Advancing the National Digital Platform: New Report Available

Kendra Morgan and Merrilee Proffitt
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Published: 23 March 2017
Advancing the National Digital Platform: New Report Available

A report summarizing the results of needs assessment and gap analysis of digitization activities in US public libraries and state library agencies is now available from OCLC Research. The 2016 surveys explored areas including how many libraries are participating in digitization activities, what training would help them to be more successful, what types of collections they are digitizing and how they staff their digitization efforts. The overall data provides a picture into the extent to which US public libraries are positioned to support the growth of the national digital platform (NDP), primarily through the digitization of their unique collections.

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Social Library, Art and Archives Edition

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 21 March 2017
Social Library, Art and Archives Edition

With the Institute of Museum and Library Services announcement of the 2017 National Medal Finalists, we were inspired to highlight in this special edition of our Social Library series, posts from libraries we follow on Facebook that also represent museums, archives or host designated spaces for art installations. From local history to letters from the front, and from genealogy to student exhibits, these institutions are helping their communities engage with keeping their history, art, and stories alive.

Thompson Public Library in Connecticut shared a photo for their Opening Reception for Art @ the Library. The library, with sponsorship from... Read more

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A Children's Garden at Avon Lake Public Library

Mary P. Crehore
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Published: 15 March 2017
A Children's Garden at Avon Lake Public Library

The Avon Lake Public Library (OH) created a children's garden. They provided the opportunity for young patrons to learn about farming, farm animals, and raising food, as well as the experience of digging in the dirt and planting, harvesting and eating vegetables. This library program also provided clients of Community Resource Services with fresh produce grown in their garden.
 

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Seeds of Change: A Seed Library for All Ages

Chris Rogers
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Published: 14 March 2017
Seeds of Change: A Seed Library for All Ages

The ancient Chinese proverb says "Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime." My library, the Middle Tyger Library, a branch of the Spartanburg County (SC) Public Libraries, borrowed some wisdom from this famous adage to be self-sufficient, and started a seed lending library.

I decided to encourage local residents to become novice backyard gardeners. Parents and grandparents could plant seeds to teach basic lessons of science to children growing things in small containers. It all began after I attended a seed library... Read more

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Monika Sengul-Jones joins OCLC as Wikipedian-in-Residence

OCLC
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Published: 09 March 2017
Monika Sengul-Jones joins OCLC as Wikipedian-in-Residence

Sengul-Jones will work with WebJunction to design and deliver an online training program that will introduce US public librarians to the innerworkings of Wikipedia this fall. The training will enable librarians to edit Wikipedia, guide patrons in its use and lead local Wikipedia-based community engagement programs with confidence. In her role, Sengul-Jones will also foster connections between public librarians and Wikipedia’s volunteer editor community.

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