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The Human Touch: Public Libraries in the 21st Century | The BookShed

The Human Touch: Public Libraries in the 21st Century | The BookShed | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

Submitted by Patricia J Delois:

RT @sallyheroes: "It appears that the number one thing patrons use the library for is (prepare yourself) books": http://t.co/CEiQTtdC via @JustinLibrarian...

 

"[...] 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. I don’t know who designed the survey, but it couldn’t have been the director. It wouldn’t have occurred to him to put “human interaction” on the list of things patrons might value. He’s all about technology.

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. This must sound like a dream-come-true for the director, who hates to interact with the library staff, but for patrons, there’s more to the library than just the delivery of materials. They like human contact."


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Top 10 ideas for using Augmented Reality in your library

Top 10 ideas for using Augmented Reality in your library | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it
Some imaginative and practical ideas for incorporating Augmented Reality into any library.

A perfect resource for teacher-librarians and ICT people who want to find fresh ways to engage their visitors.

 

"1. Books
Add rich media and social media to any book or object. For example augmented reality can connect your books to Video, 3D, Images, Audio, Pinterest, goodreads, Shelfari, Great Book Stories, YouTube, Vimeo, facebook, Twitter, Amazon and more."

2. Posters, etc."


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Houstonians set up underground libraries in response to book ban, by Halli Jordan

Houstonians set up underground libraries in response to book ban, by Halli Jordan | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

By Hallie Jordan

"After learning about a law in Arizona that has gotten books about Mexican-American history banned from classrooms, a group of Houstonians responded by collecting over 1,000 of the banned books, packing them in cars and taking them in a caravan across Texas and New Mexico to Tucson, Arizona.
Known as “librotraficantes,” or book traffickers, a group led by Houston Community College professor and author Tony Diaz has taken it upon itself to help the students in Arizona to have access to the books that have been part of their school district’s curriculum for years.
In 2010 Arizona passed House Bill 2281 that specifies that public school courses must not teach material that conflicts with the United States government."


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Internet Archive’s Repository Collects Thousands of Books

Internet Archive’s Repository Collects Thousands of Books | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

By DAVID STREITFELD:

"As society embraces all forms of digital entertainment, a latter-day Noah is looking the other way. Brewster Kahle, who runs the Internet Archive, a nonprofit, hopes to collect one copy of every book."

 

Richmond, Califf: "In a wooden warehouse in this industrial suburb, the 20th century is being stored in case of digital disaster.

Forty-foot shipping containers stacked two by two are stuffed with the most enduring, as well as some of the most forgettable, books of the era. Every week, 20,000 new volumes arrive, many of them donations from libraries and universities thrilled to unload material that has no place in the Internet Age."


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Author's Corner: An Excerpt from What Do Employers Want? - Hiring Librarians

Author's Corner: An Excerpt from What Do Employers Want? - Hiring Librarians | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

"Priscilla Shontz and Richard Murray, the editors of LISCareer, a rich collection of articles written by practicing librarians on a variety of career development topics, are the authors of a new book entitled What Do Employers Want? A Guide for Library Science Students. Shontz and Murray cover topics such as Practical Experience, Professional Identity and How Employers Hire, basing their advice on interviews with people who hire librarians. The book moves beyond job search insights, outlining career development strategies for students and new graduates in a manner that is both funny and frank. I am pleased to be able to offer you an excerpt from chapter one: “What Do Employers Want?”


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Google This, by Terry Ballard < One year of my life | Librarian on the edge - for your library #books

Google This, by Terry Ballard < One year of my life | Librarian on the edge - for your library #books | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

Terry Ballard:

"Last April I got a contract with Chandos Publishing of Oxfordshire to write a book called "Google this: Putting Google and other social media sites to work for your library." 

http://www.terryballard.org/googlethis.html ;

"As I had envisioned originally, I found dozens of librarians who had done great things with social media and got their stories. Whenever possible, I added cookbook-like instructions for crating things like IGoogle gadgets or captioning videos in YouTube. Being a longtime quote collector, I was able to find an apt quote for every chapter beginning. In the end, I see this as the capstone of a career that has gone on for nearly 50 years."


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A free, digital public library is coming - talk by Robert Darnton | Melville House Books

A free, digital public library is coming - talk by Robert Darnton | Melville House Books | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

Nick Davies:

"At a talk at Columbia Law School on April 2, Harvard University librarian Robert Darnton promised that the Digital Public Library of America, a nonprofit effort to offer free access to millions of digitized books, would become a reality by this time next year.

 

Darnton, a cultural historian and author of The Great Cat Massacre, as well as several notable books about publishing history such as Revolution in Print: the Press in France 1775-1800, was giving a talk titled “Digitize, Democratize: Libraries and the Future of Books” as the featured speaker at the 25th Annual Horace S. Manges Lecture."

 


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