Libraries

It's Peeps Time Again

Libraries & Peeps, inseparable. What is your library doing with Peeps this week?

  • At Milliken University Library (IL), a long-term sociological study of Peeps and their behaviors
  • In the Philly burbs, you can show your creative talents with marshmallow Peeps at “Peepapalooza,” events next month at the Maple Shade and Cinnaminson branches of the Burlington County Library System.
  • Peeps give us a tour of the new Georgetown, TX library
  • At the Bedford, MA Public Library,winners of the Peeps contest have been selected, including Little Pope Peeps
  • Kalamazoo, MI Public Library will spend the week up to their necks in Peeps.
  • The Library Arts Center in Newport, NH is repeating its successful Peeps diorama project again this year.
  • It's "Peepitecture" at the Seattle's Central Public Library.

    Please add & update this modest listing with your comments!

    And in other news, "how to make Peep infused vodka" (we needed a recipe for that?)

  • For Libraries, MOOCs Bring Uncertainty and Opportunity

    Lynne O’Brien, director of academic technology and instructional services at Duke University, said the “rapid uptake” of MOOCs had taken many people by surprise. As she put it, “These courses don’t seem to fit anything of the model that we have for how to do online education well.” She’s been hearing from instructors that “the process of preparing courses for this environment made them rethink” how they teach their on-campus courses. “Faculty have said it’s a huge amount of work but that it’s also a wonderful opportunity,” she said.

    A Radical Library for the Hip-Hop Set in the South Bronx

    seattlepi.com: Welcome to The Richie Perez Radical Library, a new library created by the Rebel Diaz Arts Collective. The library, which was named for a South Bronx educator and activist who died in 2004, features "works by influential thinker-agitators, such as Angela Davis and Malcolm X, with writings by hip-hop luminaries including KRS-One, the RZA and Jay-Z."
    The collective partnered with Bluestockings, an independent Lower East Side bookstore, to gather 300 mostly donated books to get things started.

    LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #237

    This week's program starts off with a brief essay talking about the disintegration of having a coherent "popular culture" in the United States then turns to the strange case of the Harlem Shake in Oxford. After that the episode wraps up with a news miscellany.

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    Sad Harlem Shake Story

    Sad story from Huffington Post of the librarian who shook herself out of a job.

     

     

    Students and politicians alike are calling for an Oxford University librarian to be reinstated after she was fired for the filming of a Harlem Shake video in one of the school's libraries.

    Though the librarian, Calypso Nash, did not actually take part in the making of the video, she allegedly lost her job because the filming took place on her watch, the Independent reports.

     

    The NYPL’s Twitter-Poem Contest Sure Is Getting Some Odd Entries

    From the New York Times blog:

    New York Public Library is running a pre-National-Poetry-Month Twitter poetry contest through Sunday, in which you submit three very short poems and compete for a chance to win a set of books by America’s leading poets. Here's where you can enter the contest .

    One poem has to be about libraries, books, reading or New York City, but the other two can be about whatever you like. It is the “whatever” ones that, naturally, drew our attention as we made our way through some of the hundreds of entries submitted just in the past two days. Some rated impressively high on the what-the-heck scale.

    Here are a few of our favorites, a few about books but most not. It is possible that some of them were not meant as poems but were just tweets with @NYPL in them.

    @NYPL i ripped the wings off the wind and fed them to the birds / they aren’t as holy as they thought they were. — Drew Knapp (@drew_knapp) 6 Mar 13

    Paper @NYPL / pulped rags shucked from corpses / the fibers embracing type / like teeth meat / we’ll taste every word. — Matthew Wills (@backyardbeyond) 6 Mar 13

    @NYPL To become dead even for a moment is not prudent says Yevtushenko, so resist the gentle pull of the steering wheel always to the right — Peggy Delmas (@PeggyDelmas) 7 Mar 13

    A Fired Library Director's Letter to the Board

    Kingman Daily Miner tells the story:

    Former Mohave County (AZ) Library Director Danielle Krol said she wanted to expand services for the public and bring better pay and more opportunities for library employees, but was fired by the Board of Supervisors before she had a chance to get the ball rolling.

    Finding A "Grand Challenge" For Libraries

    This grand challenge would require librarians, information scientists, telecommunication experts and specialists on space flight. The lessons learned could be applied to earth-bound libraries and could re-envision how libraries are connected to each other and to the resources that they use. It could also impact other industries and how they communicate or share information. The work could place libraries and librarians front and center in a number of communities because we would need to be involved in creating the solution.

    From Wikipedia to our libraries

    "Looked at the right way, Wikipedia can be a big help in making online readers aware of their library’s offerings. One of the things we spend a lot of time on in libraries is organizing information into distinct, conceptual categories. That’s what Wikipedia does too: so far, their English edition has over 4 million concepts identified, described, and often populated with reference links. And Wikipedia has encouraged people to add links to relevant digital library collections on various topics, through programs like Wikipedia Loves Libraries and Wikipedian in Residence programs. But while these programs help bring some library resources online, and direct people to those selected resources, there’s still a lot of other relevant library material that users can’t get to via Wikipedia, but can via the libraries that are near them."

    A Different Kind of Library Down Under

    Sydney Australia will be getting a new library; library as learning space, meeting space and playing space.

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