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Good resources for library website design. I recently spoke to a local library co-op about designing user-centered library websites. In this post I thought I’d share the list of resources I compiled as part of that presentation. Below are some sites, blogs, books, articles, and tools that I have found useful in my own web design projects. They are organized into four areas: Love letters to libraries: Robin Ince, Meg Rosoff and other famous names check in. In 1971 Marguerite Hart, a children’s librarian in the city of Troy, Michigan, asked public figures to write to local children about why their new library was important.

Love letters to libraries: Robin Ince, Meg Rosoff and other famous names check in

She wrote wide and dreamed big, sending requests all over the world to artists, writers, politicians – even pontiffs – and what came back was a veritable who’s-who in history: Dr Seuss, Pope Paul VI, Neil Armstrong, Kingsley Amis and Isaac Asimov responded, to name but a few of the 97. 45 years later and half a world away, the letters were noticed by the Arts Council England this year, who contacted the Troy Public Library about doing something similar to mark National Libraries Day in the UK. “They were thrilled to bits” according to Brian Ashley, director of libraries at ACE, which immediately contacted writers and personalities for their library memories. “They may look different now to then, and there may be different numbers of them going forward, but the idea and importance of libraries remains the same.”

6 Active Learning Spaces Your Library Should Have. Active Learning Spaces In the book Get Active: Reimagining Learning Spaces for Student Success, the authors identify six types of active learning spaces that are essential for creating an engaging learning environment for students.

6 Active Learning Spaces Your Library Should Have

Not all praise privately run public libraries. Walking Paper – A library design consultancy and blog by Aaron Schmidt. A new story for Libraries and Wikipedia: #1Lib1Ref (with images, tweets) · WikiLibrary. How Evidence Informed Practice Changed My Life… Or at least how I think about Twitter. By Christine Neilson Information Specialist, St.

How Evidence Informed Practice Changed My Life… Or at least how I think about Twitter

Michael’s Hospital Toronto, Ontario And now for something completely different. Well, not COMPLETELY different. I was inspired by the C-EBLIP Fall Symposium – all those library professionals talking about their research, what inspires them, the highs, the lows – and decided that even though I couldn’t attend in person, I have the perfect opportunity to share my thoughts with everyone right here. I give you, How Evidence Informed Practice changed my life… Or at least how I think about Twitter.

5 Ways to Become a ‘Full Stack’ Librarian. In a previous article I proposed that college and university educators and administrators should think of their academic library as an educational technology.

5 Ways to Become a ‘Full Stack’ Librarian

But this change in perception can only happen if academic librarians agree and take ownership of the services and resources they provide. They must become “full-stack” librarians to advance the library’s value to students, faculty and administrators. In engineering terms, full-stack describes someone who is familiar with each layer of software technology. A full-stack librarian is a generalist who uses the full range of resources available to position the library as an educational technology and elevates instructional design and technology skills. Libraries matter: 15 fantastic library infographics. Library infographics presented below clearly show that being a librarian today is not about surviving any longer.

Libraries matter: 15 fantastic library infographics

It’s great that such infographics are created. Infographics are a fantastic way to draw attention of online users, and give facts not only in a more digestible, but also highly entertaining way. The Wikipedia Library/1Lib1Ref. Challenging Conventional Wisdom. Oh!

Challenging Conventional Wisdom

Let us never, never doubt What nobody is sure about. Hilaire Belloc, “The Microbe” in More Beasts for Worse Children (1912) Sometimes, what everybody knows turns out to be a little shaky once you track down the source material. Years ago Martin Raish was bothered by then-frequent claims that information doubles every five years (or ten years, or every six months or, in one report, every sixty seconds). Ten Types of Tech Tools That Every Teacher (and Librarian) Needs. Technology integration can be a daunting task, especially with the myriad of tools out there to choose from.

Ten Types of Tech Tools That Every Teacher (and Librarian) Needs

Where do you begin? That’s what today’s post is all about. Mulling it over, I have come up with ten types of tools that should serve as the foundation of a student-centered approach to technology integration. I chose the tools based on their ubiquity, multi-functionality, and potential for use across the curriculum. The Cloud Catalog: One Catalog to Serve Them All. As a whole, public libraries are the single largest supplier of books in the U.S.

The Cloud Catalog: One Catalog to Serve Them All

No single other outlet can compete with public libraries—not Amazon, not Barnes & Noble, not Walmart or Costco, not all your local bookstores. But you’d never know it to look at us on the web. Type Kate Atkinson’s recent book A God in Ruins (or virtually any other title you want) into Google, for example, and records for Amazon and Barnes & Noble pop right up within the first page of results, along with hits on the author’s and publisher’s websites and dozens of reviews. But although most public libraries carry this book, no library site is anywhere to be found among the first pages of results. For the average reader looking for this title, the library never even shows up as an option, much less the best option, for getting the book at the best price. Our websites don’t measure up very well.

So how do institutions that supply nearly half of all the books read in the U.S. end up so invisible on the web? An A-Maze-ing Library Experience. Sometimes you get a big idea.

An A-Maze-ing Library Experience

And sometimes you get to make that idea a reality. This year my department was given funds to create big family programming, and I got the chance to build my idea: a giant cardboard maze that would encourage caregiver-child interaction and create a memorable library experience for customers of all ages. Why Americans love their public libraries.

Indisputable fact — Americans love their public libraries.

Why Americans love their public libraries

Evidence to support this statement abounds. A 2013 report by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project noted that in the previous decade “every other major institution (government, churches, banks, corporations) has fallen in public esteem except libraries, the military, and first responders.” The Rise and Fall of Text on the Web. In the summer of 2014, I became interested in studying if it was more than my mere impression that websites were beginning to present less text to end-users. Websites such as Buzzfeed.com were gaining enormous popularity and using a communicative style that had more in common with children’s books (large graphics and short segments of text) than with the traditional newspaper column.

I wondered if I could measure this change in any systematic way? In this blog post, I will outline a research study I recently published in the open-access journal Information Research that ask the following questions: is the use of text on the World Wide Web declining? If so, when did it start declining, and by how much has it declined?

Awful Library Books. I work at a public library. Visiting libraries is the most popular activity in the UK (spread these resources far and wide!) I'm always struck by just how many people use libraries in the UK. It's a mind-bogglingly huge amount. When we hear about the figures they're always couched in terms of reductions - CIPFA tells us about the continuing decline, noting that UK visits to public libraries in 2013-14 fell to 282 million, from 288 million the previous year. Tiny New Zealand libraries tell a fascinating story - Travel. Backpacking trip inspired BBC documentary on Kiwi smalltown treasures.

Away from the bustle of big city life, some of New Zealand's - and possibly the world's - tiniest libraries sit quietly awaiting visitors. Usually no bigger than a bedroom or small garage, these libraries are cared for by a devoted few. App users tap here to see all the images Next week, the stories behind these smalltown treasures will be shared globally in BBC World Service documentary The Search for Tiny Libraries in New Zealand. The inspiration came from Julie Shapiro, one of two presenters, who backpacked around New Zealand nearly 20 years ago.

"I wandered around New Zealand and fell in love with the landscape and the feel of the country - so different from Midwestern America where I grew up," she says in the documentary. She describes them as "handsome, sturdy structures ... with their handpainted signs and handwritten hours posted in the window". The beautiful librarians are dead: academic librarians and the crisis in public libraries : gwallter.

An adapted version of a talk given to Welsh academic librarians at the WHELF Gregynog Colloquium on 15 June 2015. The city of Kingston upon Hull is famous for its poets, among them Andrew Marvell in the seventeenth century, and Douglas Dunn and Philip Larkin in the twentieth. Hull’s best known contemporary poet is Sean O’Brien. Welcome to the world's most luxurious libraries. Library of the future: 7 technologies we would love to see. Libraries lead the way to digital citizenship. I Freaking Love Libraries. 16 Incredible Library Bars In London. 10 Quirky Mobile Libraries and Bookstores. Books change our lives, expand our horizons, and make us better persons, but it’s not just the authors we have to thank, but also those who facilitate our access to them and instill in us the joy of reading.

That’s why we’ve rounded up a list with some of the most ingenious nomadic bookshops and libraries from across the globe. Il Bibliomotocarro, Italy Much more than just a mobile library, Il Bibliomotocarro is a charming Italian story about books, children, and friendship that would have never been possible without retired Italian teacher Antonio La Cava and his noble purpose of spreading the love of reading to the little ones. Since early 2000s, he travels the small villages of Basilicata with its cute library on three wheels to promote reading for pleasure among the local children. The Book Barge, UK Street Books, Portland, USA. Text is Beautiful. About. Untitled. Design Thinking for Libraries.

Secret Libraries of Paris. The top 100 papers. Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming. Reanimation Library. Katie Paterson, Future Library. VATNASAFN / LIBRARY OF WATER by Roni Horn, Stykkishólmur, Iceland. Librarianship: A Philosophical Investigation - Ethos. 10 vintage library infographics from the 30s and 40s (pictures)

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ReMix: ‘Pataphysical Meditations, or A Bibliographic Prank. Libraries Rock! 17 More Essential Altmetrics Resources (the Library Version) Musings about librarianship: 8 surprising things I learnt about Google Scholar. Where gun stores outnumber museums and libraries. Evolution of libraries highlights values of books. Collection Management. The Oberlin Group Statement on Ebooks & Libraries. The libraries that governments will burn in the future - Waterfox. 15 Curious Things Found In Library Books. Installation Of The Week: Luzinterruptus Fills Melbourne Streets With 10,000 Unwanted Books. University libraries: 10 global portraits. 25 Most Popular Apps Used By Librarians. Every Library and Museum in America, Mapped - Emily Badger. Dewey Decimal System Meme. Interesting Search Engines. Open Letters: An Open Letter to the Look That Slowly Forms On Your Face When I Tell You I Am a Librarian.

Libraries of the Future [VISUALIZATION] A book of my cartoons will be out in late April. 25 Writers on the Importance of Libraries. The second best time: IT'S NOT ABOUT THE BOOKS! - A short note on libraries. (4) Twitter / Search - #LoveLibraries... Anatomy of a Librarian.

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Favorite library quotes. I work at a public library. Art Libraries. (eternally under construction) Little Libraries and Tactical Urbanism. Libraries Are Obsolete: An Oxford-Style Debate. List of unusual units of measurement. Memes - how they are used by libraries and librarians. The Three Questions – From the ACPL! Library Professional Organisations. MLIS studies. Library Cataloguing. Library design. Library software. Who Left A Tree, Then A Coffin In The Library? : Krulwich Wonders... Special Libraries stuff. Library news.