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The 50 Education Blogs You’re Reading | Edudemic

The 50 Education Blogs You’re Reading | Edudemic | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

If you’re an RSS lover or want to cram your brain full of even more innovative insight, then there’s a few dozen blogs you should know about.


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WELCOME TO 21st CENTURY LIBRARIES on SCOOP.IT!

WELCOME TO 21st CENTURY LIBRARIES on SCOOP.IT! | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

This is a new extension to the 21st Century Library Blog at http://21stcenturylibrary.wordpress.com/ ; that will locate items of interest that warrant exposure to those interested in this Topic --- 
Feel free to browse and suggest other sources of interest. ENJOY!


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Turn off Google and Go to the Library (Design Edge Canada)

Turn off Google and Go to the Library (Design Edge Canada) | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

"Librarians are pathologically helpful. Google could care less."

Reviews how libraries can help designers with the creative process


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20+ Free Online Libraries - Getting Smart

20+ Free Online Libraries - Getting Smart | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it
It’s a shame more people are not aware of the wide array of free online libraries. Databases, books, videos, audio recordings and e-books are available, just waiting to be viewed and used.

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Could Libraries Become Precinct Hubs?

Could Libraries Become Precinct Hubs? | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it
When considering the design and function of precinct developments, thoughts often naturally run to bars, cafés, sporting venues and theatres. While these spaces are important as community hubs, libraries are taking on a growing role in the wo ...

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How To Design Library Space with Kids in Mind | Library by Design

How To Design Library Space with Kids in Mind | Library by Design | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

"By considering the following principles, libraries can create children’s areas that provide a layered experience that works for youngsters of many ages and that provides multiple ways for children to learn, interact with other children or their caregivers, and achieve a sense of ­accomplishment."

The principles covered can very often be used for any libray space: 

* provide layered experiences

* create a beautiful building

* create simplicity, directness, and delight

* allow children/users to fill in the blanks

* offer paths to pride and accomplishment

* offer refuge within the building

* remembeer that kids/people need to move

* engage all the senses

* create a sense of anticipation [In our interview with Felton Thomas (http://dquarium.com/bibliotech/bibliotech24) he remarked that he wanted Cleveland's TechCentral to fill people with awe, that people would be surprised at the space and then filled with pride that it was their space, their public library]

-- Spotted by SQRsolutions.com @SQRsolutions

 


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Phil Bradley's weblog: Libraries, books, ebooks and the future

Phil Bradley's weblog: Libraries, books, ebooks and the future | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it
There's a text version and 2 videos totaling 24 minutes below. There’s a phrase that I use every now and then; “It’s like dancing on quick sand” and never was it more appropriate than right now in respect of the eBook arena.

 

"Let’s look at the latest news. A new low cost eBook reader has been unveiled by txtr, a German eBook retail platform...

 

Oyster, which is a new startup has raised $3 million in order to become the ‘Spotify of books’....

 

HarperCollins is launching a new global publishing system which will provide them with an infrastructure that allows them to maximise it’s catalogue of books, eBooks and apps...

 

The final news item that’s caught my eye, and I assume has also caught yours is that Amazon is going to launch their lending service in the UK by the end of the month..."

 

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"We are at an absolutely pivotal point within both our profession, and within the library service in the UK. I recently talked to an ex-librarian who has since left the profession, and she said ‘I’m glad I got out, we’re finished’. That is so patently not the case it’s painful. This is a superb time to be a professional, or to have a love of libraries, of reading, books and knowledge. This is because we are going to be able to shape the development of all of those things into the future. What we do now is going to set a pattern for the next 50 or 100 years. We just need to believe in the power that the information professionals have, and the key role that libraries play in society. But – and this is a big but, we can only do it if we all work together, because it’s only by holding out our hands to one another in trust that we can help drag ourselves out of the quicksand, rather than push each other under faster."


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The 50 Education Blogs You’re Reading | Edudemic

The 50 Education Blogs You’re Reading | Edudemic | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

If you’re an RSS lover or want to cram your brain full of even more innovative insight, then there’s a few dozen blogs you should know about.


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Free Word Processing for MAC

Free Word Processing for MAC | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

This is a really simple but powerful program that is free to download for any MAC 10.6 + user. It has a simple intuitive interface that isn't loaded down with any complex features. It just does one job and does it well


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» 4 Social Media Goals Every Library Should Measure

» 4 Social Media Goals Every Library Should Measure | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it
Andrew K Kirk, Founder of Face The Buzz and Social Media Examiner writer, outlines 4 Social Media Goals Every Business Should Measure, but these can all easily be applied to libraries as well.

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Free to Learn Guide - CC | OER

Free to Learn Guide - CC | OER | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it
Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators.

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Creative Aging Continues to Bloom at The New York Public Library | The New York Public Library

Creative Aging Continues to Bloom at The New York Public Library | The New York Public Library | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

"In recent decades, much has been said about the demographic changes that New York City shares with the rest of the world. Yes, we are getting older!
One widespread response has been a surge of programs to promote creativity in mid- and later life."

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"The success of all of these classes, and the enthusiastic response of library staff witnessing them, has spurred us on to again join with Lifetime Arts — this time with several library systems throughout New York State — to participate in Creative Aging in New York State Libraries in 2012-2013. This will enable us to offer about 18 Creative Aging courses in 2013. Branches hosting the classes will be announced in January 2013."


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11 Most Surprising Items You Can Check Out of a Library

11 Most Surprising Items You Can Check Out of a Library | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

The 11 "surprising items" are:

 

1) Therapy dogs,

2) Tools,

3) Hobby supplies,

4) Artwork,

5) Musical instruments,

6) Gadgets,

7) Cooking tools,

8) Toys,

9) Land ( eg, garden plots),

10) Telescopes, and

11) People ("Living Libraries")

If you are a system doing these things, or live in a community with such a system, congratulations. If you're not, what are you waiting for?

-- Originally spotted by @philshe


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World Wide Web Foundation | The Web Index

World Wide Web Foundation | The Web Index | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

Designed and produced by the World Wide Web Foundation, the Web Index is the world’s first multi-dimensional measure of the Web’s growth, utility and impact on people and nations. It covers 61 developed and developing countries, incorporating indicators that assess the political, economic and social impact of the Web, as well as indicators of Web connectivity and infrastructure


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What storytelling does to our brains

What storytelling does to our brains | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

Storytelling is one of the most overused and underused techniques at the same time. In this post, we are revealing what storytelling does to our brains.


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Thanks for the article.
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you are welcome :)
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The 15 best free images websites on the Internet - Pocket-lint

The 15 best free images websites on the Internet - Pocket-lint | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

By Dan Sung

 

With the revamp of Google Images, there's a big temptation to dive on in there and start picking out photos and graphics willy nilly.

 

You need are Creative Commons, public domain or just photography that someone is good enough to hand out for nothing but often just a little credit. So, next time you want to illustrate your point, here are 15 of the best free images websites to head to.

 


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Dennis T OConnor's comment, November 28, 2012 11:26 PM
I'm always on the lookout for graphics I can use that carry a creative commons license.
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OneLook Reverse Dictionary

OneLook Reverse Dictionary | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

The OneLook reverse dictionary is a great tool to get students thinking about how they explain what words mean. Unlike most dictionaries which gives you the meaning of a ord, this one will give you the word as long as you can give the correct maning. This is a great skill to develop as a language learner.


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“Come Write In” library programs for NaNoWriMo | Library as Incubator Project

“Come Write In” library programs for NaNoWriMo | Library as Incubator Project | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

The “Come Write In” initiative is a sub-program of NaNoWriMo that encourages writers, or Wrimos, to use libraries as writing studios during NaNoWriMo. The initiative is part active programming, part marketing campaign – meaning that libraries can get involved to whatever degree they are comfortable with and however works best for their programming schedule


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Play and Learn Islands

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One of the winners of the 2012 Bright Ideas Harvard University:

"Babies and young children learn through play. It is their source for information about the world. As part of the the Rancho Cucamonga [CA] Library’s mission to foster life-long learning, we now offer opportunities for young children to play while building skills for learning and literacy in all stages of life.

In the spring of 2010, we welcomed four Play and Learn Islands™ to the libraries, providing a new and unique way to bring play and learning to the youngest members of our community."

--Spotted in American Libraries Direct (@amlibraries)


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The Future of Libraries in a Digital Culture

The Future of Libraries in a Digital Culture | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

Until recently, public libraries had little reason to innovate. Then Google arrived. More disruptive technologies followed, causing an identity crisis for librarians. Now the profession is re-thinking its purpose. […]
Pre-Internet, a library could be object oriented -- all about books. But the confluence of digitization and a prolonged recession has triggered an evolution that puts a focus on people, not things. Doing so has a ripple effect that invigorates a community.


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Top Tools for Learning 2012

The Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 as voted for by 500+ learning professionals worldwide...


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Public libraries in the digital age

Mary Madden and Kathryn Zickuhr presented "Public libraries in the digital age" to the Chief Offices of State Library Agencies at their spring meeting. They presented findings on the rise of e-reading, including reading-device ownership and the general reading habits/preferences of Americans. Their presentation included libraries research fact sheets, now available to download.

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10 Big (But Never Discussed) Problems With Mobile Learning

10 Big (But Never Discussed) Problems With Mobile Learning | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

The mobile learning revolution is creating a lot of buzz in the education world, and the benefits undoubtedly stand out. But nothing exists as a purely positive entity. While the movement toward “m-learning” (as those totally in the know call it) marks a change in how education approaches technological developments, anyone considering the developing tools needs to research the downsides before making the leap.


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The next chapter for libraries | Association for Project Management

The next chapter for libraries | Association for Project Management | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

Profile of new Library of Birmingham, which means to revitalize the city centre and become a model for public libraries with archival storage, exhibition space, and outdoor amphitheatre. 

"This is not just about building a library -- it is about place-making, about what the library can do for the city's quality of life"

-Brian Gambles, Project Director quoted by Lucy Clay in Association for project management blog 


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Customizing User Design To Fit Your Community’s Needs | Library by Design

Customizing User Design To Fit Your Community’s Needs | Library by Design | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

Denver Public Library's plan to develop branches which appeal to the specific demographic and user patterns for their local communities is profiled.

-- spotted by Mal Booth @malbooth


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Animation Library - Free animations for your presentations

Animation Library  - Free animations for your presentations | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

Over 14,000 Free Animations plus articles, reviews, tutorials, postcard, and everything else related to animated graphics.


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Special Needs Apps | Special Education Apps | Therapy Apps | Learning App

Special Needs Apps | Special Education Apps | Therapy Apps | Learning App | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it
BridgingApps.org is a community website to support Parents, Teachers, Therapists and Doctors who want to use technology like the Apple iPadTM to help special needs and typical children of all ages and abilities to learn, grow and develop.

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