Monday, October 24, 2016

Keeping with the audiobook theme Linda Flanagan writes about reading literacy and audiobooks in her recent blog post entitled How Audiobooks can Help Kids who Struggle with Reading posted on Mind/Shift Oct. 23, 2016. Flanagan reports that "Research underscores the link between listening and literacy. Work by Betty Hart and Todd Risley found that the vocabularies of three-year-olds were predictive of their language and reading skills at age ten. Studies carried out at Stanford showed a gap in vocabularies between children of the well-off and those with lower socioeconomic status is apparent in children as young as 18 months. And professor Nina Kraus at Northwestern University, who explores the complexity of sound processing in the brain, has found that a variety of factors, including income level and a mother’s education, play a role in how well children process sound—which in turn affects reading ability." Read the full article here

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Audiobooks making a comeback!

Jocelyn McClurg writes in an online article from USA Today that "Audiobooks are finding a new audience, as listeners discover the ease and portability of downloading recorded versions of books onto their smartphones.

Once known as books on tape (and before that, books on vinyl), audiobooks — from unabridged, 50-hour-long literary classics to current best sellers — are seeing dramatic growth thanks to the digital revolution. They are still a sliver of the overall publishing pie, but the slice keeps getting bigger.

Celebrity narrators such as Helen Mirren (Beatrix Potter), Nick Offerman (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer) and Amy Schumer (reading her memoir The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo) are raising the genre’s profile, as well." Read full story here

Waggoner Library has a small collection of audio books. To find these, start at the library homepage, choose Advanced Search on the right side menu. Enter your topic and then choose 'Audio Book' from the Material Type list. Finally click submit. Suggestions for new titles can be made here.  

Monday, September 19, 2016

Melvil Dewey, Librarian of Congress, Search Engines, and Michelle Obama

Dr. Carla Hayden, our new Librarian of Congress, has much to say in a recent interview published in The Guardian online Sept. 15. "The librarian of Congress oversees the world’s largest library system. As the name indicates, one of the main roles of the library is to assist Congress in the research it needs in order to pass bills. It also oversees the US copyright system, names the poet laureate, and preserves historical documents and books.

“Dr. [Carla] Hayden has devoted her career to modernizing libraries so that everyone can participate in today’s digital culture,” Barack Obama said when he nominated her.

Hayden says she would like to digitize as many items as possible, especially the rare collections, so people would not have to come to Washington DC to experience them. But she says the internet is not enough.

“People still need assistance when they get information on the internet,” she said. “We’re the original search engines and we held people find things to make their lives better,” she said of librarians. 

According to Hayden, the profession was “feminized” when Melvil Dewey, who created the Dewey decimal system, said “it was time to let women in because there was a lot of monotonous work to do. And he also said women in public libraries could be hostesses because they were part of the home”.

“Oh he was quite the fellow,” Hayden said, laughing. “So for a woman to be actual manager, CEO, is poetic justice.” Read complete article here.

Monday, August 22, 2016

New York Public Library: Storage, access, & innovation

"This summer, several times a week, a 30-foot truck filled with rough wooden shelves of books has arrived early in the morning at the New York Public Library’s flagship research library. Each truckload contains thousands of books, which have been sitting for the past three years at a storage facility upstate.

Now, 1.5 million books are migrating home, although not to the shelves they once occupied, in the library’s old stacks beneath the Rose Main Reading Room. From the loading dock, the shelves are moved through the maze below the library, until they are two levels below the ground, underneath Bryant Park, which stretches like a lawn before the Beaux-Arts building. There, the books loiter in the hallway, waiting to be ingested.

On an August morning, the 10-person team that works on the second level of the underground stacks was “ingesting” oversized art material. The books are grouped together by size, in cardboard trays with white plastic handles at the front. This library doesn’t use the Dewey Decimal System, so books that are grouped together don’t necessarily cover the same subjects. Upstairs, in the older level of stacks, each book has a call number, and to find a book in one of the six bays, you need to be trained to understand where it might be located. In this lower level, there’s an inventory control system that might be used in an Amazon warehouse or other industrial setting, that tracks where the books are." Read on

- Laskow, S. (17 Aug. 2016). The New York Public Library is Moving 1.5 Million Books to an Underground Lair. Atlas Obscura. Retrieved from:

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Copyright: GSU copyright case comes to a close

Andrew Albanese writes about the recent ruling in the Georgia State University copyright case in an online article entitled "Publishers Lose Another Round in GSU Copyright Case". Albanese notes that the case was "first filed in April, 2008, by three academic publishers (Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Sage Publications, with support from the Copyright Clearance Center and the AAP) the suit alleges that GSU administrators systematically encourage faculty to offer unlicensed digital copies to students as a no-cost alternative to traditionally licensed coursepacks. In the [final]order, dated July 27, Judge Orinda Evans also denied the publishers’ motion to refresh the record in the case by gathering new evidence from the most recent academic term. And in a ruling that could cost the plaintiffs millions, she rejected the publishers’ motion to reconsider the awarding of legal fees, holding that new Supreme Court guidance issued last month in another high profile copyright case was not a factor." Read more here.

Monday, August 8, 2016

What to do about library anxiety?

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Innovative ideas for your library to reach out to your community!

Emily Matchar writes in an article published on that "public libraries today are actually doing an enormous amount to meet 21st-century needs. A recent contest sponsored by the Knight Foundation awarded shares of a $1.6 million prize to 14 winners who came up with the best, most innovative ideas for helping libraries better serve their changing communities." See the top 8 winners and get inspired!

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
From LJ Academic Newswire:

In what is being widely celebrated as a historic decision, Carla D. Hayden was confirmed as the 14th Librarian of Congress July 13 by a Senate majority vote of 74–18. Hayden, currently CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library (EPFL) in Baltimore and LJ’s 1995 Librarian of the Year, will be the first woman and the first African American to lead the Library of Congress (LC). She will succeed former Librarian of Congress James Billington, who stepped down in September 2015 after 28 years. Hayden will serve at least one ten-year term, thanks to new term limit legislation passed last yearRead more...

Friday, July 8, 2016

Addicted to technology?

From the Fast Facts section of the July/Aug. 2016 issue of College & Research Library News it was stated that "Recent studies find that 69 percent of parents and 78 percent of teens check their mobile devices at least hourly. Seventy-two percent of teens feel the need to respond immediately to texts, while only 48 percent of parents feel the same need. Most parents are using mobile devices while driving, even with children in the car: 56 percent of parents admit they use their mobile devices while driving; 51 percent of teens see their parents use their mobile devices while driving." Follow the link below to read more.

Common Sense Media Inc., Technology Addiction: Concern, Controversy, and Finding Balance, 2016, (retrieved June 7, 2016).

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Humans Books on Loan at the Library

writes about human books. She writes, "What does a library look like in a modern city? There are still epic tales of migration, inspiring stories of people overcoming hardship, and chronicles of religious or racial persecution.

But in some places, there aren't any books -- instead, it's humans that are on loan.

"A Human Library is just like a real library but instead of paperbacks and hard covers, we have real people on our bookshelves," said Ronni Abergel, cofounder of the Human Library Organization.

'You can borrow the bipolar or the Muslim or the transgender or the homeless, and in this way you get a chance to talk to this person and you may just realize what you have in common'." Read more

Friday, July 1, 2016

Nashville on July 4th! From

What better way to celebrate our country's independence than with free live music in the heart of the city built on music? Add to it a full day of family fun and an incredible fireworks show and you've got Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4, presented by Dr Pepper. You don't want to miss what has been named one of the best July 4th events in the country!

With the McDonald's ® Family Fun Zone, the Jack Daniel’s Stage at Ascend Amphitheater, and the Music City Stage at The Green at Riverfront Park, it's all happening in downtown Music City and it's all free. Get all the details you'll need here to prepare for one of Nashville's biggest parties of the year. Read More!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Is Google censoring content?

An article in the June 22, 2016 US News & World Report written by Robert Epstein asserts that "Google, Inc., isn't just the world's biggest purveyor of information; it is also the world's biggest censor.

The company maintains at least nine different blacklists that impact our lives, generally without input or authority from any outside advisory group, industry association or government agency. Google is not the only company suppressing content on the internet. Reddit has frequently been accused of banning postings on specific topics, and a recent report suggests that Facebook has been deleting conservative news stories from its newsfeed, a practice that might have a significant effect on public opinion – even on voting. Google, though, is currently the biggest bully on the block." Read more

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Journal of Interrrupted Studies to help Refugees Preserve And Publish Their Research

Renee Montagne talks to Paul Ostwald, editor-in-chief of The Journal of Interrupted Studies. It will publish works by migrants and refugees whose academic research has been interrupted.

Renee Montagne, host:

"It can take researchers and academics years to get published in academic journals. It's that rigorous. So imagine if all that work were lost. That's a real possibility for scholars fleeing conflicts in the Middle East and Africa and arriving in Europe, far from their academic home bases. Today, a group of Oxford University students launches a platform to help preserve and publish that work. Paul Ostwald came up with the idea for the Journal of Interrupted Studies."  Read more...

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Teachers Still Struggling to Use Tech to Transform Instruction, Survey Finds - by Anthony Rebora

From the Education Week, 9 June 2016:

"A majority of K-12 educators responding to a new survey see themselves as risk takers or early adopters in using technology.
But the exclusive survey, conducted by the Education Week Research Center for this year's edition of Technology Counts, found that teachers, on the whole, still face systemic challenges in adapting their instruction to new technologies in transformative ways." Read more here

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Nashville doings for Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day Weekend is here. The website, Visit Music City, has a created a list of things to do in Nashville this weekend. From art exhibits to concerts, and even ways to honor our heroes. Check it out at:

Most importantly, to those who serve, or have served, we thank you.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Trends Report: 10 Key Shifts in Higher Education

In a year of turmoil − marked by campus protests, free-speech controversies, scandals involving academic research, questions about the value of a degree, and more − higher education continues to be on the defensive. Public scrutiny and the social-media environment mean college leaders must be prepared to respond to critics on and off campus, at any time. To help you stay ahead of the curve, we [Chronicle of Higher Education] identify 10 national trends, along with case studies, expert commentary, and resources that will enable you to lead effectively in 2016.

Read the full report by accessing the Chronicle through TNU4u

Once logged in go to My Bookmarks then Campus Links.

Monday, February 29, 2016

It's Leap Day...

In fifth-century Ireland, St. Bridget is said to have persuaded St. Patrick to declare that a woman could do what was then the unthinkable just once every four years: ask a man to marry her. That day became associated with Leap Day, February 29. In St. Bridget's time, when women were for all practical purposes owned, first by their fathers and then by their husbands, marriage meant not love but economic survival for them and their children. No doubt many seized their chance to override that power structure and take their fates into their own hands.

Tomorrow, March 1, is the first day of Women's History Month. So today isn't just a good time to consider how far women have come, but what we still have left to set right. With entrenched gender gaps in leadership and earnings, here are three Leap Day lessons for professional women with an eye on the future. Read more from Feb. 29th's Forgotten Place In The History Of Women In Leadership by Gloria Feldt.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

February is African American History Month

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society. Read more here