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With attendance dipping, libraries changing roles, focus - KSL.com

With attendance dipping, libraries changing roles, focus - KSL.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Public libraries are at a crossroads. Overall circulation and visits are down over the last five years. But libraries continue to supply another community need: a place to contemplate and collaborate.
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FSU professors create online tool to assist librarians working with patrons with autism - Tallahassee.com

FSU professors create online tool to assist librarians working with patrons with autism - Tallahassee.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Two Florida State University professors have created a training site that they hope will assist librarians when working with patrons who suffer from autism spectrum disorders.

The teaching guide, called Project PALS, was created as a learning tool to help librarians better understand some of the behavioral characteristics demonstrated by someone with the disorder, and how to make that person more successful in library settings.

Project PALS, or Project Panhandle Autism Library Services, is taught online using examples that can be reviewed at the person’s leisure. The training lasts about four hours.

The project was created by Nancy Everhart, a professor in the School of Information who studies the impact of technology on the leadership of the school librarian, and Juliann Woods, associate dean of research at the College of Communication and Information at FSU. Woods also is associate director for research to practice at the Autism Institute, who helped develop Autism Navigator, a Web-based early-detection tool that aids service providers in recognizing and serving children with ASD."

 

More info here: http://pals.cci.fsu.edu/

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Librarians dealing with autism - there's a course available now and will take 4 hours to complete!

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Fixity Version 0.5, the free and open source fixity tool developed by AVPreserve, has been officially released for download

Fixity Version 0.5, the free and open source fixity tool developed by AVPreserve, has been officially released for download | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Chris Lacinak
AVPreserve

About Fixity:

Fixity creates a manifest of files stored in directories identified by the user, documenting file names, locations, and checksums. The user can then schedule regular automated scans of the directories to monitor for any changes to files. Fixity is ideal for monitoring of files in long term storage, complimenting tools such as Bagger and the BagIt specification that can be used to check fixity at points of transition.

 

Major recent updates include:

•           Created OSX version (64-bit systems only)

•           Added support for MD5 in addition to the SHA256 checksum algorithm

•           Added ability to change checksum algorithm for a project

•           Added ability to import projects between versions of Fixity

•           Added ability to update the location of a scanned directory

•           Implemented SQLite database for storing projects

•           Improved reporting

•           Updated logic for reporting on copied and moved files

•           Improved handling of special characters in file paths

•           Added history directory to store snapshots of the manifest over time

•           Create tasks as Administrator on Windows, allowing projects to run when logged off.

•           Code, stability and interface improvements

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48 Free September Webinars for Librarians | OEDB.org

48 Free September Webinars for Librarians | OEDB.org | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Librarians are lifelong learners.  And we’re always on the look out for exciting professional development opportunities.  Fortunately for us, there are a great many amazing, free webinars being offered each month from a variety of sources, there’s bound to be something for everyone.  Check out these incredible free live webinars that you can participate in:

http://oedb.org/free-live-webinars-librarians/ "


Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Karen du Toit
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Great resource for September!

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Trace the past with NY Public Library's Open Access Maps Project - by Bonnie Burton CNET

Trace the past with NY Public Library's Open Access Maps Project - by Bonnie Burton CNET | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"For over 15 years, the Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division at the New York Public Library has been scanning maps from all over the world including those of the Mid-Atlantic United States from 16th to 19th centuries and even topographic maps of Austro-Hungarian empire ranging from 1877 and 1914.

Most notably, the NYPL has scanned more than 10,300 maps from property, zoning, and topographic atlases of New York City dating from 1852 to 1922.

There's also a "diverse collection of more than 1,000 maps of New York City, its boroughs and neighborhoods, dating from 1660 to 1922, which detail transportation, vice, real estate development, urban renewal, industrial development and pollution, political geography among many, many other things," NYPL posted in late March on its blog.

These and many more of the 20,000 cartographic works scanned are now available as high-resolution downloads for anyone who wants to visit their site."

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Rockyourpaper.org: Search and Manage your Research Articles, Download Full Text Research Articles for Free

Rockyourpaper.org: Search and Manage your Research Articles, Download Full Text Research Articles for Free | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Search and Manage Research Articles, Abstract, Citations, Bibliography and References for free at RockYourPaper.org
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Great resource for open access research papers!

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Pre-conference event for the Library 2.013 annual conference - on Monday 14 October #cld13 #lib2013

Pre-conference event for the Library 2.013 annual conference - on Monday 14 October #cld13 #lib2013 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"A short series of free online sessions this coming Monday. Part of the impetus for this day is also to make sure that there is representation of librarians as part of Connected Educator Month (CEM)--[...]

just declare Monday, October 14th, "Connected Librarians Day!" (Hashtag #cld13)


PRESENTATIONS

 October 14
 Opening Panel: "Leading the Charge to Connect the Library, Classroom, and Curriculum: A View from Library Leadership" 
 The Library as Makerspace - Kristin Fontichiaro 
 Teaching the Teachers: Integrating Technology into Library Instruction - Amanda Nichols Hess, e-Learning & Instructional Technology Librarian 
 Virtual Library Instruction:Tools & Tips - Stacy Creel, Assistant Professor  [Re]Envisioning the Role of Librarian as Educator in the Digital Information Age - John Shank 
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A pre-conference event for Connected Librarians on 14 Oct

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Free webinar on Sept. 12: How librarians are raising researchers' reputations

Free webinar on Sept. 12: How librarians are raising researchers' reputations | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Register for the free Library Connect webinar on Sept. 12 - How librarians are raising researchers' reputations: An exploration of academic networks, profiles and analysis. Presenters include Chris Erdmann, Heather Chisholm and Wouter Gerritsma.

 

"With the continued extension of the academic research enterprise - both locally and globally - librarians are being asked to support researchers and the research organization with new services.

Learn how 3 librarians from leading institutions are implementing data, tools and strategies to advance their researchers and strengthen their organizations' research mission during a free Library Connect webinar."

- See more at: http://libraryconnect.elsevier.com/articles/supporting-users-organizations/2013-08/free-webinar-sept-12-how-librarians-are-raising#sthash.5ziKKURG.EMalh7Q1.dpuf

 

"Topics:

• Establishing researchers' identity and authority
• Sharing and collaborating remotely
• Collecting, annotating and storing bibliographies
• Developing international visibility
• Applying academic networks and profiles, such as Mendeley, ORCID and Scopus
- See more at: http://libraryconnect.elsevier.com/articles/supporting-users-organizations/2013-08/free-webinar-sept-12-how-librarians-are-raising#sthash.5ziKKURG.EMalh7Q1.dpuf"

 


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Librarians' input into research!!

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MOOCs and libraries: Next steps? #MOOClib

MOOCs and libraries: Next steps? #MOOClib | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"...some positive and meaningful ways that librarians can engage with MOOCs.


the outcomes in 9 rough categories.

Get the library involvedStart talking/collaborating/sharing between librariesTake MOOCsGet in front of licensing and accessCreate MOOCsSupport MOOC facultySupport MOOC studentsCreate in-person support opportunitiesRe-assess library assumptions and practices

Of these, from my perspective, the things that every librarian can do is to take a MOOC, and contribute to the conversation by listening to others who have been invovled in MOOCs, and sharing information and experiences.


[...]

[This is the fourth posting in a short series on the forum on MOOCs and Libraries held by OCLC and the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, March 18th and 19th, 2013.]

This, alongside the copyright session, was the most meaty in terms of seeing where libraries are currently connecting with MOOCs — as I learned during my investigations, there are a lot of people with opinions about MOOCs and libraries, but not many folks with hands on experience. This session focused on where library research skills fit into MOOCs, where that might take us.


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Very insightful blog post about the future for libraries with regards the impact of MOOCs!

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Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)

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Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) (Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) Second Edition http://t.co/daKSXPUop1)

 

The Second Edition is here!!!

 

Revised and updated in 2013, Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) facilitates consistent, appropriate, and self-explanatory description of archival materials and creators of archival materials. This new edition reflects the growing convergence among archival, museum, and library standards; aligns DACS with the descriptive standards developed and supported by the International Council on Archives; and provides guidance on the creation of archival authority records. DACS can be applied to all types of material at all levels of description, and the rules are designed for use by any type of descriptive output, including MARC 21, Encoded Archival Description (EAD), and Encoded Archival Context (EAC).

The Second Edition consists of two parts: Describing Archival Materials and Archival Authority Records. Separate sections discuss levels of description and the importance of access points to the retrieval of descriptions. Appendices feature a list of companion standards and crosswalks to ISAD(G), ISAAR(CPF), MARC 21, EAD, EAC, and Resource Description and Access (RDA). Also included is an index.

 

To purchase a print copy, click on Add to Cart below.

 

For a free PDF of the Second Edition, click here: http://files.archivists.org/pubs/DACS2E-2013.pdf

 

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Hyperlinked Library MOOC | San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science

Hyperlinked Library MOOC | San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
HYPERLINKED LIBRARY MOOC 

What emerging trends are changing library services? What does the connected world of "continuous computing" mean for 21st Century libraries? The Hyperlinked Library MOOC offered by the School of Library and Information Science at San José State University provides a roadmap toward becoming a participatory, interactive, user-centered library.

The Hyperlinked Library MOOC is a professional development opportunity designed for information professionals and those interested in the topic. The MOOC is not offered for academic credit. SJSU SLIS graduate students who participate in the MOOC will not receive credit toward their master's degrees.

Course description here: http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/programs/moocs/hyperlinked-library-mooc?goback=%2Egna_2747909%2Egde_2747909_member_225190881
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Hyperlinked Library MOOC - starting in September 2013 - only open to the first 400 that registers!

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Free online learning courses available from Slough Libraries - Slough Borough Council

Free online learning courses available from Slough Libraries - Slough Borough Council | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
NEWS: Free online learning courses available from Slough Libraries http://t.co/zb1UqFLtaI

 

These exciting new learning packages, known as Universal Class and Transparent Language Courses, provides members of Slough Libraries access to over 350 online courses and 80 foreign language courses free of charge. The courses are available online 24 hours a day, so fit well into busy schedules, whether that’s college, work, childcare, or a combination of the three.

Universal Class offers a fantastic range of topics, from hobbies to technology, business skills to health. As the courses are free, there’s no risk – members can try something they’ve always wanted to, or something they’ve never thought of. Members can register for up to five courses at once, and there’s no commitment on a course if you change your mind.

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DPLA Launches, Librarians Respond

DPLA Launches, Librarians Respond | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
First impressions of the new DPLA portal have been almost uniformly positive, though many have suggested avenues for further enhancements and refinements.

 

"Launched yesterday, the Digital Public Library of America’s portal offers browsing and search access to a still growing aggregation of cultural heritage records from dozens of US cultural heritage institutions. At the same time, DPLA began offering programmatic access to its metadata stores, urging developers to create their own interfaces and access points to the collections. First impressions have been almost uniformly positive, though many have suggested avenues for further enhancements and refinements."

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Librarian insights into the Digital Public Library of America!

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Closing the Gap in Librarian, Faculty Views of Academic Libraries | Research

Closing the Gap in Librarian, Faculty Views of Academic Libraries | Research | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"In this age of outcomes measurement, many academic librarians are focused—and rightly so—on making sure they best serve students. Yet students are not the only population of end users on an academic campus. Faculty, too, are conduits not only to students but to library users in their own right. As well, studies of faculty attitudes such as Ithaka’s often show that, even as faculty increasingly depend on library-brokered online access to expensive databases and electronic journals, the off-site availability of modern resources may leave many faculty members less aware of the crucial role of the library in their and their students’ workflow."


Full report here: http://www.thedigitalshift.com/research


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Library 2.015 Spring Summit

Library 2.015 Spring Summit | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The Emerging Future: Technology and Learning
Join us on April 30th, 2015 for the Library 2.015 Spring Summit - 

...the Library 2.015 Spring Summit - The Emerging Future: Technology and Learning, a half-day conversation about technology issues and trends in the future of library and information services.  The Spring Summit will be held from 12pm - 3pm US Pacific / 3pm - 6pm US Eastern, and is designed to complement the fifth annualLibrary 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference on October 20th, 2015.  Facebook | Twitter | Google+ 

The technology landscape changes rapidly, and these changes have economic, social, and ethical significance for individuals, organizations, and the entire world. The Emerging Future: Technology and Learning brings focus to the planning skills that are needed, the issues that are involved, and the current trends as we explore the potential impact of technological innovations.

 

RSVP here:L http://www.eventbrite.com/e/library-2015-spring-summit-tickets-15818355126?ref=ebtn

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Librarians prevalent in use of social media - Analysis & News - Research Information

Librarians prevalent in use of social media - Analysis & News - Research Information | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Jodie Bell of Taylor & Francis asks: how important is social media as a communication tool?

Research Information: February/March 2015

A social media white paper

Taylor & Francis sought to address some of these questions by conducting research into how the library community is currently using and applying social media. Libraries have been particularly prevalent in their uptake of social media, and use it as a key medium for engaging with their users. As such, it is an issue close to the heart of how libraries are evolving and Taylor & Francis wanted to help benchmark current use and provide best practice recommendations to help navigate what the future may bring.

The research conducted was on a global scale – more than 600 librarians worldwide contributed their thoughts, suggestions and experiences through focus groups, telephone interviews, an online survey and a Twitter party. All the research was then compiled into a white paper, which has now been published online and is available to download for free.

 

The white paper can be accessed online for free, along with accompanying top level data, infographic visualisations of key findings, video presentations and more. See http://bit.ly/socialmediatf for more details.


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