Thursday, January 20, 2011

Patrons support their libraries!

News articles from UK

Library clears its shelves in protest at closure threat: Users urged to take out full allowance of library books in campaign to keep Stony Stratford branch open.
Maev Kennedy
,, Friday 14 January 2011

and Hawaii
Big human chain helps small town library in Kapaau: Nearly 2,000 volunteers lined up on the Akoni Pule Highway on Saturday to form a human chain, so they could pass the thousands of books – or huki puke, in Hawaiian – over a mile and a third down the road to their new library.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Library Radio Network

I'm a big fan of audio and video podcasting so this is an excellent idea. The Library Radio Network allows users to listen on-line or download the programs to the mp3 or media device.

For those of us on mobile devices you can visit to stay in touch with the program. (Watch your data rate folks if you are not on an unlimited plan.)

Library Radio Network
From the announcement I received:
We are pleased to announce a new online news source for librarians called The Library Radio Network (TLRN) which will debut on February 15th.

TLRN will feature library news you can use as well as fascinating interviews with library leaders from throughout the world.

TLRN will also feature a monthly radio magazine called Library Perspectives, which will be a hosted hour-long downloadable program using the NPR format featuring interviews and segments on libraries and librarians.
This can give folks in the library biz a chance to make their case for the importance of libraries, what they are doing, what works and what needs to be re-visioned.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Sacramento Valley Chapter of REFORMA Offering Scholarships to Drexel’s Graduate School

SACRAMENTO, CA., January 3, 2011 — The Sacramento Valley Chapter of REFORMA has announced it will award up to three $10,000 scholarships for its members to attend Drexel University's Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento.
The Drexel/California Gold REFORMA Leadership Scholarship can be applied toward tuition for the master's degree program in Library and Information Science offered at Drexel's Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento.
Download theDrexel University/California GoldREFORMA Leadership ScholarshipInstructions and Application [PDF]

Sunday, January 02, 2011

David Hoffman and Thoughts About Libraries

This is a TED video presentation by filmmaker David Hoffman. In 2008 a fire destroyed his books, photos, negatives and home.

From the TED biography page:

Documentary filmmaker David Hoffman has been capturing reality for almost 4 decades, following his wide-ranging interests and turning them into films for PBS, The Discovery Channel, A&E, National Geographic.

This is his presentation on converting his loss into a positive experience. Which begs the question; are libraries important enough to the society to save? If we believe that then what are we doing to help the general and politicized public understand why it essential to maintain a vital public library system?

This man is a collector. What he lost cannot be replaced. Libraries are living collections of what we believe to be essential information for a community to have access to and use.

What will the community lose if the doors are allowed to be bolted shut?

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Abby and A Look at What Digital Natives Want From Libraries

We have to get ready for Abby and her peers. Actually, they are hear but some of the adults want to pretend that they are not.

If you have ever seen a four year-old pick up an iPad and master it in five minutes you know that this is not that much of an exaggeration.

From the web site:

VALA - Libraries, Technology and the Future Inc. is an independent Australian based not-for-profit organisation that aims to promote the use and understanding of information technology within libraries and the broader information sector. VALA also offers its members access to a dynamic and professional network of information technology practitioners.

Yes, she may have been coached in what to say but the words are true. Wow. The times they are a changing.