2017 Week 1,2,3,4 & 5 : Americans Are Reading Books At Nearly The Same Rate As 15 Years Ago, Free Public Databases, ALA Midwinter 2017: Not Business as Usual, ALA and Google Launch “Ready to Code University” Pilot Program, How to Fix the Internet

Gallup Releases Survey Findings on Americans and Book Reading (Stephen’s Lighthouse)
Did you know that Americans are reading books at nearly the same rate as 15 years ago ? “More than one in three (35%) appear to be heavy readers, reading 11 or more books in the past year, while close to half (48%) read between one and 10 and just 16% read none.”

Not Business as Usual | ALA Midwinter 2017 ( Library Journal)
“While looking forward has been a common theme throughout ALA’s conferences, the Symposium on the Future of Libraries, organized by the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries, convened nearly 40 sessions devoted to the subject. Three plenary sessions featured local civic leaders, educators, innovators, and library leaders; breakout sessions covered subjects ranging from library labor to sustainability, building civic engagement to library ethics.”

List of Free Public Databases ( Stephen’s Lighthouse)
City Colleges of Chicago assembled a comprehensive list of free public databases.

Essential voice search strategies for 2017 ( Search Engine Land)
Voice search is becoming more and more popular and if your library has a mobile friendly website the next step is to optimize it for voice search and discoverability.

Pew Research Releases New Data About Americans and Cybersecurity ( INFOdocket)
“A majority of Americans (64%) have personally experienced a major data breach, and relatively large shares of the public lack trust in key institutions – especially the federal government and social media sites – to protect their personal information.”

IMLS: REPORT DESCRIBES NEW FRAMEWORKS FOR MUSEUMS AND LIBRARIES TO STRENGTHEN COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT (Stephen’s Lighthouse)
“Across the country, changing community needs and priorities along with new modes of engagement have created an imperative to connect with and serve the public in ways that extend beyond traditional institutional formats and settings. Museums and libraries have begun to respond to this imperative. In so doing, they are connecting with the public in new and deeper ways, strengthening the social and institutional networks that support community wellbeing, and even acting as catalysts to spark positive change.”

ALA and Google Launch “Ready to Code University” Pilot Program (Phase Two) (INFOdocket)
“Today, the American Library Association (ALA) and Google, Inc., announced a call for Library and Information Science (LIS) faculty to participate in Phase Two of the Libraries Ready to Code project. This work will culminate in graduate level course models that equip MLIS students to deliver coding programs through public and school libraries and foster computational thinking skills among the nation’s youth.”

Winners of the Library Awards for Innovation Announced ( Library Journal)
Kay Marner , project coordinator, Ames Public Library, IA. Marner was chosen  as a winner for “Small Talk Story County”. Runners-up include Janet Brown, library services representative, Windsor Public Library, Ont., for “Library Live! Teen Leader/Mentor Program”; Syntychia Kendrick-Samuel, head of teen services, Uniondale Public Library, NY, and a 2016 LJ Mover & Shaker, for “UPL Empowerment Academy for Teens”; Jessica Link, volunteer coordinator, Cedar Rapids Public Library, IA, for “Summer Dare Everywhere”; Keenon McCloy, director, Memphis Public Library & Information Center, for “CLOUD 901 Teen Learning Lab”; Linda Osuna, CEO manager, Hillsboro Public Library, OR, for “Community Engagement & Outreach”; and Tracy Green, director of development, Louisville Free Public Library, KY, for “Innovative, Inclusive and Impactful Partnerships.”

Notable Lectures & Presentations: Cindy Fesemyer, David Lee King,Dr. Steve Albrecht,Walter Isaacson

Engaged Planning: Ask What You Can Do For Your Rural Community  ( Library Blogs Buzz Weekly)
Cindy Fesemyer, Director, Columbus (WI) Public Library highlights the  library’s journey to assess community needs and implement new community engagement ideas.

Web Trends to Watch in 2017  (Lone Wolf Librarian)
David Lee King introduces the web trends in 2017 at the Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference .

How to Respond to a Security Incident in Your Library  (Lone Wolf Librarian)
Expert advice from workplace violence prevention specialist Dr. Steve Albrecht on how to respond to a security incidents in your library .

How to Fix the Internet – Walter Isaacson’s big idea for 2017  (Lone Wolf Librarian)
5 simple ideas from Walter Isaacson on how to fix the Internet.

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Week 49,50,51 & 52: Why Public Libraries Must Use Customer Experience To Improve Services for Their Communities, Deep Web Research and Discovery Resources 2017, Texas A&M University Opens Virtual Learning Lab With zSpace Virtual Reality (VR) Technology, How Employees Shaped Strategy At The New York Public Library, Becoming an Open Library Leader?

Why Public Libraries Must Use Customer Experience To Improve Services for Their Communities ( Library Blogs Buzz Weekly)

Customer Experience is often defined as “the product of an interaction between an organization and a customer over the duration of their relationship.” This interaction consists of three parts: the customer journey, the library service touchpoints the customer interacts with, and the environments the customer experiences, (including the user experience with specific products like the library website ) during their overall experience. In order for the customer experience to be effective, customer experience must be managed and library customers must be actively involved and engaged in the development of  new library services. To better understand customer experience and why libraries must use it to improve services for their communities, take a look at this presentation on “Fourteen Reasons Why Federal Agencies Must Improve Their Customer Experience” by Rick Parrish, Senior Analyst at Forrester Research.

Harvard Business Review on “How Employees Shaped Strategy at the New York Public Library” (INFOdocket)
Kudos to NYPL on engaging staff with strategic initatives. The library’s management team created three innovation communities with each one focusing on a core library function: circulation, collections, and reference. Each community was structured as three embedded circles. The smallest was the “core team” consisting of five to seven staff members from each of the three boroughs served (the Bronx, Staten Island and Manhattan). Their expectation was to spend about a day a week for the next six months  on the identification, design, and testing of a business model innovation.The next larger circle was made up of “testers,” approximately fifty staff members who piloted the solutions. Finally, all staff were invited to be “conversationalists” and participate by providing their ideas, critiques, expertise, and encouragement.”

COMPUTERS IN LIBRARIES: Texas A&M University-Commerce Libraries: Check Out Our State-of-the-Art Virtual Learning Lab ( Computers in Libraries)
“The Virtual Learning Lab was created with the needs of an academic library in mind, but given the educational applications of the zSpace K–12 STEM pack—which is perfect for use in public schools—and the popularity of makerspaces and similar creative services across all types of libraries, almost any library could find that a Virtual Learning Lab, or similar endeavor, is applicable to their situation. There is no doubt that 3D and VR technology is increasingly mainstream, and the quicker libraries accept that, the sooner patrons of all backgrounds and situations can have access to this incredible tech that will be impacting the way in which we live on a daily basis, in our schools and in our homes. As any early adopter knows, the price of catching technology as it hits the market is not cheap. But consider the fact that libraries are preparing patrons for the future and introducing them to technologies that they may have no other way of accessing. That impact is priceless.”

Becoming an Open Library Leader | Leading from the Library ( Library Journal)
“The basic premise is that open leaders are authentic and transparent. Their work is guided by those two primary qualities, yet they retain the organizational control necessary to avoid dysfunction. What does that mean in practice? Leaders are open about their vision, the roadmap to get there, and what defines success. Staff participate to shape the outcome and share responsibility to achieve it. The democratic leadership style is the primary vehicle for giving staff more ownership of organizational decision making”

Maine State Library study finds that Librarian is one of the most trusted professions
(Stephen’s Lighthouse)
“A recent survey by the Maine State Library shows that librarians are the second most trusted professionals out of the 22 professions studied. The purpose of this research was to determine the perceived trustworthiness of librarians compared to other professions and to assess perceptions of librarians across demographic groups.The only profession viewed as more trustworthy is nursing”

Ohio: Columbus Metropolitan Library Will End Overdue Fines Beginning on January 1, 2017
(INFOdocket)
“The Columbus Metropolitan Library is the most recent library system to stop fines as a way to get patrons to return overdue books and other materials.The library board approved the measure, which will take effect on Jan. 1, on Thursday.”

LJ’s Best Books of 2016 ( Library Journal)
“A jury of our peers discussed, debated, disagreed, and finally declared LJ’s annual Top Ten Best Books of the year, selected by our editors, as well as Top Five lists for genre fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels, and SELF-e titles”

Making the Library an Asset for Your Local Elected Officials ( Stephen’s Lighthouse)
A must see article from Library Journal for every library administrator who wants to find out how to nurture their relationship with elected officials by offering library research services, calculating taxpayer return on investment (ROI) and creating effective infohraphics and marketing campaigns.

Iowa startup Terva wants to be Zillow for farmland ( Reserach Buzz)
“When you’re looking to buy residential property, it’s easy to use a site like Zillow to find out almost everything you would want to know about a home. If you’re a farmer looking to expand your acreage, the process isn’t quite as simple. The Ames startup Terva is hoping to simplify the process and to become the destination site for agricultural real estate.”

Libraries Deliver: Ambition for Public Libraries in England 2016 to 2021 ( Stephen’s Lighthouse)
“Nearly 60% of the population holds a current library card; in the financial year 2014 to 2015, libraries in England received 224.6 million physical visits, more than visits to Premier League football games, the cinema, and the top 10 UK tourist attractions combined.  This report challenges both central and local government to think and act differently to transform library services. Libraries should be integral to all public service strategies. They must demonstrate their value to service commissioners – promoting themselves as an asset not a cost. In turn, we are urging commissioners to consider a ‘libraries first’ approach when planning services for their communities.

Deep Web Research and Discovery Resources 2017 ( LLRX)
“The Deep Web covers trillions of pages of information in various files and formats that the current search engines on the internet either cannot find or have difficulty indexing in their respective search results. This report and guide by internet guru Marcus P. Zillman provides researchers with a comprehensive and wide ranging bibliography of “deep web” data, information, documents, code, papers, applications and cutting edge tools. They may be used individually, in groups and in combination, as key drivers to build approaches and queries to harness knowledge and information services that create strategic, actionable results for your clients, users and customers, across all communities of best practice.”

Why do Customers Unfollow You? ( David Lee King)
“It’s a really good article – click through and give it a read. Some highlights include:

  • People are turned off by too many promotional posts
  • People like it when you show personality
  • People don’t like it when you’re too quiet!
  • They’ll follow you if they are interested in what you’re doing (well … duh)

Big reminder – don’t use social media as a broadcast medium where you primarily post promotions. Social media channels are used to start conversations – not post billboards.”

ChaCha closes its doors ( Phil Bradley’s weblog)
“A human moderated search engine is one where you can ask your question, and it will be passed onto a real live person to give you an answer. In total ChaCha answered about 2.25 billion questions, had 100,000 guides and employed about 440 people. At its peak it had about 370 million page views in August 2012, and this had dropped to 6 million in November 2016. It really does seem that this type of engine doesn’t work. Mahalo tried and failed, as did TrueKnowledge and we’re currently left with AskJelly and Answerbag with probably the best being WikiAnswers.”

LexisNexis to Retire lexis.com Service, Upgrade Customers to Lexis Advance Legal Information Solution Over Next 12 Months ( Library Stuff)
““LexisNexis®announced today that it will retire its legacy online legal research service, lexis.com® and upgrade U.S. legal professionals to the company’s Lexis Advance® solution.Lexis Advance is an innovative legal information solution offering with an impressive array of content, current awareness, analytics and decision tools. The time is right to retire lexis.com and open up the significant advantages of Lexis Advance to all of our customers.”

Online Learning:  Coursera’s Most Popular Courses and Specializations of 2016
( INFOdocket)
The free online learning platform Coursera offers 1,800 courses and specializations Take a look at 2016  most popular courses and specializations  .

Say Hello to Hoaxy: “Indiana University Researchers Launch Tool to Understand Spread of Fake News” (INFOdocket)
“The tool, called Hoaxy, visualizes how claims in the news — and fact checks of those claims — spread online through social networks. The tool is built upon earlier work at IU led by Filippo Menczer, a professor and director of the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research in the IU School of Informatics and Computing.”

Brand new, $32.4 million Elmhurst Community Library opens (Times Ledger)
I am very proud with the opening of our new 32,000 square feet Elmhurst Community Library with additional  “13,000 square feet of outdoor space with two green roofs, a learning garden and features a sleek and modern glass cube reading room. Construction of the new terraclad structure began in 2011 and it replaces the smaller library built in 1906.”

Notable Lectures & Presentations: Library of Congress, Arnold Hirshon, Tara Radniecki, Chrissy Klenke, Sue Mehrer, Andy Priestner

VIDEO of “BIBFRAME on the Move” Event at Library of Congress ( Library Journal)
Video presentation from Library of Congress on the  BIBFRAME linked data initative.

Key trends in academic libraries (Lone Wolf Librarian)
Arnold Hirshon, Associate Provost and University Librarian at Case Western Reserve University  identifies key trends in academic libraries.

Beyond Books: How Libraries of the Digital Age Can Foster Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Lone Wolf Librarian)
Chrissy Klenke and Tara Radniecki from University of Nevada on how their academic library is fostering innovation.

From industry to academia: user-centred design driving library service innovation (Lone Wolf Librarian)
Sue Mehrer, Deputy Librarian and Andy Priestner Futurelib Programme Manager at Cambridge University Library highlight the development of Spacefinder  web service using
customer experience and user design techniques.

TED Talks: How AI can bring on a second Industrial Revolution (Lone Wolf Librarian)
Kevin Kelly, executive editor of Wired magazine on how Artificial intelligence (AI) can bring on a second Industrial Revolution.

An Introduction to the Digital Public Library of America (dp.la) (Lone Wolf Librarian)
A webinar introducing the Digital Library of America (DPLA) organized by the Arizona Library Association.

 

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Week 45,46,47 & 48 :California State Library Starts Veterans Connect @ the Library, New Digital Literacy Strategic Brief Released, PLA Publishes The First Project Outcome Annual Report, Linked Data: Building the Future for Libraries, Internet Archive Enhances Its Search Functionality

California State Library Starts Veterans Connect @ the Library   (Library Blogs Buzz Weekly)
“The California State Library developed a project to bring Veterans Resource Centers (VRCs) to public libraries in the state. Working in partnership with the California Department of Veterans Affairs, this project was supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the state librarian. Staffed by volunteers and AmeriCorps members, there are now 38 VRCs open in libraries statewide. According to the Veterans Connect @ the Library website, they aim to “provide information to reintegrate California veterans into the California workforce and our communities in order to provide veterans the quality of life of other Americans.”

Here are briefly the most important recommendations of the new brief:”

* Colleges, universities, libraries, and museums need to level up their digital literacy work beyond the current state of play, which is resigned to individual units, individual persons, or nothing at all.
*Colleges and universities must realize that students are increasingly producers and makers, not just knowledge consumers. They will have to create policies and practices that not only recognize, but also celebrate this historical shift.
*Unfolding technologies and, more importantly, emergent uses and practices require new kinds of collaborations. Governments at all levels (federal, state, and municipal), public and academic libraries, museums, and cultural heritage organizations must work together, from information-sharing initiatives and online communities of practice to developing joint digital literacy projects.”

InstantFlix—Providing a Voice for Independent Filmmakers (Library Journal)
“IndieFlix, the premier platform for independent film, was founded by filmmakers for fellow filmmakers and their audiences around the world. With over 8,000 films representing over 85 countries and showcased at thousands of film festivals around the world, IndieFlix has helped give a voice to independent directors and producers. The proprietary IndieFlix distribution platform collects thousands of short and feature-length films in an easy-to-use interface that compensates filmmakers for every minute of viewing.”Google opens up its new product for business file sharing “Team Drives” to early adopters ( TechCrunch)
“Google is opening up applications to businesses interested in testing its new file-sharing product called Team Drives. Announced earlier this fall, the focus of Team Drives is to offer companies an easier way to share files across their organization, along with more granular access controls over the content those shared folders contain. Some people may need to have rights to actually edit the documents, while others may only need to view them, of course, but there also needs to be controls in place that would prevent users from removing or deleting files, either intentionally or by accident.”

Book Cleaning  (Library Journal)
An overview of  five deacidification and vacuum companies “specializing  in preservation of all kinds of materials, from books and newspapers to maps and other unique documents. “

Some DuckDuckGo tricks Google doesn’t have ( Phil Bradley’s weblog)
I always read very carefully Phil Bradley’s tips and insights on search engines.

Public Libraries: Public Library Association (PLA) Publishes First Project Outcome Annual Report (INFOdocket)
“The Public Library Association (PLA) has launched the first Project Outcome Annual ReportPLA’s Project Outcome is a FREE toolkit designed to help public libraries understand and share the true impact of essential library services and programs by providing simple surveys and an easy-to-use process for measuring and analyzing outcomes.Within the first year, Project Outcome aggregated over 17,000 patron surveys. Nearly 80% of those library users surveyed report that library programs and services have had some kind of positive impact on their lives in the last year.”

Licking County Library opens EnvisionWare 24-Hour Library Location ( Library Technology Guides)
“EnvisionWare, a leading provider of self-service and library efficiency solutions, announced today that Licking County Library has opened the first 24-Hour Library location in Ohio.The 24-Hour Library opened in partnership with Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) to provide 24 Hour Public Library Service in the Licking Heights School District. This location will enhance public library service in an area without a close branch, offering a collection of 340 items including books, DVD’s and audiobooks. The 24-Hour Library also offers digital e-books, holds pick-up and returns, and serves as a Wi-Fi Hotspot.”

America’s Star Libraries, 2016: Top-Rated Libraries ( Library Journal)
“The LJ Index rates U.S. public libraries based on selected per capita output measures.Eligible libraries are grouped by total operating expenditures and then, within each of those groups, rated based on how their five measures compare to the peer group’s means (or averages) of these five measures: library visits, circulation, program attendance, and public Internet terminal use—and, now, electronic circulation.”

COMPUTERS IN LIBRARIES: Digital Video – Merrily, Merrily, Merrily, Merrily Wading Into the Stream ( Information Today)
A must see article for academic and public librarians considering to move into streaming video services.Deg Farrelly, a media librarian at Arizona State University explores  licensing models, pricing , access, hosting and options for discovery of streaming video content.

 Designs For a $200 Million Renovation of New York Public Library’s Mid-Manhattan Branch Approved ( INFOdocket)
“The Library also shared some new details about the renovated branch. Highlights include:

  • It will have 35 percent more public space than the current Mid-Manhattan Library, which opened in the 1970s in a space designed to be a department store.
  • A “Long Room”—the largest element in the new branch which is depicted in the rendering— will offer five floors of open, browsable book stacks, and two floors of meeting rooms. The shelves will all be located on one side of the building, maximizing capacity and efficiency.
  • It will have the only rooftop terrace in midtown that will be free and open to the public
  • Children and teen libraries will be added to the branch
  • It will include an adult learning center (for ESOL classes, workforce development, etc) and a business library”

Partnerships: Public Libraries: San Antonio Public Iibrary Opens New Branch Inside YMCA Facility ( INFOdocket)
“Residents of San Antonio City Council District 6 have a new site where they can go to exercise their minds and bodies.The city recently unveiled the Mays Family YMCA and Potranco Branch Public Library at 8764 Highway 151. It’s the city’s first branch library within a YMCA. The Northwest Side facility was built with $4 million from the 2012-2017 bond project to serve the growing Alamo Ranch community.”

Tell Your Story: Video ( Stephen’s Lighthouse)
“Your library is the heart of your community. To give back, SirsiDynix created a video to help you show, share, and celebrate!”

code.gov Offers Resources on Open Source for Federal Agencies ( Information Today)
“According to FedScoop, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) launched code.gov, a repository for federal agencies’ open source projects. The open source code on the site can be used by other agencies as part of the new Federal Source Code Policy, which requires agencies to release at least 20% of their custom code as open source. There are nearly 50 projects from 10-plus agencies currently on the site, with more being added in the coming months.”

Ohio: Wright Memorial Public Library Launches Election 2016 Oral History Project (NFODocket)
“Wright Memorial Public Library is inviting local residents to share their thoughts and reactions to the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election in an oral history project .Those interested in participating in the project should contact the library, where “a librarian will audio record your impressions and reactions to be compiled with other community voices and shared on our website at a later date.”

New Australian Public Library Standards Launched, Documents Available Online
(INFOdocket)
“This transformation in public libraries is not about ‘flipping a switch’. It is about evolving purposefully, and figuring out how to leverage what already works well in our libraries as significant community institutions to steer users through a world of constant change. For libraries to thrive in this new environment, Library Managers and staff have to step outside of their comfort zone. They need to stay on top of innovation in the sector, identify ways to maximise community engagement, and make the library experience even more interactive and influential.”

Internet Archive Enhances Its Search Functionality ( Information Today)
“The Internet Archive introduced two features that are designed to improve searching its 20 million items in various collections: faceted filtering and full-text search. With the addition of faceted filtering, each search now features checkboxes on the left-hand side of search results for filters such as media type and topics and subjects. Full-text search, which is currently in beta, allows users to search across and within 9 million text items by checking the option “Search full text of books” underneath the text field of the search bar.”

Crowd Funding Resources 2016 ( LLRX)
“This white paper link dataset compilation by Marcus Zillman focuses on reliable and actionable sources and sites on crowd funding from around the world. For many entrepreneurs in the planning stages or for those already creating startups and seeking to develop monetary sources, crowd funding has become an essential part of a financial game plan. This white paper lists many of these sources in alphabetical order to assist researchers and entrepreneurs to leverage a wide range of opportunities specific to their requirements.”

Notable Lectures & Presentations: Cassie Guthrie, Maria McCauley, Tom Tobin, Patrick Loftus, Julie Walker, Duncan Smith, Lesley Andres

The Proper Care and Feeding of Your Library Director (Lone Wolf Librarian)
Cassie Guthrie reviews the relationship between the library director and the library board.

Dream Big: Future of Public Libraries ( Lone Wolf Librarian)
Maria McCauley, Director of Cambridge Public Library invites a panel to discuss the future of public libraries discussed.

Copyright Made Simple for Digital Educators ( Lone Wolf Librarian)
Tom Tobin from Northeastern Illinois University and Patrick Loftus from 3Play Media go over the basics of copyright law.

Linked Data: Building the Future for Libraries NoveList NoveList (Lone Wolf Librarian)
A must see presentation on linked data by Julie Walker, State Librarian of Georgia  and Duncan Smith, co-founder of NoveList.

IT Security for Librarians (Lone Wolf Librarian)
Important presentation on IT Security for libraries by Blake Carver, Systems Administrator at LYRASIS .

Survey Tips for Librarians (Lone Wolf Librarian)
Lesley Andres from University of British Columbia provides tips on how to build effective surveys.

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Week 40,41,42,43 &44 : Only 24% of Americans Approve Moving Books To Make Way For Tech Spaces, Urban Libraries Council Selects 2016 Top Innovators, Alexander Street Is Beta Testing The Open Music Library,User-Designed Libraries?

New PEW Study Shows That Only 24% of Americans Approve Moving Books To Make Way For Tech Spaces ( Library Blogs Buzz Weekly)
“Public libraries, many Americans say, should offer programs to teach people digital skills (80% think libraries should definitely do this) and help patrons learn how to use new creative technologies like 3-D printers (50%). At the same time, 57% of Americans say libraries should definitely offer more comfortable places for reading, working and relaxing.Yet, Americans are also divided on a fundamental question about how books should be treated at libraries: 24% support the idea of moving books and stacks in order to make way for more community- and tech-oriented spaces, while 31% say libraries should not move the books to create such spaces. About four-in-ten think libraries should maybe consider doing so.”

MARKETING LIBRARY SERVICES: Writing Tools That Motivate, Correct, Sync, and Structure ( Information Today)
“Jennifer E. Burke shares seven products that can help improve your writing. Some promise to free you from distraction; some sync across devices; and some claim to find more errors than your usual word-processing software.”

The Future of Stuff | Designing the Future (Library Journal)
“The trend of circulating “stuff” other than books and DVDs is not new, but a few libraries have begun to embrace it more fully. For example, the “Library of Things” at Hillsboro Public Library, OR—inspired partly by tool libraries like Berkeley’s and the Library of Things at Sacramento Public Library, CA—offers patrons access to musical instruments, tools such as infrared thermometers and thermal leak detectors, gold panning kits, bakeware and kitchen appliances, karaoke machines, and even commercial-grade popcorn and cotton candy machines.”

Proactive Librarianship | Designing the Future (Library Journal)
“We need to assess and reward outcomes and impacts, not processes and outputs. Focus on what needs to be done and then provide staff with the resources (including training) to make it happen. There have been too many times where I have seen a director wondering why staff is not more innovative when the director has not changed the way their staff is reviewed. Open every door in the place. While there are still reasons why library professionals need physical space, a lot of our work can be done with devices and a good internet connection”

NoveList?Announces?NoveList Select for Linked Data (EContent)
“The latest addition to the NoveList product line, NoveList Select for Linked Data builds upon linked data resources such as Linked Library Service, which helps libraries reach both users and non-users who are searching in their favorite search engine. NoveList Select for Linked Data combines rich metadata from author, series, and genre information with read-alike recommendations, appeal terms, and reviews from NoveList which allows libraries to provide even more information about their collections to patrons and potential patrons who are searching online.”

Niles PL Invites Kids to Be Library President for a Day (Library Journal)
“On September 1, Niles Public Library District (NPLD), IL, opened its Library Board President for a Day Contest to local students in grades K–8, asking for five to ten sentences explaining why they want to be library president. Winners will receive a “key to the library,” recognition at the November board of trustees meeting, front row seats at events, and the chance to help plan some of the library’s programming. Contestants must either hold a Niles Public Library District card or attend a school served by the district. Deadline for entries is October 23, and the winner will be announced on November 18, Election Day.”

Urban Libraries Council (ULC) Announces Recipients of 2016 Top Innovators and Honorable Mentions Awards at Annual Forum (Library Journal)
10 US and Canadian public libraries  were recognized by the Urban Libraries Council ULC  as 2016 Top Innovators for  “public library programs focused on education, digital inclusion, healthy communities and library operations. ”

Open Music Library Combines Free and Subscription Databases ( library Journal)
“Academic database and streaming media publisher Alexander Street is beta testing the Open Music Library (OML), a new online resource that will eschew database paywalls, enabling non-subscribers to discover and use high-quality open access and public domain content from contributors such as the Library of Congress (LC) and the British Library (BL), while offering subscribers a seamless experience discovering and using free and for-fee content together. OML is still in development and won’t officially launch until 2017, but the open beta is live at openmusiclibrary.org, allowing interested users to explore OML and join a discussion forum for music researchers and librarians to submit comments, suggestions, and requests. Currently, the OML beta features more than 200,000 digitized scores, 33,000 articles (including paid and open access), and content from more than 100 journals.”

Usability and Desirability | The User Experience (Library Journal)
“Customer service is the first touch point that comes to mind when thinking about desirability. Nothing can ruin a user’s experience quite like a bad service interaction.”

Innovative introduces new APIs and broad functionality enhancements in Sierra Release 2.4 ( Library Technology Guides)
“The wide-reaching enhancements in Sierra Release 2.4 include:

  • Improved user experience with Sierra Web Application style and design updates;
  • Greater feature parity between Sierra Web Application and Sierra Desktop Application, with the ability to search across MARC tags in Create Lists;
  • Expanded SIP2 support for patron-initiated activities – enables, for example, offline mode for checking materials in and out at self-check machines;
  • Enhanced support for wildcard certificates using Web Access Management, so libraries can simplify workflows by managing proxied access to secure websites using a single static wildcard certificate.”

Librarian of the People | LJ Interview (Library Journal)
“Dr. Carla Hayden was sworn in as the new Librarian of Congress. The first African American and the first woman to hold the position in American history, she is also only the third to have worked in a library prior to her appointment.”

Librarians’ Picks | Library by Design, Fall 2016 (Library Journal)
Take a look at the recent design choices by librarians who have recently completed building projects.

Placements & Salaries 2016: Explore All the Data (Library Journal)
Details on jobs and pay for 2015 LIS grads, broken down by region, type of role, school, and more.

Taiwan: Taipei Public Library Expands Services Through 10,000 Convenience Stores (INFODocket)
“The service, however, is not free. Users must have a library card, must register online as a convenience store service user, and must pay a deposit of NT$200 (US$6.29), according to the library. Members can borrow up to five books each time but also have to pay a distribution fee of NT$50 for the delivery, the library said.”

Illinois: Mayor Wants to Co-Locate New Chicago Public Library Branches in Public Housing Developments (INFODocket)
“The new libraries would replace existing branches and be of normal size, ranging from 10,000 square feet to 16,000 square feet.  They would likely be located on the ground floor of the housing developments and would offer programs targeted to children and families from public housing as well as those living in the surrounding area.”

User-Designed Libraries | Design4Impact (Library Journal)
“These days, collecting deep public input before the design phase of a new construction or renovation of a library is de rigueur, with methods ranging from focus groups to community outreach to social media. But a few libraries are taking it to the next level, not just finding out what patrons need or value and filtering that through the lens of librarian and architect expertise but also letting users directly drive design decisions in collaboration with the professionals.”

Notable Lectures & Presentations: Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Ellyssa Kroski, R. David Lankes, S.L.Faisal, Laurie Brown

Learn About Fair Use in New Video From Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society (INFOdocket)
The video produced by the  Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society  explains the basic principles of Fair Use.

Makerspaces in Libraries: Embracing DIY Culture in Your Library (Lone Wolf Librarian)
Ellyssa Kroski , Director of Information Technology at The New York Law Institute reviews maker spaces in libraries.

The Future of Libraries: Predicting Through Invention (Lone Wolf Librarian)
According to R David Lankes “the best way to predict the future of libraries is to invent it.”

The Library Experience: 10 Trends that define Libraries for a new age (Lone Wolf Librarian)
Excellent presentation by S.L.Faisal from the Library at Kendriya Vidyalaya Pattom on the 10 trends defining future libraries.

How to Deliver Great Library Customer Service (Lone Wolf Librarian)
Laurie Brown’s expert advise on delivering great library customer service.

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Week 36,37,38, & 39: Blockchain Is The Technology Behind The Next Generation Of The Internet, Human Centered Design Is Gaining Popularity In Libraries, Join The “Library 2.016: Libraries of the Future” Mini-Conference,Only 17% of Adult Americans Are Digital Ready, EBSCO Develops Stacks, A Turnkey Web Content Management System for Public Libraries

Blockchain Is The Technology Behind The Next Generation Of The Internet ( Library Blogs Buzz Weekly)
“What is the blockchain? In this TED talk Don Tapscott is  “demystifying this world-changing, trust-building technology which, he says, represents nothing less than the second generation of the internet and holds the potential to transform money, business, government and society.”

 You Can Now Rent a ZipCar at Nine Branches of the Brooklyn Public Library (INFOdocket)
Brooklyn Public Library card holders can join Zipcar and get $30 in free driving. In addition, customers can borrow a car named after their favorite Brooklyn based author.

The Future of Futures | Designing the Future (Library Journal)
“This highly creative approach to problem solving is gaining popularity in libraries as they plan for what lies ahead. Human-centered design, also known as design thinking, focuses on defining and then resolving concerns by paying attention to the needs, aspirations, and wishes of people—in the case of libraries, not only a library’s patrons but its staff, administration, and members of the community who may not be library customers…yet.While human-centered design has been around in one form or another since the 1970s, primarily in the tech and retail sectors, it got the library world’s attention in the mid-2010s, building on the momentum around user experience (UX) design.”

3 Ways to Measure Your Social Media Results Using Hootsuite (Stephen’s Lighthouse)
Hootsuite allows you to manage your social media accounts with free, paid or custom reports.

NMC and COSN Release Horizon Report > 2016 K-12 Edition & Digital Toolkit (INFOdocket)
“The NMC/CoSN Horizon Report > 2016 K-12 Edition identifies “Coding as a Literacy” and “Students as Creators” as short-term trends accelerating the adoption of educational technology in K-12 education over the next one to two years. “Collaborative Learning” and “Deeper Learning Approaches” are mid-term trends expected to drive technology use in the next three to five years; meanwhile, “Redesigning Learning Spaces” and “Rethinking How Schools Work” are long-term trends anticipated to impact institutions for the next five years or more.”

Explore Libraries of the Future at Free, Online Library 2.016 Conference  (Stephen’s Lighthouse)
“Take a break from your day-to-day work and shift your thoughts to the future at the Library 2.016 mini-conference on Thursday, October 6, 2016, from noon to 3 p.m. U.S. Pacific Time. Sponsored by our school, the “Library 2.016: Libraries of the Future” will be a unique opportunity to learn from library experts and civic leaders, meeting at the intersection of information, education, technology, and community.”

Only 17% of American Adults confident in their ability to use digital tools to pursue learning ( Library Blogs Buzz Weekly)
A recent study ” Digital Readiness Gaps” by Pew Research Center shows that only 17% of American Adults are confident in their ability to use digital tools to pursue learning.  The study assessed specifically “American adults according to five main factors: their confidence in using computers, their facility with getting new technology to work, their use of digital tools for learning, their ability to determine the trustworthiness of online information, and their familiarity with contemporary “education tech” terms. It is important to note that the findings here just cover people’s learning activities in digital spaces and do not address the full range of important things that people can do online or their “readiness” to perform them.”

collectionHQ Dashboard available now (Library Technology Guides)
“The Dashboard introduces new performance metrics that are displayed through a series of interactive charts and graphs, offering a unique way for collectionHQ users to identify areas of high performance and where improvements need to be made. Not only are the performance charts visually appealing and easy to understand, but they can also be filtered to show performance by location, collection and time period.”

New Six Digital BiblioTech Library Kiosks Installed At VIA San Antonio Bus Stations  (Library Blogs Buzz Weekly)
“Branded the Ride and Read initiative, Bexar County’s all-digital public library, BiblioTech, is partnering with VIA Metropolitan Transit to provide public transit users free access to more than 40,000 e-books and other media to enjoy on their bus routes. At VIA’s Centro Plaza Wednesday morning, representatives from both organizations revealed one of six digital library kiosks to be stationed at various transit centers around the city. The machine looks and functions like an ATM, complete with its own bank of digital books, comics, movies, and more, ready to be downloaded to readers’ tablets, smartphones, and e-readers.”

Video: All Aboard! Take a Look at NYPL’s New State of the Art Conveyor System (aka “Book Train”) in Action (INFOdocket)
“The New York Public Library has installed a new, state-of-the-art conveyor system in its Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street to transport requested research materials from newly-expanded storage under Bryant Park to researchers throughout the library.”

NYC public wi-fi terminals learn tough lessons about the Internet (ReadWriteWeb)
“The Alphabet Inc. subsidiary focused on urban innovation, Sidewalk Labs, suffered a setback as porn and privacy concerns beset its public web terminals on New York City streets. Bloomberg says the web-surfing component of the experimental LinkNYC project is being scaled back after four years. The project lead is CityBridge, a consortium of companies led by Google’s Sidewalk Labs.”

The University of Toronto Libraries Zero-to-Low Cost Course Project “Takes the Cost Burden Out of Course Packs” (INFOdocket)
“The project  connects professors with librarians to find ways of sourcing course material digitally.  “Students were paying exorbitant prices for these course packs for things that were already available for free,” says Graeme Slaght, copyright outreach librarian at U of T libraries’ scholarly communications and copyright office. The program, run by the copyright office, is estimated to have saved students over $400,000 since 2015. ”

EBSCO Gives Libraries More Control Over Their Websites (Information Today)
“EBSCO Information Services and Stacks, Inc. announced the release of Stacks, a web content management system for libraries. EBSCO is an exclusive reseller of this platform, which allows libraries to change the look and feel of their websites by choosing customizable themes, drag-and-drop layouts, social media integrations, support for 60-plus languages, and other features. They can also market their programs and services, manage event registrations, conduct surveys, and create research guides.”

Notable Lectures & Presentations: Lynn Connaway, Lorcan Dempsey 

Anticipating library user needs in 2030: Preparing for the next generation library  (Lone Wolf Librarian)
Lynn Connaway, Director of Research at OCLS explores the customer needs in the next generation libraries.

Library futures: converging and diverging  (Lone Wolf Librarian)
“Our traditional model was one in which we thought of the user in the life of the library…but we are now increasingly thinking about the library in the life of the user.                                                                                                                                               Lorcan Dempsey”

A video introduction to Yandex (Phil Bradley’s weblog)
Helpful introduction to the Russian search engine Yandex by Phil Bradley. You can get more information about For more info you can go toPhil Bradley’s training site at http://philbradleytraining.weebly.com/ .

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Week 31,32,33,34 &35: New Helsinki Central Library Designed By Residents, What is the Purpose-Based Library ?Library in Finland Installs Soundproofed Karaoke Booth, NASA With New Web Portal For Research, At The Request of Sno-Isle Libraries OverDrive Develops Demand-Driven Acquisition (DDA) Model, What is the Decentralized Web?

Helsinki’s New Library is Pretty Cool ( David Lee King)
“The new Helsinki Central Library, due to open in 2018, was designed for the urban dwellers of Helsinki by the residents themselves. That’s the reason why the new library will have, among other things, a movie theatre, music studio, restaurant, open workspaces and a “citizen balcony” – not to forget the traditional library space, of course.”

The Purpose-Based Library [American Libraries] (Library Link of the Day)
John Huber and Steven Potter authors of the  The Purpose-Based Library: Finding Your Path to Survival, Success, and Growth  pose the questions: What is your library’s purpose? Is it to check out books? Is it to be a jobs program? Is it to be publicly subsidized recreation for people who don’t want to play sports? Is it to provide a spectacle so people can come and see what crazy thing is happening at the library this week? Libraries are ideally positioned, both physically and virtually, to make a great impact on nearly every community in this country. The question is what does your community need, and how can your library behave in a purposeful way to help achieve that community vision”

Libraries of the future are going to change in some unexpected ways (Library Link of the Day)
“According to David Pescovitz, co-editor at Boing Boing and research director at the Institute for the Future, a Palo Alto-based collective that makes forecasts about our world, it’s likely in the coming decades that society’s traditional understanding of a library will get completely upended. In 50 years’ time, Pescovitz tells Business Insider, libraries are poised to become all-in-one spaces for learning, consuming, sharing, creating, and experiencing — to the extent that enormous banks of data will allow people to “check out” brand-new realities, whether that’s scaling Mt. Everest or living out an afternoon as a dog.

Access-to-Own now available on ProQuest Ebook Central platform (Library Technology Guides)
“The Access-to-Own model adds to the wide choice of flexible ebook acquisition options available on the ProQuest Ebook Central platform. Libraries can choose from a variety of access models or mix and match models to build ebook collections that best fit their patrons’ needs and maximize library budgets.”

In Philadelphia, Public Libraries are Serving as Hubs of Health Information (Nurses in the Library) (INFOdocket)
“Now, with support from a President’s Engagement Prize, Penn School of Nursing graduate Melanie Mariano will help Philadelphia’s public libraries become hubs of health information and preventive health care for the city’s residents.As the project evolves, she would like to expand across the city to involve nurses from neighborhood clinics who would spend time in other Free Library branches, perhaps even providing first aid and immunizations.”

NISO Works on API for Improving Access to Econtent (Information Today)
I am very proud to announce that the new “Flexible API Framework for E-Content in Libraries” was submitted by Kelvin Watson, Chief Innovation and Technology Officer and Christopher Carvey, Director of Interactive Customer Experience from our own Queens Library IT Department. The proposed NISO (National Information Standards Organization)  project  “is aiming to create a flexible API framework for libraries to improve access to digital content such as ebooks.”

University of Oklahoma Expands Networked Virtual Reality Lab (Library Journal)
“Developed by the University of Oklahoma Libraries Innovation @ the Edge staff and launched early this year, the new Oklahoma Virtual Academic Laboratory (OVAL) is already hosting interactive coursework for students enrolled in architecture, interior design, chemistry and biochemistry, art history, English, journalism, and library and information science classes.The two virtual reality (VR) stations at Oklahoma’s Bizzell Memorial Library include railed chairs that were custom designed by the university’s physics fabrication lab to enable a range of motion and cable management, 3dconnexion Space Navigator 3D Mice, Leap Motion Controllers (to enable interactive hand movements), Oculus Rift head mounted displays, and PCs that the staff outfitted with high-end graphics cards, fast CPUs, and plenty of RAM. (For libraries interested in creating similar VR workstations, off-the-shelf Oculus-ready PCs currently retail as low as $600–$800, “gaming chairs” for $100, 3D Mice for $100, Leap motion controllers for $40, and Oculus headsets for $600, totaling about $1,500 per station at the low end.)”

Finland library installs karaoke booth (Library Stuff)
“A library in southern Finland wants people to sing their hearts out during their next visit – in a soundproofed karaoke booth.Locals can reserve up to two hours in the booth using their library cards, and once inside they’ll be able to choose from more than 3,000 songs, all listed on the library’s website. ”

American Chemistry Society (ACS) Launching Preprint Server, ChemRxiv (INFOdocket)
ChemRxiv is expected to follow the established models of arXiv in physics and bioRxiv in the life sciences by enabling researchers working across diverse areas of inquiry to share early results and data with their scientist-colleagues ahead of formal peer review and publication,” says Kevin Davies, Ph.D., who, as Vice President within the ACS Publications Division, will be spearheading the effort as part of a joint undertaking with the Society’s Chemical Abstracts Service.”

Microsoft’s HoloLens sells out, goes commercial (ReadWriteWeb)
“Microsoft has declared HoloLens, its augmented reality headset, “open for business” with the launch of its commercial suite.” Aimed at enterprise, the suite has additional security and management features that won’t make it to the consumer model.”

Dokki1 library: Denmark’s futuristic “citizen space” has been named the world’s best public library (Library Stuff)
“There’s hope for this new era in libraries, encapsulated in Denmark’s vast Dokki1, a mixed-used “citizen space” with meeting rooms, art installations, classrooms, performance stages, makers’ workshops, and playgrounds, in addition to the usual rows of bookshelves. At 35,000 square meter (377,00 square feet), Dokki1 is the largest library in Scandinavia.”

Braigo launches web app to help blind people parse text on images (Tech Crunch)
Braigo Platform is a free web application aimed at anyone who needs accessibility solutions for the visually impaired. The platform supports more than 50 languages, and can be used to extract text from images from a variety of sources, whether from the web or from a phone.

 NASA Unveils New Public Web Portal for Research Results (Library Stuff)
“The creation of the NASA-Funded Research Results portal on NASA.gov reflects the agency’s ongoing commitment to providing broad public access to science data.”

Sno-Isle, OverDrive Test Demand-Driven Ebook Acquisition (Library Journal)
“At the request of Sno-Isle Libraries, WA, OverDrive has developed a demand-driven acquisition (DDA) model for popular ebooks, enabling patrons to discover thousands of titles for which the library has not yet purchased a license. When a user checks out one of these titles, Sno-Isle is invoiced, and the ebook is added to the library’s collection in a transaction that appears seamless to the patron. Unfortunately, audiobooks had to be cut from the project after two weeks, due to unexpected popularity and resulting expense. The day after the project was launched—without publicity—Sno-Isle was invoiced for $14,000 in ebook and audiobook DDA purchases. Over the next two weeks, DDA purchases sometimes exceeded $17,000 per day, surprising both Sno-Isle and OverDrive. Once audiobooks were pulled, daily invoices decreased to the $7,000 range, and have since leveled off to about $5,000 per day..”

NYPL Opens Permanent Library at Rikers Island (Library Journal)
“NYPL’s Correctional Services (CS) team has been providing library services at Rikers Island since 1984, currently operating five satellite libraries throughout the complex’s ten jails—mobile book carts that move from unit to unit, or rooms that share space with other programs, requiring the books to be boxed up and removed at the end of each session. The new 1,200-volume library at the Rose M. Singer Center (RMSC) is the first to occupy dedicated space. Decorated with posters and vibrant, comfortable furnishings, the library is open for six hours every Tuesday, serving half of the facility every other week. Inmates may check out two books at a time for two weeks.”

Library Charged $1.5 Million for Journal Archive ( Library Link of the Day)
“Although the Milwaukee papers were among the first to be digitized, they were not the first to be held hostage by NewsBank, which charged other public libraries the following prices, according to Kiely.

  • The Seattle Public library paid $400,000 for the digital rights to the Seattle Times
  • The East Baton Rouge Public Library paid $800,000 for the rights to the Baton Rouge Advocate
  • The Sacramento Public Library will pay $1.2 million over 5 years for the Sacramento Bee records.”

When Libraries Don’t Provide Value (Designing Better Libraries)
“Research by two customer strategy consultants has identified 30 things that could be described as components of value. While the authors of “The 30 Things Customers Really Value” acknowledge that what constitutes value can vary from person to person, they believe their 30 building blocks of value cover most fundamental human needs.
We need to be more explicit about what that library value means, how exactly we deliver value and to intentionally design for value delivery.If librarians are unable to articulate what elements of value they provide to the community – and exactly how it is accomplished – then perhaps we don’t provide value. And when we do say we provide value we need research to confirm what we do and how it brings value to the community.”

Article: “New York Public Library Reads Up on the Cloud” (INFOdocket)
“Four years ago, the New York Public Library began to move its web properties to the cloud. Today, the library system has all of its approximately 80 web sites in the cloud. The library has shrunk the number of on-premise servers by 40% and is running those web properties 95% more cheaply than if it had bought the hardware and software to do it all by itself.”

What is the Decentralized Web? ( David Lee King)
“Tech leaders from around the world recently convened for the first Decentralized Web Summit. The group ranged from the Web’s creator, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, to today’s leading innovators, and their mission was to discuss a reorganization of the Internet, an abstract concept they call the “Decentralized Web”. According to Cory Doctorow a Decentralized Web  is a  “Web designed to resist attempts to centralize its architecture, services, or protocols [so] that no individual, state, or corporation can substantially control its use. ”

University of New Hampshire Librarian Leaves $4 Million to School (INFOdocket)
“Morin’s financial adviser, Edward Mullen, said the library worker was able to accumulate so much wealth because he never spent any money. Mullen started working with Morin in the early 1970s, and said by the 2000s he had saved quite a bit of cash in his checking and savings accounts. There was almost $1 million in his retirement account alone. Mullen said Morin had an older vehicle and, despite being a millionaire, he ate frozen dinners.”

Notable Lectures & Presentations: Alice White, Open Repositories 2016, Academic Art Museum and Library Summit

Open repositories 2016 ( Lone Wolf Librarian)
Presentations at the Open Repositories 2016 conference in Dublin, Ireland

Wikipedian in Residence at the Wellcome Library ( Lone Wolf Librarian)
Alice White at the Wellcome Library in the IK reviews her role as a Wikimedian in Residence.

New White Paper: “Prospects and Strategies for Deep Collaboration in the Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums Sector” (INFOdocket)
“This paper reports on the findings of a working summit hosted by the University of Miami in January 2016 at which the administrative heads of art museums and libraries from fourteen academic institutions convened to explore the barriers to—and opportunities for—deeper intra-institutional museum-library collaborations.”

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Week 27,28,29 &30: Human Libraries Have Real People On Their Bookshelves, Active Shooter Policies In Libraries, ACRL Encourages Open Access Publishing, Amazon Starts Singles Classics, Toronto Public Library Shows Website Searches In Real Time

What do modern libraries loan? Human books [CNN] (Library Link of the Day)
“A Human Library is just like a real library but instead of paperbacks and hard covers, we have real people on our bookshelves,” said Ronni Abergel, cofounder of the Human Library Organization.You can borrow the bipolar or the Muslim or the transgender or the homeless, and in this way you get a chance to talk to this person and you may just realize what you have in common.”

COMPUTERS IN LIBRARIES: Top 10 Digital Archives Blogs (Information Today)
“Here’s a list of bests to help you sift through the noise—online journals, blogs, and RSS and Twitter feeds—to keep you abreast of what’s happening in the quickly evolving world of digital archives, electronic records, digital preservation and curation, personal archiving, digital humanities, and more.”

Canada: Newfoundland and Labrador Public Library Closures Suspended Until Review Completed (Library Journal)
“Newfoundland and Labrador’s education minister says he has requested a suspension of the decision to restructure the public library system.Dale Kirby stated during a scrum with reporters Thursday that he was never comfortable with the decision, and says the it was made following consultations with Premier Dwight Ball and members of the Provincial Information and Library Resources Board.He also acknowledged that the widespread opposition to the decision was a factor.”

What do modern libraries loan? Human books [CNN] (Library Link of the Day)
“A Human Library is just like a real library but instead of paperbacks and hard covers, we have real people on our bookshelves,” said Ronni Abergel, cofounder of the Human Library Organization.You can borrow the bipolar or the Muslim or the transgender or the homeless, and in this way you get a chance to talk to this person and you may just realize what you have in common.”

Creating Immersive Experiences in Libraries ( David Lee King)
While at ALA Annual 2016, I attended a presentation titled Be Our Guest: Creating Immersive Experiences in Libraries. Dave Cobb at the Thinkwell Group spoke, and then Steven Bell and John Blyberg briefly spoke, providing sort of a “reaction” to the presentation. Dave Cobb introduced the idea of experience design, and gave a lot of examples along the way, including some library examples – the Cerritos Library being the most well-known example of experience design in action. You can read more about experience design elements at the Cerritos Library here.

Active Shooter Policies in Libraries | ALA Annual 2016 ( Library Journal)
“How many of you would be prepared to handle an active shooter in your library? How many of you have an active shooter policy?” Few hands were raised when BreAnne Meier from the North Dakota State Library asked these relevant questions at the Active Shooter Policies in Libraries Program at the American Library Association (ALA)’s recent Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.”

New Hampshire Library Defends Use Of Online Anonymity Software (NPR)
“There are ways to make you less visible online, and one of the most popular is a tool called Tor. It’s software that lets you search the web without revealing your identity or location. The Kilton Public Library in Lebanon, N.H., has been running Tor on its public computers for about a year. It’s also installed a Tor relay, which permits other people using Tor elsewhere to appear as though they are working out of the library.”

Judge rules against group trying to halt sale of Brooklyn Heights Library (Library Stuff)
“A group that had sought to stop the controversial sale and development of the Brooklyn Heights Library lost its case in court last week when state Supreme Court Justice Justice Dawn Jiminez-Salta rejected its claims.Love Brooklyn Libraries, Inc., headed by Brooklyn resident Marsha Rimler, had challenged the project’s environmental review, but the court dismissed the claims on July 7, saying they lacked merit.”

Librarians’ Picks | Library by Design, Spring 2016 (Library Journal)
“The latest designs in furnishings and fixtures add punch and patron interest to building projects. How many would work in your library?”

Introducing SimplyE: 300,000 E-Books to Browse, Borrow, and Read ( NYPL)
“The New York Public Library just released SimplyE, a new app that gives NYPL cardholders the ability to browse, borrow, and read more than 300,000 e-books from the Library’s collections in just a few easy steps. You can download the the initial release of SimplyE for iPhone/iPad or Android, log in with your NYPL card barcode and PIN, and start reading. We’re working to add additional features for the app in the near future, including a Kindle Fire version, a desktop reader, an mp3 audiobook format, as well as page bookmarking and text annotations.”

ACRL Announces New Open Access Policy Statement (Information Today)
“ACRL published its Policy Statement on Open Access to Scholarship by Academic Librarians, which was approved by its board of directors on June 25, 2016. “As our profession adapts to new roles and a changing academic landscape, it is timely to have an official policy statement encouraging academic librarians to model open access publishing decisions for their own work as they advocate for discipline faculty and researchers to choose open access outlets to disseminate their research,” says Irene M.H. Herold, president of ACRL.”

Ebooks: Amazon.com Launches “Kindle Singles Classics”, 99 Cents or Free For Kindle Unlimited Subscribers (INFOdocket)
“Kindle announced the launch of Singles Classics–a way to make iconic articles, stories and essays from well-known authors writing for top magazines and periodicals available in digital form, many for the first time. Readers can now enjoy easy access to hard-to-find and long-lost articles and stories written by some of their favorite authors.Singles Classics are priced from $0.99 and available for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.”

Nicolle Ingui Davies, LJ’s 2016 Librarian of the Year, is the New Director of Charleston County (SC) Public Library (INFOdocket)
2016 LJ Librarian of the Year, Nicole Davies is leaving the Arapahoe Library District in Colorado where she is the executive director and heading to Charleston, South Carolina to lead the Charleston County Public Library.”

Why Libraries Are Everywhere in the Czech Republic (Library Stuff)
“There are libraries everywhere you look in the country — it has the densest library network in the world, according to a survey conducted for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. There are more libraries than grammar schools. In fact, there is one library for every 1,971 Czech citizens, the survey found — four times as many, relative to population, as the average European country, and 10 times as many as the United States, which has one for every 19,583 people.”

Introducing Researcher—accessing credible sources and cited content just got easier (Microsoft Office Blog)
“Researcher is a new service in Word that helps you find and incorporate reliable sources and content for your paper in fewer steps. Right within your Word document you can explore material related to your topic and add it—and its properly-formatted citation—in one click. Researcher uses the Bing Knowledge Graph to pull in the appropriate content from the web and provide structured, safe and credible information”

Toronto Public Library reveals its website searches in real time (Library Stuff)
“The library has developed a tool using Google analytics that pulls search topics into one spot and updates in real time, offering a fascinating glimpse into the city’s psyche — and a slightly addictive browser screen.”

A new venture in training ( Phil Bradley’s weblog)
Phil Bradley is planning new “Advanced search for Librarians” and  “Apps for Librarians” training classes. 

OUTREACH SERVICES FOR TEEN LIBRARY STAFF: WHAT SOME STAFF ARE DOING OUTSIDE THE WALLS OF LIBRARIES (YALSA Blog)
“Each month I interview a teen services librarian or teen services staff to share their outreach services and/or programs they deliver to underserved and underrepresented teens. This type of work takes them outside the walls of the library and while some of the programs and services they present may be traditional like bringing books, poetry writing programs, etc. the populations they serve are often the marginalized-teens who may be incarcerated, youth in foster care, populations like new and non-readers, LBGT teens, teens of color, poor and homeless teens.”

Notable Lectures & Presentations: Richard Byrne

How to Create a Book Trailer Video ( Stephen’s Lighthouse)
Richard Byrne demonstrates how to create a book trailer video using Stupeflix, Photos for Class, Bitly, and Vocaroo.

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