A patron stopped librarian Melanie Townsend Diggs on Wednesday afternoon with good news: He had used a library computer to apply for some jobs Tuesday morning, and before he even got home that day, he had gotten a call for an interview.
Aspiring and practicing Arduino users are invited to learn from the multi-talented Lindy Wilkins for lectures, workshops, and one-on-one appointments.
Lindy's experience includes owner/digital fabricator of ZAP! Lazer cutting, director of Site 3 CoLaboratory, and Front-End Developer for Crowd Twist.
Lindy is also a teaching assistant at OCAD University where she has taught creative code and electronics to undergraduate students. In 2014, Lindy was Innovator in Communities at the Toronto Public Library. Her role was teaching Arduino, web development and code in Toronto's Community centers.
Die emtacl15 “emerging technologies in academic libraries” fand vom 20.-22. April 2015 zum dritten Mal im norwegischen Trondheim statt. Ihr Motto könnte auch lauten:„Freut euch an der neuen Technik und gestaltet die Zukunft mit Freude an Veränderung.“ Die Konferenz wird in unregelmäßigen Abständen von der renommierten Technischen Universität von Trondheim (NTNU), die unter anderem die Nobelpreisträger für Medizin 2014 hervorbrachte, organisiert.
Librarians have been lamenting our stereotypes for over 100 years, but has anything changed? Critical librarianship--the process of incorporating social justice through theory and practice into professional philosophies and day-to-day work--pushes us past a simple dismissal of stereotypes, and toward a consideration of what implications these tropes have on our diversity, status, pay, and ability to collaboratively carry out our work with faculty as partners.
This keynote address will examine how implementing critical librarianship through our library instructional pedagogy, scholarship, and other ongoing work can add greater value to the profession, and help transform the perception of librarians to campus, as well as our own perception of ourselves.
The Vancouver Public Library’s central branch is ready to open its digital lab on May 5 — one of the only places in the city offering a free space for anyone looking to use a green screen or a recording studio.
The Somerville Tool Library is where the real sharing economy is happening
he shelves at most libraries hold books, periodicals, and audiovisual media*. Anew library near Boston, on the other hand, lets you check out everything from a hex key set, cordless drill, multimeter or jig saw to a tape measure, air compressor, soldering iron or even a hedge trimmer.
The idea, says founder Dina Gjertsen, is to encourage collective ownership of resources, an issue she started considering seriously after she abruptly found herself unemployed last spring. She took a week to think about her next professional move while she took on a few tasks around the house. In particular, she wanted to build some raised beds at the end of the driveway—but realized that to do it properly, she’d need a chop saw.
When Google is your librarian and Starbucks your WiFi, do we still need libraries? Book review of "BiblioTech" by John Palfrey.
Palfrey, the former head of the Harvard Law School Library and the founding chairman of the Digital Public Library of America, wants a library revolution, one that remakes the institution’s technology, goals and training. Libraries are in peril, he writes, facing budget cuts and a growing perception that technology has rendered them less necessary. All that’s at stake, Palfrey argues, is America’s experiment in self-government. “If we do not have libraries, if we lose the notion of free access to most information, the world of the haves and the have-nots will grow further and further apart. Our economy will suffer, and our democracy will be put at unnecessary risk.”
Trudy Raymakers's insight:
I didn,t read the book myself; the critic in this case isn't very friendly. An article would have been enough; the author repeats himself and doesn't offer much information on how to get to the dream of a digital, networked, mocile and cloud-based library.
It's got 3-D printers, laser cutters, sewing machines, and its own roast coffee, named "shush."
The library as a warehouse of information is an outdated concept. The library of the 21st century is a community workshop, a hub filled with the tools of the knowledge economy.
"If we can't shine in this environment, in this economy, shame on us," says Corinne Hill, the director of library system in Chattanooga, Tennessee—a system that has thoroughly migrated into the current era.
The library of the 21st century still has books, but it also has 3-D printers, laser cutters, sewing machines, and spaces for conducting business meetings. It offers computer coding classes. It has advanced video- and audio-production software. All things that might and individual may find too expensive but can still benefit from using.
Kentucky’s Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) is teaming with government agencies, nonprofits, and businesses in its community to teach people to develop websites and program software—and once those skills are honed, getting them placed in tech jobs around the region. With Code Louisville, local employers detail the programming knowledge that applicants will need to fill specific job openings, and sometimes provide mentors to assist in training programs.
Interest among librarians in learning to code is huge and growing. Lately, numerous library conferences have featured programming tutorials or hackathons. Short workshops are wonderful for introducing fundamental concepts and creating positive experiences around code, but participants don’t necessarily know what to do next.
Meet with a person with an interesting story to tell and discover what it's like to walk in their shoes. "Check out" a person the same way you would a book and talk one-on-one with athletes, organizers, journalists, and others involved with the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Games.
“Hackathons” are popular events amongst students, professionals, and techies alike. Indeed, hacker culture is far from new. By definition from Technopedia, a hackathon is “a gathering where programmers collaboratively code in an extreme manner over a short period of time. Hackathons are at least a few days—or over a weekend—and generally no longer than a week.”
In this eighth in a series of ten videos designed to complement each chapter his new book, Social Media for Creative Libraries, Phil Bradley provides examples of how libraries have used social media for marketing. The video includes examples from Orkney Library, Manchester Libraries, Essex Libraries, Dublin City Public Libraries, The British Library, Los Angeles Public Library and New York Public Libraries. Find out more and browse a free sample chapter of the book at www.facetpublishing.co.uk.
A FEW YEARS AGO at the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual conference in Anaheim, CA, I had dinner with librarians from three large universities. The conversation turned to something they had in common: they were all moving print book collections at their respective institutions off-site to make room for student spaces. Back then, this was a big deal, and these administrators met with opposition and angst from their constituents.
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