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As Researchers Turn to Google, Libraries Navigate the Messy World of Discovery Tools

As Researchers Turn to Google, Libraries Navigate the Messy World of Discovery Tools | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it
Librarians want to make their content searchable, but they’re wary of commercial software that may skew the results.
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Dick Vestdijk's curator insight, April 25, 2014 8:01 AM

Un-biasing queries for information and subsequent results, is indeed the goal of any librarian in public education. Whatever EBSCO, Ex Libris et al state, searching relevant information is by and large un-automatable. Keyword is curation - an ongoing activity to keep curated academic content useful. ""unlike almost anything that libraries have done before," the rollout of one-stop search tools is "really intentionally trying to change the way people do research," says Michael Levine-Clark"

Sharrock's curator insight, April 29, 2014 10:23 AM

from the article: "Ms. Morse belongs to a group, the Open Discovery Initiative, which unites various players to promote transparency and best practices for discovery tools. In the emerging conversations around this topic, one buzz phrase is "content neutrality." The idea resembles "net neutrality," the notion that network operators shouldn’t block or favor certain content. Proponents of content neutrality argue that discovery providers should have equal access to the information needed to surface content in the search tools’ results. That information includes things like the full text of journal articles and the "metadata" that describe the articles, such as the author, subject, journal title and publication date."

nickcarman's curator insight, May 1, 2014 12:21 AM

Library customers prefer simplicity. They either don't the time or the inclination to master the ins and outs of various databases.  I can see the appeal of a simple search interface.

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TWIL #108: Richard Watson (The Bookends Scenarios)

Going from sssst to pssstt in libraries, the extinction timeline, scenario planning and the library as a place to find yourself. This and much more in this week’s…
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Training the 21st Century Library Leader | Educopia Institute

Training the 21st Century Library Leader | Educopia Institute | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it
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I need to check this Library Leader Report out.

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BlendKit2014 - Becoming a Blended Learning Designer MOOC | Canvas Network

BlendKit2014 - Becoming a Blended Learning Designer MOOC | Canvas Network | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it

 The goal of BlendKit2014 is to provide assistance to faculty and instructional designers in developing and designing blended learning courses through (1) a consideration of key issues related to blended learning and (2) practical step-by-step guidance in producing materials for a blended course (e.g., developing design documents, creating content pages, and receiving peer review feedback at one's own institution).

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Infographic: Thun Library Weekly Study Room Use | Infogram

Infographic: Thun Library Weekly Study Room Use | Infogram | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it
Find out student use of study rooms at the Berks Thun Library
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ARL Strategic Thinking & Design | Association of Research Libraries (ARL)

ARL Strategic Thinking & Design | Association of Research Libraries (ARL) | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it
The October 2012 ARL Fall Forum opened with a rousing ovation for this talk by John Seely Brown: “Changing How We Think about and Lead Change” (PDF).
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Five Ways that 21st and 20th Century Learning Will Differ | Inside Higher Ed

Five Ways that 21st and 20th Century Learning Will Differ | Inside Higher Ed | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it

How will teaching and learning in the early 21st century differ from its 20th century predecessor? Some shifts are already well underway. 

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Several of these trends will be impacted by OERs.

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Environmental Scan of OERs, MOOCs, and Libraries

Environmental Scan of OERs, MOOCs, and Libraries | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it

"ACRL is pleased to announce the release of “Environmental Scan of OERs, MOOCs, and Libraries: What Effectiveness and Sustainability Means for Libraries’ Impact on Open Education,” a research report by Carmen Kazakoff-Lane. Kazakoff-Lane."

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Libraries of the Future: Creating Learner Centered Collections

This is the presentation I gave for The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries online 2013.
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The change from an environment of information scarcity to over abundance fundamentally challenges the ability of the library to select, create, organize, and facilitate access to resources that advance intellectual discovery and information literacy/lifelong learning skills. So we need to be forward thinking and mindful of how our services evolve to solve the problems and challenges this new environment creates for our faculty, staff, and students.

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Sue Osborne's curator insight, February 20, 2014 5:20 PM

Some interesting thinking points here...

Tracy Shaw's curator insight, February 20, 2014 5:53 PM

This is the direction we are headed - 

Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 8, 2014 1:07 AM

A good presentation reinforcing the point that libraries need to consider creating learner centred collections - to enhance engagement and interactivity.

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Coherence at Scale and the Research Library of the Future (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Coherence at Scale and the Research Library of the Future (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it

Elliott Shore is Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). With this issue of EDUCAUSE Review, he begins a one-year term as Editor of the E-Content department.

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Great piece!

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Open Textbooks Could Help Students Financially and Academically – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Open Textbooks Could Help Students Financially and Academically – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it
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Perhaps, there is a role for the library to play in working with faculty to identify and provide access to high qaulity Open Textbooks.

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Handbook for Interactive Open Educational Resources

This video shows the benefits interactive open educational resources (OERs) can have on student learning.
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This video is an example of how mashable/remixable and shareable online technologies enable everyone to create high quality multimedia content quickly and easily using webbased/browser tech. I created this for my new book. It took me only about 30 min. using several websites, one of which I had never used before. I will be sharing this tech. trend at ALA Midwinter this Sunday for LITA's Top Tech Trends.

 

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Interactive Open Educational Resources

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Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup

Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it
An educator's guide to open educational resources (OER), including online repositories, curriculum-sharing websites, sources for lesson plans and activities, and open textbooks.
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5 Ways to Follow EdTech Trends

5 Ways to Follow EdTech Trends | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it
Because the field of educational technology is so dynamic, following edtech trends can sometimes feels like an exercise in futility. Keeping up on all the cool tools out there is not a necessity fo...
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5 simple tips to keep up with educational technology tools - Amanda was our latest guest speaker on the Blended Librarian see: http://blendedlibrarian.learningtimes.net/


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American Library Association to host invitational summit | Libraries From Now On: Imagining the Future

American Library Association to host invitational summit | Libraries From Now On:  Imagining the Future | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it
The American Library Association is hosting an invitational Summit, Libraries From Now On: Imagining the Future, May 2 and 3, 2014 at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Keynote speakers include: Dr. Stephen Dubner, Joel Garreau, Dr. Renu Khator, Thomas Frey.
The Summit will serve as a “kickoff” to the planned Center for the Future of Libraries.
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What’s Going on in Your Commons - apps, web tools, multimedia projects...

What’s Going on in Your Commons - apps, web tools, multimedia projects... | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it
Apps: Touchcast: http://www.touchcast.com/ Example: http://www.touchcast.com/actinup/school_librarians_in_between# : to view the next link, use google chrome if using windows: http://www.touchcast.com/researcher/bd3a5e2f67 Jing: http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html http://screencast.com/t/dFFY5tY8 Text is Beautiful: http://textisbeautiful.net/ Electric Slide: http://www.electricslide.net/ Haiku Deck: http://www.haikudeck.com/ Presefy: https://presefy.com/#/landing Slide Shark: https://www.slideshark.com/ Increasing IPADS Usability for Digital Literacy for Unrepresented Communites ( hearing impaired/ deaf community) http://tinyurl.com/lf7zdlt Powtoon: http://tinyurl.com/kpkbsc8 - promo Professor Word : http://tinyurl.com/lcts6sx - promo Contact:Moorefield-Lang, Heather (hmlang@vt.edu); Monena hall monenah@vt.edu; Lindley Shedd lcshedd@ua.edu
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The Future of Librarianship: A Blended Perspective Apr. 10 Webinar | Blended Librarian

The Future of Librarianship: A Blended Perspective Apr. 10 Webinar | Blended Librarian | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it

Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 3:00-4:00pm Eastern 


The library profession is in the midst of a paradigm shift, thanks to technology and its impact on literacy and learning. With it have come new leadership roles for librarians, roles that require knowledge and skills not traditionally taught in library school programs. Blended librarianship is one way to embrace these new roles. Join Amanda Hovious as she discusses her journey toward becoming blended, and her perspective on what librarianship will look like in the (not too distant) future.

John Shank's insight:

This is a free webcast but registration is required. We are integrating digital badges into community for recognition, contributions, and participation. Feel free to spread the word.

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monique broekaert's curator insight, March 20, 2014 2:42 AM

Need to see the slides from this

Suvi Morales's curator insight, March 27, 2014 8:51 AM

Librarians need to be more accessible to the community.

John Shank's comment, May 2, 2014 4:25 PM
All, the recording of the webcast is now available at http://blendedlibrarian.learningtimes.net/hovious-shares-perspective-on-future-librarianship-at-spring-bl-webcast/#.U2P_MvldVcF
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Trends & Issues - in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, & Learning Sciences

Trends & Issues - in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, & Learning Sciences | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it
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What Matters to Academic-Library Directors? Information Literacy – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

What Matters to Academic-Library Directors? Information Literacy – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it

Whether they work at a big research university, a small four-year college, or something in between, academic-library directors share a “resounding dedication” to teaching information literacy to undergraduates. 


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Abstract — Council on Library and Information Resources

Abstract — Council on Library and Information Resources | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it

This report looks at how staff at eight academic institutions gained new insight about how students and faculty use their libraries, and how the staff are using these findings to improve library technologies, space, and services.

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The OER Discovery Role for Libraries

The OER Discovery Role for Libraries | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it

Click here to vote.

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1 Second Survey on the role of libraries in the discovery of OERs.

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Karen du Toit's curator insight, February 24, 2014 6:14 AM

Vote on the role of libraries in the discovery of quality open educational resources! 

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NMC Voice :: February 2014 - YouTube

Hi everyone, welcome to the latest edition of the NMC Voice. 

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We will be getting the "One Button Studio" for our media commons @ the Thun library this semester and we can't wait - watch this video to see why.

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Top Tech Trends | ALA Midwinter 2014 - The Digital Shift

Top Tech Trends | ALA Midwinter 2014 - The Digital Shift | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it

Codes of conduct were listed among the leading current trends during the annual LITA Top Tech Trends panel, along with digital forensics, open content & OERs, next steps in social media, and more.

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Alexina's curator insight, February 13, 2014 10:36 AM

Things that caught my attention:

1. “Hashtags are now part of the system for Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter." I didn't realize Facebook has hashtags.

2. Encourage event attendees to use hashtags and “Afterward, you can create something using Storify to pull together all of the comments [and photos] about your event into one story."

3. "...last August, the Getty Museum released 4,600 images as open content, and that there have been similar releases from the Walters Art Museum, the British Library, and other cultural heritage agencies. Along with the images, associated metadata has been released as open content...". I know about this and I love what these institutions are doing.

4. "...open textbooks aren’t just offering students a way to save money. The digital format enables faculty to present content in new ways, by embedding video, podcast, apps, or interactive content such as quizzes."

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Design Does Matter

Design Does Matter | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it
I bought my first computer back in 1984. It was one of the first models of, the iconic today, ZX Spectrum. A home computer that probably launched the revolution of personal computing in Europe (alo...
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Design impacts both technology and Instruction - when the two are combined the impact is magnified.

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Libraries in the Time of MOOCs (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Libraries in the Time of MOOCs (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it
EDUCAUSE Review Online
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One of the most read articles for Educause Review for the year. 

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, January 17, 2014 1:37 AM
Libraries in the Time of MOOCs 
Olga Kudriavtseva 's curator insight, January 20, 2014 3:27 PM

 

MOOCs and Library Resources

For libraries, the new MOOC frontier calls not only for mitigating copyright risk and advocating for new services but also for establishing the grounds for network access. Most institutions are not equipped with the technology infrastructure to manage a MOOC, said Dames, which entails thousands of people pulling or streaming multimedia assets concurrently.

Similarly, MOOCs will require drawing up a new licensing model that gives a huge national and overseas market access to library resources. Typically, libraries give walk-in patrons access to resources but restrict remote resource access to users affiliated with the college or university. This model works reasonably well when there is a known population; with MOOCs, this option is not viable.

One model that might work is an opt-in model for both patrons and vendors. Some MOOC students might take courses without ever using library electronic resources, but students who would like access to those resources could opt for a premium service at an additional charge. With this model, there would be a combination of fixed costs to opt in to the service, plus a per item charge (article or chapter). Operationally, signing up for library service could be part of the course registration process, with the MOOCs provider passing ID information to the library. On the library side, patrons taking MOOC courses exclusively would be segmented from the main patron file. Setting up an authentication schema (such as EZ Proxy) would distinguish MOOC patrons logging in remotely from traditional students and faculty. In addition, having an Internet Protocol (IP) range set aside for the MOOC student would also allow institutions to restrict the amount or speed of downloads.

Segmenting the MOOC students would also let librarians monitor MOOC usage separately from the main university usage and would help ensure that pirates aren't downloading the entire database. Vendors — including database companies, publishers, and aggregators — will be particularly concerned to ensure that access to their licensed database is really controlled and that the marginal revenue from additional users is worth the risk. Using a distinct authentication scheme for the MOOC students will also let institutions put in place more effective security features. For example, additional measures might include a system that prevents access from two or more geographically disparate areas more or less simultaneously. Restricting access to a specific device would be another possibility.

For vendors willing to experiment with access to the library as an opt-in service, only those MOOC students who agreed to pay the premium would have access to vendor-provided resources. With revenue coming in commensurate with usage for this category of students, vendors might come to view this as an additional revenue stream that's worth the extra risk.