Students use Kickstarter to fund library

Eighth graders in a design class at REALM Charter School in Berkeley, CA developed a plan for building a school library, and successfully funded the project using Kickstarter.

For more on this project visit ABC News.

NITLE to focus on collaboration and liberal arts colleges

From Inside Higher Ed – Cultivating Collaboration

The National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education, in an effort to broaden its scope and address the challenges facing liberal arts colleges, will this fall launch a do-it-yourself toolkit for institutions that want to work together.

The organization, also known as NITLE, aims to use the Collaboration Consulting Program to expand its role as a consultant for liberal arts colleges.

Nearly 100,00 Philadelphia Students Get Library Cards

The Philadelphia School District merged their student database with the Free Library of Philadelphia system to identify which students did not have public library cards. The almost 100,000 students who did not have library cards are being issued cards.

This partnership is an attempt to address the budget cuts faced by school libraries. For more, read the full article at NewsWorks.

Collaboration Tools for Library Teams

Online Searcher  Jan/Feb 2014

“Tools Will Keep Us Together

Hum along with Barbie Keiser as she describes some favorite tools to streamline your ability to work with teams, keep you and your team on track, make sure your “to-do” lists are useful, and encourage productive time management.

By Barbie E. Keiser”

Scientific Publishing In The Era of Open Access

Synapse  April 3 post: “This series explores the impact of open access journals on the scientific publishing industry. In this installment, we examine the publishing industry’s response to the growing popularity of open access journals.”

 

Media literacy educators used collaboration in a video production setting

Here is another article by someone from Temple University.

A Story of Conflict and Collaboration: Media Literacy, Video Production and Disadvantaged Youth” by Elizaveta Friesem, Temple University

Media literacy educators talk about the importance of developing essential social skills, such as collaboration, by using video production in the classroom. Video production with disadvantaged youth can also play a role of art therapy, as students use their creativity to come to terms with traumatizing pasts. This paper offers an account of a media literacy intervention that involved making videos with a class of foster youth. Using the methodology of portraiture, I describe highlights and pitfalls of collaboration that one of the teams experienced. I focus on moments of conflict, unleashed creativity and transformation brought by one video project.

Increasing the accessibility of web technologies for library users with disabilities

This was recently presented at the Library Technology Conference in St. Paul, MN.

Universal Access: Engaging the Complexity of Web Accessibility Through Collaboration” by Katherine Lynch, Jackie Sipes, and Kristina De Voe

Web accessibility is a growing concern for many libraries and higher education institutions. Temple University is currently undergoing a campus-wide effort to increase accessibility of web technologies for users with disabilities using guidelines modeled on Section 508 of the U.S. Workforce Rehabilitation Act and the WCAG 2.0 document released by the W3C for best practices in web accessibility. As part of this effort, the University Libraries is evaluating its information technologies to ensure that university web accessibility guidelines are met. Library public services and technology staff alike are faced with remediation of content and information systems. This session will offer insights into the opportunities, obstacles, and options of applying web accessibility guidelines across a library’s vast web presence. Presenters will discuss general tools, standards, and guidelines for content remediation and the outcomes plus challenges. The session will highlight concrete strategies for educating and training staff on web accessibility, working collaboratively across library departments and units, and communicating with vendors.