May We Have Your Help?

Ahniwa Ferrari
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Published: 20 August 2014
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May We Have Your Help?

WebJunction needs your feedback! Each year, WebJunction creates a survey to collect input from its members. The goal of this survey is to make sure that WebJunction continues to be the best resource it can be to support all kinds of library learning. Please take a few minutes to share your opinions on the value of WebJunction and areas for improvement. We have trimmed down the survey this year to minimize the impact on your busy schedule. The survey runs for one more week and will close on August 24. Take the survey.

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Public Libraries Promote Health

Mantra Roy
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Published: 19 August 2014
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Public Libraries Promote Health

The recently published 2013 Digital Inclusion Survey Report reveals some key features about public libraries in USA and how they serve their communities. Funded by the IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) and conducted by the American Library Association (ALA), the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland, and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the survey draws attention to 4 different aspects of digital inclusion. These areas of research include: 1) Public access technology infrastructure resources and capacity: This section seeks responses to questions such as how many public access workstations exist in a... Read more

Digital Citizenship and Public Libraries

Mantra Roy
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Published: 18 August 2014
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Digital Citizenship and Public Libraries

Just as political citizenship expects principles of integrity of its citizenry, digital citizenship refers to expected modes of conduct in the digital world. Digital citizenship is an umbrella concept that includes the following: a) Preparing technology users for a society full of frequent technological innovations; b) Guiding technology users to become responsible and safe users of technology; c) Educating digital literates about making sound decisions regarding use of technology; d) Teaching digital natives how to be safe in an online world with respect to privacy issues and how to behave appropriately online; e) Teaching digital immigrants how to navigate technologies... Read more

Librarians from Mongolia Visit OCLC Seattle

Mantra Roy & Betha Gutsche
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Published: 12 August 2014
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Librarians from Mongolia Visit OCLC Seattle

Ninety minutes is all it takes to cross oceans, continents, and cultures to find library synergy. That was the experience when staff from the OCLC Seattle office had the chance to sit down and talk about libraries with two Mongolian librarians from the Ulaanbaatar City Public Library along with their translator.

Mr. Soyombobaatar Sukhbaatar (Soyom), Director of Ulaanbaatar City Public Library, and Ms. Bayartsogt Boldbaatar (Bayar), the library's Program Coordinator of the American Cultural and Information Center, have been recognized by Mongolia's US Embassy as leaders in the field of library services. The Embassy invited them to visit the US... Read more

You Shall Not Pass! iPad Passcode Programs and Other Insights

Sally-Adrina Taylor
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Published: 11 August 2014
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You Shall Not Pass! iPad Passcode Programs and Other Insights

Since her first article, iFought the iPads (and iWon), Sally-Adrina has heard from several librarians struggling with a common problem: iPad passcodes. At Rapid City Public Libraries, they experienced the same issue. A child or an adult would start playing on the iPad, and would then go into the settings and set up a passcode of their choosing. When the next patron tried to get on the iPad, they would be unable to type in the correct passcode, and after a number of tries the iPad would become disabled.

Sally-Adrina talks about RCPL's experience with this problem and their current... Read more

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