Sunday, September 09, 2007

Riddle Me This

So, is anyone planning to be on the "answer sites" on September 10 to provide answers as a librarian?

In general, I think it's a cool idea. I think it has the potential to spread "awareness" (for lack of a better word) about libraries, librarians, and what we do. And, I also think it has the potential to become obnoxious - though I have been looking at a number of the answer boards and the answers provided by librarians, and so far I like what I am seeing - friendly answers, nice tone, and SIMPLE, taglines.

Jessamyn has a good post about this topic, especially in relation to Ask MetaFilter, one of the best answer boards out there (and I FINALLY signed up for an account).

I think I will probably participate on some level, even if it's not an all-day thing for me. Now, I just have to decide on the site; Ask MetaFilter seems well-covered, so I will probably end up on Yahoo Answers, which (IMHO) is a site that gets a lot of random crap on it. Or maybe I will haunt Yedda, a site that I think has more potential than Yahoo Answers. Guess I'll decide tomorrow.


Paul Capewell said...

Would you believe, our local authority forced my library to shut on Mondays from the start of September. :(

Admittedly, the idea you talk about could be done from home, and it has a definite US-slant, but there is still quite some irony there...

Joshua M. Neff said...

I think it's a great idea, and I'd love to slam the boards, I said on a recent Uncontrolled Vocabulary, when I'm done for the day, I don't want to do more work as a librarian (as much as I love what I do). And I think I'll be too busy tomorrow to slam any boards during my work hours (and I haven't gotten permission to do so anyway).

Jessica said...

I don't work at the library on Mondays, so I am free to indulge while I work (unpaid, of course) on building a website for a library program I am presenting next week. Ha - we'll see how much work I get done on either pursuit!