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"...read 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, https://www.commonsensemedia.org/research/technology-addiction-concern-controversy-and-finding-balance (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 VisitMusicCity.com

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!