Monthly Archives: January 2015

Supporting local music through library quality service: the Yahara Music Library

Madison Public Library  (Wisconsin) has created an online library of music where they offer free access to the creations of local musicians, along with other information about them: upcoming shows, biographies, websites, online stores where you can purchase the albums…

Together with Murfie Music, a local ”music marketplace and community”, they’ve developed an open access tool (Yahara Music Library) which can be found at github  so any library can adapt this software and replicate this idea in their own communities.

You can read more about it at their webpage: http://www.yaharamusic.org/about

Financial literacy

Public libraries are “uniquely situated to promote literacy” (IFLA Section on Reading) but today’s complexity demands more than reading, writing, and numeracy skills: Atomic learning has identified a list of  12 of what they call “21st century skills”, including digital citizenship, health literacy, critical thinking & problem solving, etc.

Financial literacy is one of them and can be defined as “the ability to use knowledge and skills to manage financial resources effectively for a lifetime of financial well-being” (President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy).

 OECD’s PISA conducted a financial literacy assessment of students, which results were release last 19 July 2014. According to them, “helping young people understand financial issues is important, as younger generations are likely to face ever-increasingly complex financial products and services”.

There’s plenty of online resources focused on financial literacy. You can find a few of them in this article by the DEN (Discovery Education Network) where you can also find an introduction to this concept.

MAXICULTURE: maximize your collection

MAXICULTURE is a project aiming to maximize the impact of European Commission funded projects in the Digital Cultural heritage domain: (libraries, museums, audio-visual archives and archives.

 It “provides a toolkit for measuring projects’ socio-economic and technological impact and how they can best use ICT in the cultural heritage domain”.

 The MAXICULTURE idea “emerges from the consideration that there is a growing need to verify how public investment in Research and Development can guarantee effective and efficient innovation in the cultural and creative sector”.

 Find out more about this project through this link and at their website: http://www.maxiculture.eu/

ALA’s survey on equity, diversity, and inclusion

Created last year, the ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion aims to “develop a plan and strategic actions to build more equity, diversity and inclusion among our members, the field of librarianship and our communities”.

In order to complete this task, they’re gathering information through a survey that can be accessed by anyone (members or nonmembers of ALA) through this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/tfedi1web before next 16th February.

 Find the complete information through this link

Design thinking for libraries

The Global Libraries program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and IDEO (partnering with the Chicago Public Library in the U.S. and Aarhus Public Libraries in Denmark) have created a toolkit that introduces “a way of working that will help you understand the needs of your patrons and engage your communities”, based on design thinking.

For designing this toolkit, they’ve studied the experiences of over 40 librarians in 10 different countries in 2013-2014 and “synthesized learnings from their initial design”.

The toolkit consists of 3 documents: a guide, an activities book and a short guide, all downloadable at http://designthinkingforlibraries.com/

Infographic: Industry Outlook on Library and Information Science

University of South California has created this infographic to promote their Master of Management. It shows some interesting figures that can help us describe the professional profiles that will be recquired in our libraries in the next decade.

It also shows how “job growth is expected to slow over the next decade”, while the patron’s technological skills rises: “35% of Americans says they are very likely to use library materials accessible via smartphones or apps” or a comparison of salaries depending on your position in libraries; those involving technological skills are way better paid, to the point that a database administrator earns more than a library director.

Latest news from the Sister Libraries Blog

This week at Sister Libraries, take a look at the new information from Public Library “Viktor Car Emin” (Croatia).

Visit the Sister Libraries’ blog for further information.