In Praise of Librarians and Archivists: Appreciating the Colleagues Who Make Professors' Jobs Easier By Mark Cheathem, Associate Professor of History, Cumberland University
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"Online Information 2011 comprises an exhibition of over 200 vendors, a world-class international conference and a show floor seminar programme covering: Content Resources; ePublishing Solutions; Library Management; Content Management; Search...
5 Conference Tracks
Mix and match seminar tracks each day so that you can customise the programme to suit your priorities and interests.
1. Going mobile: Information and knowledge on the move
Paul Golding, CEO, Wireless Wanders
Steve Wing, Head of Mobile, Guardian News & Media
2. Social Media: Exploiting knowledge in networks
Jacob Morgan, Principal and Co-Founder, Chess Media GroupJemima Gibbons, Social Media Strategist, AAB Engage
3. Building a framework for the future of the information profession
Phil Bradley, Internet ConsultantDavid Ball, Head of Academic Development Services
4. New frontiers in information management
Richard Boulderstone, Director of e-strategy and Information Systems, The British Library
and Information Discovery
Susanne Koch, Editor and Owner, Pandia.com"
"If anything the data deluge represents a huge assignment and continuous work for librarians and archivits."
"By 2015, nearly 3 billion people will be online, pushing the data created and shared to nearly 8 zettabytes. Is your network ready for the deluge? Exploring this infographic is the first step toward building a tangible plan and it may be the difference between reacting and prospering in Big Data’s shadow."
The W3C library linked data incubator group released their report. This report recommends that librarians experiment more with linked data by releasing data, building on top of linked data sets, engaging with standards ...
Over the last couple of weeks 3 very interesting reports have drifted through my news feeds on libraries and linked data:
The library of congress has announced plans for pursuing a replacement for MARC and these plans “will be focused on the Web environment, Linked Data principles and mechanisms, and the Resource Description Framework (RDF) as a basic data model”.
The W3C library linked data incubator group released their report. This report recommends that librarians experiment more with linked data by releasing data, building on top of linked data sets, engaging with standards bodies and bring their preservation skills to bear on datasets and vocabularies.
A CLIR report has been published on a linked data workshop and survey run by Stanford. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss the “the prospects for a large scale, multi-national, multi-institutional prototype of a Linked Data environment for discovery of and navigation among the rapidly, chaotically expanding array of academic information resources.” The report itself is useful for everyone as it contains sections on the value of a linked data approach for library content and talks about potential killer apps linked data could support.
Via Bhojaraju Gunjal
"Purpose – This paper seeks to examine important issues relating to digital preservation with a focus on file integrity and digital forensics.
Design/methodology/approach – This is a viewpoint paper.
Findings – This paper highlights important issues relating to digital preservation and offers suggestions on comprehensive approaches to achieving a high level of integrity with library digital repositories.
Practical implications – Libraries have always had as a part of their core mission the preservation of information and cultural heritage. The seriousness with which the challenges associated with digital preservation are met will determine the reputation of libraries as continuing to be a reliable preserver of cultural heritage and research data.
Social implications – Libraries play an important role in cultural heritage and preservation of research data. This role is manifested both generally and specifically within the academic context. It is important that libraries stay at the forefront of developing reliable means for digital preservation.
Originality/value – Several means of achieving a high degree of reliability in the area of digital preservation are suggested. If these and similar ideas suggested from others in the field are followed, it will assist libraries in maintaining a reputation as reliable preservers of cultural heritage and as important players in twenty-first century research endeavors."
"As library systems struggle with finding their relevance within the continuously and rapidly changing digital world, there are a number of things which we (library staff) all need to keep in mind.
Not only do libraries need to re-invent themselves, we also need to do it while conveying the message externally (in a way that addresses some of the traditional perceptions of libraries the community has come to know – an institution where people still experience barriers to accessing information or having social exchanges)."
Presentations from Internet Librarian International 2011. ILI 2011 took place 27-28 October and there are some presentations at http://lanyrd.com/2011/ili2011/
Some of the presentations available:
Jo Alcock - Developing ourselves: Are you a twit? Using microblogging and social software to Get Things Done
Librarians to decide themselves what they are passionate about! Great argument!
(Slideshow with complete notes and description about each slide)
"@LIASANews: Read Jenica Rogers presentation on Reality-based Librarianship for Passionate Librarians at http://t.co/ipoIn8Qz"...
Law Librarian Blog: Digital Access Isn't Everything: Digital Access Isn't Everything.
There is a great article in the Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) by Brian Cowan, 'Digital Natives' Aren't Necessarily Digital Learners, which takes on the concept of digital natives as digital learners, and concludes that while technology may deliver information in convenient ways, it will not necessarily motivate individuals to learn.
Cowan describes four myths of digital learning:
Myth 1: Digital natives are automatically digital learners.
Myth 2: Students prefer using technology to learn.
Myth 3: Cyberspace is the new classroom.
Myth 4: Today's students are multitaskers.
"Bringing a UX librarian onboard before your organization is ready can backfire. A UX librarian unable to help an institution will feel defeated, and UX thinking will get a reputation for being ineffectual.
User experience isn’t something that can be sprinkled onto a library to make it relevant and engaging to its users. To have a meaningful impact, user experience thinking must be integrated into all aspects of a library. This means that everyone in the organization needs to consider how the decisions they make relate to other parts of the organization and impact users. This isn’t easily achieved, and it won’t magically happen by hiring someone with a neat job title.
Unless everyone on staff is already on the same page about this kind of design mentality, preparing for a UX librarian means creating organizational change.
Before thinking about a UX Librarian position, consider forming a cross-departmental UX Team. Include frontline and administrative staff from all departments. The purpose of this team is just as much about creating an organizational culture that supports UX design as it is about making direct improvements to the library. Make sure to scope this team’s charge realistically, and guarantee that its recommendations aren’t met with undue resistance.
SIGNS OF READINESS
Your library might be ready for a UX Librarian if:
RT @magnusenger: "Facilitating Access to the Web of Data: A Guide for Librarians" http://t.co/vAoOKZiI"
"The web is changing from a web of documents to a web of data; from a web that can be read by humans, to one that can be read by machines. These are fascinating advances for anyone interested in the changing nature of the web and the way we access information. The technologies being forged in this new landscape will provide a host of opportunities for library and information professionals to shape the information landscape of the future."
"Key topics covered include:
• open data
Vary valid points raised. I think the focus should be on adaptation and invention, rather than on preservation of a profession.
@Aarontay: "I noticed a couple of interesting comments to the blog post, in particular Veronica Arellano's which lead me to her A Crisis of Our Own Making (sidenote, she has a great blog, you should subscribe!).
Librarians are worriers, and one thing we like to worry a lot about is the future of libraries.
Veronica Arellano however thinks that we should stop writing about it. Why? She gives several reasons in "A Crisis of Our Own Making" but concludes with
"Writing about the 'crisis' in libraries tries to elicit change out of fear, rather than a desire to better serve our communities. By continuing to write our own obituaries, we are dissuading enthusiastic, forward-minded young scholars, technologists, and community leaders from entering the profession by painting ourselves as stuck in the past and obsolete."
She has a point too much negativity in particular obituaries type predictions can be self-fulfilling."
"The librarians at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) wanted to better serve the students with visual impairments at their university. In collaboration with the EIFL-FOSS programme, they formed a partnership with UZ’s Disability Resource Centre (DRC) to implement real solutions resulting in increased access to online resources for the UZ’s students with disabilities. Their success was recognized by the Zimbabwe Ministry of Public Affairs, and the project has been nominated for a UN award."