The LIBER E-Science working group has published its final report on research data management. LIBER installed the ‘E-Science working group’ in 2010 to investigate the role libraries can and should play in the field of E-Science. The group decided to focus on research data as it was felt to be the most urgent element of e-science that is of relevance to the community of (research) libraries. The group has held three workshops, the first dur-ing the LIBER-conference 2011 in Barcelona, the second during the IDCC 2011 conference in Bristol and the third and last one during the LIBER-conference 2012 in Tartu. The results of the first two workshops were used as a basis for compiling recommendations to the LIBER-community. The "10 recommendations for libraries to support re-search data management" were finalized and prioritized during the final workshop at the LIBER-conference in Tartu.
"I believe the future of libraries is bright. I believe that libraries improve society. I believe that libraries are key to positive social transformation. I believe that librarians are facilitators of knowledge. I believe that librarians are the most important assets of any library. It is in my demonstration of these beliefs that I help ensure the future of libraries and librarians. I don’t need to save libraries. Libraries have survived for over 3,000 years. Libraries have survived famine, plagues, prejudice, censorship, and anti-intellectualism well before either of us came along. I don’t need to save libraries, I need to help transform them. The test of that transformation is not in a building, or a collection, or a service, or even the librarians; it is in the achievements of the community"
Session 160, "Surprising Library!", organised together with Sections Public Libraries and School Libraries, off-site at Espoo Library in Sello City (registration at IFLA secretariat, Room Exhibitors Lounge)
The papers are online for the satellite meeting "Libraries for Young People : Breaking through boundaries" that we organise with Joensuu Regional Library and the Finnish Library Association in Joensuu, Finland (August 9-10): seventeen papers, by speakers from 14 countries in all continents... (registration for the conference is closed now, no more places are available)
Free webinar: "New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations" is a series of free quarterly webinars on issues of interest to new librarians, models of library associations and library schools working with new professionals, and groups by and for librarians. Scheduled July 10, 2012. at 2:00 p.m. EST.
In the not-so-distant future, communities could view their local libraries as the place to go when they want to publish their own ebook, create and edit their latest song or video, or even design and print out plastic tools, toys, and prototypes. A growing number of libraries already offer their patrons tools such as recording equipment and sound and video editing software. Now, some are beginning to house 3D printers.
What is librarianship when it is unmoored from cataloging, books, buildings, and committees? In The Atlas of New Librarianship, R. David Lankes offers a guide to this new landscape for practitioners. He describes a new librarianship based not on books and artifacts but on knowledge and learning; and he suggests a new mission for librarians: to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities.
"We've just started publishing posts today for 2013 - and today's post may be less relevant to Australian TLs but if you have a little scroll through the previous content you'll see the sort of things that we normally blog about and you may like to follow. The posts are written by a variety of Services to Schools staff
primarily Library Advisers who work with schools around NZ to develop their library programmes and services".
Curating eclectic interestingness from culture's collective brain...some vintage ads and posters for all books. Delightfully colorful and brimming with endearingly bad copywriting, these mid-century gems will bring back memories.
Libraries are under pressure and need to develop and manifest themselves. Partnerships and collaborative innovation is a method to secure and develop the libraries’ influence on society.
Many libraries already collaborate with external partners, but very few libraries have a strategical and professional way of working with partnerships. Instead of considering partnerships and external collaboration as a method to continuously achieve the library’s overall objectives, the external collaboration is often used for small and unexpected needs.
You are kindly invited to our sessions at Helsinki conference, or to read the papers online (most have already been uploaded, the others will soon be):
Session 99, "Picture Books in Libraries Now!". An exhibition will be held at Helsinki Main Library in connexion with this session, "The World through Picture Books", of librarians' favourite books from 25 countries
It doesn’t work 100% of the time but you’ve probably noticed that there are some people that seem to survive every organizational restructuring. In this latest economic downturn we’re seeing layoffs and downsizing on a scale in all sectors that most of us have never seen. As for me, I’ve been through too many to count – survived some and didn’t make it out the other side on others.
C. Shoemaker, H. Martin, B. Joseph (2010) How Using Social Media Forced a Library to Work on the Edge in Their Efforts to Move Youth From “Hanging Out” to “Messing Around, Journal of Media Literacy Education 2:2 (2010) 181 – 184