Each week, we reflect on the top articles, blog posts, tweets, news, thoughts, and other tidbits we’ve found interesting or useful. Enjoy!
The library I work in is undergoing quite a lot of building work at the moment, and so this roundup of beautiful library buildings has got me hoping. On the same subject, this article about whether libraries can make us happy is very thought provoking, and reminded me about UX in libraries in general as something I’d like to study a bit more.
In one of my classes we discussed pathfinders and LibGuides, and the importance of these tools. Pathfinders and LibGuides are in some ways like maps to guide patrons find materials they need. They can either be on a specific topic, such as health, or geared toward a specific population. For the most part college libraries use the program more than public institutions. The library I work in recently acquired LibApps, and I was asked to create a LibGuide for the Hispanic community please take a look. I personally enjoyed learning about LibGuides in class, but loved creating one. It’s so easy and useful for our patrons as well as for our colleagues.
Earlier this month, Pew released a new report entitled, Libraries and Learning. L&L provides useful insights into library programming, status of visibility, and the application of educational resources. Although there are a ton of good takeaways, the big one for me: Education, by way of technology, is largely responsible for shaping the experience of public library users.
I know, I know. I’m double-dipping this week, but I just can’t get enough of Beyonce’s Lemonade and neither can MICA’s Digital Initiatives Librarian, Jenny Ferretti. In fact, she liked it so much she created a LibGuide that “supports further research into Beyoncé’s literary, film, and history references in her visual album ‘Lemonade.'” You can follow Jenny on Twitter @CityThatReads.
As a community college librarian, I kept a “shelf of shame” behind my desk full of books so outdated that any outraged patron would have to agree that weeding is vital. Well, this week, The New Yorker introduced weeding to the world with an article explaining the occasional controversy surrounding the regular practice of removing library books from a collection.
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