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"There’s a Ripple Effect’: A @chipublib Librarian Speaks Out About Cuts http://t.co/khroA9Mb #libraries #Chicago
"...firsthand the important role the city’s libraries play and how library workers and residents have been affected by more than recent 100 layoffs and cuts in service hours."
"Artist John Locke is converting obsolete Manhattan phone booths into mini libraries. Now if only people would stop stealing his entire book collection."
"The concept, sponsored by Locke's imaginary Department of Urban Betterment, is that New Yorkers will pick up unfamiliar titles while running their errands and then, perhaps, replace them the next day with favorite books of their own. That's in an ideal world. Of the two guerrilla libraries that the artist has fashioned, one has been used properly while the other has had its entire collection repeatedly ganked by sticky-fingered pedestrians. Its shelves were also stolen.
But Locke has many more libraries planned. With plywood consoles that slip over payphones as neatly as aprons, these sidewalk objets are endlessly replicable. (No doubt they'll feature in his 2012 Columbia course, "Hacking the Urban Experience.") I caught up with Locke over the weekend to ask him about what was and wasn't working with these literary outposts, as well as why he started the project in the first place. Here's what he had to say:
Based on your experiments, do you see the public-phone library as a viable concept?
The phone-booth conversions are part of an ongoing experiment that has not been perfected yet. But I think it can be. The response by people who see them and stop and wonder, What the hell is this thing doing here? has been totally positive, and that's enough motivation to keep trying."
"This gorgeous infographic tells us how the mobile audience is evolving and what mobile users are doing on their smartphones.
Here are some highlights:
**Mobile Marketing: 86% of mobile users are watching TV while using a mobile phone
**200+ million (1/3 of all users) access Facebook from a mobile device
**91% of all mobile internet use is “social” related."
"Libraries are about more than books or reading. They also sponsor concerts, lectures, workshops, classes, and similar events."
"Many libraries have auditoriums and offer various kinds of concerts, plays, or lectures. Many libraries have space for exhibiting art and perhaps a collection to display in it. Whether it has its own art collection or not, it can offer its exhibit space to both local and traveling arts organizations.
"iPads Improve Kindergarteners' Literacy Scores WebProNews From Hack Education: But as Damian Bebell, one of the project's researchers argues, we can't just act as though the devices “arrive on parachutes” into a classroom and suddenly and magically..."
Via Pippa Davies @PippaDavies
Lauren T. Taniguchi:
"From staff reports TRENTON — The New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) released findings on Wednesday of a three-year study conducted by the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) at Rutgers University..."
Some of the findings:
"School librarians make key contributions to student success, including:
Librarians can't afford not to be social - Tony Hirst
"If you live by pop tech feed or Twitter, you've probably heard that Google is rolling out a new style of socially powered search results. If not, or if you're still not clear about what it entails..."
"...if librarians want to make sure they’re heard by their patrons, they’re going to need to start setting up social profiles, getting their patrons to friend them, and start making content and resource recommendations just anyway in order to make them available as resources that are indexed by patrons’ personal search engines."
See also other links from this article.
By Kathy Ishizuka:
"Bowker survey also finds ebooks are growing in favor among teens, but with barriers to adoption. When it comes to finding out about good books for children and teens, there’s more to it than Amazon.com."
“Bookstores and libraries are still very important in discovery,” says Kelly Gallagher, VP of Publishing Services at RR Bowker, who presented key findings from the survey “Understanding the Children’s Book Consumer in the Digital Age” at last month’s Digital Book World.Conducted by Bowker Market Research, the survey of 2,000 parents of kids ages 0–12 and 1,000 teens ages 13–17 also revealed some interesting stats regarding ebooks. While most parents (75 percent) have not yet bought an ebook, the rate for teens reading digital titles tripled from 2010 to 2011. Additionally, the survey underscored a potential discrepancy in what parents report about kids’ desire for print over digital books versus children’s actual preferences."
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.
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.
Cyberpunk Librarian: "Why You Need to Remove Your Google Search History (RT @TheLiB: If you're a librarian, you don't want to be logged in to Google when you're doing searches for your users."
"... the Electronic Frontier Foundation posted a how to on removing your search data from Google and why you should. [...] What I’m going to do is build on that for a second and tell you why you as a librarian need to remove that data.
I use Google all day, every day. I’m sure you do too. I don’t know about you, but I’m also signed into Google while I’m doing it. I check my Gmail, I’m dealing with Google+, setting up appointments using Google Calendar, and so on.
And I’m also searching for information regarding patron queries while I’m signed in. What that means is that there is data within my own data set that has nothing to do with me. There are laws, ethics, and all kinds of reasons why patron information is confidential and, until March 1, 2012, that information on Google is confidential. After March 1st, Google will use that data to build a better Google which means offering you better ads, recommending videos, and that kind of thing.
But that data isn’t mine, or at least part of it isn’t mine. It’s data that was generated helping a library patron. I propose to you that such data, for all intents and purposes, belongs to the patron. That data wouldn’t have been generated if not for the patron, just like a library card wouldn’t have been generated if a patron hadn’t applied for one. Since we, as librarians, are tasked with protecting patron information, we need to protect that information too."
Electronic Frontier post here: www.eff.org/