Libraries

Library book vending machine at George Eliot Hospital

The Warwickshire Libraries have installed a book vending machine at George Eliot Hospital. The following is a short video on how to use the machine. I think you will see several interesting things as you watch the video. In addition to seeing the technology used you also see how this service extends the reach of the library. I see numerous positive things in this video.

Queens Library Board votes not to suspend big-spending director Thomas Galante

Queens Library Board votes not to suspend big-spending director Thomas Galante
Elected officials called for the library board to shelve Thomas Galante while city and federal investigations probe his eye-popping salary, luxury office renovations and undisclosed side job. Following a five-hour meeting, much of it behind closed doors, the library’s board voted 9-9 not to force him to take a leave of absence. The tie meant the motion to suspend did not carry.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/panel-shelve-big-spending-library-director-articl...

Sharing Economy: Seed Libraries Open all over the Country

Sharing Economy: Seed Libraries Open all over the Country
https://nonprofitquarterly.org/policysocial-context/23929-sharing-economy-seed-libraries-ope...
These efforts appear to be popping up all over the country. In Cleveland, for instance, the Public Library has four branches participating in its seed library effort; in Fairfield, Connecticut, the Seed to Seed Library is in its fourth year. This article discusses some of the benefits of these kinds of exchanges.

It's April 1, But Rep. Paul Ryan's Dismissal of IMLS is No Joke

From the ALA Press office:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a new budget released today from Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), the House Budget Committee Chairman denounces the critical role that the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) plays in supporting civic engagement, literacy and lifelong learning in more than 123,000 libraries nationwide. Rep. Ryan recommends that the federal government not have a role in libraries and that Congress shift the federal agency’s responsibilities to the private sector in his 2015 fiscal year budget resolution.

Today, American Library Association (ALA) President Barbara Stripling released the following statement in response to Rep. Ryan’s budget (pdf):

“We were shocked to learn that Representative Paul Ryan recommended eliminating the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the agency that administers the primary source of federal funding to libraries. Libraries depend on the support they receive from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to help patrons learn new skills, find job opportunities and access reading materials that they otherwise could not afford. More than $180 million has been allocated to the Institute for Museum and Library Services through September 2014 to help libraries make information available to the citizens they serve. -- Read More

3 hurt as hawks dive-bomb Port Orange library patrons

http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20140329/NEWS/140329421/1040?Title=3-hurt-as-hawks...

The six, including a library employee, were attacked by the two red-shouldered hawks, but only three of the people suffered scratches to their heads when the birds dive-bombed at them outside the Port Orange Regional Library, said county spokesman Dave Byron. No one was hospitalized, he said.

Should authors use Snapchat to target a younger audience?

Teleread asks if authors should be using the Snapchat social media platform to promote themselves. Why?

"In this article on Brand Driven Digital, Nick Westergaard gives Snapchat a look and explains why it matters. Here’s why young adult authors and publishers should pay attention: “nearly half of Americans 12–24 use Snapchat.”

Oh? The exact audience that young adult writers crave."

This begs the question: Should libraries be using Snapchat?

Other uses found for library card catalogs

They are nearly extinct in their natural habitat.
“The card catalog is back,” she said. “It’s a beautiful piece of furniture, and it’s a part of history.”

Local Girl Scouts' library project set on fire overnight

http://www.jrn.com/kgun9/news/Theyre-just-being-mean-Local-Girl-Scouts-library-project-set-o...

"Reading is really important, and we worked really hard on these," said 7 year-old Anna Twilling.

It was the kind of project her troop, Troop 4, had searched for.

"You could learn in a book," said 5 year-old Sadie Twilling.

American Libraries Learn To Read Teenagers

http://www.npr.org/blogs/theprotojournalist/2014/03/22/290928679/american-libraries-learn-to...

Today teens and young adults are using libraries, Shannon says, "in a variety of ways: from homework help and school support, to accessing print and downloadable books, and engaging in creative and innovative programs which help them pursue interests, connect to mentors and other teens and expand learning in the after-school hours."

In other words, libraries and librarians are teaching teens a valuable lesson: Know thy shelves.

American Libraries Learn To Read Teenagers

Way, way back in the 20th century, American teenagers turned to the local public library as a great good place to hang out. It was a hotspot for meeting up, and sharing thoughts with, other like-minded people – in books and in the flesh. It was a wormhole in the universe that gave us tunnels into the past and into the future. It was a quiet spot in an ever-noisier world.

The library was a gentle mentor. It accepted us as we were and let us grow at our own pace – as teens are wont to do. It taught us about sports and sex. About fashion and finance. About life and death.

It showed us how to search for information. How to bring intelligent, like-minded people together. Even how to build and program computers.

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