Vine: What Six Short Seconds Can Do For Your Library

Betha Gutsche
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Published: 21 November 2014
Vine: What Six Short Seconds Can Do For Your Library

Vine puts a new spin on the notion of the short attention span. With this free app from Twitter, users can create 6-second videos with an iOS or Android device by simply pointing it at a subject and touching the screen to start and stop filming. But what can be done in such a super-short timeframe that is even worth recording?

I admit to being skeptical when Vine first appeared; if there was material of value, it was buried in bits of 6-second noise. It took real effort to wade through in search of any creative and intentional application of... Read more

Board in the Library, Part Six: Board Game Night Basics

John Pappas
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Published: 19 November 2014
Board in the Library, Part Six: Board Game Night Basics

We've spent plenty of time during this series discussing board games in general but very little on how to specifically host a successful board game night. Which is what most of you are probably going to do! Right? Play games with other humanoids. So how do you do that?

Simply reducing the many social, emotional, and intellectual facets of gaming into putting out a couple of games (even the wonderful ones recommended in this series) and calling it a game night is like placing a pile of pictures books and calling it a storytime. There is so more fun involved!

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A Slice of Maker Pie: Stories from Three Learner Labs

Jenny Powell
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Published: 17 November 2014
A Slice of Maker Pie: Stories from Three Learner Labs

Think about the last time you ordered pizza and the numerous considerations that influenced your decisions. You may have weighed surroundings including dine-in versus carry-out or perhaps delivery, contemplated crust style and toppings, and evaluated the number of servings needed to satisfy everyone's appetite, all while ensuring that you stayed within budget. There were likely multiple configurations that impacted your overall dining experience and framed opinions toward future purchases.

In parallel, I recently chatted with three libraries who navigated a more serious route toward which slice of 'maker pie' would be most palatable to their communities and staff. Each one... Read more

Analysis and Reflection: Results from the 2014 WebJunction Member Satisfaction Survey

Ahniwa Ferrari
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Published: 05 November 2014
Analysis and Reflection: Results from the 2014 WebJunction Member Satisfaction Survey

It's important to us that the resources and learning tools we provide at WebJunction are useful to library staff practicing in the field. To that end we organize an annual Member Satisfaction Survey and ask you to give us your feedback. Your responses tell us what we're doing well, where you'd like to see improvement, and provide a snapshot of the issues and topics deemed most important to the library field in general.

We use this data to guide our decisions for the coming year. This public report takes a look at the important issues in the field and provides... Read more

Something for Everyone: How Crowdsourcing Creates Community, Preserves Knowledge, and Promotes Discovery

Liz Morris
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Published: 04 November 2014
Something for Everyone: How Crowdsourcing Creates Community, Preserves Knowledge, and Promotes Discovery

The siren song of the Internet is difficult to ignore. Whether you consider yourself an active netizen or a casual visitor to the World Wide Web, you've likely observed that the amount of rich, educational resources is equaled, if not surpassed, by the sheer amount of very-pleasant-though-not-particularly-informative distractions. (Admittedly, my days would be a little less bright without Kittenwar.) Crowdsourcing is an emergent online activity that leverages the inherent possibility of the Internet to educate and entertain; to embrace individual perspectives and advance common understanding; and to foster inclusive communities that preserve knowledge and promote discovery.

OCLC recently had the... Read more

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