August 25, 2016

Making Libraries Visible on the Web | The Digital Shift

In Library: An Unquiet History, historian and curatorial fellow for Harvard’s metaLAB Matthew Battles describes Melvil Dewey’s impatience with inefficiency in library work in the 1870s. “To Dewey, local interests and special needs were less important than the efficient movement of books into the hands of readers,” he writes. That crisp statement of purpose should be an inspiration to the current discussions around making library collections and programs visible and available on the web.

The Educational Potential of Augmented Reality

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Consider this your cheat sheet to augmented reality. There’s so much more than Pokémon Go.

Test-Driving Google Arts & Culture | SLJ Review

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Google Arts & Culture offers virtual tours and a wealth of multimedia content related to art and museum and historic locations around the world. Carli Spina reviews the learning potential.

Screen Gems: High-Quality Picture Ebooks and Apps for Tots

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Advice on making smart app and ebook choices for the under-five set.

SLJ Reviews Sphero’s New Robot, SPRK+

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An upgrade of the popular robotic sphere, SPRK+ sports a tougher, transparent shell and other features, all toward making STEAM learning fun.

VR, Whole Libraries in a Contact Lens: ISTE 2016 Top Takeaways

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Nearly 20,000 attendees convened in Denver for a notably robust ISTE 2016. From virtual reality to the new open resources platform Amazon Inspire, SLJ taps the highlights.

How To Talk Code | Digital Literacy

Last summer, Bloomberg BusinessWeek devoted an entire issue to “What Is Code?” a single article by Brooklyn-based writer and programmer Paul Ford. Ford’s breakdown of key concepts pulls back the curtain on the fundamentals of computer programming and makes a compelling argument that any smart person can learn the basics—and that the basics are worth learning even for those who aren’t planning to become professional coders. It is, in part, a case for coding as a new frontier in digital literacy. There’s a growing interest in this type of education among kids, teens, businesspeople, career changers, and the generally curious. And a growing number of public libraries are already responding to this need within their communities. Here’s a look at ways in which a few libraries have made their programs a success.

On Demand | Academic Media

Whether the topic of discussion is electronic resources, collection development policies, or patron-driven acquisition, academic librarians have a history of giving media and video short shrift, argues deg farrelly, media librarian and streaming video administrator for Arizona State University Libraries (ASU).

Work Smarter Through “Extreme Listening” | SLJ Summit 2015

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CEO of Caravan Studios Marnie Webb unpacked design thinking in her SLJ Summit keynote, providing a model for developing projects, from idea to prototype, through deep, empathetic listening.

“Hatch” Library Maker Space in a Mall Draws DIYers, Students, and Entrepreneurs

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No library card is required to use the tools at the Hatch maker space, located near Dunkin’ Donuts in a mall in Watertown, MA, and launched by the Watertown Free Public Library with diverse community funding.