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Libraries That Matter | Project for Public Spaces

Libraries That Matter | Project for Public Spaces | The Slothful Cybrarian | Scoop.it

By Cynthia Nikitin and Josh Jackson
...new libraries serve as centers of discovery and communication–places where people gather and where information comes alive through teaching and personal interaction. Indeed, to distinguish themselves in a world where Google is well on its way to digitally scanning most of the books ever written, libraries are learning to take advantage of the simple fact that they are centrally located in almost every community. In other words, libraries now see success being linked to their role as public places and destinations.


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, December 18, 2012 4:55 AM

Three libraries that incorporates projects attracting users to their places/spaces:

 

1. Charlotte, North Carolina

Bringing Stories to Life

 

2. Frankfort, Indiana

A Library That Presents Life as a Work of Art

 

3. Santa Fe Springs, California

Learning in the Heart of Town

 

 

Tammy Morley's curator insight, February 5, 2014 11:20 PM

Bringing stories to life.

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The Changing Landscape For Libraries & Librarians In The Digital Age

The Changing Landscape For Libraries & Librarians In The Digital Age | The Slothful Cybrarian | Scoop.it
The Changing Landscape For Libraries & Librarians In The Digital Age

 

The advent of the Internet has placed the need for libraries, and librarians under scrutiny.  Now that everything in print is available online, do we really need physical libraries and librarians anymore?  Of course we do…now, more than ever before.

According to Luis Herrera, city librarian of San Francisco, “Libraries are more relevant than ever.  They are a place for personal growth and reinvention, a place for help in navigating the information age, a gathering place for civic and cultural engagement and a trusted place for preserving culture.” (Herrera, 2012)  Over the last decade libraries have kept pace with changing technologies and increased their relevancy even while traditional bookstores are still learning to navigate the digital era.


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The 8 Roles of The 21st Century Librarian ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 8 Roles of The 21st Century Librarian ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | The Slothful Cybrarian | Scoop.it

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Joyce Valenza, Petra Pollum
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Kaylin Burleson's curator insight, July 30, 2013 9:58 AM

Interesting. 

Brad Ovenell-Carter's curator insight, July 30, 2013 1:34 PM

I like that these are not about tech, not as such

Cynthia Alvarado's curator insight, July 31, 2013 12:27 PM

Many hats librarian wear

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Libraries and Makerspaces: a match made in heaven

Libraries and Makerspaces: a match made in heaven | The Slothful Cybrarian | Scoop.it

Every discussion of libraries in the age of austerity always includes at least one blowhard who opines, "What do we need libraries for? We've got the Internet now!"

 

Facepalm.


The problem is that Mr. Blowhard has confused a library with a book depository. Now, those are useful, too, but a library isn't just (or even necessarily) a place where you go to get books for free. Public libraries have always been places where skilled information professionals assisted the general public with the eternal quest to understand the world. Historically, librarians have sat at the coalface between the entire universe of published material and patrons, choosing books with at least a colorable claim to credibility, carefully cataloging and shelving them, and then assisting patrons in understanding how to synthesize the material contained therein.


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Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, February 26, 2013 3:07 AM
Nice piece, those who don't understand what libraries are about should read this!
GwynethJones's curator insight, February 26, 2013 11:39 AM
Libraries & Makerspaces: a Match made in Heaven -- LOVE this Best Practice! #TLChat
Susan Schatvet's curator insight, March 13, 2013 11:00 AM

Libraries on the forefront of revitalizing the American Dream

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Teens and Libraries

Teens and Libraries Lee Rainie DirectorPew Research Center’s Internet &

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Lourense Das's curator insight, January 30, 2013 3:58 AM

Lee Rainie's slideshow on Teens and Libraries, Jan. 13, 2013.

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Google+ hangouts for libraries

Google+ hangouts for libraries | The Slothful Cybrarian | Scoop.it

Google+ hangouts have many benefits for a library or information service, and ... it was time to take a little more of a look at what the functionality is, together with ways in which it can be used.


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E-learning and OER - primer for libraries

Frederik. Questier

E-learning and OER - primer for libraries, workshop for Lib@web international training program 'Management of Electronic Information and Digital Libraries', university of Antwerp, November 2013


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Mobile technologies in libraries - recent events

Though our m-library community support project has ended, we remain active in the area of mobile technologies in libraries to provide people with information which may help their library/informatio...

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Libraries Changed My Life

Libraries Changed My Life | The Slothful Cybrarian | Scoop.it

For the life of me, I cannot possibly pinpoint a single moment in time or space in which the Library has changed my life. There are simply too many to count. Taking creative license with a quote, the single greatest moments in life are made up of many smaller moments over the course of our lives. The Library has not changed my life in one, epically grandiose fell-swoop like that of a fairytale ending. The change is gradual, neverending, a journey so to speak, and the change is all the more significant because of it.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 19, 2013 1:50 PM

Submit your library stories here.  My life changed in the 9th grade when I had to wait in the public library for a couple of hours after school. I was waiting for my dad to get off work and drive me home. I started doing my homework and was amazed when my grades actually went up. I'd read and even work ahead during those unexpected library hours.  That experience helped convince me that I wasn't a hopeless dummy.  

joyrosario's comment, May 24, 2013 3:07 AM
My parents emigrated four times so I was always the new girl with the funny accent, where did I find things were all the same but the school library, the welcoming haven in all the schools. This is my 40th year in the field!
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Libraries and Learning Blog | Services to Schools

Libraries and Learning Blog | Services to Schools | The Slothful Cybrarian | Scoop.it

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Lourense Das's curator insight, January 30, 2013 3:16 AM

"We've just started publishing posts today for 2013 - and today's post may be less relevant to Australian TLs but if you have a little scroll through the previous content you'll see the sort of things that we normally  blog about and you may like to follow.  The posts are written by a variety of Services to Schools staff

primarily Library Advisers who work with schools around NZ to develop their library programmes and services".

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Digital Citizenship, by Andrew Churches

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"Global Digital Citizenship is a critical element of any teaching program at any level. Our students are connected. Irrespective of the age of the student, they are wired. We are seeing devices reducing in cost, increasing in availability, and entering most classrooms and almost every school."

 

[...]

"...how do we teach Global Digital Citizenship, a fluency that is critical at all levels of education?

1. Clarity and rationale—Whether we are giving the students guidelines (my personal preference) or sets of rules, there must be clarity and a transparent rationale behind the statements we make."

2. Understanding and Purpose—This is the communication aspect with the students and the community. You have to develop and instill in the students an understanding of WHY we are making these recommendations and setting these expectations.

3. Monitoring and consequences—As critical as rationale and purpose, monitoring and consequences should be transparent, timely, and appropriate.

4. Individual and community involvement—In developing and implementing our digital citizenship guidelines and processes we sought, valued, and used feedback from staff, students, and the community."
 

 

 


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Seven Essential Elements to an Awesome Library Website

Ever had that feeling there was something missing on your website, or something not quite right ... but you couldn't put your finger on it?

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Stephen Williams's curator insight, October 14, 2014 6:47 PM

This could come in handy!!!