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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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The Future of Libraries: Free Discussion on 9 Jan - David Lee King to chair

American Libraries Live will be hosting a panel discussion on the challenges and changes within the libraries for the near and distant future.  It is Thursday January 9, 2014 at 2:00-3:00 Eastern.  It is FREE to register and “attend” the discussion.

David Lee King, digital branch and services manager at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library will lead the panel which also includes:

Marshall Breeding, Library Technology Consultant, Speaker and AuthorBuffy Hamilton, Librarian at Norcross High School in metropolitan Atlanta, Library Technology Writer and SpeakerBohyun Kim, Digital Access Librarian at Florida International University Medical LibraryJoseph Murphy, Director of Library Futures, Innovative Interfaces

Register for this episode so you get email reminders at http://goo.gl/1p5dpV .

 

Preregistration is not required to attend. You can also attend by simply going to the site at the time of the event. If you’re unable to attend live, it will be recorded and available at http://www.americanlibrarieslive.org shortly afterwards.


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If you can stand one more "Future of Libraries" conversation...

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Karen du Toit's curator insight, January 7, 2:41 AM

Future of Libraries > always an interesting discussion!

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Two Writers and their thoughts about the Future of Libraries | David Lee King

Two Writers and their thoughts about the Future of Libraries | David Lee King | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it

People love to talk about the future of libraries. 

 

Here are two pretty different viewpoints:

1. MG Siegler and TechCrunch:

A couple days ago, TechCrunch publishedThe End of the Library, written by MG Siegler. In it, Mr. Siegler says this:

“it’s hard not to imagine a future where the majority of libraries cease to exist — at least as we currently know them.

2. Neil Gaiman, well-known writer:

Around the same time, Neil Gaiman wrote Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming in the Guardian. In his article, Neil says this about libraries:

“But libraries are about freedom. Freedom to read, freedom of ideas, freedom of communication. They are about education (which is not a process that finishes the day we leave school or university), about entertainment, about making safe spaces, and about access to information.

 


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, October 23, 2013 1:30 AM

The future of libraries! What are your thoughts? 

I support no 2!

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Library Infographics: 1930′s style

Library Infographics: 1930′s style | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it

by Michael Lieberman:

Nowadays, the visualization of data is all the rage. It seems each new study or piece of research is turned into an image.
I'm not so sure this was as common in the 1930's and 40's when these visual aids were printed.

The series of 28 posters were produced under the supervision of noted librarian Ruby Ethel Cundiff for the Library School Course in Teaching the Use of the Library at the George Peabody College for Teachers.


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Very cool collection! Digitized by Claremont Colleges Digital Library.

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Karen du Toit's curator insight, June 13, 2013 1:35 AM

Stunning Infographics salvaged from a library pile!

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New Pew Releases New Numbers About eBook Reading, eReader Usage, and Library Use in Different Communities – Stephen's Lighthouse

New Pew Releases New Numbers About eBook Reading, eReader Usage, and Library Use in Different Communities – Stephen's Lighthouse | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it

Via Gary Price at LJ InfoDocket

 

http://www.infodocket.com/2012/12/20/pew-releases-new-numbers-about-ebook-reading-ereader-usage-and-library-use-in-different-communities/

 

A new report, Reading Habits in Different Communities was released by the Pew Internet and American Life Project today.

 

Direct to Summary/Full Text Report (HTML) ||| Direct to Full Text Report (PDF)

What Does the Report Cover?

The General Reading Habits of AmericansE-reading Device OwnershipThe State of E-Book ReadingWhere and How Readers Get Their BooksLibrary Use Across CommunitiesDifferences Between Heavy, Light, and Non-book readers Across Community Type


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, December 21, 2012 1:13 AM

It seems most users are not even aware about the availability of e-books in their public libraries...

 

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Innovation in Libraries 2012 - Keynote Speech by Phil Simon

Phil Simon is a speaker and the author of four management books, including The Age of the Platform: How Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google have Redefined Bus...

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"Phil Simon is a speaker and the author of four management books, including The Age of the Platform: How Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google have Redefined Business. A recognized technology expert, he consults companies on how to optimize their use of technology."

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Who will preserve the past for future generations?

Who will preserve the past for future generations? | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it

J.L. GRANATSTEIN:

"Reducing library resources and breaking up the national archives will cause irreparable harm to nationhood..." > Library and Archives Canada

 

 


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We Need Copyright 2.0 | American Libraries Magazine

We Need Copyright 2.0 | American Libraries Magazine | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it

Neal Starkey (American Libraries Magazine, the magazine of the American Library Association, delivers news and information about the library community.)

 

"[...] the only way to guarantee lasting public access to the increasingly digitized intellectual wealth of the world is through the reform of copyright law.

We need the creation of solid legal exemptions for libraries to break DRM and to own, circulate, and ­archive digital copies."


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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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Vatican and Bodleian libraries launch online archive of ancient religious texts

Vatican and Bodleian libraries launch online archive of ancient religious texts | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it

Maev Kennedy:

"Website funding from Polonsky Foundation includes Bodleian's 1455 Gutenberg Bible and aims to put 1.5m pages online (Vatican and Bodleian libraries launch online archive of ancient religious texts http://t.co/5Gr817BOSV)...

 

Link to website: http://bav.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, December 3, 2013 3:42 AM

A lnadmark digitisation project!

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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 12:56 AM

Super cool and super funny!! 

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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 2:21 AM

Thoughts on the re-skilling of librarians! Interesting!

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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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Survey Finds Libraries Interested in Collaborating on Online Projects

Survey Finds Libraries Interested in Collaborating on Online Projects | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it
And while home pages are being archived, social media collections lag.

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Random House makes history, says it will sell books to libraries with no restriction on number of loans

Random House makes history, says it will sell books to libraries with no restriction on number of loans | Library Collaboration | Scoop.it

Dennis Johnson:

[...]yesterday, the biggest of the Big Six [publishers], Random House, threw caution to the wind and announced they’d struck a deal with libraries:

It was going to raise the price of its ebooks to library wholesalers, but once a library had bought the book, that was it. They could loan it out as many times as they wanted and never buy it again."


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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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