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Sara Thompson

British Library: going beyond books | Culture professionals network | Guardian Professi... - 0 views

  • As this is a new initiative for the library, we're currently talking to as many creative practitioners as possible about how the library can shape services for them. We recently organised mentoring days, focus groups and networking events with partners such as Sheffield Doc/Fest
  • There's been a real buzz around the British Library recently – for the first time in March we held the Spring Festival, a five day celebration of creativity, fashion and design aimed at the creative industries. There was a lot on show, including a spring market, LATE event with 50 artists working in the front hall and a vintage knitting event – over 1,700 people took part.

    There is so much potential for museums, galleries and libraries to think more broadly about how their collections can help and inspire anyone who needs them - whether it's artists, designers, business people or academics.
Sara Thompson

COPE: Create Once, Publish Everywhere - 0 views

  • With the growing need and ability to be portable comes tremendous opportunity for content providers. But it also requires substantial changes to their thinking and their systems. It requires distribution platforms, API’s and other ways to get the content to where it needs to be. But having an API is not enough. In order for content providers to take full advantage of these new platforms, they will need to, first and foremost, embrace one simple philosophy: COPE (Create Once, Publish Everywhere).
    • COPE is really a combination of several other closely related sub-philosophies, including:

      • Build content management systems (CMS), not web publishing tools (WPT)
      • Separate content from display
      • Ensure content modularity
      • Ensure content portability
  • But to truly separate content from display, the content repository needs to also avoid storing “dirty” content. Dirty content is content that contains any presentation layer information embedded in it, including HTML, XML, character encodings, microformats, and any other markup or rich formatting information. This separation is achieved by the two other principles, content modularity and content portability
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  • In my next post, I will go into more detail about NPR’s approach to content modularity and why our approach is more than just data normalization.
    "This guest post comes from Daniel Jacobson, Director of Application Development for NPR. Daniel leads NPR's content management solutions, is the creator of the NPR API and is a frequent contributor to the Inside blog."

    As I look at this beautiful flowchart (beautiful in function) of the NPR web publishing process, I wonder what libraries could learn from this method of information management.  This NPR process is designed to get the content out in a variety of ways, with options for the end user. How are libraries and library systems making this possible for our end users? 
Sara Thompson

Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration - 0 views

    book from at Stanford University

    "Appropriate for designers charged with creating new spaces or anyone interested in revamping an existing space, this guide offers novel and non-obvious strategies for changing surroundings specifically to enhance the ways in which teams and individuals communicate, work, play-and innovate. This work is based on years of classes and programs at the including countless prototypes and iterations with students and spaces."
Sara Thompson

The Touchy-Feely Future Of Technology : NPR - 0 views

  • But the benefits of having iPads in the classroom don't come free. Teachers say you have to invest time into the technology in order to get something out of it, which means much of the iPad's usefulness will depend on the applications both teachers and publishers discover as adoption grows.
  • Four Ways Technology Will Change Our Lives In The Future

    Technology experts Mike McSherry, CEO of Swype, and Bill Buxton make their predictions for where technology will go next.

  • 1. Gesture Technology
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  • 2. Personal Profile Models
  • 3. The Cloud
Sara Thompson

Student Study Space: the entrepreneurial model (my visit to TechPad) - The Ubiquitous L... - 1 views

  • I was fascinated by this concept of a 24 hour, co-working, commons environment, which obviously has some library parallels. And if you know me, then you know that I’ve been obsessed with startup culture lately, so I had to go check it out. At VT we are in the initial stages of renovation planning and so I am absorbing design ideas from everywhere possible— especially non-library environments.
    • Zoning based on needs (meet with clients, meet with team, work alone, etc)
    • Encouragement (see others working, inspires you to want to be successful too)
    • Assistance (on-site metering)
    • Common Experiences (webinars, dining, games)
Sara Thompson

Canada Water library - review | Art and design | The Observer - 0 views

    a new public library in London with an unusual shape

JSTOR Search Widget - 0 views

    Embed a JSTOR search widget into a web page
Sara Thompson

Classroom.NEXT: Engaging Faculty and Students in Learning Space Design | EDUCAUSE - 0 views

    The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Texas Wesleyan University undertook a project to find out what a classroom would look like if it were designed by faculty and students-and then to build that classroom. The goal was to promote innovation in learning space design and to advance instructors' understanding of how classroom design impacts teaching and learning. Classroom.NEXT initiated a campus-wide dialogue on the design of informal and formal learning spaces, and faculty, students, and administrators identified flexibility and interactivity as key attributes to be promoted in all Texas Wesleyan learning spaces. Collaboration, particularly student-faculty collaboration, was a central component of the success of Classroom.NEXT. Faculty participants commented that they learned as much from their students about learning space design and technology as they did from the research.
Sara Thompson

Usability Testing With Card Sorting - 1 views

    Descriptions of different kinds of card sorting, using blank page templates as part of the card sorting process, finding people, and other good tips.
Sara Thompson

IDEO: Big Innovation Lives Right on the Edge of Ridiculous Ideas :: Articles :: The 99 ... - 0 views

    "Most people think that the opposite of play is work (especially in the corporate world) but the opposite is boredom or even depression."
Sara Thompson

Library Terms That Users Understand - 0 views

    "This site is intended to help library web developers decide how to label key resources and services in such a way that most users can understand them well enough to make productive choices. It serves as a clearinghouse of usability test data evaluating t
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