How Libraries can Build Communities with Minecraft

How Libraries can Build Communities with Minecraft http://yalsa.ala.org/blog/2017/12/14/how-libraries-can-build-communities-with-minecraft/ “On Thursday afternoons, in the heart of the Beacon Hill Library in Seattle, you might find an animated group of youth on laptops designing parkour courses, rendering torch lit dungeons or co-constructing capture the flag arenas—all in Minecraft, the popular world-building game. To some, this scene might seem somewhat out of place in a library: Aren’t video games and lively teen banter fundamentally at odds with an institution whose core identity markers are books and silence? Not according to Juan Rubio, the Digital Media and Learning Program Manager for the Seattle Public Library (SPL). “This is how they begin to build a bond and affiliation with the library,” explains Rubio. “I want to create learning opportunities while keeping the environment fun and playful—and Minecraft is a good transition in that direction.” Creating teen-friendly zones and activities is part of a widespread movement by libraries to become dynamic hubs that engage the community in a broad range of services and events.” Read more: http://yalsa.ala.org/blog/2017/12/14/how-libraries-can-build-communities-with-minecraft/  ...

The annual meeting of the Canada Learning Bond (CLB) Champions’ Network

Hello, You are invited to attend the annual meeting of the Canada Learning Bond (CLB) Champions’ Network. Did you know there are over 1.81 million children from low-income families in Canada that could be receiving up to $2,000 in a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) to help them pay for their education after high-school; but, are currently not receiving the money they may be entitled to?   As an organization providing services to Canadians, you have a role to play in helping promote the Canada Learning Bond; one of two education savings incentives offered by the Government of Canada to help low-income Canadians save for the post-secondary education of a child. The CLB Champions’ Network is a group of community service providers, financial institutions, government departments and agencies, and other community-based organizations working together to promote the benefits of saving early for the post-secondary education in RESPs, and to raise awareness of education savings incentives to help Canada build savings in an RESP. Held in Toronto, ON, at the Novotel Hotel, on February 6-7, 2018, the theme for this year’s meeting will be: Engagement, Innovation and Learning. Find out how you can get involved in promoting the CLB. Connect with other groups and organizations working in area. Learn innovative approaches to promoting the CLB among low-income Canadians, Indigenous families, and those living in rural or remote communities. Speakers include: Dr. Gary Bloch, family physician with St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and Assistant Professor with the Department of Community and Family Medicine, University of Toronto. Dr. Bloch is an advocate, educator and researcher on issues related to poverty and health,...

How Libraries Can Save Lives

  “Many people visit their local library to borrow books, periodicals, movies, and music. But not everyone who visits a library is on a mission to find a good book to fill the time. Libraries serve as vital community hubs and play significant roles in community-based efforts such as health literacy – a sizable proportion of Americans visit the library for health guidance. Unfortunately, many librarians and administrators are unfamiliar with the health resources available to serve patrons. The Library’s Role in Health Literacy According to a 2010 study, 37 percent of library users, including 57 percent of seniors living in poverty, used public library computers to seek health information.  In 2015, the Pew Research Center conducted a survey of Americans ages 16 and older on the role libraries play in their lives and in their communities. Nearly 75 percent of the respondents said that libraries are helpful when it comes to seeking information on healthcare. Libraries helped “a lot” for learning about healthcare information for 43 percent of those ages 65 and older and 44 percent of those whose annual household income is $30,000 or below. Why Health Literacy Matters . . .”...

Making a Difference: The economic and social impact of National Museums Liverpool

National Museums Liverpool (UK) launched it’s social and economic impact report, with the following findings: “While a number of national museums have reported drops in their visitor figures, National Museums Liverpool has quadrupled its visitor numbers by 360% since 2000, and is bucking the trend with an 11% increase in 2016, as 3 million people passed through the doors of the group’s eight museums and galleries.” “The report also revealed that the organisation contributes more than 1,200 jobs locally, and supported the local economy further in 2015/16 by spending £5m on suppliers in the North West and £2m in the Liverpool City Region.” “In 2015/16, more than a third of visitors came from within the Liverpool City Region, and 67% of local visitors made repeat visits. The report also highlighted that 77% more schoolchildren are visiting Liverpool’s museums and galleries than in 2004, and the 163,000 that visited in 2015/16, came from 75% of all Liverpool City Region schools.” The report, “Making a Difference: The economic and social impact of National Museums Liverpool (pdf) is available at the National Museums Liverpool web...

ORION Not-for-Profit Broadband Network Annual Review

The 12 days of stats ALFONSO LICATACEO, ORION December 21, 2017 As we wrap up our 2017 year and reflect on reaching our 15th anniversary, we are proud of the many milestones we have achieved in our work of empowering Ontario’s innovation economy. Inspired by the celebratory spirit of the holiday season, we’re borrowing from the tradition of the 12 Days of Christmas carol to share our top 12 statistics of 2017. These stats reflect our key activities and our impact in providing seamless digital infrastructure that is critical to supporting research, education and innovation activity in Ontario. 1 ORION is the one and only high-speed fibre optic network dedicated to supporting innovation in Ontario 2 million, 110 Number of Ontario researchers, educators & innovators we support, and number of ORION-connected institutions in education, health care, culture, research & computing 6,000 km Geographical range of our community network $1.1 million Value of investments we’ve made in our network infrastructure since 2016 221% Increase in total bandwidth use since 2012 67% Growth in the number of our connected institutions since 2006 50,000 Virtual classrooms we can operate on our network at one time 237 Participants at our 2017 THINK conference on using digital infrastructure to drive our innovation economy 8 Ontario universities & colleges supported by our chief information security officer $4.4 billion Impact of ORION community members’ research on Ontario’s GDP 142,000 Research-related jobs that depend on ORION 7 Ontario ministries whose mandates we support: Advanced Education and Skills Development Health and Long-Term Care Economic Development and Growth Education Infrastructure Research, Innovation and Science Northern Development and Mines  ...