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Theories of Learning. Connectivism: A new type of learning for the digital age

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Theories of Learning. Connectivism: A new type of learning for the digital age


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Hannah du Plessis's curator insight, March 23, 12:58 AM

Put this to the test. Attend one of our one hour online, live and interactive courses, and see if you don't learn better. Visit weteach-it.net for details.

Laura Rosillo's curator insight, March 29, 11:07 PM

Conectivismo: Un nuevo tipo de aprendizaje para la era digital

Clarice Bagrichevsky's curator insight, April 2, 4:30 AM

Interesting.

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Link to the Recording of - Trends, Tools, and Tactics for Better Library Design - A Blended Librarian Webcast

Link to the Recording of - Trends, Tools, and Tactics for Better Library Design - A Blended Librarian Webcast | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it

Elliot Felix of brightspot Strategy, a library design expert, shares his perspectives on the latest trends, tools, and tactics. As the founder and director of brightspot, Elliot has played a major role in the design of the new Hunt Library at North Carolina State University. He also co-conceived and participated in the development of the Learning Space Toolkit. In this webinar, Elliot provided an overview of trends impacting the design and operation of library spaces as well as the services offered within them. He’ll also introduce some tools you can use along with advice on how you can put them into practice.

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Karen du Toit's curator insight, October 15, 2013 5:23 AM

Library architecture - spaces/places!

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Openness to Textbook Alternatives is Growing | From the Bell Tower

Openness to Textbook Alternatives is Growing | From the Bell Tower | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it
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New Roles for New Times: Transforming Liaison Roles in Research Libraries

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Radical Change in Library Assessment Called for by Elliott Shore at Northumbria Conference | Association of Research Libraries® | ARL®

Radical Change in Library Assessment Called for by Elliott Shore at Northumbria Conference | Association of Research Libraries® | ARL® | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it
Elliott Shore, ARL executive director, delivered a clarion call in the opening keynote address at the 10th Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services, held in late July in York, England.
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Here are the slides from his presentation. http://www.libqual.org/documents/LibQual/publications/2013/northumbria-10-shore-keynote.pdf

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 30, 2013 2:07 AM

Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services

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From Stacks to the Web: The Transformation of Academic Library Collecting

From Stacks to the Web: The Transformation of Academic Library Collecting | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it

"The existence of a ubiquitous and cheap worldwide communications
network that increasingly makes documents easily and freely available
will require a transformation of academic library collecting practice."

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Nancy E Radler's curator insight, September 19, 2013 11:18 AM

It seems that things are moving so fast that even as a library student it is hard to keep up. This is an excellent article on collection management.

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The digital age is forcing libraries to change. Here's what that looks like | Washington Post

The digital age is forcing libraries to change. Here's what that looks like | Washington Post | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it

 

You make a beeline from the door to the iPad mini. The touch interface is nice, but you want something a little larger so you move on to the next device. Are you weighing a purchase at an Apple Store? No, you’re trying one of the lineup of devices at the new Digital Commons space at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C.

 

The similarity to an Apple Store is no accident, according to Nicholas Kerelchuk, the manager of the Digital Commons. But at the Digital Commons you can try out e-book readers from all of the major manufacturers, including Kindles, Nooks, and Windows 8 tablets.

 

And the e-book readers are just the start. When the Digital Commons opened in July, it featured a 3-D printer with a smart panel design, on-demand book binding machine, 80 desktops (some of them featuring pricey graphic design suites), rows of tables set up for patrons bringing their own devices, a Skype station, and a vast co-working space the library calls the “Dream Lab.” Could this sprawling space be a glimpse into the future of libraries?

 

Libraries around the country are facing budget cuts as local governments struggle with the aftermath of the recession – and in many cases that means fewer branches or services. But in the recession more people than ever relied on libraries for frugal entertainment options and to search for employment opportunities.

 

However, at the same time, libraries are facing an identity crisis: As the Internet has become the primary way people gather information, the traditional “building filled with books” model is less relevant to their lives.

 

As a result, “libraries are really transforming themselves into technology hubs” says Kathryn Zickuhr, a researcher focusing on how Americans use libraries at the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

 

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Steven Lastres's curator insight, August 15, 2013 6:09 AM

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The real story is that Libraries are transforming themselves into technology hubs.

Karen R. Harker's curator insight, August 18, 2013 12:22 PM

This is nothing new to us, but the fact that it is in the Washington Post (and just after Amazon's Jeff Bezo's bought the venerable press) warrants a "scoop".

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, August 19, 2013 2:09 AM

Digital / Information Commons vital in 21st Century libraries.

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MOOCs and the library: engaging with evolving pedagogy

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CALTER, Mariellen (2013) MOOCs and the library: engaging with evolving pedagogy. Paper presented at: IFLA World Library and Information Congress, 17 - 23 August 2013, Singapore.

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Margaret Driscoll, Learning Organization Librarian's comment, August 15, 2013 8:35 AM
The Hype Cycle could be applied to any learning experience -- the trick may be to soften the trough of disillusionment to speed up the slope of enlightenment.
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The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies

A presentation to the Association of Independent Schools of New South Wales (Australia) ICT Managers Conference 2011.
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7 Things You Should Know About Badges | EDUCAUSE.edu

7 Things You Should Know About Badges | EDUCAUSE.edu | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it

Badges are digital tokens that appear as icons or logos on a web page or other online venue. Awarded by institutions, organizations, groups, or individuals, badges signify accomplishments such as completion of a project, mastery of a skill, or marks of experience. Learners fulfill the issuer-specific criteria to earn the badge by attending classes, passing an exam or review, or completing other activities, and a grantor verifies that the specifications have been met and awards the badge.

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The Blended Librarians Online Community is looking at how badges could be used in our community. We are considering badges for members who suggest and setup webcasts, participate in webcasts, conduct interviews, post summary blogs of webcasts, etc... Do you think earning badges for this type of activity and accomplishment is worthwhile?

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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, July 28, 2013 1:00 PM
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Nine Questions for Evaluating Education Innovation - EdSurge (blog)

Nine Questions for Evaluating Education Innovation - EdSurge (blog) | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it
Nine Questions for Evaluating Education Innovation EdSurge (blog) The work is based on a recent book by Michael Fullan, Stratosphere: Integrating Technology, Pedagogy, and Change Knowledge, which emphasizes that any sustainable efforts to impact...

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"Information Professionals 2050: Educational Possibilities and Pathways" book and IP 2050 video now available | sils.unc.edu

"Information Professionals 2050: Educational Possibilities and Pathways" book and IP 2050 video now available | sils.unc.edu | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it
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Envisioning our profession and the type of values and skills we need in the future.

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Experimentation and Innovation in Libraries: What We Can Learn from...

"Few industries face the kind of disruption that the library industry faces today with e-resources, the Internet, mobile everything, and limited revenues."

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I like their "what is the future of?s" on slide 47. Well done and thought provoking!

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Connected Librarians Day

Connected Librarians Day | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it

This year, as a Library 2.013 pre-conference event, we're holding Connected Librarians Day…

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Some really interesting free webcasts about the library, learnig, and technology. Feel free to share with other interested people.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, October 11, 2013 11:30 AM

This looks really interesting! Can we listen in afterwards I wonder? 

Cindy Rogers's curator insight, October 12, 2013 10:51 AM

As luck would have it, our students are off that day!  (Happy dance)

Layla Abdel Hady's curator insight, November 26, 2013 5:18 AM

Kindle books have their use and advantages in many ways

but i believe one will always want to cudle up with a soft book at home.

Will libraries keep on buying printed books for how long?

Reference, children ill. bks, coffee table books or all bks

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The 2014 Learning Technologies Exhibition

The 2014 Learning Technologies Exhibition | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it
The 2014 Learning and Skills Show. Europe's leading showcase of technology supported workplace learning.
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Connectivism as a Digital Age Learning Theory

George Siemens and Stephen Downes developed a theory for the digital age, called connectivism, denouncing boundaries of behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism. Their proposed learning theory has issued a debate over whether it is a learning theory or instructional theory or merely a pedagogical view.


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Nalya Ovshieva's curator insight, September 27, 2013 11:46 PM

The theory of connectivism as social learning that is networked. The framework for flipped classroom approach.

Eva Ramos's curator insight, September 28, 2013 4:45 PM

I will have to include this in my Learning theories module, perhaps.

Lara N. Madden's curator insight, November 18, 2013 9:43 AM

This might be my new research topic. Very interesting.

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A PARADIGM SHIFT IN THE 21ST CENTURY ACADEMIC LIBRARIES AND

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Looks Interesting but they got the citation wrong on Blended Librarianship: [Re]Envisioning the Role of Librarian as Educator in the Digital Information Age JD Shank, S Bell Reference & User Services Quarterly 51 (2), 105-110

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Blended Librarian | a BadgeOS site

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John Shank's curator insight, September 11, 2013 1:37 PM

A new blended librarian website is born. A lot of work still to do, but gota start somewhere.

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PROMISING PRACTICES IN INSTRUCTIO OF DISCOVERY TOOLS

Libraries are continually changing to meet the needs of users; this includes implementing discovery tools, also referred to as web-scale discovery tools, to make searching library resources easier. Because these tools are so new, it is difficult to establish definitive best practices for teaching these tools; however, promising practices are emerging. A promising practice is “a program, activity, or strategy” that shows early promise for being effective in the long term and generalizable across institutions (Dare Mighty Things, n.d.).

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Library futures: Manchester University

Library futures: Manchester University | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it
The library is not being used less, it's just user needs that are changing, says Janet Wilkinson – so don't forget the wifi
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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, August 14, 2013 6:45 AM

Learning Commons support new ways of Learning. Academic Skills Training in Information Literacy Skills have become vital in this regard.

Carlos Fosca's curator insight, August 17, 2013 8:21 AM

La Universidad de Manchester tiene una de las Bibliotecas de investigación más grandes de Gran Bretaña y la tercera biblioteca académica más grande después de la de Oxford y Cambridge. Les brinda servicio a 40,000 estudiantes y 4,000 académicos. En esta Biblioteca el 85% del presupuesto está destinado a adquirir y distribuir contenidos digitales. Los estudiantes visitan la Biblioteca tanto como antes, pero para requerir servicios diferentes a los tradicionales: espacios para trabajos y reuniones grupales, áreas silenciosas de estudio, zonas de descanso confortables y cafeterías para que puedan permanecer largas horas en el edificio. Los profesores demandan más apoyo en el desarrollo de contenidos digitales, reportes de uso de materiales de aprendizaje, análisis bibliométricos, salas de reuniones para discutir entre pares nuevas estrategias pedagógicas, etc.  

Las Bibliotecas deben ser sobre todo espacios para construir y transferir conocimiento, con el apoyo decisivo de las tecnologías.

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Top Five Takeaways: A Hard PIL to swallow.

Top Five Takeaways: A Hard PIL to swallow. | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it

This is from Project Information Literacy (PIL).

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This is a very hard PIL to swallow for me as an academic librarian - 80% of todays students will not ask a librarian for help. "Houston, we have a problem."

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Paper on how learning objects can be use in library instruction.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, July 30, 2013 9:19 AM

Interesting thoughts on delivering online library instruction! 

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Creating a Library/ LIS Feedback Loop | Office Hours & The User Experience

Creating a Library/ LIS Feedback Loop | Office Hours & The User Experience | Blended Librarianship | Scoop.it

Recent articles from voices in the field of library and information science (LIS) have questioned the value of the MLIS or pointed toward an uncertain and evolving future. 

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XXXII Annual Charleston Conference

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Hyde Park Debate: The Traditional Research Library is Dead

 

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New Librarianship

The best days of librarianship are ahead of us. However, to get there the field must step back, refocus, and reexamine our core principles.
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Great talk by David about the mission of librarians.

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