ELUNA 2006: the mundane

I spent most of the day checking out sessions on distinctly un-edgy, boring topics. Holdings, inventory, acquisitions, resource management, the ugly stuff that sort of gets overlooked in this day of web services, microformats, mashups and remix.

I believe alot of librarian scepticism, even backlash, to the sea change in the information environment stems from this divide. Librarians, especially at institutions where resources are limited or allocated differently, have to spend an inordinate time putting out fires, writing fixes, reading documentation, installing upgrades, all the little things which make up their jobs. Obviously having easier ways of doing these things is a good thing, and that is why conferences like ELUNA can be invaluable, but at the same time explain the reasons things don’t necessarily happen the way you expect them to.

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