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.”
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/ .