Check this out and maybe join the discussion at ACRL 2013, Indianapolis today through Saturday @libraryleadpipe #diylib
"DIY projects are shiny and exciting (and time-consuming), but to what
end? For academic librarians this DIY culture is closely tied with
professional development and scholarship, but what does it say about the
future of the academic library profession?
This is a question we propose to answer in a panel session at the ACRL National Conference this month."
We have always changed to meet our readers and clients' needs, is this a fad or a shift? Librarians are asking how shifts in our technology and shared media culture are effecting librarians and how they do their work.
That's a lot of people who want to use our libraries.
Gather your data while ye may!
In a new survey of Americans’ attitudes and expectations for public
libraries, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life
Project finds that many library patrons are eager to see libraries’
digital services expand, yet also feel that print books remain important
in the digital age.
The availability of free computers and internet access now rivals
book lending and reference expertise as a vital service of libraries. In
a national survey of Americans ages 16 and older:
80% of Americans say borrowing books is a “very important” service libraries provide.
80% say reference librarians are a “very important” service of libraries.
77% say free access to computers and the internet is a “very important” service of libraries.
Moreover, a notable share of Americans say they would embrace even wider uses of technology at libraries
Is there a difference in how much a child understands and retains a story depending on the format of the book they share? You may be surprised by recent findings, or maybe not. [CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE]
1. The enhanced e-book was less effective than the print and basic e-book in supporting the benefits of co-reading because it prompted more non-content related interactions. When adults prompt children with questions pertaining to the text, label objects, and encourage them to discuss the book contents in terms of their own experiences and curiosities, this elicits increased verbalization by the child and can lead to improved vocabulary and overall language development.
2. Features of the enhanced e-book may have affected children’s story recall because both parents and children focused their attention on non-content, more than story-related, issues.
3. The print books were more advantageous for literacy building co-reading, (BUT)...the e-books, particularly the enhanced e-book, were more advantageous for engaging children and prompting physical interaction.
The study leads to recommendations:
1. For designers: Exercise caution when adding features to enhanced e-books, especially when those features do not directly relate to the story. E-book enhancements should also be designed in a way that allows parents to access and control settings to customize the co-reading experience with their children.
AND 2. For parents and educators: Parents and preschool teachers should choose print or basic e-books to read with children if they want to prioritize literacy-building experiences over ones intended “just for fun.” Some of the extra features of enhanced e-books may distract adults and children alike from the story, affecting the nature of conversation and the amount of detail childrenrecall. However, given that appeal is an essential building block for early literacy development, enhanced e-books may be valued for their ability to prompt less motivated young readers toward engagement when they might otherwise avoid text altogether.
For Librarians already in the center of controversies about the survival of the idea of the 'Physical Library', this piece from Forbes by Eric Jackson, Here's Why Google and Facebook Might Completely Disappear in the Next 5 Years will give you even more to worry about. It touches on how "Baby Boomers behave differently from Gen X’ers and (now we are seeing) additional differences with the Millennials."
Mr. Jackson starts to think about the differences and possible future when looking at:
Web 1.0 (companies founded from 1994 – 2001, including Netscape, Yahoo! (YHOO), AOL (AOL), Google (GOOG), Amazon (AMZN) and eBay (EBAY)),
Web 2.0 or Social (companies founded from 2002 – 2009, including Facebook (FB), LinkedIn (LNKD), and Groupon (GRPN)),
and now Mobile (from 2010 – present, including Instagram).
"TERI (Energy and Resources Institute) campaign uses solar lanterns that have CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) as well as LEDs (light emitting diodes) for dual purposes. Each solar lantern in its useful life of 10 years replaces the use of about 500-600 litres of kerosene, thereby mitigating about 1.5 tonnes of CO2. Rural entrepreneurs are trained to manage and run a central solar lantern charging/distribution centre where lanterns are rented. This creates financial opportunities for the entrepreneur. hostels for tribal children, funded by the government's universal education programmes, are equipped with solar lanterns to help children study at night."
This news just in from the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance:
CEEA has been an active participant on the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing's, Building Code Energy Advisory Council, whose mandate is to provide strategic advice to the Minister on energy conservation issues related to the Building Code and the Building Code Act, 1992. As a member of the council, we are very pleased with the introduction of the new energy efficiency requirements. Effective January 1, 2012, all new homes will have to achieve an EnerGuide 80 rating! These enhancements put Ontario at the very top of the list in North America, and will serve as a model for the rest of Canada.
Click here for a brief .pdf overview of the new Code.
Thank you: to Building Green, a Sustainabilty Group on Linkedin
This dynamic glass (as in not passive energy technology) tints automatically or on demand to control sunlight, without shades or blinds. SageGlass® - SAGE
It takes less electricity to operate 2,000 square feet of SageGlass than it does to power a single 60-watt light bulb. I think, if you have the will and the resources, this option is well worth a good hard look.
SageGlass’ electrochromic coating consists of five layers of ceramic material. Applying a low voltage of electricity darkens the coating as lithium ions and electrons transfer from one electrochromic layer to another electrochromic layer. How it Works - Technology - SAGE
Reversing the voltage polarity causes the ions and electrons to return to their original layer, causing the glass to return to its clear state
This solid-state reaction is controlled through a very low voltage power supply (less than 5V DC). A darkened state enables SageGlass to absorb and radiate away the sun’s unwanted heat and glare. A clear state allows you to maximize daylight and solar energy.
SAGE Electrochromics that can be switched from clear to tinted with the click of a button. The glass can also be programmed to respond to changing sunlight and heat conditions.
There are three mags that fuel my mind, one I haven't cracked open in decades - Popular Mechanics - but I've substituted well I think, with Scientific America, Science News and WIRED.
I know no essentially nothing about gameing except that many, many people 'play' and learn through participating in games together and individually on and off line. I've been reading an article in WIRED - August 2011 pg. 097, about Jason Rohrer's 'Chain World' that describes how people are pushing at the edges of the definition of what gaming is.
But I do know a potential trend when I spot it and I think that library use through gaming is something that is worth considering as a very real possibility. At the very least it is a notion that is being carefully and seriously considered by some librarians as a way to truly engage a generation who carry their lives on a USB flash and a cell phone. A group of people at the University of Huddersfield in the UK are determined to find out how to capture the imaginations of a highly imaginative generation.
"Lemon Tree seeks to increase the use of library resources through a social, game based e-learning platform. Users will register with the system and be able to earn points and rewards for interacting with library resources, such as leaving comments and reviews of library books. Integration with other social networks such as Twitter and Facebook will be built into the system."
Are you ready to incorporate augmented reality (AR) apps to keep titles in order on the shelves in your library?
The iPhone app, called ShelvAR, scans a dozen book spines at once and detects errant titles. Viewing the shelf through a tablet PC, the user sees incorrectly filed books highlighted, and on-screen arrows point to their correct place on the shelf. One Per Cent: Augmented reality app keeps libraries tidy.
Is the time and cost of placing labels on all the titles off set by the time wasted searching for mis-shelved books worth it? Automatic sorters do this in large libraries that have automated book drop sorters. Would this be worth it for your smaller library with volunteers or interns reshelving your titles?
Bo Brinkman is an associate professor of computer science and software engineering at Miami University, in Ohio. A specialist in augmented reality and computer ethics, he happens to be married to the university’s art-and-architecture librarian. Hearing his wife talk about trying to motivate student workers to do more shelf-reading got Mr. Brinkman thinking about creative solutions to the problem. The app he came up with, tentatively called Shelvar, relies on special tags—kind of like QR codes—attached to the books’ spines. Each tag “exactly represents the call number” of each book.
The Chronicle of Higher Education website, "the No. 1 source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators. Based in Washington, D.C., The Chronicle has more than 70 writers, editors, and international correspondents. Online, The Chronicle is published every weekday and is the top destination for news, advice, and jobs for people in academe. The Chronicle's audited Web-site traffic is routinely more than 14 million pages a month, seen by more than 1.7 million unique visitors."
How are you going to plan the spaces in your new library when the very concept of a 'library as a physical place' is being redefined by how your community uses technology?
Librarians are talking. In journals, newsletters, on LinkedIn, at conferences about how they can manage the demand placed on them, their staff and library buildings by patrons who expect their library to provide them the capability to use technologies to help them with research and homework, job searches and internet connectivity.
Librarians are engaged in conversations about the future of libraries and the future of librarianship and recruitment of new people into the profession; people who are equiped to deal with ever changing technological advances.
"There’s a cadre of LIS students coming up who would jump at the chance for jobs in digital media labs or the Information Commons. Before that can happen, however, library leadership must move beyond the lending/reference model to a broader view of what’s possible in a community-based space focused on helping people." (LJ, Apr 2011)
In a recent Library Journal article, Stuck in the Past | Office Hours, By Michael Stephens, Apr 15, 2011, about the reasons people want to become librarians, Mr. Stephens asks some hard questions about the roles and 'evolution of ...(the) services' provided by librarians of the future.
In our facilitations and webinars, we have been emphasising the importance of marketing libary services in communities and providing felexible spaces in library buildiing plans. These concepts are also brought out strongly in Mr. Stephens' article.
"We need a course in library school devoted to teaching people to build spaces both physical and virtual (my emphasis) for constituents to come together. We need to prioritize marketing and branding these spaces and services consistently. Doing so will help us in creating, maintaining, and evaluating the Information Commons."
How do you see your library building and your staff meeting these needs, not in five years, not in two but next year at this time?
Miguel Helft of the New York Times asks, "Is the tantalizing dream of a universal library dead?" (Published: April 3, 2011).
Is it? Maybe not. In March of this year, a New York federal district court judge, Denny Chin (now sitting as a judge in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit), acknowledged that “the creation of a universal digital library (by Google) would benefit many,” but said that the proposed agreement (by Google) was “not fair, adequate and reasonable.” because, "it would have granted Google a “de facto monopoly” and the right to profit from books without the permission of copyright owners". NYT 22 March 2011
There are those who do want to have a universal digital library - without commercial advertisers. Europe is already far ahead of the United States in an effort to digitize information to be read in a commercial free web site, Europeana, Europeana that already has some 15 million "works of art, books, music and video held by the cultural institutions of member countries".
"Unlike in Europe, where national libraries are usually centralized and backed by governments, the United States has a disparate network of independent institutions that have different missions and serve different populations", and is playing catch up in this field.
"...the settlement (with Google that) was rejected in federal court last month, in part because it turned copyright law on its head, giving Google the right to profit from a book unless its author or publisher objected. This was a particular problem for “orphan books,” out of print titles whose authors and publishers cannot be easily found. Since no one else would be able to obtain a license to those books, Google would have a de facto monopoly on millions of texts.
No matter what happens, who does it or how fast this project evolves, the affect on our libraries as we know them will be profound. I suggest that we will be well placed in our communities when we plan properly for and develop spaces for people to read and be together in our libraries. The delivery system for knowledge and information will change but we humans will always seek each other out for company and discourse. Libraries are already here and changing to meet these human needs.
Check out theAmerican Libraries on line Magon line! For specifics on green design and ideas...click on the 'Blogs' drop down menu at the top of the page - go to Green Your Libraryfor the latest updates on what's happening in the US. or go directly... Green Your Library Blog
If you have not yet found Stephen's blog - do so now. We heard him speak three years ago and he's right on the money when offering to librarians glimpses of what the trends are and where we are going with technology and possible ways information will affect our lives.
STRATEGIC PLANNING @Your Library
Thanks to the many people from Tuxedo, Mamakating and Munro, NY,
who contributed their time, energies and open minds
to the success of the planning sessions.
And to the 'groundbreakers' at Grahamsville, NY. and all the wonderful volunteers at all libraries everywhere.
We had fun!
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