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Day Thirteen of the CMLE Summer Fun Library Tour!

You have had “those” days – the days when things keep going wrong, disasters just follow you around, and you get to the point where you just want all the bad things to just stop.

Summertime is filled with fun things, but can still add stress to your life!

The Internet is here to help you!

This is a very low-stress site, easy to use, and will help you to feel better right away: click the Make Everything Okay button, and just wait.

Feel better? Us too!

Check out the tag “Summer Fun Library Tour” on our site to read our entire fun series!


Transforming Teen Services: Making in the Library While Learning to Fail

(From the YALSA blog, by )

“Makerspaces, making, and the maker movement have become frequent conversation topics among librarians. We’ve encouraged making in the library through programming focused on writing, drawing, designing, building, coding, and more. As informal learning and gathering spaces, libraries are by nature situated to invite collaboration and discovery. In many cases, making has been associated with makerspaces — independent spaces that provide tools, materials, and support to youth and adults with an interest in creating (Educause, 2013). Sometimes makerspaces are flexible, subscription-based environments, sometimes they are hosts to structured programs and classes with an attached fee. Some have a technology prominence with 3D printers and laser cutters, while others lend an artistic attention  by supplying sewing machines and design software (Moorefield-Lang, 2015). No two makerspaces are the same, just as no two makers are the same.
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Day Seven of the CMLE Summer Fun Library Tour!

Playing games to learn things is increasingly popular – and what can be better than making learning fun? Good instruction always means reaching out to your learners where they are, and working to connect the information you have to share in a way that speaks to them. Games can be a great tool for this!

In every kind of library, we need to work with our community members to help them build information literacy skills. This just sounds dull on the face of it, so making it fun with a game is a wonderful idea.

Minitex has made this a reality! They have a fun game called Information Fallout, designed to build information literacy skills.

Information Fallout is a narrative-based learning tool designed to introduce information literacy skills to students….[It] sets out six learning objectives for students. These are assessed by a series of multiple choice questions embedded within the narrative. To proceed through the narrative, students must answer those questions correctly.

  • The student will be able to demonstrate that context influences authority.
  • The student will be able to identify an element of the creation process that may be an indicator of quality for school work.
  • The student will be able to assert the importance of citing sources.
  • The student will be able to rank a research topic based on a question as being more effective than one that provides an overview.
  • The student will be able to articulate that scholarship evolves over time.
  • The student will be able to identify one or more reasons why it is important to consult more than one source when conducting research. “

Take a break from your other summertime activities, and play a round or two of this game now! It’s not “just” playing games – you are doing an assessment of a potentially valuable professional resource. If it so happens you are also having fun- that’s not a problem!

Voice, Natural Language Processing, and the Future of Library Experiences

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(From ACRL TechConnect blog, by )

“Is the future of research voice controlled? It might be, because when I originally had the idea for this post my first instinct was to grab my phone and dictate my half-formed ideas into a note, rather than typing it out. Writing things down often makes them seem wrong and not at all what we are trying to say in our heads. (Maybe it’s not so new, since as you may remember Socrates had a similar instinct.) The idea came out of a few different talks at the national Code4Lib conference held in Los Angeles in March of 2017 and a talk given by Chris Bourg. Among these presentations the themes of machine learning, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, voice search, and virtual assistants intersect to give us a vision for what is coming. The future might look like a system that can parse imprecise human language and turn it into an appropriately structured search query in a database or variety of databases, bearing in mind other variables, and return the correct results. Pieces of this exist already, of course, but I suspect over the next few years we will be building or adapting tools to perform these functions. As we do this, we should think about how we can incorporate our values and skills as librarians into these tools along the way.

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Day One of the CMLE Summer Fun Library Tour!

Did you watch Phineas and Ferb? If so, you are already familiar with the concept of having a summer filled with cool things! You only have so long until summer is over, so let’s make the most of it!

While we can not guarantee creating nanobots, giving monkeys showers, surfing tidal waves, or even climbing the Eiffel Tower, we do want to share some fun library facts and ideas.

Look for a daily series of quick posts with library trivia, programs, and models to make us all laugh, or to give everyone ideas you might want to try out this fall! The library field is filled with all sorts of interesting things – and we plan to explore them this summer.

If you have suggestions for fun library things this summer, send them in or post them to the comments below!

What will we have created by the time fall rolls around?? Who knows?? But hopefully we will all have had some library fun!


Day One of the CMLE Summer Library Tour:

Have you had to clean dirty books?? It’s never fun! But check out this machine that does the hard part for you!

The machine is from Italy, and is being used right now at the Boston Public Library!(Check their cute, short video!)