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ALA releases 2014 State of America’s Libraries Report | News & Press Center

Libraries continue to transform to meet society’s changing needs, and more than 90 percent of the respondents in an independent national survey said that libraries are important to the community. But school libraries continue to feel the combined pressures of recession-driven financial tightening and federal neglect, according to the survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, and school libraries in some districts and some states still face elimination or de-professionalization of their programs.These and other library trends of the past year are detailed in the American Library Association’s 2014 State of America’s Libraries report, released today during National Library Week, April 13– 19.
Sections of the report include: Libraries and Community Engagement, Public Libraries, Ebooks and Copyright Issues, School Libraries, Academic Libraries, Social Networking, Library Construction and Renovation, Outreach and Diversity, Washington Scene, and Intellectual Freedom including the list of “Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books” in 2013.

 

The full text of the 2014 State of America’s Libraries report is available at http://www.ala.org/news/state-americas-libraries-report-2014.

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The importance of libraries highlighted for the community, but the challenges for school libraries are rife!

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Lisa Norris's curator insight, April 20, 6:35 PM

Great library programs are energetic, flexible, and always researching and experiementing with innovative effective and efficient ways to meet the information needs of its patrons!

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 10, 2:27 PM

Just picked this up from Joyce Valenza. 

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The OER Discovery Role for Libraries - vote at Micropoll

The OER Discovery Role for Libraries - vote at Micropoll | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Click here to vote.


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Vote on the role of libraries in the discovery of quality open educational resources! 

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John Shank's curator insight, February 21, 9:31 AM

1 Second Survey on the role of libraries in the discovery of OERs.

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'Tenured Professor' and 'Librarian' — Are These Really Low-Stress Careers? - Noozhawk

'Tenured Professor' and 'Librarian' — Are These Really Low-Stress Careers? - Noozhawk | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
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UCSB faculty and librarians weigh in on CareerCast's recent rankings

By Patricia Marroquin

 

"A study by CareerCast.com caught our attention recently. The career information website issued its annual lists of the 10 Least Stressful and 10 Most Stressful Jobs of 2014. CareerCast proclaimed that “tenured university professor” is the No. 4 Least Stressful Job and “librarian” is No. 8 on its low-stress meter. 

To compile these rankings, CareerCast focused on 11 job demands that it considers likely to increase stress, such as job growth potential; amount of travel involved; competitiveness within the organization; physical exertion; hazards and environmental conditions; and risk to one’s own life or to the lives of others. What CareerCast didn’t do was interview or survey the people who hold these positions. Instead, it examined figures from such places as the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and trade groups."

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Librarians at no 8 on the low stress meter? That's debatable, but what I have found about being a librarian is that it is a very satisfying job. The interviews with librarians confirms this!

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8% of Librarians Believe Printed Word Will Be ‘Obsolete’ by 2050 | CNS News

8% of Librarians Believe Printed Word Will Be ‘Obsolete’ by 2050 | CNS News | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Eight percent of librarians and media center specialists believe that people will be largely illiterate by 2050 as video and audio forms of communication completely replace the printed word, according to a 2012 survey.

The survey was conducted by Grimm and Parker, an architectural firm with offices in Virginia and Maryland that has designed over 20 libraries.

"The ability of computers and handheld devices to communicate verbally is advancing at an extraordinary pace. Some believe the days of the printed word are numbered and the transition to an entirely oral/verbal/visual culture is inevitable. Others have even predicted the total demise of literacy as early as 2050."

- See more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/barbara-hollingsworth/8-librarians-believe-printed-word-will-be-obsolete-2050#sthash.TaqxbSv4.qpW7HdmS.dpuf

 

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E-informing the public: Libraries and e-government | Library Connect

E-informing the public: Libraries and e-government | Library Connect | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Luanne Freund:

"Academic and public libraries have long played an important role in society by managing, disseminating and preserving government information, making it available to researchers, policy makers and the public. With the shift to “digital government,” in which the government delivers information and services to the public directly through online channels, the role of libraries is changing, leading to new challenges and opportunities. The E-informing the Public research project, carried out at the University of British Columbia in Canada, investigates the shift to digital government and its impact on public access to government information."
- See more at: http://libraryconnect.elsevier.com/articles/supporting-users-organizations/2013-08/e-informing-public-libraries-and-e-government#sthash.dSDdQpcl.dpuf

 


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Digital government and its impact on public libraries!

Part of the Library Connect Newsletter, The Social Library.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 8, 2013 11:42 PM

Digital Government and Access to Government information

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The Hole in Our Collective Memory: How Copyright Made Mid-Century Books Vanish

The Hole in Our Collective Memory: How Copyright Made Mid-Century Books Vanish | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Rebecca J Rosen:

"Heald has now finalized his research and the picture, though more detailed, is largely the same: "Copyright correlates significantly with the disappearance of works rather than with their availability," Heald writes. "Shortly after works are created and proprietized, they tend to disappear from public view only to reappear in significantly increased numbers when they fall into the public domain and lose their owners."

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Dewey B Strategic: ALM Releases 2013 Librarian Survey. Spending Down, Embedding . Complex Research and Competitive Intelligence Surge. How Do Law Librarians Do It All?

Dewey B Strategic: ALM Releases 2013 Librarian Survey. Spending Down, Embedding . Complex Research and Competitive Intelligence Surge. How Do Law Librarians Do It All? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

American Lawyer Media Legal Intelligence released the 2013 Law Librarian Survey data earlier this week.

 Library Director's Rule Contract Negotiations

Firms recognize the special expertise of Library Directors in high ticket and complex licencing negotiations. 87% of the firms have kept this responsibility in the hands of the Library Director. 

 

In reviewing the data I am struck by the terrific challenge library chiefs face in the current 

environment. Law firm profits are reviving, lawyers continue to demand the best and most strategic information resources for their practices and yet  library chiefs have succeeded in containing costs. The survey give clues how they achieve this. Librarians are sharp negotiators who assess not only price but the comparative value and usability of the content. They also employ sophisticated tools for analysing the ROI for the resources they invest in. These talents are paying off big time for the firms which employ these experts. [...] A Sampling of Key Trends From the 2013 Law Library Survey

58% of Library Chiefs are responsible for overseeing Competitive Intelligences43 % of Library Chiefs are responsible for Knowledge managementThe average budget was down $500,000Fewer firms were purchasing eBools.  Number dropped from 24% to 21% of libraries.

Survey: http://www.almlegalintel.com/SurveyDescription.aspx?id=Q/K8nmK4pG4=&type=fEFgIaD+grg=

 

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Survey of legal librarians > Interesting!

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Libraries must remain community hubs despite technological change > report says > LocalGov.co.uk

Libraries must remain community hubs despite technological change, report says http://t.co/64d7kM38Ys

 

Jonathan Werran

Public libraries will have to cope with technological advances yet remain the hubs of community life, Arts Council England has reported today.

In a major research project entitled ‘Envisioning the library of the future’, the quango sets out four priority areas for development; placing the library as the hub of the community; fully exploiting digital technology; ensuring libraries are resilient and ensuring librarians have the right skills.

Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said. ‘Envisioning the library of the future has shown us that collaboration is key.

‘If everyone with an interest in and passion for libraries works effectively together, we can help the sector to develop and respond to the challenges and opportunities that are presenting themselves,’ Mr Davey added.

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Libraries of the future > community hubs!

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Recently Published: “A Further Investigation into 3D Printing and 3D Scanning at the Dalhousie University Libraries: a Year Long Case Study” | LJ INFOdocket

Recently Published: “A Further Investigation into 3D Printing and 3D Scanning at the Dalhousie University Libraries: a Year Long Case Study” | LJ INFOdocket | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Gary price:

Report: Further Investigation into 3D Printing/3D Scanning at Dalhousie U. Libraries: Case Study http://t.co/sUAbligoso via @infodocket

 

This paper will describe the author’s (Michael Groenendyk) own process in building and cataloging a collection of 3D models on the DalSpace servers at the Dalhousie University Libraries. This paper will then explore other methods for delivering 3D model content to library patrons, including 3D holograph and WebGL technologies.

Following this 3D model repository discussion, this paper will describe how 3D printing technology, implemented as a service at the Dalhousie University Libraries in March of 2012, was used to deliver 3D model content to library patrons; the challenges faced in delivering this service; how this service was used; and finally how successful, overall, this service was.

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Full text report available on 3D printing and scanning - a year long study!

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The public library: historic artifact or adaptive success? - Infographic

The public library: historic artifact or adaptive success? - Infographic | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

With the rise of online resources, public libraries are facing the challenge of having to adapt in order to remain engaging in their communities. Take a look at this infographic to see how they are making their mark in the digital age.

 

'This infographic examines the current use of public libraries and challenges to their preeminence as providers (and symbols) of knowledge."


Via Luca Baptista, Michelle Bourque, Robin Illsley
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Public libraries making it in the digital age! - Infographic based on a 2012 Pew Research study of American public libraries.

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Dawne Tortorella's curator insight, May 2, 2013 7:47 PM

An infographic based on well researched data and cited appropriately - nice to see as a best practice.

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Social Networking - Technology marches on, and so do libraries| American Library Association

Social Networking - Technology marches on, and so do libraries| American Library Association | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The Social Networking section of the 2013 State of America’s Libraries Report from the American Library Association provides information about the use of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other Web 2.0 technologies in libraries..."

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"The list of social networking sites is almost endless, bringing huge potential (and some headaches) to librarians nationwide. Will libraries continue to be able to keep up with the rapid— almost instantaneous—changes in technology and social networking?

The consensus is: Yes."

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Libraries keeping up with social media > American Library Association report!

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Information Literacy Weblog: Survey: How do librarians use content management systems

Information Literacy Weblog: Survey: How do librarians use content management systems | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Hal Grossman and Melissa Gasparotto are conducting a survey about use of tools like Libguides in academic libraries: if you are interested in participating go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K8GHQSZ. Posted by Sheila Webber

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Academic librarians to gain valuable insight!

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Are we meeting the needs of student users in academic libraries? | American Libraries Magazine

Are we meeting the needs of student users in academic libraries? | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
- “Meeting the Needs of Student Users in Academic Libraries: Reaching Across the Great Divide,” published by Chandos Publishing and available through ALA Neal-Schuman, takes an honest look at learning commons in academic libraries and discusses what is working and what is not.

To evaluate their findings, authors Michele Crump and LeiLani Freund examine the measurement tools that libraries have used to evaluate usage and satisfaction, including contemporary anthropological studies that provide a more detailed view of students’ approach to research. They take a candid look at these redesigns and ask if improvements have lived up to expectations of increased service and user satisfaction. Including many actual survey questions and answers, this book will help academic librarians and administrators provide better services to student users.

 

Book available here: http://www.neal-schuman.com/mtnos

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Good to read to enhance services, especially in academic libraries

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Why Libraries Should Look Beyond Library Card Ownership As A Measure of Support | Librarian by Day @bobbinewman

Why Libraries Should Look Beyond Library Card Ownership As A Measure of Support | Librarian by Day @bobbinewman | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Last week the Pew Internet and American Life Project released their latest report on the role of libraries in the digital age.

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Rather than focusing on the percentage of the community that has a library card, libraries would be better off focusing on public support of the library and accepting that some people don’t use the library for one reason or another."

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Making a very valid point! 

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Libraries & the Big Picture: Facts, Trends, & Next! - The Pew Internet and American Life Project

The Pew Research Center’s next report on public libraries in the digital age is being released in March—an in-depth analysis of library users' and non-users’ habits and attitudes. Research Associate Kathryn Zickuhr explains the findings and their implications for libraries as they plan for the future.

The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) recently talked to key players (including Pew Internet Director Lee Rainie) in the information and technology industries and came up with key trends. Hear about the report as well as other trends our industry watchers see things we need to pay attention to as we plan for our communities in the future.

Includes discussion time with colleagues about what they see as well and what it means for libraries and their strategies going forward.

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Looking forward to the report!

The future of libraries!

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Will You be Replaced by a Computer? - Library Journal (blog)

Will You be Replaced by a Computer? - Library Journal (blog) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

BY ANNOYED LIBRARIAN:
"Librarians are pretty much in the middle of the pack, ranked #360, with a 0.65 chance of getting replaced by computers."

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"Considering that “librarian” covers a lot of ground, there’s probably some major differences. If you’re a library director or you work with people a lot, you’re probably safe, at least safer than catalogers.

They find evidence that “wages and educational attainment exhibit a strong negative relationship with the probability of computerisation.” That’s probably good news for some of the relatively well paid and educated academic librarians out there."

 

Study here: http://www.futuretech.ox.ac.uk/sites/futuretech.ox.ac.uk/files/The_Future_of_Employment_OMS_Working_Paper_1.pdf

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Future of librarians!

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YALSA » An Interview with the Roadtripping Librarian - video

Over the summer Talya Sokoll traveled across the United States to learn about library services and collections for teens. Talya paid particular attention to space and collections that support the needs of LGBT teens.

 

Interview here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUw729Hk50E

 

You can read Talya’s article on trans* teens in YA literature in the summer issue of YALS, she updated the article on the YALS site and published a list of trans* YA titles there as well. You can also read her Roadtripping Librarian blog posts on this site."

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Interesting findings about libraries and their offerings for teens in the USA

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New Report From OCLC Research: “Social Media and Archives: A Survey of Archive Users” | LJ INFOdocket

New Report From OCLC Research: “Social Media and Archives: A Survey of Archive Users” | LJ INFOdocket | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Social Media and Archives: A Survey of Archive Users details findings from a survey of users of archives to learn more about how researchers find out about systems like ArchiveGrid, and the role that social media, recommendations, reviews, and other forms of user-contributed annotation play in archival research. oclc Research logo New Report From OCLC Research: Social Media and Archives: A Survey of Archive UsersWritten by OCLC Research Consulting Software Architect Bruce Washburn, Research Assistant Ellen Eckert, and Senior Program Officer Merrilee Proffitt, this report will be of interest to those working with archival discovery services, or those investigating the utility of social media in discovery environments. Key Findings E-mail and word of mouth continue to be the primary ways archival researchers share information about the resources they discover. Features such as tags, reviews, recommendations and user comments are viewed as useful by fewer than half of those responding. However, researchers value recommendations given by librarians and archivists. One-quarter of all survey respondents identified themselves as “unaffiliated scholars,” representing a significant number of those interested in making use of archival material. Full text report: http://www.oclc.org/content/dam/research/publications/library/2013/2013-06.pdf
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Survey of users of archives and the role of social media!
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Law Librarians Survey: The New Normal - The American Lawyer

Law Librarians Survey: The New Normal - The American Lawyer | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Alan Cohen:

Librarians have gotten accustomed to squeezing more out of their budgets, according to our 12th annual Law Librarian Survey.

Read more: http://www.americanlawyer.com/PubArticleTAL.jsp?id=1202607834446&Law_Librarians_Survey_The_New_Normal#ixzz2ZCG2aKZv

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Law Librarians (and others, for sure) working smarter!

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Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations - Pew Research

Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations - Pew Research | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Kathryn Zickuhr, Lee Rainie and Kristen Purcell:

"Americans ages 16-29 are heavy technology users, including in using computers and internet at libraries. At the same time, most still read and borrow printed books, and value a mix of traditional and technological library services.

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UK Organization Publishes Research Into Public Library of the Future | LJ INFOdocket

UK Organization Publishes Research Into Public Library of the Future | LJ INFOdocket | The Information Professional | Scoop.it