Current EventsJuly 16 NWLS Board of Trustees Meeting 10:00 (NWLS)
NWLS Announces New Website
Learning Labs Project
Libraries Connect Communities
Strategies for Preserving Public Libraries
The latest policy brief from the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy’s (OITP) breaks down the formidable challenges in store for libraries during the next few decades. The brief, “Confronting the Future: Strategic Visions for the 21st Century Public Library” (PDF) responds to the possible outcomes of the current economic, social and technological forces and trends that will affect libraries and require them to evolve rapidly with alternative service strategies that can preserve their fundamental role in the future of serving the American public with necessary information services. Strategies are suggested in the brief to help libraries play an active role in shaping their future based on their specific situations and to assist in making choices that reinforce their contributions to the individuals and communities they serve in the coming decades.
Meeting the High Demand for TechnologyPublic access computers in U.S. public libraries continue to be in high demand according to Who is in the Queue: Public Access Computer Users (http://www.imls.gov/pdf/Brief2011_04.pdf), a new research brief by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Libraries have responded to demand by increasing financial investments in hardware, subscription databases and computing infrastructure. The report also demonstrates that public libraries are providing much more than basic technology access.
• Owners of e-book readers doubled to 12% in May from 6% last November according to results of a survey project conducted by the Pew Research Center. Tablet computers designed to accomodate e-books as well as more interactive web functions have not seen the same level of growth.
TrainingUW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies - Continuing Education Spring Online Courses include topics in consumer health, library administration, reference, cataloging, services for sdults and youth, and personnel management.
WebJunction Free Online Presentations
• July 20 Information Cartographer: Social Media Librarians of the Future - A presentation on successfully incorporating social media services.
• July 27 WebJunction Finding a Legal Comfort Zone on the Web - Learn how to structure web initiatives that don't require another written policy.
• July 21 NoveList K-8: Learn about the fiction database designed to appeal to students.
• July 28 NoveList: Discover the rich reader' advisory features including title information, read-alikes, book discussion guides, reading lists and more.
LinksHooray For YA: Teen Novels For Readers Of All Ages - Five "young adult" novels will appeal to readers of all ages are previewed on National Public Radio .
By the time I was sixteen I had read many books and I had become a freethinker.