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Award-winning book-burning hoax saves Troy, MI libraries - Youtube

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The Leo Burnett/Arc Worldwide agency has won a gold prize in the Effie awards for their hoax "Book Burning Party" campaign, which is credited with saving the public library in Troy,

"MI. Michigan's extreme austerity measures and collapsing economy had put the library under threat, and the town proposed a 0.7% tax raise to keep it open. The local Tea Party spent a large sum of money opposing the measure on the grounds that all taxes are bad, so the Burnett campaign reframed the issue by creating a hoax campaign to celebrate the library's closure with a Book Burning Party a few days after the vote.

The outrage generated by this campaign was sufficient to win the day for the library, as Troy's residents made the connection between closing libraries and burning books, focusing their minds on literacy and shared community, rather than taxation.

Troy Public Library would close for good unless voters approved a tax increase. With little money, six weeks until the election, facing a well organized anti-tax group who'd managed to get two previous library-saving tax increases to fail, we had to be bold. We posed as a clandestine group who urged people to vote to close the library so they could have a book burning party. Public outcry over the idea drowned out the anti-tax opposition and created a ground-swell of support for the library, which won by a landslide."


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The Elsevier Foundation | Grant Guidelines for the Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries Program

The Elsevier Foundation | Grant Guidelines for the Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries Program | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The Elsevier Foundation provides one, two and three year grants to libraries in developing countries and supporting organizations for:
* Programs to enhance library infrastructure, technology or information services in ways that significantly expand their ability to make STM (scientific/social sciences, technical and medical) information available to those who need it -- researchers, clinicians, students, policymakers and the wider public.
* Programs that expand library information resources in the developing world through digitization or preservation of information that advances science, health, the environment, and indigenous knowledge.
* Training and education programs for library staff, students or researchers, contributing to sustainable improvements in the library’s capacity to provide STM information in the developing world.
* Partnerships between libraries in the developing countries and institutions in the developed countries to provide technical assistance or training. Developed country partner organizations include libraries, learned societies, universities, intergovernmental organizations and other non-profit organizations.

 

For 2012,  a new two step application process has been implemented to streamline the submission and review process. First round applications will be accepted through June 24th through the Foundation's online application system. In early July shortlisted candidates will be announced and invited to submit a full proposal in the second round. Grant recipients will be announced in December 2012.

 

For details, go to: 

http://www.elsevierfoundation.org/innovative-libraries/how-to-apply/


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Bibliotren Transforms Trains Into Virtual Libraries

Bibliotren Transforms Trains Into Virtual Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By CLEMENT ADAM:

"Travelers of the Catalan Government Railways (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya) will have plenty to read over the coming months as the trains are turned into virtual libraries where 40 books are displayed on posters. After scanning a book’s QR code, travelers are enabled to read the first chapter of every book.

Read more: http://popupcity.net/2012/06/bibliotren-transforms-trains-into-virtual-libraries/#ixzz1xSw05t5D"

 

Great use of QR codes for libraries!

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Pittsburgh – The Role of the Library in a Digital World « Workshop Slideshare

Pittsburgh – The Role of the Library in a Digital World « Workshop Slideshare | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

POSTED BY BOBBI NEWMAN:

"Presented at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh June 4th, 2012."

 

"Resources:
The original 23 Things

Additional 23 Things

IMLS 21st Century Skills Assessment

IMLS 21st Century Skills website

Managing Personal Change

Wasting Time Is New Divide in Digital Era - New York Times mentioned during presentation. ALA’s response to the article - ALA Wastes No Time – Our Work on Digital Literacy"

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Panelists Say Libraries are Perfect Ebook Partner for Publishers | IDPF Digital Book Conference — The Digital Shift

Panelists Say Libraries are Perfect Ebook Partner for Publishers | IDPF Digital Book Conference — The Digital Shift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Matt Enis:

"RT @LibraryJournal: Panelists Say Libraries are Perfect Ebook Partner for Publishers | IDPF Digital Book Conference #bea12 http://t.co/zFld65wy..."

 

"Libraries are a key sales channel for booksellers, and could be very valuable customers to publishers that are willing to sell or license ebooks to them, agreed a group of panelists during the June 4 “Libraries and Ebooks” session at the International Digital Publishing Forum 2012 digital book conference http://idpf.org/digital-book-2012 , co-located with BookExpo America http://www.bookexpoamerica.com/ at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Center."

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Technology & innovations in libraries and their impact on learning, research & user / Singapore iatul keynote

My keynote for the 33rd IATUL (International Association of Scientific and Technological University Libraries) conference in Singapore.

 

"Keynote speaker, Joe Murphy, delivers his presentation on the topic,  Technology & innovations in libraries and their impact on learning, research and user, on Day 2 on the theme "Technology & New Media" of the 33rd IATUL Conference held at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, 4-7 June 2012."

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Has Google+ reached the tipping point: do libraries need to be there? > Infographic by The Library Marketing Toolkit

Has Google+ reached the tipping point: do libraries need to be there? > Infographic by The Library Marketing Toolkit | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Google+ is now officially a huge social network. If our users are there, libraries should be there - help is at hand on setting up and running a library account.

 

See full version here: http://www.librarymarketingtoolkit.com/2012/06/has-google-reached-tipping-point-do.html

 

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Mlibs event – Mobile devices in teaching and research: how do libraries support this? | m-libraries

Mlibs event – Mobile devices in teaching and research: how do libraries support this? | m-libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Mlibs event - Mobile devices in teaching and research: how do libraries support this? (RT @evidencebase: New #mlibs blog post: Mobile devices in teaching and research: how do libraries support this?

 

"Discussions focussed on challenges to implementing mobile technologies. These included:

- cost of vendor provided services including costs for ongoing upgrades
- decisions on whether separate mobile sites should be developed or whether a single point of access would be provided regardless of device used for access
- variability of availability of mobile friendly apps from vendors
- in some areas technology is ‘ahead of the law’ in this area and mobile allows the possibility of services which currently are not legal
- the possibility of an institution using a service that it subscribes to as it is tied into that service when a free app might actually serve the purpose more effectively
support issues around free apps
- the need for user education in the mobile area – one cannot assume that people know how best to use mobile services to support their learning or research because they know how to use mobile technologies in other contexts


Two key messages from the session were:

- There was a general consensus that institutions needed to embrace mobile technology or risk the services that libraries might provide to support teaching and research not being fully exploited as users access other services through mobile devices
- The quality of content delivered was of paramount importance regardless of the medium of delivery"

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Libraries: A Digital Bridge -YouTube | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

by GatesFoundation:

"One in three people in the U.S. do not have home access to the internet. See how libraries are transforming lives, by changing the way we connect."

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eBook Options for Libraries (draft)

An investigation into viable ways for libraries to offer ebooks (Summary of current eBook options for libraries — http://t.co/EnGBiQ0Q...)...

 

"Viable ebook options either provide libraries with ownership privileges or are free of digital rights management (DRM) software, ideally both. DRM is an inherently flawed technology that can be replaced either by creating better software or, more likely, by developing models that enable libraries to acquire ebooks and authors, editors, and others involved in publishing to get paid for their work. This is a draft and an outline. The material on this page will soon be published as a narrative."

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RB 200: The Library Of The Future | Berkman Center - podcast

RB 200: The Library Of The Future | Berkman Center - podcast | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @trisaratop: Berkman Center for Internet & Society talks about the Future of Libraries (audio available): http://t.co/UrdYsybD...

 

"The technological advancements of the past twenty years have rendered the future of the library as a physical space, at least, as uncertain as it has ever been. The information that libraries were once built to house in the form of books and manuscripts can now be accessed in the purely digital realm, as evidenced by initiatives like the Digital Public Library of America, which convenes for the second time this Friday in San Francisco. But libraries still have profound cultural significance, indicating that even if they are no longer necessary for storing books they will continue to exist in some altered form. Radio Berkman host David Weinberger postulated in his book Too Big To Know that the book itself is no longer an appropriate knowledge container – it has been supplanted by the sprawling knowledge networks of the internet. The book’s subtitle is "Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room." Inspired by the work of Harvard Graduate School of Design students in Biblioteca 2: Library Test Kitchen – who spent the semester inventing and building library innovations ranging from nap carrels to curated collections displayed on book trucks to digital welcome mats – we turned the microphone around and had library expert Matthew Battles ask David, "When the smartest person in the room is the room, how do we design the room?" Matthew Battles is the Managing Editor and Curatorial Practice Fellow at the Harvard metaLAB. He wrote Library: an Unquiet History and a biography of Harvard’s Widener Library."

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More Than A Library | WanderMom

More Than A Library | WanderMom | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Michelle Duffy:

Author shares her experiences with a library-building project in Lusaka, Zambia.

"The library we funded is so much more than “just” a library it is also a literacy and literacy education program for the teachers, children and parents associated with this school. Room to Read trains the teachers and a parent representative on how to manage the library and how to catalog books and operate a check-out system. The program funds a literacy teacher who integrates library time into the school day for all children. The kids can come to school early or stay late just to read."

-@wandermom


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Leipzig sets up rapid-reaction library force - The Local

Leipzig sets up rapid-reaction library force - The Local | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"It took three years of careful planning, but German librarians have – very neatly – signed a pact to race to each other's aid in the event of a book-related disaster.

he rapid-reaction library force will leap into action in the case of anything from flood to fire, while specialist training may be obtained from Leipzig’s fire services."

"The agreement was signed by 15 archives and libraries from the eastern German city, including the Saxon State Archive and the Leipzig university library. Leipzig zoo library reportedly weighed in at the last minute to sign."


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Local Library or Management Service Organization? (SSIR)

Local Library or Management Service Organization? (SSIR) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Indiana’s Foellinger Foundation is using free library services to boost grantee effectiveness.  [...]

The Foellinger Foundation realized that nonprofits might be able to use the library in a similar way to an MSO. A library is customer service-oriented; it specializes in managing and distributing information and training to a wide variety of people and institutions; and people are accustomed to it operating as a center for learning. The foundation saw that the library budget could cover the overhead and infrastructure, and realized that with some additional funding, the library could expand its offerings and eliminate the need to fund an independent, service-based nonprofit."

 

Taking library engagement with community to a whole new level.

DW

 

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Libraries, Archives and Museums: A Strategic Conversation: Opening Talk

Monday, April 9 For generations Harvard's libraries, archives, and museums have been pre-eminent participants in support of the research ...youtube.com...

 

"For generations Harvard's libraries, archives, and museums have been pre-eminent participants in support of the research, teaching, and learning carried out both within the university, and also beyond its walls. In an increasingly connected global society, interdisciplinary work is becoming the norm and researchers increasingly seek and share information across formats, genres, and institutional settings. To support users and to continue to grow and thrive, libraries, archives, and museums must work and grow together as never before. This "strategic conversation" brings together those who have given thought to these issues. They have inspired changes and faced challenges along the way. Three presenters, one of each from the domains of libraries, archives, and museums, will outline the vision they bring to their institutions, how they envision the major points of commonality, their greatest hurdles, and how the lessons learned in collection development of physical collections, do or do not apply to collection development in the digital domain.
Libraries: Tom Hickerson, Vice Provost of Libraries and Cultural Resources, University of Calgary

Archives: David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States

Museums: Holly Witchey, Professor, Johns Hopkins University; Interim Director, Marcus Institute for Digital Education in the Arts

Moderator: Gunter Waibel, Director, Digitization Program, Smithsonian"


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Library helps Texas tornado victims find photos - Times Record News

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TRISTAN HALLMAN,The Dallas Morning News:

Library helps Texas tornado victims find photos -Times Record News

"...The Lake Arlington Branch Library has collected more than 800 photos — and counting — strewn about by the April 3 tornadoes that destroyed or damaged roughly 1,300 homes and businesses, according to the state. About three-fourths of the photos have been claimed so far, said Debi Wood, library services manager.

"It feels like we're keeping people's memories for them," Wood said.

More than 40 people have brought in photos so far, and Wood said she expects more. Atwood and Woodland West Church of Christ volunteers cleaned, dried and sorted the photos and a few documents.

There's a photo of a woman at a party dressed as Winnie the Pooh. A poem dedicated to the loving memory of Grandma Mary Garner. Vacation photos. A boy and a girl and a donkey. Birthday parties. Posed school pictures. A baby smiling in a bathtub. A man in a red flannel shirt and his pug in front of a Christmas tree. All moments frozen in time."

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