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How, when, why and with whom do libraries (law and otherwise) collaborate successfully? What can libraries adapt from outside of the library world to further their collaboration efforts?
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Top Five Skills Required for Librarians Today & Tomorrow I LAC Group

Top Five Skills Required for Librarians Today & Tomorrow I LAC Group | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it

Because today’s librarians must be experts in dealing with both physical and digital information, we have identified the Top 5 skills every librarian must have, or develop, in order to succeed now and into the future.


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Grisell Rodriguez's curator insight, September 27, 2013 5:16 PM

yes ''collaborating more actively'' and definitely ''information curation'' because more and more ''volume nd variety of informtion expands'' 

Галина Егорова's curator insight, October 8, 2013 1:10 AM
5 НАВЫКОВ, НЕОБХОДИМЫХ ДЛЯ БИБЛИОТЕКАРЕЙ СЕГОДНЯ И ЗАВТРА
Connie Wise's curator insight, October 17, 2013 3:43 PM

Librarians who adopt these skills will revitalize their careers, increase the visibility and viability of their profession, and become valued as the important information management professionals they are.

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DIKW: Data, Information, Knowledge, Wisdom: Librarians and their skill set

DIKW: Data, Information, Knowledge, Wisdom: Librarians and their skill set | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it

Inna K(o)uper:

CLIR blog has recently posted a piece on re-skilling for librarians by Christa Williford, focusing on digital humanities librarianship. What kind of skills do librarians need in order to be relevant in contemporary research environments? The list can be pretty long, moreover, there might be multiple lists.

Another list was proposed in a report that Christa mentioned, “Re-skilling for research” by Research Libraries UK (RLUK). The report contains results of a series of studies that aimed to map the needs of researchers onto tasks to be undertaken by subject librarians.

The report is long, but the message is the same over and over: librarians’ roles and skills are quite limited and traditional; they do not match the needs. Subject librarians are not involved at the early stages of research that involve conceptualization and planning. Most of the services are still offered in the areas of literature search and information management (how to store and organize everything). Services that are related to data collection, management, analysis and preservation are in their infancy at best.


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A new (to me) verb: re-skilling. Need to mull this one over. Not sure if it's perfect or ridiculous.

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Karen du Toit's curator insight, January 17, 2013 5:21 AM

Thoughts on the re-skilling of librarians! Interesting!

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How to kill a library, By Kitty Pope

How to kill a library, By Kitty Pope | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it

"[...]there are more than a few ways to kill a library.

For example:

√ Stop believing in the libraries mission. Do we really believe in the freedom to read, learn and discover?

√ Spend less time with the board. The ideal public library board would meet 4 times per year and agrees with everything the CEO recommended.

√ Stop talking to your customers. What do they know any way? And on the same topic, stop consulting staff. It is a huge time waster.

√ Don’t worry about the future and how you will get there. Sustainability is not an issue with which libraries need to be concerned. After all, we’ve have survived for hundreds of years.

√ Stop telling the library story. Everyone has heard our story.

√ Accept that the library building is old and you don’t need to keep renovating, painting, and updating it. It is what it is.

√ Accept that just like instant coffee killed the coffee bean, the e-book will kill the printed book.

√ Stop promoting the product; everyone knows about literacy and lifelong learning.

√ Stop empowering staff, and stop training them. They should come to us fully trained.

√ Stop all this talk about innovation. It just makes for more work.

√ And, for heaven’s sake, stop changing the rules and our traditions. It’s annoying!"


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Do You Want to be a Librarian? / 1948 YouTube video

Uploaded by RichmondTownLibrary: "This is an open access occupational film about the library profession, and becoming a librarian. It was shot in 1947, and I think it holds up quite well in the world of Web 2.0 and Library 2.0"


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This is What a Librarian Looks Like

This is What a Librarian Looks Like | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it

Librarians uploading their photos:

"Challenging the Librarian Stereotype one Post at a Time

Your editors are Bobbi Newman and Erin Downey Howerton..."

 

Hashtag on Twitter: #lookslikelibsci


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Ebooks on Fire: Controversies Surrounding Ebooks in Libraries | Against-the-Grain.com

Ebooks on Fire: Controversies Surrounding Ebooks in Libraries | Against-the-Grain.com | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it
Ebooks on Fire: Controversies Surrounding Ebooks in Libraries http://t.co/DIsal5KT (via @ATG_NewsChannel)...

 

Charles (Chuck) Hamaker takes an in-depth look at the challenges faced by ebooks “as transmitter, carrier, and shaper of our written word cultural heritage” – and what it means for libraries.

(The article is featured in the December 2011 issue of Searcher Magazine.)

 

Among the issues Chuck voices serious concerns about are:


• license agreements with revocable rights
• text that can be altered without notification, tracking, versioning, and archiving
• the lack of real ownership of ebooks by libraries
• roadblocks imposed by DRM software
• threats to patron confidentiality
• the long-term retention and preservation of ebooks
• restrictions on interlibrary loan lending
• limitations on placing ebooks on reserve in academic libraries
• use based pricing

 

Chuck then ends the article on an up note by offering some innovative suggestions that might enable ebooks to reach their full potential.

Needless to say, his article raises numerous questions for librarians, publishers and vendors alike. In short, it is more than worth the read.


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Being "Librarian 2.0": It's all in the attitude

Being "Librarian 2.0": It's all in the attitude | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it

RT @CILIPinfo: Australian study identifies skills & knowledge library & info pros require in the Web2.0 world http://t.co/svQRKsYB #Librarians #Cybrarians...

 

"The study concluded that a so-called "Librarian 2.0" needs a complex mix of transferable skills, including teamwork, communication, business skills, lifelong learning and personal traits such as creativity, flexibility, adaptability and persistence. However, the study's most interesting finding is that concepts like Web 2.0, Library 2.0 and Librarian 2.0 are "a watershed" for the Australian profession."

 


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Humpday Fun - Librarians Recreate Beastie Boys “Sabotage,” Coolest Librarians Ever

Humpday Fun - Librarians Recreate Beastie Boys “Sabotage,” Coolest Librarians Ever | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it

By Maia Brown-Jackson:

"You might imagine librarians spend their spare time sitting by the fire rereading Shakespeare. While that may hold true for some, a few others would rather show the world just what happens if you aren’t quiet in the library and made possibly the best music video ever: Beastie Boys “Sabotage” starring librarians."


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, August 21, 2013 3:56 AM

Super cool and super funny!! 

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What are librarians worth around the world #Infographic

What are librarians worth around the world #Infographic | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it
This highly informative infographic put together by Masters in Education and ObizMedia, is analyzing the role of a library and a librarian in our life.

 

More and more of today's librarians are high-tech information sleuths, and clever navigators, helping library users plumb the oceans of information.

 

This infographic clearly demonstrates what are librarians worth around the world: http://ebookfriendly.com/2012/11/16/library-librarians-infographic/


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Tech Tidbits from the Guybrarian: Where do you get your ideas? - by Phil Goerner

Tech Tidbits from the Guybrarian: Where do you get your ideas? - by Phil Goerner | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it

"I’m not really that smart. I just know people who are. One of the wisest things that we librarians can do is to collaborate with other smart librarians who love to share. For example, I have a strong personal learning network (PLN) that starts on Twitter and even includes a monthly face-to-face gathering. My PLN provides me with lots of really good ideas, answers questions, and supports my work. It is through these resources that I have gathered a huge technology toolbox, assessment strategies, promotional ideas, and a ton of worthwhile resources that I can pass on to my teachers."

 

-Phil Goerner


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Dual Archivist/Librarians: Balancing the Benefits and Challenges of Diverse Responsibilities

Dual Archivist/Librarians: Balancing the Benefits and Challenges of Diverse Responsibilities | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it

"While much has been written about the evolving nature of archivists’ roles, virtually nothing has been published in the archives or library literature about information professionals with both library and archives duties.

 

This survey-based article examines the contemporary roles and responsibilities of college and university archivists, and outlines both benefits and challenges identified to having non-archival responsibilities, specifically library responsibilities.

 

How then to balance the benefits and challenges evidenced in this study? With academic archivists pulled in so many directions, one has to wonder to what extent their archival work is being jeopardized, and what part of our cultural record will be lost as a result."

 

To download the article in full: http://crl.acrl.org/content/early/2011/06/10/crl-222.full.pdf+html


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New state librarian leads digitization effort to expand reach of archives

New state librarian leads digitization effort to expand reach of archives | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it

 

 

 

 

 

Sanjay Talwani:

"HELENA -- Not that long ago, the Montana State Library, in charge of making state documents available to the public, circulated just a few hundred publications outside its walls each year.
Now, in just the past three months, the library has circulated some 18,000 digital documents, and what's available is vast: state agency reports going back years, and data-rich natural resource and geographic information resources covering everything form moisture levels to property ownership to oil and gas leases.
Jennie Stapp, the state library director since Jan. 1, is driving that digital train. Just nine years out of graduate school, she figures she's the youngest state librarian in the nation. She was, most recently, the digital library director and library's chief information officer. She succeeded Darlene Staffeldt, who had worked at the library for 35 years."

Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/new-state-librarian-leads-digitization-effort-to-expand-reach-of/article_5224e554-4cf5-5f25-a77c-db7d86b20eff.html#ixzz1lsvOeViB 


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On Facebook, Librarian Brings 2 Students From the Early 1900s to Life - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

On Facebook, Librarian Brings 2 Students From the Early 1900s to Life - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it
Nifty use of Facebook by @unrkc to share alumni stories: http://t.co/AZrQsA2e. Much like @MaggieBoyd1873 project.

 

Facebook user “joe1915” writes wall posts that would be familiar to any college student these days: He stresses about tests, roots for his university’s football team, and shows off photos from campus dances.But Joe McDonald isn’t an average smartphone-toting student.

He died in 1971 — 33 years before Facebook arrived on the Web.

Donnelyn Curtis, the director of research collections and services at the University of Nevada at Reno, created Facebook profiles for Mr. McDonald and his wife, Leola Lewis, to give students a glimpse of university life during the couple’s college days. Ms. Lewis graduated in 1913, and Mr. McDonald earned his degree in mechanical engineering two years later.

With approval from Mr. McDonald’s granddaughter, Peggy McDonald, Ms. Curtis said she’s using archival material for a history project designed to appeal to a wider audience than the typical patrons of special collections.

“We’re just trying to help history come alive a little bit for students,” she said. At first, only extended family members bothered to “friend” with the pair’s profiles, but as the audience grew, Ms. Curtis said she had to find a humorous voice that would appeal to contemporary students who use Facebook every day.


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