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One Big Library

by Michael Nielsen on April 29, 2008

Growing up, I thought of libraries as places you went to get books. That’s before I got a salary, and discovered

In the last few years, I’ve realized that idea of libraries is totally wrong. Libraries are where the librarians are, and librarians are people who understand information and how to organize it better than almost anybody. That makes libraries and librarians incredibly interesting. So it’s with much interest that I see the announcement for the “One Big Library” unconference, forwarded by John Dupuis:

Announcing the One Big Library Unconference


When: Friday 27 June 2008, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Where: The Centre for Social Innovation, 215 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

“It seems like there are lot of different kinds of libraries: public libraries, school libraries, university libraries, college libraries, law libraries, medical libraries, corporate libraries, special libraries, private libraries. But really there’s just One Big Library, with branches all over the world.”

The One Big Library Unconference is a one-day gathering of librarians, technologists, and other interested people, talking about the present and future of libraries.

It’s organized and sponsored by York University Libraries and members of the YUL Emerging Technologies Interest Group: Stacy Allison-Cassin, William Denton, and John Dupuis.

In an interconnected world, all physical and virtual libraries can really be thought of as branches of One Big Library. We would like to get together and explore that concept. Areas of interest:

  • The future of libraries
  • Collaboration on building One Big Library collections and services
  • Uses of social software in libraries
  • Tools to support and extend the One Big Library

Our goals are:

  • Bringing people interested in the future of libraries together with the hope of sparking collaboration and cooperation
  • Starting conversations between people in different kinds of libraries, and people inside and outside libraries

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