You might not know that I am a second-year student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Library and Information Studies. This semester, one of my group projects was to build a functional DIY book scanner for the SLIS library.
Urban Libraries Council. The library transformed a storage floor into The 4th Floor, a public laboratory and educational facility focused on information, design, technology, and the applied arts. The 4th Floor hosted Chattanooga’s first 3D printing event which also served as a launch party for The 4th Floor’s free public 3D printing services.
54% of Americans have used a public library in the past year, and 72% live in a “library household.” Most say libraries are very important to their communities, both for providing access to materials and resources and for promoting literacy and improving the overall quality of life. Most Americans say they have only had positive experiences at public libraries, and value a range of library resources and services.
Coffee and Conversations, a one-hour session that caters to homeless people, is the brainchild of Jo Giudice, who became the director of the Dallas Public Library system last year. Giudice’s office is at the central branch.
Though the format of the catalog is obsolete, the intellectual endeavor and practice that catalogs represent is undeniably significant and important – not only to the collective memory of society, or the users of libraries, but also to the users of the internet. The formatting of metadata in these catalogs, as guided by cataloging standards, is the result of two hundred years of research, interaction, and revision by librarians. However, this incredible array of metadata is locked away in an outdated metadata schema, with this metadata duplicated and hidden in many discrete library catalogs. Though MARC was a technical innovation in its day, new metadata schema are needed to best serve the needs of our users, as well as the wider public. Librarians are uniquely poised to continue the creation of authoritative metadata that users can trust and use, while adapting that metadata to emerging technologies. Indeed, librarians are already working on the production of new schema – namely, BIBFRAME. This new standard will free library metadata from the silos in which it has been stored for far too long, as well as bringing library metadata into the wider web of linked open data. Beyond this freeing of metadata, BIBFRAME also has the potential to allow librarians and designers to fundamentally re-think the nature and experience of searching the library catalog.
Trudy Raymakers's insight:
Insightsful long-read (with lots of references) about the importance of open data- BIBFRAME and freeing library metadata
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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.
Urban Libraries Council. “Your Path to Citizenship Starts at the Los Angeles Public Library” is a joint effort by the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service to help more than 700,000 eligible Los Angeles residents start their own personal journey to become citizens.
For many of us, food trucks conjure up images of mouth-watering tacos, burgers and fries.But three enterprising Arizona State University students see food trucks and envision e-readers, computers and books, instead.Enter BiblioTrucka, a cost-effective new-age mobile library conceived by the student trio to serve primarily low-income schools and communities lacking basic library resources. The ASU team hatched the idea of converting retired food trucks into libraries on wheels as part of their Changemaking in Education course co-taught by ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and Teach For America.
When Twitter unveiled Vine in January 2013, reviews were mixed about the free app that allows 6-second-long video loops to be created, viewed, and shared on mobile devices.
“We avoided it for awhile,” says Gail Shackleton, director of library services at Appleby College, a 7–12 grade school in Ontario. She and library technician Stefania Mulyk administer the library’s social media presence, which already includes Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, and YouTube. They waited to adopt Vine until four months after the app’s introduction because of its newness. Like many librarians, they were weary of adding another tool to an already full social media campaign–especially an untested one that had yet to establish a direction and audience. That soon changed.
Forbes’ Writer in Residence program is a fantastic model in that it leverages the library space to support both the resident and the greater writing community.
Three programs are central to the work I do as Writer in Residence at Forbes Library in Northampton, Massachusetts. All have been running since 2010. They are the Writing Room, the Writing Life summer discussion series, and the Local History/Local Novelists reading and lecture series. Between them, they create an active, intentional, shared space for working writers; make room for discussion among writers working on long projects; and sustain a conversation between creative work and geographic place that has involved many members of the library’s communities.
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.