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Make your library instruction interactive with Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere is a Web-based application that makes it easy to gather live responses to questions during an event like an instruction session. It is a free alternative to the audience response systems that have been promoted for a few years. Poll Everywhere enables users to promote active learning. It allows librarians to break up the lecture format by asking questions that check the students’ progress and com- prehension. Poll Everywhere is a great way to make your library instruction interactive.

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Thanks to Catherine Manning at Learning Environments, UniMelb, for pointing out this article.

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The role of the Library within Universities is continually changing. eLearning is also growing globally. Libraries and eLearning are now woven together into the fabric of teaching  and learning for students and educators everywhere. https://le.unimelb.edu.au
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The libraries opening late as a pokies alternative

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Libraries are offering late-night activities for the community near gambling hotspots. 
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‘Dicks For Breakfast’ and other library barcode placement fails | Dangerous Minds

‘Dicks For Breakfast’ and other library barcode placement fails | Dangerous Minds | Libraries and eLearning | Scoop.it


 
PC Sweeney at the online librarian and library culture magazine, Makingithappen.us, recently collected a slew of photos of books with unfortunate barcode placements.

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Everyone knows that we must rigidly adhere to the agreed upon institutional standards of barcode placement. However, sometimes that means that things can go terribly wrong. So terribly, horrifically and hysterically wrong.


Personally, I’m not sure how accidental some of these are. There must be a certain degree of tedium that sets in at the library when processing thousands of books, and what better way to amuse oneself on the job than...
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Empowerment, Experimentation, Engagement: Embracing Partnership Models in Libraries | EDUCAUSE

Empowerment, Experimentation, Engagement: Embracing Partnership Models in Libraries | EDUCAUSE | Libraries and eLearning | Scoop.it
Shifting from a transactional model to partnership models, libraries are repositioning themselves as laboratories for exploration, incubators for idea
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iSchool studies next frontier for libraries: virtual reality | Information School | University of Washington

iSchool studies next frontier for libraries: virtual reality | Information School | University of Washington | Libraries and eLearning | Scoop.it
Public libraries have always been places to let your imagination run wild. A good book or a DVD can take you on an adventure to another world.

So, too
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Once It Was Overdue Books. Now Librarians Fight Overdoses. - The New York Times

Once It Was Overdue Books. Now Librarians Fight Overdoses. - The New York Times | Libraries and eLearning | Scoop.it
The opioid epidemic has turned librarians into emergency medical workers and prompted a debate over whether they should administer the anti-overdose drug naloxone.
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The Link to Content in 21st-Century Libraries

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If the old library brand was "books," what is the brand in the 21st century?
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The Libraries Bringing Small-Town News Back to Life

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As local-news outlets disappear in America, some libraries are gaining new relevance.  
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Transforming Our Libraries from Analog to Digital: A 2020 Vision

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By 2020, we can build a collaborative digital library collection and circulation system in which thousands of libraries unlock their analog collection
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A study in stress: At college libraries, finals season has ’em packed in - by @slarimer

A study in stress: At college libraries, finals season has ’em packed in - by @slarimer | Libraries and eLearning | Scoop.it
Long nights, full of terrors. Stress eating. Coffee. More coffee. Coffee again.
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The Rise of Digital Poster Sessions: creating new learning interactions in the library - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Rise of Digital Poster Sessions: creating new learning interactions in the library - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Libraries and eLearning | Scoop.it
We’ve also seen the rise of digital poster sessions. The room has eight large monitors on the walls and two additional mobile monitors that can be utilized. We can clear out tables and chairs to create an open room where students move around the screens and talk about projects. Think of a poster session but with 70-inch monitors instead of tack boards. While most of these sessions have been static (jpg or ppt) some have included video or interactive web content.
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Campus Libraries Write a Tech-Savvy New Chapter

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Today’s college libraries are hubs of collaboration, powered by technology-enhanced learning spaces.
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The library of the future? It's digital

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Universities looking to provide the best library service to students should prioritise digital innovation
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The borrowers: why Finland's cities are havens for library lovers | Cities | The Guardian

The borrowers: why Finland's cities are havens for library lovers | Cities | The Guardian | Libraries and eLearning | Scoop.it
Helsinki’s state-of-the-art Oodi library will stand opposite parliament and boast a cinema, recording studio and makerspace. It’s a perfect fit for a literate nation taking public learning to the next level
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The best in contemporary school libraries - Teacher

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Innovative library designs were celebrated this evening when St Joseph’s Nudgee College was named the inaugural winner in the schools category of the Library Design Awards 2017.
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The New Librarian: How to lead a tech-integration revolution

The New Librarian: How to lead a tech-integration revolution | Libraries and eLearning | Scoop.it

Throughout my career, I’ve had the good fortune to work in various capacities as a librarian and with all levels of learners, from kindergarten through doctoral students. Presently, I’m a school librarian at North High School in Downers Grove, Ill., where I have the good fortune to be one of three full-time librarians in a school that serves 2,200 students. Additionally, I teach an online course called “Introduction to Libraries and the Information Age” at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Whether or not technology is your favorite part of being a school librarian, there are simple ways to increase your value by connecting with teachers and offering assistance. Use your “librarian reference interview” skills to listen, ask questions, and offer suggestions.

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Whether or not technology is your favorite part of being a school librarian, there are simple ways to increase your value by connecting with teachers and offering assistance. Use your “librarian reference interview” skills to listen, ask questions, and offer suggestions.
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NextGen Innovation in Scholarly Communications: An Exemplary Collaboration between a Research Library and a Technology Partner | EDUCAUSE

NextGen Innovation in Scholarly Communications: An Exemplary Collaboration between a Research Library and a Technology Partner | EDUCAUSE | Libraries and eLearning | Scoop.it
JSTOR Labs and Columbia Libraries hit on a new approach to doing fun, engaging, fast-paced discovery by pulling together the best of design thinking,
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21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

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Libraries become a different kind of learning destination when schools reimagine them as open, transparent spaces that invite student communication and collaboration.
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Blockchain in the Library? Researchers Explore Potential Applications - EdSurge News

Blockchain in the Library? Researchers Explore Potential Applications - EdSurge News | Libraries and eLearning | Scoop.it
Blockchain is a hot topic—the buzzword of the year, according to The Guardian. The technology behind Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, blockchain promises a new, decentralized way of recording and storing data. Experts are speculating about its potential uses in business, law and education, and San José State University’s School of Information has received a $100,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to find out whether blockchain could be useful for libraries.

“I heard about blockchain at a conference about two years ago,” says Sue Alman, the project’s co-principal investigator and a lecturer at San Jose State who teaches a course on emerging technologies. “There was a presentation from the Institute for the Future about using blockchain for credentialing—creating one authenticated source where an individual could store all their credentials. I thought, wouldn’t it be great if a library or information center could use that and people could store their credentials there?”

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Blockchain is a hot topic—the buzzword of the year, according to The Guardian. The technology behind Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, blockchain promises a new, decentralized way of recording and storing data. Experts are speculating about its potential uses in business, law and education, and San José State University’s School of Information has received a $100,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to find out whether blockchain could be useful for libraries. “I heard about blockchain at a conference about two years ago,” says Sue Alman, the project’s co-principal investigator and a lecturer at San Jose State who teaches a course on emerging technologies. “There was a presentation from the Institute for the Future about using blockchain for credentialing—creating one authenticated source where an individual could store all their credentials. I thought, wouldn’t it be great if a library or information center could use that and people could store their credentials there?”
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ABC dismantles sound libraries and axes staff to improve budget

ABC dismantles sound libraries and axes staff to improve budget | Libraries and eLearning | Scoop.it
Libraries ‘culled’ in favour of single space in Melbourne and 10 staff made redundant
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Essays On Air: Why libraries can and must change

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The much heralded 'death of the book' has nothing to do with the death of reading or writing. It's about a radical transformation in reading practices, as explained in this episode of Essays On Air.
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A year in the life of a student-centered library

A year in the life of a student-centered library | Libraries and eLearning | Scoop.it
There’s no “typical” day for a library media specialist. In one school day, we can teach a class about fake news, help one student find the perfect resource for his research project, and guide another toward a “just-right” book series that appeals to her personal interests. For 21st-century media specialists, the idea of the library as a quiet space is out and creating new opportunities for deeper learning with students is in.

Our district, Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) is the eighth-largest school district in the nation. We provide a wealth of educational opportunities for students and families that range from Head Start to adult-education programs within our 227 traditional public and magnet schools. We are a melting pot of urban, rural, and suburban areas. The word “diverse” doesn’t begin to describe our wide array of students and schools. It’s our job to make sure that at every school, every student has equitable access to high-quality reading, learning, and technological resources.

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There’s no “typical” day for a library media specialist. In one school day, we can teach a class about fake news, help one student find the perfect resource for his research project, and guide another toward a “just-right” book series that appeals to her personal interests. For 21st-century media specialists, the idea of the library as a quiet space is out and creating new opportunities for deeper learning with students is in.
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Participatory and Post-Custodial Archives as Community Practice

Various types of digital archiving initiatives are harnessing the power of technology to expand the reach of participatory archiving, develop increasi
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The Important Emotional Labor of Librarians Most People Never Think About

The Important Emotional Labor of Librarians Most People Never Think About | Libraries and eLearning | Scoop.it
Being a librarian is not an easy job, and it’s not because we occasionally have to clean up vile messes. It’s not easy because, like Steven Assarian explained in his article, “As a Business Librarian, I Help People Find Their Passion,” people sometimes come to us at a crossroads. They’re afraid of making a mistake that may put their lives in turmoil. Heck, sometimes their lives are already in turmoil. Librarians take on that chaos; we have no choice but to face down the power, joy and suffering both, that people bring into our space. That’s the emotional labor of librarianship. It’s not something we often talk about to the public, or even that much to each other. But it’s real, it’s hard, and it’s important. Thank you for letting me share a little about it.

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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, October 28, 2017 9:49 PM

Today, I was at the reference desk and a patron told me that it’s like she’s been asleep for years and it was time that she woke up and started learning about the world. Can you believe my luck? Purely by chance, it was I that was going to help her do it!

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Friday essay: why libraries can and must change

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The history of the library is replete with mechanical marvels. More than collections of books, libraries are social, cultural and technological institutions that house the very idea of a society.
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