Wednesday, August 27, 2014

6 Ways To Become a Power User of the Public Library - BOOK RIOT

You have a library card and you know the library is more than just a “Netflix for books.”
Maybe you know about your library’s ebook offerings and maybe you know
you can borrow audiobooks or DVDs. But how can you make the absolute
most out of your local library? Here are 6 tips for becoming a power
user of the public library.

Worth noting: not all public libraries offer the same
services, so not everything mentioned here will be available to all
users. Some libraries offer more and some may offer less. These
variations exist because of funding differences, library size, location,
and a host of other factors, most of which are out of control of the
library itself. The one common denominator among these tips, though, is
that they’re all things you can ask about at your library.

Likewise, this is geared toward the American public library system, so your mileage in other countries may vary.

BLD0085361. Get to the top of the holds list for hot titles

Did you know many libraries order books well in advance of their
publication date? Librarians are knowledgable about what’s coming out,
and they often put in purchase orders for titles weeks, if not
months, before publication. This is especially true for books that are
garnering buzz or are new titles by popular authors.

Many times, those titles appear in the library catalog not long after
the order is placed. Even if the book isn’t on shelf, when the library
has ordered a title and it shows up in the catalog, chances are good you
can put a hold on it.

Say you’re reading our 5 To Watch For
feature and you see a title coming out at the end of the month that
looks great. Go to your library’s catalog and see if you can put a hold
on it. If you can’t do the hold from home, call the library and try
to do it over the phone. This’ll get you ahead of the game, and you’ll
be one of the first people to read the book, likely not long after it
releases. 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ferguson Library Becomes Refuge for Adults and Children Amid Strife FERGUSON, Missouri — Aug 20, 2014, 3:17 PM ET By COLLEEN CURRY and MICAH GRIMES

Amid all of the strife engulfing Ferguson, Missouri, this month, there is one spot in town that has become a refuge for children and parents: the library.
The Ferguson Library has been an oasis of calm since the town's residents erupted in anger at the police after a Ferguson cop shot and killed an unarmed black teen, Michael Brown, on Aug. 9.
It has used Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to offer residents a place of respite for them to get bottled water, check their emails, and avoid the unrest developing on Ferguson's streets.
Gloria Pasley & Betsy Anderson outside the public library, willing to take students in

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Why the Public Library Beats Amazon—for Now - WSJ

As E-Book Subscription Services Grow Their Catalogs, the Age-Old Institution Trumps All

Monday, August 4, 2014

How a New Dutch Library Smashed Attendance Records - Shareable

Facing declining visitors and uncertainty about what to do about it, library administrators in the new town of
Almere in the Netherlands did something extraordinary. They redesigned
their libraries based on the changing needs and desires of library users
and, in 2010, opened the Nieuwe Bibliotheek (New Library), a thriving community hub that looks more like a bookstore than a library.

Guided by patron surveys, administrators tossed out traditional
methods of library organization, turning to retail design and
merchandising for inspiration. They now group books by areas of
interest, combining fiction and nonfiction; they display books face-out
to catch the eye of browsers; and they train staff members in marketing
and customer service techniques.

The library is also a Seats2meet (S2M)
location where patrons are empowered to help one another in exchange
for free, permanent, coworking space, and they utilize the S2M Serendipity Machine
to connect library users in real-time. They also have a bustling cafe,
an extensive events and music program, a gaming facility, a reading
garden and more. The result? The New Library surpassed all expectation
about usage with over 100,000 visitors in the first two months. It is
now considered one of the most innovative libraries in the world. Read more....

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The SLA New York Conference & Expo | SLA NY: The New York Chapter

The SLA New York Conference & Expo

The SLA New York Conference & Expo Registration is now open!

SLA New York is pleased to announce its inaugural Conference &
Expo, which will take place on Thursday, September 18th at Baruch’s
Vertical Campus. Our goal is to have an annual event where members and
non-members in the NY Metropolitan area have both an opportunity to
focus on the trends and technology that impact information professionals
as well as a vehicle for intensive professional development.   This
year we invite you to “Invest In Yourself” with a day packed with
learning about “New Tools and Techniques” applied in the areas of social
media and training and development. The tone for the day will be set by
SLA President-Elect, Jill Strand, whose keynote will issue the charge
for us to “Be Revolutionary: Taking It to the Next Level with Our
Profession & Association”.

Jill will show us how the information profession has evolved in
recent years, from inward looking technical experts to outward looking
client-centric enablers. She will trace this evolution across findings
from the recent surveys and reports from the International Federation of
Library Associations (IFLA), and partner studies from  SLA and the
Financial Times as well as special libraries associations in Australia.
In doing so she’ll identify the unique skill sets that librarians and
knowledge professionals bring to their organizations and how SLA can
help them to showcase that value to internal and external decision

Takeaways for information professionals at all career stages will include:

  • An understanding of industry trends and key competencies needed to succeed
  • High-level and compelling articulation of our unique skill sets
  • An actionable framework for the information function in any organization
  • Strategic & proactive thinking about value we offer today
  • How SLA can be an important part of your professional toolkit; a “sandbox” for learning and career growth.
In her role as Director of Knowledge Management at Maslon Edelman
Borman and Brand LLP, a leading commercial law and litigation firm in
Minneapolis , Jill has experienced firsthand the demands for not only
increased technical skills but the need to understand and apply
information tools and technologies so that they enable collaborative
relationships and knowledge sharing across the organization. And like
the rest of us, Jill is no stranger to the need to solidify our position
as the best solution to our organization’s strategic knowledge and
decision-making needs. These professional experiences as well as her
high level participation in SLA have enabled Jill to “reinvision” the
role of the information professional against the backdrop of a society
where information literacy skills will be prized; formal and informal
learning resources will abound; and privacy and big data need to

These are exciting developments for the profession and, in short,
Jill will expose us to some of the new business models evolving as a
result as well as provide a broad overview of the professional,
personal, and core competencies needed today based on highlights from
recent SLA and IFLA surveys and studies.

We hope that you will join us at the SLA New York Conference and Expo
to hear Jill Strand first hand as she takes the reins of SLA
leadership, as well as other top experts in social media and
professional development.

Registration is now open.

More Conference & Expo news, plus the entire schedule, here.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Scores of authors lobby government to act on school libraries | Books |

Malorie Blackman and Andrew Motion among signatories of letter to the Guardian demanding 'urgent' action from the Department for Education
School library
'Every child has the
right to read' … a Year 10 pupil reading in East Barnet school library.
Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian

Children's laureate Malorie Blackman, the poets Roger McGough and Michael Rosen, former poet laureate Andrew Motion
and biographer Michael Holroyd are among scores of authors,
illustrators and librarians who are pressing the government to take
"urgent" action to make sure all schools have a good school library.

In the wake of the report last week from the Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group,
which asserted that it was "vital" that all schools "have a good
library to ensure children develop essential literacy and digital
literacy skills in order to fulfil their potential", more than 200
authors have written to the Guardian calling on the Department for
Education to "act immediately on the report's conclusions". These
include instructing Ofsted to look at libraries when inspecting schools, and collecting data on the number of school libraries and librarians. Read more...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014