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More public libraries, their relevance at stake, see helping homeless people as a core mission

More public libraries, their relevance at stake, see helping homeless people as a core mission | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Article by: TRAVIS LOLLER , Associated Press 

libraries are more important than ever to people who can't otherwise get connected: Nearly two-thirds provide the only free computer and Internet access in their communities, according to the American Library Association.

In the 25 years since the ALA adopted a policy urging full access for poor and homeless library patrons, few have taken this mission as far as Nashville's main downtown library, where Bailey arrives early each day, standing on an icy sidewalk in below-freezing temperatures with a half-dozen other people until the ornate bronze doors open.

Once inside, he goes directly to the third floor, where rows of computer terminals are quickly occupied by people carrying bags filled with their worldly possessions.

The library recently renovated this section with their homeless patrons in mind, ditching countless shelves of bound copies of "Popular Mechanics" and other periodicals that are now available electronically, and making way for 68 computers and more tables with ethernet connections and power outlets."


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"Librarians can't solve people's problems, but we can provide them the resources to solve their own problems," she said.

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Library empowering people!

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Marketing Your Music Through Your Local Library - Clyde Smith at hypebot

Marketing Your Music Through Your Local Library - Clyde Smith at hypebot | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"NPR recently ran a feature about local public libraries building streamable and downloadable collections of digital music from local musicians. It's a powerful way for libraries to serve members of their community. In fact, even at libaries that don't have such special programs, there are a variety of ways you can promote your music through normal things libraries do.

Clay Masters profiled public library music programs starting off with the Iowa City Library Local Music Project. It's a program featuring free downloads of over 100 albums from local musicians."

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"Libraries of all kinds tend to do similar things relevant to music marketing:

maintain collections for a community's access and use,

create displays related to the library's collection or broader mission,

offer public presentations that can range from speakers to performers.

All three of these areas offer ways to market one's music:

donating one's music to a local library's collection,

volunteering to provide materials for displays related to local music,

performing for free in a library venue."

Karen du Toit's insight:

Music marketing through the local library! 

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Mario Mendoza's curator insight, November 15, 2013 6:08 PM

explore all avenues for promotion

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Digital’s Shifting Standards, by Joseph Janes | Reinventing Libraries

"The digital shift has been upon us all for some time now, and the issues and realities are getting deeper and more complex as library service continues to be transformed by the multifaceted changes already in place and others on the horizon. In ongoing coverage, Library Journal continues to track the issues, report on solutions, and surface the deeper challenges for the profession.

Here, we begin anticipating our free forthcoming virtual event “The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries,” brought to you by LJ and School Library Journal, to be held October 16. These essays by two leaders begin an exclusive series of articles to come in September and October that raise key questions about the new state of libraries. Peer to Peer columnist Barbara Fister reflects on the need to reinvigorate instruction in light of how we now collect resources. University of Washington iSchool’s Joseph Janes, in turn, calls for libraries to strike a balance between protecting privacy and innovating to add value—with patrons’ permission."

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Part of a series about "The Digital Shift: reinventing libraries" 

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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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Libraries must embrace the liquid revolution, by David Egan ~ LibFocus

Libraries must embrace the liquid revolution, by David Egan ~ LibFocus | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Guest post by David Egan, academic library user and mature student:


"For better or worse, we are raising a generation of kids who are used to convenience learning. Some may argue that the realm of academic libraries, or libraries in general, is limited to that of solid literature and that audio and video are for some reason out of bounds. However, if one looks at the purpose of a library, it is hard to see why one should make such a distinction when what differs is, after all, simply the method of recording. Can it seriously be argued that an idea is worth more if it is recorded with written words instead of spoken ones? If this is true, should we disregard the teachings of Socrates? If it is not true, why should libraries limit themselves to the epistemology of the written word? In fact, one could argue that, given the relative absence of a structured catalogue of liquid literature, libraries have an even greater role to play in this area in that they are well positioned to impose such a structure, at least upon the more important works of the medium."

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Some suggestions for the future library!

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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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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 3:35 AM

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

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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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New Librarianship MOOC - for professional development!
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Librarians as Engineers of Innovation, by R David Lankes – Stephen's Lighthouse

This is a very inspirational presentation by David Lankes on Librarians, change, innovation… http://t.co/zyKI0xNoYc · 

 

Vimeo video:

https://vimeo.com/76152338#at=57

Karen du Toit's insight:

PowerPoint on Vimeo with sound of the presentation speech by R David Lankes.

Worth listening to!

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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!"


Karen du Toit's insight:

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

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Practicing Freedom in the Digital Library | Reinventing Libraries

Practicing Freedom in the Digital Library | Reinventing Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Barbara Fister:

"It’s an era of [information] abundance, but it has a downside. Libraries are now beholden to corporations that do not necessarily share our values. We can’t preserve what we don’t own; we can’t fight censorship when someone else controls the switches. Privacy—well, that’s over, or so we are told. We can’t always afford increases in the rent, and publishers have spats with vendors, so access to content shifts and dwindles."

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"Thinking about the digital shift in libraries and the many invisible ways this shift has challenged our values, I’ve reflected on that statement a faculty member made all those years ago and made a few additions.

It’s not about technology. It’s about making meaning.It’s not about finding sources. It’s about building understanding.It’s not about skills. It’s about identity and relationships.It’s not about individual success. It’s about participating in a society that values justice.It’s not about finding and using information. It’s about the practice of freedom."
Karen du Toit's insight:

The digital shift in libraries: How it is impacting! 

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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?
Karen du Toit's insight:

Specifically for law librarians, but valid to all librarians!

We need to make future predictions to make changes now!

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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

Karen du Toit's insight:

Information Professionals - how their job functions have changed #archivists #librarians > also in tune with New Librarianship #newlib

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Jesse Soininen's curator insight, August 9, 2013 11:19 AM

This view about ”librarians as a the future profession” can be applied to larger business context as well

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Bringing Yoga to Public Libraries - Christa Avampato

Bringing Yoga to Public Libraries - Christa Avampato | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Bringing Yoga to Public Libraries - The Huffington Post (RT @yoga: Inspiring interview with Christa Avampato (@christanyc), on bringing yoga to the public via libraries: http://t.co/wmEzKFqA52)...

 

This is an interview with Christa Avampato, who started a yoga program in 2005 at the Darden School at UVA (where she received an MBA degree). Not surprisingly, many of her classmates were under a lot of stress, so she began teaching a free weekly class at the school. In 2009 her apartment building caught fire; she lost nearly all of her belongings, and almost lost her life. Her yoga practice, coupled with therapy, helped her to heal from the resulting PTSD. She wanted to share that with others who need healing.

Living in New York City, she saw so many people who need the healing power of yoga and can't attend studio classes for a variety of reasons, teachers who want to teach and don't know how to get started, and spaces such as the New York Public Library that are under-utilized. Christa started Compass Yoga to create a bridge between the people who need yoga and don't have a means to access it, teachers who want to give their time and talents, and spaces that might house these connections.

Her one weekly class at the local New York Public Library branch two years ago has expanded to 12 weekly classes at five different NYPL branches and two senior centers. All of these classes are free and open to the public; they draw an average of 25 students to every class. 

Karen du Toit's insight:

One of the great services that can be done for the community in a public library! Love it!

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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!

Karen du Toit's insight:

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

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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.

Via Dennis T OConnor
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