August 4, 2015

School Librarians Want More Tech—and Bandwidth | SLJ 2015 Tech Survey

IPads, maker spaces, 3-D printers, and coding skills top the tech wish lists for 1,259 school librarians across the country, according to School Library Journal’s 2015 Technology Survey.

Colorado State Library Expands Online Training Site

The Colorado State Library (CSL) is continuing to build out its Library Creation & Learning Centers website, a free online resource where libraries throughout the state and beyond can access interactive technology and customer service training modules for staff, Maker space programming ideas, curated links to digital creation software, and more. While the site currently focuses primarily on tech-related topics, there are plans to expand it to offer resources and training materials for a range of subjects.

More “Endless” Fun | Touch and Go

Originator has won high praise for its “Endless” apps—a playful educational series that focuses on basic reading and math readiness skills. Their latest release is an introduction to Spanish for children learning it as a first or second language.

NYPL, CPL Wi-Fi Lending Pilots Progressing | ALA Annual 2015

Early results from two Knight News Challenge award-funded pilot programs indicate that mobile hotspot lending could help bridge the digital divide in city neighborhoods where broadband adoption is low, and home Internet subscriptions are considered a luxury. A capacity crowd was on hand to hear Luke Swarthout, director of adult education services for the New York Public Library (NYPL) and Michelle Frisque, chief of technology content and innovation for Chicago Public Library (CPL) discuss NYPL’s “Check Out the Internet” and CPL’s “Internet to Go” services during their “A Tale of Two Cities: NYPL and CPL Wi-Fi Lending Projects” presentation.

Rethinking Privacy at the LITA Top Tech Trends Panel | ALA Annual 2015

Librarians should not be afraid to discuss both positive and negative implications of collecting and analyzing patron data, library technology consultant Carson Block said during the Library and Information Technology Association’s (LITA) Top Tech Trends panel during the American Library Association’s Annual Conference on June 28. “We’ve limited ourselves by saying, ‘We don’t want to […]

Wisdom of the Crowd | Digital Collections

Even at large libraries that have staff dedicated to digitization projects, the additional effort needed to enable researchers to extract data from these collections—such as transcribing OCR-resistant text, or adding item-level tags to large collections of images—would be an untenable chore for a library to take on alone. So, in the past half decade, libraries have taken cues from long-running projects, using crowdsourcing as a way not only to outsource work that would be impossible for staff to attempt but also to engage volunteers.

ISTE 2015: Takeaway Tips for a Library Maker Space | ISTE 2015

Maker was front and center at the 2015 ISTE conference—and that was a good thing for Jennifer Hanson, director of library services at Worcester (MA) Academy, who is planning a maker space at her school.

Trends Aside, Libraries Support Student Content Creation Now | Horizon K-12 Report

The evolution of students from consumers to creators of content continues as a major trend in education, according to the 2015 Horizon K-12 Report. Smart tech integration is at the heart of this transition, and libraries are helping lead the way.

Exhibitor News Roundup | ALA Annual 2015

Every American Library Association (ALA) conference produces a bumper crop of news from the companies that serve libraryland, as each tends to time its biggest debuts to the event, and this year was no exception. Here’s an assortment of what we learned on the exhibit floor. Did we miss your news? Please add it in the comments!

ISTE 2015: The Big Themes—On-site and in the Backchannel | ISTE 2015

Melissa Techman recaps the highlights from ISTE 2015, much of the value, as in past events, coming from conversation and social media.