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.
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.
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
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.