1. TDS14: Libraries @ the Center | Program - The Digital Shift →

    Join us on October 1st for The Digital Shift: Libraries @ The Center, a dynamic day-long online conversation about our shared digital future. 

    It’s not too late to register for this great lineup of speakers and topics, including:

    Who’s Afraid of the Internet? Digital Literacy, Corporate Data-Mining, and Government Surveillance

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    This session will discuss the challenges of promoting digital adoption and digital literacy in the post-Snowden era of widespread reports of government and corporate surveillance of internet traffic. It will discuss teaching techniques to distinguish well-founded skepticism from unfounded skepticism and helping digital learners do a cost benefit analysis in a learning environment based on respect and consent. The session hopes to touch on interpreting concepts like “free”, “open”, “private”, “commercial”, and “non-commercial” in their digital context, and conclude with some practical resources for increasing online privacy (DuckDuckGo, Disconnect.me, and others)

    Presenter:
    Scott Pinkelman
    , Digital Literacy Innovation Specialist at the Free Library of Philadelphia (PA)

    Implementing New Digital Strategies in Response to a Community Emergency: The Queens Library Post Super-storm Sandy

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    In October of 2012, Super-storm Sandy devastated the Rockaways. Queens Library stepped up to provide critical crisis information services in the weeks that followed. Among the most requested service was access to online information as thousands of Queens residents lost both connectivity as well as their digital technology in the storm’s aftermath.  When Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Google combined to donate 5,000 Google Tablets to Queens Library for use in those affected areas, the library stepped up. But how to respond when broadband access was scarce or not available? QPL used this lack of Wi-Fi access as a design inspiration and a springboard for innovation. QPL built a tablet platform loaded with Queens Library content– useful with or without Wi-Fi. Today library customers in and beyond Queens’s storm affected areas have access to curated, practical resources with a special focus on resources that aid their economic viability.  Lessons learned from this work should spark new thinking about the central role of public libraries in community informatics and disaster assistance and recovery. This presentation will outline how Queens Library developed a proprietary interface platform preloaded with specific community resources and customized content to assist  the community in finding information about disaster relief, housing, jobs, education, community health, and immigration information. Queens Library received the 2014 ALA Library of the Future

    Presenter:
    Kelvin Watson
    , VP Digital Strategy and Services, Queens Library (NY)

  2. Photos, from School Library Journal's Chelsea Philpot, of Saturday and Sunday's 24-Hour Read in!

  3. queenslibrary:

Can you?
SaveQueensLibrary.org

Ahhhgh I can’t resist a bear pun.

    queenslibrary:

    Can you?

    SaveQueensLibrary.org

    Ahhhgh I can’t resist a bear pun.

  4. queenslibrary:

There are few things more beautiful than the opening or reopening of a library.

Awesome.

    queenslibrary:

    There are few things more beautiful than the opening or reopening of a library.

    Awesome.

  5. queenslibrary:

Happy birthday, Thomas Edison, born on this date in 1847!  Who can guess which Queens Library is home to a signed copy of the book explaining one of Edison’s most famous inventions, the electric light bulb? The book, “Incandescent Electric Lighting: A Practical Description of the Edison System,” was written by noted the inventor and Edison’s draftsman, Lewis Latimer, whose diary, patents, and sketches of inventions are also available to be viewed at a certain Queens Library… Find out the answer.

    queenslibrary:

    Happy birthday, Thomas Edison, born on this date in 1847!

    Who can guess which Queens Library is home to a signed copy of the book explaining one of Edison’s most famous inventions, the electric light bulb? The book, “Incandescent Electric Lighting: A Practical Description of the Edison System,” was written by noted the inventor and Edison’s draftsman, Lewis Latimer, whose diary, patents, and sketches of inventions are also available to be viewed at a certain Queens Library…

    Find out the answer.

  6. I’m not overly emotional about the loss of books (even in the times of budget cuts, books are just small things that can be replaced), but damage to actual library buildings is really upsetting. When people lose their houses, electricity, cellphone and internet service, heat and other things that are necessary for their basic comfort, livelihood and communication, the library can serve as a lifeline. When that lifeline is gone, it can be hard to know where to turn.

    — Ingrid Henny Abrams, a children’s librarian who volunteered to help Queens Library at Howard Beach, affected by Sandy, reopen. (via queenslibrary)

  7. morerobots:

thelifeguardlibrarian:

Librarians. From Queens Library.

this is great. this is perfect. where are the libraries? libraries can be anywhere. libraries are everywhere. libraries are not just a building.

    morerobots:

    thelifeguardlibrarian:

    Librarians. From Queens Library.

    this is great. this is perfect. where are the libraries? libraries can be anywhere. libraries are everywhere. libraries are not just a building.

  8. queenslibrary:

The best part of your week: looking forward to picking up a book from the library!

Yes yes yes:

The Queens Library tumblr: one of the best library tumblrs out there.

    queenslibrary:

    The best part of your week: looking forward to picking up a book from the library!

    Yes yes yes:

    The Queens Library tumblr: one of the best library tumblrs out there.

  9. queenslibrary:

With Halloween and Thanksgiving right around the corner, here’s a not so little something our archivists though you would enjoy: The Largest Pumpkin in Queens, 1982.

    queenslibrary:

    With Halloween and Thanksgiving right around the corner, here’s a not so little something our archivists though you would enjoy: The Largest Pumpkin in Queens, 1982.

  10. queenslibrary:

Learn more about the history of the campaign from the American Library Association.

    queenslibrary:

    Learn more about the history of the campaign from the American Library Association.

  11. queenslibrary:

City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Queens Library president and CEO Tom Galante, and the Long Island City and Astoria communities gathered at the Queens Library at Long Island City at the Broke Down Carnival, a community event held to help save Queens Library, can’t “bear” cuts to library funding. Can you?

Bear costume!

    queenslibrary:

    City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Queens Library president and CEO Tom Galante, and the Long Island City and Astoria communities gathered at the Queens Library at Long Island City at the Broke Down Carnival, a community event held to help save Queens Library, can’t “bear” cuts to library funding. Can you?

    Bear costume!

  12. queenslibrary:

On display at Queens Library at Langston Hughes (Taken with Instagram at Queens Library at Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center)

Oh hello James Baldwin.

    queenslibrary:

    On display at Queens Library at Langston Hughes (Taken with Instagram at Queens Library at Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center)

    Oh hello James Baldwin.

  13. queenslibrary:

Urban Librarians United members and Queens Library staff showing off their librarian skills at Library Advocacy Day in Albany, New York.

A super librarian and a clown-brarian? Not sure if I deciphered these costumes correctly, but you have to admire their pluck.

    queenslibrary:

    Urban Librarians United members and Queens Library staff showing off their librarian skills at Library Advocacy Day in Albany, New York.

    A super librarian and a clown-brarian? Not sure if I deciphered these costumes correctly, but you have to admire their pluck.

  14. queenslibrary:

Showing off our library’s social (media) side (Taken with instagram).

Queens Library has LJ beat on social media. But if/when we get on Pinterest, your minds will be blown.

    queenslibrary:

    Showing off our library’s social (media) side (Taken with instagram).

    Queens Library has LJ beat on social media. But if/when we get on Pinterest, your minds will be blown.