Open Libraries : Self Service Libraries – The Danish Way ( Library Blogs Buzz)
The Open Library is a radical concept of opening the library for self-service hours to customers beyond the official hours of service. “In Denmark 86 out of 97 library systems have open libraries resulting in 260 open libraries. Danish libraries have 32.000 open hours a year with 61 % being self-service hours.”. Jan Holmquist from the “World wide thoughts of a Danish librarian” blog uncovers the details.
EnvisionWare announces low cost, high performance RFID System (Library Technology Guides)
“The ProLine RFID System provides libraries with a complete RFID solution priced 40 percent below historical prices. The System bundles EnvisionWare’s best-in-class RFID and self checkout software with quality, reliable gates and self checkout hardware.
Welcome To The Age Of 4D Printers ( TechCrunch)
The concept of 4D printing allows you to build “objects that can change based on the physics of the materials used.”
Microsoft Announces Continuum, Turning Windows 10 Phones Into Desktops( TechCrunch)
Did you know that with Windows 10 you have the possibility to use your phone as your desktop computer by connecting your mobile phone to a monitor? (TechCrunch)
Now Open: Library Technology Reports and Smart Libraries Newsletter (ALA TechSource Blog)
“Library Technology Reports and Smart Libraries Newsletter are on a new hosting platform, using Open Journal Systems. For a limited time, through June, both will be open access.”
EBSCO Information Services ( Library Stuff)
“(EBSCO) and Boopsie, Inc. have extended their mobile technology partnership to integrate Flipster®, EBSCO’s digital magazine solution, into the Boopsie mobile platform. Flipster is a one-stop-shop for digital magazines and allows patrons to browse the latest issues of the most sought after magazines, courtesy of their library. The integration between Flipster and Boopsie enables libraries to provide mobile access to library users to all the content and features of Flipster, via their library-branded Boopsie apps, creating seamless access to their favorite magazines anywhere, anytime via their mobile devices.”
The Moth and The New York Public Library Team Up for Collaborative Audio Transcription Project, Together We Listen ( NYPL)
The New York Public Library (NYPL) and The Moth — both curators of rich and dynamic personal storytelling archives — today are launching Together We Listen, a joint project designed to make personal storytelling archives more accessible online.
Study: Customers (Especially Millennials) Hate When You Fail to Deliver Cross-Device Experiences ( Stephen’s Lighthouse)
One more reason to build Library web and mobile sites with responsive design: “A new study released Tuesday by Adobe explores the cross-device preferences of consumers, finding that 66 percent of device owners get frustrated when content is not synchronized across devices.”
MIT’s new visualization tool is a goldmine for data nerds (Library Stuff)
Steven Cohen from Library Stuff blog posted about a very cool tool called Data USA for mining and visualizing US government open data. With Data USA you can compare data sets about towns, cities, states, industries, occupations and export them in PDF, CSV and SVG formats.
OverDrive reports 2016 digital library trends for public libraries ( Library Technology Guides)
“Based on the activities of 50 top circulating public libraries for Q1 (Jan. 1, 2016 – March 31, 2016), eBook, audiobook and digital magazine checkouts through OverDrive are on track to grow 30-40 percent for 2016 over the record levels achieved for 2015.”
Wish List | Library Systems Landscape 2016 ( Library Journal)
The most requested improvements to ILS systems in this year’s Library’s Journal Library System Landscape survey are “mobile-device optimized staff clients, responsive design/mobile-friendly online public access catalogs (OPACs), integration with third-party vendors (including OPAC ebook integration for ILS vendors that have not yet fully integrated with major ebook providers and easier duplication of patron records, autorenewals, batch deletion capabilities for patron and bibliographic records, better integration with ebook collections and other digital resources and improved reporting and report customization functions”
Toronto Public Library creates city’s 1st musical instrument lending program (Library Stuff)
“Musical instruments and libraries aren’t an immediate connection, but when you take a look at the direction the public libraries are going in, it makes perfect sense,” said Ana-Maria Critchley, the manager of stakeholder relations with the Toronto Public Library.”
Middle School Maker Journey: Top 20 Technologies and Tools ( Stephen’s Lighthouse)
If you want to start a maker program at your library Kevin Jarrett’s post about the most popular and affordable tools and technologies is a perferct start.
Pew Research Releases New Findings on Public Library Usage in the U.S. ( INFOdocket)
I agree with Gary Price from INFOdocket ” Finally, the library community must also survey those who DO NOT use library resources and learn why they don’t and how we might be able to meet their needs. Perhaps some these non-users have no idea about what a public library of 2016 provides.”
Public Library Association (PLA) Conference News-Teen Services (YALSA Blog)
Jessica Snow from YALSA reviews innovative teen services programs presented during PLA 2016.
Libraries Transforming Communities | PLA 2016 (Library Journal)
On Thursday, April 7, at the Public Library Association conference in Denver, several hundred librarians gathered at the session “Extraordinarily Engaged: How Three Libraries Are Transforming Their Communities” to hear strong endorsements of the American Library Association’s Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) initiative. The initiative, created in partnership with the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, a nonprofit that facilitates community problem solving, was launched in 2014–15 in response to increased demand from librarians nationwide for tools to enhance community engagement. The libraries presenting, including Spokane County Public Library, WA; Columbus Public Library, WI; and Red Hook Public Library, NY, a 2015 finalist for LJ’s Small Libraries Award, were among the ten libraries comprising the LTC Innovators Cohort that first tested the initiative’s waters.”
ALA’s “State of America’s Libraries 2016” shows service transformation to meet tech demands of library patrons ( Library Stuff)
“Libraries are not just about what they have for people, but what they do for and with people. This and other library trends of the past year are detailed in the ALA’s 2016 State of America’s Libraries report, released today in recognition of National Library Week, April 10 – 16, 2016.”
U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Authors Guild v. Google Case ( INFOdocket)
“The US Supreme Court has declined to hear the Google Books case, dealing a major blow to authors looking to be compensated for the mass digitisation project.Justices handed down the decision to refuse certiorari today (18 April), following the Authors Guild’s appeal against the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit’s ruling that Google’s mass digitisation of millions of books is a fair use under copyright law.
The Author’s Guild “announced that it is actively working with other organizations to create market-based solutions for collective licensing of books from authors. Collective licensing would eliminate unnecessary transaction costs for mass copying-and-display projects like Google Books, for example, and would also allow full e-books, not just excerpts, to be made available for reading.”
Snapchat Content Ideas for Libraries ( David Lee King)
David Lee King answers the question what types of content should you post on Snapchat?
ALA, Google Launch “Libraries Ready to Code” (Library Journal)
“On April 13, the American Library Association (ALA) and Google announced the “Libraries Ready to Code” project, which will investigate the current status of computer programming activities in U.S. public and K–12 libraries with the goal of ultimately broadening the reach and scope of these coding programs.”
COMPUTERS IN LIBRARIES: Research Data Repositories: The What, When, Why, and How ( Information Today)
“This article gives a whirlwind tour of the fast-changing and now required area of data repositories.”
10 big changes with search engines over my 20 years of covering them10 big changes with search engines over my 20 years of covering them (Search Engine Land)
Danny Sullivan, the ultimate insider on how search engines work, reviews the most important changes in search.
The Rise of Pirate Libraries (Library Link of the Day)
“The creators of these repositories are a small group who try to keep a low profile, since distributing copyrighted material in this way is illegal. Many of them are academics. The largest pirate libraries have come from Russia’s cultural orbit, but the documents they collect are used by people around the world, in countries both wealthy and poor. ”
Canada: Budget Cut Causing More than Half of Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries to Close in Next Two Years (INFOdocket)
“The library board in Newfoundland and Labrador announced sweeping changes to its services Wednesday, adopting a regional library model which will see 54 branches close in the next two years. The board met Tuesday to discuss how best to deal with a $1-million loss in its annual budget, a cut made in the provincial budget.”
Dow Jones Updates Factiva (Library Stuff)
“Dow Jones released a new iPhone app for Factiva, which allows users to find premium content sources on the go (such as company newsletters, tailored alerts, and news articles), save them for offline viewing, and share them externally”
James Neal Elected ALA President For 2017-2018 Term (INFOdocket)
“James G. (Jim) Neal, university librarian emeritus at Columbia University, New York, has been elected president-elect of the American Library Association.”
Notable Lectures & Presentations: Christian Marc Schmidt, Brewster Kahle
Video: Lecture at UC Berkeley School of Information: Christian Marc Schmidt on “Designing for Knowledge: Beyond Data Visualization” (INFOdocket)
“In this talk, Christian Marc Schmidt will focus on the changing role of design and how it is shifting from solving problems to creating knowledge.”
UC Berkeley Regents Lecture – “Right to Remember” with Brewster Kahle ( The Lone Wolf Librarian)
Brewster Kahle on the right to remember and challenges and issues with archiving materials on the Internet Archive.
The Dangerous Myth About Libraries ( The Lone Wolf Librarian)
Show this inspirational TEDX Wellington presentation by Laurinda Thomas to anyone with doubts about the role of libraries and librarians.