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5 tips for librarians using web metrics | CILIP

5 tips for librarians using web metrics | CILIP | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The library and information community have often been at the forefront of adopting new web technologies, but generally less thought is given to measuring how these technologies are being used. An annual report may mention the number of followers the library's Twitter account has accumulated, or the number of article downloads from its institutional repository, but such a light-touch approach to web metrics neither recognizes its full potential nor acknowledges its limitations. 'Web metrics' is a broad term used to refer to the quantitative measurement of the creation and use of web content. It incorporates both 'webometrics', the quantitative study of web content and use for research purposes, and 'web analytics', the quantitative study of web content and use for the evaluation and improvement of a service." -

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Flexible, accredited eLearning for information professionals

Flexible, accredited eLearning for information professionals | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
An online Professional Development programme of short master’s-level courses for new and aspiring information leaders.
 

Pathways to Information Leadership allows you to choose what and when you study, whilst providing the support and resources of a formal university qualification.

Incorporating the latest thinking, research and best practice on core aspects of information management and leadership, the programme offers over 30 courses  from six key subject areas,designed specifically to meet the needs of those who are in the process of becoming, or aspire to be, information leaders. Combining the benefits of a flexible approach to learning with the rigour and support of a formal university accreditation process and qualification, the programme features:

Accredited eLearning courses by Aberystwyth UniversityOptions to gain Master’s levels credits for postgraduate qualifications in Information LeadershipContinuous enrolment enabling learning to start at any timeAccess to course materials online on desktop and mobile devices.
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Information Professionals: old & new by Lesley Robinson

Information Professionals: old & new by Lesley Robinson | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Information Professionals: Old and new - by Lesley Robinson and shared by David Gurteen on Flickr

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Information Professionals - how their job functions have changed #archivists #librarians > also in tune with New Librarianship #newlib

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This view about ”librarians as a the future profession” can be applied to larger business context as well

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Voices for the Library - communicating impact, by Ian Clark - www.InfoToday.eu

Voices for the Library - communicating impact, by Ian Clark  - www.InfoToday.eu | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
If the profession fails to communicate its value, then the march of 'amateurisation' will continue, argues Ian Clark.
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Up to librarians themselves to communicate and demonstrate their worth!

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New publication! The Road to Information Literacy : Librarians as facilitators of learning | IFLA

New publication! The Road to Information Literacy : Librarians as facilitators of learning | IFLA | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
#pilgf http://t.co/Np3CHmmt Here is the book where article Lonka (2012) about theoretical foundations for engaging learning!
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By Roisin Gwyer, Ruth Stubbings & Graham Walton (Eds.)

Series: IFLA Publications Series 157 
Publisher: Berlin/Munich: De Gruyter Saur, 2012


"Information literacy has been identified as a necessary skill for life, work and citizenship - as well as for academic study - for all of us living in today's information society. This international collection brings together practitioner and research papers from all sectors of information work. It includes case studies and good practice guides, including how librarians and information workers can facilitate information literacy from pre-school children to established researchers, digital literacy and information literacy for citizens."

 

Publisher's link: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/181777?format=G

 

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The Role of a Learning Management System in a World Awash in Learning Content, by Richard Nantel

The Role of a Learning Management System in a World Awash in Learning Content, by Richard Nantel | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The bottom line is that, faced with so much content, learners can benefit from digital content curation. This means that the role of learning professionals such as instructional designers and instructors expands beyond creating and delivering courses to finding useful content and vetting potential authorities and subject matter experts.

A learning management system, then, provides a centralized on-ramp to relevant learning content located within the LMS but also found elsewhere on the Web.

Learners can be encouraged to:

- Watch relevant YouTube videos embedded into courses or added to the system as resources
- Follow and participate in discussions with experts on Twitter and in forums
- Read and comment on blog posts written by authorities on specific topics
- Contribute ideas with colleagues using wikis
- Attend live virtual events such as Webinars
- And much much more"

 

 

>> The role of the Information Specialist are also vital in creating a LMS!


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Advice from a Seasoned Archivist, Mark Greene - Pt 1

"Today’s post comes to us from Mark Greene, whom you are undoubtedly familiar with through his countless archival publications, perhaps most notably MPLP with Dennis Meissner. You can read more about him in his SAA bio.

Mark has offered to write a series of three posts for us addressing the job market, internships, and preparation for entry into the archives profession."

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So You Want to Be an Archivist: An Overview of the Archives Profession | Society of American Archivists

So You Want to Be an Archivist: An Overview of the Archives Profession | Society of American Archivists | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @ALALibrary: So You Want to Be an Archivist: An Overview of the Archives Profession - Soc of American Archivists @archivists_org - http://t.co/LszmeEJB...

 

"The primary task of the archivist is to establish and maintain control, both physical and intellectual, over records of enduring value. Archivists select records, a process that requires an understanding of the historical context in which the records were created, the uses for which they were intended, and their relationships to other sources. The archivist then arranges and describes the records, in accordance with accepted standards and practices; ensures the long-term preservation of collections; assists researchers; and plans and directs exhibitions, publications, and other outreach programs to broaden the use of collections and to enlist support for archival programs. All archivists, especially those with administrative responsibilities, need to understand and apply the principles of sound management to their work."

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8 Ideas, 10 Guides, And 17 Tools For A Better Professional Learning Network

8 Ideas, 10 Guides, And 17 Tools For A Better Professional Learning Network | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Personal learning networks are a great way for educators to get connected with learning opportunities, access professional development resources, and to build camaraderie with other education professionals. Although PLNs have been around for years, in recent years social media has made it possible for these networks to grow exponentially. Now, it’s possible to expand and connect your network around the world anytime, anywhere. But how exactly do you go about doing that? Check out our guide to growing your personal learning network with social media, full of more than 30 different tips, ideas, useful resources, and social media tools that can make it all possible."

 

Tips & Ideas

Guides

Tools & Resources

 

Extremely valuable for Information Professionals as well!


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What can librarians/info pros do for your business? | NKS Info Services

"What can a librarian or information professional by any other name do for your business? Besides the tradtional research, print and electronic collection management, knowledge management, and so on? 

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- publish articles in industry venues that advance recognition of your business and/or issues of importance to you,
- provide data management, data curation, and project management in support of helping you and your business to build on its own knowledge base and/or meet federal agency expectations for research management , if you receive federal funding for said research,
- offer GIS mapping of data and other information visualization skills,
- educate your staff by offering brown bag seminars, webinars, and other events on various timely topics,
- deliver regular industry-related news in various easy-to-digest formats for busy staff and managers,
- add great value to your technology committees or other IT-committees (think of the experience your librarian/info pro has with online research tools, electronic subscriptions, software tools, and the information-seeking needs of your staff),
and so much more!"

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11th Southern African Online Information Meeting: Innovation in an age of limits #SAOIM

11th Southern African Online Information Meeting: Innovation in an age of limits #SAOIM | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"11th Southern African Online Information Meeting (SAOIM) Innovation in an age of limits 5-8 June 2012 Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa"

 

"The conference theme is a reflection of the challenges that modern day libraries are facing and the subsequent need for innovative solutions.

SAOIM provides a forum for the exchange of information on current developments, applications and opportunities in the expanding field of online information. As with the previous conferences, the aim of the 11th SAOIM is to provide insight into the exciting extent of growth and activity taking place in the information industry. Coverage will include not only the traditional online systems and services, but also latest areas of information transfer and exchange."

 

Keep a lookout for the hashtag #SAOIM

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Ariadne article: Perceptions of Public Libraries in Africa | EIFL

Ariadne article: Perceptions of Public Libraries in Africa | EIFL | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @EIFLnet: Ariadne article: Perceptions of Public Libraries in Africa http://t.co/mA5rlBiX...

 

"The article “Perceptions of Public Libraries in Africa” has been published in Ariadne, a peer-reviewed open access magazine for information professionals.
In the article, Monika Elbert, David Fuegi and Ugne Lipeikaite summarise and describe the principal findings of the study Perceptions of Public Libraries in Africa commissioned by EIFL Public library Innovation Programme (PLIP) which served to provide evidence of how public libraries are perceived by stakeholders and the public towards public libraries in six African countries.
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"The goal of the study was to understand the perceptions of national and local stakeholders (municipalities, ministries, public agencies, media, etc.) and the public (including non-users) in respect of public libraries in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe about the potential of public libraries. It also aimed to understand how these stakeholders could best be positively influenced to create, fund, support or to use public libraries. It is hoped that stakeholders in the countries studied will choose to assess the findings as a potential tool to improve library management and advocacy."

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Special Librarians and Information Professionals Discuss Social Media, Apps and Other Tech Tools at the OLA Super Conference

Special Librarians and Information Professionals Discuss Social Media, Apps and Other Tech Tools at the OLA Super Conference | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Mimi Szeto

"While most librarians don’t turn to Facebook to look up murder victims and research torture stories, Astrid Lange does. Lange is a news librarian who heads the Library and Research Services at the Toronto Star. “Most users don’t know how to use privacy settings,” she told a group of information professionals last Wednesday at the OLA Super Conference 2012.

Lange was one of five speakers of “In The Now: How Special Libraries & Librarians are Using the Latest in Technology,” the pre-conference session hosted by the T-SLIS Network in Toronto.

The event brought together special librarians and non-traditional information professionals to share new tools and tactics to better serve their clients. Hot topics included social media monitoring, digital devices and building library services for tech-savvy users."

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The Emerging Future: Technology Issues and Trends MOOC | San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science - sign up now

The Emerging Future: Technology Issues and Trends MOOC | San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science - sign up now | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Learn to think like a futurist! Futurism is not about predicting the future, but making informed decisions today that will impact future developments. The Emerging Future: Technology Issues and Trends MOOC offered by the School of Library and Information Science at San José State University (SJSU) provides the planning skills and technology trends needed to create your personal and organization’s future. Knowing who and what to watch will keep you informed on the latest technology issues and trends that will impact the future.
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Competencies for Information Professionals of the 21st Century - Special Libraries Association

Competencies for Information Professionals of the 21st Century - Special Libraries Association | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
SLA members have explored and shared their vision of the competencies and skills required for specialized information management in many forums.

 

 

Prepared for the Special Libraries Association Board of Directors by the Special Committee on Competencies for Special Librarians
Eileen Abels, Rebecca Jones, John Latham, Dee Magnoni, Joanne Gard Marshall

What is an Information Professional?
An Information Professional (“IP”) strategically uses information in his/her job to advance the mission of the organization. The IP accomplishes this through the development, deployment, and management of information resources and services. The IP harnesses technology as a critical tool to accomplish goals. IPs include, but are not limited to librarians, knowledge managers, chief information officers, web developers, information brokers, and consultants.

- See more at: http://www.sla.org/about-sla/competencies/#sthash.KyZIHxR7.dpuf

 

PDF version here: http://sla.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/0_LRNCompetencies2003_revised.pdf

 

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Librarians and Archivists to Palestine

Librarians and Archivists to Palestine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
A delegation of librarians, archivists, and other information workers to Palestine in June/July 2013 (RT @Librarians2Pal: We've launched our crowdfunding campaign.

 

How can archivists and library workers in Palestine and other parts of the world connect as individuals and within a larger context of ongoing colonization and imposed isolation? This summer, we will begin to find out. A group of 20 librarians and archivists from the US, Canada, UK, and Sweden will travel to Palestine to meet with our colleagues in library- and archive-related projects and institutions and apply our experience in the form of skillshares and other types of joint work.


Website here: http://librarians2palestine.wordpress.com/


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Crowdfunding through indiegogo for a special library project in Palestine! 

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Culture professionals network | The Guardian

Culture professionals network | The Guardian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Analysis, news, comment and jobs for arts, museum and heritage professionals

 

Free membership: https://register.guardian.co.uk/culture-professionals

 

The Guardian Culture Professionals Network (CPN) is an essential meeting space for arts, heritage and culture professionals, offering commentary, community engagement and access to a range of perspectives and best practice from across your sector. Our content is international, open and dynamic.

We also provide connections. As a network member, we will connect you online and offline with peers and partners across a range of disciplines and departments - people who are looking to share ideas and make things happen.

Whether you work in audience development, arts marketing, venue management, fundraising and finance, cultural policy or - like so many culture professionals - you're a creative freelancer with a portfolio career, you'll find the Guardian Culture Professionals Network an invaluable source of knowledge and contacts for your professional life.

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New Curb Your Librarian Frustration in 8 Steps – Stephen's Lighthouse

New Curb Your Librarian Frustration in 8 Steps – Stephen's Lighthouse | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Every professional worth their salt and who has had an ounce of success has been there.   If you care, you get frustrated . . . and sometimes angry, demotivated or sad."

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"So, before you throw in the towel, or just wallow in the blues and self pity, let’s think about how to curb some of that frustration a bit so you can get back to striving for success, innovation, great client interactions, fame and fortune (well maybe not the fortune… tongue firmly in cheek).  Let’s move on and make a difference in the world.

Step 1: Stop whining

Step 2: Find your purpose

Step 3: Change your focus

Step 4: Stop checking your stats so often

Step 5: Have faith

Step 6: Set realistic goals

Step 7: Stay committed

Step 8: Look to others for inspiration"

 

http://stephenslighthouse.com/2012/11/01/curb-your-librarian-frustration-in-8-steps/

 

 


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Good News: Librarian Job Growth Exploding

Good News: Librarian Job Growth Exploding | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Butch Lazorchak:

Quick quiz: Is the employment outlook for librarians growing or shrinking? The answer depends on what you call a “library job.”

 

"BLS view doesn’t describe too many of the librarians, archivists and museum professionals I know. Just for kicks, let’s compare the BLS librarian description to the job area of Computer and Information Systems Managers, which O*Net describes as having a “bright outlook” (projected to grow at a rate of 29% or more this decade):

Consult with users, management, vendors, and technicians to assess computing needs and system requirements.
Stay abreast of advances in technology.
Provide users with technical support for computer problems.
Assign and review the work of systems analysts, programmers, and other computer-related workers.
Evaluate the organization’s technology use and needs and recommend improvements, such as hardware and software upgrades.
Funny…that list looks a lot more like the job descriptions of the librarians I know!

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Thriving in the Age of Empowered End Users: A Panel Discussion at SLA

by Cindy Shamel :

"As librarians and information professionals, we have an excellent track record for adapting to the ever-changing industry landscape. Despite ongoing discussions of obsolescence, the profession carries on. With the advent of microfilm in the 1930s, one college library committee posited that the book would become as obsolete as the horse and buggy. We adapted by becoming experts in microfilm technology and the opportunities it offered. Librarians sounded the alarm in the 1960s when the telephone came to the reference desk, concerned that users would simply call in their questions and never come to the library again. People still came to libraries, and info pros adapted by increasing levels of services so that now we include phone, email, online chat, and text messages.

Today, when end users freely search the medical literature through PubMed, legal cases with FindLaw, and the internet via Google, our role again seems threatened. The professional discussion remains robust, as illustrated by a Dialog search of what I broadly defined as library literature (ERIC, INSPEC, NTIS, Social SciSearch, Dissertation Abstracts Online, Gale Group Magazine Database, British Education Index, Gale Group Trade & Industry Database, and Library Literature & Information Science). Using the terms librarian? and google ANDed with synonyms for competition, with results ranked by year, a steady increase from one hit in 1997 to about 80 per year over the last 6 years appears. So, what’s the info pro to do? How can we thrive in the environment of the empowered user?

PROQUEST ASSEMBLES A PANEL

At the 2012 SLA conference, ProQuest brought together a powerful panel of information industry practitioners and thought leaders to discuss the issues. Panelists included Mary Ellen Bates, president and founder of Bates Info Services, Inc. and an expert in customized information research; Blanca Chou, associate director of the Information Resource Center at Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.; Betty Edwards, senior research analyst in information resources and management at The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.; and Roger Summit, founder of Dialog, who foresaw the paradigm shift that would be created by the development of online information services. Libby Trudell, a longtime member of the Dialog, and now ProQuest, management team, moderated the panel.

Trudell led the discussion, posing questions related to how information professionals can redefine their service offering and their value proposition, whether the industry is on the right track with discovery tools, and where the gaps or opportunities lie today. Panelists drew from their work experience and industry knowledge to offer wisdom and strategies for thriving in the age of empowered users, revealing several common threads and a few unique insights."

 

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The.Librarian.Quest.For.The.Spear. #librarians

"What makes you think you're the librarian? ..."


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