The Australian Library and Information Association is holding the National Simultaneous Storytime Wednesday, at 11am, 23rd May, 2012.
This year’s book is The very cranky bear, by Nick Bland. Last years was Feathers for Phoebe, by Rod Clement.
Helpful blogs and discussions, as well as video of the NSS from years past, are available on the net, and following are some of the videos I found. Its interesting to see the different ways libraries presented the story depending on the audience they had – very small groups, were different to large groups; and older kids were shown the powerpoint, while younger kids were presented with a picture board which developed images from the story.
Staff at Mount Gambier Library taped their dramatic rendition of Feathers for Phoebe.
The Burnside Library had a very young audience, and a picture of Phoebe was developed on a board to emphasise what was happening and capture the kids attention. There was interaction with the
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Libraries across the USA undertake an annual ‘Snapshot’ Day, which allow library staff to document some activities on an ordinary day in the library. A listing of the states and links to their sites is available from the American Library Association. Below are some examples of videos put together so far this year.
The New York Library Association’s ‘SnapshotNY’ is conducted as part of a campaign supporting their libraries called ‘New York’s Libraries : Essential’. There is a website, a facebook page, and I came across the campaign from the vimeo account, ‘protectnylibraries’ which also documents some of the ‘SnapshotNY’ videos. Below, a patron of the library tells why he needs the library.
The Washington Library Association have a wiki for their Snapshot Day, which was in April. Below
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The Australian Library and Information Association‘s April InCite has an interesting article by Anne Lahey (James Cook University Library, Cairns) called ‘EEI… Energise, Enthuse, Inspire.’ Anne Lahey asks:
Anne Lahey asks are we adequately training our potential library and information sector (LIS) leaders to be ready for the expectations of the future?… The ‘greying’ of the profession forces us to look at our next generation of managers, and offers us the opportunity to influence how this changing of the guard will play out.
EEI… Energise, Enthuse, Inspire / by Anne Lahey, InCite, Australian Library and Information Association, pg 19, April 2011