In January, James Billington, the Librarian of Congress, will retire after a long career in public service. He's held a post that carries tremendous influence: running the world's largest traditional library; providing federal lawmakers (and sometimes the rest of us) with deep knowledge and context; administering our copyright system; and,...
Folks who haven’t spent a lot of time in their local libraries this century might still be under the impression that they are just repositories for musty books and shushing staffers.
But library use is on the rise, thanks in part to modern institutions reimagining themselves as places for creating, not just accessing, information. High-speed internet access and public computers are just the tip of the iceberg: Many libraries are now providing their patrons with tools including 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC routers, audiovisual gear, sewing machines and more.
A 2013 study by the Information Policy and Access Center at University of Maryland College Park found that nearly 17 percent of public library systems have some kind of makerspace. Clive Thompson’s recent piece in Wired further piqued my interest about the rise of makerspaces in libraries, so I set out to talk to some of the experts in the field.
Librarians are a key component of helping organize the world's information. Despite search engine's making it much easier to access information, librarians will still be a critical component to organizing the internet's taxonomy.
libraries.org, an international directory of libraries, connects readers with libraries throughout the world. A component of Library Technology Guides, it includes data on the automation products used in libraries. Operated by Marshall Breeding.
Valerie Hill's insight:
How nice to stumble onto a directory of libraries. Librarians utilize technology is so many cool ways.
Makerspaces are areas where community members can gather and work individually or collaboratively to learn, invent or create. Most are specifically focused on the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, known as STEM.
According to neuroscience and the Universal Design for Learning theory, there is no one right way to learn. Fortunately, the latest crop of tech tools offers a variety of ways for students of all learning styles and preferences to engage, receive information and express their learning.
Valerie Hill's insight:
Wish I was attending ISTE2015 but glad I can learn virtually anywhere.
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