The 1940 census records were released by the US National Archives April 2, 2012, and brought online through a partnership with Archives.com. This website allows you full access to the 1940 census images, in addition to 1940 census maps and descriptions.
A talk given to the Historic Libraries Forum conference 'Hard Times' on Tuesday 15 November 2011.
23 things for professional development training and networking in hard times, by Katie Birkwood, University Library Cambridge "23 Things‟ is a type of training……which started at the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (North Carolina, USA) in August 2006. the PLCMC course aimed…“…to encourage staff to experiment and learn about the new and emerging technologies that are reshaping the context of information on the Internet today” 23 things course gives participants 23 tools to try out and asks them to write a blog post about each of them.
things are introduced according to a schedule, but participants choose when to do each thing.
blogging is intended to encourage support and communication amongst and between participants. 23 things has been hugely popular…"
"For eight years, the Landa Gardens Conservancy, a nonprofit volunteer organization, has been working to make the library more than just a place to check out books. With more than $1.5 million it raised, the group has transformed the library in the historic Monte Vista neighborhood into a community center where parents can take their children to play and students from nearby Trinity University can sit under shade trees to read. In 2008, the organization remade the five acres of land that surround the former private mansion by installing 30 benches, a medieval community garden and more than 7,000 plants. Also that year, the conservancy commissioned Carlos Cortes, the craftsman responsible for the city's public art made of concrete designed to look like wood — called faux bois — to create the pavilion. In 2011, new playground equipment was installed. This year, shade trees were added near the playground. The organization strives to make the library an enjoyable place for anyone in the city, not just those in the neighborhood, said the group's former president, Ann Van Pelt, who now serves as a member of the board of directors."
"A recent article by Technology writer Christina Farr for GOOD Technology titled The Top 10 Technology Game Changers for the Next Decade sparked my interest, since technology is changing the game in libraries.
"There were at least three of her 10 that I felt directly impacted libraries and the way we will have to do business. They are:
"At the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, I gave the keynote talk at the NISO Update Session. My goal was to give attendees some thoughts about how important it is that they participate actively in the shaping of the new cloud-computing platforms which are are emerging from a number of organizations, including OCLC, Ex Libris, Serials Solution, Innovative and Kuali. I stated that the main reason for our participation as librarians is simply this: So we can ensure the value of librarianship is contained within and amplified by these new technological foundations.
There were three key points I talked about us doing in order to accomplish this. They were:
1. The mission and value of librarianship have to be embedded in the software you’re using.
2. Defining our future is a task of participation, NOT representation.
3. For our services to have value they must offer differentiation."
About a month ago, I read an interesting post by Andy Woodworth wherein he argued that even though we have an obligation to provide access to the “junk food literature” our patrons demand, ”that doesn't mean that ...
we love paper books here at the library, but recognize that there are advantages to eReaders too – they are a portable way to carry LOTS of books at once, and have some nice accessibility features that make reading easier for folks with fading vision. We can’t make your mind up for you, of course, but these are some of the main differences we have found our patrons are interested in comparing.
"Services like Scoop.it depend on a community of millions of hardworking experts who wonder what to do with the wealth of knowledge and wisdom they have accumulated in life and are happy to share it."
Written by blogger Shred Pillai on the Huffington Post, this vibrant praise of Social Curation in general and Scoop.it in particular, points out the changes we're seeing in the way we look for information. From basic search, we now look more and more for meaning and context from human experts.
Beyond information, we want knowledge.
And this is what Curation is all about.
As he concludes: "At the end of the day, Scoop.it, which is free, is the right answer for information seekers and providers as well as the experts who like to show off their expertise."
Travelers of the Catalan Government Railways (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya) will have plenty to read over the coming months as the trains are turned into virtual libraries, where 40 books are displayed on posters.
KAYSVILLE, Utah (AP) _ A book about two lesbians who raise children in a ``non-traditional household'' has been removed from the shelves of elementary school libraries in Davis County after a group of parents complained.
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