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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Two blog posts I have come across today linked to some great information about librarians, and will give you food for thought about what it means to deliver information to those who need it.
First, Mary McGregor‘s Brooklyn Biblio blog has a post entitled Extreme librarianship : Biblioburro! (20.07.2011), which links to information about a documentary shown on the American Public Broadcasting Service called Biblioburro : The Donkey Library (NB: the documentary isn’t available in Australia due to restricted rights [currently that is] but the trailer can be seen on Youtube from Simon and Schuster under the title Biblioburro). The documentary aired on 19.07.2011 in the USA on PBS, and hopefully it will get an airing in Australia. For some other online information about this film, see this saved search, the Biblioburro Facebook page, and the works listed at Trove.
Secondly, Jessica Danielle writes, in an article entitled Libriotypes : putting the SUPER in superficial (03.08.2011), about challenging stereotypes by showing that many librarians just don’t fit the usual expectations society has of them. Jessica says
if they took a few more minutes to know me, perhaps they could shake some of those ridiculous concepts out of their heads and appreciate that I am a person who likes to help people find information, gain knowledge, learn technology, and understand how to sift through the rubble to find reliable material.
There is a link to the Warrior Librarian Weekly’s article, Rejecting the stereotypical librarian image, with a list of websites about librarians (the list is from 2008, and a few of the links are now dead). Jessica Danielle’s blog is Librarians + Stereotypes :: A blog about the two.
I have managed to find an Australian story about the Biblioburro. SBS’ Dateline current affairs program made a story about Columbia’s Luis Soriano titled ‘Four-legged library’ – I decided to put it up in another post because it was worth a look. Go to it here…
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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Great song, and music video, which reminded me of the Weird West genre.
‘Slow in reverse’ by The Keep at Youtube.
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Brilliant music video.
Woodkid – Iron by Woodkid at Vimeo
Woodkid are at MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/woodkid
This video made me think of this Quote from The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius:
The hanging down of grapes—the brow of a lion, the froth of a foaming wild boar, and many other like things, though by themselves considered, they are far from any beauty, yet because they happen naturally, they both are comely, and delightful; so that if a man shall with a profound mind and apprehension, consider all things in the world, even among all those things which are but mere accessories and natural appendices as it were, there will scarce appear anything unto him, wherein he will not find matter of pleasure and delight.
The formula for everything…
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