July 15, 2015

In This Issue

Social Media Snapshots is our regular round-up of all the best content from our social media channels, delivered right to your inbox. We encourage you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Instagram, but if you don’t, you can rely on Social Media Snapshots to keep you up to date on developments in technology and libraryland -- here in NJ & around the country -- as well as fun things like photos you can share with your staff and patrons.

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We are well into summer now, recommending beach reads and local activities for the kids. As your patrons & students head down the shore, remind them about summer safety: drowning doesn't look like drowning.

Around NJ

           The red wheelbarrow from the William Carlos Williams poem


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Here’s a book display idea: books that characters in Orange is the New Black are reading! Book Riot has done the work for you with their spoiler-free #OITNB Season 3 Book Round-up. See also: The Books of OITNB Tumblr!

Recommending books ("XYZ was really good!") and good readers' advisory ("based on what you said about XYZ, I think you'd like ABC.") are two totally different things.

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Who will maintain your work after you've moved on to another position? A must-read on collegiality & usability from Meredith Farkas: Future-Proof Your Project.

The City of Los Angeles has partnered with directions app Waze to help Angelenos get around more easily: Waze and the Traffic Panopticon via @newyorker (See the photo below)

Lost Houdini film restored at NYU


This piece in Library Journal proposes that we offer on-demand online training and literal hands-on experience in lieu of formal staff training for all the devices we use in libraries.

“Diversity matters in the maker movement because of how much making is about empowerment,” says Sharona Ginsberg, founder of the MakerBridge Project. The blog and website highlight the many ways in which making can be an inclusive endeavor.

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Copyright First Responders: the superheroes of Harvard University Libraries!

The Digital Public Library of America, Europeana & Creative Commons have collaborated on International Rights Statements to help make it easier for international creators to share their work for others to use, build on and remix.

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The creators of alt+library discuss their innovative programming strategies for twenty- and thirty-somethings at the Sacramento Public Library. Going beyond events and book clubs, alt+library has become a place for young Sacramento newcomers to meet people and engage with their community. (See the image below)

The red wheelbarrow from the William Carlos Williams poem

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After 20 years of service, the Internet Public Library officially shut down on June 30. Drexel University had been managing the IPL, which was merged with the Librarian's Index to the Internet, since 2006. The IPL received almost 8 million visitors a year at its height of usage and a total of more than 166,000 questions from users around the globe.

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Finding better homes for these collections?

Undeniably troubling.
If libraries remain understaffed and under-trained in caring for works of art,
should we instead invest time in finding better homes for these collections?


Deadly Action Park in NJ

A Brief History of New Jersey’s Deadly Action Park via New York Magazine.


Literary Maps

9 Awesome Literary Maps Every Book Lover Needs To See


88th anniversary of an explosion

July marks the 88th anniversary of an explosion that rocked
the Lake Denmark Naval Ammunition Storage Depot in Rockaway Township, NJ,
caused by a summer storm's bolt of lightning.
Read more about this historical event!


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