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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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