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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Week 23,24,25 &26: User experience (UX), Usability and User interface (UI) in The Mobile User-Centric Design,How Massachusetts Libraries Are Disrupting The Ebook System,Google Starts Free Coding Classes at Queens Library, Gwinnett County Public Library Starts Open Library With Self-Service Hours,Chattanooga Public Library’s LOLA System Allows Instantaneous Music Collaborations

The three Us of mobile design: UX v usability v UI ( Library Blogs Buzz Weekly)
Andy Favell from ClickZ reviews the role of user experience (UX), usability and user interface (UI) in the mobile user-centric design and provides additional user experience and usability resources.  These concepts are “commonly mistaken and/or used interchangeably.” One way to differentiate between them is to ask what the user wants to achieve from your service:

  1. Did they achieve this goal? How easily/quickly? = Usability.
  2. Did they find using the service rewarding? = User Experience. (UX)
  3. How do they physically interact with the device? = User Interface.(UI)

Start Your UX Journey By Fixing What’s Broken (Designing Better Libraries)
“When we first started having conversations about the user experience at our library quite a few years ago the first thing I did, to get staff engaged in the discussion, was to provide a group viewing of Godin’s classic “This is Broken” presentation. Not only is it entertaining – who doesn’t laugh out loud during that “It’s Not My Job” segment – but it really makes it crystal clear to all of us how easy it is for everyday operations in our libraries to break and remain broken for all seven of the reasons that Godin shares”

In Omaha, A Library With No Books Brings Technology To All (Library Stuff)
There are no books in the Do Space library. “Instead it’s jammed with high-end technology that it provides free to the public.Taxpayers didn’t fund this library. Instead, Heritage Services, a coalition of Omaha philanthropists, donated $7 million to renovate the building — which had been a Borders bookstore — and pay for computers, 3-D printers and the Internet bandwidth”

INFORMATION TODAY: How Massachusetts Libraries are Disrupting the Ebook System (Information Today)
The MA eBook Project was the first ebook project in the nation where all types of libraries (public, academic, and school) had the same access to e-books. Tricia London, director of Avon Middle High School’s library and member of the CEC Collection Development Subcommittee, found that the three parts of the collection complemented each other well: Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 offers popular ebooks such as bestselling fiction, the BiblioBoard platform provides public domain material and primary source documents, and EBL offers scholarly content.”

Topeka Wins Library of the Year! (David Lee King)
Kudos to Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library for creatively implementing a strategic plan focused on customer experience and customer and staff engagement. Read their Library of the Year applicaion to get a better understanding of  the community building process.

Building Excellence | Library by Design, Spring 2016 (Library Journal)
“This year, seven libraries received the prestigious 2016 AIA/ALA Library Building Award, which recognizes excellence in architectural library design. The award recipients, chosen by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA), exemplify how the traditional role of libraries has evolved. The designs of these community spaces differ to reflect the needs of
the surrounding residents, which vary according to neighborhood or campus.”

Google CS First free coding classes at Queens Library (Library Blogs Buzz Weekly)
I am proud to announce that Queens Library ( where I work) will be offering Google CS First free coding classes in partnership with Google. “They got to try out the same computer science (CS) activities that will be available for kids in grades 4 through 8 at twenty-six Queens Library locations this summer, and more to come this fall. Queens Library is the first library in New York City to partner with Google for this free program.”

Hartford PL Budget Cuts Reduced (Library Journal)
“That’s not to say HPL isn’t still facing budget challenges in the short term. Bridget Quinn-Carey,HPL’s new CEO clarified that “ten staff positions have been eliminated, including three outright layoffs. The system, she added, now employs about 120 people, or 90 FTEs.Saturday hours, currently in effect at six of the system’s ten branches, will be pared back to just one location: the downtown facility on Main Street. Some branches will stay open a bit longer on weekdays, according to the plan unveiled this week to HPL employees.”

David Leonard named Boston Public Library president (Library Stuff)
“The Boston Public Library has named David Leonard as president four days after a California librarian declined to take the job. Leonard was first hired as the chief technology officer in 2009 and has served as both the acting director of administration and finance and acting chief financial officer. He is earning his doctorate in library information science at Simmons College.”

38 Community Colleges to Begin Replacing Textbooks With Free Educational Resources ( Library Stuff)
” Thirty-eight community colleges will take part in a new effort that involves replacing commercial textbooks with free educational materials. The open-educational-resources project, which is being coordinated by Achieving the Dream, a network for community-college reform, is expected to bring the free materials to at least 76,000 students in the next three years.”

Gwinnett libraries to offer self-service access (Library Stuff)
“Library officials announced this week that a pilot program will be available at the Lawrenceville branch beginning June 20. It’s called “Open+” and registered customers will have access to the branch from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. Open+ is a system developed by technology supplier Bibliotheca that automatically controls and monitors building access, self-service kiosks, public access computers, lighting, alarms, public announcements and patron safety. Security cameras will monitor the use of the facility.”

The Complete List of User Experience (UX) Resources & Tools (Stephen’s Lighthouse)
A comprehensive list of User experience resources compiled by Jason Hreha.

Aspen in Action | Community Engagement
In October 2014, Aspen sparked a conversation about the future of libraries with its release of a report titled “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries.” In response, Aspen developed a new toolkit featuring 12 chapters of “ACTivities” covering topics such as “The Library as Civic Resource,” “The Library as Literacy Champion,” and “Jobs and Economic Development” to help libraries dig into the work of transformation, released in January as the “Action Guide for Re-Envisioning Your Public Library.”

New York: Syracuse Library’s Now Waives Overdue Fines For School Children (INFOdocket)
“Syracuse school children no longer have to worry about being fined if they’re late to return a book to the city’s libraries. Mayor Stephanie Miner announced Tuesday the city will pay $7,000 per year to cover the cost of the fines, as well as prevent blocks on library cards. She says the idea is to keep children reading so they stay on track at school, especially during the summer.”

Video calls in Brooklyn libraries will put inmates in touch with their families (Library Stuff)
“The Brooklyn Public Library has been awarded a grant for nearly $400,000 to place inmate video calling services in a dozen libraries, giving inmates’ friends and family members a new way to stay in contact. In 2014, the Brooklyn library launched a pilot in one branch, setting up a connection to Rikers Island and city Department of Corrections facilities. The grant, from the Knight News Challenge, will be put toward expanding the free video services to more branches, to be picked based on incarceration rates and geographic distribution in the area.”

Aurora Library Budget Cuts Staff, Hours, Locations (Library Journal)
“It’s heartbreaking to lay off the staff,” Daisy Porter-Reynolds, APL’s executive director, said in a recent interview. “Cutting services is very difficult also. We’re all about the customers here; it’s devastating to cut services.”Staffing at APL will drop from 182 to 161 once the jobs are eliminated, library officials said, with about 82 full-time positions remaining. The library system serves about 200,000 residents, making it the second-largest city in Illinois, behind Chicago.”

Tennessee: Chattanooga Public Library’s New LoLa System Creates Instantaneous Collaborations (INFOdocket)
“What the LoLa software does is remove most of the latency, or delay, in sending audio and video over the internet. It relies on Internet2, the advanced technology community owned and run by higher education institutions across the country. LoLa allows, for instance, musicians on opposite sides of the country to perform live together without any noticeable delay. The singer in one city hears the striking of the piano key in another city at virtually the same time as the person striking it.”

Rethinking the Much-Dreaded Employee Evaluation | Leading from the Library ( Library Journal)
“They may be a bit of a pain, but employee performance assessments have their place in continuous worker improvement. The question for leaders is, is there a better way to manage the process?”

Notable Lectures & Presentations: Mike Furlough, Marshall Breeding, Micah May, Christine Peterson and Gregory Pronevitz

Future of the Research Library – HathiTrust Digital Library (Stephen’s Lighthouse)
Mike Furlough, Executive Director of HathiTrust Digital Library on the Future of the Research Library

New Conference Paper by Marshall Breeding: “Strategic Technology Strengthens the Capacity Of Libraries To Serve Their Communities”  (INFOdocket)
Marshall Breeding’s research paper has a special section for public libraries reviewing the major electronic catalog (ILS) technology platforms for resource management and discovery.

How the public grades libraries – and uses libraries ( Pew Internet)
“Lee Rainie, director of Internet, Science and Technology Research at the Pew Research Center will cover the latest findings of the center’s public opinion polling about Americans use of libraries and their feelings about the role that libraries play in their lives and in their communities at the American Library Association Conference in Orlando. The new findings will cover the latest library-usage trends, book-reading trends, and insights into the ways more and more Americans hope libraries will offer community-oriented and educational services.”

Library E-book Platforms: 2016 Update (Lone Wolf Librarian)
DPLAfest 2016 presentation by Micah May, Christine Peterson and Gregory Pronevitz on “goals and states of both library-owned platforms and consortial solutions, innovative technologies, and the possibility of a “national ebook platform.

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Week 18,19,20,21 & 22: Using Community Organizing Systems, YALSA Starts Professional Learning Series, ALA advises on Adoption Of 3D Printers, New Gale Interactive Science Database, Darien Public Library With Groundbreaking Catalog

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”

YALSA Professional Learning Series: The Future of Library Services for and with Teens –Working with At-Risk Teens ( YALSA Blog)

“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.

Notable Lectures & Presentations: Ellyssa Kroski,

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.

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Week 14,15,16,& 17 : Open Libraries : Self Service Libraries – The Danish Way, Flipster®, EBSCO’s New Boopsie Integrated Mobile Platform, Data USA Visualizes US Government Open Data, Libraries Transforming Communities Initiative, ALA and Google Announced Libraries Ready to Code Project, The Rise Of Pirate Libraries

Open Libraries : Self Service Libraries – The Danish Way ( Library Blogs Buzz)
The Open Library is a radical concept of opening the library for self-service hours to customers beyond the official hours of service. “In Denmark 86 out of 97 library systems have open libraries resulting in 260 open libraries. Danish libraries have 32.000 open hours a year with 61 % being self-service hours.”.  Jan Holmquist from the “World wide thoughts of a Danish librarian” blog uncovers the details.

Data-Driven Design | The User Experience (Library Journal)
This is a followup post from Aaron Schmidt detailing the  librarywide user experience (UX) project at the Chapel Hill Public Library .

EnvisionWare announces low cost, high performance RFID System (Library Technology Guides)
“The ProLine RFID System provides libraries with a complete RFID solution priced 40 percent below historical prices. The System bundles EnvisionWare’s best-in-class RFID and self checkout software with quality, reliable gates and self checkout hardware.

Welcome To The Age Of 4D Printers ( TechCrunch)
The concept of 4D printing allows you to build “objects that can change based on the physics of the materials used.”

Microsoft Announces Continuum, Turning Windows 10 Phones Into Desktops( TechCrunch)
Did you know that with Windows 10 you have the possibility to use your phone as your desktop computer by connecting your mobile phone to a monitor? (TechCrunch)

Now Open: Library Technology Reports and Smart Libraries Newsletter (ALA TechSource Blog)
“Library Technology Reports and Smart Libraries Newsletter are on a new hosting platform, using Open Journal Systems. For a limited time, through June, both will be open access.”

EBSCO Information Services  ( Library Stuff)
“(EBSCO) and Boopsie, Inc. have extended their mobile technology partnership to integrate Flipster®, EBSCO’s digital magazine solution, into the Boopsie mobile platform. Flipster is a one-stop-shop for digital magazines and allows patrons to browse the latest issues of the most sought after magazines, courtesy of their library. The integration between Flipster and Boopsie enables libraries to provide mobile access to library users to all the content and features of Flipster, via their library-branded Boopsie apps, creating seamless access to their favorite magazines anywhere, anytime via their mobile devices.”

The Moth and The New York Public Library Team Up for Collaborative Audio Transcription Project, Together We Listen ( NYPL) 
The New York Public Library
(NYPL) and The Moth — both curators of rich and dynamic personal storytelling archives — today are launching Together We Listen, a joint project designed to make personal storytelling archives more accessible online.

Study: Customers (Especially Millennials) Hate When You Fail to Deliver Cross-Device Experiences ( Stephen’s Lighthouse)
One more reason to build Library web and mobile sites with responsive design: “A new study released Tuesday by Adobe explores the cross-device preferences of consumers, finding that 66 percent of device owners get frustrated when content is not synchronized across devices.”

MIT’s new visualization tool is a goldmine for data nerds (Library Stuff)
Steven Cohen from Library Stuff blog posted about a very cool tool called Data USA for mining and visualizing US government open data. With Data USA you can compare data sets about towns, cities, states, industries, occupations and export them in PDF, CSV and SVG formats.

OverDrive reports 2016 digital library trends for public libraries ( Library Technology Guides)
“Based on the activities of 50 top circulating public libraries for Q1 (Jan. 1, 2016 – March 31, 2016), eBook, audiobook and digital magazine checkouts through OverDrive are on track to grow 30-40 percent for 2016 over the record levels achieved for 2015.”

Wish List | Library Systems Landscape 2016 ( Library Journal)
The most requested improvements to ILS systems in this year’s Library’s Journal Library System Landscape survey are  “mobile-device optimized staff clients, responsive design/mobile-friendly online public access catalogs (OPACs), integration with third-party vendors (including OPAC ebook integration for ILS vendors that have not yet fully integrated with major ebook providers and easier duplication of patron records, autorenewals, batch deletion capabilities for patron and bibliographic records, better integration with ebook collections and other digital resources and improved reporting and report customization functions”

Toronto Public Library creates city’s 1st musical instrument lending program (Library Stuff)
“Musical instruments and libraries aren’t an immediate connection, but when you take a look at the direction the public libraries are going in, it makes perfect sense,” said Ana-Maria Critchley, the manager of stakeholder relations with the Toronto Public Library.”

Middle School Maker Journey: Top 20 Technologies and Tools ( Stephen’s Lighthouse)
If you want to start a maker program at your library Kevin Jarrett’s post about the most popular and affordable tools and technologies is a perferct start.

Pew Research Releases New Findings on Public Library Usage in the U.S. ( INFOdocket)
I agree with Gary Price from INFOdocket ” Finally, the library community must also survey those who DO NOT use library resources and learn why they don’t and how we might be able to meet their needs. Perhaps some these non-users have no idea about what a public library of 2016 provides.”

Public Library Association (PLA) Conference News-Teen Services (YALSA Blog)
Jessica Snow from YALSA reviews innovative teen services programs presented during PLA 2016.

Libraries Transforming Communities | PLA 2016 (Library Journal)
On Thursday, April 7, at the Public Library Association conference in Denver, several hundred librarians gathered at the session “Extraordinarily Engaged: How Three Libraries Are Transforming Their Communities” to hear strong endorsements of the American Library Association’s Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) initiative. The initiative, created in partnership with the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, a nonprofit that facilitates community problem solving, was launched in 2014–15 in response to increased demand from librarians nationwide for tools to enhance community engagement. The libraries presenting, including Spokane County Public Library, WA; Columbus Public Library, WI; and Red Hook Public Library, NY, a 2015 finalist for LJ’s Small Libraries Award, were among the ten libraries comprising the LTC Innovators Cohort that first tested the initiative’s waters.”

ALA’s “State of America’s Libraries 2016” shows service transformation to meet tech demands of library patrons ( Library Stuff)
“Libraries are not just about what they have for people, but what they do for and with people.  This and other library trends of the past year are detailed in the ALA’s 2016 State of America’s Libraries report, released today in recognition of National Library Week, April 10 – 16, 2016.”

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Authors Guild v. Google Case ( INFOdocket)
“The US Supreme Court has declined to hear the Google Books case, dealing a major blow to authors looking to be compensated for the mass digitisation project.Justices handed down the decision to refuse certiorari today (18 April), following the Authors Guild’s appeal against the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit’s ruling that Google’s mass digitisation of millions of books is a fair use under copyright law.
The Author’s Guild “announced that it is actively working with other organizations to create market-based solutions for collective licensing of books from authors. Collective licensing would eliminate unnecessary transaction costs for mass copying-and-display projects like Google Books, for example, and would also allow full e-books, not just excerpts, to be made available for reading.”

Snapchat Content Ideas for Libraries ( David Lee King)
David Lee King answers the question what types of content should you post on Snapchat?

ALA, Google Launch “Libraries Ready to Code” (Library Journal)
“On April 13, the American Library Association (ALA) and Google announced the “Libraries Ready to Code” project, which will investigate the current status of computer programming activities in U.S. public and K–12 libraries with the goal of ultimately broadening the reach and scope of these coding programs.”

COMPUTERS IN LIBRARIES: Research Data Repositories: The What, When, Why, and How  ( Information Today)
“This article gives a whirlwind tour of the fast-changing and now required area of data repositories.”

10 big changes with search engines over my 20 years of covering them10 big changes with search engines over my 20 years of covering them (Search Engine Land)
Danny Sullivan, the ultimate insider on how search engines work, reviews the most important changes in search.

The Rise of Pirate Libraries  (Library Link of the Day)
“The creators of these repositories are a small group who try to keep a low profile, since distributing copyrighted material in this way is illegal. Many of them are academics. The largest pirate libraries have come from Russia’s cultural orbit, but the documents they collect are used by people around the world, in countries both wealthy and poor. ”

Canada: Budget Cut Causing More than Half of Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries to Close in Next Two Years  (INFOdocket)
“The library board in Newfoundland and Labrador announced sweeping changes to its services Wednesday, adopting a regional library model which will see 54 branches close in the next two years. The board met Tuesday to discuss how best to deal with a $1-million loss in its annual budget, a cut made in the provincial budget.”

Dow Jones Updates Factiva  (Library Stuff)
“Dow Jones released a new iPhone app for Factiva, which allows users to find premium content sources on the go (such as company newsletters, tailored alerts, and news articles), save them for offline viewing, and share them externally”

James Neal Elected ALA President For 2017-2018 Term (INFOdocket)
“James G. (Jim) Neal, university librarian emeritus at Columbia University, New York, has been elected president-elect of the American Library Association.”

Notable Lectures & Presentations: Christian Marc Schmidt, Brewster Kahle

Video: Lecture at UC Berkeley School of Information: Christian Marc Schmidt on “Designing for Knowledge: Beyond Data Visualization” (INFOdocket)
“In this talk, Christian Marc Schmidt will focus on the changing role of design and how it is shifting from solving problems to creating knowledge.”

UC Berkeley Regents Lecture – “Right to Remember” with Brewster Kahle ( The Lone Wolf Librarian)
Brewster Kahle on the right to remember and challenges and issues with archiving materials on the Internet Archive.

The Dangerous Myth About Libraries ( The Lone Wolf Librarian)
Show this inspirational TEDX Wellington presentation by Laurinda Thomas to anyone with doubts about the role of libraries and librarians.

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Week 10,11,12 & 13:Library User Experience (UX) Project At The Chapel Hill Public Library, The Sale Of Brooklyn Heights Library Not Necessary, 10 Best Sites For Free Online Education, Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding Explained, FOIA Mapper Searches Government Records That Were Not Previously Online, Top Skills For Tomorrow’s Librarians

Watch and Learn | The User Experience ( Library Journal)
Strongly recommend to take a few minutes to go over this post by Aaron Schmidt about
a librarywide user experience (UX) project at the Chapel Hill Public Library (CHPL), NC.
Customer Experience is what is going to drive the transformation of public libraries in the right direction,  by involving staff, customers and library administration !

Researchers create super-efficient Wi-Fi (Stephen’s Lighthouse)
“Passive Wi-Fi is, as the name suggests, partially passive—it takes in radio wave energy from an outside source and reflects that signal with its data added to it.”

The Evolution of Library Work | Careers 2016 (Information Today)
This blog post covers the Cataloger’s Desktop software used by Library of Congress.

Community group claims $52M Brooklyn Heights library sale is unnecessary ( Library Stuff)
“Anger over the $52 million sale of Brooklyn Heights library land to the Hudson Cos. has yet to subside with a group and residents alleging in a complaint that the sale was not necessary.”

Adapt or die: The evolution of Louisville’s public libraries (Library Stuff)
“Identifying needs in the community and working diligently to fill those needs is what keeps the library relevant,” said Courtney Block, Instruction, Reference, and User Engagement Librarian at Indiana University Southeast. And asking what are some things our community needs that they didn’t even know they needed. We’re always looking towards the future and we stay steeped in the community so that we can provide everything they need to learn and expand their knowledge.”

The DC Public Library’s New “Memory Lab” Lets You Digitize Old Photos and Videos (Library Stuff)
Excellent service for the community ! Located inside the Digital Commons at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, the lab provides equipment for digitizing home movies and scanning photographs and slides. It’s a DIY model, meaning DC public Library provides step-by-step instructions, but customers control the process from start to finish.

The lab can be reserved for three-hour sessions.

Formats Accepted Formats Saved On
(Customer Provided)
  • VHS
  • VHS-C
  • DV
  • MiniDV
  • Audio cassette
  • 3.5″ Floppy
  • Photos/slides/negatives
  • External hard drive
  • USB
  • Cloud Storage
  • CD
  • DVD

Who Pays for Open Access?  (Library Journal)
The post discusses the Article Processing Charge (APC) charge for open access that is usually charged to the author, or  author’s employer.

New Search Technology: WhatIsMyMovie.com ( INFOdocket)
Your library customers don’t remember a movie, let them type a few words on WhatIsMyMovie.com describing the movie to see if there are any matching results.

ILL: Connecticut Libraries No Longer Have to Pay Borrow Books From Yale University Library (INFOdocket)
“As of last month, Connecticut libraries no longer have to pay to borrow books from the University’s collection.Prior to the transition, Yale was the only school in the Ivy League that did not offer book-loaning services for free to other libraries.”

Samsung and Six Flags to launch first VR roller coasters ( ReadWriteWeb)

“Six Flags Entertainment Corporation and Samsung Electronics America recently announced a partnership which names Samsung as the “Official Technology Partner” of the world’s largest regional theme park company. The partnership includes the debut of ground-breaking experiences coming to nine Six Flags theme parks— North America’s first Virtual Reality (VR) roller coasters, using Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus.”

Top Skills for Tomorrow’s Librarians | Careers 2016
 (Library Journal)
Library Journal reached out to academic and public library directors and other thought leaders nationwide to find out what new skills they expect to need in librarians in the next 20 years. Here are the 11 essential skillsAdvocacy/Politics, Collaboration, Communication/People Skills, Creativity/Innovation, Critical Thinking, Data Analysis, Flexibility, Leadership, Marketing, Project Management and Technological Expertise

EBSCO Debuts Patent-Searching Resource  (Information Today)
“EBSCO Information Services introduced Global Patents, an online database that is designed to help users such as R&D teams and corporate librarians find patent information to determine the novelty of an idea or technology.”Top 10 Tools for a Free Online Education (Stephen’s Lighthouse)
Best 10 websites to offer to your customers for FREE online education.
Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding Explained  ( Library Blogs Buzz Weekly)
Take a look at this short video about fundamentals of Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding

New Hampshire lawmakers pass bill saying libraries can use Tor
 (Library Stuff)

The New Hampshire House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill giving public libraries explicit permission to run powerful privacy software like Tor, a network that lets people anonymously connect to the Internet.The bill’s author, Rep. Keith Ammon (R), told the Daily Dot that the bill passed 268 to 62, despite his preparations for a heated debate. The “large margin” and the lack of a fight on the House floor surprised Ammon.Ammon’s measure, which could be the first explicitly pro-Tor legislation in America, now heads to the state Senate.”

New Online: Global Database Launches With Data For Nearly 20 Million Sound Recordings (INFOdocket)
“Global trade body IFPI  has partnered with the world’s biggest digital Collective Management Organisation SoundExchange to create a website that will make it easier to identify sound recordings. The ISRC Search Site is a new platform which will give recording artists, rights owners and music services access to nearly 20 million unique recordings.”

Innovative enhances the library user experience with MyLibrary! Release 1.1 (Information Today)
The newly designed iOS  MyLibrary! Release 1.1 lets users search for materials with real time availability and even scan ISBN barcodes to retrieve items.

ProQuest launches Ebook Central ( Library Technology Guides)
“Ebook Central’s development has been guided by intensive study of the ebook workflows of librarians and researchers and ongoing market surveys that have explored acquisition trends, ebook use by subject, as well as routines and frustrations about working with ebooks. The result is a platform that delivers improvements to virtually every aspect of the ebook experience. At the core of Ebook Central is an exhaustive selection of authoritative, scholarly content — 790,000 titles and 1,350 imprints from more than 650 publishers on one platform. An average of 100,000 newly published titles will be added each year to so that libraries can build dynamic collections that address the unique needs of their community of researchers.”

COMPUTERS IN LIBRARIES: ILS Product Roundup: Choosing Among the Top Discovery Services (Information Today)
A nice review of the major library discovery services platforms by Brandi Scardilli the editor of ITI NewsBreaks.

The New York Public Library Appoints Tony Ageh Chief Digital Officer (Library Stuff)
“The New York Public Library has named Tony Ageh Chief Digital Officer, responsible for the institution’s ongoing digital transformation and its visionary work in making its collections and services as accessible as possible. He is scheduled to start on April 11.Ageh comes to the Library from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in London – one of the largest media organizations in the world – where he has held a variety of leadership positions since 2002 and, in that time, has managed over 300 staff members”

Zepheira and Innovative Announce Partnership in Delivering Linked Data Services to Libraries  ( Library Technology Guides)
“Innovative’s new service, Innovative Linked Data, leverages the value of existing metadata within the library catalog and resource management system to raise the profile of libraries in web and mobile interactions. It makes use of Zepheira’s transformation and publishing technologies to transform any library’s existing catalog and reveal it to the Web using Linked Data vocabularies including BIBFRAME.”

Meet the Candidates: ALA President 2017–18 (Library Journal)
“Voting for the American Library Association (ALA) 2016–17 presidential campaign opens today, and ALA members in good standing can cast their ballots through April 22.”

Eye to the sky: Austin Public Library now offers a pair of telescopes for checking out the night skies (Library Stuff)
“I think it opens avenues for families to spend time together and do something completely different,” said Kris Olson, the library assistant who assembled the telescopes and figured out how they are used.“It’s not a particularly novel idea,” said Library Director Ann Hokanson. “ [These] are designed to go into public libraries.”

Gale Launches Largest Digital Archive of LGBTQ History and Culture (Library Stuff)
““This archive demonstrates the unique content that only Gale is bringing to researchers – it shines a light on the important personal stories that provide a more complete picture of our history,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager for Gale. “By providing access to this information, we hope that it promotes greater understanding, tolerance and appreciation for individual rights.”

Students sweat it out and study on library exercise bikes (Library Stuff)
“The latest school to install the FitDesk Bike Desk is Troy University, which now has a total of six in the libraries at Troy and Dothan, two of the university’s four campuses in Alabama. Over the past three years, the Bike Desks have also been installed at universities including Tulane, Clemson and Penn State Worthington Scranton, according to FitDesk co-founder Ryan Moore, who started the company from his garage in 2010.”

The reinvention of libraries, from public spaces to living rooms (Library Stuff)
“Architect Vanessa Kassabian, a project manager behind Snøhetta’s winning design for the new Calgary Central Library, sees the once forcibly quiet institutions as a place for social activity, “Libraries now are almost more social spaces than they are about learning,” she says.”

Libraries lose a quarter of staff as hundreds close (BBC)
8,000 jobs in UK libraries have disappeared in the past 6 years with 343 libraries closed and 111 more scheduled to close doors this year.

Core Customer Study Analyzes Library Demographics ( Library Journal)
A must read for every librarian interested in customer experience. “Core Customer Intelligence: Public Library Reach, Relevance, and Resilience,” brings together market segmentation from ten public library systems across the United States to explore how libraries can examine and act on granular data about their core customers—the 20 percent of cardholders who check out the most physical materials.”

Then study  is using “2014 customer and checkout data to group top library users by lifestyles, interests, preferences, and behaviors, and ,drills down into community demographics to reveal that core customers aren’t found in any one segment of the population but occur across all lines, reflecting the diversity of their communities.”

New Tool Exposes Government Information ( Information Today)
FOIA Mapper, a winner of the Knight Foundation’s News Challenge on Data, had its official launch. Journalists, researchers, businesses, and individuals can use this site to search government records that were not previously online.

Library Offers Homeless People Mental Health Services, And It’s Working (Library Stuff)
“In 2009, the library hired Leah Esguerra, who is believed to be the nation’s first psychiatric social worker to be employed full-time at a library, SFGate reported. Since the program started, about 150 homeless people have received permanent housing, and another 800 have enrolled in social and mental health services, according to PBS.The success is due in part to the fact that the library has become a hub for homeless people, and that those involved in the program approach homeless patrons with empathy.”

Meet the man who is turning D.C. libraries into a national model (Library Stuff)
“But Reyes-Gavilan’s ambitions go beyond bricks and mortar. He wants to put the D.C. Public Library at the forefront of American libraries, to be a model for the nation by embracing a “hacker” culture that treats library patrons not as passive consumers of information, but as creators. His mantra is “libraries are not their buildings,” but “engines of human capital.”

Notable Lectures & Presentations: OCLC Research at ALA, Dave LeClair, Franky Abbott, Kenny Whitebloom and Samantha Gibson, 

New Online: Video Recordings of Four Presentations by Members of OCLC Research at ALA Midwinter 2016 Now Available ( INFOdocket)

A Visual Guide to the Deep and Dark Web (Lone Wolf Librarian)
Very interesting post by Dave LeClair on the dark side of the dark web.

Digital Public Library of America Community Reps Program Info (Lone Wolf Librarian)
An overview of DPLA and the Community Reps Program by Franky Abbott, Kenny Whitebloom and Samantha Gibson.

Libraries Transform Communities (Lone Wolf Librarian)
R. David Lankes on how libraries are destined to transform communities. 

Developing Maker Initiatives in Libraries (Lone Wolf Librarian)
Executive Director of the Fayetteville Free Library and Leah Kraus Director of Community Engagement and Experience present on developing maker initatives in libraries.

Integrating the Library into the Life of the User (Lone Wolf Librarian)
The traditional service model of the customer in the life of the library needs to be reversed to the library in the life of the customer – presentation by Lynn Connaway.



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Week 5,6,7,8 & 9: Amazon Plans To Open 400 stores,GPO Starts Govinfo.gov In Beta,Horizon Report 2016 Higher Education Report Released, NLM Starts MedPix Free Online Medical Image Database,FSU Libraries With University-Wide Open Access Policy, Gale Content Is Now Discoverable On Google

Listen Online: LJ’s 2016 Librarian of the Year, Nicolle Ingui Davies, Interviewed on Colorado Public Radio ( INFODocket)
“We’ve got a strong focus on technology because technical literacy is just a piece of the world that we live in today. And if you don’t have technological literacy, if you’re not able to navigate the electronic world, the online world, the gadget world, you’re at a disadvantage. So we want to make sure that our public has that piece of literacy in the same way that we promote other forms of literacy.”

Thomson Reuters Releases New Legal Products ( Information Today) 
“Thomson Reuters launched two new products: eDiscovery Point and Practice Point. The eDiscovery Point platform gives law firms control over e-discovery from processing to production. Practice Point leverages content, expertise, and technology from Practical Law and Westlaw to provide legal professionals with the most relevant content and tools for a given task or issue.”

Introductory Video For “Ebooks Minnesota”, New Service Provides Ebooks From Minnesota’s Independent Publishers ( Infodocket)
Powered by Biblioboard, Ebooks Minnesota can be accessed on the web and via apps for iOS and Android and also  sideloaded on the Kindle Fire.  The collection covers variety of subjects by Minnesota’s  independent publishers.

Amazon Plans Hundreds of Brick-and-Mortar Bookstores, Mall CEO Says ( Library Stuff)
“The Seattle company plans to open as many as 400 bookstores, Sandeep Mathrani, chief executive of mall operator General Growth Properties Inc., said on an earnings call on Tuesday.”

GPO Launches Beta of govinfo.gov, Site Will Eventually Replace FDsys ( Library Stuff)
Govinfo.gov will operate in beta testing mode for one year while the agency gathers feedback from users. A permanent website is expected in 2017. There are more than 1.5 million titles available on govinfo, with more added daily. Collections on govinfo include:

  • The Congressional Record
  • Federal Register
  • Congressional Calendars, Hearings, Reports Bills
  • The U.S. Code
  • Code of Federal Regulations
  • U.S. Courts Opinions
  • The Federal Budget

Some key features on govinfo:

  • Mobile-friendly optimized for screen size
  • An ABC list of collections
  • Quick Links to popular publications
  • Related Documents
  • Search by Calendar
  • Shareable social media content”

David Giles and Story Bellows: BPL’s Strategy Team Looks Ahead (Library Journal)
“LJ recently caught up with Giles and Bellows to talk about their previous work, aspirations for BPL, and thoughts on what 21st-century libraries can accomplish.”

NMC Horizon Report > 2016 Higher Ed Edition Released ( Infodocket)
From this year’s  Horizon Report 2016 Higher Education  Report: “A number of challenges are acknowledged as barriers to the mainstream use of technology in schools. “Blending Formal and Informal Learning” and “Improving Digital Literacy” are perceived as solvable challenges, meaning that they are well-understood and the solutions have been identified. “Competing Models of Education” and “Personalizing Learning” are considered difficult challenges, which are defined and well understood but with solutions that are elusive. Described as wicked challenges are “Balancing Our Connected and Unconnected Lives” and “Keeping Education Relevant.” Challenges in this category are complex to define, making them more difficult to address.

Additionally, the report identifies bring your own device (BYOD) and learning analytics and adaptive learning as digital strategies and technologies expected to enter mainstream use in the near-term horizon of one year or less. Augmented and virtual reality technologies and makerspaces are seen in the mid-term horizon of two to three years; affective computing and robotics are seen emerging in the far-term horizon of four to five years.

DC Public Library Formally Launching “Books From Birth” Program Today (Infodocket)
Books from Birth is a new program at DC Public Library, which aims to ship a free book every month to the parents and legal gardians of each child from burth till they reach  5 years of age. Users are also offered the option to register to receive free mobile videos in English and Spannish on how to turn everyday activities into learning opportunities.

National Library of Medicine Announces MedPix®, Free Online Medical Image Database (Library Stuff)
The National Library of Medicine is lunching  MedPix, a free online medical image database with over 53,000 images from over 13,000 cases.

Rutgers University Planning to Launch a One-Year Open Textbook Pilot (INFOdocket)
“With this grant program, Rutgers can ensure that students have access to the learning materials they need to succeed- it’s good for students, it’s good for faculty, and it’s good for the school.” said Nick Jermer, the student chair of New Jersey Public Interest Research Group.”

OpenText Creates Presidential Election Website ( Information Today)
“OpenText, a global leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM), today announced Election Tracker ’16. Election Tracker ’16 allows users to visually monitor, compare, and analyze media coverage surrounding the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election coverage from the world’s top online news publications and agencies. Individuals are encouraged to access the election tool at Electiontracker.us for a complete picture of the current media coverage of the U.S. Presidential election. ”

McGill University Students and Dean of Libraries on “What Defines a Modern Library” (Infodocket)
Inetersting to comparison on the role of the library between two McGill students and the Dean of Libraries.

Boston University Libraries choose Zepheira to convert catalog to linked data, opening it to the web (Library  Technology Guides)
Zepheira has signed Boston University  to its Early Adopter for Academic Libraries Linked Data service. BU is now working with Zepheira to convert its MARC catalog of over 3,000,000 records into Linked Data and publish it to the Web to increase the visibility of the library’s resources. Like most academic libraries, less than half of BU’s users start their searches for information at the Libraries’ Web site, explained Jack Ammerman, Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Open Access.”

The Florida State University Faculty Senate Passes University-Wide Open Access Policy (Infodocket)
“The Florida State University Faculty Senate, in consultation with its Library Committee and staff of the FSU Libraries, voted unanimously this week to adopt a university-wide Open Access (OA) policy.
Under the new policy, faculty grant FSU permission to share the accepted versions of their scholarly articles for non-commercial purposes and agree to send the accepted, peer-reviewed versions of their articles to Library staff to be made publicly available in DigiNole: FSU’s Research Repository and Digital Library. By granting non-exclusive rights to the university, faculty create a safe harbor against overly-restrictive intellectual property agreements and retain far greater control over their work than they would in standard publication contracts.”

Broken Furniture and Blood on the Floor (Library Journal)
Roy Tennant’s perspective on the “fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of our transition from record-based bibliographic metadata to linked data.”

  • Simply translating bibliographic data from one format (MARC) to another (BIBFRAME or Schema.org, for example) does not create useful links. 
  • To achieve true library linked data, individual MARC elements must be turned into actionable entities.
  • Creating actionable entities will require new kinds of processes and services that mostly don’t yet exist.”

Gale Content Now Discoverable through Google (Library Stuff)
Due to integrated “indexing work with Google. Researchers can now easily discover scholarly content from Gale and its partners on Google or Google Scholar, through a pathway that leads directly to their institution or local library.”

Notable Lectures & Presentations: Amy Johnson Crow, Lee Rainie, R. David Lankes

Free Source for Genealogy: Digital Public Library of America
 (The Lone Wolf Librarian)
A walkthrough the genealogy resources in DPLA from Amy Johnson Crow

The Puzzles Librarians Need to Solve – Pew Research  (The Lone Wolf Librarian)
Resourceful presentation by Lee Rainie, Director of internet, science and technology research at Pew Research Center.

Librarianship in the Growing Information Domain (The Lone Wolf Librarian)
“Librarianship in the Growing Information Domain…or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Information” presented at University of Sydney Library’s Experts Program Series  by  R. David Lankes, Professor Siracuse University.



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Week 1,2,3 & 4:NYC With Open Online Data Sets, 26 Incredible Innovations, Check Out Wi-Fi at the Library For a Week,Toronto Public Library with book-lending machine at Union Station,19% more eBooks And 36% More Digital Audiobook Borrowed in 2015, New Action Guide For Public Libraries

Open Data: New York Police Department Launches Online Crime Data Resources (INFoDocket)
“In a significant step toward increasing transparency, the New York Police Department has created a website with detailed data about each major crime that takes place in the city.” In addition,  there are additional NYC Public Safety Open Datasets.

26 Incredible innovations that improved the world in 2015 (Mashable)
From the Internet on a microchip ( eGranary Pocket Library) to a lamp that runs on plant power (the Plantalámparas) , “nanosheet” that can clean up oil spills like a sponge to AquaFresco, a type of filter that allows washing machines to reuse 95% of the water produced from each load ,  paper and plastic strips 
for in-home diagnostic testing of HIV, E.coli, Staphylococcus and other bacteria these are truly amazing discoveries to th e revolutionary iPhone app Be My Eyes  “that allows users to “lend” their eyes to the blind. It connects blind users to volunteers around the world to use live video chat and have them describe what they see and answer any questions”

Lifting the Veil on the New York Public Library’s Erotica Collection ( Library Link of the Day)
“Erotica was not something we were particularly going after, but we needed to collect life as it was lived,” said Jason Baumann, a collections curator. “We needed to understand and document for history what the city of New York was like. That meant collecting the good and the bad. It was always part of our mandate.”

Gartner Top 10 Tech Trends for 2016 ( LoneWolf Librarian)
The short and concise video is especially helpful with the understanding of the new 3D and  Virtual Reality tech trends.

Check The Library For Internet Hotspots To Go ( Library Stuff) 
“The library has about 20 of these devices, and people check them out like a book, for a week at a time. Because hot spots create Wi-Fi connections using mobile data, the service is not cheap, coming up at $10,000 per year in mobile data costs.”

Toronto Public Library gives commuters a ticket to read  (Library Stuff)
“TPL hopes to roll out a book-lending machine at Union Station by April, offering those on the move 24-7 access to popular novels, non-fiction, DVDs and downloadable ebooks.”

New York Public Library Releases New Promo Video For Their Education Programs (INFODocket)
Kudos to NYPL for their skillful promotional video by narrated by actor BD Wong. 

Maker Dad book is $1.99 on Kindle (Stephen’s Lighthouse)
“As the editor in chief of MAKE magazine, Mark Frauenfelder has spent years combing through DIY books, but he’s never been able to find one with geeky projects he can share with his two daughters. Maker Dad is the first DIY book to use cutting-edge (and affordable) technology in appealing projects for fathers and daughters to do together.”

UK: Amazon.com Lockers in Public Libraries (INFODocket)
The obvious benefit of having the self-serve Amazon lockers: provide a regular income for these libraries; are a popular service for customers; have no impact on staff time; are used by between 80 and 100 people in each location a week; bring people into the library
are used by non and existing library users; it is very difficult to assess if there is much crossover.

How to Handle Customer Complaints Via Social Media (Stephen’s Lighthouse)
Practical and useful post, considering how many public and academic libraries have presence on social media.

Library Readers Borrow Record Numbers of eBooks and Audiobooks in 2015 (Library Technology Guides)
“Highlights of record-setting growth from the OverDrive network of lending libraries for 2015 include:

  • Total digital titles borrowed from libraries & schools: 169 million (+24% over 2014
  • eBook circulation: 125 million (+19% growth over 2014)
  • Digital audiobook circulation: 43 million (+36% growth over 2014)
  • Streaming video circulation (+83% over 2014)

“Helping drive digital book circulation at libraries are new tools offered to librarians, including “OverDrive Insights,” real-time analytics on digital book usage that enables libraries to customize and curate their collections to meet the demands of their audiences. This combined with a greater catalog of available eBooks from thousands of publishers and the success of OverDrive Read-Alongs (professional narrated audio synced to the words on the page using industry-standard EPUB3) and OverDrive Listen (instant streaming for audiobooks from a library catalog or the OverDrive app).

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Linkedin ( LoneWolf Librarian)
Great tips on brushing and improving your Linkedin profile.

National Library of Medicine Releases Three New Game Apps (Free) For High School Students (INFOdocket)
The three iOS games developed by theThe National Library of Medicine (NLM) Division of Specialized Information Services  “reinforce” content from biology/chemistry and introduces students to the value of “green” alternatives.

Student Research Resources on the Internet 2016 (LLRX)
As a rule of thumb, I never misss the thorough resource guides compiled by Marcus Zillman. One particular resource caught my attention this time: www.openculture.com with thousands of free online cources, movies, books , maps and more.

Aspen Institute Releases New Action Guide for Public Libraries | ALA Midwinter 2016 (Library Stuff)
“The Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries (DPL) unveiled its newest publication at a session at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting. The Action Guide for Re-Envisioning Your Public Library, a set of resources to be used in connection with DPL’s report Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries, was released simultaneously with the session on January 10.”

NYPL, Benetech Partner to Offer 370,000 Accessible Ebooks to Print Disabled” (Library Journal) 
“Bookshare provides free access to its collection for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities through an award by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs, access to the collection for qualifying adults, seniors, and other non-students generally requires payment of a $25 setup fee and a $50 annual subscription fee. The partnership to provide free access to library patrons through NYPL is Bookshare’s first such partnership with a U.S. library”

Brave: New Ad Blocking Browser Promises More Privacy & Faster Page Loading (Markeying Land)
“Brave is the only approach to the Web that puts users first in ownership and control of their browsing data by blocking trackers by default, with no exceptions.”

Emerging Technology in Libraries / Aspen Institute – Jason Griffey (Lone Wolf Librarian)
Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Internet of Things..how would they affect libraries and are libraries will prepared for them?

San Diego Public Library Staff Trained to Identify Sex Trafficking Victim (Infodocket)
“More than 800 staff members at all of San Diego’s 36 library locations recently received training on how to spot sex trafficking victims, how to start a conversation with them, and ultimately how to steer them to the appropriate resources for help.”

S.F. library rolls out Biblio Bistro for lessons on cooking (Library Stuff)
“The San Francisco Public Library’s movable kitchen premiered this month and will be at the Heart of the City Farmers Market near the Civic Center every third Wednesday of the month. The Biblio Bistro will be used to teach the market’s customers how to cook the food available there.”

Members Vote to Dissolve Canadian Library Association, First Step to Create New Unified National Library Advocacy Organization ( InfoDocket)

 “The dissolution of CLA follows an extensive process during which CLA worked with a large number of library associations across Canada to develop a proposal to advance the interests of libraries. The proposed Canadian Federation of Library Associations unifies the diverse library communities across Canada.”

Culture Convener | Best Small Library in America 2016 ( Library Journal)
The revived Albert Wisner Public Library  in NY WPL “has become the benchmark for library service in the lower Hudson Valley and stands as a model of what a small 21st-century library should be: a perfect choice as LJ Best Small Library in America, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationSay Hello to “Amber”, A New, Free Digital Preservation Tool for Web Content Publishers From Harvard’s Berkman Center (INFOdocket)

“The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is pleased to release Amber, a free software tool for WordPress and Drupal that preserves content and prevents broken links.”

Libraries matter: 15 fantastic library infographics (Stephen’s Lighthouse)
An informative collection of infographics on the importance of libraries.

Notable Lectures & Presentations: Robert Darnton, Emily Dust Nimsakont, Jennifer Koerber & R. David Lankes

“Libraries, Books, and the Digital Future” – Robert Darnton ( LoneWolf Librarian)
“Books and libraries are more important than ever in the current digital environment, if only we can get it right..”

Linked Data, Library Users, and the Discovery Tools of the Future
 (Lone Wolf Librarian)
Take a look at this informative presentation by Emily Dust Nimsakont from Nebraska Library Comission.
Emerging Technologies for Librarians (Lone Wolf Librarian)
A neat and resourceful presentation by Jennifer Koerber.
Libraries – The Obligation of Innovation
 (Lone Wolf Librarian)
” We have the obligation of making a change” by R. David Lankes, Professor Siracuse University.
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