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Libraries matter: 18 fantastic library infographics

Libraries matter: 18 fantastic library infographics
Library infographics presented below clearly show that being a librarian today is not about surviving any longer. 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. Many people still perceive libraries as awesome-looking magical places, full of a scent of old paper. We associate libraries with the past and with the analog world – the world that doesn’t fit into the broadband internet connection. It’s not true (and I think it never was). These infographics change the perspective. Click or tap on the infographics to enlarge them. Libraries matter: 18 fantastic library infographics 1. This interesting infographic lists most important reasons why you need a librarian in an internet age more than ever before. Nowadays, what we mostly struggle with is the information overload, not a lack of it. ⇢ Credits and more info 2. ⇢ Credits and more info 3. 4. 5. 6.

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Sydney architects win accolade in Bulgarian library competition Stewart Hollenstein, one of the architectural practices behind Sydney’s forthcoming Green Square Library, has been awarded an honourable mention in an international design competition for a new 17,000m2 Regional Library in Varna, Bulgaria. The competition was organised by the Varna Municipality and the Chamber of Architects in Bulgaria. The current library collection of Varna is spread across six different buildings throughout the city and the competition sought to bring all of the collection under one roof and create a new public space in the centre of Varna. Varna is the largest city and seaside resort on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast and the third largest city in Bulgaria. The Stewart Hollenstein scheme picks up on the rich history of Varna as a city of generous public gardens, merging this with the library program. A series of stacked landscapes, each with their own distinct character, provide a multitude of indoor and outdoor spaces for civic activity.

Dewey Pictograms Reproducible images portraying collections within the Dewey Decimal Classification System, enabling people with disabilities, low literacy skills, etc., to better locate materials in the library's collection; these can be mounted on bookstacks or special mounts in the collection. Many thanks to OCLC (all copyright rights in the Dewey Decimal Classification System are owned by OCLC; Dewey, Dewey Decimal Classification, DDC, OCLC and WebDewey are registered trademarks of OCLC) and to Oakland (CA) Public Library for making these images freely available. The resource is a result of a collaboration between the Oakland Public Library and the East Bay Learning Disabilities Association (EastBayl da.org), supported by the California State Library.

Acorn Craft For Toddlers My love of all things autumn continues with this ripped paper acorn. This is a cute craft that can be adapted easily for various ages. We used markers but paint or crayons would work well too. 4 TED Talks That Help Librarians Explain the Magic of Libraries Since 2006, millions have been inspired by TED Talks: short, inspirational and educational videos by speakers expounding on topics from science to spirituality to dance. TED stands for technology, education and design, and its stated mission is to spread ideas. The talks are often thought provoking and the speakers passionate about their topics. None last more than 18 minutes. While a pleasure to watch, the videos also can provide librarians with a jumping point for their own blog posts and public talks. Here are four TED Talks that you can use to help explain the magic of your public library.

Do your students speak library-ese? Posted December 11, 2015 in Insights & Research Tags: User Research | The User Research Group at EBSCO Information Services spends significant time studying college students and their information-seeking behaviors in the context of their academic work. During EBSCO’s large, ethnographic contextual inquiry study of college students in 2014, many findings were unearthed, from the role that Google and Wikipedia play in giving students confidence to tackle their institution’s library website, to what actions students take when they find a resource that works well for their assignment.

Share, inspire, connect: Library related Twitter hashtags Twitter is an outstanding tool for gaining inspiration with whatever turns you on and engaging with people of similar interests. For me Twitter has been a major boost for my professional life in terms of insights, inspiration, debates and network with the global library community. I slowly started using Twitter in 2012 when I was on the TICER Summer School in Tillburg and it took me a while to crack the code and come to a place where I got the full potential of this great tool. A part of it was related to the size of the network; where do you even start to build your professional learning network on Twitter? Well, a good place to start is via hashtags that binds various topics and discussions together. So if you are library newbie to Twitter or just want to go exploring on library and library related hashtags here is a list (got additions to the list please write them in the commentary section):

edutopia Studies suggest that many U.S. students are too trusting of information found on the internet and rarely evaluate the credibility of a website’s information. For example, a survey found that only 4 percent of middle school students reported checking the accuracy of information found on the web at school, and even fewer did so at home (New Literacies Research Team & Internet Reading Research Group, 2006). At the same time, the web is often used as a source of information in school projects, even in early schooling, and sites with inaccurate information can come up high in search rankings. How Can Your Librarian Help Bolster Brain-Based Teaching Practices? Inquiry-based learning has been around in education circles for a long time, but many teachers and schools gradually moved away from it during the heyday of No Child Left Behind. The pendulum is beginning to swing back towards an inquiry-based approach to instruction thanks to standards such as Common Core State Standards for math and English Language Arts, the Next Generation Science Standards and the College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards. Transitioning to this style of teaching requires students to take a more active role and asks teachers to step back into a supportive position. It can be a tough transition for many students and their teachers, but turning to the school librarian for support could make the transition a little easier. As grade level and content-specific teachers begin to incorporate inquiry-based approaches into their classrooms, they should look to collaborate on lesson planning with their librarian, Jaeger said.

Book-Themed Halloween Costumes: INFOGRAPHIC Having a hard time with your Halloween costume? The team at Bookish created an infographic with advice on how to pick your literary Halloween costume. The image features characters from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. We’ve embedded the full piece below for you to explore further—what do you think?

10 Golden Rules To Take Your Library’s Twitter Account to the Next Level Ned Potter If you’re reading this, I’m sure you’re already aware how important Twitter is to libraries. 32 percent of Internet users are on the platform, but more importantly, they’re our type of Internet users! There is a strong overlap in the kinds of people who use libraries (or would do if they knew what we offered) and the kinds of people who tweet.

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