In Brief: Librarians make frequent reference to “the traditional library” yet there is no accepted definition of the term. Responding to a debate that began at the 2013 ACRL National Conference, the author presents the results of a literature survey that explores the rhetorical usage and meaning of the phrase. Results indicate that the “traditional library” is commonly defined as a physical space emphasizing physical collections, and is often invoked as a counterpoint to the “modern” or “digital” library. A discussion of the potential value of such rhetoric follows.
Information Literacy Infographic Presenting information, data, or library instruction content, in appealing and innovative formats offers librarians opportunities to engage students and library users in services, resources, and ...
Transaction log analyses are common practice to understand user behavior in both online databases and library catalogues. While there has been significant work done in each of these domains, there is little work comparing user queries between library catalogues and online resources. In this paper we report on an exploratory comparison between searches performed via the same interface in three different search systems: a library catalogue, an online research database, and Google Scholar.
Library search systems are always used in a specific context. Library customers use traditional OPACs/catalogues and more modern discovery tools to find information about a specific subject, for a specific project or course, etc. There are two context related problems with using traditional catalogues:
If libraries are only about paper books, they're doomed. E-books beat the paper variety in almost every way. An entire library of some 3,000 electronic books can be packed into a device the size of one slim volume. Don't know the meaning of a word? Touch it and get a complete dictionary definition. Have trouble reading small print? Make it appear in a larger font, or listen to the audio version. Looking for a new book? Check out suggestions based on previous favorites, sample reader reviews or search for a favorite author. Today, e-books can even be lent or borrowed.
If libraries are only about research, they're also doomed. Now, some 5 exabytes of data are produced every two days, according to Google's Eric Schmidt. That's equivalent to the amount of data produced in the entire history of human beings up until 2003. Only a tiny portion of that data is available in public libraries, but with powerful search engines, the Internet will deliver the answers to nearly any research question, as well as enable copying or downloading such items as handwritten diaries of Civil War soldiers, passenger lists of immigrants who landed at Ellis Island, auto repair manuals, historical photos or holiday videos made by family members. Free cut, paste and print at home beats feeding quarters into the library copy machine.
But libraries are not just about books and research, said Louis Zacharilla. "Around the world, libraries drive economic development, support entrepreneurs in Vietnam, provide vital health information in Nepal and Kenya, and help citizens to be engaged, informed and involved in Honduras and Romania. The 21st-century library is no longer just about books or solely a place for kids."
Zacharilla, Intelligent Community Forum co-founder and Digital Communities contributor, just returned from an international conference on the future of libraries in Mexico City.
He said a 2012 survey of more than 7,000 libraries in the U.S. revealed that key library services now include computer training, electronic job search skills, how to access online databases and how to deal with e-government. In addition, in more than 60 percent of communities, libraries are the only source of free public access to computers, according to the survey.
By Jill Hurst-Wahl, Associate Professor of Practice/Director of the Library &; Information Science &; School Media Programs at Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool) on Sep 20, 2013
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The proliferation of mobile apps for smartphones has changed the ways we search for and access information. With a surge in the number of mobile customers, librarians can harness the full potential of these apps to provide innovative, value-added reference services, deliver content, and enhance library programming. In this fun and highly interactive presentation, speakers discuss 50 great apps for Android and Apple devices to help you stay organized, be productive, juggle multiple tasks, and quickly find the information you want. Learn how and where to find the best apps to use at work, at home, or even on the road.
It is widely accepted among librarians and library students that instruction in information literacy is a necessary skill for professional librarians. Instruction has become an ever-larger part of a librarian's job, supplementing and ...
Blended Librarianship and Blended Librarian Presentation Overview based on the article Shank, John D., and Steven Bell. “Blended Librarianship.” Reference & User Services Quarterly 51, no. 2 (2011): 105-110.
Public library assists in career search DesMoinesRegister.com Individuals in the market for a job might want to start with a visit to the Des Moines Public Library — not necessarily as a place to work, but as a place to find employment elsewhere.
Here are the 10 library terms for high school students:
1 – Abstract - a brief summary of a book or article. Quickly reading an abstract will help you decide if you would like to get the full article or book.
2 – Bibliography - a list of books, articles, and other materials that are cited by the source you are looking at. Also known as a works cited list, or a references list.
3 – Call Number - Each book in our library has a call number–a series of numbers and letters that help you locate the book. When searching for a book in the library’s catalog, remember to write down or print out the call number. Call numbers are organized by subject, so books on the same topic will be shelved next to one another.
4 – Catalog - the online system that lists all of the books, media, and other materials in our library’s collection. To search the catalog, click on the the Books & Media tab on the Cofrin Library homepage.
5 – Citation - brief information about a source, such as a book or article. It usually lists the author, title of the book (or name of the magazine, journal or newspaper), title of the article (if applicable), publication date or year, pages numbers (if applicable), and publisher (if applicable).
6 – Database - a collection of articles from newspapers, magazines, and journals. To search for articles in Cofrin Library’s databases, use the Articles tab on the Cofrin Library homepage or click on the Databases by Subject link.
7 – Find-It button – When searching in the library’s databases for articles, you will often see the “Find It” button. If the article is not available in full-text in the database, you can click on the “Find It” button to see if the article is available online in a different database, or order a copy of it for free through our interlibrary loan service.
8 – Full-Text - When searching in the library’s database for articles, you will often see a link that says “full text” (sometimes marked as PDF Full Text or HTML Full Text). This means that the article is available online in the database. Clicking on the “full text” link will take you to the article where you can read it on your computer, print it out, download it, or email it to yourself. If the article is not available in “full text,” you can click on the Find-It button.
9 – Peer Reviewed - A scholarly material based on original research. It is often a scholarly journal article. Not a magazine or newspaper article. It is a material that is written by an expert in a field (e.g., doctor, scientist, professor). Generally, peer reviewed materials are fairly lengthy and text-heavy. Peer Reviewed materials always cite their sources, so you will usually see a bibliography with it. Sometimes, peer reviewed materials are referred to as: scholarly, academic, or refereed.
10 – Stacks - This is the area where the books are shelved. In Cofrin Library, the book stacks are on the 5th and 6th floors of the library. Books with call numbers A-P are shelved on the 6th floor. Books with call numbers Q-Z are shelved on the 5th floor.
Disaster Recovery, Going Green, Protecting Privacy: How We Do Librarianship American Libraries In other words, what remains critical is understanding and conveying the importance of information literacy, a key element of library service in today's...