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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 29, 2013 8:37 PM

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

lisa oldham's curator insight, August 30, 2013 9:40 AM

Important thinking for the future of sustainable libraries

Gai Dennett's curator insight, September 26, 2013 4:45 PM

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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Ela Srofton's curator insight, July 29, 2013 5:23 AM

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.

Karen du Toit's insight:

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 12:35 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 6:41 AM

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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What are librarians worth around the world #Infographic

What are librarians worth around the world #Infographic | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
This highly informative infographic put together by Masters in Education and ObizMedia, is analyzing the role of a library and a librarian in our life.

 

More and more of today's librarians are high-tech information sleuths, and clever navigators, helping library users plumb the oceans of information.

 

This infographic clearly demonstrates what are librarians worth around the world: http://ebookfriendly.com/2012/11/16/library-librarians-infographic/


Via Fe Angela M. Verzosa
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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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A Librarian Call To Action, by Penny Talbert

A Librarian Call To Action, by Penny Talbert | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Why do we need competencies?
The answer is very simple. Libraries need to remain relevant. They also need to make themselves valuable to their communities. If you think for one minute that having bestsellers on your shelf is going to keep you valuable, you're living in the 1950s. Library directors should be inundated with requests from organizations and businesses to assist them with their in-house technology."

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Libraries are "supposed to be that local organization that is an expert in technology!"


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Librarians should be the experts in technology and should be the ones to consult!

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3 Geeks and a Law Blog: Are you a Dead Librarian Walking?

3 Geeks and a Law Blog: Are you a Dead Librarian Walking? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Colleen Cable:

"My new #ILTA13 inspired post on #3Geeks. http://t.co/60FkJbEDri"

 

Monica’s summary of the key note address [at The International Legal Technology Association’s annual conference] by Scott Klosoky of Future Point of View, where he asked the question: Are you a dead leader walking or one with your high beams on?

Two quotes really caught my eye:

Leaders get stuck in what they have invested in, and cannot move forward

 

See 10 years ahead. Think about what services you will be offering, how they will be delivered, how you will find new clients, and what new businesses you will be handling


I was struck by how directly this applies to law firm libraries.

What have we invested in that prevents us from moving forward and how we are “seeing” 10 years ahead: 

Print?We aren’t completely in control of what print we maintain, but we are in control of planning and presenting a vision of what the print collection will look like in the future. How are we planning to stop investing in print and utilizing emerging technologies to shape the collection of the future? How have we communicated that to firm leadership? Space?Does our space or lack thereof, continue to define us? Do we need “space” in today’s law firm to be effective at our work or does it hinder us? If we look into the future, does space impact the services we provide? Maybe one day we are completely mobile with a tablet in one hand and our Google Glass on, working in attorney offices, client meetings, offering assistance as a roving service provider. How might we plan that kind of transition?Non-core activities?Jean O’Grady has done a tremendous job over the past few years focusing on the non-core activities that we must be willing to give up or out/in-source to others in order to focus on core activities. I’ve also heard Steve Lastres say many times that he tries not to do anything that isn’t “client-facing”. Both of these leaders are attempting to see 10 years ahead and planning their services accordingly. How can we take on and provide new services if we still have everything else on our plates?
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Specifically for law librarians, but valid to all librarians!

We need to make future predictions to make changes now!

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Library and repository communities join together to identify new competencies for academic librarians | LIBER

Library and repository communities join together to identify new competencies for academic librarians | LIBER http://t.co/ixmB5avbNq”

 

"The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), and the Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER) are pleased to announce the launch of a Joint Task Force on Librarians’ Competencies in Support of E-Research and Scholarly Communication.

 

Rapid changes in technology and associated shifts in research and scholarly communications are profoundly changing the role of libraries in the 21st century. The emergence of e-research, for example, is bringing about new ways of doing science across the globe, compelling libraries to adopt new services, such as assisting with the development of research data management plans, hosting collaborative virtual research environments, managing institutional repositories, and disseminating research outputs through open access mechanisms. These novel services require a range of new skills and expertise within the library community as well as a shift in organizational models for libraries."

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New competencies for librarians > to be announced in 2014!

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The 8 Roles of The 21st Century Librarian ~ @medkh9 at Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 8 Roles of The 21st Century Librarian ~ @medkh9 at Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The 8 Roles of The 21st Century Librarian http://t.co/kMELQYFf9I
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Valuable to look at, but feels that it is a bit restrictive for a community-centered New Librarian

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The Adventures of Library Girl: How To Survive The Zombie Librarian Apocalypse Tip #2: Keep Learning!

The Adventures of Library Girl: How To Survive The Zombie Librarian Apocalypse Tip #2: Keep Learning! | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Jump start your professional learning AND kill some zombies along the way! #win http://t.co/YTnZ94I0dB #tlchat #edchat #edtech #nced

 

"...here are a few ways to jump start your professional learning :

1. Focus on the LEARNING not on the credit

2. Learn to love the hashtag

3. Join professional organizations

4. Think outside the box

5. Make time for learning

6. Follow your passions

7. Rethink failure

8. Take it from theory to practice

9. Share. Share. Share


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"As Zombie Fighters we can't be afraid to have honest conversations with our colleagues who are stuck.  Like my friend and colleague Jennifer Northrup said in a recent post on her blog, there's no need to be confrontational or to go on the attack.  However, we can't be passive either and hope that Zombie Librarians will simply be inspired by our stellar examples." 

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Great list and motivation to jump-start your own professional development!

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