"We recently put up a book display that has books flying off of the shelves! Flying, I tell you! It seems that as soon as we fill it up, it is empty again. "Our “Pick Me! Pick Me!” display features colorful bookmarks with a handwritten message about each title. Sure, it is staff intensive to get those bookmarks finished, but it works. On the back of each bookmark it says “What do you think?” so kids can add their own comments before returning it with the book."
NYPL Labs, a brand new experimental unit at The New York Public Library, is developing ideas and tools for digital research. NYPL Labs brings together curators, designers, and technologists to foster collaboration with users through crowdsourcing, social media, and participatory initiatives. Examples of the power of collaboration are the Library’s What’s on the menu? project, the NYPL Map Warper, and the recently-launched Stereogranimator, which have attracted tens of thousands of participants the world over.
If you’re looking for love and you’d rather cuddle up with a book than belly up to a singles bar, read on. Picture yourself in a basement room at the central branch of the Vancouver Public Library the night before (or after) Valentine’s Day, tables covered with tablecloths, soft rock playing in the background. You are carrying a book, one that says something about you. You’re going from table to table, looking for a literary connection or, in the best case scenario, a love match.
In the everyday world of pseudo-journalistic non-fiction publishing, where memoirists vie for media attention with ever-more-alarming personal stories, the view that there is no such thing as truth is dangerous. What was offensive about Frey’s claim of truth was that it was not an artistic ploy but a marketing one. He knew that the average person would not, in fact, react to his story with awe and compassion if they thought it was a novel.
Ready to glean some ideas on working with teens? Then check out YALSA Academy, a free online collection of training videos sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association. The service launches today with an initial six videos on: Conducting a successful teen reference interview, Connecting teens and ereaders, Creating a mock Printz program, Building a YA collection, and Using ereaders.
As a CBC journalist, filmmaker and blogger, Waubgeshig Rice knows a lot about modern storytelling techniques. But he's keenly aware of how important the printed page has been in preserving Aboriginal culture and history.
"Let's get one thing out of the way: Mexican immigration is an oxymoron. Mexicans are indigenous. So, in a strange way, I'm pleased that the racist folks of Arizona have officially declared, in banning me alongside Urrea, Baca, and Castillo, that their anti-immigration laws are also anti-Indian. I'm also strangely pleased that the folks of Arizona have officially announced their fear of an educated underclass. You give those brown kids some books about brown folks and what happens? Those brown kids change the world. In the effort to vanish our books, Arizona has actually given them enormous power. Arizona has made our books sacred documents now."
"The children’s section of any neighborhood public library is invariably the first public place where children are exposed to educative activities," says Vanessa Morris, professor of Library Science at Drexel University. "Typically, children will visit the public library before they enroll into preschool. Thus the children’s library is a vital starting point for intellectual, academic and social inspiration for all generations."
L’administration Obama est décidée, dans 5 ans la transition vers le digital (ebooks scolaires) doit être effectuée pour tous les étudiants. Dans une interview accordée à l’Associated Press, Arne Duncan, secrétaire d’Etat à l’éducation, a affirmé que la transition devait se faire rapidement.
Tous les étudiants doivent avoir accès aux manuels numériques scolaires via des tablettes et des livres électroniques : « Voulons-nous des élèves chargé d’un cartable de 20 kilos, avec des livres coutant chacun entre 50, 60 ou 70 dollars, et souvent obsolètes, ou voulons-nous voir des élèves avec des outils mis à jour en permanence que l’on ne pouvait pas imaginer il y a deux ? »
A tool designed to enable access to the best literature for teens will debut for Apple devices next month. A project of YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association), the Teen Book Finder lets users discover titles from the past three years of the organization’s lists and awards, all from their smartphones.
Ce matin a eu lieu la conférence de presse dévoilant les livres finalistes du Prix des libraires du Québec 2012, dans les nouveaux espaces de la Librairie Formats. La comédienne Brigitte Lafleur, porte-parole du Prix, ainsi que plusieurs libraires du comité ont présenté et commenté la sélection. Ce prix, coordonné depuis 19 ans par l’Association des libraires du Québec, comporte deux catégories: «Roman québécois» et «Roman hors Québec». Il vise à honorer des auteurs dont les œuvres se sont imposées aux libraires par leur qualité littéraire et leur originalité.
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