Knowledge Management

Librarian Perception

bq.Librarians feel threatened by systems like Google. Their gut feelings are right. Do you know how many people walk to a library and use Google? And you know what, Google is pretty darn good at finding what a user (patron) want whereas a library is not. Just consider how painful it is for a patron to access the electronic versions of a licensed journals– first you have to register your IP, then you have to get a login and password — a different one for each of the e-journals the library has subscriptions, it is a nightmare. No wonder library usage is declining worldwide. – “Vikas Kamat(Librarians and Programmers)”: When I saw the first part of this “via Dave Winer”:, I thought it was midly amusing. But by the end, I just found it annoying. I don’t feel threated by Google and I can honestly say I don’t know “any librarian(CIL 2005 from TTW)”: who does. And if library usage is supposed to be declining in our community, I am afraid that a vast number of people must have missed the memo. I can’t say my experience is the same for everyone, but I can’t believe it is all that different, either.’s no surprise that this idea makes some publishers nervous, even though they can easily remove their books from the program at any time. The history of technology is replete with advances that first met wide opposition, later found wide acceptance, and finally were widely regarded as having been inevitable all along. In 1982, for instance, the president of the Motion Picture Association of America famously told a Congressional panel that “the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston Strangler is to the woman home alone.” But Sony, makers of the original Betamax, stood its ground, the Supreme Court ruled that copying a TV show to watch it later was legal, and today videotapes and DVDs produce the lion’s share of the film industry’s revenue. – “David Drummond(Why we believe in Google Print)”:
bq.Netflix Inc. will postpone a test launch of its online movie download service indefinitely because of problems obtaining licensing agreements from Hollywood studios, Chief Executive Reed Hastings told analysts on a conference call on Wednesday. Hastings said the company would continue enhancing its infrastructure and developing technology to deliver online movies so the service “will be ready to launch when the content climate begins to thaw.” – “Reuters(Netflix to delay launch of online download service)”: In one of Robert Heinlein’s novels, there is a scene where a character is asked does he fear that he will be replaced by a little black box. He replies that if he is, he will go get a job making little black boxes. If libraries as we know it should somehow cease to exist in their present form (which I would not hold my breath waiting for), then we will all simply move on to something else. We just aren’t the ones who are scared.

By Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997.

Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident.

Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida.

He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995.

However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999.

In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.