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Making Sure Libraries “Measure Up”, by Karen Muller | American Libraries Magazine

Making Sure Libraries “Measure Up”, by Karen Muller | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Karen Muller:

 

"Times are tough for libraries, and when times get tough, managers—whether college administrators, a principal, a board of trustees, or even voters—start asking about the viability of programs and the measurable benefits of those programs. That’s why understanding how to measure your library’s activities—and therefore proving their value—is critical in today’s economic environment."

 

Publications: 

1. Using Qualitative Methods in Action Research: How Librarians Can Get to the Why of Data, editors Douglas Cook and Lesley Farmer 

2. Just Plain Data Analysis: Finding, Presenting, and Interpreting Social Science Data by Gary M. Klass

3. Sandra D. Andrews’s Power of Data: An Introduction to Using Local, State, and National Data to Support School Library Programs

4. Danny P. Wallace and Connie Van Fleet’s Knowledge into Action: Research and Evaluation in Library and Information Science

5. Engaging in Evaluation and Assessment Research 

6. Assessing Service Quality: Satisfying the Expectations of Library Customers, authors Peter Hernon and Ellen Altman

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Academic Writing Librarian: Why I recommend librarians do doctoral research by Dr Mary Delaney

Academic Writing Librarian: Why I recommend librarians do doctoral research by Dr Mary Delaney | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @JMBurns99: Pls RT Thinking of doing a PhD? -see Mary Delaney's post on doing doctoral research at http://t.co/z4YUUJK2Yd

 

  Dr Mary Delaney is Head of Library and Information Services at IT Carlow.
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Why a PhD for librarians?

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10 Years After Katrina: Commemorating Libraries and Librarians | American Libraries Magazine

10 Years After Katrina: Commemorating Libraries and Librarians | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
In this six-part series, American Libraries looks back at the stories of libraries and librarians in the 10 years since Katrina. Reflecting on our October 2005 coverage, we remember the librarians who provided services in extraordinary circumstances.

 

"These are just some of the Katrina stories we’ve heard from libraries and librarians. We invite you to share your Katrina story with American Libraries via comment or email and let us know how your library—or your life—has changed in the 10 years since Katrina came ashore."

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Great stories!

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FSU professors create online tool to assist librarians working with patrons with autism - Tallahassee.com

FSU professors create online tool to assist librarians working with patrons with autism - Tallahassee.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Two Florida State University professors have created a training site that they hope will assist librarians when working with patrons who suffer from autism spectrum disorders.

The teaching guide, called Project PALS, was created as a learning tool to help librarians better understand some of the behavioral characteristics demonstrated by someone with the disorder, and how to make that person more successful in library settings.

Project PALS, or Project Panhandle Autism Library Services, is taught online using examples that can be reviewed at the person’s leisure. The training lasts about four hours.

The project was created by Nancy Everhart, a professor in the School of Information who studies the impact of technology on the leadership of the school librarian, and Juliann Woods, associate dean of research at the College of Communication and Information at FSU. Woods also is associate director for research to practice at the Autism Institute, who helped develop Autism Navigator, a Web-based early-detection tool that aids service providers in recognizing and serving children with ASD."

 

More info here: http://pals.cci.fsu.edu/

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Librarians dealing with autism - there's a course available now and will take 4 hours to complete!

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Announcing the Release of AVCC Inventory & Collection Management Tool

Announcing the Release of AVCC Inventory & Collection Management Tool | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"...the release of AVCC, an open-source web application for the rapid inventory of physical film, video, and audio materials. Developed with funding from the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board – in addition to funding support from the Metropolitan New York Library Resource Council and New York State Documentary Heritage Program for previous versions of the tool – AVCC provides a series of inventory templates and quantitative reports that promote simple and fast documentation and analysis of collections of audiovisual materials."

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Free access to an account! Looks like a great tool for archivists and librarians!

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The Daring Librarian: Makerspace Starter Kit

The Daring Librarian: Makerspace Starter Kit | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
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"Want to start a Makerspace in your school?

Don't have thousands of bucks!

This might help you get started!"


Via GwynethJones
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Want to start a Makerspace in your school?

Don't have thousands of bucks!

This might help you get started!

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How to Build Your Makerspace (EdSurge Guides)

How to Build Your Makerspace (EdSurge Guides) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Learning by making has been around since long before edtech—just think about what the adventurous explorers or intrepid settlers of yore would have thought of "Do-It-Yourself." But with thousands of kid-friendly tech tools and a whole World Wide Web of resources out there, creative, interesting opportunities for learning-by-making abound for everyone.

Okay, so with all those resources, where should you start to build a makerspace? Here at EdSurge, we've rolled up our sleeves, put on our protective goggles, and built a Maker Guide from scratch, just for you. 

Read on for ideas from the educators and entrepreneurs who think making 24/7, including what is involved with project-based learning and making in the classroom and tried-and-true lessons from the field on starting your makerspace.

Making on a budget? We surely do. We've got ideas for stocking your space with resources from your arts and crafts closet, plus inspiration from educators working to bring makerspaces to low-income and all-girls classrooms.

Via John Evans
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Great for library makerspaces as well!

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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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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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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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A Little Light Bibliotherapy - from NYPL staff

A Little Light Bibliotherapy - from NYPL staff | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
We asked our expert NYPL staff members to recommend books that helped them stay sane and navigate life in Gotham.
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Bookmark this!

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6 trends on the horizon for academic and research libraries - eCampus News

6 trends on the horizon for academic and research libraries - eCampus News | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
NMC’s Horizon Report details trends, challenges, and technologies that are impacting—and will impact—academic and research libraries.

 

6 trends, 6 challenges and 6 developments!

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Great for the Future Library insights!

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ProjectARCC Meeting - archivists responding to climate change - August 11, 2015

ProjectARCC Meeting - archivists responding to climate change - August 11, 2015 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

ABOUT PROJECT_ARCC:

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On Earth Day in 2015, a group of alarmed archivists founded ProjectARCC, a task force with a mission to motivate the archival community to affect climate change. We believe that as those responsible for the preservation of history for future generations, we should be as passionate and concerned about preserving a safe and habitable planet for ours and future generations.

 


Dana E. Gerber-Margie

 

 

ProjectARCC Meeting Agenda and Minutes August 11, 2015 at 8:00pm ET Link to join meeting: Attendees: Agenda: Intros Discussion about any climate change related articles or books that attendees have...

 

Join meeting here: http://wgbh1.adobeconnect.com/projectarcc/
 

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Worthy cause!

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