Early literacy findings: quality matters too

“quality interactions involving words — the use of shared symbols (“Look, a dog!”); rituals (“Want a bottle after your bath?”); and “conversational fluency (“Yes, that is a bus!”) — were a far better predictor of language skills at age 3 than any other factor, including the quantity of words a child heard”-

Quality of Words, Not Quantity, Is Crucial to Language Skills, Study Finds

Creating our Future: Reimagining Public Libraries

3 Key library assets: People, place & platform: “The platform is the most valuable asset, Garmer said, describing it as a set of resources and tools the library offers to the community that can be programmed in any way users see fit. It cannot be predetermined by those creating it (the library). She cited makerspaces as a prime example. The library makes materials available and sees how the community uses them; now the library can curate that which is created for use by the rest of the community.”

Reimagining Public Libraries | American Libraries Magazine

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Living a literary life

In order to be really good as a librarian, everything counts toward your work, every play you go see, every concert you hear, every trip you take, everything you read, everything you know. I don’t know of another occupation like that. The more you know, the better you’re going to be.

-Allen Smith

(more about Allen Smith here: http://philobiblos.blogspot.com/2008/08/only-good.html)

5 Ways Libraries Cultivate Community Art

“rtist” broadly in order to communicate that point: to us, an artist is any person who uses creative tools to make new things. We think creativity – like information –should be accessible to everyone in a community, and that the library is the perfect democratic space to make that happen.“

5 Ways Libraries Cultivate Community Art

Librarians with personal commitment, a “code,” do not play follow the leader. They do not take orders as hacks, apologists, or nitpickers. Their responsibility is not to any power structure at all, but to the patron and to the profession. True professionalism implies evolution, if not revolution; those who “profess” a calling have certain goals and standards for improving existence, which necessarily means moving, shaking, transforming it.