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. 

“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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