Posted by: Matt Q. McGovern | August 9, 2016

Some library resources to see

I was recently searching for programming libraries (computer code libraries) for work and was happily distracted from my task when I came across the following site. “The Programming Librarian, a website of the American Library Association Public Programs Office.”

The site is for librarians, but I think you will enjoy it if you’re a teacher, community organizer, a parent looking to find (ideas for) activities for children, or just someone interested in finding neat things to do, etc.

Seeing that site influenced the rest of this blog which turned into a public service announcement. šŸ˜‰

I started with a few internet searches and found many organized events in my home town. Activities like these are going on all the time, but it’s good to be reminded of what people are doing. And of course I love the fact that I found it via a library resource. “Finding it at the library” is an expression that I will never tire of.

For convenience, here are some of the links I came across which may prove helpful to anyone interested in seeing what’s new with libraries. These resources are growing and developing all the time. This is for Philadelphia, my home town, though I was originally thinking of a more national website. I haven’t gone through this site yet but it’s a great find. The library servers of the world. “Over 8000 pages from libraries from 146 countries.” Another worldly site. “WorldCat connects you to the collections and services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide.” The search box on the home page looks powerful and merits further exploration (I’m the developer of our search engine at work). I also noticed that there’s a mobile app which I may have to investigate as well. The mobile app for the American Library Association. While it’s for the ALA, it says that all library card carrying members can use it. What I noticed is that it’s available on iPhone, Android, Kindle (nice!), AND Windows Phone. Handling all platforms is impressive.

Lastly, here’s a site showing mobile apps from the Library of Congress you may find interesting.


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