Andrew Pace takes on the Sacred Cow of patron privacy by suggesting that we allow patrons to control their own privacy settings (like Facebook, for example).
I love the idea of being able to use patron data to offer recommendations. I would also love to see us integrate our circulation data with data from our course management system:
I know we have to be concerned about patron privacy, but Pace’s observations here are right on point:
I attended a lecture on privacy at NCSU once where the speaker mentioned that we are living in a climate where most undergraduates would trade a DNA sample for an Extra Value Meal. A nice throw-away line, but one that sets up a value proposition for libraries. We could certainly ask for less than DNA and offer more than a Big Mac and fries.
A nice discussion of the challenges is at blog.ecorrado.us.