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Librarians in the Digital Age | American Libraries Magazine

Librarians in the Digital Age | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
ALA President Sari Feldman and President-Elect Julie Todaro respond to a recent Wall Street Journal editorial about librarians in the age of Google.
"Nothing could be further from the truth than the outdated stereotype of libraries and librarians that Steve Barker presents in his January 11 article. In Boston at our national conference this past week, we heard repeatedly from colleagues among the thousands gathered that this might be the most exciting time of opportunity in libraries and for librarians. Attendees included librarians of all ages and demographics, librarians who—whether in school, public, academic, or special library settings—take pride in playing an integral role in the educational, cultural, and information experiences of their patrons. Examples? Consider Multnomah County Library’s Lyndsey Runyan, a librarian who specializes in rethinking how to use existing space in public libraries for 21st-century learning and creation. She’s overseeing a new facility near Portland, Oregon, for underserved teenagers to build science, technology, engineering, arts, and math skills by making electronic music, building robots, utilizing 3-D printers, and more. How about Kristina Holzweiss, Bay Shore Middle School librarian, who developed “GENIUS Hour,” a teamwork-based program in which students create original presentations while exploring their own passions from robotics to coding? Or George Washington University Gelman Librarian Bill Gillis who co-teaches a required freshmen writing class where students learn to use research and sources to expand their horizons and strengthen their writing? Rather than being pushed aside by the information revolution, our public libraries alone continue to host more than 1.5 billion visits annually—or about 4 million per day. Our school and academic libraries are destinations for millions of students daily for research and information literacy assistance from expert librarians. In fact, recent findings from the Pew Research Center reveal that librarian assistance is the most important library service we provide, after free access to books and media (just ahead of free access to computers and the internet)."
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The top technologies every librarian needs to know - ed. Kenneth Varnum / @facetpublishing

The top technologies every librarian needs to know - ed. Kenneth Varnum / @facetpublishing | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know: titles from @facetpublishing http://t.co/PJLGk8JSNB

 

Edited by Kenneth J Varnum

In this much needed book, Kenneth Varnum and his hand-picked team of contributors look ahead over the most important technologies likely to impact library services over the next five years. It shows librarians where to invest time and money to receive the greatest benefits. Their ideas will stimulate strategic thinking and help library staff make informed decisions about meeting user expectations and delivering services.

Highly informative for any library, the diverse chapters include: 

Impetus to Innovate: Convergence and Library Trends Hands-Free Augmented RealityImpacting the Library FutureLibraries and Archives Augmenting the WorldThe Future of Cloud-Based Library SystemsLibrary DiscoveryWeb Services as the New Websites for Many LibrariesText Mining Bigger, Better, Together: Building the Digital Library of the FutureOpen Hardware in Libraries.

This leading edge collection offers an expert-level view of library technology that’s just around the corner and is essential reading for systems librarians, students and all librarians who are looking to the technology future.

July 2014; 144pp; paperback; 978-1-78330-033-4; £49.95

 

Find out more: http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=0334&utm_source=Communicator_facet_mailing_list&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=Varnum2&utm_campaign=The+top+technologies+every+librarian+needs+to+know&_ccCt=GqCK7eRmX931soBq1T0BNg_hUSnDuKhXE76qaN2plZUIBOeDaCj9bEVRsmNE3ff9

 

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The Future of Libraries - 7 questions librarians need to answer - Lee Rainie (Slideshare)

"Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center Internet Project, runs through the seven questions libraries need to address as they consider future services and their role for their patrons and communities. He describes how project research about the changing role of technology in people’s lives affects the kinds of issues librarians need to address as they experience the disruptions of technology change."

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1.  What’s the future of knowledge? 2.  What’s the future of pathways to knowledge (reference expertise)? 3.  What’s the future of public technology and community anchor institutions? 4.  What’s the future of learning “spaces”? 5.  What’s the future of attention (and its structural holes)? 6.  What’s the franchise?7: Where do you fit on the dashboard?"

 

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Great questions to answer for the profession.

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Edge helps libraries evaluate and improve technology services

Edge helps libraries evaluate and improve technology services | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Edge helps libraries evaluate and improve technology services.'


"The Edge Initiative is a voluntary, assessment program that provides libraries with benchmarks, best practices, tools and resources that support continuous improvement and reinvestment in public technology services. Edge helps libraries connect their services to community priorities."

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Great initiative to stay relevant in the community!

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I AM A {SOCIAL} LIBRARIAN infographic - Free download!

I AM A {SOCIAL} LIBRARIAN infographic - Free download! | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Download, embed and share The Social Librarian infographic. The social librarian is enmeshed in the fabric of the Internet of Things as curator, educator, filter and beacon.

 

"Social today means so much more than sending a tweet or posting to Facebook. The social librarian is enmeshed in the fabric of the Internet of Things as curator, educator, filter and beacon. In this complex, dynamic and demanding environment, librarians are extending themselves and empowering library users.

In recognition of this, Elsevier's Library Connect Newsletter (@library_connect) and Joe Murphy (@libraryfuture), Librarian & Technology Analyst/Trend Spotter, offer up a visual portrait of The Social Librarian, and invite you to download and post, share on your social streams, and discuss with your library stakeholders.

- See more at: http://libraryconnect.elsevier.com/articles/supporting-users-organizations/2013-08/i-am-social-librarian-infographic-free-download#sthash.fk55XRbU.dpuf

 

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The Social Librarian = Future Librarian!

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nickcarman's curator insight, August 30, 2013 4:37 AM

A great infographic which shows the skills and attributes a modern librarian ought to encompass.

lisa oldham's curator insight, August 30, 2013 5:40 PM

Important thinking for the future of sustainable libraries

Gai Dennett's curator insight, September 27, 2013 12:45 AM

New age Teacher Librarian roles outlined here

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School Librarians: Collaborate to lead - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog

School Librarians: Collaborate to lead - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
While collaboration with individual teachers is important to a successful library program, collaboration with school leaders and membership on school leadership teams is critical - and too few building librarians recognize this.

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Librarians, you can and should be serving on at least one, if not more, of these teams (in addition to meeting regularly with your building principal):

Building/site leadership teamCurriculum teamsAssessment committeesStrategic planning initiativesTechnology advisory committeesNew facility planning task forcesParent-teacher organizationAccreditation/program review teams"
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Twitter Discussion on New Librarianship (with images, tweets) · rdlankes

The following tweets use the #newlib hashtag to have conversations related to the New Librarianship Master Class/MOOC
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The MOOC on New Librarianship, done through the Syracuse University, is in its fourth and final week. David Lankes, the writer of The Atlas on New Librarianship and one of the lecturers, are busy compiling a Storify of the tweets regarding this course.

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Image, Public Perception, and Lego Librarians

Image, Public Perception, and Lego Librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Joe Hardenbrook

I love seeing how the public and the media portray librarians. Whether it’s theshushing/conservative stereotype, “naughty librarian” stereotype, under-appreciated & over-worked public servant (this one is NSFW-but one of my faves!), dealing with inept patrons, or even ones that combine the brainy stereotype with sexiness - I eat it up. I wonder if accountants or architects feel the same way when they see their field portrayed?

Entering Pop Culture

So, how do we know when librarians have hit the big time? Lego has introduced a Lego Librarian – part of its minifigures series line. This line of minifigures is an eclectic group. Series #10, which the librarian belongs to, also includes awarrior woman, sad clown, and a paintball player among others. In fact, the librarian is the only viable career option in the set! How cool is that?

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So besides the official Lego Librarian version and my knock-off, how might we portray other librarians in Lego form? Or what other ways are we perceived by peers or the public? I decided to take a stab at it and had a bit of fun. Maybe you even know a few of these. So here’s my satirical take. What would you add?

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A bit of fun playing with librarian stereotypes!

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Lena Kaufmann's curator insight, July 29, 2013 1:23 PM

The official Lego librarian and about 30 variations the author built ! Fun !

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Study on emerging technologies librarians - IFLA Library

Study on emerging technologies librarians - IFLA Library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Emerging technologies librarians: how a new library position and its competencies are evolving http://t.co/7NM20n0jxb via @INFOdocket #IFLA

 

RADNIECKI, Tara (2013) Study on emerging technologies librarians: how a new library position and its competencies are evolving to meet the technology and information needs of libraries and their patrons. Paper presented at: IFLA World Library and Information Congress, 17 - 23 August 2013, Singapore.

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Librarians competencies EVOLVING to meet the technology and information needs of libraries and it spatrons!

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LAI CDG's curator insight, July 23, 2013 8:35 AM

Emerging technologies and how librarians are developing new skills and competencies to meet changing needs of users.

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Librarians asked to be tech-savvy - The New Indian Express

Librarians asked to be tech-savvy - The New Indian Express | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Express News Service 

"In the age of information technology, where data is available at the fingertips of those who seek it, librarians should be tech-savvy.

The focus of the national seminar held by the Kerala Library Association (KLA) here on Friday was on information technology interfaces in libraries and information centres.

Rather than seeing technology as a threat, it must be adopted and adapted into a supporting system for information services, the speakers at the seminar said. Borrowing from Web 2.0, they have to go to Library 2.0; library services are user-centred, collaborative and participatory in nature.

“An integrated application of Web 2.0 facilities such as social networking sites, RSS, weblogs etc, leads to Knowledge Management 2.0 (KM 2.0),” said A Neelameghan, former head of the Documentation Research and Training Centre (DRTC), Bangalore, who was delivering the keynote address on ‘Knowledge Management 2.0 in the Inclusive Knowledge Society Environment’."

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New librarians are tech-savvy, part of KM 2.0 

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International Librarian Network pilot programme under way

International Librarian Network pilot programme under way | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

A meeting place for librarians around the world:

 

The pilot program is just about off and running! Participants have been matched and over the next few days, we will be sending each person contact information for their program partner. 

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A great place to connect and learn from each other! Very excited about the prospect!

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DIKW: Data, Information, Knowledge, Wisdom: Librarians and their skill set

DIKW: Data, Information, Knowledge, Wisdom: Librarians and their skill set | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Inna K(o)uper:

CLIR blog has recently posted a piece on re-skilling for librarians by Christa Williford, focusing on digital humanities librarianship. What kind of skills do librarians need in order to be relevant in contemporary research environments? The list can be pretty long, moreover, there might be multiple lists.

Another list was proposed in a report that Christa mentioned, “Re-skilling for research” by Research Libraries UK (RLUK). The report contains results of a series of studies that aimed to map the needs of researchers onto tasks to be undertaken by subject librarians.

The report is long, but the message is the same over and over: librarians’ roles and skills are quite limited and traditional; they do not match the needs. Subject librarians are not involved at the early stages of research that involve conceptualization and planning. Most of the services are still offered in the areas of literature search and information management (how to store and organize everything). Services that are related to data collection, management, analysis and preservation are in their infancy at best.

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Thoughts on the re-skilling of librarians! Interesting!

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NELLCO's curator insight, January 18, 2013 2:41 PM

A new (to me) verb: re-skilling. Need to mull this one over. Not sure if it's perfect or ridiculous.

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Libraries as Content Creators, by Angela Critics | On Living in a Digital Age

Libraries as Content Creators, by Angela Critics | On Living in a Digital Age | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Angela Critics:

...libraries have the opportunity to be involved in shaping the new world of content. I, for one, find the idea exciting and am ready to embrace that role.

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Future of libraries & librarians!

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How Good Librarians Have Made Themselves Obsolete to Some Users, By Johannes Cronje - AllAfrica.com


"Thanks to the hard work and innovation of librarians and information specialists worldwide, and thanks to their dedication to free and shared resources, I am doing just fine without libraries."

Karen du Toit's insight:

Good points on how to do research without a library/librarian!

Kudos to the librarians/information specialists who knew and taught the user to do it on his own! That is where you want the researcher to be!

Nothing new that the role of the library is changing and that future needs will depend on staying on top of changing research innovations!

 

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Helen Lynch's curator insight, September 12, 2015 8:10 AM
Interesting piece about the relationship between researchers and librarians - I think we'll be around for a while yet though encouraging other researchers to reach the heights of this one. The author makes no mention of library subscriptions- I wonder if he accesses recommended articles via this avenue at all.
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Rory Litwin: Pressing Issues for Librarians | Library Babel Fish @insidehighered

Rory Litwin: Pressing Issues for Librarians | Library Babel Fish @insidehighered | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Changes to modes of information organization and access are getting most of the attention now, but I think if you want to look at the future of libraries you need to look at the future of everything else, and I think we have to admit that the demise of much of what we take for granted is a possibility in this century. Preservation should be the new priority." Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/library-babel-fish/rory-litwin-pressing-issues-librarians#ixzz320AA4jQi Inside Higher Ed

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A college librarian's take on the future of libraries, the positive influence of publishing and technology

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Will You be Replaced by a Computer? - Library Journal (blog)

Will You be Replaced by a Computer? - Library Journal (blog) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

BY ANNOYED LIBRARIAN:
"Librarians are pretty much in the middle of the pack, ranked #360, with a 0.65 chance of getting replaced by computers."

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"Considering that “librarian” covers a lot of ground, there’s probably some major differences. If you’re a library director or you work with people a lot, you’re probably safe, at least safer than catalogers.

They find evidence that “wages and educational attainment exhibit a strong negative relationship with the probability of computerisation.” That’s probably good news for some of the relatively well paid and educated academic librarians out there."

 

Study here: http://www.futuretech.ox.ac.uk/sites/futuretech.ox.ac.uk/files/The_Future_of_Employment_OMS_Working_Paper_1.pdf

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