t seems like there’s been a lot of publicity about Netflix recently. About how effective their recommendation engine is … about how they’re leveraging their understanding of consumer tastes not only to distribute other people’s content more effectively, but to create their own original content aimed at specific markets, like House of Cards.
Meanwhile, there are libraries that throw away all their user behavior data every night — in the form of circulation records — in the interests of protecting user privacy. When they do that, they throw away the opportunity to use that data to improve their services. I think that’s a mistake.
Green screens and deluxe printers seem to get the lion’s share of attention when it comes to libraries and creativity, which is a pity as those tools are a bit late to the game. Books, as both objects and resources, have been offering inspiration for some time now. Here are five titles that make that point.
How important are libraries, and how important will they be in the future? These were key questions asked at the Online Information conference held in London in November. Those worried by these questions may be somewhat reassured by some of the answers.
This report looks at how staff at eight academic institutions gained new insight about how students and faculty use their libraries, and how the staff are using these findings to improve library technologies, space, and services.
Participatory design is a relatively recent approach to understanding library user behavior. It is based on techniques used in anthropological and ethnographic observation. The report’s editor, anthropologist Nancy Fried Foster, led several participatory design workshops for CLIR from 2007 to 2013.
The report is based on a series of presentations at the second CLIR Seminar on Participatory Design of Academic Libraries, held at the University of Rochester’s River Campus June 5-7, 2013.
Find a librarian at SXSW Interactive -- there are going to be a lot us there. Your perceptions and expectations of the profession will be challenged. There is a good chance that the librarian you meet will be much cooler than you expect....
Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today’s Complex World http://quartz.syr.edu/blog/?page_id=4598 Now FREE to Download and Distribute Libraries have existed for millennia, but today many question their necessity.
A recent study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities, includes this finding: “Some 90 percent of Americans ages 16 and older said that the closing of their local public library would have an impact on their community, with 63 percent saying it would have a ‘major’ impact.” What’s intriguing is that only 29 percent reported that it would have a major impact on the respondent and respondent’s family. In other words, 90 percent of folks do not want the library to close, but many fewer would feel the negative consequences.
Three weeks ago we posted that the Yale University Library had started lending Google Glass to student and faculty groups.
Today, word that the North Carolina St. University Libraries Technology Lending Service has also launched a Google Glass lending program.
Initially, our Google Glass pilot program will be available to selected faculty and graduate students with an urgent research need for the technology. In mid-March the Libraries will begin accepting requests from other researchers working with augmented reality, innovative computer interfaces, and other key uses of the new tool.
Currently the Libraries lends over 200,000 technology items a year, including everything from DSLR cameras and e-readers to digital media equipment, design and modeling tools, and electronic prototyping platforms such as the Arduino and MaKey MaKey inventor kits. Adding the Google Glass helps to ensure that our researchers have access to a key tool that is promising to dramatically change how humans interact with computing resources.
Lean— “A management system that focusses upon value (from the customer/patient’s point of view) and elimination of waste, making it easy to do the right thing by focusing on improving processes.” (Luca Boi, MHA, University of Utah Health Care Value Engineer.)
Developed by Toyota in the 1900s, Lean was first adopted by manufacturers but is now practiced in many sectors of our society including government, education, service organizations, and healthcare. The University of Utah Health Care is integrating Lean throughout the organization. To build skill levels, staff was invited to submit a problem, learn the process and apply Lean to the problem. Four sessions of “The Physician Leader/Health Sciences Leader: Lean Education Program” were run in 2013. Faculty from Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library participated in three of the sessions working on different projects.
Supervising Librarian Melissa Morrone, returns the site to share an update on the multifunctional community Info Commons at Brooklyn Public Library. Read on to learn more about how they’re using the Info Commons resources to connect teens with creative projects that teach technology skills during Teen Tech Time. And don’t miss the other exciting posts in our series on BPL’s Info Commons! ~Erinn
"At the risk of sounding like I’m bragging, I knew this was coming when I wrote The Revolutionary Library in April of 2011, and again in August with The Physics of Your Library Brand. I just didn’t know where it would break out or exactly when.
A library no more . . . Idea Exchange is born. Library rebranding is underway in Cambridge according to the Cambridge Times reporter Bill Jackson in his article last Thursday, February 20. The Cambridge Public Library – Art Gallery • Library • Community Center – in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada was established in 1973 by combining the separate libraries of Galt, Preston and Hespeler with a history over 100 years at that time. In 1992 renovation and expansion of the Library & Gallery in Galt included new space to house a climate controlled art gallery, a studio and greatly enlarged children’s facilities. Additional expansions over the years have created the multipurpose entity that exists today.:
Respublica [a bookstore in Russia] wanted to show that books and the longform format still have value, so they came up with the web page ‘URLiterature‘. This enables people to paste any URL, choose the book they want to promote, and share it with their friends. The opposite of a URL shortener service, it lengthens them before they are shared by embedding pages from Respublica’s books in the link, giving others a sneak peek at a range of stories.
Traditionally, library catalogs allowed only one-to-one relationship between the library and patrons who wanted to search and find media for research or leisurely reading, listening, and watching. The recent introduction of social features, such as friending, following, and public bookshelves and reading lists, now allow patrons to engage with other readers and librarians, making it a truly social interaction.