A new term begins and this blog gets resurrected (though I managed to add a couple of blogs between this and my old DITA ones – try The Princess’ Crown – it’s rather good, I think) as a reflection on module INM380: Libraries and Publishing in an Information Society (or LAPIS).

“Where do libraries and publishers interact and intersect?”  I wrote in my notes at one point, with the idea of drawing a Venn diagram being mooted.  After reading the blogs of others, I wondered if the two circles should not be completely separate with an arrow drawn from publisher to library.  This was inspired by my job at the moment, which involves a lot of receiving new books from publishers, so, to me, the relationship of libraries and publishers is that of buyer and seller.  But as, Jayne Sunley’s blog for this week showed, this is not the only case.  Indeed, anyone who uses social media or posts comments on websites is a publisher- the web has slowly changed things a lot (as a look at next week’s readings shows, even in the last ten years there has been a big paradigm (?) shift from knowledge to sharing economies). Therefore, thinking outside the box and looking at different experiences, via our blogs in the first instance, will be an important step to understanding LAPIS.

Thinking outside the box... in a cloud, apparently

Thinking outside the box… in a cloud, apparently

“Different uses of drones… maps… aid… war…” – This was an interesting point that our lecturer raised – the same is true of twitter and all publishing, libraries too potentially.  The former can be used for all kinds of propaganda, as is shown throughout the history of publishing, no doubt, from all kinds of lies printed and causes raised.  #everydaysexism and #nomorepagethree (as well as #jesuischarlie in a different way; in the margin I wrote #inventahashtagbecomefamous – a more cynical ? look at the use of publishing tools) are good examples of hashtags promoting causes.  Political wrangling, advertising, charity campaigning, education – all are different uses of publishing.  Libraries, too, in the hands of censors, could severely limit the “wrong” knowledge – from Nazi Germany, a similar example is that of Greek and Roman history disappearing from universities.

Self-positioning, Critical reflection – twice I made notes about reflection, a process we may all become very familiar with if we become chartered with CILIP; here as a way to detect and make changes, something libraries and publishers are having to do constantly now, perhaps more than they ever have.  Are we at the end of publishing as we know it or the end of the beginning?  Or just another step along an ever evolving change?  Perhaps, over the next nine weeks we will, through looking at different uses of publishing and using critical reflection, we shall see – or begin to.

Elsewhere – I am sure there is a way we City students (and staff) can watch theatre through the library catalogue, but cannot for the life of me find it.  I also really want to self-publish this term… I have an idea and will write more about it here if I get any further.