Latest news from the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, take a look at the new Polish Library joining the Program.

 Visit the Sister Libraries’ blog for further information.

Dialogue on Public Libraries

The Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries is a forum that gathers “thought leaders from business, technology, education, government, the nonprofit sector and libraries” seeking to “shape and advance a renewed national vision for public libraries in the 21st century”.

Amongst their conclussions we’d like to highlight this: “To get started, public libraries, library directors, library staff and their supporters must forge new partnerships and collaborations in the community and align their work with the community’s goals”.

They have launched a web with very interesting resources, apart from the full report they’ve elaborated, “RISING TO THE CHALLENGE: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries”. One specially has caught our attention: Strategies for Success. It consists of specific action steps for 3 different stakeholders at public libraries: 15 steps for library leaders, 15 for policymakers and 15 for the community.

You can find all the information here

Europeana Challenge

Europeana has launched a new challenge aimed to promote the re-use Europe’s digitised cultural heritage.

The materials used for the designing products must be accessed through Europeana and submitted before next 15th January.

Find all the information here.

The Vatican Library digitization project

Iohannes Chrysostomus, s., patriarca di Costantinopoli, 347-407

Iohannes Chrysostomus, s., patriarca di Costantinopoli, 347-407. 29 ottobre 1470

The Vatican Apostolic Library holds over 80,000 objects (manuscripts, prints, drawings, plates and incunabula). They are in a process of digitising their collection, having made available 500 manuscripts and 600 incunabula so far through their website.

Through crowdfunding they’re seeking donations of €5 to save a single page in a manuscript, while donations of at least €1,000 will see the backer included on the official supporters list.

The digitization project will made available 3,000 manuscripts by 2018.



IFLA General Conference and Assembly 2015

81st IFLA General Conference and Assembly will take place next 15-21 August 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa. They’ve already opened the Call for Posters.

You can check all the details and complete the application form through this link

Gamification and Libraries

An article form Carli Spina (Emerging Technologies and Research Librarian,  Harvard Law School Library) at the AALL (American Association of Law Libraries) Spectrum explains what is gamification and how to apply game dynamics to library services.

You can access to the full pdf through this link

CILIP Blogger Challenge

CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) has launched a competition open to everybody (no need to be CILIP member or even to live in the UK) who has any professional relation with libraries (library staff, information science students, researchers, etc.). They have proposed a series of topics about which you’ll have to write a text and send it before 27 November.

 Find all the information in this page

Awareness in public libraries: 2 examples from the UK

The promotion of the social value of public libraries is vital for their survival as core institutions in our communities. Awareness must be targeted to users (and potential users) but also to decision makers.

Awareness campaigns not always come from libraries, sometimes they are independent institutions working with volunteers and organized nationwide: 

Since 1984, The Library Campaign has been working for the improvement of public libraries services in the UK. Amongst other things, they “send evidence to government consultations on behalf of library users” and “regularly issue press releases and comments to the national and specialist media”.

In their web page you’ll find a wide range of resources for supporting libraries, the newsletters they publish quarterly (and send to their members), the texts they send to the media, open letters, etc.

Another initiative in the UK is Voices for the Library, which “aims to provide the facts about the public library service in the UK, the role of professional librarians and provide a space for library users to share their stories about the difference public libraries have made to their lives”.

They have designed different campaigns like What can you do? (to get involved in saving libraries) or 10 things you need to know about library closures/campaigns.

Public library satisfaction amongst American adults

If a month ago we publish a post about the NMC Horizon Report, Library edition, focusing on the impact of emerging technologies in libraries, today we present another study about the satisfaction of American adults with public libraries, conducted by The Harris Poll and released last September 24.

 There are interesting figures, like “women are more likely than men to have a library card (71% vs. 57%)” or “Nine in ten Americans (89%) feel it is important that a library be a valuable education resource”.

 You can access the most relevant results of this study here.

Latest news from the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, take a look at the activities programmed by some Sisters for celebrating NAPLE Sister Libraries Day. 

Visit the Sister Libraries’ blog for further information.