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Librarians and Digital Rights Management, interview with Terry Plum, by Sasha Nyary

Librarians and Digital Rights Management, interview with Terry Plum, by Sasha Nyary | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
When it comes to digital rights, librarians can be awfully cranky—just look at the debate around HarperCollins ebooks. Librarian educator Terry Plum, Assistant Dean of Technology at the Simmons Graduate School of Library ...
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Librarian educator Terry Plum, Assistant Dean of Technology at the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science about "the basic issues of fair use and the first sale doctrine, which librarians have guarded and sanctified for decades and aren’t giving up without a fight."

 

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"1. What do librarians want in this digital age?

 

2. What is the issue of fair use with regards librarians?

 

3. What does that mean for libraries?

 

4. The comparison about the book-to-ebook trend and the print-journal-to-ejournal process."

 

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Looking back: The ILN 2 years on

Looking back: The ILN 2 years on | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Kate Byrne: "The last two years have seen the program grow and develop far beyond anything we could have imagined so to celebrate the ILN’s second birthday we would like to share some of those incredible things with you:

 Over the last 2 years we have held 4 rounds of the programThose 4 rounds have provided connections for over 1500 participants from 103 countries on 5 continents.Of those participants, over 80% plan to enrol for another round.Our web presence has grown dramatically since we launched this website and our Twitter account – we now have nearly 1400 Twitter followers and over 3300 Facebook likes.This website has received 125,000 hits including visits from all over the globe; every country except 11 of them.
It seems almost impossible to believe how quickly the time has flown by - but we realised that two years and three days ago we launched this website and the very first call for applications. The la...
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Invaluable for international mentorship, international peer mentoring and international networking - for librarians and archivists!

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International Preservation News available online | IFLA

International Preservation News available online | IFLA | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

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"Past issues of IPN now available

IFLA is very happy to announce that all remaining past issues of the International Preservation News (IPN) have been digitised by the Preservation and Conservation Centre at the Library of Congress. IFLA would like to thank the Library of Congress for digitising these early editions of IPN and making them available to IFLA. The IPN archive of over 60 past issues is now complete and freely available online. We encourage everyone to re-discover these past issues of IPN, an important series that was published by IFLA for over 25 years with regular contributions from PAC Regional Centres. IPN ceased publication in December 2013. The IFLA Journal is picking up the mandate of IPN and will publish an issue dedicated to Cultural Heritage in its 3rd volume of 2015."

 

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The AABC Archivist`s Toolkit

The AABC Archivist`s Toolkit | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The AABC Archivist's Toolkit offers access to a wide range of on-line and published resources for archivists and archives workers at all levels. Special care is taken to provide resources for small and medium-sized archives. Intended for the British Columbia archives community, the AABC Archivist's Toolkit has evolved into much more. Archives-related sites across Canada and internationally link to this valuable site. Recommendations for additions, revisions and corrections are encouraged and should be directed to the Archives Association of British Columbia at info@aabc.ca. If you are looking for a copy of A Manual for Small Archives, originally published in 1988 and last revised in 1994, you can download a PDF (3.5 MB). Revision is ongoing. Submissions of additions, revisions and corrections are encouraged. Revision date: July 2012, BCANS
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Complicating the network: The year in social media research

Complicating the network: The year in social media research | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Journalist’s Resource sifts through the academic journals so you don’t have to. Here are 12 of the studies about social and digital media they found most interesting in 2014.

Via Valerie Hawkins, Library, American Library Association
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Thirsty? Go to a library, not a coffee shop - Telegraph.co.uk

Thirsty? Go to a library, not a coffee shop - Telegraph.co.uk | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Libraries should be re-branded as vibrant community hubs offering free wifi, comfy sofas and coffee, according to government-commissioned report The recommendations are made in the Independent Library Report for England, commissioned by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport earlier this year.
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Olga Kudriavtseva 's curator insight, December 19, 2014 2:38 AM

Эпоха библиотек как молчаливых читальных залов с книгами в качестве единственного продукта закончилась, и для того, чтобы выжить, они должны стать "живыми и привлекательными эпицентрами деятельности общества».



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...ibraries ........must become “vibrant and attractive community hubs”

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Librarian Publishers May Be More Important Than You Think, by Phill Jones - Part 1

Librarian Publishers May Be More Important Than You Think, by Phill Jones  - Part 1 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Librarians have been acting in a limited way as publishers since well before the internet, but over the last 5 years or so, a revitalized librarian-publisher movement has emerged. 

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the second edition of the Library Publishing Directory (2015), edited by Sarah Lippincott, tells a very different story. The directory is a non-exhaustive collection of 124 case studies of library publishing programs (111 based inside the US and Canada). According to Lippincott’s analysis, around 90% of library publishers work in collaboration with academic departments and faculty on campus, drawing on in-house expertise to form editorial and review boards. In return, the library supports research from their own institutions by providing an avenue for publication, particularly in niche research areas. While many library publishers (68%) also work with student journals such as university law reviews, the perception that library publishers ‘mostly publish student research’ isn’t backed up by the numbers."

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Librarians as publishers!

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Free Toolkits for school librarians | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

Free Toolkits for school librarians | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
@aasl has many free toolkits to help school librarians #advocate http://t.co/HaT7qdZRPA #ist611

 

School Library Program Health and Wellness Toolkit

Learning Standards and Program Guidelines Implementation Toolkit


Crisis Toolkit


Parent Advocate Toolkit

Common Core State Standards Implementation Assistance ToolkitSchool Librarian's Role in Reading Toolkit 

Instructional Classification Toolkit


Common Core State Standards Action Toolkit for Public Librarians

 

@ your library Toolkit for School Library Programs
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Worthy to bookmark, not only for American school librarians

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How Libraries are Advancing and Inspiring Schools and Communities - KQED (blog)

How Libraries are Advancing and Inspiring Schools and Communities - KQED (blog) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Libraries are experimenting with some exciting ways to inspire and engage the community by creating meeting and maker spaces with old technology and new

 

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a report just released by the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries asks us again to reconsider how the library can serve communities in the 21st century. “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries” aims to “capture the momentum and excitement of the innovations taking place in public libraries across the country, and the impact these are having on communities,” said the group’s director, Amy Garmer. The report asks: With all the new technology and layered networks, what can be done beyond current advancements?

“We are a place for the curious, for creativity, a place for learning, a place to experiment. It’s always been the mission of the library. We’re just using different tools.”

The Dialogue on Public Libraries group is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries Program and is made up of 34 library field leaders, business executives, government officials, education experts and community development visionaries. The group aims for more than just holding up great examples of libraries working well in the digital age.

“We want to provide a catalyst for new thinking about libraries as platforms for learning, creativity and innovation in their communities, and the creation of new networked forms of libraries,” Garmer said. If the report could spark engagement at the local, state and national levels to rethink how to use libraries and then constructively act on it, Garmer said, then the group’s goal will have been achieved."

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Great end-of-year question regenerate services for next year!

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Public libraries play a central role in providing access to data and ensuring the freedom of digital knowledge

Public libraries play a central role in providing access to data and ensuring the freedom of digital knowledge | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Data connectivity is intrinsic to most of our daily lives. The place which exists in almost every community large or small, rural or urban, is the public library.
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Data connectivity and the public library = synonymous!
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The Hidden Costs of E-books at University Libraries - Times of San Diego

The Hidden Costs of E-books at University Libraries - Times of San Diego | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Peter C. Herman"For the past few years, both the California State University and the University of California libraries have been experimenting with packages that replace paper books with e-books. The advantages are obvious. With e-books, you no longer have to schlep to a library to take out a book. You just log on from whatever device connects you to the web, at whatever time and in whatever state of dress, and voila! the book appears on your screen.

But the real attraction is price. Library budgets, along with university budgets, have been slashed, and such companies as Pearson and Elsevier offer e-book packages that make it possible to gain access (I’ll explain the awkward syntax in a moment) to lots of books at what seems like a minimal cost. The savings are multiplied when the package serves the entire system. So instead of each campus buying a paper book, all 23 CSU’s, for instance, share a single e-book. That’s the theory, at least. The reality is very different."

 

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"Instead, a library pays to access a data file by one of two routes: “PDA,” or “Patron-Driven Acquisition,” in which a vendor makes available a variety of e-books, and a certain number of “uses” (the definition varies) triggers a purchase, or a subscription to an e-library that does not involve any mechanism for buying the e-book. Both avenues come loaded with all sorts of problems.

First, reading an e-book is a different, and lesser, experience that reading a paper book, just aswatching a movie at home differs from watching one in a theatre.

There’s a huge difference between casual and college reading, and recent studies prove beyond doubt that while e-books are perfectly fine for the latest John Grisham or Fifty Shades of Grey, they actively discourage intense reading and deep learning."

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The impact of e-books on libraries and learning. Not good!

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Coming Soon to the Library: Humanoid Robots - Wall Street Journal

Coming Soon to the Library: Humanoid Robots - Wall Street Journal | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

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LORETTA WALDMAN

"WESTPORT, Conn.—They have blinking eyes and an unnerving way of looking quizzically in the direction of whoever is speaking. They walk, dance and can talk in 19 different languages. About the height of a toddler, they look like bigger, better-dressed cousins of Buzz Lightyear.

And soon, "Vincent" and "Nancy" will be buzzing around the Westport Library, where officials next week will announce the recent acquisition of the pair of humanoid "NAO Evolution" robots. Their primary purpose: to teach the kind of coding and computer-programming skills required to animate such machines.

While it isn't unusual for public libraries to offer instruction in programming or robotics, Westport is the first in the nation to do it with sophisticated humanoid bots made by the French robotics firm Aldebaran. In a brief demonstration last week, Alex Giannini, the library's digital-experience manager, had Vincent kicking a small soccer ball, doing tai chi and taking bows."

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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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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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