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Who Uses Libraries and Who Doesn’t: A Special Typology - Lee Rainie

Who Uses Libraries and Who Doesn’t: A Special Typology - Lee Rainie | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Today, Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project, is speaking at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas. He’ll describe the Project’s new study about the different kinds of library users and non-users, based on research that uses segmentation models to show how technology, community orientation, and library activities affect the way people use libraries. The research also shows the variety of reasons why people do not use libraries. He will explore the implications of this work for library leaders as they explore new services and for the library community as it does advocacy. His slides are available here:

http://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/36472925#

 

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Different kinds of library users, and the implications for library leaders!

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Beyond Gatekeepers of Knowledge: Scholarly Communication Practices of Academic Librarians and Archivists at ARL Institutions

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Librarians and archivists are intimately involved in scholarly communication systems, both as information providers and instructors. However, very little is known regarding their activities as scholars. This study seeks to examine the scholarly communication practices of librarians and archivists, the role that tenure plays in scholarly communication practices, and the degree to which institutional support is provided in librarians’ efforts to consume and disseminate research and reports of best practices. A questionnaire was sent to professional librarians and archivists at 91 ARL institutions. The responses demonstrate that ARL librarians and archivists are avid consumers and creators of scholarship, and they use emerging technologies to stay up-to-date on the profession’s latest research.

© 2014 Cassidy R. Sugimoto, Andrew Tsou, Sara Naslund, Alexandra Hauser, Melissa Brandon, Danielle Winter, Cody Behles, and S. Craig Finlay, Attribution-NonCommercial (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/) CC BY-NC

 

Full text here: http://crl.acrl.org/content/75/2/145.full.pdf+html

 

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Anticipated publication date March 2014

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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.

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Librarians competencies EVOLVING to meet the technology and information needs of libraries and it spatrons!

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

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How can Libraries Support Students Live and Learn with Digital Media?

How can Libraries Support Students Live and Learn with Digital Media? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

C. Shoemaker, H. Martin, B. Joseph (2010) How Using Social Media Forced a Library to Work on the Edge in Their Efforts to Move Youth From “Hanging Out” to “Messing Around, Journal of Media Literacy Education 2:2 (2010) 181 – 184

 

Full Text Research Paper.

 http://altechconsultants.netfirms.com/jmle1/index.php/JMLE/article/view/123/78

 

 

"In 2009, Mimi Ito released Hanging Out, Messing Around and Geeking Out: Living and Learning with New Media, a book composed of 23 related studies. These ethnographic studies interrogated how learning is being experienced by teens via informal uses of digital media. The title refers to the framework around how youth learn through digital media and networked spaces, a kind of learning that is quite often invisible to adults who often confuse it with playing, wasting time or, at worst, as undermining youth’s ethical values and social competencies. This collection of studies, however, finds that these three different modes of participation with digital media, in fact, support the development of a wide range of new media literacies. This is the challenge offered by Ito and the one recently taken up by the New York Public Library. This worked example is not designed to report the successes or failure of this pilot project. Rather, it is intended to explore and take a critical look at the obstacles encountered along the way and discuss how they were negotiated. Finally, it will leverage Ito’s framework to provide context to understand what it means to use digital media for learning and how to apply these lessons learned, both for this organization and others."


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Library Journal’s Patron Profiles: Understanding the behavior and preferences of U.S. public library users — The Digital Shift

Library Journal’s Patron Profiles: Understanding the behavior and preferences of U.S. public library users — The Digital Shift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Based on in-depth research among a national sample of nearly 2500 participants and Library Journal editorial analysis, this groundbreaking study—the first to target library consumers in the context of all consumers—unveils who uses public libraries"

 

"... regular public library users don’t just borrow books. They are also active books buyers who make many of their purchasing decisions based on the authors or books they first discover in the library.

In fact, over 50 percent of all library users go on to purchase books by an author they were introduced to in the library.

This finding is just one of the many key insights to emerge from “Library Patrons and Ebook Usage,” the first issue of Library Journal’s Patron Profiles: Understanding the behavior and preferences of U.S. public library users. Based on in-depth research among a national sample of nearly 2500 participants and Library Journal editorial analysis, this groundbreaking study—the first to target library consumers in the context of all consumers—unveils who uses public libraries, why they use them, and how that use may change.
“Patron Profiles looks at the library patron as consumer of content—physical and digital—and analyzes the relationship between the library and other channels, from brick-and-mortar bookstores to ebooks to Netflix,” said Ian Singer, Library Journal’s VP and Group Publisher. “At a time of rapid technological and social change, librarians, publishers and technology providers need to understand consumer attitudes while developing approaches to meet market demand and needs, and this in-depth research will help inform strategic planning.”

 

http://www.thedigitalshift.com/research/patron-profiles/

 

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Being "Librarian 2.0": It's all in the attitude

Being "Librarian 2.0": It's all in the attitude | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

RT @CILIPinfo: Australian study identifies skills & knowledge library & info pros require in the Web2.0 world http://t.co/svQRKsYB #Librarians #Cybrarians...

 

"The study concluded that a so-called "Librarian 2.0" needs a complex mix of transferable skills, including teamwork, communication, business skills, lifelong learning and personal traits such as creativity, flexibility, adaptability and persistence. However, the study's most interesting finding is that concepts like Web 2.0, Library 2.0 and Librarian 2.0 are "a watershed" for the Australian profession."

 

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Academic Libraries on Facebook: An Analysis of Users' Comments

Academic Libraries on Facebook: An Analysis of Users' Comments | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Paper by Michalis Gerolimos:

 

D-Lib Magazine (RT @aarontay: 2011 data on FB pages in academic libraries http://t.co/M7Nk8B1k author is quite down on it.)...

 

At a detailed level, this paper explores the possibilities and challenges that Facebook presents to academic libraries that choose to set up a page — especially when they use the wall — not only as an announcement service but also as a forum where students can communicate with the library and exchange ideas with its personnel and among themselves. This paper focuses on documenting user feedbacks posted on the library wall and on a quantitative and qualitative analysis of their content.

 

Additionally, this study provides several metrics regarding user comments on the wall such as the number of comments per library, if the comments are related to the library or not, the percentage of library posts that had no comments or "likes", the ratio of comments vs. "likes", and the feedback and comments per post and per library. It aims to help the reader understand how library users interact with a library in this particular online environment, and what the problems and the potential benefits are for academic libraries that choose to use Facebook."

 

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Flexible, accredited eLearning for information professionals

Flexible, accredited eLearning for information professionals | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
An online Professional Development programme of short master’s-level courses for new and aspiring information leaders.
 

Pathways to Information Leadership allows you to choose what and when you study, whilst providing the support and resources of a formal university qualification.

Incorporating the latest thinking, research and best practice on core aspects of information management and leadership, the programme offers over 30 courses  from six key subject areas,designed specifically to meet the needs of those who are in the process of becoming, or aspire to be, information leaders. Combining the benefits of a flexible approach to learning with the rigour and support of a formal university accreditation process and qualification, the programme features:

Accredited eLearning courses by Aberystwyth UniversityOptions to gain Master’s levels credits for postgraduate qualifications in Information LeadershipContinuous enrolment enabling learning to start at any timeAccess to course materials online on desktop and mobile devices.
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I am always looking for new courses. Worth checking out!

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Shhh…! Silence in the RSA Library – what do you think? : RSA blogs

Shhh…! Silence in the RSA Library – what do you think? : RSA blogs | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

he role of the library has evolved significantly. Once used exclusively for quiet reading and self-study, it is now a community space where people go for computer courses, children’s story times and even a cup of tea. A spokesperson for Blackheath Library in Greenwich comments:

‘”Libraries are places for everyone to use and enjoy. They’re our community centres, information hubs, spaces to learn or think and make ourselves feel better. We want to ensure libraries are developed in a way that means they stay at the heart of the community.”

As libraries evolve from silent self-study areas to community hubs, should we still be expected to be quiet whilst using them? Opinions differ! For instance, one of us was recently taken to task by a user of the RSA Library for being too noisy while dealing with a query from a Fellow. This made us reflect on our policy – or lack thereof – on users maintaining silence whilst working within it.

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Silence in the library should be reconsidered since it changed to community hubs! Maybe there should still be designated quiet areas for study?

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ArchivesInfo: Why All Librarians Should Take an Introduction to Archives Class, by Melissa Mannon

ArchivesInfo: Why All Librarians Should Take an Introduction to Archives Class, by Melissa Mannon | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Melissa Mannon, "Why all Librarians Should Take an Introduction to Archives Class". http://t.co/M4TuKQhJYm

 

This post furthers a discussion about the need for librarians and archivists to study the others' field.  In my last post, I presented the idea "Why All Archivists Should Take a Library Reference Class."


[...] if you are a librarian, explore what archives have to offer. Build a connection with your local historical society or take a class in archives management. Linking primary and secondary sources rounds out the world of information, opens doors to collaboration between librarians and archivists and provides a means toward better understanding of the value of both archives and libraries by new potential patrons and supporters.

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The need for librarians and archivists to know and study the others' field! Valid points!

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Assessing Innovation in Corporate and Government Libraries

Assessing Innovation in Corporate and Government Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Deane Zeeman, Rebecca Jones, and Jane Dysart:

"This study identifies innovative service trends in library and information services in the government and corporate arenas."

 

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This study reports on the results of interviews conducted in December 2009 and January 2010 to identify innovative service trends in library and information services in the government and corporate arenas. The study was undertaken as part of a Library and Archives Canada (LAC) research project to inform the Government of Canada Assistant Deputy Ministers Task Force (ADM Task Force) on the Future of Federal Library Service in gaining a better understanding of future-oriented service delivery models adopted by corporate and government libraries."

 

"The interview structure matched the “building blocks” for service models defined by the ADM Task Force—E-Library, E-Services, Digitization, Physical Space, Technology, and Procurement—and probed the specific services that the interviewees offer in each .” This structure was also used to frame the findings."

 

From journal "Computers in Libraries"

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For Reading and Learning, Kids Prefer E-Books to Print Books | Digital Book World | School Librarian In Action @ Scoop It!

For Reading and Learning, Kids Prefer E-Books to Print Books | Digital Book World | School Librarian In Action @ Scoop It! | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"A new study suggests that children prefer e-books to print books and that they retain and comprehend an equal amount of information from both print- and e-books."

 

"A new “QuickStudy” – so named for its short duration and the small size of its sample group – from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center observed 24 families with children ranging in age from three-to-six reading both print and e-books in the Summer and Fall of 2011. Most of the children in the study preferred reading an e-book to a print book and comprehension between the two formats were the same.

“If we can encourage kids to engage in books through an iPad, that’s a win already,” said Carly Shuler, senior consultant for industry studies at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop is a New York based non-profit organization dedicated to understanding how children learn through digital media."

Read more at DigitalBookWorld.com: For Reading and Learning, Kids Prefer E-Books to Print Books | Digital Book World http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2012/for-reading-and-learning-kids-prefer-e-books-to-print-books/#ixzz1j8QPvsIc

 

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School Libraries Count! 2011 Supplemental Report | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

School Libraries Count! 2011 Supplemental Report | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

School Libraries Count!2011 supplementary report on digital citizenship http://t.co/qGuzTTWr...

AASL's National Longitudinal Survey of School Library Programs

Supplemental Report on Digital Citizenship

 

 

Key Highlights:

Traditional School Library Curriculum Carried Over Into Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship Curriculum

Digital Citizen Content

Access as Barrier to Teaching Digital Citizenship

 

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What do Americans want from their libraries? Here’s our chance to find out | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

This study would be valuable worldwide as well: We will be following:

 

"What does your community want and need from a library? If you’re a librarian, chances are you’ve made efforts to find out, to strategically plan, to adjust services to local interests and changing needs.

What does your community want and need from a library? If you’re a librarian, chances are you’ve made efforts to find out, to strategically plan, to adjust services to local interests and changing needs. Rarely, though, do any of us get to see a broad view of our library community through the filter of independent data.

The Pew Internet & American Life Project is going to give us that view. Over the next three years, new research will investigate the role of libraries in the digital age, focusing on the ways libraries serve their users and their communities. Supported by a $1.4 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the study will be implemented by the Pew Internet Project, a nonpartisan “fact tank” that conducts nationwide surveys and qualitative research to help us understand the evolution of internet use."

The grant will allow researchers to concentrate on libraries in a way they never have before. “It’s enormously exciting to be doing something very focused on libraries and librarians because they are primary stakeholders of our work,” says Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet Project. “I know from all the conversations I’ve had with librarians how interested they are to find out where they stand in the world, what services people expect of them, and where they might fit into the world of ebooks.”

 

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