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18 entries from January 2016

History, yes we have it too...'Canada 365'|Harper Collins


Canada's History presented to you a page a day. Paper, kobo and recorded.‎ By Historica Canada.

You can get it at your library or Indigo or follow the links from this site:

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#NOLB969 ... Stop Bill LB969 Nebraska Govt. wants to control Your Library|EveryLibrary


Get the word out.
Vote #NOLB969.
Nebraska lawmakers have a bill in process to wrest control of all libraries from communities and to put it in the hands of City Mayors and City Councils.

No joke. No foolin' around. The screen shot shows the last two major impacts of this proposed bill.

I wonder if our watchers @ALALinrary are poised for action too.
Here's the petition site:

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#SID2016 Safer Internet Day 2016 | Australia's Children's eSafety Commissioner


February ‎9th Australia is launching it's eSafety Day for children in 'bands' 3 and 4 with a 'Cybersmart Detectives' program and a coordinated campaign that includes easy to understand visuals and free downloads of posters and .pdf files.
Check it out. 
I told you the Australians "have it goin' on"!

https://www.esafety.gov.au/about-the-office/events/safer-internet-day-2016?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Cyberzine issue 4 - January 2016&utm_content=Cyberzine issue 4 - January 2016+CID_5a5506f766311b395265c8ea69cfd065&utm_source=Email marketing software&utm_term=Safer Internet Day

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Tapping Virtually Inexhaustible Biomass Power| Industry Tap


The author of this article makes some good points and references a new book comparing biomass power generation ‎strategies.

Check out the video at the end of the article.

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PLAN22 presenting 90 minute Workshop at #OLASC16 -Toronto 27Jan'16

Slide31_RCLSWkShp_redo for OLASC16PLAN22 Workshop:Shaping the Outcome of Your Library- Communicating Effectively with Design Professionals

Library building projects are very time consuming, expensive and one of the most difficult tasks faced by any librarian.  ‘Getting it right’ is critical.

The Library Building Program is an essential document used to communicate all of your library’s unique requirements to many interested people including your architect/design professional. 

Effectively and comprehensively describing the functional requirements for your library building will increase the probability that your building will serve the needs of both the staff and public. It helps to assure that your project will be a success.

This workshop provides participants with an overview of the process inherent in creating your Building Program.

The 90 minute workshop will provide an overview of this complex and exacting subject. It will give librarians a better understanding of what information and data they will need to gather and help them to structure this information in order to effectively communicate with all concerned parties.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will:
  • Understand the value and importance of the building program.
  • Know the elements that comprise a building program.
  • Understand the critical data gathering required to complete a building program.
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Researchers have made cheap, strong concrete out of “Martian” soil|MIT

Martianconcrete
cred: MIT TechRev

"...once humans arrive on the red planet, they will require high quality buildings in which to live and work...The first colonizers will quickly have to find a way to build structures using the planet’s own resources. But how?

The key material in a Martian construction boom will be sulphur, says the Northwestern team. The basic idea is to heat sulphur to about 240 °C so that it becomes liquid, mix it with Martian soil, which acts as an aggregate, and then let it cool. The sulphur solidifies, binding the aggregate and creating concrete. Voila—Martian concrete." 

Martian trowel
cred:fastcodesign

Read the full article here: from MIT Technology Review   

There is also a good article that helps to 'translate' the MIT piece for easier comprehension: from Fast Company

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Galileo. Why We Read and How Books Give Us Superhuman Powers|Brain Pickings


What mind can fathom the intelligence and depth of understanding written by these men? The sound of their words alone are a balm for my heart.

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Poster Basics, Create a Research Poster - Research Guides|NYU


This NYU guide is easy to understand and can help you fashion and frame the information you need to get out to your patrons.

Screen shots from article demonstrate in an instant the difference between 2 densely designed information boards showing 'effective easy to understand' and 'messy confusing' layouts.

Also visit the Cooper Hewitt on line piece showing their exhibition demonstrating very clearly how poster ‎designers use visual keys to catch our eyes and minds.

Screen shots of posters: Cooper Hewitt

 

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Climate Scientists Resolve To Just Get Really Drunk From Now On | the Unaustralian

This may be tangential to our mission...but it's just so damned funny.

Screen shots: ‎from article

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Libraries: better investment than gold|Australian Library&Information Association


The ROI for the services provided to the 47 libraries in the co-operative Ramapo Catskill Library System, where ‎Robert is Executive Director, is $4.54. Not bad. We see investment in libraries as gold in the bank too. 

Good on ya Australian Libraries and library staff. Nice study and good evidence based reporting. Libraries and those who work in them really are invaluable and their worth nearly incalculable.

Screen shot: article, ‎ALIA.
‎https://www.alia.org.au/media-releases/libraries-better-investment-gold

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Public Domain Collections: Free to Share & Reuse | New York Public Library


More on those free downloads available from the great NYPL.
‎Graphics: NYPL

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Please, freely download 180,000 items from our site...New York Public Library Invites a Deep Digital Dive|NYTimes.com


The NYPL has upgraded their site. Downloading is easier and faster.

Check out the breadth of content, it's fantastic. 

Screen shots: NYT article.

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FTC warns...‘big data’ comes with the potential for big problem|Washington Post


Most people we talk to think they understand that "our governments" are the greatest threat to our privacy and the way the data about our lives can effect our futures. 

Not necessarily. If you think governments are a threat to your privacy, add the avarice of our commercial economy corporations to the mix and be rightly afraid.

Screen shots from following Washington Post article.

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Toronto Public Library gives commuters a ticket to read|Toronto Star


Congrats to Anne Bailey and her great staff at TPL!

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Canadians' growing concerns over cyber surveillance|CBC News


Canadians are waking up.
That our communications, by wire and now over modern communications modes, are being monitored is not news. Canada operates one of the most sophisticated communications surveillance operations in the world; it helped the Allied Forces win WWll.

What is increasingly making news is that ‎the civilian population is becoming more aware of how we maintain intelligence in peace time and in war and how it affects us all. 

Nothing costs nothing. We all pay a price for democracy. The conversation we are now having more 'openly' is how much we are willing to pay and how much is 'too much'.‎

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6 Ways To Be a Power User @ Your Public Library|Book Riot


•Use the Holds List for hot topics.
•Request titles for purchase. 
•Use your Interlibrary Loan (ILL) system.
•Know what data bases are at your disposal. 
•Use your special collections.
•Ask for recommendations from everyone your trust. 

This well crafted article from Book Riot is nothing new for regular library users. It however, a good refresher for librarians and those of us who encourage people to use their library.

Read on:

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Happy 2016


May every book you read 
lead you to a new life 
within you.

Our very best 
to all of you 
this New Year.

(photo credit : Overdrive)

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