Leaving paper books behind, Napa’s high school libraries embrace online resources

From Napa Valley Register

” The school library. For decades, it was the go-to source for students looking for books to research a topic or write a paper.Not anymore. Today, the library comes to the students – on their smartphones, iPads, laptops or other tech devices.At Napa Valley Unified School District high schools, libraries have transitioned from a room with four walls to a virtual collection of digital resources including e-books, databases and much more.“We’re bringing libraries to the 21st century,” said Kate MacMillan, coordinator of library services at NVUSD.
Schools and teachers are now educating kids using technology such as smart boards, e-books and shared electronic documents such as Google Docs. That means libraries must follow suit.
“We have to be technologically nimble,” said MacMillan.“Everything has changed,” said Jennifer Baker, NVUSD communications media specialist. “Students don’t need to be physically in the library” to use it, she said. “Our goal now is to get the instruction to bring the library directly to the classroom.”“The need for library services or info is not going to go away,” said MacMillan. “We’re just providing it in a different manner.” Library circulation at NVUSD high schools confirms the trend. The number of printed books checked out has dropped significantly over the past years.”


San Diego Library to Combat ‘Fake News’ with Workshop Series

From Times of San Diego

“The San Diego Public Library announced Monday a series of workshops aimed at helping residents navigate the media landscape in an era of so-called “fake news.”
In the free “Breaking News @ the Library” series, library staff, reporters, editors and academics will offer tips on how to become a citizen journalist, identify trustworthy information sources and identify bias.“Libraries are in the business of not just providing sources of information but helping patrons discern the best sources available,” said Misty Jones, library director. “‘Breaking News @ the Library’ will offer participants a chance to learn about the news cycle, what goes into reporting and how they can make sure they are more discerning of their information sources.”
The first program, “Citizen Journalism” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Shiley Special Events Suite on the ninth floor of the Central Library.”


Lodi Public Library, Ninja Pandas to host local residents at 2018 Global Game Jam

From Lodi News

“On Friday afternoon, a group of game lovers will gather at the Lodi Public Library, ready to get creative. By 5 p.m. Sunday, they’ll have produced games of their own — digital games, board games or anything in between.The library is hosting one of more than 800 sites for the 10th annual Global Game Jam, and everyone who wants to join in the collaborative game-building effort is invited to join the fun.“When you see it, it’s just a neat thing to be able to experience, how people come together and create,” said Clare Bhakta, who is organizing the Lodi part of the event with her husband Jateen Bhakta.The pair lead Ninja Pandas, teaching game-making and coding skills to kids at the library’s Code {STEAM} workshops and summer tech camp. Jateen Bhakta has always wanted to help lead a game jam, Clare said, and it seemed like a great way to get kids and adults alike involved.”


San Carlos library hosts their first S.T.E.A.M. fair

From Scot Scoop

“On January 20, the San Carlos Library held its first-ever S.T.E.A.M. Fair to give the San Carlos community hands-on experience with science. S.T.E.A.M. is an acronym for science and technology interpreted through engineering and the arts, all based in mathematical elements.The fair consisted of seven different activities and were spread out between the upper and lower levels of the library. The first floor held activities such as giant Jenga, 3D printing, and Rigamajig building. A Rigamajig is a building kit consisting of wooden planks, wheels, nuts, bolts, pulleys, and ropes, designed to teach kids to build three-dimensional structures and work collaboratively.The second floor consisted of watercolor painting, button making, and a ukulele petting zoo. At this station, participants could try out one of many ukuleles offered by the library and become more familiar with the instrument.”


Santa Clara City Library’s New Bookmobile is a Library on Wheels

From Santa Clara Weekly

” Hilary Keith, Director of the Santa Clara City Library, was excited to point out the colorful new library cards, bookmarks, and flyers with paper cut outs that can be folded into 3D bookmobiles available at Santa Clara City Library’s new bookmobile. Now making its way around town, the bookmobile is a traveling library intended to serve those who live, work and play in the City of Santa Clara. At the bookmobile, people can check out books, return books, pick up books on hold, pay fines and apply for new library cards.“The bookmobile service provides critical access to books and resources that promote early childhood literacy, will enrich the lives of our seniors and be a gateway for low income residents and new immigrants to a world of reading, learning and information,” said Paul Sims, Assistant City Librarian for the Santa Clara City Library.According to Sims, the bookmobile is 32 feet wide, 11 feet high and under 25,000 pounds. An estimated 2,500 items, including books, DVDs, audio books and materials for all ages, currently sit in the vehicle.”


San Jose : Annual reading program focuses on caregiving

From The Mercury News

” Although caregiving is typically associated with nurses and hospitals, it’s also something that often falls on the shoulders of a mother, father, daughter, son, wife or husband and can affect an entire family.In recognition of such an important responsibility, this year’s theme for the annual Silicon Valley Reads program, “No What What: Caring, Coping, Compassion,” focuses on caregiving.Presented by the Santa Clara County Office of Education, Santa Clara County Library District and San Jose Public Library, this year’s program asks people to think, discuss and share the perspectives of caregivers through multiple free events such as art exhibits, films and panel discussions.The regional program will kick off on Feb. 1 at the Visual & Performing Arts Center at De Anza College in Cupertino and conclude on April 15.“At some point we’ll be a caregiver in our lifetime,” said Nancy Howe, executive director of the Santa Clara County Library District.About 43.5 million Americans are unpaid caregivers who help family or friends with daily living activities and medical tasks, she added.”


SF library may spend $3.6M to replace barcodes with microchips

From San Francisco Examiner

” The San Francisco Public Library plans to spend millions of dollars on installing radio frequency tags in all of its books and other check-out materials, replacing the old bar code system — despite objections from civil liberty groups concerned about privacy.The technological upgrade may be one of the final efforts from City Librarian Luis Herrera — he recently announced his retirement effective next month — and one he had failed to achieve more than a decade ago after funding for a similar proposal was rejected by the Board of Supervisors.The San Francisco Examiner previously reported in December 2016 that Herrera had revived the plan.Now, the revived effort is advancing toward approval. The library’s proposed budget includes $3.6 million over the next two fiscal years to install and operate the radio frequency identification system, or RFID.The San Francisco Public Library Commission will hold a hearing Thursday on the budget proposal. The cost includes adding RFID tags to the library’s entire collection and upgrading the checkout machines and security gates.”