NEWARK, Ohio — Newark’s musical claim to fame might be that it was a childhood home for Vegas showman Wayne Newton. But if the Licking County Library’s idea pans out, it could be nurturing the development of little Bob Dylans or Taylor Swifts of the future.
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.
We live in a strange new world. A decade ago, the mere thought of streaming a movie online seemed foolhardy and weird. Now, a major movie studio has created a YouTube channel that offers viewers the chance to watch a selection of their films for free. The Paramount Vault is here and it feels like a big deal. Never before has the ever-changing film industry made us feel like such crotchety old people. Back in our day, we had to get off the couch to watch a movie!
Check out the details of the Paramount Vault channel (and some of our recommendations) after the jump:
The Paramount Vault has technically been around for three weeks, but it arrived with little fanfare. Now, word seems to be spreading among the various online film fan tribes that this thing exists. And oh boy, is it a weird and wonderful thing. Sure, the channel is currently lacking in the blockbuster and universally beloved classics departments, but it more than makes up for that in the “Oh, Wow! I’ve Been Meaning To Watch That!” department.
However, the “sizzle reel” at the top of the channel includes clips from movies like Airplane!, World War Z, Transformers, and Forrest Gump, so we imagine that bigger movies will arrive online at some point.
It is exciting to feel energy build around a library and cultural arts center in downtown Columbus. The Columbus City Council has had their support galvanized by grant money coming
"So when you think of a library in 100, 300, or 500 years, imagine a beautiful building with spaces for discussion, contemplation and creation where wisdom can be shared. Imagine skilled librarians making sure that everyone has access to organized, meaningful resources that raise the level of public discussion above the din of the internet. Imagine all that topped off with a collection of the best hardbacks available."
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 .
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