Our grant-funded garden project is well underway at the Clinton Hill branch library! It’s still pretty cold outside here in Brooklyn, so the actual outdoor activities won’t kick into gear until mid-April, but we’ve already started to offer hands-on activities specifically focused on teens that we hope will boost their understanding, familiarity, and interest in science and nature.
I was excited to attend the Metropolitan New York Library Council Conference—with its hyperlocal focus, METRO is like a little library family here in New York, and they really go all out for the conference!
One of the things libraries have the unique ability to do particularly well is to allow students, researchers, and the public to experiment with new technologies before they enter into common use.
The 2015 New York Library Association Conference in Lake Placid, NY was my first time at a regional library conference,
Before heading upstate for NYLA 2015, I attended the 2015 Open Access Symposium & Prelec Lecture at Stony Brook University. The symposium was a fascinating mix of perspectives from academics, librarians, and technologists on the challenges and opportunities of open access publishing.
Over the past year, I’ve been working as a Mellon grant-funded intern for the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC) as part of a web archiving team based out of the three museums. Working at the Frick Art Reference Library has been a delight, and it has nurtured my interest in the evolving nature of research and collection accessibility in general.
The rise in distance learning has plenty of advantages for students and institutions, but there are major considerations that can affect the success of distance students—limited support networks, delayed feedback, and overreliance on technology, to name a few. So how can libraries implement practical solutions to help online students overcome the barriers to seeking, accessing, and using information sources when they can’t physically get to the library?
As part of our work at EdLab, Laura Costello and I have explored emerging technologies by prototyping systems and products for the Teachers College community. Presenting the products we have helped to create at the ALA Annual Conference allows us to share our work with the greater library community.
Even as the idea of a library as the main place to find information wanes, the library still serves an important role as a student learning space. To keep up with students’ use patterns, many academic libraries have undergone renovations and space reconfigurations to create group study spaces, cafes, and even classrooms within the library, yet libraries still struggle with managing both crowded and underutilized spaces. How can academic libraries maximize the space available to students, and plan for their needs with the greatest efficiency? To find out, Cha & Kim surveyed 252 diverse students about how they use library space, and how environmental attributes affect their choices—and rather than focusing on levels of student satisfaction with current arrangements, they directly examined the students’ preferences.
Rhizome, an affiliate of the New Museum, isn’t a particularly new organization—it was established in 1996 to support art and technology. Yet as an arts organization founded on the internet and focused on fostering digital culture, Rhizome has been developing quite a few interesting tools and initiatives that help re-think artistic creation, and redefine what it means to create contemporary art within the context of technology and the internet.