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Infographic: Library struggles since the recession - American Library Association's Library

Infographic: Library struggles since the recession - American Library Association's Library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The American Library Association created an infographic to illustrate the struggles libraries have been confronted with since the recession began.

We've been following recent budget cuts and coping mechanisms, such as fundraising videos and offering updated technologies, as part of our Libraries in Crisis series. But to see these things visualized and quantified helps put things into perspective.

According to the infographic, WiFi usage in libraries is up 74%, and computer usage is up 60%, but funding has been decreased by 57%. Additionally, 62% of libraries report being the only location offering free public access to the Internet in their communities."

 

Full Infographic here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/26/library-infographic_n_1627784.html ;

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BOOKTRYST: The Shocking Hard-Boiled World Of Librarians! - book covers used as parodies

BOOKTRYST: The Shocking Hard-Boiled World Of Librarians! - book covers used as parodies | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"All images courtesy of Professional Library Literature with special thanks to the anonymous creator of these brilliant book parodies, who, I suspect, may be in fear of losing their job if outed. Additional thanks to B.T. Carver of LISNews for drawing our attention to this delightful webpage. There are more of the same on the site."

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All librarians can identify with at least one of these!

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ARCHIVES*RECORDS: Ensuring Access - Conference Recordings on MP3 | Society of American Archivists

ARCHIVES*RECORDS: Ensuring Access - Conference Recordings on MP3 | Society of American Archivists | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Weren’t able to attend ARCHIVES*RECORDS: Ensuring Access?  Or want to listen to your favorite sessions again?  Now you can have access to all recorded sessions until August 2015.  Listen to whatever sessions you choose whenever you’d like via your MP3 player, smartphone, or tablet.  Or download them to a CD if you’d prefer.  You’ll receive access notification via email, with link and passcode.  (Note: Based on speaker preference, not all presentations were recorded.  Check the session listing in the online program for an indication of those that were not recorded.)

 

http://saa.archivists.org/store/archives-records-ensuring-access-conference-recordings-on-mp3/3945/

 

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Unfortunately it is not free! 

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Librarians On YouTube: About this blog

Librarians On YouTube: About this blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
"... there is a definite archetype that has been established within our culture when it comes to what a librarian is "supposed" to look/act like, and that figure has permeated the representation of this field for more years than I care to count ... Whether it be film and television, or more modern media outlets like video games and the internet, you can find the librarians' profession portrayed (even ridiculed) with the same basic broad strokes. So, not to put too fine a point on it, but that's where this blog comes in ... THE PLAN Ever since I myself (full disclosure!) began pursuing a Master's Degree in order to join the ranks of the full-fledged librarian, I've become fascinated with the portrayal of this profession in popular culture, particularly those depictions which have made their way onto Youtube ... As such, I decided long ago to begin cataloging as many instances of these representations as I could find on the popular video-sharing site. A daunting task, to be sure, but I gladly accept the challenge ... And, truth be told, there are a LOT more portrayals of librarianship on there than I ever could have imagined! Of course, there's plenty of the familiar (i.e. unflattering) stereotypes on there, but dig deep enough and you can actually find some honest-to-goodness attempts to portray the profession in a positive light (some posted by librarians themselves, some not); you just need to take the time to look ... or follow this blog, either one ;) These portrayals can consist of fictitious characters (television, cartoons, movies, etc.) or real-life flesh-and-blood librarians (news stories, promotional videos, vlogs, etc.) ... Whatever the genre, whatever the format, I'm just looking for YouTube videos that someone out there felt was worth the time and effort to post for a world-wide audience as a representation of the profession (either in a positive or negative light)!" 
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A stunning collection of portrayals of librarians found on YouTube!

Well done, Alessandro!

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How tech is changing reading at libraries - Marketplace.org

How tech is changing reading at libraries - Marketplace.org | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Today we hear from Courtney Young, president of the American Library Association, on how they're changing libraries.

Young says that it's important for libraries to change with the times, but that one challenge for librarians is making sure patrons are aware of new services. Also, keeping up with high costs. 

Click the media player http://www.marketplace.org/node/147408/player/popout

 to hear Courtney Young in conversation with Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson.

Featured in: Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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Important to keep patrons up to date with new services!

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IASA 2014 Annual Conference | IASA 2014 Annual Conference - 5-9 Oct

IASA 2014 Annual Conference | IASA 2014 Annual Conference - 5-9 Oct | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Cape Town, South Africa, 5-9 October 2014    #iasa2014

Connecting Cultures: Content, Context, and Collaboration

- See more at: http://2014.iasa-web.org/#sthash.o9mYsNfd.dpuf

- Full programme: http://2014.iasa-web.org/programme


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Still time to register!

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Sharing the knowledge: taking notes on open data from records managers and archivists - Archives Records 2014 Conf

Sharing the knowledge: taking notes on open data from records managers and archivists - Archives Records 2014 Conf | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Alisha Green

"More than 2,300 records managers and archivists from around the world gathered in Washington, DC, last week to talk about public records and managing the massive amount of new information being created by technology. Discussions at the conference made it clear that the open data community can benefit from connecting with and learning from people in the records management and archival communities. We share many of the same challenges and goals with determining how governments can best share information and preserve access to it.

Last week's conference, Archives*Records 2014: Ensuring Access, was a joint meeting of the Council of State Archivists, Society of American Archivists, and National Association of Government Archives & Records Administrators. Topics discussed ranged from copyright law to appraising records for determining what to keep permanently, but some of the conversations most relevant to those interested in open data centered around electronic records and metadata."

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Taking this from the notes as well: "There is much to be learned from starting a dialogue between the open data, records management and archival communities. Both open data and the records management communities face similar challenges. We are increasingly sharing our knowledge and resources online, and now it's time to align ourselves as groups with key roles to play in the goal of ensuring access to and preservation of records."

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IFLA to build libraries’ capacity to positively influence digital information policy through new International Advocacy grant | World Library and Information Congress #wlic2014

IFLA to build libraries’ capacity to positively influence digital information policy through new International Advocacy grant | World Library and Information Congress #wlic2014 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"New grant will help build capacity within the profession to advocate for positive policy change to support public access to digital information in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Libraries Initiative.

 

LYON, – 19 August 2014

 

World Library and Information Congress in Lyon – The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) today announced a new grant for international advocacy activities in support of access to digital information. The investment will develop libraries’ ability to react to emerging issues in the digital environment, increase awareness within the public library community of the link between this emerging environment and their work, and create capacity to undertake advocacy activities in support of policy change.

Public access to ICTs, copyright and licensing or eBooks and eLending are just some of the issues being tackled by policymakers at national, regional and international levels, often without satisfactory results for libraries and their users. As a result, libraries can often find themselves having to work in policy environments that are not sensitive to their issues and services to the public in the digital information environment are degraded."

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WLIC 2014 Conference on now! Many important announcements and happenings in the library world.

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SAA Sampler: Archival Advocacy

SAA Sampler: Archival Advocacy | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
SAA Sampler: Archival Advocacy (PDF)

Compiled with an introduction by Cheryl Oestreicher


This is the second installment in the SAA SAMPLER SERIES, which features select chapters from authoritative books on archives published by the Society of American Archivists. Produced exclusively electronically, the Samplers are designed to give readers an overview of a pertinent topic as well as a taste of the full publications.

 

 

This Sampler offers examples of the ways in which you can build advocacy efforts, discussing some of the techniques and tools developed by archivists. The content includes:

 

"Advocating Within the Institution: Twenty-five Years for the New York Philharmonic Archives" by Barbara Haws, from Many Happy Returns: Advocacy and the Development of Archives edited by Larry Hackman;

 

 

"Media Outlets" by Stephanie Gaub, from Public Relations and Marketing for Archives: A How-To-Do-It Manual edited by Peter J. Wosh et al.; and

 

 

"Archives 101 in a 2.0 World: The Continuing Need for Parallel Systems" by Randall C. Jimerson, from A Different Kind of Web: New Connections Between Archives and Our Users edited by Kate Theimer.

 

Archivists must continually explain who they are, what they do, and why archives are important to society. The selected chapters offer different approaches and techniques from three books which align with the core goal of advocating for archives.

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Archival advocacy. Unfortunately not free!

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Indigenous Libraries As Social Venues · Global Voices

Indigenous Libraries As Social Venues · Global Voices | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

“One thing is that books satisfy users’ curiosity, and a very different one that is that it might represent the identity of the community them belong to”. Argentinian librarian Daniel Canosa questions the role and function of local libraries. On Infotecarios network he writes:

"Indigneous libraries [should] generate knowledge from local and community participation, provide a way of understanding, that in time is a way of building identity. The thing is if what libraries provide represent what each community knows, if what a librarian builds with their community allows a true affinity with people's historic memory. This is not about new ideas, but things should move forward questioning those ideas.
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If libraries spread people's production from their own places, then not only the elites won't be then only ones in the world of information." (translation)

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Libraries as builders and keepers of identity of a community!

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The Public Library Wants To Be Your Office, by Anita Hamilton

The Public Library Wants To Be Your Office, by Anita Hamilton | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"D.C. Public Library president Richard Reyes-Gavilán defends libraries’ growing role as business incubators, despite their tenuous connection to books, literacy, and information access. “Libraries have always been a place for personal betterment. We are providing a space for people to get a leg up on their lives, whether that’s someone running their own business or getting their library card for the first time so they’re better able to tackle first grade.”

Adds NYPL President Marx, “libraries should be providing free access to information and physical space to engage in the life of the mind whether it is a new business idea or thinking up a new novel.” It’s a nice idea. But as demonstrated by the failed plan to gut the stacks at the crown jewel of the New York Public Library system, trying to accommodate everyone in a finite space is just begging for a turf war."


Via nickcarman
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The case of the library as office space! Definitely the library of the future! There should be a work-around between the library loyalists and the library as community space enthusiasts!

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Libraries are becoming de-facto business incubators, and a few are actively targeting that market.

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Tuning out the white noise: marketing your library services - by Ned Potter #Slideshare

Keynote from the BLA Conference, July 2014. #BLAle14 This talk is all about communuication - specifically about how to make your communication stand out amid a… (RT @deanhendrix: This slideshare on #libraries communications is brilliant.

Via Guus van den Brekel
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Key to focus marketing! Good advice!

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Two sides to that “who’s the boss” coin | David Lee King

Two sides to that “who’s the boss” coin | David Lee King | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"... your technology department shouldn’t really be the one making system-wide decisions for the library.

 

There’s a couple other sides to that coin, I think. They include:

 

Sometimes, IT should make those decisions. For example:

They’re the technology experts, and probably know what will work the best for the library. Listen to them!" and more...
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When to listen to the IT department and building up a dynamic relationship with the IT department.

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Libraries Rock! | Hitchhiker - Country rocker visiting public libraries on tour

Libraries Rock! | Hitchhiker - Country rocker visiting public libraries on tour | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

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Mary Kaminski 

"In the latest issue of Rolling Stone Magazine, an article about country/rock band Old Crow Medicine Show references the Octavia Fellin Public Library in Gallup and front man Ketch Secor’s recent visit there:


 

Ketch Secor doesn’t own a laptop or a smartphone, so most days when he wakes up on tour with his band Old Crow Medicine Show, he’ll head to the local library to check his e-mail. “I was just in a library in Gallup, New Mexico, with 25 Navajos,” he says. “It’s communal, like the Greyhound station of the Internet.”


Old Crow Medicine Show, photo credit: Rolling Stone Magazine


Full article here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/how-ketch-secor-started-wild-roots-band-old-crow-medicine-show-20140721


Also,  a tip to help you know if your library is getting noticed! - Search engine alert service

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Great anecdote about public libraries!

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Book-a-Librarian for a personalized learning session - Phil Shapiro, Monroe Monitor

Book-a-Librarian for a personalized learning session - Phil Shapiro, Monroe Monitor | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Phil Spirito, Monroe Library Managing Librarian

"Stop by the Monroe Library branch of the Sno-Isle Library System any day of the week and you will often see a staff person working in a one-on one session with a customer. Although everyone in the library is strongly encouraged to approach staff and ask for help, these customers have scheduled an appointment to meet with a staff person to get individual help on a wide range of topics.

Do you need help downloading an e-book? Are you starting a difficult research project? Do you want individual coaching on basic computer skills? Are you stumped by your new smart phone? Do you need someone to review your resume? If you need help, you can make an appointment with a staff person to get help on almost any topic at the time that works best for you."

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It is not a new concept, but a worthy one!

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What’s New in Digital and Social Media Research: The realities of citizen journalism, and new possibilities for transparency

What’s New in Digital and Social Media Research: The realities of citizen journalism, and new possibilities for transparency | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
How "bridging elites" help on Twitter, perceptions of news by a skeptical public, and Wikipedia pages as newsmaking destinations: all that and more in this month’s roundup of the academic literature.

 

Editor’s note: There’s a lot of interesting academic research going on in digital media — but who has time to sift through all those journals and papers?

Our friends at Journalist’s Resource, that’s who. JR is a project of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and they spend their time examining the new academic literature in media, social science, and other fields, summarizing the high points and giving you a point of entry. Here, John Wihbey sums up the top papers in digital media and journalism this month.


Via Robbert Hoeffnagel, João Greno Brogueira
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9 articles with summaries about researchy in digital and social media research, By JOHN WIHBEY

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10 Must-Read Books about Libraries & Librarians, by Simon McDonald

10 Must-Read Books about Libraries & Librarians, by Simon McDonald | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Simon McDonald, Editorial Manager | simon@thereadingroom.com

"In the words of Jamie Ford in his novel The Songs of Willow Frost, libraries are “like a candy store where everything is free.” These 10 books will remind you of why libraries are such special places."

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Great list!

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Free Twitter Analytics - what can libraries and archives get out of it? - Ned Potter

Free Twitter Analytics - what can libraries and archives get out of it? - Ned Potter | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Twitter stats packages are sort of fascinating but also not. I look at a fair few because I need to be able to talk about them in social media workshops: what tends to happen is I put my username in, go 'ooooh that's interesting!' a few times, but then never actually go back and check the analysis on a second occasion.

As individuals we don't really need Twitter stats apps (unless you take Twitter very seriously) but as organisations they can be genuinely useful. They can help us understand our network, show us what works (so we can build on it) and what doesn't (so we can phase it out).

For an analysis package to be useful to an organisation it really needs three qualities:

1. It must give you information you can ACT on. There are a million
stats apps out there, but if they don't tell you anything which you
can use to inform better practice for your twitter account, then they
don't really have any value.
2. It must NOT tweet things about that information on your behalf. Someapps tell you useful things - but they tell the rest of the world
those useful things too. I'm dubious about this at the best of times
(for me an auto-tweet saying "This week on Twitter: X follows /
unfollows, Y ReTweets and Z total reach!" either looks a bit awkward if X, Y and Z are small numbers, and a bit show-boaty if they're large) but I really don't think organisational accounts should have anything tweeted on their behalf.
3. It ideally needs to be free. Some things are worth paying for but
realistically it's hard to get the people who control the
purse-strings in libraries to shell-out for a Twitter stats annual
subscription...

Thankfully the official Twitter Analytics, newly available for all, meets all three of those criteria. If you just tweet as yourself, sign in to analytics.twitter.com and have a look a round at the things worth noting; it's interesting to see how few of your followers actually see your tweets, for example."


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Great guide to make the most of your Twitter Analytics for your library or archive!

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Great guide! Also for any corporate account!

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48 Free September Webinars for Librarians | OEDB.org

48 Free September Webinars for Librarians | OEDB.org | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Librarians are lifelong learners.  And we’re always on the look out for exciting professional development opportunities.  Fortunately for us, there are a great many amazing, free webinars being offered each month from a variety of sources, there’s bound to be something for everyone.  Check out these incredible free live webinars that you can participate in:

http://oedb.org/free-live-webinars-librarians/ "


Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Karen du Toit
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Great resource!

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Great resource for September!

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Save the selfie - Arkansas Online (subscription)

Save the selfie - Arkansas Online (subscription) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
"Steve Perdue, head of the