Galvanized by a national reading campaign, communities across California are launching innovative partnerships that are resulting in new early literacy programs in schools, libraries and even laundromats.
Report: Further Investigation into 3D Printing/3D Scanning at Dalhousie U. Libraries: Case Study http://t.co/sUAbligoso via @infodocket
This paper will describe the author’s (Michael Groenendyk) own process in building and cataloging a collection of 3D models on the DalSpace servers at the Dalhousie University Libraries. This paper will then explore other methods for delivering 3D model content to library patrons, including 3D holograph and WebGL technologies.
Following this 3D model repository discussion, this paper will describe how 3D printing technology, implemented as a service at the Dalhousie University Libraries in March of 2012, was used to deliver 3D model content to library patrons; the challenges faced in delivering this service; how this service was used; and finally how successful, overall, this service was.
Reference and Services Trends in Public Libraries, 2012:
- Traditional reference work is less relevant to the needs of users - Rather than worrying about reference’s demise, many librarians have been energized by their newly expanded roles - Reconfigured or eliminated reference desks - Consolidated desks and services - Librarian and support staff work together on the one main desk - Librarian can handle more complicated questions - Increased training for support staff to handle basic reference questions - The reference interview is as pertinent as ever - Roving reference is more important—getting out to where people are - Expansion of self-service options (self-checkout, online group study room reservations, self-service holds, and touch screen frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) on your website/ library catalog - Reconfiguring online reference resources for smartphones and other mobile devices - Librarians are exploring new roles in reaching out to meet information needs - Reference through the stacks and other indirect means - Reduction/elimination of print reference collections - Greater marketing and promotion of online resources and services - Librarians will spend less time staffing desks and more time outside of library walls - Online reference: email, chat, Instant Messaging, and SMS (short messaging services) reaches users who may not visit the library - Online reference requires continual marketing to be successful - Collaborating with other organizations will do as much to keep libraries alive as any project or program - Embedded librarianship: becoming an integral part. Getting close to users by getting out into the community; being actively present with the user at the point of need. - The big shift: we’re not doing things “for” the community, but we’re being a part “of” the community - Libraries are shifting from the physical to the virtual facilities and media; from an individual to a community focus; from being a collection library to being a creation library; from being an archive to being a portal
"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."
"American Libraries presents its list of the top 10 library news stories of 2011, covering digitization, privacy, copyright, advocacy, and much more." Youtube video edited by Greg Landgraf: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORJ_wQn6mjE
Angela Clarke: If another 400 UK libraries close by 2016, as predicted, the true loss to society will be even greater than we realise
"My own fragility revealed that a library is not just a reference service: it is also a place for the vulnerable. From the elderly gentleman whose only remaining human interaction is with library staff, to the isolated young mother who relishes the support and friendship that grows from a Baby Rhyme Time session, to a slow moving 30-something woman collecting her CDs, libraries are a haven in a world where community services are being ground down to nothing. I've always known libraries are vital, but now I understand that their worth cannot be measured in books alone."
RT @sallyheroes: "It appears that the number one thing patrons use the library for is (prepare yourself) books":
"[...] surprised they would select books when they have so many other things to choose from. I imagine he’s even more surprised to learn that something else patrons rate highly is personal interaction with the staff. No one disputes that technology has improved the library experience for the patron. You can search the catalog from home and access our subscribed databases. You can place your own holds, request your own interlibrary loan materials, download books to your own devices.The library is working towards self-checkout, presumably so you can conduct all your library business without ever having to interact with the staff...but for patrons, there’s more to the library than just the delivery of materials. They like human contact."