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New Curb Your Librarian Frustration in 8 Steps – Stephen's Lighthouse

New Curb Your Librarian Frustration in 8 Steps – Stephen's Lighthouse | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Every professional worth their salt and who has had an ounce of success has been there.   If you care, you get frustrated . . . and sometimes angry, demotivated or sad."

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"So, before you throw in the towel, or just wallow in the blues and self pity, let’s think about how to curb some of that frustration a bit so you can get back to striving for success, innovation, great client interactions, fame and fortune (well maybe not the fortune… tongue firmly in cheek).  Let’s move on and make a difference in the world.

Step 1: Stop whining

Step 2: Find your purpose

Step 3: Change your focus

Step 4: Stop checking your stats so often

Step 5: Have faith

Step 6: Set realistic goals

Step 7: Stay committed

Step 8: Look to others for inspiration"

 

http://stephenslighthouse.com/2012/11/01/curb-your-librarian-frustration-in-8-steps/

 

 


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8 Tips for the Care & Feeding of the Reluctant Tech User, by @gwynethjones at The Daring Librarian

8 Tips for the Care & Feeding of the Reluctant Tech User, by @gwynethjones at The Daring Librarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Teaching tech in isolation never works. When a reluctant tech user learns how to do something with a project about which they're personally passionate, they're gonna be instantly engaged, work hard at it, and feel super exultant when it works!"

 

1. Make it personal

2. Show and tell

3. Small steps, etc"

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Personal Branding for Librarians, by By Karen G. Schneider

Personal Branding for Librarians, by By Karen G. Schneider | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Karen G. Schneider:

"The trend of establishing and maintaining a personal brand has been a hot topic for some time with the public at large, traceable as far back as 1937 .... Unsurprisingly, personal branding has also caught on with librarians, notoriously preoccupied as we are with our professional image, both as we appear to fellow librarians and as we appear to others.

 

Establishing a Personal Brand:  Five Questions to Ask Yourself

* What would an employer learn if he or she googled me?

* What kind of job am I looking for?

* What’s my personal mantra?

* If I asked my friends to describe me, what would they say?

* How can I make myself stand out in a crowded field?"

 

For more, read here:  http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/features/11062012/personal-branding-librarians?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=american+libraries+magazine


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OLP Library's curator insight, November 6, 2013 10:34 AM

In addition to marketing the library, librarians themselves are finding a need to market their online idenities.

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The League of Extraordinary Librarians: SLJ’s latest tech survey shows that media specialists are leading the way - The Digital Shift

The League of Extraordinary Librarians: SLJ’s latest tech survey shows that media specialists are leading the way - The Digital Shift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

http://www.thedigitalshift.com/2012/11/k-12/the-league-of-extraordinary-librarians-sljs-latest-tech-survey-shows-that-media-specialists-are-leading-the-way/

 

By Lauren Barack:

"Meet the latest tech superheroes: school librarians. According to School Library Journal’s 2012 School Technology Survey (http://www.slj.com/#), media specialists are leading the charge to bring new media, mobile devices, social apps, and web-based technologies into our nation’s classrooms.
So far, the results have been pretty impressive: 87 percent of school librarians report that they’re in charge of their library’s technology, with 60 percent adding that they’ve also introduced it into the classroom. Furthermore, 44 percent now serve on their school’s tech team, and in these budget-troubled times, when many library positions are on the line, that role may mean increased job security. In fact, 55 percent of the elementary, middle, and high school librarians that responded to our survey say that their tech skills have increased their value in administrators’ eyes."


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Good News: Librarian Job Growth Exploding

Good News: Librarian Job Growth Exploding | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Butch Lazorchak:

Quick quiz: Is the employment outlook for librarians growing or shrinking? The answer depends on what you call a “library job.”

 

"BLS view doesn’t describe too many of the librarians, archivists and museum professionals I know. Just for kicks, let’s compare the BLS librarian description to the job area of Computer and Information Systems Managers, which O*Net describes as having a “bright outlook” (projected to grow at a rate of 29% or more this decade):

Consult with users, management, vendors, and technicians to assess computing needs and system requirements.
Stay abreast of advances in technology.
Provide users with technical support for computer problems.
Assign and review the work of systems analysts, programmers, and other computer-related workers.
Evaluate the organization’s technology use and needs and recommend improvements, such as hardware and software upgrades.
Funny…that list looks a lot more like the job descriptions of the librarians I know!

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School libraries changing with move to digital resources, By Laura Devaney | eSchool News

School libraries changing with move to digital resources, By Laura Devaney | eSchool News | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
As schools across the nation move from printed books to digital books, school #libraries are adapting to keep pace http://t.co/A7rqftJE...

 

"One of the biggest parts of the library is the learning studio, which is a place where students can go to create different digital resources such as audio and video recordings, multimedia pieces, or link up to share ideas and brainstorm. The learning studio offers facilitators and tech specialists to help students when necessary.

“People often say that the library is going away,” McConnell said. “It’s really not—it’s a critical piece. It’s a place for community, collaboration, and it’s a place to find partners to help you in whatever literacy you’re trying to increase. That may be literacy in resources, media creation—those services are all there.”

And the stereotypical librarian is evolving into someone who knows how to locate reputable online resources and can help students learn how to use those resources in their research.

“I see librarians as media specialists,” McConnell said. “We still have literacy, whether it’s reading or research…the librarian is the perfect partner for the classroom. The role of the librarian has shifted” for the digital age, he said."

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 60 Sites for Digital Storytelling Tools and Information

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 60 Sites for Digital Storytelling Tools and Information | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Great source for digital storytelling!


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Kirsten Wilson's curator insight, April 4, 2014 9:59 AM

Great curation of information and resources to consider.

Ali Anani's curator insight, April 5, 2014 12:08 PM

A quite informative post