June 26, 2017

Tyler Works | Movers & Shakers 2017 – Educators

As a youth associate at the Northlake Public Library, IL, in 2008, Tyler Works took a workshop on the programming language Scratch. “Looking back, the hour or two I spent learning Scratch was probably one of the most formative hours of my life,” he says. It sparked in him a passion for coding and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics).

Preschool STEM Lab | Field Reports

Children are naturally curious about the world around them. Science programs and activities are a great way to capture their interest and encourage the development of early literacy skills. Many science activities and materials are easy to incorporate into library programs; you may find that you’re already including elements that increase STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) knowledge, for example, talking about color mixing or identifying and playing with shapes.

Beth-Ann Ryan | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Tech Leaders

When Beth-Ann Ryan started at the State of Delaware’s Division of Libraries (DDL) in 2008, the Delaware Library Catalog included half the public libraries, a handful of academic libraries, and a couple of schools. Since then, it’s grown to a statewide single system that includes every public library, six academic libraries, seven school libraries, and 13 special libraries. As deputy director of DDL since September 2011, Ryan has been instrumental in making this connectivity happen.

First-Ever “Public Libraries & STEM” Event Forges New Alliances

Professionals from the library, education, and STEM fields gathered last week in Denver to participate in “Public Libraries & STEM,” the first conference of its kind to convene leaders from these arenas to examine current and future practices at the intersection of librarianship and science, technology, engineering, and math.

Keep ’em Coming Back for S’mores | Programs That Pop

Every teen librarian knows programs that offer snacks are usually a hit and can even entice teens reluctant to join in the fun. With that in mind, we offer many teen programs that include snacks, from Chocolate Fest to Pizza Gardening. When the Student Ambassadors proposed making a solar-powered s’mores oven for an Earth Day activity, we knew it would be a hit.

Seth Ciotti | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers

As teen technology librarian at Kitsap Regional Library in Washington State, Seth Ciotti wants to provide homeless and at-risk kids with the same comforting, inspiring library environment he enjoyed throughout his childhood and in college. His BiblioTEC program enables him to do that.

Jennifer Hamilton | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Community Builders

Just three weeks before the 2010 Deepwater Horizon (or BP) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Jennifer Hamilton had transitioned out of a 20-year career in nonprofit administration to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a librarian. Her first job was as reference librarian at the Terrebonne Parish Library (TPL) in the bayou country west of New Orleans. When a group of high school students showed up at the library, asking to use a library conference room, Hamilton learned that the teens were researching the impacts of the oil spill on the local environment and economy and organizing ways to help.

Where the President’s Budget Would Leave Libraries

President Barack Obama’s $3.9 trillion budget for fiscal year 2015 proposes slight cuts in federal library spending, strongly promotes a variety of early education programs, and funds an ongoing mission to connect students to high-speed Internet in their schools and libraries.

Howard County (MD) Libraries to Expand HiTech Initiative with $267,500 IMLS Grant

Maryland’s Howard County Library System, 2013 Gale/LJ Library of the Year, will use the $276,500 grant it has received from the Institute of Library & Museum Services (IMLS) to expand its HiTech program. The program is a STEM education initiative for teens that provides project-based classes in such skill areas as computer programming, 3-D animation, green energy, nanotechnology, music/video production, ebooks, game app design, cybersecurity, and robotics.

The Big Deal’s Damage | Peer to Peer Review

For those who don’t know, the Big Deal is an arrangement with ejournal publishers to bundle their entire content into a large package of ejournals, while charging less than the full content would cost a library through individual subscriptions. An example is Elsevier, which provides something called the “Freedom Package” to academic libraries. For a relatively small percentage of what a library pays for Elsevier subscriptions, the library get access to everything Elsevier publishes. That’s the upside. The downside is that, once locked into multiyear licenses for these Big Deals, libraries are unable to reduce their number of subscriptions or lower their ejournal costs if they need to.