Libraries are essential. Libraries are a cornerstone of community health and wellness, whether that community is the general public, a school, or a campus. We want to help. That’s our jam. It’s what we do. We help. Right now, the most important thing any library can do to help is to flatten the curve. There are now only two groups of Americans. Group A includes … Continue reading Why Curbside Pick Up at Your Library Isn’t Safe
The fabulous Gretchen Caserotti and staff in the Childrens Department at the Darien Libray are kicking off a learning 2.0 class for parents. From the website: You are raising kids in a digital world. Facebook, Twitter and a growing number of websites and social tools are becoming increasingly important in most aspects of our 21st Century world. Information Literacy is crucial to your children’s success … Continue reading Taking Traing to Patrons – 21 Things for 21st Century Parents
I was reading through an article (Found via What I Learned Today) on The Chronicle of Higher Education website about improving library catalog search functionality, when this comment caught my eye. The problem is people are trying to use the catalog the wrong way. Instead of a keyword search like on the internet and online databases, the catalog offers something unique– direct access to exactly what … Continue reading If Your Patrons Continually Use Your Catalog the Wrong Way the Problem Isn’t Them, It’s You
I haven’t been able to stop thinking about transliteracy and how important the concept is for libraries and librarians. I’ve created a slideshow I hope conveys the message and is easy to share. I have also added page with information on transliteracy. Libraries and Transliteracyhttp://static.slidesharecdn.com/swf/ssplayer2.swf?doc=transliteracy-091001081310-phpapp02&stripped_title=libraries-and-transliteracy View more presentations from Bobbi Newman. Continue reading Libraries and Transliteracy Slideshow
Libraries have focused on literacy, the ability to read, write and interact, for years. It is an important service to our patrons and our communities. People need to be literate in order to be involved in and contribute to society. Times are changing, technologies are evolving rapidly, it’s no longer enough to focus on the ability to read and write alone. If we only focus … Continue reading Libraries Need to Focus on Transliteracy
I presented this scenario to groups of librarians all over Minnesota in April You’re sitting at the reference desk and as someone approaches the desk the phone begins to ring and an instant messaging window pops open, who do you help first? I heard a lot of answers it depends on how the person in front of you looks answer the phone ask them to … Continue reading Who do you help first?
David Lee King knows a lot about digital service, he’s the Digital Branch Manager at the Topeka Shawnee Library (and an author and a speaker). If you are interested in digital services and aren’t already reading David’s blog, add it to your feedreader right now, go on, I’ll wait. This wee he shared his Digital Branch Style Guide and it’s definitely worth passing around. He … Continue reading David’s Digital Branch Stye Guide