COMPUTERS IN LIBRARIES: Using Community Organizing Systems to Reimagine Library Websites (Information Today)
Patrick “PC” Sweeney reviews the benefits of NationBuilder, a community organizing system (COS) that is designed to be one stop place to manage the library’s mass mailing, events, volunteers, fundraising, surveys and blog posts, as well as helping staff to understand who are the library’s customers and giving you access to GIS (geographic information systems) software to map your customers and non-users. With Nation Builder, you “could eliminate your use of MailChimp or Constant Contact, VolunteerMatch, Eventbrite, Kickstarter, WordPress, SurveyMonkey, and any GIS software you’re using”
“On the first of each month the YALSA Blog will post an overview of the topic of the month. That overview will include links to resources to read, watch, listen to, etc.”
Boston Public Library Preparing to Lend Wi-Fi Hotspots (INFODocket)
Boston Public Library is preparing to lend out wireless hotspots — free of charge — to low income residents as part of Verizon’s deal to install high-speed fiber optic cable throughout the Hub over the next five years.The program will be funded initially by $100,000 from Verizon, a provision of the agreement that allows the cable giant to install its Fios service across the city.
ALA report provides practical advice about adopting 3D printers in libraries (ALA)
“The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) today released “Progress in the Making: Librarians’ Practical 3D Printing Questions Answered” Co-authored by 3DPrint360 CEO Zach Lichaa and ALA Senior Policy Analyst Charlie Wapner, the document poses and answers sixteen practical questions related to establishing 3D printing as a library service. All of the questions were fielded from library professionals interested in 3D printing technology.”
Forbes Announces Customer Experience Report ( Information Today)
The new report gives insights on data driven customer experience.
WebJunction receives IMLS grant to initiate active learning spaces in small public libraries (OCLC News)
“In partnership with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, WebJunction will guide and support small and rural public libraries as they reimagine and reconfigure library space to support socially engaging and active learning programming that addresses a defined community need”
Gale Rolls Out New Science Resource (Information Today)
“Gale introduced Gale Interactive: Science, its new resource for students that covers biology, chemistry, and earth and space science. It combines the company’s reference and periodical content (which is aligned with the national science curriculums for middle and high schools) with interactive 3D models (from Cyber Science 3D) that instructors can use in the classroom for test prep, research or homework assignments, or in-class demonstrations.”
Gale delivers new class of student research products to develop critical thinking skills and enable faculty-librarian collaboration (Library Technology Guides)
“Gale Researcher was designed to help students build those important research and critical thinking skills. The research platform and curriculum tool provides peer-reviewed articles based on the scope and sequence of introductory college courses.”
Virginia: Prince William County Supervisors Will Consider Privatizing Public Library System (INFODocket)
Prince William County in Virginia is issuing “a request for proposals (RFP) from private companies who would bid on taking over the daily management operations of the county’s 11 library branches. Gainesville District Supervisor Peter Candland said he’s “done homework” and spoken with such a company that could provide management services. The move could save as much as $15 million over the next five years, he added.”
Google Introduces “Spaces”, New App and Web Tool For Small Group Sharing (INFOdocket)
“We wanted to build a better group sharing experience, so we made a new app called Spaces that lets people get people together instantly to share around any topic. With Spaces, it’s simple to find and share articles, videos and images without leaving the app, since Google Search, YouTube, and Chrome come built in.”
Indianapolis Public Library Wins 2016 ALA/Information Today ‘Library of the Future’ Award (Library Stuff)
“The Indianapolis Public Library (IndyPL) has been selected to receive the 2016 Library of the Future Award, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and Information Today Inc. publishing company. Thel library was selected for its innovative “eBook Tinker Station” project that provides one-on-one support for patrons as they navigate through today’s evolving discoveries in technology. Patrons also are introduced to downloading items from the Library’s growing digital collections of eBooks, eAudiobooks and free streaming videos and music”
3M Cloud Library Adds Pay-Per-Use Pricing (Information Today)
“Bibliotheca is delighted to announce that it has plans to expand the cloudLibrary product with the inclusion of pay-per-use pricing models, allowing customers to significantly extend their collection with no up-front cost and no risk. ”
Jeff Kinney Advocates for New York City Libraries (Library Stuff)
“Jeff Kinney, the creator of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, has written a letter to advocate for the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Public Library, and the Queens Library. He aims to mobilize library patrons to share a one sentence story on what the library means to them.These moving words will be used in a campaign to push Mayor Bill de Blasio and local city council members to increase funding for New York City’s three library systems.”
Darien Library announces new website and groundbreaking catalog system (Library Technology Guides)
“Darien Library has adopted a completely new paradigm when it comes to the new catalog interface. SOPAC3 abandons the bibliographic record level search and uses its own works level concordance at the discovery layer. From a user experience perspective, this is a game changer because it organizes all content types for a title into a single record. No longer will a user see one record for a book, another record for large type, a record for each ebook vendor, and yet another for audiobook. They will see one result with a simple, easy-to-use interface to select the format of their choice. E-Content from Overdrive and Bibliotheca (formerly 3M) can be checked out or placed on hold directly from the catalog with a single click. Work views feature a “look inside” option for previewing titles as well as embedded audio excerpts. Integrated book recommendations are powered by Zola Books’ “Bookish Recommends”.
Boston Public Library Selects San Jose City Librarian Jill Bourne as New President
Today, the Boston Public Library Board of Trustees voted to extend an offer of employment for President of the Boston Public Library to Jill Bourne, City Librarian for the San Jose Public Library. The decision was made following public interviews of Bourne and David Leonard, Interim President of the BPL, and deliberation amongst the Trustees during a public meeting at the Central Library in Copley Square
Tennessee: Friends of Library Group to Open Bookstore in Airport (INFOdocket)
Interesting idea from the Friends Group of the Chattanooga Public Library to open an unmanned bookstore at the airport with donated books. The only question is if the sales will be able to cover the 750 square lease for the space.
Whatever Happened to MOOCs? (Information Today)
Dave Shumaker reviews the developments of the three major American massive open online courses (MOOCs) providers—Coursera, edX, and Udacity.
Libraries in the Digital Age ( Lone Wolf Librarian)
Ellyssa Kroski presents on new challenges for libraries in the Digital Age.
New BARD Mobile – Braille and Audio Reading Download – National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped ( The Lone Wolf Librarian)
Video presentation from Library of Congress on the new mobile BARD application for the blind and physically handicapped.