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More Data for Your Dollar | Data-Driven Libraries, by Ian Chant - Library Journal

More Data for Your Dollar | Data-Driven Libraries, by Ian Chant - Library Journal | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

In the past few months, LJ has looked at how libraries of all kinds can improve the way they serve their patrons by gathering better data on what their communities want and need. 

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“Librarians need to be gathering data on the people who are not coming into libraries,” says Gary Price, editor of infoDOCKET.

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Using data to drive decisions about what programming to offer and where to spend resources isn’t just for big regional players. With numerous assets available for free or little cost and requiring little special training or technical expertise, the knowledge librarians need to make big changes in small communities is already largely at their disposal. And while being able to access those statistics and make the most of them are two different things, if any field is prepared to do its own dirty work in discerning what complicated information means and how best to put it to use, it is librarianship."

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Practical suggestions on how to collect data about the library community!

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NPSIG Library 2.013 training session on library advocacy - recording available

NPSIG Library 2.013 training session on library advocacy - recording available | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"On Oct 19, NPSIG presented a training session on how to become a library advocate at the all-virtual Library 2.013 conference. Molly Schwartz, NPSIG co-convenor, shared some excellent strategies for promoting the profession, such as:

Have three LIS-related issues that you are passionate about that you can use to illustrate the relevance of libraries- bonus points if you can include metrics to prove your pointsBe clear, succinct, and specific in communicating the value of librariesTake every opportunity to promote and advocate for libraries- don’t just brush off opportunities to talk about libraries because you’re at a dinner party!

We are happy to share the recording of the session – both available in video and audio formats.  Enjoy!

http://de.slideshare.net/npsig/library-2013-presentation

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The importance of library advocacy, for yourself and the profession!

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Balancing Privacy & Innovation | Reinventing Libraries - Library Journal

By Joseph Janes:

"Balancing Privacy & Innovation | Reinventing Libraries
Library Journal
This discussion involves two fundamental principles that underlie libraries and librarianship."

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"This discussion involves two fundamental principles that underlie libraries and librarianship. The first is a respect for the intellectual freedom of our clients and communities, which is why there is near-universal coverage of library circulation confidentiality laws, a recognition that a free people must be able to choose and explore materials and ideas freely without fear of what people might think. I, for one, don’t want anyone pawing through my circulation records, though if they can make a coherent story about all the stuff I take out, I’d like to hear it."

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How the digital shift is impacting on the Library's vision - privacy vs innovation!

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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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How to reinvent librarians: five top tips from around the world

How to reinvent librarians: five top tips from around the world | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Partner with people in unlikely places, be sensitive to user's cultural needs and share ideas on social media, says Caroline Fuchs (How to reinvent librarians: five top tips from around the world http://t.co/Seo68ky0qp...

 

1. Join forces

2.To thine own self (and patrons) be true

3. Embrace creativity

4. Get out from behind that desk (literally and figuratively)

5. Share ideas!

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Great tips, also in tune with New Librarianship ideas of R David Lankes

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Publishing in Discipline-Specific Open Access Journals: Opportunities and Outreach for Librarians | LJ INFOdocket

Publishing in Discipline-Specific Open Access Journals: Opportunities and Outreach for Librarians | LJ INFOdocket | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Gary Price:

 

The following article appears in the Vol 39 No 1 (2013) issue of The Journal of Academic Librarianship.  This special issue of JAL is devoted to open access. and is available at no charge.

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Publishing in Discipline-Specific Open Access Journals: Opportunities and Outreach for Librarians

 

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Open access (OA) journals promote the opportunity for peer-reviewed journal articles to be freely accessible. In recent years, the number of OA journals has exploded in all disciplines. Previous studies have identified print-based pedagogical discipline-specific journals outside the field of Library and Information Science (LIS) for librarians to consider as vehicles for publishing articles related to subject-based Information Literacy (IL). The present study explores the presence of discipline-specific pedagogical journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and presents a table of OA journals with their acceptance rates and review times. Pedagogical OA journals are highlighted as a potential opportunity for librarians to pro-actively reach out to faculty within a discipline and contribute towards the OA movement.


Full text: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=MiamiImageURL&_cid=272069&_user=10&_pii=S0099133312001760&_check=y&_origin=article&_zone=toolbar&_coverDate=2013-Jan-31&view=c&originContentFamily=serial&wchp=dGLzVlt-zSkWz&md5=25b1f0671652c3674fea4aa12b0093e1&pid=1-s2.0-S0099133312001760-main.pdf


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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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Librarianship and Freedom of Expression in the Era of the Global Internet

Librarianship and Freedom of Expression in the Era of the Global Internet | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
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There is a lot of concern in the modern world about how the internet has impacted freedom of expression. This is especially true in the U.S., where speech is protected from government interference by the First Amendment of the Constitution.

 

From the purely professional perspective of a librarian who is trying to organize information into easily-accessible catalogs and databases, there is certainly a strong reason to be in favor of the free exchange of information over the internet, without governmental restrictions, as it makes getting a holistic collection of our society’s views much easier.

 

Most would agree that a librarian, by profession, believes in giving the type of assistance that will allow others to empower themselves with knowledge, and the question of how good librarians can be at this task hangs in the balance as governments and private corporations decide what sort of speech is protected in this new era of a truly globalized internet. Our profession, then, has an obligation to weigh in on this debate.

 

Read more on this blog post written by David Winger here:  http://hacklibschool.wordpress.com/2012/11/23/librarianship-and-freedom-of-expression-in-the-era-of-the-global-internet/

 

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The New Librarianship Worldview, by R David Lankes

"Your worldview dictates what is possible and often without even knowing it. Presentation at the Library 2.012 conference. Describes the rising view within librarinship focused on knowledge and community."

 


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New Librarianship and the Library as Platform

"New Librarianship and the Library as Platform" Ticer 15th International Summer School on Digital Libraries 2012, Tillburg, Netherlands. Abstract: Change in academic libraries is nothing new."

 

"In his most recent lecture presented in Tillburg, Netherlands, R. David Lankes enjoins librarians to be "active in online education, new models of student learning, and helping the faculty adjust to disruptive change."  Furthermore, he suggests, "Rather than being the heart of the university centered on a collection, libraries must become hubs that spread new practice throughout the organization."

 

View the presentation here: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2012/Ticer-PDF.pdf

 


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INFORMED LIBRARIAN ONLINE - Building a better librarian

INFORMED LIBRARIAN ONLINE - Building a better librarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Courtney E. Jacobs:

"Informed Librarian Online is a current awareness web site and newsletter for all librarians and information professionals covering all of the librarians' professional reading."

 

Building a Better Librarian: "Why Your Work as a Librarian Begins LONG Before Your Graduate Program by Courtney E. Jacobs, is directed to those aspiring librarians seeking advice on the perilous journey ahead, as well as to colleagues, supervisors, and mentors of aspiring librarians who seek to offer the same assistance we have all benefited from in the past."

 

"Succeeding at networking and professional portfolio building takes far longer than the one or two years it requires to complete an MLS, so a well-prepared student will begin practicing them long before matriculation. Going beyond what is required by your LIS program will help you be seen as a valuable member of your field, not just another newbie librarian.
For mentors, it is important we recognize the changing face of librarianship and the dynamic, hands-on, and multi-disciplinary approach to mentorship it necessitates. It is not enough anymore that we offer relative job experience in the form of an internship, or offer to serve as a reference during their job search. As professionals in this field, we must lead by example, providing proactive support throughout the process. Our field as a whole will reap the rewards."

 

Read more here: http://www.informedlibrarian.com/guestForum.cfm?FILE=gf1208.html


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R. David Lankes Presents New Librarianship

R. David Lankes Presents New Librarianship | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
A series of presentations and lectures on participatory and new librarianship.

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Special Collections Librarianship: a Brief Map of the Field by Katie Birkwood - Slideshare

Presentation about special collections librarianship compiled for the CILIP New Professionals Day 2012 (11 May, London).

 

This presentation is all about special collections, what they are, the functions of a special collections librarian, how to get into special collections, and the role of special collections librarianship.


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Library and Librarianship Links for the month of November | Deep Librarian

Lisa Newton:

"My favorite links from the world of librarianship for the month of November 2013."

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A valuable collection of library-related links!

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IFLA Library - online digital repository, also with the latest #wlic2013 papers

IFLA Library - online digital repository, also with the latest #wlic2013 papers | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The IFLA Library pulls together IFLA's digital resources in a convenient single online location for ease of accessibility, search and browsing. It has been launched in summer 2013 with the IFLA World Library and Information Congress papers, and will continue to grow with the addition of existing and new resources.


Read more: http://www.ifla.org/about


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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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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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Announcing the New Librarianship Master Class Online #MOOC

Announcing the New Librarianship Master Class Online #MOOC | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
About the Class Libraries have existed for millennia, but today the library field is searching for solid footing in an increasingly fragmented (and increasingly digital) information environment. What is librarianship when it is unmoored from cataloging, books, buildings, and committees? The vision for a new librarianship must go beyond finding library-related uses for information technology and the Internet; it must provide a durable foundation for the field. New Librarianship recasts librarianship and library practice using the fundamental concept that knowledge is created though conversation. New librarians approach their work as facilitators of conversation; they seek to enrich, capture, store, and disseminate the conversations of their communities. Join iSchool faculty for this online course that provides a foundation for practicing librarians and library science students in new librarianship. It builds on The Atlas of New Librarianship, the 2012 ABC CLIO/Greenwood Award for the Best Book in Library Literature and seeks to generate discussion about the future direction of the profession. Coming in July The course will be offered in a guided mode from July 8 to August 4. After that month the class will be opened online, but CEU or academic credit options will no longer be available.
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So Now What?: The Future for Librarians

So Now What?: The Future for Librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Steve Coffman:

 

Today's librarians face two futures and two questions. Will we live in an all-digital environment? Can we succeed in a digital future, whether all digital or hybrid? ... SUPPLEMENTAL CONTENT - The Doomsday Scenario (RT @glambert: So Now What?

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Unglued: So You Want to Be a Librarian > by Stephen Abram

Unglued: So You Want to Be a Librarian > by Stephen Abram | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Help Unglue So You Want To Be A Librarian! from lauren pressley on Vimeo.

Why Should Librarians (and Those Who Want to be Librarians) Unglue? Unglue.it is something every librarian should be paying attention to. Part crowdsourcing, part open access, part answer to the ebook problem, it’s a solution to some of the most critical issues libraries are facing today. Ungluing a book gives it to the world, so that anyone can access the ebook without Digital Rights Management (DRM), without worrying about how many devices they’ve put it on, and without worrying about legality and compensation issues. Libraries can provide access to unglued books for free, forever, in any format — no need to worry about changing contract terms or pricing.

 

http://vimeo.com/50897138

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To Share Or Not To Share? - By Rick Anderson

To Share Or Not To Share? - By Rick Anderson | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

What is "sharing" between and among libraries?

 

"In the digital realm, what is typically referred to as “sharing” is actually copying—sometimes legal and sometimes not. Understandably, the ease and ubiquity of uncontrolled copying in a networked digital environment makes copyright holders uneasy. And the fuzzy line between copying and sharing in that environment also makes the question of what it means for libraries to “share” resources much more complicated than it might seem at first blush."

Should libraries share, or not?

 

"We don’t (or shouldn’t) share because 'sharing is what we do as libraries,' still less because sharing is somehow a 'core value' of librarianship. Sharing is a means, not an end. We share in order to provide access, and to the degree that 'sharing' actually means 'copying,' it is legally and ethically complicated."

 

"We live in a radically different information world from the one that gave rise to ILL. Instead of resisting that reality, we should embrace it, rejoicing in the ways it allows us to serve our patrons better."

 

Read more here:  http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/10/opinion/peer-to-peer-review/to-share-or-not-to-share-peer-to-peer-review/


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Practical Academic Librarianship: The International Journal of the SLA Academic Division

Practical Academic Librarianship: The International Journal of the SLA Academic Division is a peer-reviewed journal for all academic librarians and informational professionals serving academic departments or affiliated institutions including centers,...

 

Available for download are articles appearing in the latest issue, vol. 2, no. 1 (2012).


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