Access, access, access

I’ve been spending the last few weeks setting up new systems for our Learning Commons that will, hopefully, allow users (students and staff) to find resources more easily in our school library c...

Little Brother, the Hypertext Edition

I was thrilled to meet and talk to so many people at the American Association of School Librarians conference in Hartford who were interested in a project that I was working on with a grade 9 English ...

Creation Culture in Libraries

Cross-posted from Hypermarc I have to say that I’ve enjoyed the readings of the past three weeks.  I’d spent a lot of time thinking about how mobile and geolocation technology could apply...

Bloom, Makerspaces and the Learning Commons

I will admit that I feel very guilty when I play with the ideas of media labs, makerspaces, gaming and other “trendy” concepts in the school library.  I mean, come on, if they’re th...

Library UX

crossposted from Hypermarc The question of user experience in a library or any other service organization is not an important issue.  It is the essential issue.  It would not be a stretch to say tha...

Unifying Community Through Conversation

Cross-posted from Hypermarc Preamble I am about to relaunch our school library after what I hope will be a significantly transformative renovation.  The current space is a fairly traditional space do...

Library as Platform & the Respectful Hacker

I’d grown up with online communities, places where the conversation was great but you never got to meet the people you were talking to. And I’d grown up with real-world communities, the people aro...

The Old Farts vs. the Spring Chickens

Cross-posted from Hypermarc I just finished Clay Shirky’s Here Comes Everybody and, while I don’t consider this my typical end of a book type reflection, the last page has resonated with m...

The Myth of the Digital Native

Cross-posted from Hypermarc Bennett, Maton and Kervin do an outstanding job of breaking down the issues surrounding what I’m calling the myth of the digital native in their 2008 paper, The ‘di...