50 ideas for creative uses of mobile apps in library services

app-workshops-guidesLooking for ideas to use with your branch iPads?  Here are 50 ideas to use in your daily work and with patrons. Read 50 ideas for creative uses of mobile apps in library services.


Library 2.0 The Future of Libraries in the Digital Age

The dates are set for the Library 2.013 Worldwide Virtual Conference. The third annual global conversation about the future of libraries is scheduled for October 18-19, 2013. The conference will once again be held entirely online around the clock in multiple languages and time zones. Everyone is invited to participate in this FREE forum designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among information professionals worldwide.

Below is the link to learn more about this free conference.  If you can not make the live sessions you can register and view the archives.

 Library 2.013 Conference Sessions

You may want to also checkout the “Accepted Proposals” to see what the sessions are about.


Penguin Books has a change of Heart.

ilovetoread_posterBy Larra Clark

Penguin Group USA revealed today that, as of April 2, it will remove the six-month embargo on ebook titles licensed to libraries and instead offer new titles immediately after they are released in the consumer market. Other pilot terms are expected to continue, including a one-year expiration date on ebooks licensed to libraries and library pricing similar to what is offered to individual consumers. Read more..


eBook updates and must reads from ALAMW Conference

kids favorites2Blog post from No Shelf required, provides a brief overview of eBook vendors as well as a few must read reports.  First, the ALA Digital Content & Libraries Working Group publication, Ebook Business Models:  A Scorecard for Public Libraries.   Second, The Pew Internet Library Services in the Digital Age report. Finally, the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report (4th Edition).  The latter reports provide excellent data to help understand user needs in our digital age. Read more..

Libraries Thriving Collaborative Space – an interview with Laura Warren of Credo Reference

Libraries Thriving is a Collaborative Space for e-Resource Innovation and Information Literacy Promotion. Thinking and doing.  I had the chance to speak with Laura Warren, Solutions Associate for Credo Reference (a supporter of Libraries Thriving) about the program.  Our interview is now available on the NSR interviews page.

Here is more information about Libraries Thriving:

With low usage and shrinking budgets, libraries are challenged to justify resource investments now more than ever.  At the same time, information users are ill prepared to navigate the amount and quality of content on the web.  This creates a tremendous opportunity for libraries to show that they are well equipped to help users navigate information resources and for users to benefit from this guidance.

Libraries Thriving is an online collaborative community designed to tackle this opportunity.  Librarians, faculty, and researchers are sharing ideas and working together on this site to further common goals of increasing innovative use of e-resources.

Goals of Libraries Thriving:

  • Help libraries realize their possibility for impact and to address challenges
  • Develop case studies of success that can be replicated
  • Resolve key technical issues that limit progress

Problems that Libraries Thriving addresses:

  • Increase effective use of e-resources
  • Increase visibility and discoverability of libraries on the open web
  • Help alleviate users’ information overload
  • Create seamless access between resources
  • Promote information and digital literacy

In Celebration of National Library Week 2012

From Proquest – SIRS Knowledge Source, CultureGrams™   Historical Newspapers, The New York Times 1851-2008 and Los Angeles Times 1881-1988

ProQuest is happy to join you in celebrating National Library Week. Here’s what we’re bringing to the party April 8-14, 2012.

Sweepstakes: Start here…for a chance to win.
During the week, visit the ProQuest Facebook page to enter our drawing for a chance to win a $1,000, $500, or $250 donation to your library. Your institution can use it to promote the library, purchase resources, support programs, or whatever. Ask your colleagues and friends to enter to improve your library’s chance of winning. Official rules are available here.

Each day during National Library Week, we’ll also post fun questions on our Facebook page about creative ways to promote libraries. We hope you’ll share your ideas with us.
Open access: Start here…to explore.
National Library Week is the perfect time to test-drive some of ProQuest’s most popular online resources. Starting April 8, go to www.proquest.com/go/celebrate to access:

ebrary® Public Library Complete™
ebrary® School Collection
ProQuest® Historical Newspapers-American Jewish Newspapers
ProQuest® Historical Newspapers-Black Newspapers
SIRS Discoverer®
SIRS® Issues Researcher

During the week, you’ll also have access to the 2010-2011 U.S. Book Consumer Demographics & Buying Behaviors Annual prepared by Bowker Market Research and Publishers Weekly, and a special 30% discount offer on the 2012 issue of the Annual.

Promotional items: Start here…to market your library.
When you go to www.proquest.com/go/celebrate during National Library Week, you’ll find a new digital commercial that you can use on your website to promote the value of your library. You’ll also find links to complimentary marketing toolkits that contain posters, bookmarks, and more to help you get the word out about your reliable online resources.

Thanks for the work you do to support your community and library users. Enjoy the special recognition that you and your library so deserve this week.

The eBook Evolution

The Press Democrat recently published an interesting article entitled “The e-book evolution” that speaks of the diverse ecosystem emerging for digital reading in 2012 as electronic devices become more mainstream and become more widely used by curious, tech-savvy consumers.

Cooperfield’s Books now offers customers to browser the print version and if they want to purchase it, they scan the book barcode, then they get a digital copy to load on to their eReader.

Could this be a model for the library?

Internet Librarian 2011: Community Embraces Online 11:1

Sarah Oct 18, 2011 5:25 PM – Show original item

Internet Librarian 2011: Community Embraces Online 11:1

Denise Siers, Melissa Falgout, and David Wasserman

Denise Siers gave us an overview of the King County Library System: a large system serving many people over a large geographic area.  They have 1 million card-holders, 90% of whom have used the library in the last year.  They have 10 million visits to the physical libraries, and the website has 31 million visits and the catalog has 84.5 million visits.  That’s a ratio of 11:1 – 11 times as much web traffic as foot traffic.  (Sarah’s note: I’m willing to bet that any library would find similar numbers.)  To reach all users, they need to deliver services in the library, beyond the building with mobile library services (bookmobile type stuff), and online.  Even in-library services, like summer reading, often have online components. Read more…

Internet Librarian 2011: Designing for Optimal UX

Staff who are looking at ways to continue to make the Library relevant to our users may wish to follow some of the highlights from Internet Librarian 2011. Here’s one summary of interest.

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Internet Librarian 2011: Designing for Optimal UX

Nate Hill and Chris Noll

Libraries are moving from the consumption of knowledge to the creation of knowledge.  There is no publicly funded institution that supports content creation.  This is a role that libraries can, and should, fill.  People with ideas need the resources and knowledge to be able to share those ideas with others.  Nate and Chris talked about their Library Lab project – a modular collection of structures that supports content creation.   We are moving from a read environment to a read/write environment.  Noll is part of Noll and Tam Architects, and they work on many projects with libraries to build services that work for their users. Read more…

Developing Staff Skills for the 21st Century

Part of the Trends in Library Training and Learning @ WebJunction.

This is free online conference  August 10 – 11, 2011

Starts at 8:30am PDT and ends at 1:45pm PDT both days.If you are interested in the virtual Library hosting any of these sessions please let me and I’ll reserve the Virtual Training Lab.

For session times visit WebJunction Sessions are:

Beyond 23 Things: Enhanced Self-Paced Training

Shrinking training and travel budgets and limited staff time make electronic resources training difficult to accomplish. The South Dakota State Library Challenge: Electronic Resources Edition allows librarians throughout the state to participate in training at their convenience with no travel or registration fees. Based on the 23 Things model and created on a shoestring, this challenge utilizes vendor and localized training materials. In its third round, the Challenge introduces participants to one subscription electronic resource each week, increasing knowledge, inviting exploration, and improving confidence. Come join Julie Erickson and Jane Healy learn what works, how to improve upon and replicate this self-paced training method.

Born to Forget: How to Survive and Thrive in the Age of Information Overload

The brain is a complex, powerful machine; yet for all its computational horsepower, the process of committing anything to memory is nearly miraculous. Our brains are designed to forget, but we rely on memory–the building block of cognition–to survive and thrive in our lives and careers. Join Jay Turner, Director of Continuing Education at Georgia Public Library Service, for a no-holds-barred road trip through the latest findings in neurological research and brain-based learning theory. Explore how memories are formed, why we forget, and practical solutions to help employee training stick in the age of information overload.

Cultivating the Library as a Site of Participatory Culture and Learning

How can libraries establish themselves as communities of learning? How can we spark, invite, and sustain conversations for learning with those we serve through our academic, public, and school libraries? Join presenter Buffy Hamilton to explore how a model of participatory librarianship and learning can provide the context for inquiry, collaborative knowledge building, and shared ownership of the story of “library” through multiple literacies and mediums with free and easy to implement tools and strategies.

Getting Admin Buy-In for Training

Before you can try to get staff buy-in for training programs, you have to get the ever-elusive administration buy-in. Admin controls the purse strings, scheduling, and institutional priorities. Join Sarah Houghton-Jan for this session to learn tips on how to get administration to understand the benefits of training and learning programs for staff in the 21st century.

Happiness Through Personal Learning

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – our unalienable rights. While life and liberty are often dictated by circumstance, happiness usually remains a goal. How do we obtain it? What makes us happy? No matter what your answer to this question, one thing is certain, happiness and the things that make us happy are learned. Using online tools afforded to us by the digital century, in this session, Marianne Lenox will help you define your own unique learning methodology and set you on a course for pursuing both personal and professional happiness.

Instructional Literacy and the Library Educator: Reflective Habits for Effective Practice

Whether or not “instruction” appears in our job titles, librarians of all stripes find ourselves in the position of teaching and training our users, colleagues, and peers, and often more frequently than we ever expected to. Despite this reality, we ourselves don’t often fully perceive this changing role. At a time of massive transition in the profession, the library’s teaching mission must be integrated more meaningfully into the learning communities we support. Developing instructional literacy is key, and reflective practice suggests viable strategies for the on-the-ground library educator. In this keynote, Char Booth introduces a series of concepts to empower librarians to become stronger designers and educators.

Lights! Camera! Action! Using Video for Patron and Staff Instruction

Join presenters, Angela Nolet and Amber Slaven for an overview of the tools available and approaches for cross purposing staff and patron training. Training tutorials and videos can be used as supplements to self-guided classes, resources for outreach events and as alternatives to time consuming staff orientations. Utilize teen volunteers to create peer instruction screencasts that highlight library databases. Topics also include: eBook instruction, community partnerships and OPAC tutorials.

Tech Training Skills for 21st Century Library Staff

You know that phrase in your job description: “other duties as required”? This often means helping patrons learn to use technology. Every tech question presents an opportunity for instruction, but it takes the right skills and knowledge to provide a true learning experience for library members. In this session, Crystal Schimpf, Kieran Hixon, and Nancy Trimm will share the competencies for tech trainers developed at the Colorado State Library and give practical advice on how to use competencies to support training in your library.

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Build a Bridge to Your Library Contest Finalists Announced!

A virtual bridge, that is, connecting your library to your users using our Credo Topic Pages. The idea is simple – build a single web page using Credo Topic Pages to point to authoritative sources, images and more.

We are a finalist at Credo Reference Topic Page contest or at http://corp.credoreference.com/contest.  Please vote now for Las Vegas-Clark County Library. The other libraries are using LibGuides so they both look very similar. Voting is through April 5, 2011.

I appreciate your vote!


Saving Libraries

There’s an article in the Wilmington (NC) Star News titled “A kids’ performer turned Internet hip-hop star just might save libraries.”

An excerpt:

“Scott Hayes, aka Scooter Hayes, aka Melville Dewey, is without a doubt the greatest library rapper of all time. In fact, he’s the only library rapper of all time, as far as he knows. And this almost never happened.”

See: http://bit.ly/fKBt1q


Libraries at the Tipping Point?

There has been some discussion about what is scary about ebooks?

Here is an excellent presentation that, in my opinion, explains the issue pretty well. It’s from the

“ebooks: Libraries @ the tipping point” was an interesting online conference that occurred on September 29, 2010.

Eli Neiberger (Ann Arbor Public Library) gave a brilliant 20-minute presentation outlining the uncomfortable position ebooks puts libraries and offering several solutions.  I encourage you to listen to this presentation.

Part 1 (12 minutes): http://tinyurl.com/62rq6nm Part 2 (8 minutes): http://tinyurl.com/6l2u2or

Do you agree with what he is saying?

2010 Library Perceptions Report

Perceptions of Libraries, 2010: Context and Community

clicking the above link will provide the 60 page report.

The new report provides updated information and new insights into information consumers and their online information habits, preferences and perceptions. Particular attention was paid to how the current economic downturn has affected information-seeking behaviors and how those changes are reflected in the use and perception of libraries.

The OCLC membership report explores:

  • Technological and economic shifts since 2005
  • Lifestyle changes Americans have made during the recession, including increased use of the library and other online resources
  • How a negative change to employment status impacts use and perceptions of the library
  • How Americans use online resources and libraries in 2010
  • Perceptions of libraries and information resources based on life stage, from teens to college students, to senior Americans.

The membership report is based on U.S. data from an online survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of OCLC. OCLC analyzed and summarized the results in order to produce this report.

Death of Print?

The Death of Print?

Cindy Orr Sep 14, 2010 7:03 AM – Show original item

Have we reached the tipping point? In her monthly blog post, contributor Cindy Orr discusses accelerating eBook adoption in the mainstream and what it means for libraries.

Experts are beginning the inevitable big debate that somehow we all knew was coming: Are we approaching the tipping point between print books and eBooks? Nicholas Negroponte, the first investor in Wired magazine and author of the bestselling book Being Digital, recently predicted that the physical book will be dead within five years. Publishing consultant Mike Shatzkin gives it 10 years. The print book won’t really go away, they say, but it will eventually cease to be the dominant format.

Read more..

How Libraries Stack Up: 2010?

How libraries stack up: 2010

This new report examines the economic, social and cultural impact of libraries in the United States. As the current economic environment is impacting library budgets and library usage is increasing, particular attention is paid to the role that libraries play in providing assistance to job-seekers and support for small businesses. Information includes statistics on:

  • Americans receiving job-seeking help and career assistance at public libraries
  • Libraries as a resource for small businesses
  • The prevalence and scope of library activity in the United States
  • Libraries as providers of free services to the community such as Wi-Fi access, technology training and meeting rooms
  • Comparisons of library activities to various retail and entertainment businesses.

Learn more >>

Public Libraries Using Twitter

There is a new report by NFI Research on top libraries using twitter – Top Public Libraries on Twitter. These are the top public libraries on Twitter who

1) regularly update their page and communicate with their followers

2) use Twitter to advance/promote communication with their community

3) have a proportionate number of followers to following and

4) are currently active on Twitter.