IN THE SECOND EPISODE OF THE GATHER OMAHA PODCAST, WE SIT DOWN TO TALK WITH THREE AWESOME LADIES CHARGED WITH CURATING INFORMATION AND ACCESS FOR OUR COMMUNITY.
Our guests for this episode are Micki Dietrich, Wendy Townley, and Rebecca Stavick. Micki works with the Omaha Public Library on community engagement efforts. Wendy works with the Omaha Public Library Foundation, raising funds for special projects at the Library. Rebecca is leading the new DoSpace project here in Omaha. an innovative digital library project opening very soon.
There are all kinds of ways for you to get involved and support these organizations. Go check out your local library branch, spend some time at DoSpace, and be sure to reach out to these ladies with questions about support. The library needs our civic support to continue to grow and flourish in Omaha.
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A 1940 silent film promoting the services of Lincoln City Libraries.
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Recently I’ve been working on setting up a ton of public access PCs and getting all of the systems to talk to each other when it comes to our ILS, printing software, and computer time management. All of this deals with software “types” I’m familiar with due to my 2003 book The Neal-Schuman Directory of Management Software for Public Access Computers, co-written with my friend Louise Alcorn. Granted, none of the software I’m using today even existed back then, but the issues haven’t changed all that much.
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Peter from the National Coalition Against Censorship sez, “At a public hearing over whether or not to remove LGBT children’s books from a public library, one mom’s comments stole the show.”
Via Boing Boing
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Here’s a photo of Brian Pichman of the Evolve Project presenting at the NEFLIN Technology Conference in June 2013. Brian and I will be co-presenting at the 2015 conference tomorrow.
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Educator and technology expert John Palfrey visited Google’s office in Cambridge, MA to talk about his book, “BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google”.
In the book, he claims that libraries today are more than just book repositories, and that they can become bulwarks against some of the most crucial challenges of our age: unequal access to education, jobs, and information.
He goes on to argue that, in order to survive our rapidly modernizing world and dwindling government funding, libraries must make the transition to a digital future as soon as possible—by digitizing print material and ensuring that born-digital material is publicly available online. These modifications are vital if we hope to save libraries and, through them, the American democratic ideal.
John Palfrey is an educator, scholar, and law professor. He is a notable authority on the legal aspects of emerging media, and he is an advocate for Internet freedom, including increased online transparency and accountability as well as child safety.
Published on Jun 2, 2015
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Performance of a hymn from The Year of the Flood
Omaha Public Library Great Writers Series
Originally published on Apr 13, 2014
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Langston Sylvester reads about Elijah Muhammad in The African American Almanac at the Sacramento Public Library. Sylvester visited the library each day during Black History Month to study the lives of notable African Americans.
On a recent visit to the Sacramento library, the high number of homeless patrons I saw there surprised me.
Seeing them in that quiet space, consumed by traditional media, I was struck by the difference between them and most of society with its 24/7 connection to streaming digital media. I began this project to take myself out of my own patterns and habits, to change my perspective, to observe, to listen, to understand, and to share this place of quiet.
Read the full article @ National Geographic.
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Thanks also to the folks who attended Jennifer Koerber’s and my ACRL/Choice presentation this afternoon. Here are those slides.
And here’s a 25% off coupon for those wishing to order a copy of our book.
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