Noise zones at the library – a clever way of keeping all users happy (TameTheWeb).
Cites and Insights 8(1) (PDF) is out now. Key article for me “A Time of Limits?”, which asks if we are spending money that isn’t really disposable. More importantly, it also points out that services which are sometimes treated as ubiquitous are actually only used by~10% of the population (like Netflix). Does that mean libraries can’t learn from Netflix, et al? Surely not (and Walt isn’t saying that). But it does mean that we don’t necessarily have to copy what those companies do, in order to be successful.
Pew have published a survey of library/internet use in the US. Some responses: Sarah Houghton-Jan has a good summary. Dorothea Salo isn’t happy at Pew “courting” bibliobloggers behind the scenes. (A number of bloggers who commented on the survey noted that Pew had contacted them to promote it; some others (who surely were contacted) didn’t – but then, they would probably have written about it anyway…No-one contacted me, I’m writing this because I think it’s interesting).
The paradox of choice – do too many opinions make it harder to choose? (Techdirt; asks if online reviews and user ratings really help us make decisions).
Blogs vs New York Times? Winner = neither! (Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing). “Five years ago, Dave Winer made a “long bet” with New York Times executive Martin Nisenholtz: “In a Google search of five keywords or phrases representing the top five news stories of 2007, weblogs will rank higher than the New York Times’ Web site.” Blogs are (just) winning – but Wikipedia is “clobbering” both of them. Cory concludes “whenever someone asks you which of two futures you think is more likely, your best bet is always “none of the above.””