Act research. Clip Art No More: Stock Photos for Programs and Marketing. Future Libraries And The 17 Forms Of Info Replacing Books. Question: As physical books go away, and computers and smart devices take their place, at what point does a library stop being a library, and start becoming something else?
Somewhere in the middle of this question lies the nagging fear and anxiety that we see brimming to the top among library insiders. People who think libraries are going away simply because books are going digital are missing the true tectonic shifts taking place in the world of information. Libraries are not about books. In fact, they were never about books. Libraries exist to give us access to information. Gas Station Maps As a young child, I was enamored with the free maps I could pick up at gas stations. Along with the early days of the automobile and a generally confusing road system came the need for maps. Over time, anyone driving a car soon came to expect free maps whenever they stopped for gas, and companies like Rand McNally, H.M.
Are printed books likely to go through a similar dwindling of popularity? 2010perceptions all. Is Google Making Us Stupid? Illustration by Guy Billout "Dave, stop.
Stop, will you? Stop, Dave. Will you stop, Dave?” So the supercomputer HAL pleads with the implacable astronaut Dave Bowman in a famous and weirdly poignant scene toward the end of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. I can feel it, too. I think I know what’s going on. For me, as for others, the Net is becoming a universal medium, the conduit for most of the information that flows through my eyes and ears and into my mind. I’m not the only one. Bruce Friedman, who blogs regularly about the use of computers in medicine, also has described how the Internet has altered his mental habits. Anecdotes alone don’t prove much. It is clear that users are not reading online in the traditional sense; indeed there are signs that new forms of “reading” are emerging as users “power browse” horizontally through titles, contents pages and abstracts going for quick wins.
Reading, explains Wolf, is not an instinctive skill for human beings. The Freedom to Read Statement. The freedom to read is essential to our democracy.
It is continuously under attack. Private groups and public authorities in various parts of the country are working to remove or limit access to reading materials, to censor content in schools, to label "controversial" views, to distribute lists of "objectionable" books or authors, and to purge libraries. These actions apparently rise from a view that our national tradition of free expression is no longer valid; that censorship and suppression are needed to counter threats to safety or national security, as well as to avoid the subversion of politics and the corruption of morals.
The Freedom to Read Statement. Interview: Why Lauren Myracle’s Proud to Top ALA’s List of Most Challenged Books. This week marks the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, an annual event that celebrates the Lauren Myracle freedom to read.
We caught up by email with bestselling author Lauren Myracle, who ranked number one on the American Library Association’s top 10 most frequently challenged books list in 2011 and 2009—and who also made the list in 2008 and 2007. What does it mean to top ALA’s list of most challenged books–not once–but twice? Well, it means I get a little bit of attention for a few days. Are you proud? PROUD, for sure. This is your fourth time on the list in five years. Because they’re AWESOME. What is the most moving comment from a reader that you’ve received? “I am a gay boy living in NC. Do book challenges have any effect on your writing? Absolutely, and it’s a pain in the butt. OK, an easy one. Can my answer be “Awesome!” Not Censorship But Selection. THERE IS AN AMUSING WORD GAME with which many of you are familiar in which the object is to trace an action, a point of view, or a characteristic through the gamut of its connotations from the most to the least acceptable.
School Libraries in Canada Online! Volume 23, Issue 3, 2004 Have you ever had someone walk into your library and say, â€œWhat a wonderful collection!
Â€? Even if the complimenter knew what he was talking about and not just admiring the full shelves and shiny displays, does having a great collection guarantee its use by the staff and students? Is it possible to have an outstanding collection that does not meet the curriculum needs of your school? Unfortunately, yes. What the Research Says About Collection Development Early on, in the history of school libraries, the goal of having a library collection was to centralize the resources so that staff would have more access to the schoolâ€™s collection. Collection development is one of the least understood of a Teacher-Librarianâ€™s (TL) jobs by teachers and yet teacher involvement in developing the collection is necessary for producing a well-used collection (Doiron, 2002).
Resource Based Learning (RBL) could not happen without resources. A revised manifesto. A revised manifesto.