Libraries That Are More Than Just Books

A classmate shared a list of unique items that can be checked out from various libraries across the country.  From fishing poles to camping gear to free passes to state parks and museums. These items show that libraries aren't just for books anymore.  The camping gear and fishing poles are great for family outings.  Seeds…

Cultural History of a Small Town: Safety Harbor’s First Settlers

I did two sites in Safety Harbor, that in my opinion were related, and they were just down the road from one another making a perfect little afternoon outing to learn the history and cultural heritage of the town. Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center 329 Bayshore Blvd Safety Harbor Fl, 34695   Philippe Park…

Florida History: A Review of the Literature

Last week of my class was not only the halfway mark, but focused on Florida history and local history.  We explored several sites and programs.  This is more of a review of the resources available to Floridians to learn about the history and culture of the state than it is a literature review, but I'm…

The Future of Museums: A Review of the Literature

Week three focused on the future of museums.  There wasn't much assigned to read.  Each student was instructed to select an article from a journal entitled Museums and Cultural Policy put out by Museum International to discuss.  We were also asked to explore the Center for the Future of Museums and to read an article…

Gaming in Libraries

Gaming in libraries is a relatively new concept.  Gaming has become increasingly popular over the last 30 years since the introduction of Nintendo in the late '80s.  While I never had a Nintendo, Sony's Play Station, or  a Sega system growing up, I knew several who did.  Video games have become part of our culture,…

Musems Today: A Review of the Literature

The second week we read from Reinventing the Museum: The Evolving Definition on the Paradigm Shift, a collection of essays on museums compiled and edited by Gail Anderson . First up was Anderson's Framework.  The Framework discussed how museums are changing in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Anderson discussed how we can reinvent the…