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Librarians frequently find themselves in the role of facilitator. This blog post by Chris Corrigan has some tips about giving instructions, an often overlooked art.
"I think one of the hardest things to do as a facilitator is master the art of giving instructions. Even for facilitators, public speaking can be a stressful experience, and there is nothing worse than trying to give instructions to a group while your knees are shaking and your mouth is dry. But for all facilitators, and and especially those of us who work with radically new ways of meeting, this is a whole art in itself. Giving instructions poorly leads to confusion and chaos and can quickly erode the trust of a group. Being too direct can shut people down and create a sterile meeting. The art is finding the space between the two......"
Yet another reason to go to the library: speed-dating! The San Francisco Public Library sponsored an event in which participants were encouraged to start their conversations with a book in their hand. It was a mixed success. Read the story here from the San Francisco Chronicle.
Story from CNET (a technology news website) editor on why he didn't buy a Kindle: "Although Kindle has massive market share in the nascent e-book category, and it's a slick piece of hardware, there's no way I'd buy one myself. Borrowing virtual books from the local library, without having to go there, is just too cool of a feature in my book."
It's cool! It's hot! It's happening!! From The Beat of Young Los Angeles:
Sure, everyone's always preaching about how we should save our public libraries, and obviously there's really no reason not to want to save your local library -- free books, entertainment, childhood memories, those poor librarians. But admittedly, it can be difficult to think of something that you could do that would actually help out the public spaces.
But now there's this: the Library Foundation of Los Angeles is taking steps to make the library cool again by hosting "This is Your Library." It's supposed to be the beginning of a new series of "late-night talk show-like events," featuring discussions with prominent people from and about the wonderful city of Los Angeles. There'll also be live music, DJs, food trucks and a bar, and overall just a good time hanging out at the library at night, appreciating L.A. Supporting the library can be pretty easy, right? -- Read More
This week's episode brings a look at the zeitgeist on LISNews as well as highlights of some of the strange news you might be able to use from the week that was. There were plenty of stammering tongue-twisters this week.
Voice of Russia broadcasting in New York City
InstaPundit on Seth Godin ditching print publishing
MediaBistro on Seth Godin ditching print publishing
Andy Woodworth on social media-based library advocacy
El Reg on the "twitter rolling" attack
El Reg on the Twitter WTF worm
El Reg on Ireland versus Google StreetView
Ars Technica on transatlantic cabling
Deutsche Welle on a project to revitalize spoken-word radio and listening skill in general
Reuters on mobile data usage
Bobbi Newman on why mobile phones are not the key to the digital divide -- Part One
Bobbi Newman on why mobile phones are not the key to the digital divide -- Part Two
Representative Waxman's Bill on Net Neutrality Died, Ars Technica Tells Us
Ars Technica on LibreOffice
El Reg on LibreOffice
Shortwave Central on BBC World Service expanding access in the USA
Nick Gillespie at Hit & Run presenting a libertarian view on the Santa Clarita privitization matter
Library Journal's round-up on privitization in California
With all the doom and gloom, Sean Bonney, Graphics Designer at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library put together this video to cheer us up.
The video follows one member of the staff as she deals with a string of bizarre patrons. About halfway through, a fabulous disco sparkle segues to our music video, set to the 1978 disco hit, "I Will Survive".
International Literacy Day, traditionally observed annually on September 8, focuses attention on worldwide literacy needs. More than 780 million of the world’s adults (nearly two-thirds of whom are women) do not know how to read or write, and between 94 and 115 million children lack access to education.
Celebrate International Literacy Day by joining IRA on either September 7 or September 8 for webinars on Building Support for Effective Reading Instruction featuring IRA President Patricia Edwards, Richard Carson (Rotary Representative to the OAS) and Instructor Judy Backlund (IRA member and Rotary Club President). The webinar will be held twice, so choose the time that works best for you!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. EST
This is a virtual event. Go to this URL to join the Tuesday webinar...or
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. EST
This is a virtual event. Go to this URL to join the Wednesday webinar.
Other live events, fact sheets, celebration ideas and award certificates can be found at the IRA Website.
As we learned last April, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has always had a secret ambition...to be a librarian.
And today, as reported in Penn Live, Librarian Sheila Redcay — and at least 480 others on Facebook — would like to have Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards visit Matthews Public Library in Fredericksburg, PA. Redcay, a lifelong Rolling Stones fan, decided to invite Richards to her library after reading a preview of his autobiography, "Life," coming out in October, in which he says he considered becoming a librarian.
“Having him come to a public library, wherever it may be — why not here — will just simply bring awareness to the many struggles many libraries are having just to keep their doors open." Her goal is to get 1,000 people as members of the Facebook page she created, Keith Richards, Please Have Sympathy for America’s Public Libraries, after which she will approach his manager again with an invite. Richards’ manager said it sounded like “a very good idea,” but his publicist has said he is adamant that he will do only one book signing, in New York City. C'mon Keith...
There's a little contest on the Facebook page...join up and check out your knowledge of the Stones.
On a warm, summer afternoon, a father and son strode onto the lawn in front of the Cesar Chavez Library in Salinas, dressed resplendently in traditional Mexico charro costumes.
The pair entertained the crowd of 55 community members who gathered outside the library with lasso and rope tricks. Celerino Esparza, 17, spoke about learning the 400-year-old Mexican art from his father, Jesús Esparza, and how "we all have options in life here in Salinas, and his never involved gangs or violence, but the traditions of his family," said Carissa Purnell, a librarian at Cesar Chavez Library.
Like many of his countrymen, Jesús earns a living by working in landscaping and general construction. Still, he works hard to pass on his Mexican culture to Celerino and his four older daughters.
Jesús and Celerino are organizing charro classes for the children in neighborhood surrounding Cesar Chavez Library, and hope to teach them how to mount and ride a horse, and use a lasso.
"It's a beautiful sport," Celerino. "It's important to carry on the customs and tradition of your culture."