Toronto has the busiest and, by most measures, the best library system in North America. But this precious public asset, founded in 1883, is falling behind. How could it not, after 20 years of political neglect and budget cuts?
The most important resource for creating a successful library maker space—whether in a school or public library—is one’s own community, according to librarians Justin Hoenke, Amy Koester, and Michelle Cooper.
A day in the life of a librarian The Daily Cougar “I think you'll hear people say, 'With the Web, why do we need libraries or why do we need librarians,' and I actually think you need us more. Kerry Creelman, the Coordinator of Undergraduate Instruction and Outreach, is one of a team of 17 people working in liaison services, the front line of student outreach and education. Creelman is dedicated to finding ways to better serve students and improve grades and, in turn, student success
"It’s an era of [information] abundance, but it has a downside. Libraries are now beholden to corporations that do not necessarily share our values. We can’t preserve what we don’t own; we can’t fight censorship when someone else controls the switches. Privacy—well, that’s over, or so we are told. We can’t always afford increases in the rent, and publishers have spats with vendors, so access to content shifts and dwindles."
"Thinking about the digital shift in libraries and the many invisible ways this shift has challenged our values, I’ve reflected on that statement a faculty member made all those years ago and made a few additions.
It’s not about technology. It’s about making meaning.It’s not about finding sources. It’s about building understanding.It’s not about skills. It’s about identity and relationships.It’s not about individual success. It’s about participating in a society that values justice.It’s not about finding and using information. It’s about the practice of freedom."
Plus de 200 bibliothèques en France prêtent des liseuses et tablettes numériques. Dans la lignée des ressources multimédia (espaces numériques, ordinateurs, jeux vidéo, offres numériques « à distance », etc.), les établissements poursuivent leur « mutation » et s’adaptent au renouveau des pratiques culturelles des publics. Si l’offre numérique en littérature jeunesse a émergé à la fin des années 2000, elle ne doit pas occulter la réalité des usages sur ce nouveau support. Sur tablettes, les usagers (adultes !) regardent des films, des séries, la télévision, jouent à des jeux vidéo, écoutent de la musique, consultent leurs mails et les réseaux sociaux, etc. (Ne vois-tu rien venir ?)
You make a beeline from the door to the iPad mini. The touch interface is nice, but you want something a little larger so you move on to the next device. Are you weighing a purchase at an Apple Store? No, you’re trying one of the lineup of devices at the new Digital Commons space at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C.
The similarity to an Apple Store is no accident, according to Nicholas Kerelchuk, the manager of the Digital Commons. But at the Digital Commons you can try out e-book readers from all of the major manufacturers, including Kindles, Nooks, and Windows 8 tablets.
And the e-book readers are just the start. When the Digital Commons opened in July, it featured a 3-D printer with a smart panel design, on-demand book binding machine, 80 desktops (some of them featuring pricey graphic design suites), rows of tables set up for patrons bringing their own devices, a Skype station, and a vast co-working space the library calls the “Dream Lab.” Could this sprawling space be a glimpse into the future of libraries?
Libraries around the country are facing budget cuts as local governments struggle with the aftermath of the recession – and in many cases that means fewer branches or services. But in the recession more people than ever relied on libraries for frugal entertainment options and to search for employment opportunities.
However, at the same time, libraries are facing an identity crisis: As the Internet has become the primary way people gather information, the traditional “building filled with books” model is less relevant to their lives.
As a result, “libraries are really transforming themselves into technology hubs” says Kathryn Zickuhr, a researcher focusing on how Americans use libraries at the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.
Blended Librarianship and Blended Librarian Presentation Overview based on the article Shank, John D., and Steven Bell. “Blended Librarianship.” Reference & User Services Quarterly 51, no. 2 (2011): 105-110.
L’Agence danoise pour la Culture a publié le 3 décembre son programme modèle pour bibliothèques publiques. Il s’agit d’une boîte à outils pour la conception et le design de bibliothèques à l’ère numérique. Le site est disponible en danois et en anglais.
A straightforward, how-to set of instructions for squelching library services in a school community. It’s been a painful set of rants and raves to record. However, what I see worries me so much, I just can’t keep my mouth shut.
Everyone seems to flock toward Pinterest these days, delighted by its numerous boards allowing them to bookmark Internet ephemera they find valuable and worth sharing. Numerous libraries — be they specialty, public, or affiliated with a school — have harnessed its popularity to push education and literacy causes to the digital generation. Such a strategy thankfully seems to be succeeding swimmingly. Some of the best-curated Pinterest accounts out there fuse old and new into a spectacularly informative feast for the mind. And sometimes gullet, for those who enjoy posting links to edible crafts.
Une PirateBox est un dispositif électronique portable, souvent composé d'un routeur et d'un dispositif de stockage d'information, créant un réseau sans fil qui permet aux utilisateurs qui y sont connectés d'échanger des fichiers anonymement et de manière locale1. Par définition, ce dispositif est déconnecté d'internet.
Les PirateBox sont à l'origine destinées à échanger librement des données libres du domaine public ou sous licence libre.
Download, embed and share The Social Librarian infographic. The social librarian is enmeshed in the fabric of the Internet of Things as curator, educator, filter and beacon.
"Social today means so much more than sending a tweet or posting to Facebook. The social librarian is enmeshed in the fabric of the Internet of Things as curator, educator, filter and beacon. In this complex, dynamic and demanding environment, librarians are extending themselves and empowering library users.
In recognition of this, Elsevier's Library Connect Newsletter (@library_connect) and Joe Murphy (@libraryfuture), Librarian & Technology Analyst/Trend Spotter, offer up a visual portrait of The Social Librarian, and invite you to download and post, share on your social streams, and discuss with your library stakeholders.