Category: Technology


Results of eBook and audiobook polls are in!

Curious about the results of last months eBook and audiobook polls???
Read on…and leave us a comment if you’re surprised, not surprised or just have more to say about new media.

  • 55% of you are not into eBooks – i.e. you’re not interested in them, and you wouldn’t use them even though they are available at the public library.
  • 25% of you own an eBook reader but still like to read paper books.
  • 15% of you would like to own an eReader and would like to see eBooks & eReaders at your public library (guess what? You can see them at your public library…keep reading)
  • 52% of you prefer reading books only and don’t listen to audiobooks
  • 24% of you like to listen to audiobooks and prefer to check them out of your public library (instead of buying them at a store or online)
  • 12% of you haven’t ever listened to an audiobook but are interested in trying them

DID YOU KNOW… Audiobooks and eBooks are available for download through your library website? Just go to http://www.libraryweb.org and click on the Download menu for eBooks, audiobooks and podcasts! Have any questions? Ask your local librarian!

Thanks to all who participated in these polls! Stay tuned for future posts about audiobooks and eBooks.

What’s your eBook personality?

I’ve got a new way to learn!

A friend of mine showed me this website. Its a new way of learning things. They call it “Challenge Based Learning“. It teaches you to use technology and real life experiences to enhance the learning experience.

“Challenge Based Learning is collaborative and hands-on, asking students to work with other students, their teachers, and experts in their communities and around the world to develop deeper knowledge of the subjects students are studying, accept and solve challenges, take action, share their experience, and enter into a global discussion about important issues.”

It looks very cool. I wish we could do stuff like this when I was in high school. I think I would retain a lot more of the information I was supposed to be learning if I could apply it to the real world and how it affected me and my community.

CHECK IT OUT!

Google Science Fair

Google Global Science FairI just read on the Google blog about the Google Global Science Fair, an online science fair for students around the world from the ages of 13-18. This is an opportunity to share your ideas and compete with students from all across the globe. You build and submit your project online. They are allowing teams of up to 3 people, and there are some pretty amazing prizes. Here are the rules, including how to enter. (Note that you must have a parent or guardian’s permission.)

Starting next week, I’m going to be participating in a wiki called Library Day in the Life. Every day next week, I’ll post here about what I’m doing at the library that day. There are other librarians doing it too! How cool is that? So next week, my blog posts will be more about the nitty gritty of being a librarian rather than some of the more obscure posts I usually do. You can check out the wiki here.

I’m hoping that other librarians from the county will post some of the exciting things they’re doing next week, just so that you can get a flavor of how similar and different each library is. Lets see who participates! I know I will! 🙂

What’s your favorite site for…

Free online games? I want to create a list of sites that people most frequently use, but rather than finding stuff on my own, I want sites that you use.

Feel free to just comment below. I hope you do!

Rochester: A City of Quality!

A while ago I found this video about Rochester and, most specifically, Midtown Mall, which was the first indoor mall built in the United States.

Check out the homework help!

Check out our homework help page here. Its a work in progress that should help you out when you need some last minute information and the library is closed. Don’t forget to check out the library databases, which are different from websites because databases have information that have been taken from books. When you look through the articles you can see what source it has come from, who has written it and when it was written.

Teen Tech Week is NEXT WEEK!

I don’t know if your library celebrates Teen Tech Week (I’ve been shamefully neglect) but its a great way to share how you’ve been using technology in artistic ways, not to mention a great reason to come into the library to see what we have to offer besides books. 🙂 We have tons!

  1. audio books for your mp3 player/ipod
  2. audio books called playaways that are self-contained
  3. DVDs
  4. umm… my mind’s a blank now. 🙂
  5. databases that you can use to find articles for your papers
  6. video games you can borrow

What do you think? What kinds of things should we offer or have in the library that we don’t? Librarians, you chime in too!