Marin County: Nevada librarians catalog virtual reality in Hack-a-thon

From Elko Daily

“Librarians from two states — joined by volunteers across the country — spent the day Thursday cataloging virtual reality en masse as part of the XRCatalog Hack-a-thon.Nevada participants gathered at the Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records to input the first virtual reality content into WorldCat-OCLC, the world’s largest library catalog.“As a state library, part of our job is to drive continuing education,” said Deputy State Librarian Tammy Westergard. “We’ve convened a group of motivated workers to catalog our virtual reality content, which gives access to libraries around the world.”Libraries across the state have adopted virtual reality programs over the past two years, using one-time funding allocated by the 2017 Nevada Legislature.”

Marin’s Top Librarian Receives National Award

From San Rafael Patch

“The director of the Marin County Free Library has received a national award from the American Library Association.Sara Jones, who has led the 10-branch county-run library system for five years, has won the 2018 Peggy Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children. The award is presented annually to a library administrator who has shown exceptional understanding and support of public library service to children.Jones will be recognized during the American Library Association’s annual conference June 26 in New Orleans.”

Marin County: ESL classes quadruple thanks to school and library collaboration

From The Point Reyes Light

“English as a Second Language classes are set to quadruple in West Marin thanks to a joint effort between Shoreline Unified School District and the Marin County Free Library, which together roped in $26,000 from state adult education funds to hire five new teachers and increase the number of classes. Beginning this week in Point Reyes Station, six free morning and night classes are now offered at the Dance Palace Community Center from Monday through Thursday, with concurrent free child care. The same services will be offered in Tomales in April. Bonny White, West Marin branch manager for the library system, said E.S.L. classes used to only be offered once a week in Tomales and Point Reyes Station. It was a conversation Ms. White had with Bob Raines, Shoreline’s superintendent, in which the two agreed that a language couldn’t be properly learned with just one class a week, that prompted the effort. The pair, with help from the Marin County Adult Education Consortium—a countywide association of school districts, the College of Marin and adult education programs—secured the funds for the current school year. Mr. Raines said they will soon return with another proposal to acquire funds for next year.”

Marin library system offers online diploma, certificate program

From The MarinIJ

” High school diplomas are now available through the Marin County Free Library through a new program called Career Online High School.“We are really excited to offer this opportunity,” said Sara Jones, director of the Marin County Free Library. “People learn in many different ways and this gives another opportunity for an individual to gain important education and a diploma.”Ten Marin residents, ages 19 and older, can take an 18-month course that allows them to earn a credentialed high school diploma and a career certificate.Participants will engage in roughly 10 hours of coursework a week. Any earned high school credits can be transferred over.”

Marin County Free Library Now Offers Online Diploma, Certificate Program

From San Rafael patch

” Want to earn credentialed high school diploma or a career certificate? You can now do so through the Marin County Free Library!The Marin County Free Library recently introduced its Career Online High School, a pilot program supported by the state of California and public libraries statewide.The program enables local residents 19 years old and over to earn a credentialed high school diploma or a career certificate. It is available to library card holders who are willing to dedicate about 10 hours per week on coursework.Applicants must have completed eighth grade and have basic English-language, computer and Internet skills. The average time needed to complete a high school diploma course is one year.“Demographics tell us that Marin has one of the country’s highest education levels per capita, but there are many people here who didn’t have the same opportunities growing up and had to join the workforce as teenagers,” said Damon Hill, library services manager of Marin County Free Library.”

Marin: 3D printer leaves writer, grandkid thunderstruck

From Ross Valley Reporter

“My favorite technological advance has long been the GPS.Eons after I first used one, I’m still astounded each time I do. Including my iPhone version.But suddenly I — a 79-year-old who clearly remembers mimeograph machines — have a new fave, the 3D printer.Leaving me even more thunderstruck.I recently watched an Ultimaker2 at the Marin City Library try to create a tri-dimensional plastic Pegasus after my 9-year-old granddaughter fiddled with this dial and that button.Fiddled, of course, isn’t exactly scientific nomenclature.But it works for me anyway.Since the design she selected was ultra-complicated (and depicted the mythological white stallion partially in flight), the printer couldn’t turn her 2D image into a 3D figurine.She settled for a white owl.But the experience so impressed my also-thunderstruck grandchild, who stays with us in San Anselmo every other weekend, she set up a second appointment — to make a monochromatic, biodegradable thermoplastic polymer bust of her face and shoulders.”

Marin County: Larkspur Library Receives Largest Donation Ever

From Larkspur Patch

” The Marin County Free Library has received its largest single donation ever – over $660,000 — from the family trust of a deceased Marin couple. The Marin County Board of Supervisors formally accepted the trust bequest during its Oct. 25 meeting.The donors are Jan and John E. Zimmer, who lived in the unincorporated Almonte neighborhood near Mill Valley. The Zimmers left 80 percent of their estate, valued at more than $3 million, to be split equally among the Corte Madera Library, the Mill Valley Library and the Larkspur Library.The Mill Valley and Larkspur libraries are operated by those cities, independent of the Marin County Free Library.”