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Reading recommendations, Book-a-Librarian available at York libraries - Daily Press (blog)

Reading recommendations, Book-a-Librarian available at York libraries - Daily Press (blog) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Reading recommendations, Book-a-Librarian available at York libraries

York County’s libraries offers help finding books suited to patron’s tastes and the Tabb Library, 100 Long Green Blvd., offers free one-on-one appointments with library staff for assistance with various topics. Requests for either one can be made online by filling out the Looking for a Great Read readers’ advisory survey or the Book-A-Librarian survey at yorkcounty.gov/Home/Libraries.aspx and the Services link.

Topics for Book-A-Librarian may include help with downloading digital items, library resources, technology and job materials. The appointments are scheduled for 15 or 30 minutes.

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Love that is made available through the website!

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E-chat with librarians for reference advice - Daily Journal

E-chat with librarians for reference advice - Daily Journal | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Johnson County Public Library recently launched a new reference service. Johnson County Public Library recently launched a new reference service. Library patrons can talk with a reference librarian by live chat on the website or via text message and can ask about finding library materials, basic reference questions and using online resources like e-books and e-audiobooks. The chat service can be accessed by clicking the “Talk to a Librarian” button at the top of the website.
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E-chat with librarians!
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Reinventing libraries for 'hanging out, messing around and geeking out' - CNN

Reinventing libraries for 'hanging out, messing around and geeking out' - CNN | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Collections, staff and space dedicated to teens have existed in libraries for years. Now, libraries are shifting those resources to developing learning spaces where teens can create content instead of consume it. Research has shown the widespread positive impacts of afterschool programs on academic achievement and social behavior, especially in low-income communities. The need for spaces that engage teens becomes even greater during summer break, when teens have more free time, said Elyse Adler with the Nashville Public Library.
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What 21st-century libraries can learn from this 19th-century institution, Angela Tung

What 21st-century libraries can learn from this 19th-century institution, Angela Tung | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Like most library students, I learned about the Dewey Decimal System, the Library of Congress, and the father of the American public library, Andrew Carnegie. But I also learned about the necessary transformation of the library in the 21st century. In order to survive, it was hammered into our brains again and again, a library has to be more than just a “brick and mortar” receptacle of books. It needs to be a technical hub, a community center, a place you might go instead of Starbuck’s."

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Hull House offered a variety of services that seem like precursors to the services that libraries are providing today. Like the Arizona libraries that have added public health nurses, Addams and her Hull House co-founder Ellen Gates Starr “volunteered as on-call doctors when the real doctors either didn’t show up or weren’t available.” They also “acted as midwives, saved babies from neglect, prepared the dead for burial, nursed the sick, and sheltered domestic violence victims.”

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Volunteers “held classes in literature, history, art, domestic activities (such as sewing),” and practical courses such as bookbinding, “which was timely—given the employment opportunities in the growing printing trade,” which sounds a lot like the free computer classes offered by many public libraries today."

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Thoughts around the Hull House which rendered a variety of community services, the same as expected from a public library today!

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Library spaces we love | International Librarians Network

Library spaces we love | International Librarians Network | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Discussion topic 2 of the International Librarians Network is about the library spaces we  love. The country coordinators are each giving an account of a library space that they have visited or belong to.

 

 

Photo: ‘Library’ CC by the Pale Side of Insomnia (From the post: http://ilnetwork.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/discussion-topic-library-spaces-we-love/)

 

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Very inspiring to see different libraries from around the globe with inspiring spaces and services!

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Accessing historical archives as a disabled user; with recommendations

Accessing historical archives as a disabled user; with recommendations | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Viv Dunstan:

"I recently gave a talk to a conference for archivists on my perceptions as a disabled user of archives. I have a progressive neurological disease, and sometimes use a wheelchair. ...

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...list of recommendations for archivists to improve accessibility. I will repeat these here, for the benefit of any reading:

Would ask archivists to consider how accessible their search rooms are, including the layout within the room itself. This is potentially of great benefit to physically disabled archive users, but a more accessible layout can benefit users in general as well, for example tables and chairs that are easier to move around, paper catalogues easier to access etc.As a counterpoint to that ask you to be more aware of the potential need for people to research at a distance, and do not always assume lengthy on-the-spot research is practical or the default approach, and consider enabling other modes of provision for usersTo that end make sure that online catalogues are as detailed as they can be, and improve them where necessaryAs well as archivist initiated digitisation projects archivists should consider supporting digitisation on demand, including permitting digital photography of records, whether a per page copying fee is charged for such photography, or waived for disability users"
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Good checklist of points to consider for archives with regards accessibility! 

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Study on emerging technologies librarians - IFLA Library

Study on emerging technologies librarians - IFLA Library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Emerging technologies librarians: how a new library position and its competencies are evolving http://t.co/7NM20n0jxb via @INFOdocket #IFLA

 

RADNIECKI, Tara (2013) Study on emerging technologies librarians: how a new library position and its competencies are evolving to meet the technology and information needs of libraries and their patrons. Paper presented at: IFLA World Library and Information Congress, 17 - 23 August 2013, Singapore.

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Librarians competencies EVOLVING to meet the technology and information needs of libraries and it spatrons!

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Emerging technologies and how librarians are developing new skills and competencies to meet changing needs of users.

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Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations - Pew Research

Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations - Pew Research | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Kathryn Zickuhr, Lee Rainie and Kristen Purcell:

"Americans ages 16-29 are heavy technology users, including in using computers and internet at libraries. At the same time, most still read and borrow printed books, and value a mix of traditional and technological library services.

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Folding shelves - ebooks and the impact on libraries and publishers > the final verdict not yet out!

Folding shelves - ebooks and the impact on libraries and publishers > the final verdict not yet out! | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Librarians and the book industry have different interests. But without getting future generations into the book-reading habit, both will perish, says Stuart Hamilton of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. Library lending plays a big if unquantifiable role in nurturing a love of reading.

Some even wonder if e-lending is in the libraries’ interests, since it encourages people to stay at home, rather than use them as a public space (one reason why they enjoy taxpayers’ backing). One critic privately calls e-lending the “Librarian Unemployment Act of 2013”. But Pew, a research firm, reckons 62% of American libraries are the only source of free internet access and computers in their communities. Many patrons also come in to ask for help with learning to use their e-readers. The libraries’ story has plenty more pages yet.

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A good summary of the current ebook saga with regards libraries and publishers!

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Technology in libraries improves access to the legal system

By Russ Van Arsdale, Executive Director, Northeast CONTACT 

Patrons of Maine’s public libraries will soon have a chance to hear from experts on a number of legal issues at no charge. Low income people may be able to confer one-on-one with those experts, again at no cost.

The reason is what’s becoming known as “Lawyers In Libraries.” It’s an outreach effort coordinated by the Volunteer Lawyers Project, or VLP. A grant allows VLP to arrange clinics by video conference; a lawyer speaks in real time at one location while people at libraries a