November 25, 2017

Archives for February 2012

NASA, ALA Team Up to Offer Astro4Girls Pilot

Nine public libraries around the country will present “Astro4Girls and Their Families” during National Women’s History Month this March. The project is a pilot collaboration among National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)-funded astrophysics education and public outreach programs and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office. Some of the activities offered will include astrophotography […]

California Librarians Say Brown’s Budget Proposal Undermines Core Principles

Since California Governor Jerry Brown proposed in January a state budget with no funding for libraries for the second year in a row, librarians across the state are worried that two fundamental principles, universal borrowing and equal access, are threatened.

Unpacking the Draft Code of Practice for Discovery Services | Backtalk

The draft code of practice for discovery services proposed by NFAIS doesn’t grapple with some of the business realities that underlie why some of the challenges facing the creation and use of a discovery service exist, and why they plausibly will continue to exist regardless of what may be best for a user and her discovery process.

Unbundling Higher Education | From the Bell Tower

Recent events in higher education suggest a new trend – earning degrees by the course from multiple providers. Are we looking at the iTunes model of unbundled higher ed? Call it alt-HE.

Information Literacy in a World That’s Too Big to Know | Peer-to-Peer Review

Barbara Fister wonders when we can stop teaching students how information used to work

Academic Libraries Should Give Up Book-by-Book Collecting, Article Argues

To stay robust and relevant, academic libraries may need to abandon hands-on collection development and big deal subscription packages in favor of patron-driven acquisitions (PDA), open access, and curation of campus specialties. College & Research Libraries released a pre-print of From Stacks to the Web: the Transformation of Academic Library Collecting by David W. Lewis, […]

Northwestern College To Integrate Library into New Learning Commons

Northwestern College, Orange City, IA, plans to build a new “learning commons,” which will include the library. On March 8, Northwestern’s board will hold a final vote on whether to move forward with groundbreaking this year.

Use Pinterest to Promote Your Programs And Services

Have you been invited to “check out my stuff on Pinterest” yet? It’s a social media tool based on recommendations and works like a virtual pinboard. You can aggregate a ton of visuals to tell your story  and users browse your pinboard. (Just today I was saying that libraries need to redefine the word “browsing “.) […]

Little Libraries Sprout Across the Country

Since LJ reported on the Little Free Library project last August, the idea has begun to spread beyond its home state of Wisconsin. Meanwhile, New York City dwellers create some tiny libraries of their own.

Ambitious NYPL Renovation Back on Track

The New York Public Library is restarting its plan to revamp the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. This month, the library’s board of trustees approved the start of schematic designs by architecture firm Foster + Partners and launched “a citywide public dialogue” about the library’s plan for the future. It is expected to cost about $300 million.