Ever since tablets came onto the scene, I’ve been hoping for a good way to leave my laptop behind. It’s not just that eliminating the bulk of my laptop would make packing light easier–I’m also interested in avoiding the epic redundancy in my travel bag. Given how powerful my iPad and Android phone both are, it seems like I should be able to rely on their combined processing power for at least a few days. Many of us carry more computing power in our pockets than used to reside in offices. So, on a week-long trip cross-country, I decided to give the laptop-free lifestyle a try.
(Takeesha) I receive much criticism of my work; mostly it focuses on the exploitation angle. I am a banker taking pictures of addicts. I get it. There is another theme that runs through the comments....
One-off performances and workshops by poets, musicians, and other entertainers are hugely popular in libraries and serve as valuable additions to a library’s program roster. But long-term partnerships or residencies mean that an artist works closely with a library to facilitate a suite of programs, integrating inspiring performances with hands-on learning opportunities. Artists-in-residence may be visual artists, writers, or performers.
An excellent example of a poet-in-residence program is found in the Cafe Poet project in Australia. Established by Australian Poetry in 2009, the Cafe Poet program “aims to promote poetry while strengthening community relationships.” So far about fifty poets have been placed in cafes, bookshops, and, in the City of Melbourne’s case, the City Library.
The exchange is beneficial for everyone: poets are given space to write (and complimentary tea/coffee), as well as the chance to engage with their community; the host gets to be part of the poetry community, plan events in conjunction with the poet, and (hopefully) increase foot traffic.
It might not be because you can't find the right answer. It's almost certainly because you're asking the wrong question. The more aggressively you redefine the problem, the more likely it is you're going to solve it.
The first Wikipedia Loves Libraries campaign was in 2011 across North America, and it's coming roaring back in 2012 worldwide. It has been modeled on the summertime Great American Wiknic (multiple wiki-meetups on a single day), the broader WikiProject GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) collaboration effort, and the June 2011 Editathon at the British Library, where Wikipedians gathered at the library, and were given access to library resources in order to expand Wikipedia articles about miscellaneous topics. The advantages of the Wikipedia Loves Libraries model: Easy to organize, even at small public libraries Welcoming to everyone, Wikipedians, Librarians and all library patrons It's "the living reference section" Also, it's fun!
As part of our makerspace initiative this year (please see this blog post and this slidedeck here) and inspired by the work of the Sacramento Public Library, one of my focal points is thinking about ways the library can support creating communities of readers and writers who are crafting and composing texts (and I use the term text rather liberally). The Sacramento Public Library Winter 2012 "Write at iStreet Press" writing and publishing catalog offers a model of what the library as a makerspace for constructing texts looks like in a community through the public library.
tudents taking free online courses offered by the startup company Coursera have reported dozens of incidents of plagiarism, even though the courses bear no academic credit. This week a professor leading one of the so-called Massive Open Online Courses posted a plea to his 39,000 students to stop plagiarizing, and Coursera's leaders say they will review the issue and consider adding plagiarism-detection software in the future.
The “anyone” increasingly includes information professionals in libraries, archives and museums (LAMs). LAMS see SXSW as an opportunity to evangelize on core community issues such as open access, copyright and digital stewardship to a receptive tech community.
The thing is, SXSW has become so large that the jockeying for presentation slots now commences 8 months before the conference. The process of choosing panels includes a crowd-sourced aspect called the Panelpicker that engages the public to vote on panels they’d be interested in attending at the conference.
Stories abound of college graduates working at Starbucks, living at home and facing an uncertain economic future. And many of these stories have led to increased questioning of the value of a college degree. But a report released today says that -- despite the current economic hardships faced by people at all levels of education -- the value of a college degree remains strong.