Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Is the maker movement putting librarians at risk?

Rick Montgomery, in eSchool News  article wonders if  "the maker movement is putting librarians at risk?" Montgomery goes on to state that "Librarians in the Shawnee Mission School District are making way for “the maker movement,” and some worry where that story is going. Reading stories, of course, has been a big part of what Jan Bombeck does with children. “Stories, stories and more stories,” she told the school board last month. The Ray Marsh Elementary School directory lists Bombeck as “librarian” because she is state-certified to be one. But at least four Shawnee Mission grade schools have hired “innovation specialists” to run their libraries when fall classes open." Read more...

Friday, July 15, 2016

Libraries and Pokemon?

Galaxybookjockey wrote a great post about Pokemon Go. Read on..."You’ve seen the Facebook posts. You’ve seen the headlines, you’ve heard about it in conversation, and you may have seen groups of teens and young adults walking around in odd places with smartphones and simultaneously bewildered and overjoyed expressions. Pokemon Go appeals to a huge spread of demographics. Teens and young adults are playing it, young families and couples, middle aged and older. This is just like every other fandom you’ve tried to market to in the past. The people playing this game LOVE this fandom. It is hugely nostalgic and sentimental for a lot of the older players. For the most part, it isn’t a passing obsession, it’s a deep and abiding love that spans decades for most people.  But what is is this game? Why is everyone so excited, and how can I use it at my library? Here’s what you, the librarian, need to know about Pokemon Go" more here