1. Always Be Hiring2. Encourage Entrepreneurial Thinking3. Remember That Your People Are Your Business4. Lead by Example5. Character Counts6. Don’t Underestimate Freelancers7. Listen to Your Gut8. Give Employees Ownership and Flexibility9. Work to Maintain and Build Company Culture”
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.
Make it @ Your Library believes that content creation in the library is a vital direction for our libraries to pursue.
So far, the curating librarians have featured over 150 projects from Instructables that are good fits for the library, depending on available tools, materials, and time. Projects range from simple stamp making to a turn-signal biking jacket (wearable electronics) to a clay MaKey MaKey controller… and so much more! The projects are sorted into five categories:
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.
Compass Live - Recorded on October 30, 2013 Interested in creating a Makerspace in your library? This program will discuss what a Makerspace is, how libraries of all types create and share Makerspaces with library customers and the community and feedback from users. Libraries are a much needed and often used third space, which are ideal for community Makerspaces to collaborate and encourage creativity among all users. There will be gadgets, hands-on demos and group discussion on the nuts & bolts necessary for Makerspace in the library as well as what products should be found in successful Makerspaces. Gordon Wyant will share how his library successfully wrote a grant for a 3D printer, and Michael Sauers will demo a range of new gadgets including a Raspberry Pi and LibraryBox...
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.
Everyone outside the library sphere keeps saying that libraries are dead- do a search and find all the articles, I'll wait. We're in a constant struggle to prove ourselves relevant and exciting to people.
What would happen if we took a long look at things, made a concrete plan that allowed for wiggle room, and then went full speed ahead with showing the world that libraries are awesome and relevant and super cool, rather than reacting to critics?
Like what Marvel Studios has been doing vs what DC Entertainment.
Take a walk with me here, Padawan, and I will explain.
In February of this year I posted 21st Century Libraries and Librarians Look Like: Innovation with a list of eight links to new and innovative ideas "that to me typify what the 21st Century Library looks like-what it does-what it symbolizes- how it performs- how it benefits its community- how it remains relevant-and most of all, how it is different in the 21st century.
A new report from an independent firm of economists has found that Australia’s public libraries deliver benefits that are worth nearly three times the cost of running them – a fact that will come as no surprise to Australia’s 10 million registered library users.If you put $100 into gold last year, it would be worth around $110 today. Compare that with the $290 return on every $100 invested in Australian public libraries.
Spain's Playoffice -- a design firm focused on kid-centric designs -- conceived of the "reading net" as a way of transforming "a traditional family library into a fun place for kids." It looks amazing.
Want to hang out with a bunch of really smart people? Spend a day at a convention of school librarians. That's what I did on Friday, November 15 in Hartford, Connecticut at the biannual convention of the American Association of School Librarians.What makes them so smart? They are exemplars of what the Opening Session speaker, Tony Wagner, author of Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World, says the country needs if we are going to produce the many young innovators needed for our technology-driven new world order. According to Wagner, it is play, passion and purpose that drive young innovators.
Recorded on October 30, 2013 NCompass Live - http://nlc.nebraska.gov/ncompasslive/ Interested in creating a Makerspace in your library? This program will discuss what a Makerspace is, how libraries of all types create and share Makerspaces with library customers and the community and feedback from users. Libraries are a much needed and often used third space, which are ideal for community Makerspaces to collaborate and encourage creativity among all users. There will be gadgets, hands-on demos and group discussion on the nuts & bolts necessary for Makerspace in the library as well as what products should be found in successful Makerspaces. Gordon Wyant will share how his library successfully wrote a grant for a 3D printer, and Michael Sauers will demo a range of new gadgets including a Raspberry Pi and LibraryBox...
Hello again! After quite a long, unexpected hiatus, our weekly Sunday Linkubator is back! If you’d like to see what was up the last few weeks (since October 20th), I’ll be working on retroactive Linkubator posts soon.