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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 ...
"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]
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..."
"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."
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
"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."
"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."
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
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.
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.
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
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.