Makers, iPads, and Ketchup: Digital Services for Children

Mantra Roy
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Published: 23 July 2014
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Makers, iPads, and Ketchup: Digital Services for Children

For some time now there has been a growing concern about digital learning for children. Is it good for young learners to engage with reading and literacy development through eBooks on digital devices? What might children be losing when they learn to read by swiping digital screens on different sized devices instead of turning pages of printed books? Long the bastions of literacy, many libraries are feeling compelled to offer digital devices and eBooks for young readers.

An example of an e-library for children's books includes the California-based MagicBlox. MagicBlox recently offered a $38 lifetime access fee as a promotional... Read more

A Year in Photographs: A Visual Essay on The Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University

Mantra Roy & Heidi Herr
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Published: 18 July 2014
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A Year in Photographs: A Visual Essay on The Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University

We interviewed Heidi Herr, Outreach Coordinator of Special Collections and Librarian for Philosophy in The Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University, who recently appointed two undergraduate students to create a pictorial archive of The Sheridan Libraries from the students' perspectives. The photo essay is titled A Year in the Life of The Sheridan Libraries.

WJ: What was your objective in designing a photographic essay project on the Sheridan libraries? Why not a written article?

HH: The libraries are both a hub of learning and social activity for our students. Not only do they study and conduct research in our libraries,... Read more

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Our Trip to the 2014 Next Library Conference

Mantra Roy
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Published: 14 July 2014
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Our Trip to the 2014 Next Library Conference

What does the future hold for public libraries? Makerspaces? More digitization? Increased patron engagement? These topics and more were discussed at the recent Next Library conference in Chicago.

The conference was hosted by the Chicago Public Library and the Urban Libraries Council at the Chicago Public Library, in partnership with Denmark's Aarhus Public Libraries, June 20 -25, 2014.

What is the Next Library Conference? The Next Library Conference was created and first hosted in 2009 by Aarhus Public Libraries of Denmark. The conference offers a platform for innovative thinking and networking for engagement and leadership in the realm of... Read more

Libraries in Myanmar are Taking Strides in the Right Direction

Mantra Roy
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Published: 11 July 2014
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Libraries in Myanmar are Taking Strides in the Right Direction

In a recent interview with Alma Freeman, editor of In Asia, the head of the Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation, Dr. U Thant Thaw Kaung, talked at length about the challenges and achievements of libraries across Myanmar. Dr. Kaung also leads the mobile library project under the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation in Myanmar. In his current capacity as The Asia Foundation’s Chang-lin Tien Visiting Scholar in San Francisco, Dr. Kaung described the high rate of literacy and rich reading culture in Myanmar and the concrete steps the government has taken in recent times to address the needs of the... Read more

Photographs Tell the Tale of Libraries

Mantra Roy
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Published: 09 July 2014
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Photographs Tell the Tale of Libraries

In recognition of the role of libraries in social, intellectual, and community life, famous photographers have spent years bearing witness to this institution that continues to form the foundation of democracies around the world.

Robert Dawson, in his most recent book, Public Libraries: An American Commons (2014), put together his collection of photographs of public libraries, small and large, active and defunct, urban and rural, as a testimony to the institution’s role as a shared space for American society. From the small shed holding books in the Death Valley National Library to the magnificent San Francisco library - the range... Read more

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