OCLC’s WebJunction is offering a webinar on Thursday, March 27th at 2PM EST titled “Health Happens in Libraries: Prioritizing Patron and Partner Engagement”.
This webinar will focus on how libraries can integrate health information according to the best practices developed by the Health Happens in Libraries project team. If you are interested, you can register here.
In the current issue of College & Research Libraries News, New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) details their implementation of a program called “Long Night Against Procrastination”. This program was modeled after a successful German event of the same name.
The NYUAD Library partnered with their Writing Center to provide writing & research consultations, refreshments and activities during extended hours. NYUAD reports on their successes and lessons from this event.
Library Journal excerpt “But while it may look like they’re growing apart, different types of librarians still have common ground. We must identify those commonalities to build a more unified ALA.
Whether we work in a school, university, or public branch, librarians share a few core values. We value unfettered access to quality information. We share a belief that order is a necessary precondition for access. Inherent in the idea of access is diversity: we do not discriminate in the provision of service or in the provision of materials. We respect intellectual freedom and protection of users’ privacy. We act on these values by being careful stewards of what has been entrusted to us: the collections, the facilities in which the collections are housed, the services provided by staff. Thus, we value preservation. Librarians act both to preserve the past for the present and preserve the present for the future. Libraries are physical—and now virtual—representations of a community of inquiry in which people ask questions of one another, of data, of texts, and of images.”
This article just came out in the new issue of the School Library Monthly, Volume XXX, Number 6/March 2014.
Leadership: Collaboration for Summer Reading” (PDF)
Many school librarians and administrators have often wondered why the vast and various resources housed in the physical space of the library are not available to students and families during school breaks and the summer months. For many children and youth, the school library is the closest and most familiar (and free!) provider of reading material for independent reading. Whether they are seeking books and magazines for pleasure reading or to answer their questions and gain specific knowledge, the school library is their resource and the school librarian is their go-to person. In most districts across the United States, however, school libraries are closed for the summer and are shuttered over for fall, winter, and spring breaks.
Kristin J. Henrich
Following an energizing reorganization of the first floor, the University of Idaho Library sought additional strategies to support student learning and success. Building on previous successful collaborations with the Dean of Students Office, the Library and Tutoring Services created a model to offer peer-tutoring services in the library. Several philosophical and practical guidelines were considered, and implementation of the service, while challenging, was ultimately successful. Strategies for proposing, building, and maintaining similar partnerships with student services units are discussed, with best practices offered for other institutions seeking similar collaboration.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 17, 2014
Excerpt: “But lending e-books may soon get easier. This spring a pilot project called Occam’s Reader will test software custom-built to make it both easy and secure for libraries to share e-book files while keeping publishers happy—or so the software’s creators hope.”
This video came out at the end of May last year.
“Sixteen Students, Fourteen Weeks: Building a Digital Library Through Collaborative Learning“
Kathyryn Thornhill, Simmons College
Emily Powers, Simmons College
Chelsea Gunn, Simmons College
Christina Tanguay, Simmons College
As featured during the “Querying the Library: Digitization and Its Impact” conference hosted by the James P. Adams Library at Rhode Island College on May 31, 2013. This segment includes a presentation by Kathryn Thornhill (GSLIS ’13) with colleagues Emily Powers, Chelsea Gunn, Christina Tanguay, and Emily Toner from Simmons College. This panel will discuss the creation of a digital library highlighting alumni scrapbooks from the Simmons College Archives. Topics covered will be the history and outcome of the project and the methods of digital library training and development, including digital preservation, rights management, metadata standards, and interdisciplinary teamwork. Watch the General Discussion #2 Video for the accompanying Q&A session.