Social Learning

The Caique Group:

A Library, Information & Media Services Consultancy
Through our knowledge of the “Library” and the “Radio Station,” we will work with you, our potential client, to assess your organizational needs, develop a plan to meet those needs and assist during the implementation of the custom plan.

With The Caique Group, consulting is a professional and personal process.

Let us come together in order to plan for success.


A Caique Group Mantra: Supporting “The Best of The Old and The Best of The New” as we “integrate” solid “Old School” and creative “New School” elements into contemporary and progressive 21st Century agency and organizational paradigms for our clients.


The Caique Group: A Library, Information & Media Services Consultancy

“The Caique Group Cares”

“The Library Beatles Fan Club / {“The Library Scruffs”}


Richard Thau:


Joyce Wemer:




Progressive Library Notes: A library’s first How-To Festival– an experiment in high-intensity community-based interactive learning


Enabling the Research ‘Flow’ and Serendipity in Today’s Digital Library Environment

Today’s library users do not carry pencils and notebooks to a library. They no longer want to be isolated to concentrate on deep study or contemplative reading when they are at a library. Rather, they have the dire need to be connected to the biggest library the human race ever had, the World Wide Web, always and even more so when they are at a library walking through the forest of fascinating knowledge and information. The traditional library space packed with stacks and carrels does not serve today’s library users well whether they are scholars, students, or the public visiting a library for research, study, or leisure reading. As more and more library resources are moved to the fast and convenient realm of the World Wide Web, libraries have been focusing on re-defining the library space. Now, many libraries boast attractive space almost comparable to trendy, comfortable, and vibrant coffee shops. The goal of these new library spaces are fostering communication, the exchange of ideas, and social learning….


To Share or Not To Share

“We share in order to provide access, and to the degree that “sharing” actually means “copying,” it is legally and ethically complicated. To pretend that it involves only a very simple matter of letting libraries be libraries and therefore “share” is, I believe, simpleminded at best and disngenuous at worst. We live in a radically different information world from the one that gave rise to ILL. Instead of resisting that reality, we should embrace it, rejoicing in the ways it allows us to serve our patrons better….”


50 Great Mobile Apps for Libraries

46% of American adults own smart phones. By 2016, 10 billion will be in use worldwide. By the year 2013 there will be 81.4 billion apps. The average download of apps per device is 51. The average time spent on apps per day is 81 minutes. This changes the landscape of our information environment. People are using their smart phones to check local weather, find local businesses, get information, check sports scores, get traffic info, coupons, and info about their local community. Americans are working harder—but on their own time, taking their work home. 80% of people continue to work after leaving the office. 68% check email before 8am in the morning, and 50% of them check their work email while they’re still in bed. Apps have changed the way we search for and access information. The mobile platform is the preferred way to access information on the go. We can integrate information and add value to our work with better and richer content. Most of the apps featured today are free.


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About Joyce Wemer

Joyce Wemer: *Experience working with a wide variety of organizational service entities in the library, informational, and media fields. *Experience with a diverse group of geographically-unique library, information, and media communities nationwide: New England, East Coast, Mid-Atlantic, Mid-West. Core regions of interest: Greater Baltimore-MD/DC/VA; Greater Philadelphia-PA/NJ/DE; Greater New Jersey-New York-New England & The Indiana to West Virginia corridor. Core Professional Region: The Library Community--Maryland. *An experienced library, information, and media services director, manager, practitioner, consultant and business person. *Experience in the Public Library Sector, Academic Library Sector, and in the Special Library Sector. *Experience as a Library Director *Experience as a Library Manager *Experience as a Library Practitioner *Experience as a Library/Research Educator *Experience as a Consultant: Library, Information, Media Sectors/The Caique-Mersey Group *Experience as a Library Advocate *Library Educator •Experience in all aspects of Library and Information services in the public and private sector: Consulting, Library Public Services, Technology, Collection Development, General Administration, Management and Planning, Organization, and Evaluation, Public Relations/Outreach, Programming, Human Resources, Instruction, Library Building Planning, Fundraising, Decision-making ability, Common sense, People skills, Vision, Strategic thinking/planning, Dealing with stress, Customer service, Workplace politics, Cyber-planning, Cultural sensitivity/diversity, Research, Reference, Problem-solving, Multi-tasking, Community and Professional Development, Continuing education. *Event Developer/Programming Coordinator/Trainer *An advocate for “embedded librarianship” in all sectors: Strives to be customer centric and library centric; Strives to focus on the individual library member, small groups and the entire population so served; Can present oneself as both specialist and generalist; Ideally aims for both analysis and synthesis and not simply delivery; Relationship with constituents should be built on trusted advice as well as service delivery. *Experience in community partnership development *Experience in community assessment practices *An advocate of Information Literacy 2.0, Web 2.0, 3.0. *Experience in crisis management: Use the crisis as a catalyst to find efficiencies and overall improvement for the organization *Experience with the Role of the Library Professional and the importance of critical-inquiry skills *A 21st Century Librarian/Library Advocate: a) Creative about finding solutions to address the 21st Century library environment; b) An Entrepreneurial Spirit which enables one to re-invent the library to be something more; c) knowing that Assisting the Customer is paramount as the 21st Century customer is not the 20th Century patron; d) Embraces Technology; e) is Business-Like in demeanor and action as The Librarian is much more than just a librarian. One needs to know how to research, conduct formal assessments, strategically partner, problem solve outside the box, and effectively manage, politic, and lead; and f) the most important operational paradigm is to Meet the Needs of the Communities so Served. *Experience in commercial radio station ownership, broadcasting, business operations. *Experience in community partnership development and economic development *Popular Music / Popular Culture *A 'Beatles Universe' Subject Specialist // The Unofficial Fifth Beatle *Knowledge-base: Public Administration, Music, Popular Culture, Library & Information Science. The Caique~Mersey Group: A Library, Information, Radio, Music, & Business Service Firm Web Link: Richard Thau: Director/Partner Joyce Wemer: Partner PO Box 555 Nottingham, PA 19362 Fostering a Proud Association with The Library Community, The Radio-Broadcasting Community and The Public Service ~ Community Partnership ~ Regional Development Sector: Cornerstones of the Political, Economic and Social Fabric of Society Over 25 years of experience with a diverse group of geographically-unique library, information, and media communities nationwide. Based in Megalopolis on the Mason-Dixon Line, we present a core experience with the Regional Communities of Greater-Philadelphia--PA--NJ--DE & Greater-Baltimore--MD--DC--VA & Greater New York--New Jersey--New England & The IN-KY-OH-WV corridor. The Core: Supporting progressive, creative, flexible and productive "Library Agencies" and "Radio Station/Media Companies" as model mission-driven regional/community-based entities having customer/client focused missions. Whether you are a stand-alone public library or a single radio station or are a larger library system or have multiple radio stations, we focus on each organization’s specific needs. With the The Caique~Mersey Group, we will create a customized action plan to address your individual community or marketplace situation. Public Service: Pro-bono service opportunities available to public libraries and non-profit library/information/media agencies. For millions of Americans, library and radio media outlets have helped open new possibilities for education, workforce development, and civic participation. They are strong community anchors that, together with community organizations create a network of learning and community development within a region. Join with The evolving Caique-Mersey Group in this effort for: Civic/Community Engagement fosters Community Revitalization as libraries, radio stations, and the non-profit sector contributes directly to community well-being. The Vital Role: *These cornerstones of the community are inherently progressive, creative and forward thinking *They play an important role in helping all demographic sectors develop skills *They act as repositories of the accumulated understanding of society and beyond *They exist as an all-important neutral community/regional “gathering place” for the free exchange of ideas, culture, and entertainment *These vital and essential entities help define a community/region, encourage civic pride, and invests residents with a sense of ownership. In addition, they are at the heart and soul of a town, city, county or region and reflect the value residents place on education, culture, quality of life, and freedom. Web Link: The Library Beatles Fan Club / The Library Scruffs ~ The vehicle that brings together people that profess their love for “The World of Libraries” and "The World of Radio" and "The World of Popular Culture" together with that of “The Beatles Universe.” The vehicle that brings together people that profess their love for “The World of Libraries” and "The World of Radio" and "The World of Popular Culture" together with that of “The Beatles Universe.” Through a developing and evolving array of social media platforms, communications, library programs, exhibits, meetings, events, collectibles, music conferences, tours, and the like, The Library Beatles Fan Club: aspires to progressively and creatively promote, develop and grow to meet the rising expectations of its nascent membership base. The Library Beatles Fan Club PO Box 555 Nottingham, PA 19362 A Non-Profit/Public Service Division of: The Caique~Mersey Group {A Library, Information, Radio, Music & Business Services Firm} The Library Beatles Fan Club: The Library Beatles Fan Club/The Library Scruffs [Blog] The Library Beatles Fan Club/The Library Scruffs [FaceBook] Joyce Wemer: Richard Thau:

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