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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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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For an interesting discussion on using the Creative Commons by Attribution License, click on this photo to go to it's Flickr address(Creative Commons by Attribution License)
Recently, I was looking for some information about a library, and this led me to their Flickr account. From the contributors and the groups that that account was linked to, I found some more library related groups, and because I have wanted to make a list of some of these groups for some time, I put together the following list of groups on Flickr which relate to working in libraries. Remembering back to when I was first studying library studies and not knowing exactly what images I could or couldn’t use, and how to use them, and where to find them, a list of specific groups like this would probably have been handy. Some info on copyright is included below (but it isn’t everything you’ll need to know!).
An interesting point to make about these images is that although they are from all around the world, Flickr operates in an environment/medium where there are few language barriers – it doesn’t matter where the information comes from, because it is visual, nationality is not a great issue.
I don’t use Flickr much, but looking around I was interested to see that you can receive RSS updates from groups, and that there are many ways to link with people on Flickr. As well, all the groups have discussions, which are worth consulting if you are having problems using Flickr. Hopefully, too, having a look at some of these sites can help librarians interested in using Flickr to get a better idea of how other librarians are using it and how people are getting the most out of it.
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Canberra is lucky when it comes to libraries, as it not only has the whole range of different library types, but also libraries in every level of government (local/state/federal), not to mention libraries in all levels of educational institutions and private organisations. But, does Canberra have the oft’ quoted, almost mythical figure of “over 300 libraries”? Well, a look around the net indicates that Canberra really does have allot of libraries…
We have the local ACT Public Library Service (with 8 branches), and the local New South Wales regional Queanbeyan Public Library (with 3 branches).
As well, there is the National Library of Australia, which is the national deposit library, and home to the Australian union catalogue (accessible using Trove).
The major Federal Government departments almost all have libraries (members of AGLIN like the Australian Parliamentary Library, Defence , Environment, Attorney-General’s, DFAT, and Broadband & Communications)
The Territory Government departments also have libraries (like the ACT Health Library, the Supreme Court Library, and the Education Department).
Statutory Authorities are independent government funded organisations, and most of these have libraries (like the Institute of Criminology, Productivity Commission, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Australian Federal Police, Australian Electoral Commission, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, and the Australian Sports Commission).
Canberra is home to many national institutions with libraries (like the National Museum, the National Gallery, and
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