Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Makin' Stories from New York to Monterey and Now to D.C. Dutch Crew Documents Best '2.0' Practices in U.S. Libraries

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Makin' Stories from New York to Monterey and Now to D.C. Dutch Crew Documents Best '2.0' Practices in U.S. Libraries

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[Their trip would take them 5,000 miles up, down, and across the United States, documenting what libraries are doing with Web. 2.0 technologies. Along the way these representatives of the Delft (the Netherlands) Public Library Concept Center captured some priceless moments. Video highlights of their 'Shanachie Tour' last fall will be presented in a keynote at the Computers in Libraries conference next month. --Ed.]

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Looking back now in 2008 on this amazing trip last fall, we realize that the smoke is still clearing. When we were at Michael Stephens' apartment almost a year ago for the making of the documentary If You're Not Gaming, You're Losing we came up with the idea for this road trip. Only a month later we found sponsors and were able to draw up the plan and to approach the libraries we wanted to visit. Of course we totally believed in the value of a trip like this, with regard to the exchange of best practice ideas of libraries in the USA and bringing these ideas to the Internet Librarian conference in Monterey, but the warmth and passion and true belief in the library of the future we encountered was something beyond our expectations. Especially in times that the function of the library is under debate and the book circulation is decreasing, the necessity of this Shanachiework is evident....

--Erik Boekestein

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A very memorable clip from the Shanachie Tour was Erik's interview with Paul Holdengraber, director of public programs, NY Public Library (NYPL), who quips, 'We have two lions in front of this building, Patience and Fortitude; my job is to make them roar.' He spoke of turning the stately edifice into a library without walls. He wants to make people realize, 'it's exciting and sexy to think.'

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In a particularly memorable clip, librarians Judy van Acker (left) and Karen Hixon, of the Florence, Colo., Public Library, sing of the economic woes of a small library, serving a population of 5,000 from 4,000 square feet. Blogger Jenny Levine pointed out it is not the lyrics but the spirit of this song, sung by librarians who want to make a difference, that made it such a hit that it's now on YouTube (www.you tube.com/watch?v=BSHBzd9ftDE).

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Dancing feet in the computer games section of the Ann Arbor, Mich., District Library served as a great opening to this clip from a segment in which Erik interviewed Eli Neiburger, technical manager at the library. …

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