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Librarians in the Digital Age | American Libraries Magazine

Librarians in the Digital Age | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
ALA President Sari Feldman and President-Elect Julie Todaro respond to a recent Wall Street Journal editorial about librarians in the age of Google.
"Nothing could be further from the truth than the outdated stereotype of libraries and librarians that Steve Barker presents in his January 11 article. In Boston at our national conference this past week, we heard repeatedly from colleagues among the thousands gathered that this might be the most exciting time of opportunity in libraries and for librarians. Attendees included librarians of all ages and demographics, librarians who—whether in school, public, academic, or special library settings—take pride in playing an integral role in the educational, cultural, and information experiences of their patrons. Examples? Consider Multnomah County Library’s Lyndsey Runyan, a librarian who specializes in rethinking how to use existing space in public libraries for 21st-century learning and creation. She’s overseeing a new facility near Portland, Oregon, for underserved teenagers to build science, technology, engineering, arts, and math skills by making electronic music, building robots, utilizing 3-D printers, and more. How about Kristina Holzweiss, Bay Shore Middle School librarian, who developed “GENIUS Hour,” a teamwork-based program in which students create original presentations while exploring their own passions from robotics to coding? Or George Washington University Gelman Librarian Bill Gillis who co-teaches a required freshmen writing class where students learn to use research and sources to expand their horizons and strengthen their writing? Rather than being pushed aside by the information revolution, our public libraries alone continue to host more than 1.5 billion visits annually—or about 4 million per day. Our school and academic libraries are destinations for millions of students daily for research and information literacy assistance from expert librarians. In fact, recent findings from the Pew Research Center reveal that librarian assistance is the most important library service we provide, after free access to books and media (just ahead of free access to computers and the internet)."
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Future of librarians very exciting!
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The Wikipedia Library #1Lib1Ref - One Librarian One Reference

The Wikipedia Library #1Lib1Ref - One Librarian One Reference | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

RT @TheNewLibrarian: Imagine what we could do to #Wikipedia if every librarian added one primary source.
#1lib1ref
https://t.co/ViOM5twXxg...

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Librarians helping to fill the gaps! Great project!

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Reading recommendations, Book-a-Librarian available at York libraries - Daily Press (blog)

Reading recommendations, Book-a-Librarian available at York libraries - Daily Press (blog) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Reading recommendations, Book-a-Librarian available at York libraries

York County’s libraries offers help finding books suited to patron’s tastes and the Tabb Library, 100 Long Green Blvd., offers free one-on-one appointments with library staff for assistance with various topics. Requests for either one can be made online by filling out the Looking for a Great Read readers’ advisory survey or the Book-A-Librarian survey at yorkcounty.gov/Home/Libraries.aspx and the Services link.

Topics for Book-A-Librarian may include help with downloading digital items, library resources, technology and job materials. The appointments are scheduled for 15 or 30 minutes.

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Love that is made available through the website!

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Library 2.0 - the future of libraries in the digital age - 20 Oct

Library 2.0 - the future of libraries in the digital age - 20 Oct | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The fifth annual Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference will be held on October 20th, 2015 from 7am - 8pm US Pacific / 10am - 11pm US Eastern (International Time Zone Converter).

Everyone is invited to participate in the conference, designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among information professionals worldwide. 

The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor. Register as a member of the Library 2.0 network to be kept informed of future events! "

 
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Bookmark this in your calender!

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liblist4u's curator insight, October 1, 2015 9:13 AM

Oct.20, 2015. For schedule and other info see

http://www.library20.com/page/sessions-and-schedule

Litlit's curator insight, October 10, 2015 2:53 PM

La question du Numérique dans les Bibliothèques Outre-Atlantique

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Applications open: new round of international librarian mentor-ship: begins March 2016

Applications open: new round of international librarian mentor-ship: begins March 2016 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Want to build your professional network and learn about librarianship around the world? Love the idea of professional travel but just don’t have the budget? The International Librarians Network (IL…
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Great opportunity to network and improve your own professional development as librarian!

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A librarian & archivist Christmas - Pinterest Board by @Balduqueando20

A librarian & archivist Christmas - Pinterest Board by @Balduqueando20 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Librarian Christmas / Archivist Christmas / Literary Christmas / Navidades literarias / Navidades archiveras / Navidades bibliotecarias / Bookish Christmas | See more about Public Libraries, High School Libraries and Book Pages.

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Creative librarians and archivists for Christmas !

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IFLA World Library and Information Congress - registration open for 13–19 Aug 2016, Columbus, Ohio, USA

IFLA World Library and Information Congress - registration open for 13–19 Aug 2016, Columbus, Ohio, USA | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

IFLA is delighted to announce that online registration is now open and attendees can register here.

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Put it on your calendars!

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