Category Archives: Library

Libraries in Times of Change

This week I had an opportunity to catch up with Huron Heights SS librarian Lauraleen Reoch for a conversation about leveraging libraries in a 1 to 1 environment.

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Lauraleen shares her observations in this audio interview.

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Resources:

The Huron Heights  library web site 

Follow  HHSS Library on  Twitter

Related Posts:

Learning spaces
Planning for  change
Future Orienting Libraries

~Mark
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Shifting Perspectives on Libraries

I stopped at the Starbucks at King & University this morning on the way to see  Carlo Fusco  at Waterloo CI to consult regarding his library project.  As I entered, I happened to notice the striking view change that (literally) just one step made.

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One step, a small step, can strikingly change your perspective.  Have a listen to Carlo’s perspective on library change.

~Mark

WRDSB Libraries on the Go

Our new library system at WRDSB comes mobile ready.  The free  ILS  app (iOS and Android) is easy to download and set up.  iOS users should note that the iPhone version of the app is also used on the iPad so the search settings in the app store may need adjusting to locate that app on an iPad.

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Once the app is downloaded, launch it, choose the Waterloo Region District School Board from the school board list. Next,   press the  ‘choose library’ icon to select your school library and set it as the default.

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As an example,  I choose the  Huron Heights SS  library and set it to my default library.

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This is a sample search result based on “world war 2”.

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Now you are ready for searching on the go. Happy inquiring!

~Mark

iPad iBook iRead

I began my day by reading @dougpete‘s blog post about David Warlick‘s new book, A Gardener’s Approach to Learning. Based on Doug’s comments about the book, I thought I would enjoy reading it too. The book is available in a print version as well as a downloadable pdf file. Immediately, I started to think about reading the publication on my iPad, so the buy online and read now process was appealing.

This was an easy decision – get the book now, enjoy reading it and take advantage of the opportunity to read on my iPad and learn something new today. I visited Lulu’s online publishing site, updated my credit card credentials, made my purchase and downloaded the file. Next, I used Calibre ebook management software to convert the downloaded file to the epub format. After attaching my iPad to my laptop I chose the ‘send to device’ option in the Calibre software to send the file to the iBooks app on my iPad and presto – my new book is ready to read on the go.

I look forward to reading David’s new book, perhaps sitting on the back porch later today.

Related Resources:

The Gardener’s Approach to Learning wiki
Sharing with David Warlick

~ Mark