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Author's Corner: An Excerpt from What Do Employers Want? - Hiring Librarians

Author's Corner: An Excerpt from What Do Employers Want? - Hiring Librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Priscilla Shontz and Richard Murray, the editors of LISCareer, a rich collection of articles written by practicing librarians on a variety of career development topics, are the authors of a new book entitled What Do Employers Want? A Guide for Library Science Students. Shontz and Murray cover topics such as Practical Experience, Professional Identity and How Employers Hire, basing their advice on interviews with people who hire librarians. The book moves beyond job search insights, outlining career development strategies for students and new graduates in a manner that is both funny and frank. I am pleased to be able to offer you an excerpt from chapter one: “What Do Employers Want?”

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20 Twitter Chats Every Librarian Should Know About | Edudemic

20 Twitter Chats Every Librarian Should Know About | Edudemic | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Posted by Jeff Dunn:

"Librarians, library students, booksellers, and book lovers alike participate in this library chat on Twitter. Favorite topics on #libchat include digital rights management, advocacy, budget negotiations, and the MLS job market.

 

 "[...]20 of the absolute best hashtags for librarians to check out:

#aslachat

#uklibchat

#libchat

#yalitchat

#tlchat

#scifichat

#litchat"

 

More: http://edudemic.com/2012/06/twitter-chats-library/

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Perspectives on SAOIM 2012, via SAOUG

Perspectives on SAOIM 2012, via SAOUG | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The Southern African Online Information Meeting with the theme: "Innovation in an Age of Limits"

 

By Phillipa Mitchell

"The SAOIM conference 2012 was a wonderful place for someone on the other end of the book spectrum – that of bookselling as opposed to being a librarian – to immerse themselves."

 

More chronicles here: http://saoug.org.za/category/saoim2012/

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11th Southern African Online Information Meeting: Innovation in an age of limits #SAOIM

11th Southern African Online Information Meeting: Innovation in an age of limits #SAOIM | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"11th Southern African Online Information Meeting (SAOIM) Innovation in an age of limits 5-8 June 2012 Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa"

 

"The conference theme is a reflection of the challenges that modern day libraries are facing and the subsequent need for innovative solutions.

SAOIM provides a forum for the exchange of information on current developments, applications and opportunities in the expanding field of online information. As with the previous conferences, the aim of the 11th SAOIM is to provide insight into the exciting extent of growth and activity taking place in the information industry. Coverage will include not only the traditional online systems and services, but also latest areas of information transfer and exchange."

 

Keep a lookout for the hashtag #SAOIM

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Challenges for academic libraries in difficult economic times | Research Information Network

Challenges for academic libraries in difficult economic times | Research Information Network | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Challenges for academic libraries in difficult economic times | Research Information Network http://t.co/BZKYMMTA...

 

"A new guide from the Research Information Network focuses on how academic librarians are experiencing and responding to financial cuts in the current economic climate.

Based upon data gathered in the UK and internationally, and focus groups with senior librarians during late 2009, the guide looks at the financial position of libraries, their strategies for dealing with challenging economic circumstances, and the value of libraries.

After a decade of growth in budgets and services, academic librarians now expect a sustained period of cuts over the next three to five years. The scale of these cuts means librarians are having to reconsider the kinds and levels of service they can provide in support of their universities missions.

This guide shows how librarians are responding to the issues of balancing expenditure between information resources and staffing and how they plan to sustain levels of service, as well as developing new services to meet new needs. It demonstrates that library directors need the support of senior managers across the higher education sector, as well as from publishers and other information providers, to help address the challenges, as well as the opportunities, faced.

The guide is available to download from the link below, along with a short two-page briefing. Hard copies are also available to order to distribute to colleagues, email contact@rin.ac.ukz"

 

Guide: http://www.rin.ac.uk/system/files/attachments/Challenges-for-libraries-FINAL-March10.pdf

 

Briefing: http://www.rin.ac.uk/system/files/attachments/challenges-for-libraries-flyer-screen-March10.pdf

 

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The Embedded Librarian, by David Shumaker

The Embedded Librarian, by David Shumaker | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

David Shumaker looks at successful embedded librarians, and explains how libraries are using embedded librarianship principles to enhance staff and services.

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Design Institute: Six Space Challenges from Six Libraries | Library by Design

Design Institute: Six Space Challenges from Six Libraries | Library by Design | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @zaana: RT @LibraryJournal: Design Institute: Six Space Challenges from Six Libraries | Library by Design http://t.co/ZjSYOa6g #vicpln...

 

"Some 90 librarians, architects, and vendors gathered to talk about how to build for flexibility in uncertain times and brainstorm solutions to a handful of design challenges — see below for the Challenges and Brainstorms featured at LJ‘s daylong Design Institute (http://lj.libraryjournal.com/tag/design-institute/) held November 11, 2011 at Phoenix’s Burton Barr Central Library. (See also: Building Smart: LJ’s Design Institute Inspires Spaces for the Future http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/05/buildings/lbd/building-smart-ljs-design-institute-inspires-spaces-for-the-future-library-by-design/)

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Future U: Library 3.0 has more resources, greater challenges | Ars Technica

Future U: Library 3.0 has more resources, greater challenges | Ars Technica | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Curt Hopkins:

"Libraries are changing, despite their facades. And they're changing to high-tech service companies with embedded librarians, according to some library professionals."

 

"This transition time is one of great opportunity for those involved in libraries, but all transitions, all borders and verges, are places of great vulnerability as well. Grand changes are possible here, but so are operatic failures. The future seems promising. It’s the present that worries some librarians.

“The myth that the information scholars need for research and teaching is, or soon will be available for free online is a dangerous one,” said Bourg, “especially when it is used as an excuse to cut funding to libraries. Right now libraries face enormous but exciting challenges in maintaining print collections and services where they are still necessary, while simultaneously developing strategies for collecting, preserving, organizing, and providing access to digital objects. I fear that if libraries across the nation don’t get the resources we collectively need to meet these challenges that we may be at risk of losing big chunks of our cultural record because of a lack of funding for digital collecting and preservation."

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A Tribute to Special Libraries and Collections: NPR Library

A Tribute to Special Libraries and Collections: NPR Library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Catherine:  

"Special libraries are found within many different types of organizations, such as broadcast networks. Many have internal libraries and librarians which provide archival, research, information retrieval and reference services. These library collections are often closed to the public, focused on serving the needs of direct staff and affiliates. Librarianship within media organizations is a fascinating part of special libraries. In an article from American Journalism Review, in 1995, the 'news librarian' was described as, "the collectors, managers, and re-distributors of the organization's primary product, information. This is critical in all stages of information's flow through the organization – initial information gathering for use in news reporting, in the collection of the news product into databases, in the repackaging of information created by the organization into new products." Much has changed in the industry in the last fifteen years, however the role of collector and manager of the organization's content is still a vital one.

NPR is a non-profit privately and publicly funded membership media organization. The content produced by NPR is nationally syndicated to over 900 public radio stations in the United States. The NPR library does not have a publicly accessible website, as their collections are not available for circulation and reference outside of NPR affiliated patrons. The collection consists of archival audio of NPR produced shows, collections of commercial music and spoken word (films, tv shows, speeches, poetry). Library staff do have a twitter account that is well worth following. The tweets often highlight stories on the NPR website such as this one about the The Most Gigantal, Behemothian Thesaurus In The World"

 

- Includes links to all related websites of NPR.

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Librarians Remain Concerned About Privacy Rights - Library Journal

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LJ: "Librarians Remain Concerned About Privacy Rights - Library Journal

As the Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) awaits debate in the Senate, an overwhelming majority of librarians remain concerned about privacy rights and individuals' desire to protect and control access to their personal information, according to the preliminary findings of a study released by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. More than 95 percent of librarians who responded to the survey said that “government agencies and businesses shouldn’t share personal information with third parties without authorization and should only be used for a specific purpose,” according to a recent press announcement from ALA."

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