World Poetry Day is a United Nations holiday celebrated on March 21 every year. It was officially founded by UNESCO in 1999. Its purpose is to promote the reading, writing, publishing, and teaching of poetry throughout the world. One of the main objectives of the day is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities. April is also Academy of American Poets National Poetry Month, which is celebrated in both the U.S. and Canada.
Understanding and using metadata is one of most basic literacy skills in the information age. Metadata is information about information. The subject line of an email is metadata. A simple file name for a document is metadata. The contents and index of a book are metadata. It makes me restless when I see my patrons not using metadata effectively. This restlessness is a skill that can be taught. I do that every day at my public library job. You can, too.
Libraries are a lynchpin for national, state, and local digital inclusion efforts — particularly our 16,500+ public library locations across the country. Mobile Beacon's report Creating Opportunity Through Connectivity (PDF), as well as research on rural library hotspot lending in At the Edges of the National Digital Platform, provide evidence of this critical library role and the need for affordable, mobile, and uncapped Internet service to empower all people to fully participate in our digital world.
Not enough time to post on social media? Unsure of who to delegate your social media tasks to at your library? Don't worry, you're far from alone — and we have the data to prove it.
TechSoup and WebJunction got together last fall to present an excellent webinar series on libraries and social media. Our intent was to help you develop your library's social media strategy. We wanted to demystify the best practices in social media so you could keep patrons and library staff engaged, develop measurable goals, and cultivate new readers and learners.
Immigrants are such a hot-button issue these days that we decided to search for a library that does excellent work to serve these specialized patrons. The U.S. immigrant population is roughly one in six people. Canada is having an immigration spike as well, and the Halifax Public Libraries in Nova Scotia are doing good work to serve them.
Public libraries are houses of stories, so they are the perfect venue for people to learn to share their own personal stories in audio form. These skills are not difficult to acquire, and people often have an expanded sense of self after their own audio stories are published online. The following tips might help your library walk down the audio storytelling path.