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IMO an excellent read, if rather long ~3600 words, which probably could use some further distribution From the Guardian: Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreamingA lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens
From a local TV station in Houston Tx: BiblioTech is a new library in Texas, but you'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise. The library houses no physical books.Staffers at San Antonio's BiblioTech say it's the first "bookless library." And in addition to its catalog of 10,000 e-books, this techy library also provides a digital lifeline to a low-income neighborhood that sorely needs it.BiblioTech opened its doors Sept. 14 on the south side of San Antonio, a mostly Hispanic neighborhood where 40% of households don't have a computer and half lack broadband Internet service.Although the library houses no printed books -- and members can even skip the visit by checking out its e-books online -- BiblioTech's staff says the library's physical presence is still key to its success.
Have posted a discussion which could/should be of some interest/value to some!
Title: Bridging the Digital Divide
The Next Level for Libraries!
From Arstechnica: 3D printing for all: Inside Chicago library’s new “pop-up maker lab”3D printers, laser cutters, and milling machines are now open to the public.CHICAGO, IL — If you've ever had a hankering to try out a 3D printer, a laser cutter, or a milling machine without dropping thousands of your own hard-earned dollars, the Harold Washington Library in Chicago is the place to be. Starting today, July 8, Harold Washington has become the first major urban library to open a pop-up "maker lab," allowing members of the general public the opportunity to experiment with the cutting-edge technologies. And while there are still a few wrinkles to iron out before the public can use all the machines, the Chicago Public Library (CPL) system is already looking forward to where this project will go next....
Thanks, I appreciate the apology!
Hey Caryn - that's totally my fault. Was just trying to be catchy in the opening line and wrote it quickly. Was moving too fast and what was supposed to be a joke, I see now it was in bad test. Sorry about that - my sister is actually a librarian and so is my high school best friend so I got a lot of respect for librarians and I know what they do in their work is very different than the old stereotypes I brought up. So sorry about that!
I got the e-mail announcing the GovLoop Library of ebooks, which is a fine idea. But who thought it would be cute to start it with these words?: "When you think of the library, you might think of dusty books or an old lady with bifocals..."
I know many of us are over 50, and many of us wear bifocals (or trifocals!), but at least as many of us are under 40 with perfect vision, or even male. I won't even open the can of worms of how many of us still work only with "dusty" books! And what does any of that have to do with the idea of providing free e-books to members? This opening line is unnecessary and insulting to librarians, and I'm surprised to see it in this context.
Press Release from CMS:
Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced an initiative to get librarians ready to help people in every State learn about the new Health Insurance Marketplace.This initiative will provide public libraries with information about the health care law and connect librarians with CMS Navigators and certified application counselors to help their patrons understand the options for enrollment in the health insurance through the Marketplace.“Libraries across this country are a tremendous resource for people in their communities,” said CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. “People will likely turn to libraries to learn about the Marketplace, and we want to make sure that library staff has access to the tools and the information to respond to people who want to sign up and enroll for coverage on October 1.”The initiative will help CMS Navigators, certified application counselors, and others connect at the community level and share information on health insurance coverage options. Public libraries are located in nearly every community in the United States and are recognized as a valuable community resource. Libraries have a long history of helping people access information about health care, offering public meeting spaces, computers, and allowing for quiet conversations—making them a natural location for outreach and education efforts.“I am pleased that CMS is reaching out to the library community so that librarians are prepared to respond to questions about the Marketplace,” said Susan H. Hildreth, IMLS, director, Institute of Museum and Library Services. “Public libraries are trusted sources for health information. We know that for millions of Americans, the nation’s 17,000 public libraries are the ‘go to’ place for information about health issues.”The IMLS is primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.CMS is on target for open enrollment in the Marketplace, which begins Oct. 1, 2013. Coverage will begin Jan. 1, 2014.
From Government Technology: The Changing Face of Public Libraries (Infographic)Libraries in America are changing, as proven by Bexar County, Texas, opening one completely devoid of books; the launch of the Digital Public Library of America, which aggregates resources from museums and libraries across the country; and Midland County, Texas, Public Libraries' new and improved Centennial Library, complete with digital signage touchscreens and an interactive card catalog....
Site/organization which could possibly have some interest to some!Digital Public Library of America: The DPLA planning initiative grew out of an October 2010 meeting at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, which brought together over 40 representatives from foundations, research institutions, cultural organizations, government, and libraries to discuss best approaches to building a national digital library. In December 2010, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, generously supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, convened leading experts in libraries, technology, law, and education to begin work on this problem; a two-year process of intense grassroots community organization, beginning in October 2011 and hosted at the Berkman Center, will result in a realistic and detailed workplan for launching the DPLA, as well as unveiling of a prototype of the system with specially digitized materials.The vision of a national digital library has been circulating among librarians, scholars, educators, and private industry representatives since the early 1990s, but it has not yet materialized. Efforts led by a range of organizations, including the Library of Congress, HathiTrust, and the Internet Archive, have successfully built resources that provide books, images, historical records, and audiovisual materials to anyone with Internet access. Many universities, public libraries, and other public-spirited organizations have digitized materials that could be brought together under the frame of the DPLA, but these digital collections often exist in silos. Compounding this problem are disparate technical standards, disorganized and incomplete metadata, and a host of legal issues. No project has yet succeeded in bringing these different viewpoints, experiences, and collections together with leading technical experts and the best of private industry to find solutions to these complex challenges. Users have neither coherent access to these materials nor tools to use them in new and exciting ways, and institutions have no clear blueprint for creating a shared infrastructure to serve the public good. The time is right to launch an ambitious project to realize the great promise of the Internet for the advancement of sharing information and of using technology to enable new knowledge and discoveries in the United States.
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