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Yale University Library lends Google Glasses

2014.02 google-256-blackVia Yale University Library News:

In cooperation with the Instructional Technology Group (ITG) and the Student Technology Collaborative (STC), the Yale University Library has added the futuristic eyewear, Google Glass—unofficially dubbed “Yale Bass Glass” – to its collection of media devices at the Bass Library. The device will be loaned to faculty and student groups during the spring semester who can use it to explore the potential of Google Glass in enhancing classroom instruction and the research experience.

What a great idea!

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Libraries Will Survive (video)

Another use of a faux music video, by Central Rappahannock Public Library, as a marketing tool.

Inspired by the 1978 disco hit “I Will Survive”, the lyrics were rewritten to proclaim support for libraries, particularly under the stress of tight budgets. Another version of this video is available, which begins with a send-up of a typically hectic day in the life of a professional librarian.

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YALSA partners with Best Buy for Teen Tech Week

2013.12 ala_newsFrom ALAnews:

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced a partnership with Best Buy to support YALSA’s annual celebration of digital literacy and technology via the library, Teen Tech Week.

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Teen Tech Week (TTW) is March 9-15, 2014, with a theme of DIY @ your library, and is a chance to demonstrate the value libraries give to the community. Participating libraries use the week to raise awareness about how they create a space to extend teens’ learning beyond the classroom where they can explore, create and share content. From maker spaces, to coding classes to online clubs, libraries can leverage the DIY (Do It Yourself) theme to show how libraries provide meaningful contributions to the educational and social development of the teens in their community. To learn more or to sign up for the online community, please visit www.ala.org/teentechweek.[snip]

SOURCE: http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/02/yalsa-partners-best-buy-teen-tech-week-2014

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YALSA seeks member manager for YALSAblog; applications due by March 1, 2014

From ALAn2013.12 ala_newsews:

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), seeks a member manager for its acclaimed YALSAblog. The YALSAblog provides a virtual space to publish timely information about emerging and new practices for library services for and with teens, to explore practices in related fields relevant to teen services, to raise awareness about appropriate YALSA tools to facilitate innovation in teen services and to provide resources for members and the library community to support their efforts to continuously improve their overall teen services program.

The member manager will lead an advisory board that oversees the preparation of content for the blog and solicits content from the YALSA community. Full details, including qualifications, duties and honoraria, are available online. YALSA membership is required for this position. Applicants must provide a cover letter and a resume that includes project management, editing and Web publishing experience. Applications are due March 1, 2014 to yalsa@ala.org. Questions may be directed to Jaclyn Finneke at jfinneke@ala.org.

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SOURCE: http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/02/yalsa-seeks-member-manager-yalsablog

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“My Library” – ARY Campaign (video)

Cedar Rapids Public Library ARY Campaign video using children as a focus.

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Four libraries honored for offering cutting-edge services

Via ALA News:

2013.12 ala_newsToday, the American Library Association (ALA) recognized four libraries for offering cutting-edge technologies in library services, honoring programs in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Bridgewater, New Jersey; Raleigh, North Carolina; and University Park, Pennsylvania.

The recognition, which is presented by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy and the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA), showcases libraries that are serving their communities using novel and innovative methods. Libraries or library service areas selected will be highlighted through various ALA publications and featured in a program at the ALA Annual Conference 2014 in Las Vegas, June 26-July 1, 2014.

Source: http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/02/four-local-libraries-honored-offering-cutting-edge-services

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Lemony Snicket Prize for Librarians Faced with Adversity

Via ALAnews:

The American Library Association (ALA) Council, at a Tuesday session during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, approved the new Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity.

The award, which ALA intends to present at its Annual Conference in Las Vegas, recognizes a librarian who “has faced adversity with integrity and dignity intact.” It will be given annually to a deserving librarian. If a suitable candidate is not found, the award will not be presented that year.

The $3,000 prize will be given from Snicket’s “disreputable gains, along with an odd, symbolic object from his private stash, as well as a certificate, which may or may not be suitable for framing.”

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The nominee must be a librarian. The deadline for candidates to be nominated for the first year is May 1. In subsequent years, the deadline will be Dec. 1.

More info: http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/01/ala-council-approves-new-lemony-snicket-prize-noble-librarians-faced.

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University of Maryland Gangnam Style Parody (video)

Although not a video that’s actually marketing the library, a great source of promotion.

A flash mob of 2,500+ University of Maryland students joins Testudo, featured dancers and members of the Mighty Sound of Maryland Marching Band to dance to PSY’s “Gangnam Style.”

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2014 Caldecott Medal Winner & Honor Books

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The 2014 winning book for the Caldecott Medal has been chosen. The selection Locomotive, illustrated by Brian Floca, is the 2014 Caldecott Medal winner. The book was written by Brian Floca and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. In addition, several books were chosen as the 2014 Honor Books:

  • Journey, written and illustrated by Aaron Becker and published by Candlewick Press
  • Flora and the Flamingo, written and illustrated by Molly Idle and published by Chronicle Books LLC
  • Mr. Wuffles! written and illustrated by David Wiesner and published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

About Locomotive

All aboard! Accompany a family on an unforgettable weeklong train trip from Omaha to Sacramento in 1869. Brian Floca’s dramatic watercolor, ink, acrylic and gouache illustrations incorporate meticulously-researched portraits of the train, the travelers and the crew as they traverse the American landscape on the new transcontinental railroad.

From the committee: “The committee was impressed with Floca’s ability to creatively capture the immensity and inner workings of the early locomotive and combine it with a family’s adventurous journey west,” said Caldecott Medal Committee Chair Marion Hanes Rutsch.”

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LITA guide to WordPress for libraries

From ALA:

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More than just an easy-to-use blogging platform, WordPress is in fact a flexible, open source content management system, making it ideal for many libraries’ websites. “The Comparative Guide to WordPress in Libraries: A LITA Guide,” published by ALA TechSource, introduces the basic principles of WordPress and then shows how to implement them.

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this guide shows:

  • how to make an informed decision about whether WordPress is the right platform for a library’s needs;
  • options for hosted and self-hosted platforms;
  • Nearly two dozen WordPress sites, drawn from a wide range of different libraries and organizations;
  • how to choose the best WordPress theme for the website’s content;
  • succinct explanations of every element in the Administrative Dashboard with advice on library applications;
  • quick tips on user experience, information architecture and analytics;
  • effective ways to use images, audio and video.

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Source: http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2014/01/lita-guide-wordpress-libraries

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