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Librarian as research: doing research in your day job by Emma Coonan and Jane Secker (workshop write-up)

Librarian as research: doing research in your day job by Emma Coonan and Jane Secker (workshop write-up) | Academic library trends | Scoop.it
Disclaimer: as this training session was offered to University of Cambridge librarians, it may be very Cambridge-centric. However, I think there is a lot you can get from what was discussed anyway!...

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i explore the integration of education, technology, and design in library services. among other things.
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5 Ways Librarians Can Repurpose Their Job Experiences

5 Ways Librarians Can Repurpose Their Job Experiences | Academic library trends | Scoop.it

Here are 5 tips on how librarians can repurpose their job experiences: blogging, creating a workshop, publishing an article, making an online presentation, and speaking at a library conference.

 

Details here: http://oedb.org/blogs/ilibrarian/2013/5-easy-ways-librarians-can-repurpose-their-job-experiences/

 


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An Essential Skill for All Librarians

An Essential Skill for All Librarians | Academic library trends | Scoop.it

"If I can't beat the gurus, sherpas, and assorted sages, I'm going to join them. Today I'm going to tell you, fellow librarians, the most basic, core skill that all of you need, more important than coding, cataloging, database searching, or anything else. It’s a subject barely taught in library schools, and yet mastery of it will do more for your career than just about anything actually taught there. What is librarianship really about? It’s about communication. And where there’s communication, you need rhetoric. ...

 

"Think about all the communication that goes on in libraries every day: phone calls, meetings, emails, IMs, negotiations, reference questions, performance reviews, grant proposals, instruction sessions, research guides, cover letters, job interviews; every one of these interactions is about communication with an audience for a purpose and could benefit from improved rhetorical skill and knowledge of rhetorical theory and techniques.

 

"Before you learn whatever new thing you’re planning to learn, learn rhetoric first. Then practice it for a few years. You’ll thank me later."

 

More here: http://blogs.princeton.edu/librarian/2013/03/essential-skill-all-librarians/


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GIBS Information Centre / GIBSIC's curator insight, April 1, 2013 5:59 AM

Ackn. -" . . .  It’s a subject barely taught in library schools, and yet mastery of it will do more for your career than just about anything actually taught there. What is librarianship really about? It’s about  communication"

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ACRL White Paper Recommends Ways for Academic Libraries to Demonstrate Value

ACRL White Paper Recommends Ways for Academic Libraries to Demonstrate Value | Academic library trends | Scoop.it

Among the top ten trends in academic libraries in 2012, “communicating value” was at the top of the list, as a direct result of the intense pressure academic and research libraries are under to clearly align their priorities with the overarching institution’s goals and also to provide data-driven documentation of the library’s impact.

 

The ACRL's recently released white paper presents five recommendations for librarians to help them demonstrate this value, which is one of the association’s strategic priorities and a necessity in the culture of assessment that has now taken root in postsecondary education. 

 

Read more on these recommendations here:  http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/06/academic-libraries/acrl-white-paper-recommends-ways-for-academic-libraries-to-demonstrate-value/


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From Philosophy to Practice |

From Philosophy to Practice | | Academic library trends | Scoop.it

"No library is an island. Individual libraries do serve their academic institutions, but not just their academic institutions. They serve a greater social good, the creation and dissemination of knowledge. This means that academic libraries have to look toward a greater goal than just supplying their own institutions with information. They must look more broadly, because research is never merely local—it’s an international enterprise."

 

Academic libraries “support a scholarly mission to create better human beings and a better society through the creation of knowledge in all areas.”   This sums up the philosophy of academic librarianship.  But how does this philosophy translate to practice? .

 

In practice, academic libraries are expected to cooperate with each other in projects that extend far beyond their own institutional boundaries, and in making materials available to the public. There is a significant amount of textual and visual material available online because academic libraries are digitizing their special collections, sometimes through grants but often at their own expense.

 

Read more:  http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/11/opinion/peer-to-peer-review/from-philosophy-to-practice-peer-to-peer-review/

 

 


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Library budgets continue to shrink relative to university spending | Inside Higher Ed

Library budgets continue to shrink relative to university spending | Inside Higher Ed | Academic library trends | Scoop.it

"The percentage of university funds allocated to academic libraries shrank for the 14th straight year in 2009, dipping below 2 percent for the first time, according to updated figures from the Association of Research Libraries.


The latest decline, culled from Education Department data for 40 institutions, is part of a decades-long trend that has seen libraries get gradually smaller shares of funding as university budgets have increased overall."

 

 

 


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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, February 5, 2014 5:36 AM

Library budgets continue to shrink relative to university spending

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Libraries: What Are We Doing Here, Anyway? Tying Academic Library Goals to Institutional Mission

This superb article by Janice Cottrell in College & Research Libraries News, describes beginning the process of aligning an institutional library with the institution’s strategic plan. It is definitely worth a read, and you should definitely download its “parent” document, a 2011 report from the Association of College & Research Libraries titled, The Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report (free, PDF download) by Megan Oakleaf. If you work with academic libraries, you cannot overlook this article or the more comprehensive document.

 

"The report emphasizes tying the role of the academic library to institutional mission and outcomes by identifying and understanding the parent institution’s mission and goals; identifying and understanding how the library contributes to these; and communicating that alignment."


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Researching information literacy: from theory to practice

Lecture given at the Department of Information Studies, Aberystwyth University on 25th November 2013 to the postgraduate students.

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Emerald Online Information – IFLA OA articles 2013

Emerald Online Information – IFLA OA articles 2013 | Academic library trends | Scoop.it

The following 32 articles, published in six well-respected Emerald LIS journals, are in Libre Open Access as part of Emerald's "special partnership" with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

 

Under this agreement, papers that have their origins in an IFLA conference or project, have the opportunity to be published in one of Emerald’s LIS journals and become open access nine months after publication. This special partnership takes advantage of the Emerald platform to increase the discoverability of research presented at IFLA events.

 

The open access papers include articles originating from IFLA’s 12th Interlending & Document Supply Conference held in Chicago in 2011, and papers from the World Library and Information Congress held in Puerto Rico in 2011. Also available are 19 papers published in November 2011. In total we have published nearly 50 OA papers since the special partnership was set up in August 2009.

 

Check them out here: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/about/news/ifla-oa-articles-2013.htm

 

 


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How To Become a 21st Century Librarian

How To Become a 21st Century Librarian | Academic library trends | Scoop.it

Before deciding if librarianship is right for you, make sure you understand what today’s librarians do all day. If you want quiet and lots of time to read, think again. Today’s libraries are full of collegial, and sometimes even downright noisy, collaboration, creation, and community activities, and are as much about technology as print on paper.

 

Modern librarians need to be comfortable and conversant with technology, be willing and able to speak in public, and possess people skills and a commitment to lifelong learning, as the profession and the expertise necessary for success are constantly changing.

 

More here: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/03/careers/how-to-become-a-21st-century-librarian/


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Fe Angela M. Verzosa's curator insight, March 22, 2013 12:11 PM

A great eye-opener,,,!

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cybraians, virtual libraries, knowledge centres -  commitment to lifelong learning & support

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Introducing transliteracy

Introducing transliteracy | Academic library trends | Scoop.it

Introducing transliteracy
What does it mean to academic libraries?

 

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http://crln.acrl.org/content/71/10/532.full

 


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2012 Top Ten Trends in Academic Libraries

2012 Top Ten Trends in Academic Libraries | Academic library trends | Scoop.it

The Association of College & Research Libraries continuously scan for trends in academic librarianship and higher education. To do this they attend conferences, review the literature and contact experts in the field. Recently, they held a discussion forum to discuss these trends and come up with the most important trends affecting academic libraries today:  http://www.libfocus.com/2012/09/2012-top-ten-trends-in-academic.html

 

The complete article can be found here: http://crln.acrl.org/content/73/6/311.full

 


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Assessing Campus Libraries

Assessing Campus Libraries | Academic library trends | Scoop.it

Students are satisfied overall with the role academic libraries play in their lives, but more than a third of them do not see the libraries as crucial to their academic success, according to a new survey.

 

The study, conducted by Library Journal, gathered data from 2,516 students at four- and two-year colleges about their opinions and habits in relation to their campus libraries and online library portals.

In many respects libraries fared well.

 

The survey found that more than half (55 percent) of students typically find what they are looking for on a typical visit to either libraries or library portals.

 

“Of notable concern is the decrease in assurance that the academic library helps students understand what is being learned in class and offers unique support,” write the authors of the report, which is not freely available.

 

Read more:  http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/11/30/survey-suggests-students-feel-satisfied-not-escstatic-about-library-services

 


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GIBS Information Centre / GIBSIC's curator insight, March 23, 2013 4:13 AM

libraries - best practice, comparative

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What are the libraries of the future going to look like?  Do we really need them?

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Libraries with a Future: How Are Academic Library Usage and Green Demands Changing Building Designs?

Libraries with a Future: How Are Academic Library Usage and Green Demands Changing Building Designs? | Academic library trends | Scoop.it

Is your library green?  Here's an article on "Libraries with a Future: How Are Academic Library Usage and Green Demands Changing Building Designs?" available for download from College & Research Libraries.

"Support for the modular system of building construction, touted in the second half of the 20th century as the best basis for academic library building design, appears to be waning. A study of “green” libraries in 2008 revealed that not only has energy conservation become important, but that spaces designed for users rather than books have become paramount. The modular system worked particularly well for housing ever-expanding book collections, but collection growth is no longer a practical goal. Users want and need a greater variety of spaces, which purpose-built rooms are better at meeting.  Greenness and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) have become hot features for many new buildings since the turn of the century...".

Read more: http://crl.acrl.org/content/71/4/348.full.pdf+html


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GIBS Information Centre / GIBSIC's curator insight, February 25, 2013 1:50 AM

"A study of “green” libraries in 2008 revealed that not only has energy conservation become important, but that spaces designed for users rather than books have become paramount."