The Atlantic CitiesClimb This Mountain of BooksThe Atlantic CitiesThe flashy architecture was conceived as a way to address the community's 10 percent illiteracy rate. < So much to like about this: the library of course, the environmental inclusions, and the light of design.
"The best part of the session, and a strength of the conference [Beyond Access conference], was that the majority of people participating in the discussion were practitioners. Libraries as community centers was not a point of theory, some were already bringing women together in a physical space to provide a range of services from computer training to family planning information."
Libraries Go Direct To Indie Authors, Rather Than Deal With Big Publisher ...TechdirtIt is no secret that many people in the Big Six publishing houses do not understand or do not care for the lending of ebooks.
The next time someone tells you that libraries have no function because of the growing popularity of e-readers, direct them towards the Westport Library--a Connecticut library that just opened a MakerSpace--a place where people can tinker and...
A public/community college joint-use library is an especially good combination. The missions and the service populations are similar enough to provide significant overlap and allow for excellent services to all users.
"2012 may be the year of 3D printing, when this three-decade-old technology finally becomes accessible and even commonplace. Lisa Harouni gives a useful introduction to this fascinating way of making things -- including intricate objects once impossible to create."
This article by Brian Solis is bringing together a couple of themes
1.) How SoLoMo and ambient information are causing information overload not only for individuals but at the enterprise level
2.) Social media monitoring is about measurement, but there is a missing piece - making sense of the information. Community managers are not doing this.
3.) Business intelligence teams are siloed and not working with the social media team on sense making and application of the social media data.
4.) Better to invest in a human who can make sense of information than more technology ..
The idea of the human algorithm is to serve as the human counterpart to the abundance of new social intelligence and listening platforms hitting the market every day. Someone has to be on the other side of data to interpret it beyond the routine. Someone has to redefine the typical buckets where data is poured. And someone has to redefine the value of data to save important findings from a slow and eventual death by three-ring binders rich with direction and meaning.
One place where the human algorithm can have an immediate impact is in social media listening. In addition to tracking simple data signals such as conversations, sentiment, share of voice, and service inquiries, data can present insights into preferences, trends, areas for innovation or refinement, R&D, co-creation, and more. Even though sophisticated tools can help track data points that can lead to these insights, it still takes a human touch to surface them and in turn advocate findings within the organization. It’s the difference between insights, actionable insights, and executed insights.
The truth is that a community or social media manager is not tasked with this type of responsibility. Therefore, insights largely remain undiscovered. It takes a new role that unites the disciplines of business intelligence and social media with the perseverance of a change agent. Without it, all of the insights capable of leading organizations to the next big thing will meet their long time arch nemeses: fear and skepticism.
A few nonprofits, like DoSomething, have invested in data analysts on stff who job it is to steward data and help staff make sense of it. How many nonprofits allocate the time for sense-making beyond the routine. Usually, it is part of someone's job description and not enough time is invested in this important process.
Brewster Kahle never had to work again after selling his company to Amazon for a quarter-billion dollars in the dot-com boom. But he then began working on building the world's biggest digital library, earning him a spot in the Internet Hall of Fame.
Brewster Kahle is taking the steady-as-she-goes approach to building a library on the internet, gingerly skirting around copyright minefields, and scavenging the easy (copyright free) leftovers.
The official launch of the The Labs is two months away, and the team is laying the groundwork for what the project will become. Building a functional infrastructure for a project like this requires developing a set of uniform policies and procedures for each Lab site, as well as researching, ordering and cataloging the necessary equipment. While these processes don’t offer the immediate thrills of watching teens develop their filmmaking or music production skills, they are necessary steps to ensure The Labs are a success.
New cables and equipment! The selection process for equipment and software is based on several factors. Ideas were gleaned from pre-existing digital learning lab models, such as Chicago Public Library’s YouMedia and the Digital Media Lab at Skokie Public Library. The Labs coordinators also consulted with Drew Davidson of Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s programming partners Hip Hop On L.O.C.K and Pittsburgh Filmmakers and the CLP – Main Teen Advisory Council. The overall mission of The Labs also has influence over equipment and software purchases; items are assessed for how accessible and easy they will be to use.
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