“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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”