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Good News: Librarian Job Growth Exploding

Good News: Librarian Job Growth Exploding | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Butch Lazorchak:

Quick quiz: Is the employment outlook for librarians growing or shrinking? The answer depends on what you call a “library job.”

 

"BLS view doesn’t describe too many of the librarians, archivists and museum professionals I know. Just for kicks, let’s compare the BLS librarian description to the job area of Computer and Information Systems Managers, which O*Net describes as having a “bright outlook” (projected to grow at a rate of 29% or more this decade):

Consult with users, management, vendors, and technicians to assess computing needs and system requirements.
Stay abreast of advances in technology.
Provide users with technical support for computer problems.
Assign and review the work of systems analysts, programmers, and other computer-related workers.
Evaluate the organization’s technology use and needs and recommend improvements, such as hardware and software upgrades.
Funny…that list looks a lot more like the job descriptions of the librarians I know!

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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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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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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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End of year lists: gorgeous library lists

End of year lists:  gorgeous library lists | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The end of the year seems to bring out journalists' list making tendencies. Our web feeds have been filled lately with Top 10 this and  Best of...that.  We think there are enough lists out there so...
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List about beautiful and spectacular libraries!

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NASIG : Core Competencies for Print Serials Librarians

NASIG : Core Competencies for Print Serials Librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The NASIG Core Competencies Task Force (CCTF) is seeking comment on a draft of the Core Competencies for Print Serials Librarians.  This document adds to the NASIG Core Competencies for Electronic Resources Librarians by describing the skills that librarians need to manage physical format serials in today’s libraries.


Via liblist4u, Ayla Stein
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Comments here: Sanjeet_Mann@redlands.edu

 

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The digital open source library of tomorrow: Phil Shapiro - opensource.com

The digital open source library of tomorrow: Phil Shapiro  - opensource.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Opensource.com moderator Nicole Engard attended a talk by Phil Shapiro at the 2014 All Things Open conference in Raleigh, NC in which Phil laid out his vision for how libraries need to adapt to the changes ..."

 

"Phil Shapiro, one of my fellow Opensource.com Community Moderators, gave a talk at All Things Open 2014 about open source and libraries. This is a recap of that talk.

Too many people ask, "What is the future of libraries?" and not, "What should the future be?" A book that we must read is: Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries For Today's Complex World. If we don't expect more of libraries, we're not going to see libraries change. We have to change the frame of mind that libraries belong the directors—they actually belong to the people and they should be serving the people.

Phil asks how we get some communities to participate in managing libraries. Start looking at your library's collection and see if there is at least 1% of the collection in the STEM arena. Should that percent be more? Maybe 5% or 10% more? There is no set answer here, but maybe we need to make a suggestion to our libraries. Maybe instead of just books our funds should go to empower the community more in the technology arena. Maybe we should have co-working space in our library—this can be fee based even—and could be something as low as $30.00/month. That would be a way for libraries to help the unemployed and the community as a whole."

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Future of the library 

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Library 2.015 Spring Summit

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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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Online Video Presentation: NEH and the Preservation and Access of Audiovisual Cultural HeritageNEH and the Preservation and Access of Audiovisual Cultural Heritage | National Endowment for the Huma...

Online Video Presentation: NEH and the Preservation and Access of Audiovisual Cultural HeritageNEH and the Preservation and Access of Audiovisual Cultural Heritage | National Endowment for the Huma... | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities is proud to present “NEH and the Preservation and Access of Audiovisual Cultural Heritage,” an online video by Program Officers Joshua Sternfeld and Jesse Johnston: http://www.neh.gov/divisions/preservation/featured-project/neh-and-the-preservation-and-access-audiovisual-cultural-her. ;

The three-part video—which you may watch in full or in separate parts (links below)--covers NEH’s ongoing commitment to preserve audiovisual cultural heritage.  Part I provides an argument for the significance of a/v collections as an essential media for understanding the history of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  Part II summarizes the full range of grant programming for a/v collections provided by NEH’s Division of Preservation and Access that covers areas in research and development, education and training, assessment for smaller institutions, reformatting, cataloging, and stabilization through sustainable preventive conservation.  Finally, Part III describes NEH’s strategic planning to address the current crisis in a/v preservation and access.

We invite you to share the video or its constituent parts widely not just with fellow audiovisual archivists, librarians, and engineers, but administrators, scholars, and anyone else who may be interested to learn more about moving image and sound collections. 

We also invite your feedback on how NEH may continue to support the field going forward.  Your participation, expressed in grant proposals and correspondence, are what fuel our programming and outreach.

As always, program officers are available to discuss project ideas, read drafts for many of our grant programs, and provide feedback.  Questions may be submitted to Josh Sternfeld (jsternfeld@neh.gov) or Jesse Johnston (jjohnston@neh.gov).  You may learn more about our grant programming at http://www.neh.gov/divisions/preservation. ; You can also follow us on Twitter, @NEH_PresAccess for future news and announcements on this fast-moving front.

 

NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

 

FULL VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFTk6OLctVI&feature=player_embedded

 

PART I: The Significance of Audiovisual Cultural Heritage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TjWQFOcaGo&feature=player_embedded

 

PART II: NEH Division of Preservation and Access Grant Programming and Audiovisual Collections: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugcaJpcAktg&feature=player_embedded

 

PART III: NEH Strategic Planning and the Crisis of Audiovisual Preservation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyfXXfgxEQY&feature=player_embedded

rn more about moving image and sound collections. 

 

 

We also invite your feedback on how NEH may continue to support the field going forward.  Your participation, expressed in grant proposals and correspondence, are what fuel our programming and outreach.

 

As always, program officers are available to discuss project ideas, read drafts for many of our grant programs, and provide feedback.  Questions may be submitted to Josh Sternfeld (jsternfeld@neh.gov) or Jesse Johnston (jjohnston@neh.gov).  You may learn more about our grant programming at http://www.neh.gov/divisions/preservation. ; You can also follow us on Twitter, @NEH_PresAccess for future news and announcements on this fast-moving front.

 

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To be shared widely, and encourage feedback as well!

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South African boost for Gandhian digital archive project - Daily News & Analysis

South African boost for Gandhian digital archive project - Daily News & Analysis | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"An MoU has been signed here between India and South Africa for digital images of the copies of 'Indian Opinion', a newspaper established by Mahatma Gandhi, to provide an authentic open source archive on the iconic leader's life and times."


"Gandhi's public life began in South Africa and no archive or assessment of his contribution could ever be complete without a comprehensive view on his South African years. No library or archive in India, including the National Archives in New Delhi or the National Library at Kolkata have a complete, unbroken set of 'Indian Opinion'. The signing of the MOU will boost the plans of the GHP in its inaugural phase to have about five hundred thousand pages of material related to Gandhi." 

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More public libraries, their relevance at stake, see helping homeless people as a core mission

More public libraries, their relevance at stake, see helping homeless people as a core mission | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Article by: TRAVIS LOLLER , Associated Press 

libraries are more important than ever to people who can't otherwise get connected: Nearly two-thirds provide the only free computer and Internet access in their communities, according to the American Library Association.

In the 25 years since the ALA adopted a policy urging full access for poor and homeless library patrons, few have taken this mission as far as Nashville's main downtown library, where Bailey arrives early each day, standing on an icy sidewalk in below-freezing temperatures with a half-dozen other people until the ornate bronze doors open.

Once inside, he goes directly to the third floor, where rows of computer terminals are quickly occupied by people carrying bags filled with their worldly possessions.

The library recently renovated this section with their homeless patrons in mind, ditching countless shelves of bound copies of "Popular Mechanics" and other periodicals that are now available electronically, and making way for 68 computers and more tables with ethernet connections and power outlets."


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"Librarians can't solve people's problems, but we can provide them the resources to solve their own problems," she said.

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Library empowering people!

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