88% of librarians think that social media will become more important in the future Do you agree? How has social media impacted your library? Do you think it’s a worthwhile investment of time, or an unnecessary distraction? To investigate exactly how libraries are
using social media today and gain some insight into what the future might hold, Taylor & Francis have released a new white paper which uncovers some interesting discoveries.
While such a high proportion of librarians view social media as becoming an increasingly prevalent form of communication, only a small number are formally managing their output – with only 25% of librarians scheduling posts in advance.
Social media has the potential to facilitate closer relationships between libraries and their patrons, but the way social media tools are selected and used in libraries is ever changing as digital and social climates continue to evolve.
Looking for inspiration on how to develop your library’s social media presence further? Take a look at the new white paper to see how your library’s social media accounts compare to those of the 600 librarians who took part in our research worldwide.
Recently we were able to connect with an awesome nonprofit organization called ProjectArt. Based in New York City, ProjectArt partners with NYC branch libraries to bring high-quality arts education programs to youth across the city. With their focus on innovation and cost-effectiveness, ProjectArt is one of those “dream partners” libraries everywhere wish for! We encourage you to explore their website and learn more about their efforts. ~ Laura
The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) , a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) honored the winners of the 2014 Library Interior Design Awards at ALA’s annual conference held in Las Vegas in June. Over 200 entries were reviewed, and many of this year’s 19 winners have a vibrant and functional design that takes into consideration that libraries are more than ever a gathering space for their community.
here is library technology heading in the next few years? What are the emerging tools and technologies that we should be paying attention to, in order to be ready when the time is right to adopt them? Those are the questions contributors to The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Knowwere asked to address.
Read on for a description of some of the technologies included in the book and what they mean for libraries.
Augmented reality, discovery, large-scale text, open hardware
When I first started writing and talking about marketing libraries, I was very keen to see libraries adopt the strategies and idioms of business. Libraries were being threatened by massive corporations like Google, Wikipedia and Amazon, whose function or output was for a lot of people a perfectly acceptable replacement for what libraries offered. So we needed to fight back, and market ourselves aggressively - just because we weren't chasing profits didn't mean we shouldn't be chasing customers.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 3:30pm-5:00pm MAIN LECTURE HALL HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE Sponsored by the Harold F. Johnson Library Libraries can enable curricular innovation by providing content, services and technologies that serve the entire institution. In addition, libraries continue to serve as a cultural hub of the institution, reflecting the college’s culture, celebrating creativity and art, and welcoming all to interact in a marketplace of ideas.
Joan K. Lippincott is the Associate Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), a joint program of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and EDUCAUSE. At CNI, Joan has provided leadership for programs in teaching and learning, assessment, learning spaces, and collaboration among professional groups...
The following post was written in collaboration with Andrew Preater. We are often presented with two choices within librarianship: a forward-thinking approach and a supposedly old-fashioned approach. These are sometimes characterised as progressive and conservative positions respectively. We argue, however, that this is a mis-characterisation and, in fact, the forward-thinking approach could be best described as conservative.
When considering what is progressive and what is conservative we need to consider our context. We exist in an environment that increasingly focuses on market fundamentalism as the default approach, and assumes markets as the most efficient path to provide solutions, drive progress, and ensure the most equitable outcome for all. Indeed, market fundamentalists argue that where there is a fault, it is due to a failure to make our economic system truly market-oriented. We see this for example in the way the cause of the current economic crisis is presented as rooted in public spending, rather than the failure of free market economics.
For us, this raises a question: what is progressive? Slotting in comfortably with the market consensus, the status quo, or embarking on a path that is visionary and alternative? Surely if we are to ponder what constitutes forward-thinking, we would want to consider alternatives that are original, distinct, and even radical?
"all libraries (really librarians in all contexts) serve a community, be that a community of citizens, students, faculty, lawyers or what have you. There is more that binds librarians together than separates them. That said, I have heard of a special set of concerns surrounding public libraries recently and it got me thinking. The conclusions I’ve come to, I believe, relate to libraries and librarians in just about every setting. But let me start with public libraries.
The two big concerns I’ve heard about are “what happens when public libraries are the last civic service agency standing,” and “as libraries expand services to include everything from tax help to maker spaces, how am I supposed to know it all?!” These two concerns are related.
The next book you read could change your life…it just has to find you first. With the physical spaces devoted to the browsing and inquiry of books becoming rarer and rarer, it’s hard to know where to go and who to ask to find the next great book to read. Quality book reviews and book recommendati...
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