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A South African Librarian Shares Her Story

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"Christina Dookran, who now works at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa, grew up under that nation's apartheid system, but discovered (Reading on Lehman Today - A South African Librarian Shares Her Story)

 

Lehman Chief Librarian Kenneth Schlesinger traveled to South Africa earlier this year on a Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant to help organize a library and archive for the Steve Biko Foundation’s new cultural heritage center in the Eastern Cape. During his trip, he interviewed Christina Dookran, senior manager of Bibliographic Services at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth.

 

She relayed a compelling account of growing up with libraries in apartheid-era South Africa—and how this inspired her to become a librarian. Excerpts of that interview appear below."

 

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Essay on the librarians in the Occupy movement | Inside Higher Ed

Essay on the librarians in the Occupy movement | Inside Higher Ed | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

RT @srharris19: Guerrilla librarians...http://t.co/j9VNcrRR #ows...

 

"They are the “guerrilla librarians" -- the people organizing and distributing books and periodicals to keep the demonstrators informed and entertained. A library was established in Zuccotti Park at the very start of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, and it has received a good deal of attention. Several more sprang up as the protests spread. With the occupation movement, decentralized improvisation is the name of the game, so it’s impossible to tell just how many libraries have sprung up. But they exist in Boston and Philadelphia, in Portland, Ore. and Halifax, Nova Scotia, among other places. They are staffed by a mixture of professional librarians and activist volunteers, with "stacks" created through donations from publishers, bookstores, and individuals.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2011/11/02/essay-librarians-occupy-movement#.TrHCUATC2Qc.facebook#ixzz1cihZsiFj
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The Daring Librarian on QR Codes in the Classroom - Library 2.0

The Daring Librarian on QR Codes in the Classroom - Library 2.0 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Gwyneth Jones, The Daring Librarian Thursday - 5pm EST, USA Library, School, or Organization Name:  Howard County Public Schools Area of the World from Which… (Nice RT @briankotts The Daring Librarian on QR Codes in the Classroom

"All about QR codes - what they are, how to make them, and how to use them in your school and classroom for engaging & exciting digital discoveries!

Key Words - web presence, social media, transliteracy, qr codes, scanner, smart phone, ipod touch"

 

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Revolutionizing Libraries with Social Media #libraries #socialmedia

Revolutionizing Libraries with Social Media #libraries #socialmedia | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
We are seeing faster and faster changes in the technological
landscape. In fact, in the past few years cloud computing has gone from an abstract idea to state-of-the art storage that we cannot do ...

"...as librarians, we should have an interest that transcends that business approach. We are curators of knowledge and culture and embed products, tools, objects and strategies to add value to the trans-literate environments of our communities.At the day-long seminar Revolutionizing Libraries with Social Media, co-ordinated by ARK Group Australia, I explored these issues with the attendees, ranging from the obvious, to the ambiguities of workplace structures, digital preservation issues, content curation options, community, collaboration, personal social networking vs corporate social strategy, e-services, and more. My colleague Lisa Nash from the Learning Exchange, Catholic Education, Parramatta Diocese also explored eBooks and eServices.

Always at the heart is our need to ensure that social media empowers connections within and beyond the library. We are ‘letting go’ – in order to allow our customers, patrons, or corporate clients to shape these services with Apps, eResources, recommendation services, or strategic information delivery systems. Not every library will benefit from the same social media tools. But every library can develop new options for marketing their services and change the way their clients or community interact with the library."

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Pictures Online digitisation project

Pictures Online is a large-scale digitisation project being run by the National Library of New Zealand.
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If elected, how will you use social media to help librarians? - CILIP Communities

If elected, how will you use social media to help librarians? - CILIP Communities | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
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Library 2.0 accepted conference presentations 2-4 Nov #Lib2011

Library 2.0 accepted conference presentations 2-4 Nov #Lib2011 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Conference today:

"Full conference session descriptions and commenting areas are HERE. They will be updated with session times shortly, or you can look for them in one of the time-zone schedule pages below."

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Keeping Up with Technology - Resources for Library Staff

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Keeping Up with Technology - Resources for Library Staff: http://t.co/3cpuLkZE...

 

"On March 14, 2007, Jim Duncan and Sharon Morris of the Colorado State Library presented a workshop at the CLiC spring workshops on the subject of keeping up with technology. The following resources were used in the workshop and available for library staff development and general use.

 

Lists compiled:

General Libraries Resources

Non-Library Technology Resources

Librarian Blogs

Library and Technology Podcasts

Library Organizations and Online Publications

Library Listservs

Online Courses and Webinars"

 

 

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Librarians Weigh Kindle Ebook Lending against Reader Privacy | American Libraries Magazine

Librarians Weigh Kindle Ebook Lending against Reader Privacy | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
American Libraries Magazine, the magazine of the American Library Association, delivers news and information about the library community.

 

"The library world was thrilled at the September 21 announcement that library vendor OverDrive had enabled its library customers to loan the ebooks they’d licensed from OverDrive to patrons with Kindle e-readers—provided that the ebooks were in Kindle-maker Amazon’s sales inventory. Since then, examination of the fine print between OverDrive and Amazon has caused ethical concerns to be raised in several arenas of library punditry, as American Libraries E-Content blogger Christopher Harris has summarized. Among those concerns is a perceived incursion on patron confidentiality because Kindle ebook borrowers must sync their e-readers to their Amazon accounts in order to receive the borrowed item."

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CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY · Wikipedia Loves Libraries. This is a great example...

CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY · Wikipedia Loves Libraries. This is a great example... | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"RT @CPL_NWYT: Photo: Wikipedia Loves Libraries.

This is a great example of how libraries are important to the digital age.

 

Wikipedians gathered at the library, and were given access to library resources in order to expand Wikipedia articles about miscellaneous topics."

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Available now: a guide to using Twitter in university research, teaching, and impact activities

Available now: a guide to using Twitter in university research, teaching, and impact activities | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Following on from the lists of academic tweeters published earlier this month, we have put together a short guide to using Twitter in university research, teaching, and impact activities, available to download as a PDF."

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Libraries and learning communities (video & slides) | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

"Director Lee Rainie gave a keynote address at the Internet Librarian conference that examined the potential role librarians can play in “learning communities” – both physical and virtual. Includes video and slides.

 

He looked at five questions that libraries face as they consider their role in communities:

1) What is the future of knowledge?

2) What is the future of reference expertise?

3) What is the future of public technology?

4) What is the future of learning spaces?

5) What is the future of community anchor institutions?

 

You can watch a video of his talk above or on UStream."

 

 

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Special Site for 2011 World Day for Audio-Visual Heritage

Special Site for 2011 World Day for Audio-Visual Heritage | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
World Heritage Audio Visual Day, AV Day, Heritage...

 

"The theme for this year's celebration of the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2011 is "Audivisual Heritage: See, Hear, and Learn."

 

Sound recordings and moving images are extremely vulnerable as they can be quickly and deliberately destroyed. Essentially emblematic of the 20th century, audiovisual heritage can be irretrievably lost as a result of neglect, natural decay and technological obsolescence. Public consciousness of the importance of preservation of these recordings must be engaged and the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is intended to be the platform for building global awareness."

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Saving libraries but not librarians [Blowback]

Saving libraries but not librarians [Blowback] | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Dan Terzian, a fellow at the legal clinic New Media Rights and a lecturer at the Peking University School of Transnational Law, responds to The Times' Oct. 26 Op-Ed article, "Libraries can't run themselves," on saving librarians' jobs.

 

The digital revolution, while improving society, has gutted many professions.

 

 Machines have replaced assembly-line workers, ATMs have replaced bank tellers, Amazon has replaced bookstores and IBM's Watson may even replace doctors and lawyers. And now, the Internet is replacing librarians.

Or at least it should be.

 

The digital revolution has made many librarians obsolete. Historically, librarians exclusively provided many services: They organized information, guided others' research and advised community members. But now, librarians compete with the Internet and Google. Unlike libraries, the Internet's information is not bound by walls; from blogs and books to journals and laws, the Internet has them all. And Google makes this information easily accessible to anyone with an Internet connection."

 

 

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Libraries and Open Government

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We’ve followed with enthusiasm the new global focus on open government. Barack Obama launched the Open Government Partnership in New York in September, an international initiative which aims to ...

 

"Our colleague Anna Taranenko from the Bibliomist program in Ukraine recently attended the Open Government Data camp in Warsaw, where she networked with activists from around the world on the issues and challenges surrounding open government. At the camp, she encountered amazing people from around the world working to help governments become more transparent and engage more with citizens. She noted some common challenges, however, especially in developing countries. Uptake is an issue. Despite the resources being put into public data and websites that give unprecedented visibility to government spending and statistics, there’s some disappointment and confusion about how to get people beyond the few activists making use of the new tools."

 

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Library 2.011 Virtual Conference | We Are New Librarians

Library 2.011 Virtual Conference | We Are New Librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
One of tomorrow's sessions focuses on new librarians! The session is Successful Paths for New Librarians: Best Practices, Models, and Recommendations. The speakers are Loida Garcia-Febo, Dr. Claudia Lux, Anca ...

"The session is Successful Paths for New Librarians: Best Practices, Models, and Recommendations. The speakers are Loida Garcia-Febo, Dr. Claudia Lux, Anca Rapeanu, Cristina Vaileanu, and Monica Avram. This session is presented in association with the IFLA Continuing Professional Development in the Workplace and Learning Group and IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group.

This virtual session will run from 1:00-2:00pm on November 3.Here is the abstract for the session:

This session presents best practices, models and recommendations to help new librarians develop their careers. It speaks to the concerns experienced by new professionals regarding rapidly changing skills to help them secure jobs. Additionally, strategies for successful education paths and participation in library associations are also included. Attendees will walk away with practical ideas to tailor to their own needs and situations. Often new librarians express their desire to know ‘how others made it.’ Daily, we can read blog posts and messages asking what is needed to find a job, to be part of a committee at a library association, and how to interact within various library environments. This webinar will explore answers to these, and will direct attendees to tested and proved resources."

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AASL Conference 2011: Mimi Ito Says Librarians Are Key to Digital Learning

AASL Conference 2011: Mimi Ito Says Librarians Are Key to Digital Learning | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

RT @BarbaraAGenco: #AASL11 Conference 2011: Mimi Ito Says #Librarians Are Key to Digital Learning http://t.co/ktJwhQw5...

"Let's face it, there's no separating kids and technology—and school and public librarians are in the perfect position to bridge the digital learning that takes place inside and outside the school, says Mimi Ito, a cultural anthropologist who specializes on the use of technology.

Ito, a leading authority on how social networking technologies shape society, headlined Saturday's closing session at the American Association of School Librarian's (AASL) 15th National Conference in Minneapolis, MN, providing a good counter to opening speaker, Nicholas Carr,who said the adoption of a new technology can profoundly affect things like our attention span and the way we read.Ito recently completed a three-year MacArthur Foundation study of the ways kids use new media and co-authored a book based on the study called Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media (MIT Press, 2009).

The study explores how kids engage with and play with new media in their everyday lives and how digital technologies are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life."

 

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Transforming Life After 50: Public Libraries and Baby Boomers | UpNext: The IMLS Blog

Transforming Life After 50: Public Libraries and Baby Boomers | UpNext: The IMLS Blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Transforming Life After 50: Public Libraries and Baby Boomers ...

 

"Recognizing that many current adult and senior library services do not reflect the character or interests of today’s “boomer” generation, the IMLS Western Regional Fellowship: Transforming Life After 50 (TLA50) helps to effectively position public libraries as a resource that can help adults (ages 50+) remain vital and contributing members of their communities."

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The Library in the Age of Digital Reproduction (for Artspace New Haven) | Academic Librarian

The Library in the Age of Digital Reproduction (for Artspace New Haven) | Academic Librarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

..."Nev­er­the­less, my library, the Library, has expanded beyond any given space or phys­i­cal col­lec­tion. The Library can no longer be con­fined to one place, or a few places. Libraries can no longer have the sacred aura they once had for a lot of us, because the Library has expanded beyond the build­ing down­town or the book­shelves in my home. Whereas a trip to the library was once always a unique inter­ac­tion, the equiv­a­lent trip to my lap­top isn’t. The vari­ety of a printed col­lec­tion is homog­e­nized into a web browser.

The Library is that big build­ing I work in, those shelves along my liv­ing room wall, that lap­top with access to mil­lions of arti­cles, and that smart­phone with a life­time of casual read­ing hid­ing inside an ebook app. Not every­thing is or will be dig­i­tized, mean­ing the Library will be a hybrid for a long time to come. The Library in the age of dig­i­tal repro­duc­tion is still a place, but now it’s also every­place. The library has lost its unique­ness, but has achieved ubiq­uity. For avid read­ers, it seems a small price to pay."

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The ALA has created the ALA Digital Content and Libraries Working Group

The ALA has created the ALA Digital Content and Libraries Working Group | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The ALA has created the ALA Digital Content and Libraries Working Group which I think may be a good step in the right direction with the encroaching of eBooks, ePublishing, eDistribution, and just about eEverything else.

 

I recieved this on the ALA Council Listserv from Molly Raphael who is the current President of the American Library Association. Let me know what you think of this development and ALA’s role in digital content and information."

 

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AASL Conference 2011: Unlocking the Art of Search Engines - School Library Journal

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AASL Conference 2011: Unlocking the Art of Search Engines

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Close to 80 librarians packed into the workshop with their laptops in hand to hear Debbie Abilock, co-founder of Palo Alto, CA-based bibliography software company Noodle...

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ALA | AASL Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning

ALA | AASL Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
AASL Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning (What a treasure trove!

 

"The "Top 25" Websites foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover."

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