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Teacher librarians crucial in info age, by Holly Godfree | Librarians are lifelong learners

Teacher librarians crucial in info age, by Holly Godfree | Librarians are lifelong learners | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Teacher librarians can evaluate online information and, more importantly, they know how teach others to do it for themselves.
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Because of the internet, what used to be called ''library skills'' or ''research skills'' have now become essential skills for functioning in the world. Teacher librarians help students of all ages to locate, select, organise, synthesise, evaluate and share information. This is called information literacy, and it is a teacher librarian's bread and butter.

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/opinion/teacher-librarians-crucial-in-info-age-20120903-25abs.html#ixzz2FOOPAuJN
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Teacher librarians are essential catalysts towards access to knowledge; not only information!

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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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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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The Top 10 Hotel Libraries in the World

The Top 10 Hotel Libraries in the World | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
We've seen many hotels that offer a small shelf of loaner books, but these hotels went above and beyond in creating a literary oasis for their guests....
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29 Moments Any Librarian Knows Too Well

29 Moments Any Librarian Knows Too Well | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
"I'm looking for this book, I forget the title, but there's a dog on the cover...?"
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All of these! We can relate!

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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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Librarians prevalent in use of social media - Analysis & News - Research Information

Librarians prevalent in use of social media - Analysis & News - Research Information | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Jodie Bell of Taylor & Francis asks: how important is social media as a communication tool?

Research Information: February/March 2015

A social media white paper

Taylor & Francis sought to address some of these questions by conducting research into how the library community is currently using and applying social media. Libraries have been particularly prevalent in their uptake of social media, and use it as a key medium for engaging with their users. As such, it is an issue close to the heart of how libraries are evolving and Taylor & Francis wanted to help benchmark current use and provide best practice recommendations to help navigate what the future may bring.

The research conducted was on a global scale – more than 600 librarians worldwide contributed their thoughts, suggestions and experiences through focus groups, telephone interviews, an online survey and a Twitter party. All the research was then compiled into a white paper, which has now been published online and is available to download for free.

 

The white paper can be accessed online for free, along with accompanying top level data, infographic visualisations of key findings, video presentations and more. See http://bit.ly/socialmediatf for more details.


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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

Julia Brungs:

 

"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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