USC Marshall to offer new online master’s in library science

USC Marshall to offer new online master’s in library science
By Amy Blumenthal

To meet the demands of the complex, rapidly changing leadership landscape faced by today’s librarians, USC has announced a new online master’s degree of management in library and information science (MMLIS) to launch in May.

Developed by the USC Libraries in partnership with the USC Marshall School of Business, the MMLIS is one of the first programs in librarianship in the United States to be affiliated with a major business school.

Offering synchronous and asynchronous learning in an entirely online, multimedia environment, the MMLIS will prepare graduates to join the global community of library professionals and assume leadership positions in a variety of academic, corporate, government and not-for-profit settings. Students will be able to complete the degree in approximately two years.

“We have worked closely with our partners at USC Marshall to build a unique program, one that addresses the challenges that face our profession now and that will grow only more urgent and complex for libraries, librarians and library leaders,” said Catherine Quinlan, dean of the USC Libraries. Continue reading

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Future Libraries: Nerve Center of the Community

Ever since the people of ancient Nineveh began storing and classifying their books nearly 3,000 years ago, libraries have been hallowed and largely unchanging bastions of learning. But in the information age, libraries have been caste with a new identity, and the future is evolving into a very different place.
Ten years ago, as the Internet began to take off, many in the tech elite were predicting the death of the public library. What the critics failed to predict, however, was libraries’ stirring ability to reinvent themselves. Much like plants that flourish with good soil, water and sunshine, libraries have actually begun to thrive in our information-rich environment.
Such is their resurgence that today, libraries are going through an age of rebirth. Intent on making them the crown jewels of the community, cities from Vancouver to Prague are investing heavily in public libraries, producing opulent, multi-story structures equipped with cutting-edge technology. From rather hidebound monuments to knowledge laboratories, libraries are now evolving into interactive research and leisure centers. Yet this change, impressive as it is, is only the beginning.
To see how, let’s step through the doorway of a city library in 2029. In the past, libraries housed seemingly endless miles of shelving stacked with finely printed books, but now only a few remain. In much the same way that living creatures adapt to their surrounding environments, libraries have grown into a bidirectional feeding tube connecting the life-giving Continue reading
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New York Public Library adds video games to its film and book discussion groups


his years at the New York Public Library, senior librarian Thomas Knowlton has led discussions about a confounding assortment of topics, from the influence of Ken Loach‘sKes on the films of Krzysztof Kieslowski and the “ecstatic truth” of Werner Herzog‘s movies, to the endless debates surrounding the symbolism of G.K. Chesterton’s metaphysical thriller The Man Who Was Thursday.

Lately if you sit in on one of Knowlton’s Continue reading

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Digital Library in a metro station – Bucharest, Romania

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Teacher Librarians at The Heart of Student Learning

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Announcing: The Shelby White & Leon Levy Information Commons at Brooklyn Public Library

“This is so cool. This is so cool,” the woman keeps repeating, looking around. It’s a little over 24 hours since we opened the Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons at Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), and I’m watching patrons get acclimated to the new space.

Amid all the riches of New York City’s three fantastic public library systems, the Info Commons is the first of its kind– an integrated learning venue with separate sections for individual work, private meetings, and public classes and workshops. It fits in with BPL’s recently-released strategic plan, which emphasizes education and access, among other pillars of service.739930_405059649581006_745500025_o

The Info Commons consists of the main workspace, a training lab, and seven reservable
meeting rooms, one of which is set up as a recording studio for video and audio projects. The workspace offers PC and Mac desktop computers with a number of creative software programs, plus lots and lots of outlets for laptop users. The meeting rooms can be used by patrons for gatherings not limited to study Continue reading

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In a new program, Drexel students can borrow laptops at library kiosk

Drexel University sophomore Hyo Jung Cha needed to listen to audio clips for her Japanese class on Thursday afternoon but didn’t feel like lugging her laptop to the school’s Hagerty Library.
So she decided to use the library’s newest addition – a laptop kiosk. Students swipe their identification card at the 24-hour kiosk and out pops a shiny silver MacBook, which they can use free for up to five hours.

Drexel reports it is the first school in the area to dispense computers via the kiosk, designed to give students access to laptops more easily and after the circulation desk is closed for the night.

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Voyage d’étude aux Pays-Bas du 10 au 25 mai 2013 : une expérience internationale à ne pas manquer

L’EBSI offre à nouveau en 2013 une occasion unique de s’ouvrir vers le monde et d’aller à la rencontre de nouveaux univers professionnels. En collaboration avec différents partenaires, elle organise un voyage d’étude sur les bibliothèques aux Pays-Bas.

Sous la coordination du professeur Réjean Savard, l’EBSI a mis sur pied un séjour professionnel particulièrement riche qui permettra aux participants de se faire une bonne idée de la manière dont sont gérées les bibliothèques aux Pays-Bas, et de découvrir les nouvelles approches utilisées là-bas ces dernières années.

Au programme, une série de bibliothèques publiques et universitaires (en plus de la Bibliothèque nationale) parmi les plus innovatrices du pays qui ont été conseillées par Marian Koren, responsable des relations internationales pour le réseau des bibliothèques publiques néerlandaises. Pour chaque site visité, une rencontre avec des professionnels et des présentations formelles permettront aux participants de bien comprendre les développements de ces bibliothèques ces dernières années et la manière dont les néerlandais appréhendent les enjeux de l’avenir.BPAmsterdam2Bibliothèque publique d’Amsterdam

Le voyage d’étude permettra aux étudiants d’obtenir six crédits de la maîtrise en sciences de l’information à partir des deux cours suivants:SCI6372 Aspects internationaux et comparés et SCI6343E Sujets spéciaux : le modèle néerlandais. Outre les visites et les conférences pendant le voyage, les étudiants devront compléter leur apprentissage par des travaux à réaliser avant et Continue reading

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Automatic street library booths appear in Chengdu

In Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, locals now don’t have to line up at traditional library counters to borrow books. Instead, they can turn to the new street library booths.

In Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, locals now don’t have to line up at traditional library counters to borrow books. Instead, they can turn to the new street library booths.
There are three such booths in the city now – each of which has up to 450 books. The three library booths were put into round-the-clock operation on Monday – this year’s World Book Day. With a Smart card or ID card, locals can borrow and return books from any of the three booths. Many are content with the one-minute process. Local officials say the new library booths aim to promote reading and facilitate those who have little time to go to traditional libraries.

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Pas d’ordi à l’école pour les enfants des cadres de Google ou d’eBay

Le direc­teur tech­nique d’eBay par­tage un point com­mun avec plu­sieurs cadres supé­rieurs de socié­tés de pointe de la Silicon Valley comme Google, Apple, Yahoo et Hewlett-Packard : ils envoient leurs enfants dans une école… sans ordinateurs.
La Waldorf School of the Peninsula est l’une des 160 écoles Waldorf des Etats-Unis, dont 40 en Californie, pour­tant un bas­tion des nou­velles tech­no­lo­gies. La péda­go­gie de cet établis­se­ment repose avant tout sur l’éducation phy­sique et le tra­vail manuel. Il n’y a pas d’écran en classe : seule­ment du papier, des sty­los, des aiguilles à tri­co­ter, par­fois de la terre glaise. De bons vieux tableaux noirs, des pupitres en bois et des ency­clo­pé­dies sur des étagères contri­buent à l’ambiance rétro.
Les par­ti­sans de la péda­go­gie Waldorf estiment que Continue reading

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