From the Florida Times Union: Six library locations would close, a day would be sliced from operations and materials would be cut if the Jacksonville Public Library is forced to find $2.4 million in reductions.
That’s the level of cuts the library would have to make if all city departments had to reduce their budgets by 13.9 percent, as requested by Mayor Alvin Brown’s office.
The library’s board of trustees voted Thursday on a plan that would shutter the Maxville, Brentwood, San Marco, Willowbranch, University Park and Beaches branches.
The closures would result in cutting about 30 positions, said Brenda Simmons-Hutchins, the chair of the library board. Last year the library cut 70 positions. Before those cuts, the library had 281 full-time employees.
Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2013-06-14/story/six-jacksonville-libraries-could-shutter-under-plan-find-24-million-cuts#ixzz2WIu9KCZ4
Jun 1st Posted by rblum 1 comment
In the past, closed captioning was traditionally used for the hard of hearing. It provided a way for them to feel included on the media and messages that were being shared by everyone around them. But as time marched on, people began using it for a variety of reasons.
These days one of the most innovative modes of learning – as well as entertainment – is the online video. More and more teachers are using it to engage with their students. From the teacher’s perspective, it’s easy to shoot and cheap to make. Additionally, it allows instructors to segment their lessons into separate categories (i.e., each video can be about its own topic). For students, they get to use a medium for which they’re already familiar. In short, everybody wins.
But despite video’s popularity, not everyone is a visual learner. Many students still prefer to read text versus watching a video. This is where captioning plays an important role. Companies like Speechpad provide closed captioning services so that everyone can be involved in the lesson plan. By having a text accompaniment to their visual lecture or activity, more students are allowed to participate.
In addition to learning environments, more businesses are turning to video as well. Noting the demand for it in our culture, a company might put a video online to feature one of its main products, or to allow an employee to speak to the consumer, and effectively put a face on the business. Once again, captioning comes into play. By adding a text transcript to the video on a company’s website, they increase the value of their search engine optimization, which helps their rank in online search results.
Libraries, as we knew them five, ten, even fifteen years ago, are dying. But "libraries" will be around in some form as long as people are.
Information collection has been something we've tried to do for years, and libraries have simply been a part of the technological development that's helped us arrive at the information superhighway we have today. Think of the great library of Alexander—one of the supposed great losses of our world. It housed vast amounts of information that we'll never be able to recover. It sounds like a very valuable, lost artifact. But it also sounds like outdated technology.
What was wrong with a library like that was not the fact that it stored a lot of books and papyrus and whatever else they used to read on in the early millennia. It was that it was unrecoverable once deleted. A hard drive is sort of like Library 2.0. It houses all of this information in a compact way, and we can access is with the greatest of ease—already cataloged for us using stock software.
Online learning is moving continually towards management systems that enable educators and students to continually connect through an online portal. Atrixware LMS is an easily updated platform for learning any topic. This integration of intuitiveness and function is what has been continuing to take over learning from the castles of books we’ve grown accustom to.
Our Heads in the Cloud
It's the same technology that goes into ERP software like Dynamics GP 2013—sold by companies like BuyERP. All of a business's functions and processes are stored in one "library" up in the cloud, and it can be accessed through this single software and a good Internet connection. Businesses have even applied this technology to Dynamics CRM 2013 software, which helps to manage the way that we relate to customers, helping businesses to seamlessly manage and catalog relationships and transactions that happen through their businesses.
The good news is that even this will be improved upon. We still miss the social interactions that get taken away from in-person libraries. This is the next step in our technological development. So don't fret. It will never look the same as it used to, but that's just the nature of progress. In the mean time, keep dreaming of what libraries could and should look like, and together we'll step into an exciting new future!