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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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"...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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The Library's Future Is Not an Open Book

The Library's Future Is Not an Open Book | Information Science | Scoop.it
A look at how America's central libraries are struggling to adapt their forms and functions to a rapidly changing world (RT @WSJ: The future of libraries isn't an open book.

 

By JULIE V. IOVINE:

"The relevance of these gloriously inflated book boxes is being questioned in an age that looks to the Internet for its intellectual resources."


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, May 15, 2013 8:15 AM

The changing library challenged by a constantly changing environement. The goal posts are moving the whole time!

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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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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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America’s most beautiful college libraries

America’s most beautiful college libraries | Information Science | Scoop.it
With concerts, art exhibits and cafes, these buildings inspire more than just study sessions.

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Karen du Toit's curator insight, January 22, 2013 6:20 AM

Inspirational college library buildings!

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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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Libraries and Their Landscapes - Library Journal

Libraries and Their Landscapes - Library Journal | Information Science | Scoop.it
Cicero was suggesting a garden in the library, where he could spend his time in a natural setting, reading, writing, and conversing with his colleagues. This ancient idea can also apply to contemporary thinking about libraries and their landscapes. How do we thoughtfully place a library in the landscape? And how can we create outdoor spaces that work in concert with the library interior?

When a new public library is planned, it is not only the design that must be considered. The placement of the building in its setting (its landscape) and the design of the landscape together with the building are fundamental parts of the planning process. Unfortunately, architectural endeavors sometimes focus almost exclusively on the building itself. How the building might relate to its setting is often an afterthought. As a result, important opportunities to enhance both the building and its site are overlooked.
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Karen du Toit's curator insight, December 12, 2012 7:19 AM

The use of landscape when designing and developing a public library > various examples are shown!

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ALA Chapters Issue Joint Statement on E-Content Pricing | American Libraries Magazine

ALA Chapters Issue Joint Statement on E-Content Pricing | American Libraries Magazine | Information Science | Scoop.it
American Libraries Magazine, the magazine of the American Library Association, delivers news and information about the library community.

 

Submitted by George Eberhart:


"A majority of the 57 state and regional chapters of the American Library Association have signed a joint statement in opposition to the practices of publishers and distributors that have established unfair pricing in the sale of ebooks to libraries.

ALA President Maureen Sullivan commented, “This joint statement underscores how critical this issue is for the public. Librarians across the country daily face questions from their readers about why access to ebooks is restricted. ALA fully supports this grassroots effort.”

So far, 33 ALA chapters (see list below) have signed on to the statement, and Indiana Library Federation Executive Director Susan Akers expects that a few more will join in the next few weeks."

 

List here: http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/inside-scoop/ala-chapters-issue-joint-statement-e-content-pricing

 


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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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Judge Says Fair Use Protects Universities in Book-Scanning Project | Threat Level | Wired.com

Judge Says Fair Use Protects Universities in Book-Scanning Project | Threat Level | Wired.com | Information Science | Scoop.it

"A federal judge on Wednesday threw out a copyright infringement lawsuit against universities that participated in a massive book-digitization project in conjunction with Google without permission from rights holders.

U.S. District Judge Harold Baer of New York dismissed an infringement lawsuit brought by the Authors Guild and other writers’ guilds, saying the universities had a fair use defense. The guild accused the University of California, University of Wisconsin, Indiana University, Cornell University and University of Michigan of wanton copyright infringement for scanning and placing the books into the so-called HathiTrust Digital Library.

The trust consists of 10 million digital volumes, 73 percent of which are protected by copyright. The trust provides full-text searches only with a rights holder’s permission, and gives full-text access for readers with “certified print disabilities,” Baer said."


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Digital Library at Bucharest Metro Station - QR codes

Digital Library at Bucharest Metro Station - QR codes | Information Science | Scoop.it

"Just scan the QR code to read the book!" 

 

Fantastic!


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Library and Information History - timeline

Library and Information History - timeline | Information Science | Scoop.it
A timeline of libraries and information history including technologies, epic events and just cool things you didn't know before.

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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."

 

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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 future of libraries: what the Guardian online debate found

The future of libraries: what the Guardian online debate found | Information Science | Scoop.it

By Ian Anstice:

"The Guardian held one of its online debates on libraries today. The discussion between several library experts (managers, campaigners, councillors) and anyone contributing online. Around 200 comments were made so it’s a little condfusing: I’ve endeavoured to summarise below, although doubtless I have missed some things which some would consider important. Main threads and arguments.

Are libraries declining due to technological change? Libraries are still needed, in some ways more than ever: internet/online access essential and libraries provide the access and skills to those without either or both. Seven million have never used the internet. Wikipedia etc don’t cover all information and are prone to deletion, accidental or otherwise and is also not entirely trustworthy anyway.  Libraries provide quiet study spaces.  Children need the books and everyone needs serendipity that bookshelves allow.  Bookstock is declining due to budget cuts.  It’s not black and white – books and e-books will co-exist. Books are still in demand with 244 million loans in England 2011/12,

Read more: http://www.publiclibrariesnews.com/2013/11/the-future-of-libraries-what-the-guardian-online-debate-found.html


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, November 29, 2013 7:40 AM

Main threads and arguments in the discussions! Interesting!

Alexina's curator insight, November 30, 2013 8:00 PM

This is a short summary of an extensive online discussion about public libraries in the UK, but much of the discussion applies to USA libraries too. I like libraries referred to as "Idea stores".

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Beautiful Learning Spaces & libraries

Beautiful Learning Spaces & libraries | Information Science | Scoop.it
@Joe_Mazza Might be helpful. A collection of beautiful learning spaces by @jennzia & I. It includes some libraries http://t.co/6KxTo0o6i0

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Karen du Toit's curator insight, March 5, 2013 3:10 AM

Inspiring learning spaces!

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25 Writers on the Importance of Libraries

25 Writers on the Importance of Libraries | Information Science | Scoop.it

“A library implies an act of faith which generations, still in darkness hid, sign in their night in witness of the dawn." ~ Victor Hugo

 

“Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries." ~ Anne Herbert

 

It was Terry Deary, a known children's writer, who made a controversial statement about libraries: “books aren’t public property.” Deary added, “Authors, booksellers and publishers need to eat. We don’t expect to go to a food library to be fed.” The cranky comments feel like a swift kick in the teeth since libraries around the world are struggling against significant budget cuts each year, and authors have been tirelessly advocating for their importance. We gathered a few passionate statements from 20 writers that emphasize why libraries aren’t "sentimental” institutions. See what Mark Twain, Neil Gaiman, Judy Blume, Ray Bradbury, and other writers have to contribute to the issue on the importance of libraries.


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ΕΡΕΥΝΑ: Οι βιβλιοθήκες στην ψηφιακή εποχή

ΕΡΕΥΝΑ: Οι βιβλιοθήκες στην ψηφιακή εποχή | Information Science | Scoop.it

Οι βιβλιοθήκες, αγαπημένα μέρη των ανθρώπων που λατρεύουν τα βιβλία, αναγκάζονται όπως είναι λογικό να προσαρμοστούν στην νέα ψηφιακή εποχή. Καθώς αλλάζουν οι συνήθειες ανάγνωσης των ανθρώπων, ο τρόπος που βρίσκονται πλέον τα βιβλία, ακόμα και ο τρόπος που διαβάζονται, οι βιβλιοθήκες τρέχουν για να προλάβουν τις εξελίξεις....

 


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University of Nicosia Library's curator insight, January 29, 2013 2:12 AM

Η πολύ ενδιαφέρουσα έρευνα επικεντρώνεται στην Αμερική αλλά μας δίνει στοιχεία που μπορούν να αποτελέσουν οδηγό και για τις δικές μας βιβλιοθήκες.

Μαρία Σκαμπίλη (Maria Skambili)'s curator insight, February 17, 2013 9:49 AM

Η έρευνα αυτή έχει σαν θέμα της τις βιβλιοθήκες στην Αμερική.

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Libraries That Matter | Project for Public Spaces

Libraries That Matter | Project for Public Spaces | Information Science | Scoop.it
By Cynthia Nikitin and Josh Jackson
...new libraries serve as centers of discovery and communication–places where people gather and where information comes alive through teaching and personal interaction. Indeed, to distinguish themselves in a world where Google is well on its way to digitally scanning most of the books ever written, libraries are learning to take advantage of the simple fact that they are centrally located in almost every community. In other words, libraries now see success being linked to their role as public places and destinations.
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Karen du Toit's curator insight, December 18, 2012 4:55 AM

Three libraries that incorporates projects attracting users to their places/spaces:

 

1. Charlotte, North Carolina

Bringing Stories to Life

 

2. Frankfort, Indiana

A Library That Presents Life as a Work of Art

 

3. Santa Fe Springs, California

Learning in the Heart of Town

 

 

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Bringing stories to life.

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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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Phil Bradley's weblog: Libraries, books, ebooks and the future

Phil Bradley's weblog: Libraries, books, ebooks and the future | Information Science | Scoop.it
There's a text version and 2 videos totaling 24 minutes below. There’s a phrase that I use every now and then; “It’s like dancing on quick sand” and never was it more appropriate than right now in respect of the eBook arena.

 

"Let’s look at the latest news. A new low cost eBook reader has been unveiled by txtr, a German eBook retail platform...

 

Oyster, which is a new startup has raised $3 million in order to become the ‘Spotify of books’....

 

HarperCollins is launching a new global publishing system which will provide them with an infrastructure that allows them to maximise it’s catalogue of books, eBooks and apps...

 

The final news item that’s caught my eye, and I assume has also caught yours is that Amazon is going to launch their lending service in the UK by the end of the month..."

 

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"We are at an absolutely pivotal point within both our profession, and within the library service in the UK. I recently talked to an ex-librarian who has since left the profession, and she said ‘I’m glad I got out, we’re finished’. That is so patently not the case it’s painful. This is a superb time to be a professional, or to have a love of libraries, of reading, books and knowledge. This is because we are going to be able to shape the development of all of those things into the future. What we do now is going to set a pattern for the next 50 or 100 years. We just need to believe in the power that the information professionals have, and the key role that libraries play in society. But – and this is a big but, we can only do it if we all work together, because it’s only by holding out our hands to one another in trust that we can help drag ourselves out of the quicksand, rather than push each other under faster."


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What Can Libraries Learn from New User (and Non-User!) E-Reading Data from the Pew Internet - Slideshare Project? | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

"At the Library 2.012 worldwide virtual conference, Pew Internet Research Analyst Kathryn Zickuhr and ALA Program Director Larra Clark will discuss key findings from these reports—including a brand new analysis focused on younger Americans' reading preferences and library use habits. The session also will explore immediate practical implications for U.S. public libraries."

 

Slideshare here: http://www.slideshare.net/PewInternet/what-can-libraries-learn-from-new-user-and-nonuserereading-data-from-the-pew-internet-project

 


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Our fields of action | Libraries Without Borders

Our fields of action | Libraries Without Borders | Information Science | Scoop.it
Libraries without Borders.http://t.co/pvehQqFr...

 

"Libraries Without Borders’ core mission is to expand access to knowledge and information for all. In practice, expanding access to knowledge takes comes through different methods in different regions. Since we are devoted to providing locally-relevant and sustainable solutions, our projects represent the following fields of action."


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m-Libraries Conference keynote presentations- available live online | 24-26th September 2012

“From margin to mainstream: mobile technologies transforming lives and libraries”

 

"Mobile technology has transformed so many aspects of our lives: how we work, how we communicate, how we study and how we play. This conference will explore and share the innovative work carried out in libraries around the world to deliver services and resources to users via mobile and hand-held devices.

The fourth International m-libraries Conference is hosted by The Open University and Athabasca University and it will bring together researchers, educators, technical developers, managers and library professionals to share experience and exchange expertise with colleagues at the cutting edge of mobile use and development and to generate ideas for future developments."


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