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Symposium: Learning to Plan on Library Island at U of T Faculty of Information - Symposium: Learning to Plan on Library Island at U of T Faculty of Information - Faculty of Information (iSchool) | University of Toronto
Come play, learn and problem solve on Library Island. Library Island, created by Matt Finch, is an activity which simulates five years in the life of a nation’s library services. Participants become librarians, government officials, academic faculty or students, community members or partners on this island and face the challenges created by conflicting wants, needs, and limited resources. There is an Indigenous community and colonial history to be reckoned with, plus a range of political interests with their own agenda for the library. Once players have played a round of “Library Island” to get used to the game, it can be adapted to any institution which serves a community, including hospitals, museums, and places of learning.

All our communities are living on new islands, dealing with new technology, new social structures and behaviours, as well as legacy ones and lots of future uncertainties. How do you plan or help others plan in such an environment? This two day event, populated by experienced consultants willing to share their processes, provides several frameworks and many tools to help you do just that.

The first 25 registrants get a print copy of Peter Morville’s most recent book, Planning for Everything: The Design of Paths & Goals and everyone will receive an after event Library Island wrap up in PDF form.
games  libraries 
april 2019 by copystar
Connections, Conversations, and Visibility: How the Work of Academic Reference and Liaison Librarians Is Evolving | Johnson | Reference & User Services Quarterly
Additionally, libraries are reconsidering the structure of liaison programs including the roles of both functional and subject expertise. Functional experts include librarians with a high level of proficiency in areas such as online learning, technology, programming, scholarly communications, assessment, etc. Although a few libraries are moving away from a model of subject expertise, most seem to be retaining this model.71 The question then becomes twofold: (1) Do functional experts work within the same department, often a reference or instruction-type department, alongside subject experts or does this expertise exist elsewhere in the library? (2) If the latter, how is communication structured between these groups to support smooth and consistent customer service? One recommended approach is “teaming,” where groups of librarians come together over particular projects as opposed to being assigned to ongoing, fixed groups.72 Hansson and Johannesson discuss the competencies of liaisons versus functional specialists in their examination of the actual daily work of Swedish librarians in supporting faculty research and publication.73 Macaluso and Petruzzelli consider it best if functional expertise is in the reference department, but if it can’t be, everyone has to be on the same page about the type and level of service provided in that functional area to make appropriate referrals.74
libraries  notebene 
march 2019 by copystar
Provisions Library: Art for Social Change » Library
Provisions Library houses a growing collection of over 6000+ art and social change texts. The library is exploring the magic of libraries–as intimate places for encountering knowledge, unleashing stories, archiving systems, dreaming possibilities, and as public houses for ideas, exchanges, chance encounters, debates, collaborations and social transformation.

The books, periodicals and videos are available for use by artists, students, researchers and the general public.

The library is housed within the Art and Design building at George Mason University. Students, artists, researchers and the general public are invited to access the space and collection by appointment.
february 2019 by copystar
Expert medical help and a listening ear‐at the library / Boing Boing
In January, Pima County Public Library, in partnership with the Pima County Health Department, became the first library in the nation to employ a public health nurse on site. Pogue spends most of her work week circulating through the Joel D. Valdez Main Library and five library branches, a stethoscope around her neck. She listens to the worries of the elderly, the unemployed and the homeless who turn to libraries for help and safety, and directs them to social services when appropriate.

How did this come about? Managing Librarian Karyn Prechtel began thinking about the possibility of a library public health nurse more than two years ago and was encouraged when the San Francisco Public Library hired an on-site social worker.
july 2017 by copystar
Inherent vice (library and archival science) - Wikipedia
Inherent vice is the tendency in physical objects to deteriorate because of the fundamental instability of the components of which they are made, as opposed to deterioration caused by external forces.[1][2] All objects have some kind of inherent vice as a result of the baseline law of entropy.
libraries  quotation 
june 2017 by copystar
Study: Library directors moving ahead with plans to rethink libraries
The Ithaka S+R Library Survey 2016, released this morning, builds on findings from the 2013 edition. It shows many library directors are becoming comfortable with the idea that the library may no longer be the starting point for research, and that they are forging ahead with plans to further boost libraries’ ability to support students and faculty members with their teaching, learning and research.

Those plans are facing some resistance. Many faculty members value that the library acquires and stores the books and journals they need for their scholarship and want them to keep doing so while also expanding their services. Compared to the last survey, conducted in 2013, fewer library directors now say they agree with their direct supervisor about the direction in which to take the library.
april 2017 by copystar
Academic Librarians' Views on Their Spaces
When colleges and universities renovate their libraries, the changes they make often don't align with the priorities of librarians themselves, according to a survey of academic librarians by the Sasaki Associates, a design firm. The survey, of more than 400 librarians at nearly 200 institutions, found, for example, that 18 percent of renovations of libraries removed shelving when only 1 percent of librarians ranked the removal as a high priority, and 11 percent installed cafes when only 3 percent believed that to be a high priority.

Among other findings, 59 percent of librarians said their workspaces were hidden from public view, making it difficult for users to get the help they need, and nearly four in 10 librarians said the renovations their institutions had undertaken hindered their ability to do their jobs. Librarians were often not consulted for advice about the renovations, the survey found.
january 2017 by copystar
Finding the gaps | eScholarship@BC
Finding the gaps: A survey of electronic resource management in Alma, Sierra, and WMS”
january 2017 by copystar
The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter - Greg Toppo - Google Books
Libraries, (Alan Kay) wrote, "are very useful, yet one neither wants to put up with their schedules nor locations (or content) one hundred percent of the time."
january 2017 by copystar
University of Illinois Library
A team of CS students (as a part of their Senior Projects course) are developing Location Based Recommendations using Bluetooth Beacons in the Lower Level of the Undergraduate Library. The location is inferred using a system of Estimote beacons.
libraries  geo 
december 2016 by copystar
PubCrawler's WWW-Service
It goes to the library. You go to the pub.™
december 2016 by copystar
Technology is People
A human-focused journey through the technology behind
New York Public Library's Digital Collections
webdev  libraries 
january 2016 by copystar
Sounds of the Bodleian
libraries  from twitter
march 2015 by copystar

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