business model that is necessary in order to sustain both fields.

Jaywon Choe’s The Bibliotech: Library of the Future, Now covers the changing operations of libraries moving items offsite and facilitating transactions digitally.

Curious Contents of the Digital Library reveals the fascinating book titles that were digitized because they are in the public domain and the rare e-book collections that have developed.

Archivist and Reference Librarian Shannon O’Neill  wrote an op ed piece Checking Out describing her project archiving traditional library objects. Some of the items are in her slideshow Checking Out.

Robert Darnton’s op ed A Digital Library Better Than Google’s offers insight into the Google Book Project.