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    I am the owner and managing director of Information Automation Limited (IAL), a company that specialises in research, consultancy and training for the information profession. We are particularly interested in all forms of electronic information resources (e-journals, e-books, etc) and I teach a course in electronic publishing at the Department of Information Studies in Aberystwyth. Drilling down still further(!), my interests centre on the quality and evaluation of electronic information, and in the thinking that underpins activities in library and information science.
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    Thursday, June 14, 2007

    Talking with Talis talking with Tim Coates

    A quick link to the Talis Panlibus blog which in turn links to the first 'Talking with Talis' podcast.
    This is the first in a series of podcasts looking at the landscape of opinions about the future of public libraries.
    The subject of the 55-minute interview is Tim Coates, who - unsurprisingly, given his "strong opinions about, and proposals for, the way the public library service in England should be structured and run." - talks at length about public libraries.

    Worth listening to - it may not be the most logical way forward for public libraries, but it is a refreshingly honest, informed, layman's view of what could be done better.

    I hope Talis gets a response from the public library sector next - the CILIP Public Libraries Group would be a good starting point. Perhaps followed by MLA or the minister - all of whom get a mention in the first podcase.

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