Week 45,46,47 & 48 :California State Library Starts Veterans Connect @ the Library, New Digital Literacy Strategic Brief Released, PLA Publishes The First Project Outcome Annual Report, Linked Data: Building the Future for Libraries, Internet Archive Enhances Its Search Functionality

California State Library Starts Veterans Connect @ the Library   (Library Blogs Buzz Weekly)
“The California State Library developed a project to bring Veterans Resource Centers (VRCs) to public libraries in the state. Working in partnership with the California Department of Veterans Affairs, this project was supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the state librarian. Staffed by volunteers and AmeriCorps members, there are now 38 VRCs open in libraries statewide. According to the Veterans Connect @ the Library website, they aim to “provide information to reintegrate California veterans into the California workforce and our communities in order to provide veterans the quality of life of other Americans.”

Here are briefly the most important recommendations of the new brief:”

* Colleges, universities, libraries, and museums need to level up their digital literacy work beyond the current state of play, which is resigned to individual units, individual persons, or nothing at all.
*Colleges and universities must realize that students are increasingly producers and makers, not just knowledge consumers. They will have to create policies and practices that not only recognize, but also celebrate this historical shift.
*Unfolding technologies and, more importantly, emergent uses and practices require new kinds of collaborations. Governments at all levels (federal, state, and municipal), public and academic libraries, museums, and cultural heritage organizations must work together, from information-sharing initiatives and online communities of practice to developing joint digital literacy projects.”

InstantFlix—Providing a Voice for Independent Filmmakers (Library Journal)
“IndieFlix, the premier platform for independent film, was founded by filmmakers for fellow filmmakers and their audiences around the world. With over 8,000 films representing over 85 countries and showcased at thousands of film festivals around the world, IndieFlix has helped give a voice to independent directors and producers. The proprietary IndieFlix distribution platform collects thousands of short and feature-length films in an easy-to-use interface that compensates filmmakers for every minute of viewing.”Google opens up its new product for business file sharing “Team Drives” to early adopters ( TechCrunch)
“Google is opening up applications to businesses interested in testing its new file-sharing product called Team Drives. Announced earlier this fall, the focus of Team Drives is to offer companies an easier way to share files across their organization, along with more granular access controls over the content those shared folders contain. Some people may need to have rights to actually edit the documents, while others may only need to view them, of course, but there also needs to be controls in place that would prevent users from removing or deleting files, either intentionally or by accident.”

Book Cleaning  (Library Journal)
An overview of  five deacidification and vacuum companies “specializing  in preservation of all kinds of materials, from books and newspapers to maps and other unique documents. “

Some DuckDuckGo tricks Google doesn’t have ( Phil Bradley’s weblog)
I always read very carefully Phil Bradley’s tips and insights on search engines.

Public Libraries: Public Library Association (PLA) Publishes First Project Outcome Annual Report (INFOdocket)
“The Public Library Association (PLA) has launched the first Project Outcome Annual ReportPLA’s Project Outcome is a FREE toolkit designed to help public libraries understand and share the true impact of essential library services and programs by providing simple surveys and an easy-to-use process for measuring and analyzing outcomes.Within the first year, Project Outcome aggregated over 17,000 patron surveys. Nearly 80% of those library users surveyed report that library programs and services have had some kind of positive impact on their lives in the last year.”

Licking County Library opens EnvisionWare 24-Hour Library Location ( Library Technology Guides)
“EnvisionWare, a leading provider of self-service and library efficiency solutions, announced today that Licking County Library has opened the first 24-Hour Library location in Ohio.The 24-Hour Library opened in partnership with Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) to provide 24 Hour Public Library Service in the Licking Heights School District. This location will enhance public library service in an area without a close branch, offering a collection of 340 items including books, DVD’s and audiobooks. The 24-Hour Library also offers digital e-books, holds pick-up and returns, and serves as a Wi-Fi Hotspot.”

America’s Star Libraries, 2016: Top-Rated Libraries ( Library Journal)
“The LJ Index rates U.S. public libraries based on selected per capita output measures.Eligible libraries are grouped by total operating expenditures and then, within each of those groups, rated based on how their five measures compare to the peer group’s means (or averages) of these five measures: library visits, circulation, program attendance, and public Internet terminal use—and, now, electronic circulation.”

COMPUTERS IN LIBRARIES: Digital Video – Merrily, Merrily, Merrily, Merrily Wading Into the Stream ( Information Today)
A must see article for academic and public librarians considering to move into streaming video services.Deg Farrelly, a media librarian at Arizona State University explores  licensing models, pricing , access, hosting and options for discovery of streaming video content.

 Designs For a $200 Million Renovation of New York Public Library’s Mid-Manhattan Branch Approved ( INFOdocket)
“The Library also shared some new details about the renovated branch. Highlights include:

  • It will have 35 percent more public space than the current Mid-Manhattan Library, which opened in the 1970s in a space designed to be a department store.
  • A “Long Room”—the largest element in the new branch which is depicted in the rendering— will offer five floors of open, browsable book stacks, and two floors of meeting rooms. The shelves will all be located on one side of the building, maximizing capacity and efficiency.
  • It will have the only rooftop terrace in midtown that will be free and open to the public
  • Children and teen libraries will be added to the branch
  • It will include an adult learning center (for ESOL classes, workforce development, etc) and a business library”

Partnerships: Public Libraries: San Antonio Public Iibrary Opens New Branch Inside YMCA Facility ( INFOdocket)
“Residents of San Antonio City Council District 6 have a new site where they can go to exercise their minds and bodies.The city recently unveiled the Mays Family YMCA and Potranco Branch Public Library at 8764 Highway 151. It’s the city’s first branch library within a YMCA. The Northwest Side facility was built with $4 million from the 2012-2017 bond project to serve the growing Alamo Ranch community.”

Tell Your Story: Video ( Stephen’s Lighthouse)
“Your library is the heart of your community. To give back, SirsiDynix created a video to help you show, share, and celebrate!”

code.gov Offers Resources on Open Source for Federal Agencies ( Information Today)
“According to FedScoop, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) launched code.gov, a repository for federal agencies’ open source projects. The open source code on the site can be used by other agencies as part of the new Federal Source Code Policy, which requires agencies to release at least 20% of their custom code as open source. There are nearly 50 projects from 10-plus agencies currently on the site, with more being added in the coming months.”

Ohio: Wright Memorial Public Library Launches Election 2016 Oral History Project (NFODocket)
“Wright Memorial Public Library is inviting local residents to share their thoughts and reactions to the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election in an oral history project .Those interested in participating in the project should contact the library, where “a librarian will audio record your impressions and reactions to be compiled with other community voices and shared on our website at a later date.”

New Australian Public Library Standards Launched, Documents Available Online
“This transformation in public libraries is not about ‘flipping a switch’. It is about evolving purposefully, and figuring out how to leverage what already works well in our libraries as significant community institutions to steer users through a world of constant change. For libraries to thrive in this new environment, Library Managers and staff have to step outside of their comfort zone. They need to stay on top of innovation in the sector, identify ways to maximise community engagement, and make the library experience even more interactive and influential.”

Internet Archive Enhances Its Search Functionality ( Information Today)
“The Internet Archive introduced two features that are designed to improve searching its 20 million items in various collections: faceted filtering and full-text search. With the addition of faceted filtering, each search now features checkboxes on the left-hand side of search results for filters such as media type and topics and subjects. Full-text search, which is currently in beta, allows users to search across and within 9 million text items by checking the option “Search full text of books” underneath the text field of the search bar.”

Crowd Funding Resources 2016 ( LLRX)
“This white paper link dataset compilation by Marcus Zillman focuses on reliable and actionable sources and sites on crowd funding from around the world. For many entrepreneurs in the planning stages or for those already creating startups and seeking to develop monetary sources, crowd funding has become an essential part of a financial game plan. This white paper lists many of these sources in alphabetical order to assist researchers and entrepreneurs to leverage a wide range of opportunities specific to their requirements.”

Notable Lectures & Presentations: Cassie Guthrie, Maria McCauley, Tom Tobin, Patrick Loftus, Julie Walker, Duncan Smith, Lesley Andres

The Proper Care and Feeding of Your Library Director (Lone Wolf Librarian)
Cassie Guthrie reviews the relationship between the library director and the library board.

Dream Big: Future of Public Libraries ( Lone Wolf Librarian)
Maria McCauley, Director of Cambridge Public Library invites a panel to discuss the future of public libraries discussed.

Copyright Made Simple for Digital Educators ( Lone Wolf Librarian)
Tom Tobin from Northeastern Illinois University and Patrick Loftus from 3Play Media go over the basics of copyright law.

Linked Data: Building the Future for Libraries NoveList NoveList (Lone Wolf Librarian)
A must see presentation on linked data by Julie Walker, State Librarian of Georgia  and Duncan Smith, co-founder of NoveList.

IT Security for Librarians (Lone Wolf Librarian)
Important presentation on IT Security for libraries by Blake Carver, Systems Administrator at LYRASIS .

Survey Tips for Librarians (Lone Wolf Librarian)
Lesley Andres from University of British Columbia provides tips on how to build effective surveys.

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