The Declaration for the Right to Libraries
You can now sign the Declaration for the Right to Libraries online? Have you signed? Is your library holding a signing event? Have you put the the logo and link on your web site, facebook page, other community sites, etc?
What is the Declaration for the Right to Libraries?
The Declaration for the Right to Libraries is the cornerstone document of ALA President Barbara Stripling’s presidential initiative, Libraries Change Lives, which is designed to build the public will and sustained support for America’s right to libraries of all types – academic, special school and public.
In the next year, libraries of all types will hold signing ceremonies, during which (more…)
Liz with her Little Free Library
Another Little Free Library
has opened in my area, this one is in Scotia, New York and was lovingly built by Liz & Jim Bailey. After 2 neighborhood children become the first visitors, Liz said:
This is why Jim and I decided to join the LFL world wide movement: to promote healthy neighborhoods, to encourage early and continuing literacy, and to give back to a community that we have enjoyed living in for almost all of our adult years here in Scotia!
Liz is a school librarian (at my alma mater!) and is considering building another LFL with a group of students as part of a global studies project. What a wonderful idea!
Liz & Jim, you guys rock!
Päivi Jokitalo, a Finnish library colleague and friend, is seeking contributions for a book that will be titled something along the lines of “Powerpoint-free Zone”.
Her description from her blog post:
I am interested in e.g. all kinds of camps, labs and unconferences, collaborations not based on hierarchies. I would also like to present examples of networks where libraries (and partners) are striving to renew the tools of library work and cooperation itself. (read more here)
Päivi has worked for the National Library of Finland and is now an independent library consultant. She’s also the ultimate collaborator and connector. Though we’ve never met, she eagerly and generously connected me with many librarians in Finland, including her collaborator Päivi Almgren. And while I was in Helsinki, I spent some time visiting bookstores with another librarian who was in search of their books.
If you want to contribute to this terrific project, please read her blog post for more information.
Summer reading programs are well underway at this point. For me, that means most of the work that I do for the NYS 2013 summer reading site is done.
This year I took advantage of embedding content from Pinterest and LibraryThing. Pinterest boards for Teen and Kids activities were embedded on these pages: Word Games & Puzzles (consistently the most popular page on the site), Teen Crafts & Fun and Kids Crafts & Fun. These are collaborative Pinterest boards, so anything pinned by any of the group members shows up on the summer reading site without any intervention or updating by me.
On the Teen booklists page, I thought our bulleted list of booklists was truly boring. I’m not criticizing anyone but myself here, the lists themselves have great titles in them, but my bulleted list was boring. We needed book covers!
Since this is a statewide site, I knew I couldn’t link titles back to any particular library catalog, so LibraryThing was perfect. I “stole” titles from all of the following wonderful booklists, added them to a teenreads collection and embedded a book cover widget on the teen page. It changes whenever the page is reloaded and since I keep adding books when I have a few minutes, there’s always something new. This page is one of the top most visited pages.
Some of the booklists included are:
If anyone wants to suggest more booklists, please do! I am not a teen librarian, so picking YA titles is way out outside of my skill set! And if anyone wants to use the same booklist widget, I’ve put the embed code is in a google doc, please use it. I’ll likely by using this same strategy next year and add more books to the same widget.
With the 2013 work done, we’re now planning a major redesign of the site for 2014, a simpler layout, responsive design and more. Yay! WordPress (of course!)
image by Cirox CC license
I was sure I’d written about Prefab when it was announced a few months ago, but like so many things, I guess I just wrote it in my head!
In any case, if you’re in the market for a new library website be sure to check out these great options: Prefab and LibraryCMS. Both will provide you with a well-designed, modern website for a very reasonable one-time development price. And both services will securely host your site on an ongoing basis for an annual fee. Both offer a 30-day free trial, so take them for a test run.
The differences? To put it simply, Prefab is WordPress and LibraryCMS is Drupal. Both are wonderful open source content management systems that will run your website very nicely. (I’ll leave the more technical details to others.)
And best of all, both projects are coming from well respected and skilled library folk. The folks at LISHost are behind LibraryCMS and Influx developed Prefab.
Development and hosting – boom – done – breathe a sigh of relief that you won’t have to form that library website redesign committee. Put all that time to good use by putting great content on your brand new website!
(p.s. no money has changed hands! Though I know & respect the folks behind both of these projects, I don’t get referral fees!)
The LITA Code Year Interest Group is offering a pre-conference on learning to code with Python at ALA later this week.
Though I won’t be able to be there, I’m happy to have the chance to help out, along with the Python Software Foundation, by sponsoring lunch for the attendees. Cool! Hope the cookies and coffee are good!
For more info about the workshop and why we need more library staff learning to code, read Andromeda Yelton’s post: Come learn Python with me!
Can’t make it to the workshop, but curious about coding? Check out LJ’s article and resource list: Cracking the Code: Librarians Acquiring Essential Coding Skills
Learning even just a little bit about coding will help you understand how our library systems do (or don’t!) work. And if you really learn to code, you can help make existing systems better and build amazing new services.