" The Idea Lab at the Cummings Library offers patrons the opportunity to use new technologies such as a MacBook Air, iPad, iPod Touch and even a recording studio which comes complete with a green screen for digital productions. The lab offers the ability to get acquainted with the new technology – much of which is being taught in grade school – as well as put together productions for school projects, or just for fun."
Great - and free! - professional development resource. This site collects webinars on all things library-related. Almost all are free; ALA ones are linked to, but it's clearly indicated that those cost money.
"The Salzburg Global Seminar and the Institute of Museum and Library Services announce the publication of "Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture." The report details the events of the October, 2011 convening of fifty-eight library, museum, and cultural heritage leaders from thirty-one countries. Together, the participants developed a set of recommendations to help libraries and museums embrace new possibilities for public engagement that are made possible by societal and technological change.
The deliberations identified "imperatives for the future" including accepting the notion of democratic access, placing a major emphasis on public value and impact, and embracing lifelong learning."
There are a lot of variations between e-Book platforms. So much so that it often seems like comparing apples to oranges. These posts will attempt to clear up much of the confusion and set you on a path to confidently evaluate and compare the different offerings.....
"A study on Facebook learned that photos are the best type of content to draw the highest-level of engagement while links draw the least." Good to know for library websites: Now the question is, what kind of photo/video content can we provide more of? Photos from programs? Book trailers? What kind of content is your library providing?
By JENNIFER MALONEY All three of New York's public library systems are conducting or planning expansive renovations that reflect a shift in whom they serve, and how. And books, in many cases, are no longer the focal point.
Jennifer Koerber: "This year, Computers in Libraries seemed to have a shift - from the innovative, theoretical and futuristic to the practical and present. Not just 'what can we do? but 'what can we do right now?' and 'what can we do with what we already have?'"
"Whether it’s tweaking the PHP in a WordPress template, performing a batch edit on a group of MARC records, or experimenting with a catalog API, knowing just a little bit can go quite a long way. Consider this your crash course in how code can help your library."
Current plans for the library expansion include what Allen is calling “creation zones” that will be set up in the basement of the library. There will be sound equipment, there will be video equipment, there will be computer tools to help people create everything from logos to funky photos.“But I want people to understand we’re not just talking about art here,” Allen said. “We might have the tools for you to create a commercial for your business or design a website. We think this is a way we can help the town grow and create vibrant local businesses.”
Associate Director Kristen Purcell shares Pew Internet's latest data on mobile, social networking, and e-reading in her keynote address for the 2012 State University of New York Librarians Association Annual Conference in New York City.
Excellent: "Images with sharing enabled on Flickr now have a Pin It button, and pins from Flickr now have a clear attribution statement on Pinterest." Nice to see them working to facilitate ethical practices for sharing online.
For librarians who value equitable access to information for all, accessibility for people with disabilities should be second nature. We should automatically think about accessibility when buying resources for our library communities, including e-readers. But for the most part, we don’t. Primarily our problem is a lack of awareness.
EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) has launched its first Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) Innovation Award call – for libraries offering services that use information and communication technology (ICT) to improve economic wellbeing of the community.