GovHack took place last weekend. Craig Thomler (who some of you heard at Reference at the Metcalfe in 2011) brings together his top 10 from the weekend as well as providing other useful links. There are some really exciting uses of government data. You can look at the whole list here. Have a look at them, and vote for your favourites.
Entries by category: learning 2.0
This is the name of a free online publication from Library journal and School library journal. The digital shift is an excellent way to keep up with news about things relating to digital aspects of libraries. There is a strong focus on ebooks, for example today there are articles about Califa Launches Enki, a Lending Platform for Direct Ebook Distribution and BiblioBoard Library Grows With New Modules, Subscription Service.
There are usually two or three posts a week, so the volume of information is manageable. There are several writers for this blog, so that you gain different perspectives. Think about adding The digital shift to your information mix.
Pew Internet has released new research exploring the connections between parents, children, libraries, and reading.
To quote from the summary of findings:
The ties between parents and libraries start with the importance parents attach to the role of reading in their children’s lives. Half of parents of children under age 12 (50%) read to their child every day and an additional 26% do so a few times a week. Those with children under age 6 are especially keen on daily reading with their child: 58% of these parents read with their child every day and another 26% read multiple times a week with their children.
The importance parents assign to reading and access to knowledge shapes their enthusiasm for libraries and their programs:
- 94% of parents say libraries are important for their children and 79% describe libraries as “very important.” That is especially true of parents of young children (those under 6), some 84% of whom describe libraries as very important.
- 84% of these parents who say libraries are important say a major reason they want their children to have access to libraries is that libraries help inculcate their children’s love of reading and books.
- 81% say a major reason libraries are important is that libraries provide their children with information and resources not available at home.
- 71% also say a major reason libraries are important is that libraries are a safe place for children.
Part of the report examines librarians thoughts about this area.
Lee Rainie, one of the co-authors of this report, will be speaking at Reference at the Metcalfe, next week via Skype.
It is five years since the State Library of NSW launched learning 2.0 for New South Wales public libraries and since then things have become more mobile.
Last year Jan Holmquist, Pernille Saul, Stine Grabas and Sigrid Kjøller at Guldborgsund-bibliotekerne developed a 23 mobile things program.
This year the State Library has been working with Jan Holmquist to translate this into English and provide relevant examples in English.
If you are looking for a way to experiment with using these tools, this program could be for you.
It is self paced learning. You will need access to mobile technology for example a tablet or smartphone.
The best way to ask for help is to use Twitter and tweet your question with the #23mobilethings hashtag. For more information see the faq for the program.