Week 49: Top Problems with Library Websites,20% of Students Use Smartphones in Class to do School Work, Review of 3D Printing Software

Top 5 problems with library websites – a review of recent usability studies ( New Stephen’s Lighthouse)
Translating library jargon and having  a dedicated help site on how to search the library website is probably a priority for a lot of libraries.

Makerclub Helps You Learn 3D-Printed Robotics  ( TechCrunch)
” Want to make a giant 3D-printed spider robot? A humanoid help-mate? A robotic scorpion with a powerful, electrified tail? Makerclub can probably help. Created as a place for makers to come together and discuss 3D printed robotics, the service is now part commerce site, part repository, and part educational resource.”

Ontario Public Library Statistics and Talking Points ( New Stephen’s Lighthouse)
The stat numbers in this post will impress a lot of library board members. Did you know that libraries in Canada have $5.63 of economic impact for every $1 ?

3D Printing Software (ALA TechSource)
“This is the fifth of a series of posts excerpted from Jason Griffey’s Library Technology Report “3D Printers for Libraries.

Seven Reasons Students Use Smartphones in Class ( New Stephen’s Lighthouse)
Apparently, 20% of students use a smartphone in class to do school work for the class.

Nightclubs for literature? Why book selling is booming in Taiwan
( Library Link of the Day)
The Eslite bookstores in Taiwan are open 24 hours and have “more night owl visitors than most Western bookstores could dream of during their daytime hours.”

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