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"Beyond the Walled Garden" by Michael Stephens

LIS Students in an Era of Participatory Culture "...the concept of the “walled garden.” This phrase has come to represent closed information technology systems or virtual spaces inaccessible to outsiders. The garden is safe from outside influences and those inside can flourish if tended. But the wall is also a barrier to outside participation. If students spend all of their time in a classroom or within the virtual walls of a closed learning management system (LMS), the potential benefits of accessing and experiencing their forthcoming professional environment will decrease. I also believe the skills and abilities detailed above flourish best when learners are participating directly with the wider community. There will always be a place for the classroom and the LMS, but balancing that environment with experience beyond the walled garden should be part of the learning process as well."
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Interesting article! Valuable to all expanding their own professional development! Especially people considering taking part in the Hyperlinked Library MOOC #hyperlibMOOC
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More Technology for the Rest of Us: A Second Primer on Computing for the Non-IT Librarian

More Technology for the Rest of Us: A Second Primer on Computing for the Non-IT Librarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

More Technology for the Rest of Us: A Second Primer on Computing for the Non-IT Librarian From cloud computing to data curation to open-source software, the world of technology offers great opportunity—and potential frustration.

 

"Nancy Courtney and her team of IT experts have set out to enhance the former and alleviate the latter. More Technology for the Rest of Us: A Second Primer on Computing for the Non-IT Librarian follows up on Courtney's 2005 technology volume by tackling the most recent advances in IT. Each chapter describes a technology important to the library field..."

 

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2012 top ten trends in academic libraries

A review of the trends and issues affecting academic libraries in higher education ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee

"Three leaders in academic librarianship were the catalysts for this discussion: Martin Halbert, dean of libraries at University of North Texas; Joan Lippincott, associate director of Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and Mark Puente, director of diversity and leadership programs, Association of Research Libraries (ARL). This discussion forum augmented the trends identified by the committee.

These top trends are listed alphabetically. Each trend includes a brief discussion and references to the literature. The committee also compiled additional resources that may be of interest."

 

- "Communication value

- Data curation

- Digital preservation

- Higher education

- Information technology

- Mobile environments

- Patron driven e-book acquisition

- Scholarly communication

- Staffing

- User behaviours and expectations"

 

The committee would like to thank Erin Hood, research assistant at OCLC Research, for her assistance in producing this document."

 

   
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