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Singapore libraries use technology for easier, faster service. SINGAPORE: Libraries are making use of technology to ensure users can get the books and materials they want in an easier and faster manner. Communications and Information Minister Yaacob Ibrahim saw some of these improvements during a visit to Sembawang Public Library on Friday (Aug 28). For example, there is a machine which automatically scans and sorts returned items into specific categories, making it easier for staff, especially the older ones, to shelve the books.

Previously, they had to manually sort the items - a time-consuming and laborious process. The machines are now used in Sembawang Public Library and library@chinatown, and there are plans to have them in more libraries. Other improvements include a mobile app, which allows users to borrow and renew library materials on the move. It also recommends reading materials, based on users' past loans. The app has been available for download since September 2014. Aust Lib & Info Assn on Twitter: "Uni library great place to drop off via @thewest_com_au #Librariesrock #libraries #Australia" ALIA Weekly Volume 3 Issue 25. Why storytelling? This age-old skill has tremendous value in promoting literacy, books and reading. Examine the history of oral traditions and how storytelling is relevant to today’s world.

Back again for 2015, this course will be filled with loads of ideas, examples, resources and opportunities for learning together and sharing.14 July - 4 Aug 2015 Register by 29 June The need to address the challenges of the digital world and metadata users has resulted in the development of the new cataloguing record standard, RDA: Resource Description and Access, to replace AACR2. This 3 week online course will provide practitioners with an overview and understanding of the changes RDA implementation will bring. 3 August - 24 August 2015 Register by 20 July Increasingly we interact with our users online rather than in person. Victoria's new library grabs ideas from farmhouses and the Apple Store - StarTribune.com. The ever-expanding role of public libraries is sometimes at odds with the small physical spaces they occupy. A newly opened library in the Carver County city of Victoria is being touted as a prototype for achieving the maximum amount of community benefits from a minimum amount of space.

The Victoria Library, which opened in early March in a new building it shares with the Victoria City Hall, employs what its designers call “digital-in-person” architectural concepts to turn a modest 4,300-square-foot footprint into a community-friendly powerhouse that serves everyone from lovers of hardcover bestsellers to digitally obsessed teenagers. Its flexible design allows people to use spaces in it for varying purposes over the course of a day without having to change around its physical elements.

“What we’ve been able to do here is design a smaller library that has the same level of resources of a much larger one,” McCleary said this week during a tour of the new facility. Baltimore Libraries Stay Open Through Riots, Because 'The Community Needs Us' By Kat Rosenfield 4/28/2015 You can find more than books at the Baltimore public library today, as all branches remain open and fully staffed in the wake of protests and riots that have rocked the city. With a state of emergency declared and schools closed citywide Tuesday morning, the Enoch Pratt Free Library has chosen to stay open, providing a hub of comfort and community to all Baltimore neighborhoods, including the ones most affected by the mayhem.

“It’s at times like this that the community needs us,” library Director of Communications Roswell Encina told MTV News. “That’s what the library has always been there for, from crises like this to a recession to the aftermath of severe weather. The library has been there. It happened in Ferguson; it’s happening here.” Reports of violence, looting, and coordinated gang activity have been coming out of Baltimore since Monday night, erupting within hours of the funeral of Freddie Gray. He also had found one good reason to be hopeful already. Witter / ? New halifax central library by schmidt hammer lassen opens in canada. Dec 11, 2014 new halifax central library by schmidt hammer lassen opens in canada new halifax central library by schmidt hammer lassen opens in canadaphoto by adam mørkall images courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects danish firm schmidt hammer lassen has completed nova scotia’s ‘new halifax central library‘, which has been conceived as an open and accessible cultural hub. working alongside local firm fowler bauld & mitchell, the institution is sited on a prominent location at the heart of halifax’s downtown. the building’s exterior appears as four stacked rectangular volumes that are twisted horizontally to relate to the two diagonal directions that are dominant in the otherwise orthogonal city grid. furthermore, the structure is seen as a catalyst for the regeneration of the region and is the product of an extensive co-creation process that involved public consultations and workshops. photo by adam mørk photo by adam mørk photos by adam mørk site plan floor plan / level +1 section AA.

Ferguson Library Becomes Refuge for Adults and Children Amid Strife. Sign Up for Best Practices for User Experience Handout! In win for libraries, court rules database of Google-scanned books is “fair use” A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that the HathiTrust, a searchable collection of digital books controlled by university libraries, does not violate copyright, and that the libraries can continue to make copies for digitally-impaired readers.

The decision is a setback for the Authors Guild and for other groups of copyright holders who joined the lawsuit to shut down the HathiTrust’s operations. By contrast, it is a victory for many scholars and librarians who regard the database as an invaluable repository of knowledge. More broadly, the appeals court decision is the latest in a series of rulings about how copyright law should apply to digital versions of the tens of millions of library books scanned by Google. Access to millions of books The unanimous ruling this week by three judges of the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a 2012 decision that preceded last year’s landmark ruling that declared that Google’s Book scanning project was fair use and had “many benefits.” Why It's Time To Change How Students Cite Their Work. When students write a paper, it goes without saying that they must cite the sources that they use in creating it.

For generations, students have created note cards to document and organize these resources and/or submitted a bibliography page with their finished work. In the modern classroom, student research and creation has taken on a new look. Before, when students created a poster, and then separately handed in a bibliography page to the teacher, justice was done and fair credit was given for the ideas used. However, as widespread sharing of these projects becomes more common, and the internet allows students to reach an audience far beyond the school or classroom, we need to re-evaluate this procedure and address our responsibility to share these sources – not just with the teacher or school, but with all who might consume the project.

Without readily available sources to review, the audience cannot truly evaluate the validity of the project. 1. 2. 3. 3. 6 Great Platforms Where Students Share Book Reviews and Reading Recommendations. One of the best ways to get your students motivated about reading is to provide them with online platforms where they can meet other student readers and share their recommendations, reads, and book reviews. When students know that people other than their fellow mates or teachers can read and interact with what they post, they can show more engagement and interest . Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has been wading through some of these platforms and handpicked some of the best available online. All the websites mentioned below are student friendly and can be used with your students in the classroom.

Check the list out 1- Library Thing This is one of my favourite book clubs. It is a community of over a million and a half book lovers. 2- Good Reads This is also another book club that I am member of. 3- Shelfari Shelfari is a community-powered encyclopedia for book lovers. 4- Biblionasium 5- Figment 6- Scholastic. Our own Creative Commons. 10 things school libraries can learn from the Apple Store! Much has been written about the structures, the founders and the personalities that have moulded the image of the amazingly successful business – Apple. Not only have we, the consumer, been able to establish new day-to-day routines by using the numerous Apple products on the market, but, aware of it or not, our lives have been deeply impacted and altered. So when I came across this article - How to Change the World: 10 Things You Can Learn from the Apple Store – by Guy Kawasaki, speaker, business strategist, prolific author and writer of the blog: How to Change the World, I was immediately intrigued.

Kawasaki outlines ten key features about the Apple Store which sets this business apart from its competitors. These key features have, he claims, contributed to Apple’s huge success. Using Kawasaki’s 10 points, here is my take on how our school libraries could evolve: Like this: Like Loading... P.ost. Encyclopedia Britannica vs. Wikipedia [INFOGRAPHIC] The Encyclopedia Britannica officially announced it would scrap its print edition on Tuesday in the face of plummeting sales.

For many, this was a foregone conclusion. In a world of infinite and instant knowledge, the idea of owning a $1,395 32-volume hardcover library that's outdated the moment you crease the spine is laughable. Wikipedia certainly had a hand in Britannica's print death knell. The crowd-powered reference site is arguably the greatest knowledge experiment civilization has ever seen.

And while its critics are the first to point out its unreliability, advocates would counter that a self-correcting collective is more reliable and scalable than a room full of scholars (who, on occasion, also make mistakes). Our friends at Statista have taken a look at the economics of Wikipedia and Britannica. Are you sad to see the print version of Britannica go? Infographic courtesy of Statista. Image courtesy of iStockphoto, AnthiaCumming. Mt Alvernia College Moodle. The 21st Century Curator. If Web 1.0 was about online access and Web 2.0 is about social nets, Web 3.0 will be coring down to content that really matters. ~wrote Martin Smith in the post, Curation - The Next Web Revolution. As mentioned by Harold Jarche in the slide share presentation, NetWork, the internet changed everything—in volume, velocity, virtualization and variability. And nowhere is this more evident than in the content being created every second of every day. Take a look at this infographic which captures what gets created on the Internet every 60 seconds very nicely: Not surprisingly, curation has become the next buzzword after social business.

Curation today takes on a new meaning in the context of technological affordance, information abundance, diminishing attention, hunger for contextual and timely information, and constantly shifting, globally linked landscape. He followed this up later with The 5 Models Of Content Curation. In conclusion: