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Ebooks on Fire: Controversies Surrounding Ebooks in Libraries | Against-the-Grain.com

Ebooks on Fire: Controversies Surrounding Ebooks in Libraries | Against-the-Grain.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Ebooks on Fire: Controversies Surrounding Ebooks in Libraries http://t.co/DIsal5KT (via @ATG_NewsChannel)...

 

Charles (Chuck) Hamaker takes an in-depth look at the challenges faced by ebooks “as transmitter, carrier, and shaper of our written word cultural heritage” – and what it means for libraries.

(The article is featured in the December 2011 issue of Searcher Magazine.)

 

Among the issues Chuck voices serious concerns about are:


• license agreements with revocable rights
• text that can be altered without notification, tracking, versioning, and archiving
• the lack of real ownership of ebooks by libraries
• roadblocks imposed by DRM software
• threats to patron confidentiality
• the long-term retention and preservation of ebooks
• restrictions on interlibrary loan lending
• limitations on placing ebooks on reserve in academic libraries
• use based pricing

 

Chuck then ends the article on an up note by offering some innovative suggestions that might enable ebooks to reach their full potential.

Needless to say, his article raises numerous questions for librarians, publishers and vendors alike. In short, it is more than worth the read.

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Tangled Librarian: Librarian's Five apps for 2012

Tangled Librarian: Librarian's Five apps for 2012 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

I was pretty attached to my Blackberry but the hubster decided I should switch to the iPhone4 at the beginning of the school year. Love It! and I am not a huge Apple user.

 

So here is my "Librarian's Five" for 2012 in no particular ...

 

- Evernote

- Hootsuite

- Goodreads

- Google Reader

- Kindle

 

 

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osarome ogbebor: Email Marketing for Librarians—Made Simple

osarome ogbebor: Email Marketing for Librarians—Made Simple | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Osarome Ogbebor:

"In an era in which most of us are practically buried alive on a daily basis by email and other electronic communications, many libraries send few if any emails to their constituents.

 

It turns out that there are three main aspects to this trend:

 

1) many libraries do not have their own opt-in email lists;

2) at some corporate and academic libraries, use of the organization’s email list is either restricted or librarians are simply reluctant to use it to promote library services; and 3) librarians are laboring under a common misconception that email marketing is far too difficult or time consuming for them to handle."

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Recommended Websites From A Children's Librarian

Recommended Websites From A Children's Librarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Busy children’s librarians use the internet everyday for professional development, assisting patrons, readers’ advisory, program planning and ordering library materials.

 

Intertwined in the use of the web for work and personal use, are the myriad websites a youth librarian uses regularly to stay in touch with what is going on in the world of children’s librarianship, public libraries, popular culture, children’s literature and forthcoming new children’s books. Without a doubt, there are a dizzying array of blogs, social media outlets, websites and other online tools to choose from."

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Curating Information & Making Sense of Data Is a Key Skill for the Future [Research]

Curating Information & Making Sense of Data Is a Key Skill for the Future [Research] | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Extremely valuable skills for Infrmation Professionals of the future:

 

Robin Good: The Institute for the Future and the University of Phoenix have teamed up to produce, this past spring, an interesting report entitled Future Work Skills 2020.

 

By looking at the set of emerging skills that this research identifies as vital for future workers, I can't avoid but recognize the very skillset needed by any professional curator or newsmaster.

 

It should only come as a limited surprise to realize that in an information economy, the most valuable skills are those that can harness that primary resource, "information", in new, and immediately useful ways.

 

And being the nature of information like water, which can adapt and flow depending on context, the task of the curator is one of seeing beyond the water,

to the unique rare fish swimming through it.

 

The curator's key talent being the one of recognizing that depending on who you are fishing for, the kind of fish you and other curators could see within the same water pool, may be very different. 

 

 

Here the skills that information-fishermen of the future will need the most:

 

1) Sense-making:

ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed

 

2) Social intelligence:

ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions

 

3) Novel and adaptive thinking:

proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based

 

4) Cross-cultural competency:

ability to operate in different cultural settings

 

5) Computational thinking:

ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning

 

6) New media literacy:

ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms, and to leverage these media for persuasive communication

 

7) Transdisciplinarity:

literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines

 

8) Design mindset:

ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes

 

9) Cognitive load management:

ability to discriminate and filter information for importance, and to understand how to maximize cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques

 

10) Virtual collaboration:

ability to work productively, drive engagement, and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team

 

 

Critical to understand the future ahead. 9/10

 

Curated by Robin Good

 

Executive Summary of the Report: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapolloresearchinstitute.com%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Ffuture-work-skills-executive-summary.pdf 

 

Download a PDF copy of Future Work Skills 2020: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapolloresearchinstitute.com%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Ffuture-skills-2020-research-report.pdf  


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Beth Kanter's comment, December 20, 2011 7:34 PM
Thanks for sharing this from Robin's stream. These skills sets could form the basis of a self-assessment for would-be curators, although they're more conceptual - than practical/tactical. Thanks for sharing and must go rescoop it with a credit you and Robin of course
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Beth Kanter
Agreed. It's also one of the articles I told you about....good info to build on:-)
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Librarians Online Poll Results

Librarians Online Poll Results | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"... a poll asking librarians about their online activities. I stopped collecting data at the end of September ..."

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The three main types of library

The three main types of library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The Indexer:

"Libraries the whole world over are under threat, mainly because the people who fund them are under the mistaken impression that they are no longer needed in the age of the Internet. I used to be a full-time librarian, but I lost my job in 2002 for that very reason. The company that employed me took the view that because it was "all on the Internet" there was no reason why they should employ somebody to do what everybody could do for themselves from their desktop.

 

Not surprisingly, we librarians have a different take on the matter. We believe that libraries and librarians are hugely important and will continue to be so. Indeed, the ironic thing is that the availability of information via the World Wide Web makes us even more important and vital!

 

We want to dispel a few misconceptions and make more converts to the cause, not just because we want to keep our jobs, but because we don't want people to miss out on the benefits that libraries can bring.

 

First of all, what do you understand by the word Library? Do you appreciate just how wide-ranging libraries are? For starters, there are three main types of library, which I shall outline in the rest of this hub."

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Library Connect News: Defining a Librarian in the Information Age: Can it be done?

Library Connect News: Defining a Librarian in the Information Age: Can it be done? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

RT @NazlinBhimani: Library Connect -Defining a Librarian in the Information Age http://t.co/51OZD8oz...

 

 

 

Answer this question:

 

"A Librarian in the information age is most like a ____________________________ because ____________________________."

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“Getting the Most out of Academic Libraries and Librarians

“Getting the Most out of Academic Libraries and Librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

“Getting the Most out of Academic Libraries – and Librarians”. Posted on December 10, 2011 by UT Librarians."

"Article on current levels of student proficiency at being able to assess, critically, electronic resources – nothing new, but reaffirms current views."

 

Carol Saller:

"The group [academic librarians] unanimously perceived a lack of skills among its clientele: Students are routinely flummoxed as to how to search for or evaluate the sources they need in their work. But even as librarians are poised to teach information technology through classes, online tutorials, and one-on-one sessions, actually laying hold of student time and attention depends on faculty support—and that is not always easy to find.

 

The extent to which college students are unprepared to conduct research may be surprising to those who assume that young adults are automatically proficient at any computer-related task. “Many students don’t actually know how to interpret the citations that they find in print or online, and as a result, they don’t understand what to search for,” says Georgiana McReynolds, management and social-sciences librarian at MIT. “They search for book chapters in Google because they don’t recognize a book citation compared to an article citation. Or they don’t know which is the title of the article as opposed to the title of the journal. Or they can’t decipher all the numbers that define the volume, issue, and date.”

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Best library / librarian blog 2011 | The Edublog Awards

Best library / librarian blog 2011 | The Edublog Awards | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Nominations listed for the best librarian blog 2011

 

Best library / librarian blog 2011 http://t.co/nLtJH6xb via @AddThis just voted for @gwynethjones :)...

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10 Learning Paradigms that can be implemented by Teacher Librarians

10 Learning Paradigms that can be implemented by Teacher Librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Much has been written about the role of Teacher Librarians in our schools.   Sadly though, much of it is lamentations about the decreasing numbers of Teacher Librarians manning our school libraries."

 

"An expectation that teachers engage in professional learning programs is now well cemented into our schools. Time and space must be set aside within the busy school week for teachers to learn, play, experiment and most of all think how newly acquired skills can be embedded into their day-to-day teaching. The experience, know-how and skill among the many talented Teacher Librarians in our schools can easily be harnessed by school administrations to help develop new approaches to professional learning programs.

 

These programs could incorporate any or all of the following features:

Focused group learning

Cluster learning

Hands on learning

Open ended learning

Non demanding learning

Meaningful learning

Lifelong learning

Reflective learning

Self-paced learning

Online learning

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A Not Too Technical Explanation of XML in the library

A Not Too Technical Explanation of XML in the library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

At the heart of every librarian is the desire to organize information so that it is accessible; a library without a cataloging system is just a pile of books. ....

 

The challenge before librarians today is to take the seemingly unknowable expanse of electronic resources, and catalogue it so that it is available to users searching from many different portals, in different languages and in different platforms. In this present challenge, XML is the best option for organization and delivery of information. Once translated and catalogued under XML standards, the bibliographic information of any scanned text or object is comprehensive, with more depth and cataloguing detail than ever before. This in turn affects library applications such as inter library loans and the storing and accessing of digital libraries or archives.

 

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A People’s Digital Library and Prefigurative Politics

A People’s Digital Library and Prefigurative Politics | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

This is part one of a two part series.

"As a People’s Library librarian one question I get asked over and over again is why we don’t offer a digital library for our readers. It’s a good question and one I think is worth exploring in some detail.

To start, we have to address the question of what a digital library is— is it an institutional repository or archive? Is it a search engine for curated links? Or is it a virtual library? It’s an open question and one that I think different people can reasonably answer in radically different, but still valid, ways. A digital library can be and is all of those things.

And if by digital library you mean archive, there is one, and probably there are plenty more I don’t know about. OWS also has its own Archives group working to preserve the ephemera and other documents of the movement. So, in that sense, there is a digital library for Occupy Wall Street. But that doesn’t answer the question about bringing content to our readers.

The next question then is what the People’s Library takes as its mission. As a leaderless library, the question of mission is tough to answer; the mission is fluid depending on who is asking and who is answering. The simplest answer is that the People’s Library and the other occupation libraries exist to support both the full-time activists who live at the various occupations and the Occupy movement as a whole. We also exist to serve the local communities surrounding the occupations, whether in lower Manhattan, LA, or Washington, DC. Given that, a digital library seems a perfectly legitimate undertaking, especially after the raid and seizure of the books."

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What libraries can learn from Apple about reinvention - Slideshare

What libraries can learn from Apple about reinvention - Slideshare | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"What libraries can learn about reinventing themselves and about advocacy from Apple.

Challenging librarians to do visioning for their school district and enchant stakeholders with their vision."

 

Slideshare here: http://tupresentacion.net/what+libraries+learn+apple+about+reinvention/p/88811

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Tame The Web: Libraries and Technology: Flickr for Librarians

Tame The Web: Libraries and Technology: Steal this Idea: Flickr for Librarians: http://t.co/YKjGbKEB...

 

16 Ways To Use flickr @ Your Library, by Mickey Coalwell

 

1. Publicize EVENTS at your library with candid photos of activities and participants.

2. Present a collection of HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPHS of a city, community, area, or building – how about your own library?

3. Highlight OUTREACH SERVICES such as a bookmobile or delivery vehicle, along with outreach staff and drivers.

4. Publicize a GAMING tournament or other teen event.

5. Show photographs from an AUTHOR SIGNING at your library.

6. Show the BANNED BOOKS DISPLAYS at your library.

7. Promote and share a CONFERENCE OR WORKSHOP.

8. Provide a VIRTUAL TOUR of your library facility.

9. Share photos of PARTIES AND CELEBRATIONS at the library.

10. Show pictures of regular COMMUNITY MEETINGS held at your library.

11. Provide a gallery of LIBRARY STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS.

12. Create WIKIS OR INSTRUCTIONAL WEB SITES for staff on library technical topics.

13. Promote your Friends group's FUNDRAISERS and BOOK SALES.

14. Create a VIRTUAL TRAVELOGUE of your city or town.

15. Post pictures of your ADMINISTRATORS OR LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES.

16. Show BOOK COVERS for reading lists or Readers' Advisory blogs.
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Checking Out 2011 | We Are Librarians

Checking Out 2011 | We Are Librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Here are some highlights of New York Times coverage about libraries and librarians in 2011"

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Information Filtering and Curation as the Basis for New Business Models

Information Filtering and Curation as the Basis for New Business Models | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Great source for Information Professionals about curation as a key information skill for 2012:

 

This great piece was written by Tim Kastelle - it is one of the best articles on curation, the observations and insights take this to a whole new level. So much to digest, lots to ponder about the possibilities that await us in 2012 and beyond.

 

Here are some of the highlights:

 

**"We create economic value out of information when we figure out an effective strategy that includes aggregating, filtering and connecting." 

 

**"Filtering is what helps us deal with the vast amount of information available to us."

 

"...the real question is, how do we design filters that let us find our way through this particular abundance of information?

 

****And, you know, my answer to that question has been: the only group that can catalog everything is everybody." (Clay Shirky)

 

**We try to filter information so that we end up with something that is relevant to us – it helps us learn something, it helps us solve a problem, it helps us develop a new hypothesis about the world around us.

 

**These are all connections – and this is what really drives value creation.

 

**However, we can’t connect without some filtering going on. So filtering is important, and it’s a term that includes several different sub-types. I can think of at least five forms of filtering.

 

...we can use these ideas about filtering to help with business model innovation by changing where it takes place in the value network.

 

**One of Shirky’s points is that since Gutenberg, the economic logic of publishing required publishers (of books, music, movies) to act as filters in order to maximise their investment.

 

**As publishing and filtering has shifted out to human networks, publishers no longer need to fill this role.

 

**Someone (or some network) needs to, and since that creates value, it’s something that can perhaps be monetised.

 

This piece was curated by Robin Good brief commentary by Jan Gordon

 

Check this video: http://vimeo.com/8748509 

 

Read the full article by Tim Kastelle: http://timkastelle.org/blog/2010/04/five-forms-of-filtering 


Via Robin Good, janlgordon