During the week of Sept. 13 to 19, 2015, more than 270 libraries across the U.S. and Canada (and even one from Australia) participated in an aggressive PR campaign to break down negative perceptions and celebrate “the innovation and creativity happening in libraries” today. This is the second year that all types of libraries reached out “to their communities in new and engaging ways,” with the shared event Outside the Lines. Its motto is “Libraries Reintroduced,” and it is “a weeklong celebration to reconnect you with the creativity, technology, discovery and all of the fun and unexpected experiences happening in libraries today—think: 3D printers, ebooks, woodworking classes, personal job search help, laptop checkouts, biz incubators, seed libraries, recording studios … the list goes on.” (Rest of article from Nancy K. Herther at infotoday.com)
Here are some very cool articles on the concept of 360 degree video, which not only creates a surreal optical experience, but can be a very practical, informative tool as well.
As If Berlin Were a Whole Little Earth
By Kathleen Atkins on September 17, 2015 in Wacky Web Week
When German photographer Jonas Ginter dressed up in a crocodile suit and took his 360-degree GoPro camera crew on the road (and river) in Berlin, he created a beguiling little planetary experience for viewers.
If you’ve ever been lucky enough to visit Berlin, you’ll enjoy the resonant pleasures of comparing Ginter’s image of the city with your own. Everyone else can view the video on its own terms. Click below or go to the original YouTube video.
Google has released a new version of Chrome that it claims will make your browser faster and give your laptop battery extra life. Check out the article at CNN Money.
Looking for roundcube webmail? We created a link in the footer of all our pages. Scroll down to to the bottom; you will find it on the right.
From John Pederson - WiscNet Director of Communications
WiscNet is gathering leaders throughout Wisconsin’s schools, libraries, hospitals, and municipalities to explore and share strategies to extend Internet access throughout their communities. We invite you to join us Wednesday, November 4 and Thursday, November 5 at the Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, Wisconsin to move this conversation further.
Over 20 years we’ve collectively spent billions equipping schools, libraries, hospitals, and municipalities with infrastructure to support high school Internet access. How can we leverage our investments for rural and low-income students, patrons, families, citizens in our communities? Dubbed the “homework gap” in our K12 world, the problem isn’t unique to schools. Libraries, hospitals, and municipalities also seek solutions to efficiently and affordably allow people to use their services wherever, whenever. Strategies range from the simple, providing longer hours, to complex, providing community-based wireless.
On November 4 and 5, WiscNet is connecting people and strategies with discussions and demonstrations of a variety of solutions. This event is free and open to anybody that would like to attend. More information, including registration, is available at http://www.wiscnet.net/extending-internet-to-our-communities/. We look forward to seeing you there!
Jean Anderson at SCLS recently posted an article about an interesting new invention out of MIT that is called the Soofa. It is a solar-powered charging bench. Imagine one outside your library!
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