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Transforming to a Library 2.0 ~ Part 7… finale?

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It is nearly the end of the school year and I am still going in and checking the Oliver program transition. We can safely say that is is now live and Athena is no longer needed. When I went in last week I spoke with the IT technician about where the link to Oliver is on the system and how visible it is to the school community. Currently, you can access the library beyond the walls of the physical library. Great as this was one of the aims. However, the process is not too straightforward as you need to bring up ‘programs’ and find the link to the OPAC to go into the library management system. Too cumbersome for our current ‘information now’ clientele!

I suggested placing a library icon as the link on the front page of the school website. This will increase accessibility and enable students, parents and teachers to be able to logon from their homes. Being able to ‘see’ the library link on the front page is what we all want after all. This is now on the list and I was informed it is not difficult to achieve. Fantastic!

Through this journey, I have mentioned often that there is no dedicated teacher/librarian at the school and it is an area I have been advocating for incessantly during my time there. The new system has a fantastic and simple newsletter template that only needs an update monthly. It provides links to new items in the library, information about the library, links to websites and featured authors for the month. With the featured author, it provides a wonderful avenue where students can email suggestions for authors thereby increasing student participation. Hopefully this can open up more avenues for student contributions including student publications online. However, unless there is a dedicated teacher that will focus on the library much of this wonderful potential will be difficult to realise. I continued with my constant advocacy in this area and yesterday, Mary informed me that Bec may be provided some allocated time next year to focus on the library. She will be responsible for updating the newsletter and will run PD with the staff about the new system and the importance of the library. Fantastic! Bec has come on board this term and spent a great deal of time familiarising herself with the new system, looking into electronic resources and reading up on all things library. There is still a long way to travel but every step counts in cementing the importance of the library and extending this beyond the library walls and into the school community.

As for the new library management system, Oliver, the interface is fantastic and a perfect choice for a primary school, especially when you click on Olly and access the visual search. Even searching a subject, the box where you type your word is quite large making it easy for little kids to read. None of the other programs researched had such a fantastic interface with this level of accessibility for very young children.

Currently, the library is shut down for lending and only open for returns. This has been instigated to enable the smooth transition and ensure any difficulties are fixed before the next academic year. It will further enable training in the new system for staff. Only last week I was working through part of the training module with Mary and we identified that a key component linking to Word has not been downloaded and set up yet. This enables the printing of labels, letters and reports. Very vital!… This has been forwarded to the IT department and hopefully the situation has been sorted. I am going back in later this week for a final check and hopefully this is the finale in transforming to a Library 2.0.

 

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The impact of eReaders ~ an infographic

Check on the popularity of electronic reading devices such as Kindle, iPad and Nook in today's GoFigure infographic.
Source:LiveScience

 

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Booktrack: soundtracks for books

Last week I was joking around with a friend about how great it would be to have soundtracks for books. The vision being that as you read the words come to life through sound. For example while reading a scary book, as you reach the point where the door creaks open, this is the sound you would hear. Well we were rather amused with the idea and then today I discover the following clip. How do thoughts work like this in our world. It never ceases to amaze….

 

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The effect of a book

I love this clip and what it says about the generational impact on humans. I also love books and can relate to the gestures translating to our use of digital technology such as iPhones, iPads and now with a trackpad for iMacs. Amazing how body memory affect other aspects of relating in the digital sphere.

The Effect of a Book, Extending Beyond The Form from João Machado on Vimeo.

 

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Ungluing eBooks

I came across the following post titled Ungluing eBooks~creative commons licensed eBooks at the no shelf required blog and immediately had to pay a visit to the Gluejar site.

I have reproduced a section from How it works from Gluejar below:

“Anyone will be able to kick off a pledge drive for a favorite book. Gluejar will work with rightsholders to determine a good price, and anyone can contribute toward meeting it. When the goal is met, rightsholders will be paid in exchange for making their works available under a Creative Commons license. The book becomes free for everyone to read and share.”

How exciting! I’m subscribing as I want to know the moment the ungluing begins.


 

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Summer Reading Club

Scare up a good book ~ shared by ALIA Summer reading club

Visit Summer Reading Club for more information and for Librarian and teacher resources visit the Summer Reading Club Wiki. Enjoy!

 

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Marshall McLuhan~The world is a global village

Celebrate 100 years of Marshall McLuhun

 

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