Thursday, April 25, 2002

Not Cataloging - But Good Ideas

I've come across two very good ideas recently. Walt Crawford has this proposal:

"COWLZ: the [Caucus/Coalition/Consortium/Cluster] of Online and Web-based Library-related Zines/Newsletters....

I've built a COWLZ folder in my Notes Mail space. With a little encouragement, I'd set up a COWLZ Topica list, even with the growing ad overhead of Topica-unless someone offers a no-ad list environment to help semi-organize COWLZ.

This is a call to proprietors of online and Web-based library-related zines and newsletters to do one of two things: Respond with indications of interest and the extent to which you're willing to be involved-or respond with a clear message that this is a stupid idea and you want nothing to do with it. For now, send email to me: wcc@notes.rlg.org. Include "COWLZ" beginning the subject line."

The other idea came from the latest Library Journal column Inside Track by Francine Fialkoff, a Library Most Read List to exist along side the best sellers lists.

"I've already spoken with several librarians who've said they'd participate, including Robert White at the above-mentioned Bergen County system, Julie Pringle at Fairfax County Public Library, VA, and David Domkoski at Tacoma Public Library. If you're interested, contact me at fialkoff@lj.cahners.com. As White said when we spoke, "We've failed politically to send a message to the powers that be about the clout of libraries." We must change that."