We want to help more teens have a bright future and you can help! Multiple studies, including “Workforce Preparation in the Context of Youth Development Organizations,” show that a significant portion of the nation’s 42+ million teens leave school without the necessary knowledge and skills to participate in the 21st century workforce. This has led to the growing phenomenon known as ‘disconnected youth’ who are neither in school nor working. Studies indicate that there are currently 6.8 million disconnected youth in the U.S. When youth are jobless and without the skills or knowledge to participate in the workforce, communities suffer. However, given the resources, libraries can play a key role in helping teens expand their knowledge beyond the school day through what is known as “connected learning” opportunities.
In September of last year, I hopped on over to my local library to pick up some books. As I was checking out the library information, the rather attractive “ReadCon” publicity caught my eye. ReadCon, I learned, was an upcoming celebration of all things book-related. I learned that Craig Johnson, author of the books behind the TV series, “Longmire” would be speaking, along with many other beloved authors. "Cool," I thought. "Steampunk tea, hmm–what exactly is steampunk, anyway?" Then I read about Books and Brews, a mingling with local authors (including our own John Daly).
@Your Library: Libraries build community, engagement is key for future - On behalf of the library board of trustees, administration, and staff, I thank the community for its overwhelming support of the Aug. 5 library millage. During a transitional period as the economy rebounds, the passage of this millage reinforces the importance our community places on education.
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As libraries continue exploring ways to weave online social media into their core service, a Pew study suggests popular Internet gathering spots such as Facebook and Twitter are not effective places for generating meaningful or honest conversation...
READ Global and Worldreader will create an innovative partnership to expand the reach of libraries in five rural communities in India, in order to serve those who are unable or unlikely to access the library, specifically women and children. We will provide e–readers and a mobile reading app available on low-end data-enabled feature phones to rural communities to: a) increase traffic to the libraries and b) allow villagers to access information on livelihoods, health, women’s issues, government
In a time when the mission of libraries is rapidly evolving, how can we craft buildings that not only endure but thrive when meeting new challenges? This question underlined the learning at LJ’s Design Institute (DI) held May 16 in Salt Lake City. Presenters and peers asked attendees to redefine how they thought about sustainability, exploring the idea in terms of conserving energy and being environmentally responsible and looking at the sustainability of a building holistically—from how comfort
How New Orleans libraries became a blueprint for the city’s reconstruction
By Mary Kenney
This article is an excerpt from New Orleans: Structure, Community, City. Find it at the Greenbuild Bookstore or contact Jen Illescas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Orleans was underwater. Up to 15 feet of it filled some neighborhoods, and 80 percent of the city was flooded. Damage from Hurricane Katrina was extensive, and when it came time to rebuild, it was hard to find a place to start. The problem of reconstruction became a catch-22: should residents wait for businesses and services to return before they did? But how could the city attract those things without people to use them? In the end, it was a public good, not a private one, that took first priority. The city rallied around its libraries as one of the first major reconstruction projects throughout the landscape.
Of the 14 libraries in the New Orleans public system, five were either destroyed or left uninhabitable after the floodwaters receded. Libraries became a priority through the “New Orleans Principles,” a set of guidelines developed by local and national experts convened by the USGBC that called for resilient and sustainable building and the reconstruction of “places of refuge” as a means for creating a better city post-Katrina.
As both the location and creation of knowledge become democratized and decentralized, libraries and librarians are rethinking their relationships with the communities they serve and the knowledge they help preserve—and produce.
The future of libraries appears bleak, from many perspectives: Demographically, credentialed librarians are aging; technologically, the information explosion has led to the cybrary, or e-library. The age-old tradition of the library as “the collection” is now being challenged, as is who should organize and collect that information.
The Columbus Metropolitan Library recently asked its Facebook followers to give them ten words: five to describe the library of their youth and five to describe the library of the future, 20 years from now. Here are the word clouds they assembled from the results, starting with the libraries of their youth: If you’re beyond...
Students and librarians enjoyed wine and light bites as they chatted and mingled at this year’s Grad Student Mixer on Tuesday in the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion. The event hosts a growing number of participants year after year and encourages graduate students to find out who their subject librarian is in addition to introducing students.
The success of libraries in the future will be determined by its ability to create stories rather than provide them. One way to accomplish this is by putting technology and people together so patrons become creators in makerspaces; a trend which many libraries have adopted. The world is no longer in a maker movement, but a maker revolution. More people are solving problems by coming up with custom solutions. Libraries will serve as a platform for utilizing makerspace technology to engage the
The future of libraries won’t be created by libraries. That’s a good thing. That future is too big and too integral to the infrastructure of knowledge for any one group to invent it. Still, that doesn’t mean that libraries can wait passively for this new future. Rather, we must create the conditions by which libraries will be pulled out of themselves and into everything else.
Threatened by surveillance from corporations and governments, our right to access information is chilled. As stewards of information and providers of Internet access, librarians play a central role in meeting the information needs of communities and are in an obvious position to educate patrons about how to shield their privacy from surveillance threats.
The Library Freedom Project is a partnership among policy experts at the American Civil Liberties Union, tech-activists at the Electronic Fro