This (free) development process lets you create channels with potential global distribution and delivery using Roku, Wii, PS3, PCs, Macs, and XBOX.
There is huge potential for collaboration using this method to create library oriented channels and marketing library services. Library channels could deliver author talks, book reviews, library development, best practices in library management, children’s programming and more.
What did all of these titles have in common? Nerdiness? Perhaps. Computer stuff? Most certainly! But the most striking aspect of each of these books was that they had *never been checked out* before.
I like being able to be the first person to read a book. The crackle of the spine and the new book smell. But, they had never been checked out. They had sat there waiting for someone like me for years to check them out. $200+ worth of books and processing unused.
The library was full of students. Almost none of them were looking at a book. They were all plugged into the learning commons and sporting smart phones and laptops and netbooks. They were checking their Facebook pages and Blackboard and texting and emailing and engaging in all sorts of social media. The stacks might have just been cubicle walls encircling their virtual activities in the meat space.
Were books being marketed to students? You could easily find a ref librarian to help you and check your materials. Stacks were labeled well and the collections were adequate, but the catalog was not prominent. Maybe books were not being marketed to students.
There were many digital signs in strategic places around the library welcoming students back. They all could have also been showing book covers of latest editions with call numbers to drive students to the materials. The catalog could have been marketing books to the students.
There are so many opportunities to market books in libraries. Use your digital sign systems. Use your catalogs. Use your web sites. Use your words. Use your nerds!
There’s a book for that. Hopefully, books will still be in demand by future learners.
The listserves PubLib and Web4Lib have been broken for over a week now. Digests stopped going out after April 25th and receipt of individual postings is sporadic at best. Best of PubLib will review the archives, which still remain active and inclusive for the month of April and present the synopsis on Monday, May 3rd 2010.
Because the two mailing lists are distinct with parallel problems, my conclusion is the maintenance problem exists within the applications at WebJunction. The ListServe moderators have not addressed the problems on the mailing list to date.
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This edition of Best of Publib covers March 15th through March 28th 2010. This PubLib review and analysis includes questions about naming library rooms, thought-provoking discussions about new media archives , library materials security, and our new poll on R-rated movie access. Some of the topics we will be reviewing include:
Topic » Auction Sites? ♦ Kimberly Francisco with Huntsville Public Library TX is pursuing a similar question but wants to know how to auction naming rights. Are there free tools such as E-bay that would lend themselves to online auctioning of library rooms?
This edition of Best of Publib covers the weeks of March 1st through March 14th 2010. This edition includes questions about collection development, thought-provoking discussions about known inaccuracies in ‘non-fiction’ works , circulation manager duties , humorous anecdotes regarding blondes , and the impact of closing public school libraries:
This edition of Best of Publib covers the week of February 22nd through February 28th 2010. This week included questions about advertising and accountability, use and implementation of ebook readers, and our new poll on charging library fees to support other government departments. Some of the topics we will be reviewing include:
This week in Best of Publib covers February 15th through February 21st 2010. This week includes PubLib questions about collection development, the value of on-line tutorials and databases , organization of gaming tournaments, and the cause of stress in public libraries. Some of the topics we will be reviewing include: