The role of the Library within Universities is continually changing. eLearning is also growing globally. Libraries and eLearning are now woven together into the fabric of teaching and learning for students and educators everywhere. https://le.unimelb.edu.au
I’ve always been kind of ambivalent about LibGuides (and similar tools for helping people navigate topics in the library). If you’re not already familiar with LibGuides, here’s a quick definition courtesy of the Library Success wiki: “A LibGuide is a content management and publishing system created by SpringShare. Libraries may use LibGuides to create subject guides, course guides, information portals, or research help pages to name a few.” You can find many examples across a wide range of topics on the LibGuides Community homepage.
When Phil Sykes took over as the University of Liverpool’s librarian, he made a prediction – library use would fall as much more learning material was placed online.
Eight years on, he is happy to admit that he was spectacularly wrong: “Library visits have actually doubled since I arrived.” While growth in student numbers has played its part, it does not wholly explain this exceptional increase in library use. “Student numbers have increased by 50 per cent, but visits to the library are up 100 per cent,” says Sykes, whose two main libraries were visited a third of a million times in May alone (Liverpool has about 22,000 students).
User Experience - UX - is still relatively new to libraries. I've been writing about it a lot on here of late: there's now been 4 posts in the Embedding Ethnography series about what we're doing at York.
I thought it would be useful take a step back and create a slide-deck to introduce UX - ethngraphy and design - in this context. Here it is:
Designing Libraries That Encourage Teens to Loiter The Atlantic Cities A lot of public spaces try to keep teenagers out (remember those high-frequency noise generators that play a pitch only kids can hear?
Last week was a particularly hectic week for me and during the course of attending two events, I once again decided that my job title really does reflect what I do everyday. I often find I meet people who do half my job, I don't mean they do half as much work as me, but…
"It’s great that such infographics are created. Infographics are a fantastic way to draw attention of online users, and give facts not only in a more digestible, but also highly entertaining way.
Many people still perceive libraries as awesome-looking magical places, full of a scent of old paper. We associate libraries with the past and with the analog world – the world that doesn’t fit into the broadband internet connection.
It’s not true (and I think it never was). More and more libraries lend electronic books, become information hubs, but most importantly, media creation centers.
These infographics change the perspective. They show the beautiful book temples are filled not only with the past, but also with the future."
Librarians in the Shawnee Mission School District are making way for “the maker movement,” and some worry where that story is going.
Reading stories, of course, has been a big part of what Jan Bombeck does with children. “Stories, stories and more stories,” she told the school board last month.
The Ray Marsh Elementary School directory lists Bombeck as “librarian” because she is state-certified to be one. But at least four Shawnee Mission grade schools have hired “innovation specialists” to run their libraries when fall classes open.
That’s the language of the maker movement, which seeks to convert once-quiet school spaces — usually in the libraries — into hands-on laboratories of creation and computer-assisted innovation.
The movement, taking place nationwide, is more about robotics than reading.
A number of higher education–focused sessions at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference touched on issues surrounding student retention and completion—and with the costs of tuition, housing, and materials constantly rising, saving students money is a major consideration. When the conversation includes state and community colleges, and a student body that may have less access to financial resources, finding strategies to cut costs becomes more important than ever. Open educational resources (OER)—freely accessible texts and media that faculty can assemble, repurpose, and package under open access agreements for teaching and research—are a rapidly growing option.
To help users navigate reimagined library spaces and resources, the University of Oklahoma libraries investigated the possibilities inherent in the Internet of Things, specifically whether a beacon could serve their purpose.
At one point in time, we’ve all needed an image for either a presentation, a course website – or for something like this, a blog post – and the first thing that comes to mind is to just grab one out of a Google search. The majority of these images are copyrighted “All Rights Reserved” and you’re obliged to get written permission to use such works. If you don’t obtain permission, you’re offending someone’s copyright and exposing yourself and the organisation you’re working for, to legal action. Here’s a range of things that could happen. For more information, refer to the Australian Copyright Act 1968 and the terms and conditions of a website you’re using. So what do I use instead? The answer is images with Creative Commons licences.
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