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Libraries invite artists and musicians to move in upstairs - Brooklyn Public Library

Libraries invite artists and musicians to move in upstairs - Brooklyn Public Library | The Browse | Scoop.it

"Bands and painters will soon be able to get their artistic groove on above the stacks at libraries in Williamsburg and Red Hook.

Spaceworks, an organization tasked with using taxpayer money to create art spaces around the city, plans to build practice and studio spaces in the Williamsburg and Red Hook branches of the Brooklyn Public Library. Taking over the public space for private use is the perfect way to provide much-needed cheap digs to creative types, an organizer said.

“We were created to address the issue of affordability for artists,” said Spaceworks executive director Paul Parkhill. “We are looking to do projects that are 15 or 20 years at least to make sure they are stabilizing forces in the community.”


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The use of library spaces - future of libraries!

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Ten Library Stories That Shaped 2013 | LISNews

"...the notable library happenings of the past year!"


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Florida libraries adopt QR codes to offer free music and books - QR Code Press

Florida libraries adopt QR codes to offer free music and books - QR Code Press | The Browse | Scoop.it

Broward County Library FL using QR codes to promote  and access OverDrive and Freegal Music

-- spotted by @johnfoleyjr 

 

 Written by John Montgallo

"QR codes may help drive traffic to local libraries:

County officials believe that this initiative will be successful and help consumers grow more attached to local libraries. The services will be available at all hours of the day, even when libraries are closed. Those using the OverDrive application will be able to download books and music while at home instead of having to make a trip to local libraries. These consumers will still have the opportunity to find and scan QR codes as a way to gain access to digital content.

Broward County is not alone in its adoption of QR codes. Palm Beach County has also begun offering downloadable e-books via QR codes. The county does not have any intention of joining the Freegal Music Service at this time, however."


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20 Great Ways Libraries Are Using Pinterest - Online Colleges

20 Great Ways Libraries Are Using Pinterest  - Online Colleges | The Browse | Scoop.it
Pinterest offers another great way to keep up with creative and cutting-edge ways libraries are engaging with their communities.

 

"1. Pinning book covers

2. Showcasing historic archives

3. Creating reading lists

4. Sharing new acquisitions

5. Promoting library activities

6. Research

7. Encouraging kids and teens to read

8. Showcasing learning-related infographics

9. Collecting ideas for library displays

10. Getting inspired for library programs, etc." with links to relevant articles.


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Bad news for libraries on ebook lending

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Bad news this week for libraries that want to continue offering new ebooks to patrons.

 Jane Henderson:

 

"The big New York publishers aren't going to loosen their terms -- at least not right away.
As I understand it, Penguin said essentially that because it is severing its association with OverDrive, a library digital vendor, libraries can't buy new ebooks from that publisher. It is trying to figure out an agreement to allow libraries to continue lending ebooks they have already bought.
HarperCollins already limits the number of times a library ebook can be downloaded. Only Random House provides unfettered access to its ebooks -- and next month it's raising its prices for libraries.
The concern is over whether the publishers will lose money by allowing libraries to lend ebooks. Digital books can, in fact, be pirated and downloaded for free (although that may not be what's happening with OverDrive). OverDrive's links apparently have directed library borrowers to Amazon's Kindle store."

 

Read more: http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/books-and-literature/book-blog/05da3f24-53fe-11e1-b30a-0019bb30f31a.html#ixzz1mFJuT1zK

 


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Beyond books: what it takes to be a 21st century librarian

Beyond books: what it takes to be a 21st century librarian | The Browse | Scoop.it

Emma Cragg and Katie Birkwood:

 

"From connecting with people to keeping up with the latest technologies, there is a whole lot more to the job than stamping due dates..."

 

"Books are only one aspect of what libraries and librarians are about. Librarianship is a people profession; a librarian's job is to connect people with the information they are seeking, whatever format that may take.

At their heart, all library jobs have a central purpose: to help people access and use information, for education, for work, or for pleasure. In all library roles customer service and communication skills are important. If anyone ever thought they'd become a librarian because they liked books or reading, they would be sorely disappointed if they did not also like people too. Libraries of all kinds are keen to demonstrate their value to as wide an audience as possible, and to open up access to culturally significant resources that they hold."


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Flipping the Library: Tips from Three Pros | The Digital Shift 2013 - The Digital Shift

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Three experts shared tech tips and tools during “Flipped School Libraries,” a rapid-fire, dynamic session during The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries (#TDS13) webcast.

 

 

Through the use of innovative technologies and online resources, school libraries can now be available tostudents wherever—and whenever—they need them. “Flipped” or blended learning offers students thepower of personalized instruction, through a mix of virtual and face-to-face interactions, at a student’s own pace. Embracing this concept is a must for student engagement and the future of the profession, say school librarians Joyce Valenza, Brenda Boyer, and Michelle Luhtala.


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considered reimagining of purpose & processe in response to technological & cultural change.

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Library program teaches technology to people with vision disabilities ...

A new, free program offered through the Macomb Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (MLBPH) aims to offer alternative coping methods for this and other low vision issues beginning June 12.

 

“In addition to being able to offer materials to those with low vision, we’re very happy to be able to offer classes to introduce technology and techniques to our patrons to help them be more productive at home or in the community,” Clinton-Macomb Library Head of Popular Materials Emily Kubash said.

Licensed clinical social worker and Work-Life Solutions counselor Sharon Lotoczky will facilitate the course as part of the Vision Network Program. The sessions will help those with low vision learn techniques and technology to improve their lives in a variety of different areas, from home life to real world navigation."


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How can Libraries Support Students Live and Learn with Digital Media?

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C. Shoemaker, H. Martin, B. Joseph (2010) How Using Social Media Forced a Library to Work on the Edge in Their Efforts to Move Youth From “Hanging Out” to “Messing Around, Journal of Media Literacy Education 2:2 (2010) 181 – 184

 

Full Text Research Paper.

 http://altechconsultants.netfirms.com/jmle1/index.php/JMLE/article/view/123/78

 

 

"In 2009, Mimi Ito released Hanging Out, Messing Around and Geeking Out: Living and Learning with New Media, a book composed of 23 related studies. These ethnographic studies interrogated how learning is being experienced by teens via informal uses of digital media. The title refers to the framework around how youth learn through digital media and networked spaces, a kind of learning that is quite often invisible to adults who often confuse it with playing, wasting time or, at worst, as undermining youth’s ethical values and social competencies. This collection of studies, however, finds that these three different modes of participation with digital media, in fact, support the development of a wide range of new media literacies. This is the challenge offered by Ito and the one recently taken up by the New York Public Library. This worked example is not designed to report the successes or failure of this pilot project. Rather, it is intended to explore and take a critical look at the obstacles encountered along the way and discuss how they were negotiated. Finally, it will leverage Ito’s framework to provide context to understand what it means to use digital media for learning and how to apply these lessons learned, both for this organization and others."


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What Patrons Teach Us—and Publishers Should Learn — The Digital Shift

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What Patrons Teach Us—and Publishers Should Learn - http://t.co/bMG7Oo4a via @ShiftTheDigital #libraries #ALIA..."

 

A new report from LJ indicates that it is vital for libraries to connect with digital patrons, especially ebook readers, and satisfying their expectations has a meaningful upside for both the library users and the publishing community.
The report, “Mobile Devices, Mobile Content, and Library Apps,”(http://www.thedigitalshift.com/research/patron-profiles/)

 a part of LJ’s ongoing Patron Profiles series, points out that even though digital users—defined as a patron who uses a smartphone, ereader, or tablet—remain a minority, they are, nonetheless, more active than the general patron not only in digital services but also “in virtually every metric of library activity.”

As such, they could guide librarians in understanding the intersection of their print holdings and their growing digital collections.


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What is Pinterest and could my library use it? [Learning 2.0 update] | Public Library Services

What is Pinterest and could my library use it? [Learning 2.0 update] | Public Library Services | The Browse | Scoop.it

Mylee Joseph:

 

Some of the suggestions for libraries:

 

"What could a library do with Pinterest?

• Use it to drive traffic to your website and online collections
• Use it to promote image collections (copyright permitting) like the New York Public Library Picture of the Day pinboard
• Use it to promote children's programming and offer alternative craft ideas for at home use
• Collect images that relate to your local studies area like the Chicago History Museum pinboard
• Hold a class to show library clients how to explore and use Pinterest for themselves..."


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