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The landscape of archival employment: A study of professional archivist job advertisements, 2006-2014 | Tansey | Archival Practice

The landscape of archival employment: A study of professional archivist job advertisements, 2006-2014 | Tansey | Archival Practice | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Eira Tansey, Digital Archivist/Records Manager, University of Cincinnati 
Archival Practice, volume 2 (2015)

 

"Abstract

The archival profession has long attempted to define what constitutes a professional archivist. These debates over education, training, and certification have lasted decades, however few studies have been completed on how the employment market for archivists has changed in response to these professional challenges. This study looks at almost a thousand professional archivist job advertisements between late 2006 and early 2014 to understand the current prevailing recruitment criteria. It is broader in scope and time period than other recent studies. Overall, the market was determined to be mostly stable during the study period.

 

Conclusion:

 

Future studies of archivist job advertisements, as well as larger studies of archivists (such as A*CENSUS), would lead to a increased understanding of the profession. This information would also aid archivists themselves, by providing benchmarks to advocate for themselves and their institutions."

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A study towards understanding of the Archivist Profession 

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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."

 

"e Context
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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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.