The need for libraries, and librarians has been placed under scrutiny due to the advent of the internet. Everything in print is now available online. So do we really need physical libraries and librarians anymore? Of course we do…now, more than ever before.
This post is part of a series of conversations with thought leaders on digital media and learning, then and now. In conversation with journalist Heather Chaplin, leaders reflect on how the field of digital media and learning (DML) has changed over time, and where it’s headed. Amy Eshleman is the program leader for education at the Urban Libraries Council. Before that she was assistant commissioner for strategic planning and partnerships at the Chicago Public Library, where she led the creation and expansion of YOUmedia. - Spotlight covers the intersections of technology and education, going behind the research to show how digital media is used in and out of classrooms to expand learning.
Although I agree in part with the author, I think that he/she paints a particularly black picture. Certainly the role of the library assistant is changing, but is that by necessity , a" Bad thing"? Here, in Devon, we are providing training for staff and working very closely with external organisations to provide a comprehensive service to our users. Books are still here for people who want them, but, there are a whole range of other services too.
Lee Rainie discusses the Project’s new research about those who use the library and those who do not: who they are, what their information needs are, what kinds of technology they use, and how libraries can meet the varying needs of their patrons.
The learning center in the Malmö City Library is a unique resource, freely available to all visitors. Here, you can sit down at one of the center’s 30 computers – Mac or PC – equipped with a range of different software programmes. You can get help fixing your resumé, scan and edit pictures, or just print out a text.
“People come here from around the world, with questions and needs from around the world,” says Stefan Wahlstedt, project manager for the Malmö Lärcentrum. The center focuses on free learning, without obligation or judgement, and is open to all. It is a collaboration between Utbildningsförvaltningen (the Malmö educational administration) and the City Library, and has been run in project form since 2010.
What is unique about the center is that the library has employed three pedagogues, who work alongside the 20 or so librarians. The key is an open attitude.
“For learning to feel inspirational and meaningful, the individual must feel he or she is part of the learning environment. We’re therefore working actively to get our visitors to feel like they are coproducers in our operations,” Wahlstedt emphasizes.
Tuesday, 5 November 10:00 - 16:00 National Railway Museum York
The Jisc Regional Support Centres (Northern, North West and Yorkshire & Humber) are proud to present this year’s annual Learning Resources Conference 2013, with keynote speaker Leo Appleton, Associate Director of Library Services, Liverpool John Moores University.
Short preso on using social media to engage patrons, & why & how to start tweeting with a library-specific account. I tweet for the Journalism Library at Columbia University, primarily to share resources, search tips, and answer reference questions.
DIY Design Assistance is one of the new programs that we’ve been conducting in the Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons at Brooklyn Public Library (BPL). It’s a weekly drop-in workshop where people can ask questions about Photoshop, Illustrator, and other design programs. Brooklyn is home to a much-vaunted “creative community”—a concept I find a bit simplistic, though it’s true that there are thriving local industries related to art and design. The Info Commons makes available computer workstations with professional-grade software for people who are freelance designers or want to build their skills for a possible career in arts and technology. But, as with my own example, many of us need to be “designers” at one point or another in everyday life.
This is the first in our Future Of series, where we analyze and dissect one facet of life that's been impacted by digital technology. Today, we look at libraries. "You have no ...
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A well considered discussion around the future of libraries.. still considered vital by Google. Article contains this quote, which i found interesting
“Some might have imagined that the Internet would make libraries superfluous or irrelevant,” says Dionisis Kolokotsas, Public Policy & Government Relations Manager, Greece. “But the reality looks like quite the opposite – the Internet can help libraries become a center for new digital learning and a point of reference for local communities.”
This site is brought to you in collaboration with Instructables and the American Library Association, and it is our hope that through this site, libraries of all stripes and sizes will be able to experiment with maker projects.
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.
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