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How libraries are using technology to ‘stay up to speed’ with patrons

“Attendees at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting got glimpses of the library of the future as companies offered products to move libraries well beyond books. The event at McCormick Place included pitches from companies such as E-Learning’s Driving-Tests.org, which provides online practice driver-education tests to libraries. There was also discussion on technology and services that libraries increasingly are making available to the public, such as Google Glass, Oculus Rift and — in the case of the Chicago Public Library — WiFi.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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[Lancaster] City, county library officials spar over computer concerns – again

“Call it round two. A day after confronting the Library System of Lancaster County chief in the city, officials from Lancaster Public Library carried the fight to the system’s turf. “People already think that we’re antiquated, that we’re not up with the times,” Heather Sharpe, who runs the Duke Street Business Center at LPL, told the LSLC board on Nov. 20. “I say, ‘Look how innovative and up to date we are,’ and then the computers don’t work,” she complained. “Or I’m presenting a program to business owners about what a wonderful business resource we have … and (the computer) just sit there and spins.” (via Lancaster Online)

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Move over, Gutenberg – State-of-the-art digital teaching and learning studio to open in Widener Library

“When Johannes Gutenberg introduced his printing press to the world in the 15th century, it revolutionized and greatly expanded the opportunities for learning. That’s why it is only fitting that in Widener Library, just one floor below the room where a rare copy of a Gutenberg Bible rests today, the latest state-of-the-art teaching and learning tool is taking shape. After months of construction, a “video capture studio” is near completion as part of Harvard’s commitment to exploring, innovating, experimenting, and leading change in how faculty members teach and students learn.” (via Harvard Gazette)

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Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology

“Online education arguably came of age in the last year, with the explosion of massive open online courses driving the public’s (and politicians’) interest in digitally delivered courses and contributing to the perception that they represent not only higher education’s future, but its present. Faculty members, by and large, still aren’t buying — and they are particularly skeptical about the value of MOOCs, Inside Higher Ed’s new Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology suggests.” (via Inside Higher Ed)

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Disability rights advocates and publishers push for national standards for ed tech materials

“Disability rights advocates and book publishers are pushing for federal regulations to ensure higher education technology is accessible to tens of thousands of students with visual impairments. A federal study in 2011 found college students with a range of disabilities face “unintended and nearly impenetrable barriers” thrown up by some new technology products. Now, the National Federation of the Blind is floating a draft bill designed to ensure students with disabilities are not left behind on college campuses by a wave of new technologies. The proposal has the support of other disability rights groups and the Association of American Publishers.” (via Inside Higher Ed)

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Technology hub helps Columbus library connect with younger patrons

“E.J. Auls visits the library to make beats on an iPad using Soundrop.

Although adults might not know what that means, many teenagers do — and they are the target audience for a new media center at the Columbus Metropolitan Library Downtown. On Feb. 4, the library opened the center, which features updated computing gear such as iPads and MacBooks equipped with new software that teens can use to experiment with artistic endeavors such as music, photography and videos.”

via The Columbus Dispatch

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West Virginia: Library’s $20,000 router cost more than the building

“Public libraries rarely own and operate Internet routers that are worth more than the building in which the library sits. Rather incredibly, however, that was the case for at least one library in West Virginia. The state has been pilloried for using federal funds to buy enterprise-grade Cisco 3945 routers at around $20,000 apiece and then installing them at every “anchor institution” in the state, no matter how small. That led to many ridiculous situations, though the most ridiculous of all may have taken place in the town of Marmet. “The state installed a $22,600 router at the Marmet Public Library, which has a single Internet connection,” according to Charleston Gazette. We covered the Marmet case earlier this week but didn’t realize just how crazy the story was. Thankfully, the paper has the punchline: “The router cost more than the trailer that houses the Marmet Library, according to Kanawha County Commission staff.”

via Ars Technica

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How Teachers Are Using Technology at Home and in Their Classrooms

“A survey of teachers who instruct American middle and secondary school students finds that digital technologies have become central to their teaching and professionalization. At the same time, the internet, mobile phones, and social media have brought new challenges to teachers, and they report striking differences in access to the latest digital technologies between lower and higher income students and school districts.”

via Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project

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Q&A: Libraries turn new page into digital age

“Michael Dula recently began his appointment as chief technology officer for the Yale University Library, which is one of the largest university libraries in North America. In this newly created role, he will develop a technology strategy for the University’s 18 different libraries, which house over 12.5 million volumes.”

via YaleNews

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Raiders of the lost archives

“In the age of digitisation, the search part of research has become a virtual experience. Although progress has many advantages, John Sutherland laments the end of the scholar-adventurer and the thrill of discovery amid dusty, uncatalogued manuscripts”

via Times Higher Education

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