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Librarians and Archivists to Palestine

Librarians and Archivists to Palestine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"We recently spoke to Vani Natarajan, a librarian at Barnard College in New York City, about her trip as part of a delegation of librarians and archivists to Palestine. The librarians and archivists’ solidarity statement details how they respected the call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel during their visit.

Their zine and blog document the lighter side of their trip — check out the page on the cats they came across — as well as the necessary education on how information access and erasure have become a means of war and occupation within the Palestinian context. They “bore witness to a culture of resistance, which in all its myriad forms resoundingly refutes the notion that Palestine does not exist.”

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International Open Access Week 2013 - 21-27 Oct #OA - suggestions on what to do

International Open Access Week 2013 - 21-27 Oct #OA - suggestions on what to do | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
"The 6th Open Access Week is next week. "The week is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. “Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole. Open Access (OA) has the potential to maximize research investments, increase the exposure and use of published research, facilitate the ability to conduct research across available literature, and enhance the overall advancement of scholarship. Research funding agencies, academic institutions, researchers and scientists, teachers, students, and members of the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year. Open Access Week is a key opportunity for all members of the community to take action to keep this momentum moving forward." - Open Access Week
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Dewey B Strategic: ALM Releases 2013 Librarian Survey. Spending Down, Embedding . Complex Research and Competitive Intelligence Surge. How Do Law Librarians Do It All?

Dewey B Strategic: ALM Releases 2013 Librarian Survey. Spending Down, Embedding . Complex Research and Competitive Intelligence Surge. How Do Law Librarians Do It All? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

American Lawyer Media Legal Intelligence released the 2013 Law Librarian Survey data earlier this week.

 Library Director's Rule Contract Negotiations

Firms recognize the special expertise of Library Directors in high ticket and complex licencing negotiations. 87% of the firms have kept this responsibility in the hands of the Library Director. 

 

In reviewing the data I am struck by the terrific challenge library chiefs face in the current 

environment. Law firm profits are reviving, lawyers continue to demand the best and most strategic information resources for their practices and yet  library chiefs have succeeded in containing costs. The survey give clues how they achieve this. Librarians are sharp negotiators who assess not only price but the comparative value and usability of the content. They also employ sophisticated tools for analysing the ROI for the resources they invest in. These talents are paying off big time for the firms which employ these experts. [...] A Sampling of Key Trends From the 2013 Law Library Survey

58% of Library Chiefs are responsible for overseeing Competitive Intelligences43 % of Library Chiefs are responsible for Knowledge managementThe average budget was down $500,000Fewer firms were purchasing eBools.  Number dropped from 24% to 21% of libraries.

Survey: http://www.almlegalintel.com/SurveyDescription.aspx?id=Q/K8nmK4pG4=&type=fEFgIaD+grg=

 

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Survey of legal librarians > Interesting!

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20 Tech Trends That Will Define 2013, Selected By Frog

20 Tech Trends That Will Define 2013, Selected By Frog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Yes, it’s already that transitional time when our current year ends and another begins, and today and tomorrow are quickly changing hands. Rather than look back at significant trends of the past 366 days (2012 was a leap year, remember?

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A compilation of interviews about what will be the top 20 tech trends > including smartphones, cars, apps, data ecology and faces vs interfaces!

 

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 13, 2012 11:05 AM

Here's a fun-to-read set of funny, fabulous predictions from designers around world.

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“E-Books in Libraries, 2013 Has Been a Year of Small Victories and Bigger Battles”, by Gary Price | LJ INFOdocket

“E-Books in Libraries, 2013 Has Been a Year of Small Victories and Bigger Battles”, by Gary Price | LJ INFOdocket | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Public librarians have applauded the increased access to e-books now being offered by the big five publishers—most recently Macmillan, which has made its entire backlist of 11,000 titles available for lending. But the recent good news, librarians say, should not obscure the fact that the present system, with its plethora of licensing models and platforms, remains untenable."

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A reflection on e-books in libraries.

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Internet Librarian International 2013 #ILI2013

Internet Librarian International 2013 #ILI2013 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

15 & 16 October 2013
Workshops 14 October
Olympia Conference Centre, London, UK

Internet Librarian International's programme of practical workshops, conference sessions, keynotes, case studies, panels and networking activities shares the latest trends in technology and innovation, and brings you face-to-face with some of the most distinguished practitioners and providers in today's global information space.

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The conference is on now! Follow with #ILI2013

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2013 Marketing Trends that Matter for Public Libraries | Marketing News for New Jersey Librarians

2013 Marketing Trends that Matter for Public Libraries | Marketing News for New Jersey Librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
These are the #marketing trends that will matter for #libraries in 2013: http://t.co/1qdDgQGe

 

by tmcclary:

Here are three trends that public library directors can use to their advantage:

- A focus on brand experience.
- Mobile marketing
- Content is king

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RDA: Preparing for the Change Together

RDA: Preparing for the Change Together | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Some have joked that RDA—which stands for Resource Description and Access, and is the cataloging code that will be formally adopted in 2013 in place of AACR2—should stand for Retirement Day Approaching, and other such phrases that expose catalogers’ general trepidation about creating records using the new code.

 

Here's an article that demonstrates how librarians can prepare for the implementation of RDA.  

 

Starting in February 2012, fifteen to twenty librarians and staff have met monthly to practice creating RDA records, explore the RDA Toolkit, and discuss authority workflows. Assisted by colleagues from the University of Nebraska, Nebraska Wesleyan University, the Nebraska Library Commission, and others, Kralik has arranged 3-hour sessions at various locations in eastern Nebraska. A variety of types of libraries (university, small public, special, etc.) are represented in the group, and several librarians have taken turns running the meetings.

 

The group has begun to discuss how the members will give each other support after RDA is implemented. One idea is to continue to use the wiki after RDA is in use, to throw questions out to the group via the wiki, and to act as informal peer reviewers of original records."

 

Read more here: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/09/managing-libraries/rda-preparing-for-the-change-together-backtalk/


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