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The once and future librarian

The once and future librarian | Information Science | Scoop.it
I had the pleasure of participating in a Faculty symposium on the future of academic research libraries hosted at McGill University today. The event was live-streamed, and the video is now availabl...

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toraki's curator insight, March 28, 2015 5:02 AM

"...If you want a truly great library, you have to design spaces that emphasize that librarians have expertise in a huge range of areas vital to scholarship and teaching – from data and metadata, to digital preservation, to publishing, to online learning, to software development, text-mining, project management, and yes even reference.

Ensure your library is designed to make library experts visible and accessible to scholars and students. Include in your designs plenty of information and technology rich environments for faculty and students to collaborate with library experts.

My second bit of advice is that you recognize that the best future we can imagine (for higher education or for libraries) is likely to come from more diverse and inclusive conversations than the ones we usually have.

And I mean more diverse along all the usual axes of diversity that we think of – race, class, gender, sexuality; and some that we sometimes forget – conversations that include a range of neurodiversity, and that include people with different physical abilities and disabilities.

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But of course, my whole point is that the future of libraries is about much more than finding the right balance between print and digital; or designing the right kinds of study and collaborative spaces for students — those are important parts of it; but I challenge you to imagine a future library where every scholar and every student has the maximum opportunity to work with experts in the library who bring unique skills and knowledge that could jumpstart new research and transform learning.

I said at the beginning that the future is incredibly fragile, uncertain and nearly unpredictable. But the one thing that I am certain of about the future is that it will be better through radically inclusive collaboration."

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5 Things That People Don’t Realize their Librarians Do #librarians

5 Things That People Don’t Realize their Librarians Do #librarians | Information Science | Scoop.it

- Librarians are teachers.

- Librarians are tech-savvy

- Librarians are advertisers

- Librarians are event planners

- Librarians are researchers


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, July 14, 2014 6:31 AM

good reminder!

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Библиотекари - учителя.  Во многих библиотеках  есть компьютеры, которые библиотекари используют для обучения различных категорий пользователей. Библиотекари   научат как использовать Microsoft Office, как безопасно пользоваться Интернетом, как настроить учетные записи и оставаться в безопасности в социальных медиа , и многое другоеБиблиотекари  - технически продвинутые специалисты.   Мы должны знать, по крайней мере, основы компьютерных технологий. В большинстве случаев, мы знаем больше, и если мы не уверены в  точном ответе , то знаем, как его найти.Библиотекари - рекламодатели.  Библиотеки в основном  сами управляют своими связями с общественностью и рекламой собственных услуг и событий ( обычно почти без бюджета). Библиотекари  пишут пресс-релизы, ведут страницы в соцсетях, налаживают связи, а также создаютсвои собственные логотипы и графический дизайн. Когда дело доходит до графических программ,   библиотекари изучают их самостоятельноБиблиотекари - организаторы мероприятий.  Библиотеки каждый год проводят десятки мероприятий , поэтому  персонал библиотек должен рассчитать бюджет  и план  события,   привлечь  добровольцев или платных ведущих. Библиотекари  планируют   тему мероприятия, ,пишут сценарий, готовят угощение ... . Большинство деталей оформления, обычно, также сделано руками сотрудников библиотеки и т.д и т.п.Библиотекари исследователи.  Библиотекари не только знают, как организовать и найти информацию. Мы знаем, как собирать и анализировать информацию. Мы видим закономерности и может извлечь из них информацию. Например, вы когда-нибудь приходили в библиотеку с просьбой  рекомендовать почитать, что-нибудь такое же интеречное? Если это так, вас, вероятно, спросили о том, какой  тип книг вам нравится, если у вас  любимые авторы,   что привлекло вас в книге (место события, символы, юмор ...) и т.д. Все это были те вопросы,   которые помогли библиотекарю проанализировать ваши  вкусы  в книгах, для того, чтобы   предоставить вам книгу автора, творчество которого вы полюбите.
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Librarians embrace change. See http://entrelib.org/ ;

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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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Six Mistakes the Library Staff Are Making « The Scholarly Kitchen

Six Mistakes the Library Staff Are Making « The Scholarly Kitchen | Information Science | Scoop.it

Rick Anderson:

In a follow-up to the six mistakes sales reps make, here's a list of six mistakes library staff can make. It's a sobering comparison. Continue reading »


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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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Karen du Toit's curator insight, December 3, 2012 6:31 AM

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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10 Ways Libraries Matter in a Digital Age

10 Ways Libraries Matter in a Digital Age | Information Science | Scoop.it

After “10 Reasons Why the Internet is No Substitute for a Library,” a 2001 article in American Libraries, we’ve drafted this list of reasons why libraries matter in a digital age.

 

Accessing the internet is easy, but libraries help people use the internet better.

 

Read the reasons, and add more:  http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/inside-scoop/10-ways-libraries-matter-digital-age


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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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The Library of Congress has announced that they will implement RDA cataloging on March 31, 2013

The Library of Congress has announced that they will implement RDA cataloging on March 31, 2013 | Information Science | Scoop.it

The Library of Congress has announced that they will implement RDA cataloging on March 31, 2013 http://www.rdatoolkit.org/content/364

 

 


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11 Amazing Librarian Tattoos!

11 Amazing Librarian Tattoos! | Information Science | Scoop.it
11 Librarian Tattoos We LoveThere are plenty of literary tattoos out there, and plenty of tattooed librarians. A bit less common are librarians with tattoos celebrating their career choice.

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Library Intelligencer » The Scholar/Librarian Goes Digital: New Times Require New Skills and Aptitudes

IFLA Conference Paper:

 

Gillian M McCombs:

 

"The digital age may well be considered a golden age for Special Collections. Treasures that have long been locked in vaults and available only to researchers onsite are now accessible at the click of a mouse from anywhere in the world. However, for every stunning rare book, photograph or art work that is available electronically, thousands more are still inaccessible. Some libraries have been slow to realize the potential for digital access and have not built the infrastructure needed to put these collections out into the public eye. This paper addresses questions such as: are we hiring the right people for Special Collections; are we retooling current curators so that they are technically adept; are we providing our Special Collections Libraries with necessary resources such as marketing and graphics design staff to develop websites for digital exhibits; have they developed a strategic plan that outlines their long-term goals for incorporating technology; what are the consortial opportunities that will help our Special Collections Libraries; are we working closely enough with library schools and rare book programs to ensure that graduates have the skills, aptitude and attitude that we need?"

source: INFODocket

 

http://conference.ifla.org/sites/default/files/files/papers/wlic2012/87-mccombs-en.pdf

 


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INFORMED LIBRARIAN ONLINE - Building a better librarian

INFORMED LIBRARIAN ONLINE - Building a better librarian | Information Science | Scoop.it
Informed Librarian Online is a current awareness web site and newsletter for all librarians and information professionals covering all of the librarians' professional reading.

 

Building a Better Librarian: Why Your Work as a Librarian Begins LONG Before Your Graduate Program by Courtney E. Jacobs, is directed to those aspiring librarians seeking advice on the perilous journey ahead, as well as to colleagues, supervisors, and mentors of aspiring librarians who seek to offer the same assistance we have all benefited from in the past.

 

Read more here: http://www.informedlibrarian.com/guestForum.cfm?FILE=gf1208.html


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The Key Role of Librarians in Knowledge Management « Legal Current

The Key Role of Librarians in Knowledge Management « Legal Current | Information Science | Scoop.it
The Key Role of Librarians in Knowledge Management http://t.co/lXh0JS6t...

 

Gretchen DeSutter: 

"As firms strive for greater efficiency and delivering greater value to clients, knowledge management system can help firms by streamlining search.

Because of their skill set and experience, librarians are uniquely positioned to help firms get the most out of their knowledge management systems. According to the 2011 ALM Law Librarian "Survey, 57 percent are playing a more active role in KM than three years ago."

In the end, it’s all about placing the right information into the user’s hands at the right time and in the right format. Librarians know how to do that better than anyone, and those skills can make the difference in helping their firms realize the full benefits of knowledge management.

Stop by booth #922 at the AALL National Conference and see what’s new in knowledge management."


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Why and how librarians have to shape the new cloud computing platforms

Why and how librarians have to shape the new cloud computing platforms | Information Science | Scoop.it

Some thoughts about how important it is that librarians participate actively in the shaping of the new cloud-computing platforms which are are emerging from a number of organizations. The main reason for participation as librarians is simply this: to ensure the value of librarianship is contained within, and amplified by new technological foundations.


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e-scriptorum: 2 θέσεις ΠΕ/ΤΕ Βιβλιοθηκονόμων στο Πανεπιστήμιο Αιγαίου (Μυτιλήνη)

e-scriptorum: 2 θέσεις ΠΕ/ΤΕ Βιβλιοθηκονόμων στο Πανεπιστήμιο Αιγαίου (Μυτιλήνη) | Information Science | Scoop.it
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Innovation in Libraries 2012 - 16 sessions on YouTube playlist

Innovation in Libraries 2012 - 16 sessions on YouTube playlist | Information Science | Scoop.it

Innovation in Libraries 2012 was a free post-conference event after LITA Forum, sponsored by OCLC. Held at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Innovation in Libraries 2012 featured 16 sessions and lightning talk presenters--all sharing how their library or organization has done innovative things and found success.


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, February 14, 2013 2:04 AM

Playlist of all the talks on Youtube!

 

Great innovation stories for libraries!

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10 Online Privacy Tips for Librarians - iLibrarian

10 Online Privacy Tips for Librarians - iLibrarian | Information Science | Scoop.it

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Karen du Toit's curator insight, January 30, 2013 5:44 AM

Useful online privacy tips for everyone!

Annemarijs's curator insight, January 30, 2013 8:02 AM

Prima tips hoe je veiliger kunt surfen en bewegen op internet en social media platforms

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Maker Librarian | Making the Future, One Library at a Time

Maker Librarian | Making the Future, One Library at a Time | Information Science | Scoop.it
RT @homeysimpson: new resource for librarians who want to learn about makers, hackerspaces, the participatory library and more: http://t.co/eQshWzOM

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Great resource for maker librarians!
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Academic Librarians Get Graphic - Library Journal

Academic Librarians Get Graphic - Library Journal | Information Science | Scoop.it

By Meredith Schwartz:

"Kansas State University Salina and Kansas Wesleyan University partnered to create a graphic novel that explains how to conduct effective library research. Heidi Blackburn, undergraduate services librarian at Kansas State Salina, and Kate Wise, associate librarian at Kansas Wesleyan, worked with Kansas State Salina student Greg Charland to create storyboards. Blackburn and Wise wrote the instructional portion, and Charland co-wrote and illustrated the result: Legends of the Library Ninjas: A Quest for Knowledge."

 

Comic here: http://issuu.com/libraryninja/docs/legendsofthelibraryninjasthequestforknowledge?mode=window&printButtonEnabled=false&backgroundColor=%23222222

 


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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Teacher-Librarians

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Teacher-Librarians | Information Science | Scoop.it

>A great list of resources for all levels of librarians.

 

"Here's a megalist for my fellow media specialists/teacher-librarians. It's taken a while to gather all the information and I will continue to add to this page. Currently there are close to 185 sites listed. There is SO MUCH information out there! Please feel free to add your suggestions!"


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Voices from the Joint Conference of Librarians of Colour - Library Journal #JCLC2012

Voices from the Joint Conference of Librarians of Colour - Library Journal #JCLC2012 | Information Science | Scoop.it

Voices from the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color Library Journal:


"In honor of the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color 2012 (JCLC), which began yesterday in Kansas City, MO, LJ caught up with Co-Chairs and the Program Chair of the Conference to hear their views on some of the challenges facing librarians of color today. Haipeng Li, University Librarian at the Hong Kong Baptist University, and Janice Rice, Outreach Coordinator for the College Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, chair the conference, while Alanna Aiko Moore, Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies Librarian at the Social Sciences and Humanities Library of University of California, San Diego, serves JCLC Program Chair."

 

[...]

 

Haipeng Li: "The most pressing issue we face today, more than ever, is how we proactively address the needs of our communities, particularly diverse communities we serve and work with. As our societies are changing rapidly, so are our communities and our profession."


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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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Teacher/Librarian Collaboration – From a Teacher's Perspective

The library is one of most the perfect places for “beyond the classroom learning.” It is the place where students are, or should be encouraged to explore other worlds, to develop their imagination, to think about the impossible. This process of inquiry is what makes learning a beautiful thing and this crucial step, “the jewel,” is something commonly missed when teachers plan a new unit of work. Sometimes we fail to go back to the basics. We replace simple words such as “finding out” and “enjoyment” with “success” and “assessment.” Often teachers can forget about the process and cast their eyes only to the outcome.

 


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Curriculum Collaboration

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What can librarians/info pros do for your business? | NKS Info Services

"What can a librarian or information professional by any other name do for your business? Besides the tradtional research, print and electronic collection management, knowledge management, and so on? 

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- publish articles in industry venues that advance recognition of your business and/or issues of importance to you,
- provide data management, data curation, and project management in support of helping you and your business to build on its own knowledge base and/or meet federal agency expectations for research management , if you receive federal funding for said research,
- offer GIS mapping of data and other information visualization skills,
- educate your staff by offering brown bag seminars, webinars, and other events on various timely topics,
- deliver regular industry-related news in various easy-to-digest formats for busy staff and managers,
- add great value to your technology committees or other IT-committees (think of the experience your librarian/info pro has with online research tools, electronic subscriptions, software tools, and the information-seeking needs of your staff),
and so much more!"


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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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7 Must-Read Books on the Future of Information and the Internet

7 Must-Read Books on the Future of Information and the Internet | Information Science | Scoop.it
From retrofuturist media prophecies to the cognitive consequences of mobile-everything.

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