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Mobile Apps & Public Libraries

Earlier today I asked the library twitterverse for examples of mobile apps related workshops, classes, hangouts, meetups, etc that they’re offering to their communities. Some great examples were shared! I’ll add more if I get any more responses later.

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NYLA SnapshotNY – Participate!


All the folks in our Cool Tools for School and SALS Ten Mobile Things workshops have been playing with photo and video tools for the last few weeks, so they should be all set to participate in SNASPSHOTNY! What about you?

From ProtectNYLibraries

How do people use library services on a typical day? Document your library — how busy and how essential your library is with statistics, pictures, videos and user comments?

Join New York’s libraries and participate in SNAPSHOTNY: A Day in the Life of a Library by collecting photographs and videos between Monday, January 13th and Friday, January 31st and choose one day to track your stats.

Ready to join? Then pick a day and collect statistics on:

  • How many patron visits?
  • How many people used your public computers?
  • How many reference questions did your staff answer?
  • How many children participated in programs (including school visits as well as library-sponsored programs)?
  • How many adults participated in programs?
  • What was the total circulation for the day?
  • How many hits did your website receive?

Deadline for submitting all data–stats, photos and video is Friday, January 31st.

Library Advocacy MOOC

Interesting learning opportunity Begins Feb 24 – free edX MOOC on library advocacy being offered by Wendy Newman, Gwen Harris and Colleen Dineen – U of Toronto iSchool.

Library Advocacy Unshushed: Values, evidence, action

Learn how to be a powerful advocate for the values and future of libraries and librarianship. Be informed, strategic, courageous, passionate, and unshushed!

About this Course

How can we strengthen libraries and librarians in the advancement of knowledge, creativity, and literacy in the 21st century? Though libraries have been loved for over 3,600 years, their relevance in the digital age is being questioned, and their economic and social impacts are poorly understood. What is really essential ab (more…)

Online Signing for The Declaration for the Right to Libraries

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…)

Little Free Library in Scotia, NY


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!

Do you collaborate? Please, share!


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.