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Librarians and Archivists in a fast-changing digital lanscape
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Complicating the network: The year in social media research

Complicating the network: The year in social media research | The Information Professional |
Journalist’s Resource sifts through the academic journals so you don’t have to. Here are 12 of the studies about social and digital media they found most interesting in 2014.
Karen du Toit's insight:

12 studies!

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Tech trends predicted for 2014

Tech trends predicted for 2014 | The Information Professional |

Trends in technology now move almost as fast as technology develops. Looking at growing tech trends now, what can we expect to see trending in 2014? To get an idea of this, we need to examine what is starting to catch momentum now and what ideas are challenging the current status quo - which nearly mandates some form of mobile device.

Computer and tech enthusiasts continue hoping for a computer or tablet that will have the capability to follow the most basic instructions with great ease. Others are looking forward to devices that will accept verbal input flawlessly by assimilating your accent to access them. The above individuals will have to go on with their day-to-day assessments on Apple Mac books and windows 8 operating systems, as well as the open source operating systems available, since from here, anything is possible.

Karen du Toit's insight:

Interesting, esoecially the Geo-tagging and security issues!

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Tackling the questions in 2014 — @joycevalenza #libraries #librarians

Tackling the questions in 2014 — @joycevalenza #libraries #librarians | The Information Professional |


"[...] beginning the year with questions, rather than resolutions.

Jennifer recently asked 11 Questions (About Libraries) That Need Answers.  And Doug Johnson added a few of his own in a Blue Skunk Blog post. (See below.)


Jennifer’s Questions:

How will you make a difference for students?How will you make your work the answer to the priorities/problems that keep your principal up at night?How will you use student data to make instructional and programatic decisions?How will you measure success?How will you connect the dots between your work and student learning?How will you share this data with your administrators and community?How will you ensure your diverse population sees themselves in your space (as well as in your collection)?How will you dispel negative/outdated library stereotypes?How will you grow your PLN?How will you help strengthen our profession by sharing your work beyond the walls of your school.How will you make sure everyone who walks into the library sees a focus on students (instead of stuff).Doug’s Follow Up Questions:What new skills will you learn this year that you can teach your students and staff?What rules can you change to make your library a more user-friendly place?What is your library’s “purple cow?” (Boring is always the riskiest strategy – Godin)How can you demonstrate leadership in your building? What are you willing to take responsibility for?What can you do to get the non-connected members of our profession* who you know connected, changing, and good representatives of the library field?Have you asked yourself about your personal commitment to the field? Are you still a librarian in order to make the world a better place?

Via GwynethJones
Karen du Toit's insight:

Great way to start the new year!

GwynethJones's curator insight, January 12, 2014 11:07 AM

As always, Joyce tracks down & shares the vital questions and provoking conversations of our profession.


Jennifer LaGarde and Doug Johnson fearlessly ask the vital questions.