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Libraries of the future [cartoon]

Libraries of the future [cartoon] | Information Science | Scoop.it
Tom Gauld has created a new fantastic cartoon. This time we can see how he imagines the library of the future.

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Karen du Toit's curator insight, February 19, 2013 7:08 AM

Library of the future!

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Are we meeting the needs of student users in academic libraries? | American Libraries Magazine

Are we meeting the needs of student users in academic libraries? | American Libraries Magazine | Information Science | Scoop.it
- “Meeting the Needs of Student Users in Academic Libraries: Reaching Across the Great Divide,” published by Chandos Publishing and available through ALA Neal-Schuman, takes an honest look at learning commons in academic libraries and discusses what is working and what is not.

To evaluate their findings, authors Michele Crump and LeiLani Freund examine the measurement tools that libraries have used to evaluate usage and satisfaction, including contemporary anthropological studies that provide a more detailed view of students’ approach to research. They take a candid look at these redesigns and ask if improvements have lived up to expectations of increased service and user satisfaction. Including many actual survey questions and answers, this book will help academic librarians and administrators provide better services to student users.

 

Book available here: http://www.neal-schuman.com/mtnos


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, February 5, 2013 2:46 AM

Good to read to enhance services, especially in academic libraries

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20 websites para descargar miles y miles de libros gratis, muchos en español.-

20 websites para descargar miles y miles de libros gratis, muchos en español.- | Information Science | Scoop.it

Música, películas, series de TV, libros son cosas que hoy en día se pueden conseguir gratuitamente en Internet y no estoy hablando de piratear, estoy hablando de todo el contenido que podemos descargar gratuitamente y en forma legal.

Claro que muchas veces no encontramos lo que queremos y debemos de pagar por ello o conformarnos con las alternativas que tenemos y hoy en día hay muchas alternativas.

Ahora es el turno de los libros gratis y para ello les traigo una lista de 20 sitios web para descargar miles y miles de libros gratis. Los sitios son en inglés, pero muchos de los libros que poseen están escritos en español.


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10 questions about books, libraries, librarians, and schools, by Scott McLeod

10 questions about books, libraries, librarians, and schools, by Scott McLeod | Information Science | Scoop.it

BY SCOTT MCLEOD:

"October apparently was ‘Library Month’ for me. I was the keynote speaker for the Minnesota MEMO conference and did a breakout session for the Iowa Library Association (ILA) conference. I also brought Dr. Mike Eisenberg to Iowa for three days to talk with school administrators about technology and information literacy. As a result, I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on books, reading, and the future of libraries and librarians…"

"Random questions

What constitutes a “book” these days? When books become electronic and thus become searchable, hyperlinkable, more accessible to readers with disabilities, and able to embed audio, video, and interactive maps and graphics, at what point do they stop becoming “books” and start becoming something else?"...


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Vintage Ads for Libraries and Reading

Vintage Ads for Libraries and Reading | Information Science | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova:

"Curating eclectic interestingness from culture's collective brain"

 

"Delightfully colorful and brimming with endearingly bad copywriting, these mid-century gems exude the same charming literary enthusiasm we’ve previously seen in the reading PSA posters of the WPA era"


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The Human Touch: Public Libraries in the 21st Century | The BookShed

The Human Touch: Public Libraries in the 21st Century | The BookShed | Information Science | Scoop.it

Submitted by Patricia J Delois:

RT @sallyheroes: "It appears that the number one thing patrons use the library for is (prepare yourself) books": http://t.co/CEiQTtdC via @JustinLibrarian...

 

"[...] surprised they would select books when they have so many other things to choose from. I imagine he’s even more surprised to learn that something else patrons rate highly is personal interaction with the staff. I don’t know who designed the survey, but it couldn’t have been the director. It wouldn’t have occurred to him to put “human interaction” on the list of things patrons might value. He’s all about technology.

No one disputes that technology has improved the library experience for the patron. You can search the catalog from home and access our subscribed databases. You can place your own holds, request your own interlibrary loan materials, download books to your own devices.

The library is working towards self-checkout, presumably so you can conduct all your library business without ever having to interact with the staff. This must sound like a dream-come-true for the director, who hates to interact with the library staff, but for patrons, there’s more to the library than just the delivery of materials. They like human contact."


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Copyright for Librarians - the essential handbook

Copyright for Librarians - the essential handbook | Information Science | Scoop.it

Copyright for Librarians" (CFL) is an online open curriculum on copyright law that was developed jointly with Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

The goal is to provide librarians in developing and transition countries information concerning copyright law. More specifically, it aspires to inform librarians concerning copyright law in general; the aspects of copyright law that most affect libraries; and how librarians in the future could most effectively participate in the processes by which copyright law is interpreted and shaped.

 

Download for free as a pdf:

 

http://www.eifl.net/system/files/201301/cfl_book_download.pdf


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, February 8, 2013 5:03 AM

Great resource for copyright for librarians, available for free as well!

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New publication! The Road to Information Literacy : Librarians as facilitators of learning | IFLA

New publication! The Road to Information Literacy : Librarians as facilitators of learning | IFLA | Information Science | Scoop.it
#pilgf http://t.co/Np3CHmmt Here is the book where article Lonka (2012) about theoretical foundations for engaging learning!

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By Roisin Gwyer, Ruth Stubbings & Graham Walton (Eds.)

Series: IFLA Publications Series 157 
Publisher: Berlin/Munich: De Gruyter Saur, 2012


"Information literacy has been identified as a necessary skill for life, work and citizenship - as well as for academic study - for all of us living in today's information society. This international collection brings together practitioner and research papers from all sectors of information work. It includes case studies and good practice guides, including how librarians and information workers can facilitate information literacy from pre-school children to established researchers, digital literacy and information literacy for citizens."

 

Publisher's link: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/181777?format=G

 

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Βραβείο Αναγνωστών 2012 - Ψηφίστε το μυθιστόρημα που αγαπάτε!

Βραβείο Αναγνωστών 2012  - Ψηφίστε το μυθιστόρημα που αγαπάτε! | Information Science | Scoop.it

Το Εθνικό Κέντρο Βιβλίου (ΕΚΕΒΙ), σε συνεργασία με την ΕΡΤ, ξεκίνησε τη διαδικασία ψηφοφορίας για το Βραβείο Αναγνωστών 2012, δίνοντας την ευκαιρία στο αναγνωστικό κοινό να αναδείξει το αγαπημένο ελληνικό μυθιστόρημα της χρονιάς.


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The Busy Librarian's Guide to Information Literacy in Science and Engineering

The Busy Librarian's Guide to Information Literacy in Science and Engineering | Information Science | Scoop.it

"CRL announces the publication of The Busy Librarian’s Guide to Information Literacy in Science and Engineering, edited by Katherine O’Clair and Jeanne Davidson.

The Busy Librarian’s Guide to Information Literacy in Science and Engineering provides a practical guide for librarians responsible for science, engineering and/or technology information literacy instruction to understand and apply the ACRL Information Literacy Standards for Science and Engineering/Technology into curriculum design and ongoing instruction. Edited by science and engineering librarians Katherine O’Clair and Jeanne Davidson, the book highlights unique needs and challenges for information literacy instruction within science/engineering curricula."


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Top three things when hiring a librarian

Top three things when hiring a librarian | Information Science | Scoop.it
This anonymous interview is with an Academic Librarian who has been a member of a hiring committee and Supervisor at a library with 10-50 staff members.

 

What are the top three things you look for in a candidate?

- Have they done what we’re asking for, or at least have experience in the same area?

- Can they communicate clearly?

- Do they know their stuff or are willing to learn their stuff?"


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