Google Books – Your Library of Information – Recall

My library of physical books is probably ranges in the two or three hundred units. On top of that, my audio book collection is probably approaching fifty.

Here’s the issue, sometimes you read or listen to a book and want to reference it later. How do you know which book it was? Well, it looks like Google can help. As part of their books search service you can create your own library. Think of this as virtual shelves that you can limit a google search to. Sort of how using site:webURL in a regular Google search allows on to search an individual website.

Well, I’ve tried this with a few books on my virtual shelves an have found it useful. It will take quite a bit of time to get all my books on my virtual shelves. It will probably be a good idea to commit to adding a few books everyday.

Wish there was a way to just scan the barcodes from the books onto my Google Books bookshelves. Oh well, this might be a really powerful tool to have, especially if you read a lot of books and want to refer back to the source material.

Commentary – Seth’s Blog: The future of the library

Seth’s Blog: The future of the library:

“The next library is a place, still. A place where people come together to do co-working and coordinate and invent projects worth working on together. Aided by a librarian who understands the Mesh, a librarian who can bring domain knowledge and people knowledge and access to information to bear.”

Great post by Seth. Not finished reading it, but even just the first few paragraphs got me to thinking about the future of libraries and the skilled Librarians that work there.

See this as a way of focusing on the WHAT, rather than the HOW. Too many people want the HOW to stay the same. The HOW can be done cheaper and more effectively as technology and ideas enable new methods to come to fruition. The WHAT stays the same, regardless of the HOW. Learning, Ideas, Value, Trade, Exchange, these are the WHAT that people want and need, Not the HOW.