Our first event will be the inaugural meeting of the ACTive ALIA Journal Club! We’re looking to hold Journal Club meetups every two months, discussing an article hand-picked by the ACTive ALIA team.
This month’s article is ‘No library required: the free and easy backwaters of online content sharing’, presented by Kathryn Greenhill and Constance Wiebrands at the VALA 2012 conference. We chose this as our first article because it discusses a universal library problem: the loss of our information monopoly and the ability of internet denizens to flout copyright laws at will in the free and easy pursuit of knowledge.
Join us at 5.30pm on Wednesday 13th June, at the National Library. We’ll meet in the Ferguson Room on level 1. (Walk in the front door and look up, then left. You’ll see us in a glass box.)
We’ll have three set discussion questions before opening up the room:
- What do Greenhill and Wiebrands’ ‘alternate pathways’ offer that libraries don’t?
- Can libraries compete with these alternate pathways? Should they even try?
- How could libraries modify their business models or service paradigms to compete, or otherwise stand out in a crowded attention economy?