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Could downloaded e-books be the saviour of libraries? | Cain on Culture @MatthewCainC4

Could downloaded e-books be the saviour of libraries? | Cain on Culture @MatthewCainC4 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
There's no comprehensive service for e-book lending. So tomorrow the Department of Culture, Media and Sport will announce a review into the best way to make e-books available to all library users.

 

"Insisting on a visit to the library to download an e-book might be one way of protecting libraries from closure in an increasingly digital future. But there’s another threat – from online retailer Amazon, who make the best-selling e-reading device, the Kindle. Amazon currently refuses to license Kindle technology to libraries, prompting fears it could launch its own nationwide e-lending service, which could perhaps further undermine both the publishing industry and the local library – whatever the outcome of the government’s review on e-lending."

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6 Mobile Learning Trends That Grew in 2012

6 Mobile Learning Trends That Grew in 2012 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Stephanie Kovach:

"Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you might have heard by now that mobile learning is no longer the next big thing – it IS the big thing."

 

1. mLearning in the classroom…and in the workplace.

2. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

3. “Snack learning”

4. Tin Can API

5. Location-based integration and workplace training

6. Cloud computing"

 

>> Valuable to know for Information professionals as well!


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This is how we do it: Social media at Christchurch City Libraries

This is how we do it: Social media at Christchurch City Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Posted by Donna:

" [...] discuss how we at Christchurch City Libraries use social media – what we think is important, what we do, and why we do it. Hopefully it opens up a dialogue amongst Kiwi librarians. Wouldn’t it be grand if our information community were more forthcoming about sharing information on making the best use of social media?"

 

Topics covered in the article:

 

"- Many voices

- We talk about all sorts of things – events, new books, new stuff on the website.

- Content is king

- Made you look (Twitter)

- Looking at the tools and processes

- The power of the image

- The social catalogue

- A reading list on social media in New Zealand public libraries"

 

 

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ALA President Maureen Sullivan Sends Open Letter to Publishers Re: Refusal to Sell eBooks To Libraries | LJ INFOdocket

ALA President Maureen Sullivan Sends Open Letter to Publishers Re: Refusal to Sell eBooks To Libraries | LJ INFOdocket | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"We librarians cannot stand by and do nothing while some publishers deepen the digital divide. We cannot wait passively while some publishers deny access to our cultural record. We must speak out on behalf of today’s — and tomorrow’s — readers.The library community demands meaningful change and creative solutions that serve libraries and our readers who rightfully expect the same access to e-books as they have to printed books.

"So, which side will you be on? Will you join us in a future of liberating literature for all? Libraries stand with readers, thinkers, writers, dreamers and inventors. Books and knowledge — in all their forms — are essential. Access to them must not be denied."

 

Read the full statement here: http://www.infodocket.com/2012/09/24/ala-president-maureen-sullivan-sends-open-letter-to-publishers-re-refusal-to-sell-ebooks-to-libraries/


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21st-century-libraries, changing forms, changing futures, by Ken Worpole

This document was already out on 18 January 2011, but the findings and conclusions still seems relevant:

 

"A number of significant trends are evident:
• In future, it is likely that more libraries will be developed in partnership with other organisations or services, whether commercial supermarkets or adult education providers
• Greater adaptability may be required in areas such as internal design, circulation, access
and hours of services in library buildings, even though the buildings themselves are only
a part of wider library services delivered through many physical and electronic media
• Libraries could become key communications centres for mobile populations, and their design will need to reflect different ‘levels and layers of entry’ or different temporal
zones: hot-desking, browsing, long-term study
• As the need for lifelong learning continues to increase, long stay use of libraries for
study purposes will require more friendly and efficient support services - toilets,
catering, recreational quiet zones – meaning that libraries are likely to become more
like members’ clubs
• Electronic links between homes and libraries are likely to increase, so that the library service and the ‘customer’ are in constant contact with each other as and when required
• Children’s services may grow in importance as the library becomes a secure, supervised, electronic safe haven in the city, and as government investment in early years provision continues to grow
• Virtual library services could be provided 24 hours a day, while other services
will be offered out of hours"

 

Pdf document here: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20110118095356/http:/www.cabe.org.uk/files/21st-century-libraries.pdf

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Mobile Libraries - Model Projects - Goethe-Institut 

Mobile Libraries - Model Projects - Goethe-Institut  | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Dagmar Giersberg:

"More than 100 buses and lorries can be seen chugging around suburbs and rural areas throughout Germany, bringing library services to people living far away from the nearest city or local library.
Welcome to Heilbronn Mobile Library, where you will be greeted by a bright and cheerful room, white shelves – some cheekily arranged in asymmetrical fashion – filled with books, CDs and DVDs, a light-blue floor and red seating, not to mention a reading mat in a window recess."

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Adventures in Library Promotion: Buttons

Adventures in Library Promotion: Buttons | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Great idea for library promotion:

 

Zachary Osborne:

"One of my responsibilities as Head Librarian is to actively promote the library’s collections, services, and programs. I tackle this through a number of traditional means, such as brochures, bookmarks, on the web and using social media, but most recently I had a new and exciting idea: buttons! Now I know what you may be thinking… it’s not new (and some may not think it’s very exciting), but I’m ready to change your mind. Buttons are cute, inexpensive to create, trendy, and if done properly with creativity, they are a lot of fun. I should also state that I’m referring to 1″ buttons, not their 2.25″  ”uncool” distant relative that we’ve seen throughout our lives. Also, some people call them “pins”, but I don’t."

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How a Small Net-Zero Energy Library Got the World’s Attention | Library by Design

How a Small Net-Zero Energy Library Got the World’s Attention | Library by Design | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Rebekkah Smith Aldrich:

"The library caught the attention of the UN’s Sustainability Initiative, The Future We Want/Rio+20, for its commitment to investing in a new library facility with the goal of attaining near net-zero energy usage.
Net-zero has been defined by the U.S. Department of Energy as a building that produces as much energy as it uses over the course of a year. Net-zero energy buildings are very energy efficient. The remaining low-energy needs are typically met with onsite renewable energy.
This small rural library, with an operating budget of just over $70,000, has been saving for years to address its space issues. With just 750 square feet, the library is serving its community in a facility less than one-quarter of the size necessary."


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Ebook price hike causes friction between publisher and libraries

Ebook price hike causes friction between publisher and libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Adi Robertson:

"The American Library Association has denounced publisher Hachette for an impending price hike that would more than triple the cost of backlisted ebook titles. In a statement, ALA President Maureen Sullivan said the group was "weary of faltering half steps" and would be pursuing a more aggressive strategy to get ebooks into libraries at a reasonable price in light of the change. According to documents posted on infodocket earlier this week, the average price of backlisted books (those from 2010 or earlier) is set to jump by 220 percent in October. Hachette has responded, saying that the new prices "fairly reflect the value to the library customer" since ebooks will not need to be replaced at the same rate as physical books.

While ebooks are an integral part of most library catalogs, publishers and librarians frequently clash over how much digital media should cost and how it should be lent. Earlier this year, Penguin pulled out of an agreement with online lending system OverDrive, and Hachette has only recently started offering new titles to libraries as part of a pilot program."

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Creative Aging Continues to Bloom at The New York Public Library | The New York Public Library

Creative Aging Continues to Bloom at The New York Public Library | The New York Public Library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"In recent decades, much has been said about the demographic changes that New York City shares with the rest of the world. Yes, we are getting older!
One widespread response has been a surge of programs to promote creativity in mid- and later life."

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"The success of all of these classes, and the enthusiastic response of library staff witnessing them, has spurred us on to again join with Lifetime Arts — this time with several library systems throughout New York State — to participate in Creative Aging in New York State Libraries in 2012-2013. This will enable us to offer about 18 Creative Aging courses in 2013. Branches hosting the classes will be announced in January 2013."


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Strategic Planning for Social Media in Libraries (THE TECH SET® #15) - Books / Professional Development - Books for Academic Librarians - Books for Public Librarians - New Products - ALA Store

Strategic Planning for Social Media in Libraries (THE TECH SET® #15) - Books / Professional Development - Books for Academic Librarians - Books for Public Librarians - New Products - ALA Store | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Book by Sarah K. Steiner.

"This practical guide provides a scalable, step-by-step plan for creating and maintaining a successful library social media strategic plan. You’ll find detailed tips and advice on strategizing for social media services in a way that guides employee decision-making, maximizes efficiency, creates positive patron outcomes, protects against legal repercussions, and builds opportunities for flexibility, change, and new social media platform testing. You get all the key elements to build your strategic plan, including how to segment your audience, select a target audience, use focus groups and poll patrons, conduct a SWOT analysis to provide internal strength and support to your plan, and create a mission and vision plan for using social media."

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60 Ways to Use a Library Card - Peoria Journal Star (blog)

60 Ways to Use a Library Card - Peoria Journal Star (blog) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Emily Lambe:

"Check out these great ways to use your library card and library from the American Library Association. 1. Download an e-book. 

read more here: http://www.pjstar.com/blogs/checkitout/x142966941/60-Ways-to-Use-a-Library-Card

 

> Also useful for other libraries to market their services!

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Kansas libraries offering specialty baking pans

Kansas libraries offering specialty baking pans | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Pilar Pedraza:

"You may think libraries are just for books, but in Kansas they’re seeing a renewed interest in an old topic,  cake pans.  Dozens of libraries have hundreds of specialty baking molds and more and more Kansans are checking them out.

“We have 75 circulating cake pans in our collection,” said Carla Heideman, Interim Director of the Andover Public Library.  “Everything from Barney to Barbie.”

They're not what you'd expect to find at a public library, yet dozens of Kansas libraries have them.  Often, they're a prized secret, known only to those who use them or stumble across them."

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Introducing BrowZine, an iPad app to access library journal subscriptions | No Shelf Required

 

"Third Iron, LLC, a leading library technology company, announced today the release of BrowZine, a new app for the iPad. BrowZine combines articles from databases to create full journals, organizes them on shelves arranged by subject, and delivers a reading experience optimized for the iPad. With BrowZine, users can easily find journals made available by their library, browse titles of interest, and read individual articles or the complete journal."

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(Re)Defining the Library, Part 2: - new taxonomy for allocating library functions & roles

(Re)Defining the Library, Part 2: - new taxonomy for allocating library functions & roles | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Rick Anderson:

"After exploring why the library requires redefinition, this second part of a two-part post offers a new taxonomy for allocating library functions and roles.

 

"How do different libraries balance and provide for these two basic functions in light of the increasingly complex and unpredictable information environment in which they do their work?

It depends. I propose the following basic taxonomy of library types and functions.

 

Library of Cultural Heritage – A library that is charged with preserving the cultural and intellectual heritage of an entire country, region, or (perhaps) ethnic group.

 

Research Library of Record – A library, typically funded by a large university or in some cases by a large municipality, with a broadly inclusive and relatively stable circulating collection.

 

Research Library of Utility – A large and reasonably comprehensive library that is nevertheless characterized by a changeable circulating collection to which books are added and from which they are withdrawn according to the expressed and demonstrated needs of the curriculum, physical space limitations, and the research agendas of its constituency.

 

Academic Library of Utility – An academic library with a targeted, dynamic collection.

 

Public Library – [...] almost exclusively serve communities defined by political geography rather than academic mission.

 

Restricted Library – The working libraries of government agencies, commercial companies, nonprofit organizations, hospitals, and research institutes would all fall under this designation."


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Library helps Tanzanians better understand China - China Daily

Library helps Tanzanians better understand China - China Daily | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Liu Xiangrui in Dar es Salaam:

"A China library opened within Tanzania's national library in the African nation's capital of Dar es Salaam on Monday.
The China library is a part of the Experience China in Tanzania program, a large cultural exchange initiated by China's State Council's Information Office. It is co-hosted by the Chinese embassy in Tanzania and several Tanzanian government agencies.
With a total donation of around $300,000, the State Council's Information Office has provided the China library with 20 computers, 1,000 paper publications and DVDs, and more than 100,000 digital publications related to Chinese politics, economy, culture, history, arts and science.
Zhang Yanbin, director of a bureau under the State Council's Information Office, said the China library will serve as a means for Tanzanians to understand China.
"To maintain long-term cooperation, the China library is collaboratively built by us and the Tanzanian cultural ministry, instead of purely with our donations," Zhang said. "This is a creative move in China's cultural exchanges with other countries."

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Voices from the Joint Conference of Librarians of Colour - Library Journal #JCLC2012

Voices from the Joint Conference of Librarians of Colour - Library Journal #JCLC2012 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Voices from the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color Library Journal:


"In honor of the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color 2012 (JCLC), which began yesterday in Kansas City, MO, LJ caught up with Co-Chairs and the Program Chair of the Conference to hear their views on some of the challenges facing librarians of color today. Haipeng Li, University Librarian at the Hong Kong Baptist University, and Janice Rice, Outreach Coordinator for the College Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, chair the conference, while Alanna Aiko Moore, Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies Librarian at the Social Sciences and Humanities Library of University of California, San Diego, serves JCLC Program Chair."

 

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Haipeng Li: "The most pressing issue we face today, more than ever, is how we proactively address the needs of our communities, particularly diverse communities we serve and work with. As our societies are changing rapidly, so are our communities and our profession."

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