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The Librarians Have Arrived! - Carisa Kluver | The Digital Media Diet #digitalshift

The Librarians Have Arrived! - Carisa Kluver | The Digital Media Diet #digitalshift | Professional development of Librarians | Scoop.it

"In my estimation, librarians are the perfect ‘digital docents’ for the 21st century’s digital content. From what I’ve read, many in the field of library sciences have been fretting about where they fit into the digital shift, so the time is now to assert that librarians (as a profession) will be MORE in need by society in the future than ever before. There should be more jobs, not fewer, for library students. They are the professional and ethical curators of the digital world, essential to our cultural transition. And we couldn’t be in better hands!" - See more at: http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3205#sthash.G195kvCG.hNauw3dC.dpuf

 


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, July 24, 5:27 AM

Great points here: "Criteria for Reviewing Digital Children’s Content"

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Top Ed-Tech Trends: What's Changed from 2011 to 2012? - by Audrey Watters

Top Ed-Tech Trends: What's Changed from 2011 to 2012? - by Audrey Watters | Professional development of Librarians | Scoop.it

by AUDREY WATTERS:

"...the year’s major ed-tech developments. I’ve identified the 10 trends that I think have been 2012’s most interesting and important. I’ll string out the posts that cover these over the next 6 weeks — and not just because it’s time for the obligatory-end-of-year-wrap-up-crap posts that we bloggers churn out throughout the month of December. I find the reflection is useful (although time-consuming), and it’s a good process for me to go through all the news and all my writing to assess what’s innovative and what’s hype and what's changed and why."


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8 Tips for the Care & Feeding of the Reluctant Tech User, by @gwynethjones at The Daring Librarian

8 Tips for the Care & Feeding of the Reluctant Tech User, by @gwynethjones at The Daring Librarian | Professional development of Librarians | Scoop.it

"Teaching tech in isolation never works. When a reluctant tech user learns how to do something with a project about which they're personally passionate, they're gonna be instantly engaged, work hard at it, and feel super exultant when it works!"

 

1. Make it personal

2. Show and tell

3. Small steps, etc"


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Emerald | Library Hi Tech News | We are all aggregators (and publishers) now: how discovery tools empower libraries

Emerald | Library Hi Tech News | We are all aggregators (and publishers) now: how discovery tools empower libraries | Professional development of Librarians | Scoop.it
We are all aggregators (and publishers) now: how discovery tools empower libraries http://t.co/CitgU3osFJ

 

We are all aggregators (and publishers) now: how discovery tools empower libraries, by Steven David Shapiro

Abstract: 

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to argue that the new generation of discovery technologies empower libraries to behave like “aggregators” and “publishers”. The paper summarizes Montclair State University's experience with the EDS discovery service and also includes examples from other institutions.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper uses the experiences of several institutions to show the value of discovery tools and other technologies like institutional repositories in enhancing the role of academic libraries in higher education. Statistics and surveys culled from a variety of sources are cited in support of this contention.

Findings – Many institutions are successfully incorporating discovery and other technologies (i.e. institutional repositories) in repositioning and reinvigorating the academic library.

Practical implications – Academic libraries willing to make the investment in these technologies can capture the interest of their faculty, staff, and students.

Originality/value – The paper provides an innovative perspective on the use of discovery and other complementary technologies that act in a synergistic way to strengthen the bond between libraries and their users.

 

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/LHTN-07-2013-0041

 


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, September 10, 2013 4:50 AM

Discovery tools reinvigorating academic libraries!

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Queen adds tablet to Collection

Queen adds tablet to Collection | Professional development of Librarians | Scoop.it
The gift of a "digital time-capsule" to the Queen sees a Samsung tablet become the first device of its kind to enter the UK's Royal Collection. (Guess before click- Android or iOS for digital time capsule?
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Fostering Female Technology Leadership in Libraries - The Digital Shift

Fostering Female Technology Leadership in Libraries - The Digital Shift | Professional development of Librarians | Scoop.it
This.On the gender gap in tech workers, by @rtennant http://t.co/rQ0310ST...

 

"[...]we can change things:


1. Work to change the culture. In many library tech situations, whether it is a chatroom or a server room, it’s still a men’s locker room atmosphere. 
2. Support and encourage women who try. 
3. Recruit and support women who are interested. 
4. If you are well along in your career, mentor promising women. 
5. Be verbose and inclusive with explanations, and spare with posturing."


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