Internet Librarian 2013 – Holistic UX: Applying Lessons From the Web Everywhere (Aaron Schmidt0. Websites are an important touch point for your users, but they are just one of many touchpoints of the .many touchpoints of the overall user experience with the library. Most library tasks require interaction with multiple touchpoints.
Lee Rainie discusses the Project’s new research about those who use the library and those who do not: who they are, what their information needs are, what kinds of technology they use, and how libraries can meet the varying needs of their patrons.
I was proud to present at this years Internet Librarian International in London, England about 23 Mobile Things. I had Michael Stephens and Mylee Joseph join me via video and had an absolutely wonderful time at this conference..
Can your library afford new branches or even operate existing facilities? Many libraries still struggle to meet increasing demand with flat or falling budgets and outmoded facilities.
Trudy Raymakers's insight:
Presented here is the idea of sustainable planning. A possible alternative for masterplans that look great but aren't robust, don't mention costs and don't go deep enough into the changed role of 21th century libraries.
Make It @ Your Library, in collaboration with Instructables.com and the American Library Association, has finally launched its searchable website, makeitatyourlibrary.org, for librarians seeking maker space ideas and projects.
Faced with dwindling shelf space, the province’s librarians are building a central bank of materials.
The repository plan is popular among Nova Scotia’s academic librarians, but detractors worry that under its delivery-on-demand system, library users will have a harder time making a surprise find among a sea of shelves.
“What people will tell you we’re losing is the ability for serendipitous discovery while browsing through the stacks, because it’s often the book that you see four books away from the one you were looking for that sparks the idea,” Ms. Bourne-Tyson said. But digital software for scrolling through catalogued book covers may offer a solution.
The learning center in the Malmö City Library is a unique resource, freely available to all visitors. Here, you can sit down at one of the center’s 30 computers – Mac or PC – equipped with a range of different software programmes. You can get help fixing your resumé, scan and edit pictures, or just print out a text.
“People come here from around the world, with questions and needs from around the world,” says Stefan Wahlstedt, project manager for the Malmö Lärcentrum. The center focuses on free learning, without obligation or judgement, and is open to all. It is a collaboration between Utbildningsförvaltningen (the Malmö educational administration) and the City Library, and has been run in project form since 2010.
What is unique about the center is that the library has employed three pedagogues, who work alongside the 20 or so librarians. The key is an open attitude.
“For learning to feel inspirational and meaningful, the individual must feel he or she is part of the learning environment. We’re therefore working actively to get our visitors to feel like they are coproducers in our operations,” Wahlstedt emphasizes.
Margate Historical Society President Frank Tiemann used to be worried about the fate of the city's artifacts. Tiemann, 77, has been the president of the Historic Society since he helped create it in 1998.
In every town, there are probably community members who have written novels, poetry, and other works whose writing has never seen the light of day. There are probably others who have the creative potential to write the great American novel, but are daunted by the idea of getting it published. Those works, both written and potential, represent much of the creative voice of the community.
Through education, tools, and actual publishing and distribution mechanisms, public libraries are helping to make it easier for patrons to publish their work, whether they are doing so just for themselves, to make their work freely accessible to all, or to sell their work. Today, libraries of any type can help give their patrons a voice and make their creative work accessible to the world.
“Academic libraries are encountering a critical inflection point. In our case it isn’t a single technology that is disrupting our established system, but a barrage of advancements in publishing, pedagogy, and user preferences. The landscape is shifting around us, and the future of scholarship requires us to develop new skills, design new environments, and deliver new service capacities. In short, we need new operating models.” Read the pre-print.
The New York Public Library will be sharing monthly [Top 10] lists of the books most checked out at its 91 locations, beginning with the top adult fiction and non-fiction books in July, August, and September 2013.
The lists show which books were most popular amongst users of NYPL branches in the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island.
The most important resource for creating a successful library maker space—whether in a school or public library—is one’s own community, according to librarians Justin Hoenke, Amy Koester, and Michelle Cooper.
The three new service hubs joining DPLA are:Empire State Digital Network (New York)
Empire State Digital Network is the first service hub to be created explicitly as a means for sharing New York’s rich digital cultural heritage with the DPLA. The Network will be administered by the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) in collaboration with eight allied regional library councils collectively working as NY3Rs Association.
The Portal to Texas History (Texas)
The Portal to Texas History consists of more than 300,000 digital items from over 250 partners.
North Carolina Digital Heritage Center (North Carolina)
The North Carolina service hub will be managed by the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. The Center will aggregate metadata from institutions across North Carolina — including public and private universities, state agencies, public libraries, and museums — to be shared with the DPLA.
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