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Libraries build communities | Reading, Writing, Research

Libraries build communities | Reading, Writing, Research | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

DMGuion:

"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.
Libraries usually have meeting rooms, where all sorts of clubs and interest groups can gather. In today’s economy, workshops on various aspects of job hunting may draw people in to the library who otherwise may not have thought to use it."

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iPads Improve Kindergarteners' Literacy Scores - WebProNews

iPads Improve Kindergarteners' Literacy Scores - WebProNews | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Joh Wolford:

"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..."


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Libraries support families | Reading, Writing, Research

Libraries support families | Reading, Writing, Research | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Families need a boost these days. Fortunately public libraries, which have always had special services for children, are expanding their support for families.
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Three-year study asserts benefits of school libraries on student learning

Three-year study asserts benefits of school libraries on student learning | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

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:

• Improvements in student test scores;

• Development of thinking-based competencies in using information, and development of positive and ethical values in relation to the use of information and technology and

• Increased interest in reading, increased participation in reading, the development of wider reading interests and becoming readers who are more discriminating.

In phase two, which was completed in November 2011, CISSL examined a sample of effective school libraries to identify the key criteria that enables these libraries to thrive and contribute to the learning agendas of the schools.

Findings show that in those schools:

• The school library is a learning center linked to classroom instruction;

• The school library supports the school’s mission to produce literate and informed learners who can thrive in a digital, knowledge-based world;

• The school library is a 21st-century classroom that provides an understanding of the information..."

 

Read more: http://www.nj.com/cumberland/index.ssf/2012/02/three-year_study_asserts_benef.html 

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Invisible Library Support – Now You Can’t Afford Not to be Social?

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."

 

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Libraries Still an Important Discovery Source for Kids’ Books, Says Study — The Digital Shift | Student Learning through School Libraries

Libraries Still an Important Discovery Source for Kids’ Books, Says Study — The Digital Shift | Student Learning through School Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

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."

http://www.thedigitalshift.com/2012/02/ebooks/libraries-still-an-important-discovery-source-for-kids-books-says-study/

 

“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."

 

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

What Patrons Teach Us—and Publishers Should Learn — The Digital Shift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

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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SABC Media Libraries: Love in the Radio Archives #loveheritage

SABC Media Libraries: Love in the Radio Archives #loveheritage | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

A search for real love stories in the SABC Radio Archives for Valentine's Day on Twitter with the hashtag #loveheritage #archives

via @SABCRadioArc @SABCMediaLib @karentoittoit

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SABC Radio Archives celebrates World Radio Day today #WorldRadioDay

SABC Radio Archives  celebrates World Radio Day today #WorldRadioDay | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

SABC Radio archives reflects on the 1st World Radio Day today, endorsed by UNESCO.

 

The SABC Radio Archives preserves material for the following reasons:

 

"- To preserve SABC broadcasts and raw material as a corporate function;
- To be of service as a well-organised source of broadcast material to the SABC;
-To preserve permanently highlights in the history of the development and broadcast patterns of broadcasting in South Africa;
-To bequeath to future generations an audio-image of South Africa at certain periods as it was portrayed by the SABC;
-To provide researchers with information and facts on sound carriers that are not available in any other form;
-To preserve, as part of the National Broadcaster’s function and as far as possible, complete recordings of the South African culture legends and oral traditions, including a comprehensive set of nature and habitat sounds of South Africa
- We truly preserve some of the most precious memories of our history in radio.
Our existence is because of the medium of radio, a medium which are able to reach more people than any other!"

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Bad news for libraries on ebook lending

Bad news for libraries on ebook lending | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
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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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 Information Professional | 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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Elephant in the Room: Infrastructure and the Digital Divide | Library Adventures.com #scio12

Elephant in the Room: Infrastructure and the Digital Divide | Library Adventures.com #scio12 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @KiyomiD: #scio12 Pt2: Elephant in the Room: Infrastructure and the Digital Divide http://t.co/CGaFRH4V #tech #science #librarians #education...

 

Kiyomi:

 

"A recurring theme in the sessions I attended at #scio12, and some after hours discussions, was technological infrastructure, and the need to remember that there is a huge digital divide between the haves and the have nots. It’s a problem you expect in developing nations (who we should be communicating with too, not ignoring), but you don’t expect that sort of problem in a country like the United States.

Sadly technological inequality is a huge problem in the United States. In Philadelphia, one of our major metropolitan areas, 40% of the households do not have internet access, in some neighborhoods only about 10% of households have Internet access. That’s at least 230,000 households in without access to the Internet in one city."

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VALA2012 Proceedings - some vodcasts available

VALA2012 Proceedings - some vodcasts available | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The VALA2012 16th Biennial Conference and Exhibition was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia from 6 - 9 February 2012.

 

"The theme for this conference is emPowering eFutures ."

 

Photo of Jason Griffey, one of the Keynote speakers
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, USA

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Top 10 Library Stories of 2011 - Youtube

Top 10 Library Stories of 2011 - Youtube | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Youtube video edited by Greg Landgraf:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORJ_wQn6mjE&feature=player_embedded

 

"American Libraries presents its list of the top 10 library news stories of 2011, covering digitization, privacy, copyright, advocacy, and much more."

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E-Book Library Lending Rises, Publishing Industry Grapples With Change | Digital Book World

E-Book Library Lending Rises, Publishing Industry Grapples With Change | Digital Book World | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Barbara Galletly:

"E-books have become a core part of U.S. publishers’ business. Libraries and booksellers have built e-book lending programs. What is the future of e-lending?"

 

"We’re witnessing a sea change in e-book library lending. As more players become involved in the market, the traditional roles of publisher, distributor, bookseller, and library are beginning to blur. One thing is clear, though: As publishers struggle to sell and market their wares in a world of declining retail space, libraries become more valuable. If digital shelf space at libraries proves to have similar effect as its physical counterpart, to serve libraries and their patrons digitally is to cultivate customers of the future."

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Pinterest: Everything You Wanted to Know About 2012's Hottest Startup [INFOGRAPHIC]

Pinterest: Everything You Wanted to Know About 2012's Hottest Startup [INFOGRAPHIC] | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

How fast is Pinterest growing? How many people work there?

This infographic lays it out.


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Bilbary Seeks to Heal the Digital Rift Between Publishers and Libraries | Good E-Reader - ebook Reader and Tablet PC News

Bilbary Seeks to Heal the Digital Rift Between Publishers and Libraries | Good E-Reader - ebook Reader and Tablet PC News | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Mercy Pilkington:

"Bilbary Seeks to Heal the Digital Rift Between Publishers and Libraries."

 

"When ebook platform Bilbary launches sometime in March or April, it will have something that can’t be found in one uniform web location: ebook access from all of the Big Six publishers. Currently, the negotiations surrounding Bilbary’s partnership with those and some 2,300 other publishers are for ebook purchasing, although some of those major publishers are already at work on lending the ebooks to users for a rental fee rather than a purchase price.Founder Tim Coates, the former CEO of Waterstone’s, Sherratt & Hughes, and WHSmith and a long-time advocate for public libraries, developed Bilbary with the intention of bridging the current divide between public libraries who wish to lend ebooks to their patrons and the publishers who have to guard the interests of their companies and their authors."

 

 

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