Toronto Public Library shedding light on Seasonal Affective Disorder (Library Stuff)
Kudos to Toronto Public Library for their innovative approach to improve customer experience by introducing “light therapy lamps, designed to mimic the sun and treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression that some people experience during the dark winter months.
Big Read in the Big Apple: NYC Launches Reading initiative ( Library Journal)
“At the end of January, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment announced One Book, One New York, a reading program that urges residents of all five boroughs to read the same book, starting in early March. If successful, this will form the largest reading community in the country. But can New Yorkers agree on the same book? Fifteen years ago, as the New York Times reported, a similar initiative collapsed because the organizers were unable to pick a title. This year, city officials asked an advisory panel of public library heads, publishers, and academics to suggest possible candidates, which they then winnowed down to five books. The public have until February 28 to vote online for the winner.”
A Theme Park Company and City of Homestead, Florida are Building the World’s First “Cybrary” (Library of the Future) ? ( INFOdocket)
“Virtual reality simulations, talking robots and a magic school bus — this is what happens when a theme park company designs a library.Landmark Entertainment Group — the company responsible for the Spider-Man and Jurassic Park rides at Universal Orlando and Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas — has partnered with the city of Homestead to create the world’s first “Cybrary,” or cyber library.”
AR, VR Lead Top Tech Trends Discussion | ALA Midwinter 2017 ( Library Journal)
“Augmented reality (AR) technology is not new, but the growing ubiquity of smartphones is making it possible for libraries and other cultural institutions to create new applications that allow patrons to explore collections in new and exciting ways, Cynthia Hart, emerging technologies librarian, Virginia Beach Public Library, explained during the Library Information Technology Association’s (LITA) Top Tech Trends at the American Library Association’s Annual Midwinter conference in Atlanta”.
The State of Ebooks 2017 ( New Stephen’s Lighthouse)
“According to the Association of American Publishers, in January 2016, ebooks sales were down 6.7% from the year before.
With the exception of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited service, subscription ebook services continued to struggle in 2016. Oyster shut down operations early in the year. And, in a move designed to compete with Amazon, Scribd introduced Scribd Selects, in which members now get unlimited access to selected titles plus three books of their choice per month.”
Anythink Libraries Spreads Kindness (Information Today)
“Anythink Libraries developed the One Kind Word Project, which is running from Feb. 6 to Feb. 11, 2017, to “help spread kindness and compassion throughout the community,” It was inspired by the Japanese proverb, “One kind word can warm three winter months.” As part of the project, each Anythink location is providing materials for creating custom cards with kind messages that will be distributed to organizations in the community who have people in need of cheering up. ”
ProQuest launches Displaced Researchers Program ( Library Technology Guides)
“ProQuest has launched a program to provide no-cost access to its databases for students and researchers who have been separated from their universities and libraries because of travel bans or other immigration changes. The company has an email hotline ContinueMyResearch@proquest.com where these displaced researchers can arrange for access to the materials they need to continue their work.”
Roundup: 20 New or Recently Updated Reports From the Congressional Research Service (CRS) (INFOdocket)
Gary Price from INFOdocket has always highlighted the latest Congressional Research Service Reports, which are an excellent reasearch tool for library customers.
Academic and Scholar Search Engines and Sources 2017 (LLRX)
Marcus Zillman has compiled an excellent guide of academic and scholar search engines and sources with the goal “to be able to find the important academic and scholarly information both in the visible and invisible world wide web.”
The Metropolitan Museum of Art makes 375,000 images of public art freely available under Creative Commons Zero (Library Stuff)
“Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, known by many as the Met, announced that it is placing more than 375,000 images of public-domain works in the museum’s collection under a Creative Commons Zero (CC0) dedication. The release, which covers images of the great majority of the museum’s holdings, is part of the Met’s Open Access initiative and will enable anyone, anywhere to freely access, use, and remix photos of some of the world’s most well-known works of art.
Digital Library Federation Introduces New and Improved Digitization Cost Calculator (INFOdocket)
“The DLF Assessment Interest Group’s Cost Assessment working group unveiled the new and improved version of the Digitization Cost Calculator at the recent DLF conference. The calculator is a tool that runs on community-contributed data and provides estimates of time and cost to those planning digitization projects.”
Best Reference Titles of 2016 ( Library Journal)
“This year’s list, compiled by a group of LJ’s top reference reviewers and editors, spans a wide range of subject areas, from a dictionary of Shakespearean vocabulary and a journey through classic sf films to an encyclopedia of cheese and a collection of the year’s best infographics. While some selections are more relevant for scholars working in colleges and universities, several works also bring great appeal for more casual browsers and public library users.”
Notable Lectures & Presentations: Samantha Lopez, David Lankes, Megan Lotts,Volker Hirsch
Measuring the True Impact of Public Libraries ( Lone Wolf Librarian)
A must see presentation by Samantha Lopez, PLA Project Coordinator and Beth Anderson, Director at Burnsville Public Library for anyone interested in data driven programs and library services. ““
A Knowledge Organization in an Age of Alternative Facts by David Lankes ( New Stephen’s Lighthouse)
Presentation by David Lankes during Sarasota County Public Library Staff Development Day in Sarasota, Florida.
AI & The Future of Work (Lone Wolf Librarian)
Volker Hirsch at TEDx in Manchester about the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the future of work.
Hands-On Learning and Makerspaces: How to Implement a Culture of Creativity in Your Library ( Lone Wolf Librarian)
Presentation by Megan Lotts, Art Librarian at Rutgers State University.