Netflix, Spotify, and eBooks

I read this great article in the Onion A.V. about Netflix’s new pricing plan. I think Sam makes some great observation about how viewers/listeners are becoming easier to please. He states how with every new video technology, some films get left behind, be it obscure art house movies or documentaries, and Netflix’s streaming video is no exception. He states:

“Movies that were mainstays of undergraduate film classes have been marginalized as colleges and universities zero out rental budgets and build new classrooms that only allow for projection from digital sources.”

As a multimedia librarian, this is something that I am partly concerned about. I am afraid that people will just settle with what’s given in front of them, instead of demanding quality films used to educate students. This is troubling. I feel that a growing trend is that students, faculty, and librarians will settle for what is easy to get, rather than hunt and search for more apt and intellectually stimulating material.

It’s very easy to sit in front of our computers and download/stream music. Yet I think we’re doing ourselves a disservice to people who don’t remember hunting down a particular video, musical piece, or even scholarly work, for their scholarly pursuits. There was a time before the internet, and the students today don’t remember that. Everything isn’t at their fingertips, and I feel that the stuff that is, just isn’t good enough.

Library Day in the Life Project

This is my first post for the Library Day in the Life Project. Today is my first day back from a four day vacation, so I think I’m going to be doing some catching up. Here’s my day so far:

8:25 – Arrive at work from my 6 mile commute from Greenpoint. It’s really hot in Brooklyn today and it’s great to be on a bike again. I end up in downtown Brooklyn and lock up outside work, the New York City College of Technology, CUNY. It’s an academic library where I work as the Multimedia and Web Services librarian.

8:45 – Check email. There’s a few call for paper emails I’m inspecting.

9:00 – Connect a projector in the Multimedia Resource Center for a class. I manage the MRC, and we’re closing it this morning for a class on finding research material. We have enough computers for a small class (20), but lack a projector.

9:15  – One of the librarians reminds me I have a reference desk shift at 11 today.

9:30 – Start up the workstations in the MRC for students to use. A few of them don’t work…

10:00 – Editing a paper that got accepted for publication. It’s a usability study with data the size of a mountain. I’m also working on . It’s the Library Association of CUNY website. I’m doing some back-end spam removal. Right now the site is using the Joomla content management system and I think we might move over to Drupal 7…We also use wordpress for this site and for the library’s website , where I’ll probably have to clean up some spam and update the core files.

10:45 – Set up a reference substitute for Thursday. Looks like I have a meeting I have to go to after being elected secretary for LACUNY.

11:00-1:00 – Helped several students at the reference desk. I helped some students with guest passes to our library computers, make copies, print out schedules, and use the catalog. While this was going on, I continued to edit my article.

12:30 – Gave my intern an assignment. Right now he is working on a video tutorial on how to make computer reservations.

1:00-1:30 – Lunch!

1:30-3:00 – Continued to work on my paper, as well as look at reviews for recently released films, as well as look at some new trailers.

4:00-4:45 – Still editing! It looks like I’ll be editing this paper until I leave at 6:00 today.

Library Day in the Life

I’m going to be participating in Round 7 of the Library Day in the Life! This year, it will run on July 25th. Basically, librarians all over the world describe what they are doing. Librarians can use flickr, twitter, blog, or youTube to talk about librarianship. It’s the brainchild of Bobbi Newman.

I think this is a GREAT project. For librarians, it allows one to reflect on their daily work…at least for me. Sometimes I feel like I’m caught up in so many projects, that the day goes by in a blur. Secondly, I think it’s important to show how the profession is constantly changing. It’s interesting to me that the public’s perception of librarians is mostly still about reading books. True, we’re still book people, but we also blog, edit video, tweet, podcast, and write.

I’m looking forward to recording my day!

Professional Social Bookmarking

Delicious is great for sharing resources across the web. My delicious account is here. I share a lot of resources on usability, library web design, copyright, and citing sources. It’s also a way for me to keep up with research resources in case I have to refer back to anything found on the web. I also use its tagging system, as well utilizing other folks’ tags, to find what I’m looking for.

Computers in Libraries

I’ve published my first article! It’s in the April issue of Computers in Libraries . It explores mobile website development by using statistics collected by Google Analytics and Webalizer. I pretty much argue that if you’re going to create a mobile version of a website, you have to see if your users are demanding it. The library I work at has a very low demand for mobile users. However, this is problematic to accurately say since our current wireless infrastructure does not support iOS, the main operating system for iPads, iPhones, and iPads. I think librarians are very quick to just on the technology bandwagon. For instance, there was a recent column by Steven Bell in library journal that examined the use of Web 2.0 technologies among librarians. He stresses the importance of being more strategic about social networking. I think this something to really consider when it comes to any new technology. I think it’s great that librarians are early adopters of technology, but I think a lot of folks dive in with out thinking. There’s the issue of learning new technology, finding value in so users will take advantage of it, and looking pass the novelty of something new. I think it’s easy to mislead ourselves that students, faculty, and other library users are going to do research on their tiny phone rather than go up to a reference librarian and ask for help.