“Librii fills me with almost a giddy anticipation for the future,” she tells Metropolis. “I can’t wait to see the creativity that flows out of Accra when young people are able to share their art and ideas with the rest of the world. Because I’ve backed the Kickstarter project, I’m a subscriber to the first connected library. I’ll get a digital copy of whatever gets created first—a book of advice or a collection of children’s stories. The library will encourage and inspire all kinds of creation.” —TED speaker Jane McGonigal “A library revolution, started in part by Jane McGonigal’s TED Talk”
10. Friends by Catherine Thimmesh
9. The LEGO Ideas Book
8. 3-D Human Body
7. Dolphin Tale: A Tale of True Friendship by Emma Ryan
6. WWE Head to Head by Jake Black
5. Guinness World Records 2012
At this year’s TEDxAustin—an annual event that brings together leaders in technology, science, and design—the theme was ‘Fear Less.’ For librarians and educators, this might be our motto. Fear limits possibilities. It keeps us from venturing out on that limb, experimenting, and pushing the boundaries. In a fearful state, we focus on our limitations and the judgment of others, which hampers our ability to do what’s best for kids.What Are You Afraid Of? We Can’t Afford to Hesitate | Project Advocacy”
Critics of the report, such as Jeri Hurd, a high school library media specialist at the Western Academy of Beijing, and Buffy Hamilton, a learning strategist at the Cleveland Public Library, say that the sample is skewed toward parents that are white, relatively young, and well-educated, and so do not represent the general population.Librarians Take Aim at Pew Study on Parents and Libraries | The Digital Shift (via libraryjournal)
“I am interested in the literate practices of many families of diverse backgrounds, not just those who have the cultural/school capital,” Hamilton tweeted, taking the discussion to social media.
“‘It has become more like a cultural space, which is about gathering people, giving people the opportunity to encounter each other…It’s not really about just being a repository of books.’” -architect Enrique Norten in “A Place to Hang Out (Read, Too)”
The Donnell Library Center in New York City is being replaced with a $20 million library that is much smaller and has the digital age in mind.
(the rendering above is from The New York Time’s story.)