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Perceptions 2013: an International Survey of Library Automation

Perceptions 2013: an International Survey of Library Automation | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

This seventh annual Library Automation Perceptions Report provides evaluative ratings submitted by individuals representing over three thousand libraries from 53 countries describing experiences with 136 different automation products, including both proprietary and open source systems. The survey results include 730 narrative comments providing candid statements -- both positive and negative – about the products and companies involved or statements of intent regarding future automation plans. 

Selected Survey Findings: Top Performers

Polaris continues to receive top ratings in all categories from large and medium-sized public libraries.Apollo from Biblionix received top ratings in all categories from small and very small public libraries.Alma from Ex Libris received top ratings from large academic libraries in the category of general product satisfaction, management of electronic resources, customer support, and customer loyalty.Sierra from Innovative interfaces received top ratings from large academic libraries for overall product functionality and effectiveness for managing print resources.OCLC WorldShare Management Services received top ratings from small academic libraries in the management of electronic resources.Small academic libraries rated Koha (managed independent of a support firm) highest in the management of print materials.School libraries rated OPALS most positively in response to all survey questions.

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11 of the Strangest Public Libraries in the World – Next City

11 of the Strangest Public Libraries in the World – Next City | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A review of the oddest places the world goes to look at books for free.
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The future of books as seen in these 15 funny cartoons

The future of books as seen in these 15 funny cartoons | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Will print books die? Or maybe ebooks will die sooner? Will we live in shelfless flats, and forget how to turn a page? Or maybe robots will do all the read
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Romance writers and the future of publishing | The Passive Voice | Writers, Writing, Self-Publishing, Disruptive Innovation and the Universe

Romance writers and the future of publishing | The Passive Voice | Writers, Writing, Self-Publishing, Disruptive Innovation and the Universe | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

From Harper's magazine: The New York literary industry stands at the front door and frets over the guest list, while everyone else is sneaking out the back. There are many better parties. Though e-books — and soon we’ll call them books — will not destroy the publishing industry any more than paperbacks did, they have already fractured and decentralized it. You can feel, in literary corners of the city, the depreciation of old-style New York–centered prestige. It manifests as a sense of lessening atmospheric pressure, a feeling that you do not have to be here to make it.

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Library supporters stand against cutting branches | Local News | The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon

Library supporters stand against cutting branches | Local News | The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A city panel, charged with finding options to close a budget gap, is urged to suggest retaining the satellite libraries
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Library Advocacy: EveryLibrary PAC Publishes 2013 Annual Report | LJ INFOdocket

Library Advocacy: EveryLibrary PAC Publishes 2013 Annual Report | LJ INFOdocket | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

2013 was our inaugural year as the first national political action committee for
 libraries.  In that year, over 350 individual, corporate, and union donors provided financial support for EveryLibrary to work on seven library campaigns, support campaign planning with six other communities, speak at numerous in-person and online events about campaign-style library advocacy, and secure over $15 million in basic funding through tax support for libraries.  Our donors and supporters have helped quickly identify EveryLibrary as a new and important addition to the library advocacy ecosystem.  We are honored by a trust in our work that is not only expressed in donations but in the volunteer time, “signal boosts”, and the thoughtful engagement of so many people. [Our emphasis] As Executive Director, I am proud to report that for each dollar spent in support of library campaigns we have helped secure $1,450 in tax funding at the ballot box.

 

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2014: The Year of the Reader - BOOK RIOT

2014: The Year of the Reader - BOOK RIOT | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

 

It has never been a better time to be a reader! It’s a brand new year, and already articles declaring the decline of books and reading are popping up on the internet, so several of us here at Book Riot took a moment to explain why we feel 2014 will be the best year for books and reading yet. Because – spoiler alert – we love books!

 
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Here’s how net neutrality can still survive

Here’s how net neutrality can still survive | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A federal court has rejected the FCC's attempt to regulate broadband. Now what?
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Opinion: Clearing up misconceptions about librarians

Opinion: Clearing up misconceptions about librarians | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
We are librarians (on the list of low-stress jobs that the author cites) and we wanted to help clarify a few misconceptions about our occupation.
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The Canadian War on Science: A chronological account of chaos & consolidation at the Department of Fisheries & Oceans libraries

The Canadian War on Science: A chronological account of chaos & consolidation at the Department of Fisheries & Oceans libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

As is occasionally my habit when a big story breaks, I have gathered together all the relevant documents I could find concerning the recent controversy about the Canadian Conservative government’s recent consolidation of the libraries at their Department of Fisheries & Oceans. The consolidation has resulted in severely weeded collections, library closures and staff layoffs.

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Computer program predicts best sellers

Computer program predicts best sellers | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Three computer scientists at Stony Brook University in New York believe that they have found some rules which might predict when a book will be a best seller.
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The Future of Search May Not Be About Google: It's You In The End Who Will Decide

The Future of Search May Not Be About Google: It's You In The End Who Will Decide | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
There is a evil side of Google which revealed itself in the Filter Bubble, invasion of privacy, the lack of transparency, in the monopoly induction of behavior and especially in what is happening in the search environment.

Via Robin Good
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Stephen Dale's curator insight, January 13, 2014 5:58 AM

People who use Google are given the impression that they are interacting with the data out there, but they are actually interacting with Google and its view of the world.

 

"They are prediction engines that constantly refine a theory about who you are and what you are going to do or want next. Together, they create an universe of data for each one of us."

"In a 2010 paper published in the Scientific American journal, Tim Berners-Lee warned about companies developing ever more “closed” products and “data islands”.

"Morville, in his book Search Patterns, says that the first and second results receive 80% of attention. The vertical approach suggests to the user the idea of a single result that fully answers the question, enclosing possibilities and preventing alternative realization."


Or in other words, is our acceptance of what we see in search results eroding our ability (or willingness) to consider alternatives and employ critical thinking?

Lucy Beaton's curator insight, January 16, 2014 8:21 PM

This is alarming.  We, as Teacher Librarians, need to be aware of the ramifications of this.

Mrs. Dilling's curator insight, February 13, 2014 11:52 AM

My favorite statement, "we must always be aware and well informed about the intentions of companies, and never stop having multiple options for any service."

 

This article was an eye opener for me. I had never questioned Google before.

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The Decline and Fall of the Book Reviewing Empire - BOOK RIOT

The Decline and Fall of the Book Reviewing Empire - BOOK RIOT | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
If anyone ever asked me what parts of the bookish world I’m embarrassed by, they might be surprised by the answer. Am I ashamed of people reading Twilight or Fifty Shades of Grey, some of them even daring to read them in public?
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Schism in the Stacks: Is the University Library As We Know It Destined for Extinction?

Schism in the Stacks: Is the University Library As We Know It Destined for Extinction? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
There is raw, if cloaked, combat going on at UC Berkeley over the core of the campus: the University Library.
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Library of Congress by the Numbers, 2013 - Book Patrol

Library of Congress by the Numbers, 2013 - Book Patrol | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
public libraries, library of congress, books
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Knowledge at the Core: Don Hirsch, Core Knowledge, and the Future of the Common Core

Knowledge at the Core: Don Hirsch, Core Knowledge, and the Future of the Common Core | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Children cannot be truly literate without knowing about history, science, art, music, literature, civics, geography, and more.
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Investing in libraries is an investment in public safety (Community Voices)

Investing in libraries is an investment in public safety (Community Voices) | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
I want to use this month's column to talk about investing.  What does a Library Commissioner know about investing? Well, to invest is to commit money or capital in order to gain a financial return....
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A Half Century of Library Computing | Library of Congress Blog

A Half Century of Library Computing | Library of Congress Blog | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
A Half Century of Library Computing. A blog post at "Library of Congress Blog" on 2014-01-15.
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▶ What Does the Future Library Leader Look Like? - YouTube

The converging pressures of budget cuts and digital technology are challenging libraries, forcing them to reshape their priorities and purpose. We chatted wi...
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The Mission of Librarians is to Empower - The Digital Shift

The Mission of Librarians is to Empower - The Digital Shift | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
empower - give (someone) the authority or power to do something – Oxford Dictionary of American English Someone whom I greatly admire recently set me thinking about the mission of librarians. David Lankes has that effect on many of us.
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What Are Librarians In The Digital Age? - Edudemic

What Are Librarians In The Digital Age? - Edudemic | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
So what is the role of the librarian in the digital age? Take a gander at the handy infographic to find out!
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Commonspace, resilence, innovation, libraries | Facilitating Change

Commonspace, resilence, innovation, libraries | Facilitating Change | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Neil Gaiman believes that our future depends on libraries, reading, and daydreaming. Many Occupy sites included libraries to serve community needs. Folks in New Cross, London, inspired by the occupy concept, decided to occupy their shut-down library. In post-earthquake Chile and in post-Sandy New Jersey, libraries provided essential post-crisis services. Co-working spaces, hackerspaces, makerspaces, hubs, and fablabs are springing up all over the world (small sample: Africa). A member of HacDC, Julia Longtin, has built a 3D printer from cast-off 2D printer parts. Yep. From garbage. Researchers have found that while we like our mobile phones, we also need each other. And that many of us go to places like cybercafes and libraries explicitly to work together — even if they’re set up for a 1:1 computer/person experience. Access to each other over the net is not enough.

Cory Doctorow sums this all up rather nicely in his latest novella, Lawful Interception.

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Harper advises cities to replace libraries with Tim Hortons

Harper advises cities to replace libraries with Tim Hortons | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Buoyed by the success of recent Department of Fisheries and Oceans library closures, Prime Minister Harper has suggested that municipal libraries across the country could easily follow suit.

“How many jobs could we create if we filled some of those buildings with Tim Hortons franchises? Or Canadian Tires? Probably a lot,” he said, surrounded by the schoolchildren he joined on a bus ride during his recent trip to Vancouver Island.

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Give up libraries for fastfood? Not so great!

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5 Reasons Why Libraries Are Awesome - Recess

5 Reasons Why Libraries Are Awesome - Recess | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

5 Reasons Why Libraries Are Awesome - Recess provides five reasons why we should be supporting our local libraries in Southern Nevada.

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Research Paper: “Testing Assumptions About Social Tagging Systems: A Case Study of the Social Tagging System BibSonomy” | LJ INFOdocket

Research Paper: “Testing Assumptions About Social Tagging Systems: A Case Study of the Social Tagging System BibSonomy” | LJ INFOdocket | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Social tagging systems have established themselves as an important part in today’s web and have attracted the interest from our research community in a variety of investigations. The overall vision of our community is that simply through interactions with the system, i.e., through tagging and sharing of resources, users would contribute to building useful semantic structures as well as resource indexes using uncontrolled vocabulary not only due to the easy-to-use mechanics.

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