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One for the Librarians: Innovations and getting rid of all the books!

I thought I would share a couple of resources for librarians. The first I came across while I was out running...and listening to my iPod (I look very carefully before running across any roads!). One podcaster I really enjoy, and who often interviews extremely inspiring people is Alan November. In this particular podcast - Extra Extra!! School Administration Removes Over 20,000 Books from ... - "Alan November speaks with Dr. James Tracy, Headmaster at Cushing Academy. The two discuss the decision that was made at Cushing Academy to rid the library of thousands of books in favor of creating a space that serves students through electronic resources in addition to authentic, enhanced and individualized interactions amongst librarians, teachers and students".

 

The second resource was shared initially by Richard Elliot in his eLearning Watch. Richard describes the resource as "A Wiki for those VIP's, the Librarians, whose role is often undermined by some but really appreciated by the enlightened" (source). Library Success, a best practices wiki, certainly is certainly a wide-ranging resources, with categories ranging from Implementing Tech in the LibraryAccess and Resource Sharing to Management and Leadership. The aim of the wiki, as stated on the home page is as follows: "There are lots of great blogs out there sharing information about the profession, but there is no one place where all of this information is collected and organized. That's what we're trying to do" (source).

 

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Comment by Rachel Whalley on January 21, 2015 at 22:27
On that topic here is another perspective on digitizing libraries from a Good Keen Librarian http://goo.gl/3WewuU on the effects of changes to our NZ National Library services - not being received very well at all.
"No! Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of their online service (I'm the ICT Coordinator at my school so it's not as if I hate technology). But the fact is that for online resources to replace print ones every school needs to have adequate technology in every class. And that is just not the case, not yet. So we need to use digital content AND print resources. "

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