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Contrary to what Libraries ACT says, RiotACT values reading very much

By johnboy 23 December 2011 39

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Yesterday we had a poke at the appointment of “Reading Ambassadors” for the ACT.

This prompted Libraries ACT to this morning accuse via Twitter that we do not “value the importance of promoting reading”.

To be very clear, we value reading immensely. Without a literate population we have no audience.

We appreciate the promotion of reading as the creation of our future audience, quite aside from its value as a social good in its own right.

We just don’t think that a lame list of D-list celebrities and an entire roller derby league being appointed Reading Ambassadors is a very effective promotion of reading.

Instead I’ll go with Pliny the Elder on this:

True glory consists in doing what deserves to be written; in writing what deserves to be read; and in so living as to make the world happier for our living in it.

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Mumbucks 12:39 am 27 Dec 11

johnboy said :

The historical mission of libraries is predicated on the scarcity of the written word.

Information Technology has ended that scarcity, so the historical mission of libraries is at an end.

It’s a shame because I have fond memories of the things. But the libraries frantic efforts to invent themselves new roles, and new historic missions, is a sadder thing still.

For me going to the Library is like a bath bomb. It is sheer enjoyment enriched by those you share it with.If you are a sensory and tactile kind of fellow you’ll understand the enjoyment of having a Library card and what that brings.As for the comment about how sad it is that Libraries reinvent themselves. I wouldn’t go that far. By far Libraries are such wonderful community entities in themselves. My only whine is going from staff operated loans desk to self serve. I use to enjoy having a chat with a Librarian. The machine just barks orders at me! Still it is a very inclusive kind of place to spend your time. The kids enjoy music and craft there too . All part of enriching peoples’ literary experiences as I see it.

Mumbucks 12:23 am 27 Dec 11

Jethro said :

toriness said :

johnboy said :

The thing I like is the temerity of a glorified drop in centre for the elderly and insane to be appointing itself the guardian of literacy, something that should be the preserve of the vastly more important education system.

+1 to this & waiting for godot’s comment about libraries becoming museums the day the interwebs were born.

I like our libraries.

Ditto

Mumbucks 11:53 pm 26 Dec 11

johnboy said :

The historical mission of libraries is predicated on the scarcity of the written word.

Information Technology has ended that scarcity, so the historical mission of libraries is at an end.

It’s a shame because I have fond memories of the things. But the libraries frantic efforts to invent themselves new roles, and new historic missions, is a sadder thing still.

I think you should have a trip down memory lane.

Mumbucks 11:51 pm 26 Dec 11

fgzk said :

JB “Information Technology has ended that scarcity, so the historical mission of libraries is at an end.”

Last I checked “IT” isn’t a free service available to the whole community. Unless of course, your in an ACT library.

+!

shadow boxer 7:49 pm 26 Dec 11

If libraries ACT considers this an impoertnat issue and not just a christmas present for its friends perhaps it could provide some details.

I think being a reading ambassador for the ACT might look ok on my resume, how do I apply, what are the criteria to get selected, what functions or meetings will I and the Roller Derby league be attending, what is the budget for this initiative and who is getting the money (will I be reimbursed expenses).

I look forward to my new role and putting my qualifications up against the CDRL for selection.

matt31221 12:02 pm 26 Dec 11

Lets not forget that a library provides a top place for study in a relative quiet atmosphere without distraction. Even if you BYO books, which I often do.

Jethro 8:08 am 26 Dec 11

johnboy said :

The historical mission of libraries is predicated on the scarcity of the written word.

Information Technology has ended that scarcity, so the historical mission of libraries is at an end.

It’s a shame because I have fond memories of the things. But the libraries frantic efforts to invent themselves new roles, and new historic missions, is a sadder thing still.

Sorry JB, but I can’t agree with you on this.

Just as the Luddites are wrong for discounting the value of technology, I can’t help but think you are wrong for discounting the value of things such as libraries. Much better to live in a place with libraries than without.

fgzk 7:58 am 26 Dec 11

JB “Information Technology has ended that scarcity, so the historical mission of libraries is at an end.”

Last I checked “IT” isn’t a free service available to the whole community. Unless of course, your in an ACT library.

johnboy 3:05 am 26 Dec 11

The historical mission of libraries is predicated on the scarcity of the written word.

Information Technology has ended that scarcity, so the historical mission of libraries is at an end.

It’s a shame because I have fond memories of the things. But the libraries frantic efforts to invent themselves new roles, and new historic missions, is a sadder thing still.

Mumbucks 11:47 pm 25 Dec 11

johnboy said :

The thing I like is the temerity of a glorified drop in centre for the elderly and insane to be appointing itself the guardian of literacy, something that should be the preserve of the vastly more important education system.

What’s ‘wrong with the elderly and insane! Or elderly and insane. You should spend some time in a few different libraries. You may be pleasantly surprised. Do you want to turn our libraries into a hip and happening drop in centre for the young and ‘sane’? A dating service ? Get a life?

PantsMan 10:06 am 25 Dec 11

In May I had this to say:

PantsMan said :

When are people going to realise that libraries are a dead concept. No amount of blogging will change the fact that people just no longer use them; and if they need to, it’s to get something more difficult to find than Harry Potter.

My work has a library and all they do all day is email you things they have found and suggest you might be interested in them. I am way too closed minded to fall for that crap.

This guilt trip of telling me there are libraries and then trying to convince me I should go to them just drives me nuts. It’s their fault for doing librarian studies at uni.

I consider myself entirely vindicated by this crazed outburst by some faceless librarian.

PS: Yes, you are right. On Christmas Day I have nothing better to do than to continue my vendetta against libraries.

Henry82 7:52 pm 24 Dec 11

1. Tweet something negative about RA
2. Hope JB reads it and posts it.
3. Gain followers on twitter.
4. ….
5. ???
6. Profit!

Thumper 7:30 pm 24 Dec 11

Jethro said :

toriness said :

johnboy said :

The thing I like is the temerity of a glorified drop in centre for the elderly and insane to be appointing itself the guardian of literacy, something that should be the preserve of the vastly more important education system.

+1 to this & waiting for godot’s comment about libraries becoming museums the day the interwebs were born.

I like our libraries.

Got to admit, although I don’t go to libraries that often these days, I can’t see a future without them.

And so it should be.

Gungahlin Al 7:15 pm 24 Dec 11

johnboy said :

a glorified drop in centre for the elderly and insane

You need to pay a visit to the Gungahlin Library John. This assertion couldn’t be more wrong.

Thoroughly Smashed 2:56 pm 24 Dec 11

Other than the National Library of Australia, I don’t understand where this overlap is that some commenters assume exists between libraries and “the internet” (presumably meaning the WWW?). If I want to borrow a book, I can do that legally at a library.

Jethro 1:37 pm 24 Dec 11

toriness said :

johnboy said :

The thing I like is the temerity of a glorified drop in centre for the elderly and insane to be appointing itself the guardian of literacy, something that should be the preserve of the vastly more important education system.

+1 to this & waiting for godot’s comment about libraries becoming museums the day the interwebs were born.

I like our libraries.

whitelaughter 1:12 pm 24 Dec 11

Primal said :

Corporate Twitter Management 101: don’t give free promotion to people who are saying your ideas are silly.

free publicity is free publicity – being widely mocked is better than not being talked about at all (which may explain the quality of our politicians). A decent flame war will benefit the library far more than any efforts by their D-list ambassadors!

BimboGeek 8:24 am 24 Dec 11

There is no “functional illiteracy,” there is just no cure for stupidity. Yesterday I was abused by customers of the business next door for providing crap service. No amount of reading lessons can help people who fail to understand that situation even when it is explained to them.

creative_canberran 11:26 pm 23 Dec 11

2604 said :

johnboy said :

The thing I like is the temerity of a glorified drop in centre for the elderly and insane to be appointing itself the guardian of literacy, something that should be the preserve of the vastly more important education system.

Unfortunately, the education system has largely failed at that task. My wife reckons that about 30% of the kids arriving in year 7 at the high school she teaches at are either fully illiterate or can barely read or write.

I recall one University reporting a couple of years ago that 1/3rd of new Undergrads required remedial assistance for literacy. That is 1/3 of people who managed to gain a UAI. So the statistics about literacy in the broader population are not surprising at all.

I was in a shop yesterday asking about a product’s price and availability.
I asked “What’s the ETA on new stock? Salesperson replied “What does ETA mean?”
I asked what is the usual price? They replied “Um, A thousand and… something.”

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