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Scarborough Centre Public Space & New Public Library Plan

Scarborough Centre Public Space & New Public Library Plan | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

Central Scarborough (my hometown) is finally getting a central library, with the planned 15,000 sq ft expansion to the historic Scarborough Civic Centre.

-- spotted by peersmorgen


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Three Ways to Teach Yourself Something New

Three Ways to Teach Yourself Something New | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

If you look closely at people who are succeeding in this new digital world of work, you'll notice they have something in common: they're fast learners and they're willing to adapt. If you want to grow as a person and a worker and if you want to gain skills that will help you take that next step in your career, you'll probably have to


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Children’s Stories App MeMeTales Comes To Android, Offers Free Books All Summer - TechCrunch

Children’s Stories App MeMeTales Comes To Android, Offers Free Books All Summer - TechCrunch | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

MeMeTales, a super-cute (and guilt-free!) children’s books application arrives on Android today, following its iOS release and public debut at 500 Startups’ demo day last October. Originally from Seattle, now a San Francisco-based operation, the company was founded by husband and wife team Maya Bisineer and Pree Kolari, and offers a library of picture books designed for preschool and elementary-aged kids and their parents.

Through partnerships with publishers like PBSKids, HarperCollins, Little Pickle Press, Shen’s Books and others, the platform includes access to a variety of quality books to choose from, but unlike other e-book libraries for kids, it also “gamifies” the experience for the young readers.


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Nik's QuickShout: Developing materials and practices for the digital generation

Nik's QuickShout: Developing materials and practices for the digital generation | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

On the 24th January 2012 I delivered an online webinar presentation for the IATEFL Young Learner SIG. The theme of the presentation was 'Developing materials and practices for the digital generation.' I focused on how teachers could combine the use of online tools to encourage students' digital literacy and study skills whilst also developing their ability to develop their linguistic skills in a more autonomous way.


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waterworld-22's comment, January 29, 2012 11:26 AM
Thank U ! I really need some clear info & guidance ,because this edu.issue is partly new to our teachers.Is it possible to know about your webinars beforehand?
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5 Ways Apps Fit Into Curriculum and Learning Strategies

5 Ways Apps Fit Into Curriculum and Learning Strategies | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it
How instructional technology coordinators and teachers are helping students meet standards by supplementing instruction with apps.

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Hypocrisy in the Profession of Education

Hypocrisy in the Profession of Education | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

I brought up topics like authentic learning; project based learning, the flipped classroom, and connected educators. Most of the teachers I spoke to, young and old had little idea about what I was asking. More often than not, they would offer reasons why they were not up to speed on these topics: No time, small kids at home, another job, not techy enough to follow stuff on the internet, or just a lack of interest, were all excuses that surfaced in these conversations. These were the reasons these educators were not in on the many conversations taking place with “connected educators”.


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welcome to the club ;-)
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Teachers need Twitter

Why teachers need to Twitter. A brief video explaining how useful Twitter is for keeping current in technologies, pedagogy, and creativity. This was apart of...

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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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10 Changes to Expect from the Library of the Future; with examples from Stephen Abram

10 Changes to Expect from the Library of the Future; with examples from Stephen Abram | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

In honor of School Library Month, check out the ways libraries are going to blossom in the coming years:

* More technology
* Sensory story times
* Better outreach to ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) and ESL (English as a second language) adults and children
* Automation
* Emphasizing community space

* More social media savvy

* Digital media labs

* Electronic outposts

* Crowdsourcing

* More active librarians

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In his post April 26th <http://stephenslighthouse.com/2012/04/26/10-changes-to-expect-from-the-library-of-the-future/>, Stephen Abram supplied some links to supplement the original April 10th post from Online Universities blog:

 

1. More technology <http://www.librarytechnology.org/>;

2. Sensory story times <http://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2012/03/sensory-storytime-a-brief-how-to-guide/>;

3. Better outreach to ESOL and ESL adults and children <http://media.nypl.org/nypl_esol_transcript_20120319.pdf>;

4. Automation <http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/06/education/edlife/the-bibliotech-library-of-the-future-now.html>;

5. Emphasizing community space <http://fridley.patch.com/articles/in-new-initiative-anoka-county-plans-library-of-the-future>;

6. More social media savvy <http://socialnetworkinglibrarian.com/2011/12/29/top-10-social-media-and-libraries-predictions-for-2012/>;

7. Digital media labs <http://youmediachicago.org/>;

8. Electronic outposts <http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/columns/newsmaker/future-libraries-interview-thomas-frey>;

9. Crowdsourcing <http://newjerseyhills.com/madison_eagle/news/madison-library-samples-public-input-on-the-right-path-to/article_321392b4-7e80-11e1-8943-001a4bcf887a.html>;

10. More active librarians <http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2011/05/the-future-of-the-library.html>;


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Son of Citation Machine

Son of Citation Machine | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

This is a very useful tool for collecting citations and building up a bibliography of references.

 

 


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Now THAT’S a Mobile Library! « Dysart & Jones

Now THAT’S a Mobile Library! « Dysart & Jones | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

http://dysartjones.com/2012/04/meet-lili-library-live-on-tour/

 

Revising a story from April 13th, a new video has been added showing the car's first debut.

  

"This is LiLi – Library Live and On Tour! A “mobile initiative’ LiLi is a 2012 Nissan Cube, designed to deliver the library to people by “shattering stereotypes and misconceptions about library services. LiLi is an adult literacy initiative “targeting folks aged 19+”, first by getting their attention, then prompting conversations, making friends and then offering services.

LiLi, “the coolest little library car you’ll ever see” features:

*undercarriage glow (oh yeah!!)

*the back opens to reveal a mounted 40″ plasma digital display screen (used for online scavenger hunts & demos)

*external sound system, with wireless mic

*built-in bookshelf with giveaway books

*2 laptop computers with 3G connectivity

*2 Kobos & a Sony eReader

*an iPad2 & a Blackberry Playbook

*an Xbox Kinec

*and, of course, the car horn that plays OOOGA!"

"Congrats to Smitty, to Fraser Valley Regional Library [British Columbia], and to all those who have created LiLi. I hope she’s coming to a neighbourhood near you soon!"

-Rebecca Jones


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smitty's comment, April 14, 2012 8:10 PM
more pictures: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.366379433405943.86335.152628108114411&type=1

follow on Twitter: @readlearnplay #librarylive

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10 Changes to Expect from the Library of the Future

10 Changes to Expect from the Library of the Future | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

In honor of School Library Month, check out the ways libraries are going to blossom in the coming years:

* More technology
* Sensory story times
* Better outreach to ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) and ESL (English as a second language) adults and children
* Automation
* Emphasizing community space

* More social media savvy

* Digital media labs

* Electronic outposts

* Crowdsourcing

* More active librarians


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How I use social media for my professional development

How I use social media for my professional development | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

The issue of how we use social media for our own development as teachers and as digitally skilled individuals, is one that I believe is of vital importance though, not just because it can enable us to keep developing as teachers through the content, ideas, resources and above all people it gives us access to, but also because the way use digital media for our own development should guide and influence the way we use it with our students and build their digital literacies and communication skills.


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Are kids really motivated by technology?

Are kids really motivated by technology? | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

You can’t motivate students with technology because technology alone isn’t motivating. Worse yet, students are almost always ambivalent toward digital tools. While you may be completely jazzed by the interactive whiteboard in your classroom or the wiki that you just whipped up, your kids could probably care less.


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Gale Supports Lifelong Learning with New Online Education - LISWire

Gale Supports Lifelong Learning with New Online Education - LISWire | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it
“The mission of many public libraries is to inspire lifelong learning among patrons,” said Gerry Sawchuk, publisher, public library solutions for Gale. “With ed2go courses designed specifically for this diverse audience, we are equipping public libraries with the tools to do just that.”
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Increasing Young Children’s Contact With Print During Shared Reading: Longitudinal Effects on Literacy Achievement

Increasing Young Children’s Contact With Print During Shared Reading: Longitudinal Effects on Literacy Achievement | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

In the last decade, an emerging body of research has explored using the shared-book reading context to increase preschoolers’ print knowledge. The motivation to increase children’s attention to print during storybook readings is based on evidence indicating that preschool-aged children very rarely look at or talk about the print during adult–child shared reading, even when the storybooks contain very “print-salient” design features


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Case Study: The Small Steps You Can Take Toward Your Library Building Future | Library by Design

Case Study: The Small Steps You Can Take Toward Your Library Building Future | Library by Design | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

"For now, people like what they see. “I came across a 14- or 15-year-old laid out on the chairs in the teen area, Hougland reports. “He looked at me and started to get up, and I told him he didn’t need to; this area is for him. He said, ‘I never thought I’d have a place like this to go to.’ ”


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Little Libraries and Tactical Urbanism: Places: Design Observer

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"Advocates argue that libraries continue to serve crucial civic and social functions, and their tenacious faith is reinforced by a flurry of recent street-level library activity."


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iLibrarian » 5 Steps to Hosting Successful Twitter Chats: Your Ultimate Guide

iLibrarian » 5 Steps to Hosting Successful Twitter Chats: Your Ultimate Guide | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

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We're Number Two! School Library Outreach |

School Library Outreach: Twelve ways to expand the reach of the school library beyond its walls. A great library program requires that little bit more in order to thrive, not merely survive. On the Periphery?


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10 things school libraries can learn from the Apple Store!

Although written from the perspective of school libraries, much in this post can be used for public libraries also.

1. Stop selling stuff: "A library vision based on enriching the lives of our patrons and tending to patron's needs on 'what's important to them'...

2. Enrich lives: "By aiming to enrich the lives of our patrons, connecting with them at a personal level and interacting in a sincere and personal way, may well enrich lives as well as enrich their library experience."

3. Hire for smiles: "Consider the different atmosphere created in our libraries when library staff are smiling, happy and jovial. " [...] "Technical know-how, solving all problems or always locating sought after resources are not the only needs that should be attended to when staff and students visit. Just think about all those ‘chats’ had with fellow teachers and the dividends the warmth of that interaction has engendered!"

4. Celebrate diversity: "With the essential support of librarians, library technicians, library assistants and a range of volunteers working hand in hand with teacher librarians, we present our patrons with a very diverse range of talent, knowledge and skill."

5. Unleash inner genius: "Knowing there is something to be gained by visiting the library, will encourage patrons to visit more often."

6.Empower employees: "Spending time chatting with library patrons in a meaningful way on topics of mutual interest is a way of connecting and creating relationships. [...] Heads of libraries need to empower their library staff to know that such chatter is not a waste of time, but is really creating buying power for building a positive image of the library and its staff."

7. Sell the benefit: " There’s no doubt that whenever library staff help one individual, others are observing and either gaining from what they are observing or end up seeking you out later for their own personal attention."

8. Follow the steps of service. 
9. Create multisensory experiences: "The best libraries are those where our beautiful book displays and well ordered shelves are a mess at the end of the day! Evidence of frequent use is what we are after! Each time those periodicals are sorted, shelved and tidied up, just consider how it would be if they were never touched!"

10. Appeal to the buying brain: "Clear, uncluttered libraries with visible and well organized signage are appealing and contribute to creaing great libraries."


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Highlighting the Value of Library Use on Checkout Receipt

Highlighting the Value of Library Use on Checkout Receipt | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

"Another library in my consortium figured out how to display the total cost of a patron's items on their checkout receipt, and since we never let a good idea go to waste, we adopted it in my library, too.

Basically, it's a little macro that pulls the cost figure from each item's record, adds them all up, and provides a total. We present it in kind of a cutesy context, but the intent is to show people how much they save by using the library. Check it out"

--spotted by Brian Herzog, Swiss Army Librarian


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Instant Screen Sharing | Screenleap

Instant Screen Sharing | Screenleap | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

This is an excellent free screen sharing tool. It requires no downloads or registration and works in the browser so it's platform independent (works on MAC or PC). This is an excellent tool for giving or getting tech support.


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HKelley's curator insight, January 9, 2014 8:52 PM

I'm not sure about classroom application yet...but you can't argue with the ability to share screens.

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Roselle businesses to offer discounts to library card holders

Roselle businesses to offer discounts to library card holders | All things library coloured. | Scoop.it

Great idea for business-library partnership, library card as local business discount card:

"Its new program, called “Use Your Roselle Library Card, All Around Town!” will offer card holders free items, services or discounts at participating businesses when they present a library card during September."

--Daily Herald


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