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What You (Really) Need to Know

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The digital age has changed more than how we learn. It’s changed what we need to learn.

 

By LAWRENCE H. SUMMERS:

"Suppose the educational system is drastically altered to reflect the structure of society and what we now understand about how people learn.

How will what universities teach be different?

Here are some guesses and hopes."

"1. Education will be more about how to process and use information and less about imparting it. This is a consequence of both the proliferation of knowledge — and how much of it any student can truly absorb — and changes in technology..."

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Nepal quake leaves century-old library in ruins - AFP

The Nepal earthquake badly damaged the Kaiser Library, an opulent palace in the heart of Kathmandu home to rare books, maps and ancient manuscripts, raising concerns over the future of these valuable cultural artefacts.

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Devastating!

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The new African Journal Archive (AJA) website is now available

The new African Journal Archive (AJA) website is now available | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The African Journal Archive (AJA) is a Sabinet Gateway project in conjunction with the Carnegie Corporation that is making African research accessible to the whole world. The archive preserves journal literature emanating from publishers and societies in Africa and includes searchable collections of journal articles that have been digitised back to the earliest possible issues. This archive is indeed a valuable resource for local and international libraries.

The archive is now available on an easy-to-use website which enables easy discoverability of articles and also enhances the research experience of end users."

For more information visit www.ajarchive.org

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Great resource !

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Pavlinka Kovatcheva's curator insight, April 18, 8:33 AM

An opportunity for free access to African research information

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Why librarians (and therefore libraries) will always be better than Wikipedia, by Kimberly Matthews

Why librarians (and therefore libraries) will always be better than Wikipedia, by Kimberly Matthews | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"As librarians we protect our services, collections, and patrons from censorship and bias. Simply put- We do not allow it. From too much left or right wing material to too much sci-fi or mystery. At our core we begin from a place of balance, equality, representation, and non-censorship.  This is one of librarianship’s inherent characteristics that draw people to join the profession.

Interestingly I found this today:

Wikipedia Countering Systemic Bias Project

The Wikipedia project suffers systemic bias that naturally grows from its contributors’ demographic groups, manifesting an imbalanced coverage of a subject, thereby discriminating against the less represented demographic groups. …
This project aims to control and (possibly) eliminate the cultural perspective gaps made by the systemic bias, consciously focusing upon subjects and points of view neglected by the encyclopedia as a whole."

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Librarian's worth!

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Games and libraries: twitter chat on Thursday 2nd April

Games and libraries: twitter chat on Thursday 2nd April | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Please join us on Thursday 2 April at 8pm Australian Eastern Daylight time (check here to convert this to your local time) for a twitter chat on the topic of Games and Libraries. 

 

Discussion topic here: http://interlibnet.org/2015/03/29/discussion-topic-games-and-libraries/

 

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It will be hosted from South Africa by ILN SA Ambgassador Karen du Toit @karentoittoit

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PDA Conference 2015 | #PDA2015

"This conference may be of interest to small organizations who are interested in digital preservation but have limited resources.

 

Personal Digital Archiving 2015, hosted by New York University’s Moving Image Archive Program, is April 24-26

 

"Many of us now document our lives digitally. As these collections grow, so do the challenges involved in their management, preservation and use. Creators must actively manage their files, and collecting institutions must adapt their processes to accommodate personal digital materials.

This conference focuses on many topics relevant to personal digital archiving. It will provide information useful for libraries, archives and museums, as well as individuals, community groups, activist groups and others interested in personal digital collections.

PDA 2015 will feature two full days of presentations focused on a set of themes and a third day for workshops covering useful tools and methods."

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Upcoming conference for small archives, libraries and museums

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Apps for Librarians & Educators - Nicole Hennig, Udemy

Apps for Librarians & Educators - Nicole Hennig, Udemy | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Become an expert in the best mobile apps for education and content creation

 

Mobile apps are empowering for people of all ages and abilities

As librarians and educators, we are passionate about learning and access to information for all. Contrary to the popular idea that apps are only useful for “consumption,” the best mobile apps are being used effectively as tools to enable learning and knowledge creation.

Got iPads, but no time to discover the best apps?

If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the number of apps available and not sure where to start with finding the best ones, you’re not alone!

Many librarians have told me that they feel

excited about having new iPads, but not sure of the best apps to recommend and use.overwhelmed by the sheer number of apps available.unsure where to start with finding and evaluating the best educational apps.worried about the digital divide and the loss of access to information for all.

You might have new iPads in your library or school, but what are the best learning experiences you can create with them? You know that just throwing technology at a problem is NOT the way to go.

When you become “app-literate,” you serve your community by becoming their go-to expert on mobile apps.

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Worth checking out!

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Margie Teaches Libstudies's curator insight, May 5, 12:49 AM

Keeping up with useful, high quality apps is always difficult. It's good to get recommendation from a reliable source.

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Fixity Version 0.5, the free and open source fixity tool developed by AVPreserve, has been officially released for download

Fixity Version 0.5, the free and open source fixity tool developed by AVPreserve, has been officially released for download | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Chris Lacinak
AVPreserve

About Fixity:

Fixity creates a manifest of files stored in directories identified by the user, documenting file names, locations, and checksums. The user can then schedule regular automated scans of the directories to monitor for any changes to files. Fixity is ideal for monitoring of files in long term storage, complimenting tools such as Bagger and the BagIt specification that can be used to check fixity at points of transition.

 

Major recent updates include:

•           Created OSX version (64-bit systems only)

•           Added support for MD5 in addition to the SHA256 checksum algorithm

•           Added ability to change checksum algorithm for a project

•           Added ability to import projects between versions of Fixity

•           Added ability to update the location of a scanned directory

•           Implemented SQLite database for storing projects

•           Improved reporting

•           Updated logic for reporting on copied and moved files

•           Improved handling of special characters in file paths

•           Added history directory to store snapshots of the manifest over time

•           Create tasks as Administrator on Windows, allowing projects to run when logged off.

•           Code, stability and interface improvements

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The user guide also available

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Four Million Images from the World's Endangered Archives - Hyperallergic

Four Million Images from the World's Endangered Archives - Hyperallergic | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Allison Meier:

"Despite the vast and growing resources available online, much of the world's knowledge and history remains ephemeral and under threat of disappearance."

 

"Since 2004, the British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme, supported by the Arcadia Fund, has funded nearly 246 projects in 78 countries to preserve and digitize archives at risk of extinction."

 

"...the British Library announced in a press release the release of From Dust to Digital: Ten Years of the Endangered Archives Programme. The publication, free to read online, chronicles 19 of the major preservation projects, including monastic manuscripts in Ethiopia, ecclesiastical archives on the history of slavery in Colombia and Brazil, and the sound archives of Radio Télévision Guinée and Iranian Golha radio."

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In a time where libraries and archives are burnt, this helps!

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Building libraries of the distant future today, Drew Brookhart - Columbus Telegram

Building libraries of the distant future today, Drew Brookhart - Columbus Telegram | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
It is exciting to feel energy build around a library and cultural arts center in downtown Columbus. The Columbus City Council has had their support galvanized by grant money coming

 

"So when you think of a library in 100, 300, or 500 years, imagine a beautiful building with spaces for discussion, contemplation and creation where wisdom can be shared. Imagine skilled librarians making sure that everyone has access to organized, meaningful resources that raise the level of public discussion above the din of the internet. Imagine all that topped off with a collection of the best hardbacks available."

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Contemplative article about the "future Library"!

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Call for Paper Strategic Programme on Preservation and Conservation (PAC) | World Library and Information Congress

Call for Paper  Strategic Programme on Preservation and Conservation (PAC) | World Library and Information Congress | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Theme: 
Developing a stronger network for preservation and conservation in Africa to enable effective responses to natural disasters and man-made conflicts

We invite you to submit a proposal for the session of Preservation and Conservation Strategic Programme at the 81st IFLA General Conference and Assembly to be held in Cape Town, South Africa in August 2015.

The theme of the session will look closely at the library networks within Africa, their response to natural disasters and man-made conflicts as well as the strength of the community.

The Preservation of Conservation Strategic Programme therefore encourages submissions around the topics of:

Responses of the (international, regional and national) library community to natural disasters in AfricaResponses of the (international, regional and national) library community to man-made conflicts in AfricaLessons learned from disaster responses (including challenges and successes)The importance of regional cooperation to effective disaster responseThe importance of adequate training for effective disaster response
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Call for papers - IFLA

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E-chat with librarians for reference advice - Daily Journal

E-chat with librarians for reference advice - Daily Journal | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Johnson County Public Library recently launched a new reference service. Johnson County Public Library recently launched a new reference service. Library patrons can talk with a reference librarian by live chat on the website or via text message and can ask about finding library materials, basic reference questions and using online resources like e-books and e-audiobooks. The chat service can be accessed by clicking the “Talk to a Librarian” button at the top of the website.
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Tate Announces Uprecedented Access to Archives of Brit Art Stars - artnet News

Tate Announces Uprecedented Access to Archives of Brit Art Stars - artnet News | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Thousands of love letters, crabby diatribes, intimate photos, and sales receipts from well-known British artists are now available for public scrutiny thanks to a new online archive launched by London's Tate Gallery.

http://www.tate.org.uk/about/projects/transforming-tate-britain-archives-access

 

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Digitisation programme!

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USC's ONE Archives brings LGBT history to television - USC News

USC's ONE Archives brings LGBT history to television - USC News | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Archival materials help tell the story in Amazon’s critically acclaimed series Transparent.
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The use of archives in a television series
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Differences between archives and libraries - Archival Research Tutorial - CampusGuides at York University

Differences between archives and libraries - Archival Research Tutorial - CampusGuides at York University | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Archival materials give you direct access to the time or event you are studying. The goal of this guide is to help you conduct research at the Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections at York University Libraries.
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Good guide!

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Βέβαια, για το πρώτο χαρακτηριστικό, ανοικτά ή κλειστά ράφια, έχουμε βιβλιοθήκες που - δυστυχώς - λειτουργούν με κλειστά βιβλιοστάσια (!), ενώ υπάρχουν αρχεία  που ακολουθούν τη λογική των "ανοικτών αρχείων".

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10 most extraordinary mobile libraries

10 most extraordinary mobile libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
From donkey-drawn trolleys to huge ships, these contemporary mobile libraries are born out of passion, creativity and determination.
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Inspiring libraries! Some we have seen before, but some not!

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American Archive of Public Broadcasting - Local Radio and Television Records from Public Media Stations Across the Country Made Available to the Public

"The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB), a collaboration between the Library of Congress, WGBH Boston and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, launched a new website at americanarchive.org today, providing the public with access to a collection of American public radio and television content dating back to the 1950s. These audio and video materials, created by more than 120 public broadcasting organizations across the country, have now been digitized and preserved, and will be a resource for scholars, researchers, educators, filmmakers and the general public to delve into the rich history of public broadcasting across America.

The website will initially provide access to 2.5 million inventory records created during the American Archive Content Inventory Project. The records will provide information about which public media video and audio materials have been digitized and preserved in the AAPB, indicate which video and audio files are available for research on location at WGBH and the Library of Congress, and highlight the participating stations. Contributing stations’ histories, information about significant productions and resources for participating organizations will be available online.

The collection includes interviews and performances by local and national luminaries from a broad variety of professions and cultural genres. Just a few examples of the items in the collection include: Iowa Public Television’s interview with Olympic runner Jesse Owens, recorded in 1979, the last year of his life; KUSC’s (Los Angeles) broadcast of commentary by George Lucas on the original three Star Wars movies; Twin Cities Public Television’s recording of a 1960 interview with presidential candidates John F. Kennedy and Minnesota Sen. Hubert Humphrey; and WGBH’s 1967 interviews with then-California Gov. Ronald Reagan."

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Very Rich resource for archivists and researchers!

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Library 2.015 Spring Summit

Library 2.015 Spring Summit | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The Emerging Future: Technology and Learning
Join us on April 30th, 2015 for the Library 2.015 Spring Summit - 

...the Library 2.015 Spring Summit - The Emerging Future: Technology and Learning, a half-day conversation about technology issues and trends in the future of library and information services.  The Spring Summit will be held from 12pm - 3pm US Pacific / 3pm - 6pm US Eastern, and is designed to complement the fifth annualLibrary 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference on October 20th, 2015.  Facebook | Twitter | Google+ 

The technology landscape changes rapidly, and these changes have economic, social, and ethical significance for individuals, organizations, and the entire world. The Emerging Future: Technology and Learning brings focus to the planning skills that are needed, the issues that are involved, and the current trends as we explore the potential impact of technological innovations.

 

RSVP here:L http://www.eventbrite.com/e/library-2015-spring-summit-tickets-15818355126?ref=ebtn

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Worth signing up for!

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