Michael Bierut: How to design a library that makes kids want to read. A Challenge to Library Managers: Embed Creativity in Your library. Recently I read Sally Turbitt’s Glam Blog Club post where she reveals her frustration as a new Library Graduate at the slowness of the library profession to change, adapt or allow creative practice at all.
I have also spoken with creatives newly employed in the library industry, attracted by a Library Manager’s wish to broaden the library skill base, but finding the dogged unwillingness to change anything that Sally speaks about to be entrenched and that all their ideas are rejected. They also speak about the meanness of our profession as long term staff members, often now middle managers, allow their own feelings of not being nurtured as a professional to affect their management practice of their team members. So how do we as Library Managers address this issue within our libraries? It is obviously not enough to employ new staff with new ways of thinking and new skills if we do not nurture them and allow creative practice. 2. 3. 4. 5. The Five Stages Of Tech Disruption - Disruption.
Library Directors and Discovery: A Changing Perspective? As research and teaching practices evolve in the context of substantial environmental change within higher education, the ways in which scholars discover resources for these practices have shifted.
In addition to providing traditional print resources, libraries have more recently supported these changes with a variety of digital tools including the library website, catalog, and discovery services, and meanwhile, outside of the library, mainstream search engines and targeted academic discovery products offer their own systems to enable discovery. Faculty members in particular appear to be shifting in how they begin their research, and are now as likely to begin their research process with a general purpose search engine as they are with a specific electronic resource or database. Last month, Ithaka S+R published results from the US Library Survey 2016, which examines strategy and leadership issues from the perspective of academic library deans and directors. BYOD changing the face of campus computer labs. Dive Brief: The rise in virtualization technology and students bringing their own devices has necessitated a shift in how colleges and universities think about computer labs, according to Ed Tech: Focus on Higher Education.While modernization efforts have focused on creating collaborative, open and flexible workspaces with resources like connected large-screen TVs for group work or PCs with specialty software like analytics software or the Adobe Creative Suite, IT managers have also kept in mind that traditional lab resources are still needed for students who can't afford their own devices.The boost in BYOD and even outsourced printer services has made it possible for many institutions to refocus IT investments in areas like improving device loaner programs, specialty software and virtual desktop availability, and lab space redesigns.
Dive Insight: Computer labs aren't the only locations on campus facing changes amid modern technological trends. New 12 point library checklist for principals – 2017. The brilliant Doug Johnson . . .
Something to share before year-end (before the summer decision making hollow) . . . A 12 Point Library Program Checklist for School Principals “The simple checklist below can be used to quickly evaluate your building’s program with your building principal’s collaboration. Rapid changes in technology, learning research, and the library profession in the past 40 years have created a wide disparity in the effectiveness of school library programs. Is your school’s library keeping current? 1. The Digital Wild West of Apps Is an Opportunity for Librarians. The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and New America has surveyed the language and literacy apps targeted to children, preschool to age eight, and available through the Apple, Google Play, and Amazon app stores.
The resulting study, “Getting a Read on the App Stores: A Market Scan and Analysis of Literacy Apps,” analyzed the descriptions of the apps as well as their content. The report’s findings include: The choice of apps for preschool age children is truly vast. Anyone trying to choose within this particular category faces a “digital wild west.” Jessica Ralli, early literacy programs coordinator at Brooklyn (NY) Public Library, agrees.
Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria - The Atlantic. You were going to get one-click access to the full text of nearly every book that’s ever been published.
Books still in print you’d have to pay for, but everything else—a collection slated to grow larger than the holdings at the Library of Congress, Harvard, the University of Michigan, at any of the great national libraries of Europe—would have been available for free at terminals that were going to be placed in every local library that wanted one. At the terminal you were going to be able to search tens of millions of books and read every page of any book you found. You’d be able to highlight passages and make annotations and share them; for the first time, you’d be able to pinpoint an idea somewhere inside the vastness of the printed record, and send somebody straight to it with a link. Books would become as instantly available, searchable, copy-pasteable—as alive in the digital world—as web pages. Successful Library Design Attitudes. In previous Learning Landscapes articles (Whisken, 2011 - 2015b) I have explored the research and decisions being applied in the digital and physical landscapes of school libraries as they evolve, with particular application to my own situation, Carey Baptist Grammar School, where a new library is the hub of a $30m Centre for Learning and Innovation.
The guiding question has been: What are the forms (space designs and arrangements) that best suit the functions (particular types of learning with information, wide reading and study) to take place in the school library? It brings together two key influences: Lyn Hays’ iCentre themes (2011a, 2011b, 2012) and Christine Bruce’s Informed Learning (2008). Don't teach your kids coding, teach them how to live online. "Don't teach your kids coding," says New York Times journalist Thomas Friedman.
"Well – teach it if you want. But before you teach them coding, teach them digital civics: how to talk to one another on the internet, how to understand fact from fiction. " Who should teach our kids the difference between real and fake news? Our librarians: Debra E. Kachel. By Debra E.
Kachel In a post truth era where emotional appeals and unsubstantiated claims sway popular opinions over factual information, who teaches our K-12 students how to interpret the multitude of media messages that daily bombard them? Debra Kachel (submitted photo) How do students learn to separate the valuable from the worthless to make good decisions and form valid opinions.
A recent Stanford University study found that most middle school students couldn't distinguish between an advertisement and a news story on the Internet. They found that young people are often swayed by how high a story appears on search results rather than by the source of the information. The Librarian as an Instructional Partner – Inspired Ideas – Medium. When I first saw the Alliance for Excellent Education’s Future Ready Librarians Framework, I was excited to note the inclusion of “Collaborative Leadership” and “Builds Instructional Partnerships” as descriptors of an excellent school librarian.
These are two areas of the job that I enjoy the most, so their inclusion only seemed natural to me. I do recognize, however, that some librarians’ strength may lie in other areas of the Framework, like “Budgets and Resources” or “Community Partnerships,” and that coming alongside teachers in an instructional partner role might feel a little intimidating. I also recognize that there are many classroom teachers who have never, for whatever reason, been exposed to the power of a collaborative relationship with the school librarian and may not naturally seek him or her out. Engaging students in wide reading. November 24, 2012 Introduction. School Libraries 21st Century. 4 18. Creating a Conversational Library Search Experience – Designing Better Libraries.
Have you taken a look at Conversational User Interfaces (CUIs)? They may be simple chatbots now, but it’s hard not to imagine how they might revolutionize web-based service delivery for libraries. When people encounter a library search system as a novice or relatively inexperienced library user, say the online catalog or a database selection list, they often have little idea what to do to find needed information. It’s an observation I’ve made throughout my library career. Now I am hearing this from student workers who are doing more initial reference triage at our main service desk.
In Defense of Discovery Tools. About two months ago I made a twitter poll to try and get an idea about how Librarians currently feel about discovery tools: I’ve been lucky to work on the back-end of two libraries’ adoption of discovery tools at this point and its been fascinating to see the joy, the loathing, or the grudging acceptance about Discovery Tools that comes from both librarian and patron alike. I don’t want to do a complete rehash of the pro and con arguments for or against Discovery Tools.
If you want to dive into this Rabbit Hole I recommend François Renaville’s “Discovery Tools, a Bibliography”, or any of Aaron Tay’s blog posts on the topic. There are a few thoughts I’d like to share though. AASL infographic. Education Week. Majority of Americans are still reading print books. A growing share of Americans are reading e-books on tablets and smartphones rather than dedicated e-readers, but print books remain much more popular than books in digital formats Americans today have an enormous variety of content available to them at any time of day, and this material is available in a number of formats and through a range of digitally connected devices.
Yet even as the number of ways people spend their time has expanded, a Pew Research Center survey finds that the share of Americans who have read a book in the last 12 months (73%) has remained largely unchanged since 2012. And when people reach for a book, it is much more likely to be a traditional print book than a digital product. Fully 65% of Americans have read a print book in the last year, more than double the share that has read an e-book (28%) and more than four times the share that has consumed book content via audio book (14%).
For instance, 16% of blacks report that they use their cellphones to read books. 5 Benefits of Digital Reading Devices for Boys. Physical Book Sales Rocket As Digital Dips. Physical book sales have rocketed by four million this year, fighting back against the digital revolution. Predictions, a few years ago, that the printed book would die appear to have been greatly exaggerated. Last year saw the first rise in sales since 2007, while digital book sales dropped for the first time since 2011. Betsy Tobin, who runs the independent bookshop Ink@84 in Highbury, London, offers her customers a personalised service. The Educational Buzzword Dilemma: Why “Innovation” is about to Jump the Shark. 5 Library Trends to Watch in 2016. Future Ready Librarians - Future Ready Schools. BIALL 2016 - Developing an alternative toolset for driving change in library services.
7 Gorgeous New Libraries That Aren't Just About Books. School Libraries of the Future: 5 Trends to Watch. By Pat Hadler. We Need Libraries As Much As Maker Spaces – John Spencer. A few weeks ago, I was at a conference when a conversation broke out about rethinking spaces in school. “What if we transformed libraries into maker spaces?”
A teacher asked. School Libraries and Makerspaces: Can They Coexist? How Libraries Fit in the Future of Learning. School libraries face a bleak future as leaders try to balance the books. What Does the Next-Generation School Library Look Like? The once and future library. Education Week. Whatever Is Accessible, Gets Utilized. YA fiction is about far more than political correctness. Information Specialists’ Biggest Blunder with Paid Content. The new librarian: leaders in the digital age. How A School Library Increased Student Use By 1,000 Percent.
A Library AND a Makerspace. How Libraries Are Becoming Modern Makerspaces. School Library Guidelines, 2nd edition. What will libraries be like in 2100? To Inspire Learning, Architects Reimagine Learning Spaces. A Developmental View of Information Literacy. What libraries should look like in the future. Are we making libraries for people or libraries for books? Sunday librarianship defining the role of the librarian in the ibschool. Evaluating digital services: a visitors and residents approach. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A Step by Step Guide On Everything Teachers Need to Know about Google Keep. School Libraries Matter: The Changing Role of the School Librarian. What To Expect From Libraries in the 21st Century: Pam Sandlian Smith at TEDxMileHigh.
Beyond the Bullet Points: It is Time to Stop Trying to Save Libraries. Social media and your library. What Education Technology Could Look Like Over the Next Five Years. Focused curation - an indispensable role for the school librarian. Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles". The future of the school library catalogue. 2015 Library Edition. “There and Back Again”: Reimagining the Public Library for the Twenty-First Century. The Librarian Who Doesn't Say Shhh! - Opening books to open minds. Technology, libraries, and schools.
The MHMS Daring School Library Blog. From the desk of a cataloguer. The Future of Library Services for and with Teens. 5 things Google Scholar does better than your library discovery service. How are discovery systems similar to Google? How are they different? Library Grits: ATL Skills audit.
Turnitin faces new questions about efficacy of plagiarism detection software. 8 Characteristics of the Innovative Leader. BIBLIA: Game Based Learning at Curtin University - Guest Post by Karen Miller. Ala-environment. Makerspaces, Participatory Learning, and Libraries. 4 Tips to Transform Your Learning Space. October 14 Libraries in the age of plenty - Google Docs. Live Training – Search Education – Google. Beyond the Bullet Points: It is Time to Stop Trying to Save Libraries. School Libraries Matter: The Changing Role of the School Librarian. 30 Trends In Education Technology For 2015.