Community as collection could be a 'socially networked' point of entry for an information seeker to a topic area . From the perspective of curation it can be understood as two things: First, establishing a relationship between the library and community institutions (eg. Hospitals, civic associations, support groups) so that an information seeker can engage members of these institutions in a conversation regarding their needs. Second, by establishing relationships with community institutions, librarians can become aware of the needs of the community and curate their collection based on these needs. To understand how Community as Collection might work in a library, it is important to first briefly explore the definition of community....
"If you’ve not been able to keep up with who favorited or retweeted your tweets in the past, Twitter has a way to fix this. Now, according to the Twitter blog, your mentions column will now populate with a wealth of information."
Each year, Library Journal recognizes 50 or so emerging leaders in the profession as Movers & Shakers. These library professionals are passionate about the work they do and are moving the profession forward, often in creative and innovative ways. Movers & Shakers ourselves, we each had different experiences following our recognition, which confirmed what we'd heard from our Mover & Shaker (M&S) colleagues. Some enjoyed and were encouraged by amazing institutional support and acknowledgement, while others received minimum internal support for their innovative work. This made us wonder how the entire cohort has been shaped, encouraged, or discouraged by our institutions. While we tend to be highly self-motivated on the whole, all of us are affected by organizational culture and management that can either spur us on or deter us. Do Movers & Shakers have supportive relationships within our institutions? What can organizations do to foster and encourage creativity and innovation in library service?
The RSC South West has developed a new interactive Information Literacy tool, created by Matt Ewens and David Bevington. Our aim is to pool together information literacy resources from around the world in one place.
these tools allow us to direct attention to destinations where it can be sustained with more concentration and immersion. They offer a wayfinding system that is, on the whole, the polar opposite of traditional media’s: While “old media” fought against the scarcity of information, new media are fighting the overabundance of information. The resulting directional-curatorial nature of our communications tools is something that fits comfortably neither in the “text” checkbox nor in the “speech” one. It does, however, allow people to discover the most relevant, interesting, and impactful information, in any medium, and then relate it to other information in a networked ecosystem of meaning that helps us better understand the world and each other.
From the blogger who's looking to spice up a post to the hacker who needs a punchy image for her startup's Facebook ad, everyone is turning to freely and easily available Creative Commons content for a quick image fix.
My library just launched our long-overdue Facebook page. In the course of preparing it, we had a discussion about why we needed a Facebook page, what we wanted to use it for, and how it related to everything else we were doing online.
I’ve always been a strong proponent of the ability to balance the personal and professional on social websites like Facebook, through Friends Lists, Privacy Settings, and careful judgment. But I have to admit that over the past few months I’ve started to have doubts.
"Have you ever taken a look at the export from Facebook Insights? It’s a pretty substantial list of metrics. In fact, you can get lost in that spreadsheet for days (well, at least I can)! So what would I look at if I’m measuring my progress on Facebook?
This discussion can actually be split into two parts, I think: Platform and content".
Focusing on competencies—the skills, knowledge, behaviors, and attitudes that are involved in a job—can help the library profession keep its footing. When well done, they can define a framework for library practice that encompasses the solidity of tradition and the flexibility to absorb future shock. Identifying competencies critical to the vitality of the institution provides a basis for change management for the institution and the individual. While the nature and pace of change present significant challenges, many core values and services hold firm.
If you think of a consumer’s online interaction with your company as a treasured relationship (as any good marketer should!) then the next logical step is to explore the termination of that relationship.