February 17, 2018

Archives for August 2013

Digital’s Shifting Standards | Reinventing Libraries

In a series of exclusive essays, thinkers from the library world address how the digital shift is impacting libraries’ mission. Peer to Peer columnist Barbara Fister reflects on the need to reinvigorate instruction in light of how we now collect resources. University of Washington iSchool’s Joseph Janes, in turn, calls for libraries to strike a balance between protecting privacy and innovating to add value—with patrons’ permission.

Feedback: Letters to LJ, August 2013 Issue

Comments and letters to the editor on the relationship between school and public libraries, recommendation algorithms and their limitations, and distance education, from the August 2013 issue of LJ.

Miami-Dade County Will Keep All Public Libraries Open but Cut Hours, 169 Librarians

Six weeks after cautioning it could shutter 22 public libraries, Miami-Dade County has found a way to keep all 49 facilities open at least some of the time, offering stripped-down services. In all, 169 librarians would lose their jobs by Oct. 1, and libraries would operate about three-quarters of the hours they do now, according to The Miami Herald. INFOdocket editor Gary Price shares the latest developments.

NovoEd Introduces Entrepreneurship MOOCs

NovoEd, a privately held Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform, has announced a new entrepreneurship curriculum in partnership with several institutions, including Stanford University, where NovoEd was developed before being taken private in April. The new series of 12 courses begins this fall. Most courses are free, though some are priced at $250, and one course, on venture capital, is priced at $999.

Columbus Metropolitan Library Announces New Position to Work with Area Schools

An impressive commitment from CEO Pat Losinski and the entire team at CML. Kudos! From 10TV.com: On the same day the state released school report card data, the Columbus Metropolitan Libraries announced a new position designed to “help ensure that students have the resources to succeed outside of the classroom.” CML officials announced Thursday the […]

Collection Bashing & Trashing | Office Hours

A few months ago I suggested that one of the things preventing librarians from working at web scale might be “a lingering emphasis on collections over users.” I and others have argued that the evolution of libraries and library service will include a pronounced shift from libraries as book warehouses to libraries as centers for discovery, learning, and creation via any number of platforms. I might have been guilty of a bit of collection bashing in these discussions, and recent occurrences of collection trashing have given me pause.

In Philadelphia, School Librarians Still In Flux

Already hobbled, Philadelphia schools are facing their first day with fewer school librarians—continuing a trend in the metropolitan school district and the state of Pennsylvania as well. Of the approximately 22 remaining certified school librarians working in the Philadelphia school district, some are not returning to their school librarian positions.

This Week in Libraries: Erik Boekesteijn and Jaap van de Geer, founders of TWIL

The story behind TWIL. The most interesting libraries around the world. Fanmail and the potential of podcasting.
This and much more in this week’s episode of TWIL: your weekly dose of library innovation! thisweekinlibraries.com

U.S. Public Library News Week in Review: 20 Stories from 15 States (Roundup)

Here’s our latest weekly roundup  featuring a selection of news items about public libraries from around the country. All of the stories were published in the past week. Our roundup from last week (19 stories/15 states) is available here. Arkansas Fayetteville Library Board Celebrates Potential Sale (via NWA Online) California Video: New Santa Clara Library Built, […]

Two Kinds of Revolution | Peer to Peer Review

Librarians always seem to believe they’re living through revolutionary times, and perhaps they are. The world of libraries, like the world in general, is constantly in flux. But let us assume revolutionary change has been the norm in libraries for the last few decades. It’s actually pretty easy to point to historical moments of significant change, analyze their motives, and see how things turned out. We have at least two technological revolutions in libraries that are now distant enough for us to gain some historical perspective.