Thursday, September 30, 2010

Rethinking the library and reference

I found two links from this week's ALA e-newsletter particularly interesting:

1) At the Hearthman Hotel in Portland, authors who stay there are asked to sign a copy of one of their books to go into the hotel library. What has resulted is a unique collection of some 4000 titles, all copies signed, that is available for visitors' perusal. What an interesting way to rethink what makes a library!

2) Some Texas Tech librarians have taken the idea of roving reference one large step further: they're experimenting with reference carts, complete with wi-fi-enabled laptops, roving about the campus, not just in the library. People can thus seek assistance wherever they find one of these librarians. Thoughts?

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