A new study from the Pew Research Center found that more than two-thirds of Americans are actively engaged with public libraries. The report examines the relationship Americans have with their libraries and technology. Dusty, worn books versus sleek new computers, tablets or smartphones may seem like unlikely companions, but it’s really all about information. Continue reading →
1. “Hashtags are now part of the system for Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter." I didn't realize Facebook has hashtags.
2. Encourage event attendees to use hashtags and “Afterward, you can create something using Storify to pull together all of the comments [and photos] about your event into one story."
3. "...last August, the Getty Museum released 4,600 images as open content, and that there have been similar releases from the Walters Art Museum, the British Library, and other cultural heritage agencies. Along with the images, associated metadata has been released as open content...". I know about this and I love what these institutions are doing.
4. "...open textbooks aren’t just offering students a way to save money. The digital format enables faculty to present content in new ways, by embedding video, podcast, apps, or interactive content such as quizzes."
Libraries collect music, libraries host music, librarians moonlight as musicians and offer patrons spaces to create their own mixes . . . Which is to say, the “silent library” trope is so outdated. Here are some of our favorite musical libraries!
These images are released into the Flickr Commons <http://www.flickr.com/commons/institutions/> by the British Library from digitization done by Microsoft and given to the British Library. Quote: "The images cover a wide range of themes and topics and are presented in different forms including: maps, geological diagrams, landscapes, beautiful illustrations, wall paintings, illuminated and decorative letters, comical satire, and many more."
I look forward to having time to use some of those in the Community Lilbrary on the virtual world grid of InWorldz. The problem is having the time to identify / locate images. Manifests of the public domain images are at https://github.com/BL-Labs/imagedirectory .
"The Guardian held one of its online debates on libraries today. The discussion between several library experts (managers, campaigners, councillors) and anyone contributing online. Around 200 comments were made so it’s a little condfusing: I’ve endeavoured to summarise below, although doubtless I have missed some things which some would consider important. Main threads and arguments.
Are libraries declining due to technological change? Libraries are still needed, in some ways more than ever: internet/online access essential and libraries provide the access and skills to those without either or both. Seven million have never used the internet. Wikipedia etc don’t cover all information and are prone to deletion, accidental or otherwise and is also not entirely trustworthy anyway. Libraries provide quiet study spaces. Children need the books and everyone needs serendipity that bookshelves allow. Bookstock is declining due to budget cuts. It’s not black and white – books and e-books will co-exist. Books are still in demand with 244 million loans in England 2011/12,
From the article, "The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) welcomes the decision of the US District Court with regards to the legality of the Google Books project. Last week, Judge Chin ruled that the digitisation of university library collections by Google was a fair use under US copyright law."
Kathy Schrock has put together an excellent collection of links by categories, such as tool literacy, global literacy, media literacy, data literacy and more. She also lists all the social apps that support digital literacy goals. This is just a tiny part of her collections. One can spend days here following links. A must bookmark site. She also has a newsletter.
No longer a warehouse for barely touched tomes, the Chattanooga Public Library has embraced 3-D printers, laser cutters, and, above all, interaction.
Librarian Corinne Hill recreated the Chattanooga Public Library. Quote:
"And the overhaul in the operating philosophy is working. Attendance is up 150 percent throughout the four-library system, Hill says. From 52,000 people in the first quarter of 2012 to 151,000 in the most recent."
Corinne Hill is Executive Director of the Chattanooga Public Library and Library Journal 2014 Librarian of the Year.
For today’s Favorite Things post, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite libraries that showed up in rather unexpected places. From book bikes to pop-up literary scenes in vacant lots, libraries were cropping up in a variety of interesting venues this year.
"Why do we still need libraries in the age of digital, real-time information? In this emotional talk, Pam Sandlian Smith shows how she works to use the library as a hub for community-based knowledge creation and discourse."
The Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference took place October 18-19, 2013, but it isn’t too late to listen in on the incredible presentations that spanned the globe, touched on a multitude of topics, and were given in multiple languages.
This links to a page at San Jose State University School of Library & Information Science that contains links to freely accessible audio and video presentations.
Central Fresno 7-Eleven owners Sushil Prakash and Josephine Kiran take giving back to their community up a notch -- the couple has created a library in a corner of their convenience store and reward young readers with Slurpees and hot chocolates.
Helping children find fun in reading. The owner's of this store are the first to come up with this idea and were visited by the Vice President of 7-Eleven "to explore how other libraries might be added in stores around the country, Kiran said."
"As part of the new program, current librarians and library volunteers around the country will work with the DPLA to acquire, use, and sustain new digital skills using DPLA’s open materials and services, such as metadata creation, digitization, and virtual exhibition curation. Public librarians will receive the training required to produce digitized materials and curate these into virtual exhibitions."