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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Speaking at the Delaware Library Town Hall, Dover, in January 2011, R. David Lankes spoke about ‘The future of librarianship’. R. David Lankes challenges librarians, and library staff, not to be passive as change occurs in the profession. Librarians need to be “proactive” when they encounter changes which some in the profession fear will push library professionals out of libraries in favour of dumbed down services. Change will happen whether we like it or not, so can librarians see opportunities in the change to engage more fully with “members” of the library?
This is a really inspiring talk, worth listening to a few times if you think you understood it the first time. It is just under 20 minutes on Vimeo.com, (audio from R. David Lankes website). Lankes asks ‘Are you OK with that?’ when librarians see a future in which library services are delivered not by librarians but by computers. He wants librarians to see people, “YOU”, as the centre of activity for librarians, not buildings, statistic collection, technology, or the latest computer applications. Using this idea, he changes the usual question ‘What is the future of libraries?’ into ‘What should be the future of libraries and librarians in a democracy?’ He suggests ‘The mission of librarians is to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities.”
Some great quotes I took away from from the talk include:
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While looking for interesting library related videos online I came across The Unquiet Library.
Allot of the information for the Unquiet Library has been developed by Buffy Hamilton for the Creekview High School (Georgia, USA) Library Media Centre website, and some links to her websites are below. The term ‘Media Centre’ hasn’t caught on in Australia yet, but it refers to a ‘Hybrid Library‘ which incorporates digital technology into the traditional library services
to allow for increased participation by service users to develop the sort of library users need – essentially, ‘Library 2.0’.
The online face of the Unquiet Library includes:
Is it all too much? A look around these sites indicates that there is a reasonable useage of the services offered. The
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