This is a short clip from the 2015 ALA Annual Conference that just wrapped up in San Francisco. Joshua Davis suggests that libraries have a wonderful opportunity to fill the gaps in education by providing informal hands-on educational opportunities. I couldn’t agree with this more. This is what I call “finding a hole and filling… Continue reading Public libraries have unique opportunities
The 84th Texas Legislature has increased the appropriation of the State Library and Archives Commission by $7.6M for the 2016-2017 biennium. The new funding includes resources to launch the Texas Digital Archive to preserve and make available electronic archives of state government as well as $6M to offer Texans greater access to online information via… Continue reading Texas State Library and Archives Commission Receives 7.5M Increase in Funding
I just created a Rock, Paper, Scissors game using Scratch! It was so much fun! After getting the basic functions down, I kept wanting to take it once step further. When Cat wins, he meows. When Crab wins, she does a little dance. When they tie, they both shake with frustration. 🙂 And I added… Continue reading Rock, Paper, Scissors Game with Scratch
Bloomberg recently posted a very long article by Paul Ford called What Is Code?. I have been reading bits and pieces of it at a time for the past several days. But for someone who is learning how to code, wants to understand how computers work, and how they will change our future, this is a very… Continue reading What is Code?
After many recent controversies
, current Librarian of Congress James Billington has decided
to step down on January 1, 2016. LISNews
had some great questions and information about how the position will be filled. Personally, I would love to see a woman with library experience in the role.
Submitted by birdie on June 11, 2015 – 2:35pm
The President, in this case, Barack Obama, appoints the Librarian of Congress. Here’s the statute about that particular appointment.
Should it be a presidential appointment? Should the next office holder have a degree in Library Science (Mr. Billington did not).
Infodocket has more information on the period of transition, including this:
LC tells us that while no timeline is in place at the moment, President Obama has “roughly” six months to consider nominees for the vacancy. If a new Librarian of Congress is not confirmed by the time of Dr. Billington’s retirement, David Mao, Deputy Librarian, would serve as Acting Librarian of Congress until the time a new leader is confirmed by the Senate. Mao holds both legal and library degrees.
via Who Will Be Appointed as Next Librarian of Congress | LISNews:.
I love listening to podcasts and wish I had more time for them. I started following @Podcastlib on Twitter a few months ago and love her ideas on how librarians can connect patrons to information through podcasts. This is an article she wrote recently that I wanted to share. Do you do anything with podcasts… Continue reading Podcasts, a New Frontier, are All Over the (Dewey) Map
While I was sitting in a session on STEM programming at TXLA15, I jotted down ideas for a session dedicated to talking about robotics programming in public libraries that I hoped to present at the next TLA annual conference. I ended up developing it into a proposal and sought out individuals from public libraries in Texas with… Continue reading Robotics at TXLA16 in Houston
May closes out a very busy 3rd quarter for Bots & Books! Many libraries held camps during Spring Break and several had kick off events to tease their LEGO robotics kits for Summer Reading Program usage. Here are just a few of the wonderful images that are coming in! The Smithville Public Library got some… Continue reading Bots & Books 2015: Wrapping up another quarter
Awhile back, I saw @flexlibris of the Library Freedom Project talking about the Kilton Library in Lebanon, NH that had all of their catalog computers on Raspberry Pi computers and all of their PAC on Linux. I thought this was brilliant. Why have SO much computer when you are only accessing the catalog? Then I saw… Continue reading CHIP – The World’s First Nine Dollar Computer
As I have said before, I am digging more into coding since I started working with LEGO robotics kits with public libraries all around Texas. I am saving lots of resources (with an emphasis on FREE) on learning how to code here. Even though I am also currently taking a course on Scratch, my husband and… Continue reading EdX & W3C HTML5 MOOC begins June 1