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Media Libraries Are Social Innovation Spaces - AllAfrica.com

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Media Libraries Are Social Innovation Spaces - AllAfrica.com Luanda — The member of the Executive Commission of the Angola Media Libraries Network (ReMa), Victor da Silva, said Friday in Luanda that the media libraries are a space for promotion of new proposals and solutions for the society.

The official was presenting the topic "Impact of Media Libraries in the Angolan Socio-cultural Development", under the ongoing 2nd Forum AngoTic, that marks the 146th anniversary of the International Association of Telecommunications.

He said the media libraries are also a space for a permanent learning, support for research, production and endogenous contents.

He also described the spaces as venues for meeting among people, show of information technologies and artistic and cultural creation, rather than simple services of access to physical and/or technological infrastructures or to analog or digital information.

According to the official, the media libraries are a relevant element of support for the Angolan education system as an instrument to improve the quality and strengthening of the educative system.
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New Introducing the Library Marketing Toolkit website! – Stephen's Lighthouse

New Introducing the Library Marketing Toolkit website! – Stephen's Lighthouse | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The Library Marketing Toolkit website, by Ned Potter! [@theREALwikiman]

 

"The site is essentially designed to give you lots of practical advice on how to market your library – be that public, academic, special or archive. There are tools and resources, lots of useful links, new case studies which will be added to on an ongoing basis, and there’s info about the Library Marketing Toolkit book and its contributors.

There’s also a blog, which will give tips and aim to highlight the best (and sometimes the worst) marketing from libraries around the world. The first post is Marketing libraries with new technologies: what you need to know, and what to do next and features this presentation, which I gave yesterday at an Academic and Research Libraries Group conference on new technologies in libraries”

 

Blog post: Marketing libraries... http://www.librarymarketingtoolkit.com/2012/05/marketing-libraries-with-new.html

 


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UN builds 30 libraries for deprived schools in Ghana - GhanaWeb

"Mrs Dho Young-Shim, Chairperson, Board of Directors, UN MDG Advocacy Group based in South Korea, on Wednesday inaugurated the 29th UN sponsored library for the Freeman Methodist School in Prampram in the Greater Accra Region.

The project dubbed “Thank You Small Library (TYSL)”, is the 29th school library to be constructed by the UN in public schools across the country in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism.

The TYSL formed part of the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization’s Sustainable Tourism Eliminating Poverty (STEP) programme, which are organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism in beneficiary countries."

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Libraries and Social media | DianeVautier.com

Libraries and Social media | DianeVautier.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by DIANE VAUTIER:

"U.S. libraries of all types continue to make increasing use of social media and Web 2.0 applications and tools to connect with library users and to market programs and services according to the American Library Association.

 

"But change still continues to be a major factor when it comes to adding social media and web 2.0 to the library mix. Shift happens and will continue to drive change, specifically when it comes to content creation and content curation.

Librarians would do well to follow the same steps as does small business when it comes to content creation using social media:

Find your audience

Set your goals

Start with the basics and optimize those accounts Build a team

Create a Content Map

Link accounts – Connect, connect ,connect – your social network.

 

Content curation is where libraries and librarians have a natural advantage because it’s already what they do everyday. Librarians have content curation super powers.  Now that content curation has moved from an in-person resource to an online resource however, librarians are in a unique position to help patrons manage the online information overload, and they can use social media tools to do it. Social media can help libraries become more highly visible and useful to the communities they serve.

If you’d like additional information on this presentation, you can find the slide deck on SlideShare and the full video on Vimeo."

http://www.slideshare.net/dvautier/libraries-and-social-media

 

http://vimeo.com/42157533

 

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Ariadne article: Perceptions of Public Libraries in Africa | EIFL

Ariadne article: Perceptions of Public Libraries in Africa | EIFL | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @EIFLnet: Ariadne article: Perceptions of Public Libraries in Africa http://t.co/mA5rlBiX...

 

"The article “Perceptions of Public Libraries in Africa” has been published in Ariadne, a peer-reviewed open access magazine for information professionals.
In the article, Monika Elbert, David Fuegi and Ugne Lipeikaite summarise and describe the principal findings of the study Perceptions of Public Libraries in Africa commissioned by EIFL Public library Innovation Programme (PLIP) which served to provide evidence of how public libraries are perceived by stakeholders and the public towards public libraries in six African countries.
The authors write:
"The goal of the study was to understand the perceptions of national and local stakeholders (municipalities, ministries, public agencies, media, etc.) and the public (including non-users) in respect of public libraries in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe about the potential of public libraries. It also aimed to understand how these stakeholders could best be positively influenced to create, fund, support or to use public libraries. It is hoped that stakeholders in the countries studied will choose to assess the findings as a potential tool to improve library management and advocacy."

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iLibrarian » Create Your Own Library Social Media Monitoring Dashboard through Protopage

iLibrarian » Create Your Own Library Social Media Monitoring Dashboard through Protopage | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Create your own social media monitoring dashboard." - Valuable to all libraries, archives and museums


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Florida libraries adopt QR codes to offer free music and books - QR Code Press

Florida libraries adopt QR codes to offer free music and books - QR Code Press | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Broward County Library FL using QR codes to promote  and access OverDrive and Freegal Music

-- spotted by @johnfoleyjr 

 

 Written by John Montgallo

"QR codes may help drive traffic to local libraries:

County officials believe that this initiative will be successful and help consumers grow more attached to local libraries. The services will be available at all hours of the day, even when libraries are closed. Those using the OverDrive application will be able to download books and music while at home instead of having to make a trip to local libraries. These consumers will still have the opportunity to find and scan QR codes as a way to gain access to digital content.

Broward County is not alone in its adoption of QR codes. Palm Beach County has also begun offering downloadable e-books via QR codes. The county does not have any intention of joining the Freegal Music Service at this time, however."


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Beyond the Bullet Points: Libraries are Obsolete » Virtual Dave @rdlankes

Beyond the Bullet Points: Libraries are Obsolete » Virtual Dave @rdlankes | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

R David Lankes:

A librarian plays devil's advocate for those who argue libraries are obsolete (but there is a happy ending).

 

"There are few of us who can know the exact moment their career ended. However when a professor of library science argues libraries are obsolete against a Harvard law school professor and the head of the lead funding agency in the field I think that moment has arrived. This was where I found myself April 18th when I took part in an Oxford-style debate as part of Harvard Library Strategic Conversations. The idea was to mix humor with serious debate on the proposition that “Libraries are Obsolete.” I was asked to argue for the proposition.Now this is a rather odd position to be in since I have spent my career arguing exactly the opposite, but in the spirit of playing devil’s advocate, and the fact that I have tenure, I jumped in. After all, if we don’t honestly debate the point, how can we truly be sure we are not headed towards obsolescence [more on my rational see this post]."

http://quartz.syr.edu/blog/?p=1557

 


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Masters of the digital multiverse: can public libraries save the day? > The Conversation

Masters of the digital multiverse: can public libraries save the day? > The Conversation | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
We all know the internet has enabled the creation of digital worlds of multi-layered, interconnected online information.

"But who’s going to protect this information for current and future generations?

Online publishing is moving away from its embryonic phase – consisting mostly of electronic surrogates of paper or print artefacts – towards a new, fully-fledged networked information paradigm.

Traditional information forms such as encyclopedias and journals are morphing into dynamic, interactive digital objects. Most prominent among these is Wikipedia, the Web 2.0 flagship, which provides a mechanism for open, collaborative and dynamic information authoring and sharing, fostering the co-production of knowledge.

We’ve already seen a proliferation of free information services: Google Books, Google Maps, AustLII, and the ABS Database, to name just a few. Portals such as Health InCite open digital doorways to virtual meta-collections of specialised information."

[...]

"There is a place here for the great public library institutions of the world to work in partnership with commercial providers.

By providing trusted, sustainable archiving of dynamic web knowledge and culture, they can continue to fulfil their vital, ongoing societal role as protectors of our information heritage."

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Re-designing spaces for learning | Connected Principals, by @Sharris

Re-designing spaces for learning | Connected Principals, by @Sharris | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Sharris: "This is a copy of a my guest blog post published this week for the World Innovation Summit for Education - WISE, Qatar - on re-designing spaces for learning..."

http://www.wise-qatar.org/content/stephen-harris-redesigning-spaces-around-collaborative-teaching ;

 

"There is a clear movement occurring in education globally right now – a movement that is seeking to shift the epicentre of educational paradigms from an industrial-era experience to something more relevant to the ever changing and dynamic contexts of the 21st century. In the first decade of this new century, much great work has been done articulating what 21st century skills might be – www.p21.org is a great example of this.

My focus is the key importance of spatial awareness in redesigning spaces for learning. I hope the second decade of this century will be marked by an awareness that redesigning spaces will be as important to change processes, as describing the new skills deemed necessary for learning and career creation in the last decade. I will focus on our journey of change as a case study for education redesign."

 

 

 

 

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Libraries, publishers struggle over e-books boom, by Adam Foxman - Ventura County Star

Libraries, publishers struggle over e-books boom, by Adam Foxman - Ventura County Star | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Adam Foxman:

ROB VARELA/THE STAR

Adult services librarian Gladstone Bucknor holds a Sony Reader with the cover of a children's book (photo)

 

"E-book collections are booming at public libraries across Ventura County and the nation, but they’re also the subject of a struggle between libraries and the publishing industry.

Concerned about their bottom lines, four of the nation’s largest publishers refuse to sell their e-book catalogs to libraries, and the two others charge extra or limit lending for digital volumes, library officials say. Known as the "Big Six," these publishers are responsible for many of the popular books published nationwide.

Many public libraries lease their e-books through a single distributor, Ohio-based Overdrive, and some librarians worry about paying for electronic volumes they don’t own and can’t share among facilities like they can with print books.

These challenges are among the hottest topics in the library world, but Camarillo librarian Barbara Wolfe said she isn’t sure how much patrons know about the issue.

"I think people will be concerned once they learn about it — those people who cherish libraries and what libraries stand for," Wolfe said.

Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/apr/16/libraries-publishers-struggle-over-e-books-boom/#ixzz1sHraZazG
- vcstar.com"

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Libraries adapt, change with advances in technology - via Louisburg Herald

Libraries adapt, change with advances in technology - via Louisburg Herald | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Kiersten Allen:

"The evolution of technology does not mean the extinction of libraries. We have requests for help with new technology every day. When someone gets a new gadget and doesn’t know what to do with it, where do they go? They turn to the library.

Patrons want our help with purchase recommendations for the popular eReaders, using the gadgets (straight out of the box), and accessing free books. They have their eReaders and now want their eLibraries. Thanks to library eContent, eBooks and eReaders, the publishing industry is transforming how books are delivered to readers. We equate the changes to the advancement of the Internet in libraries. We adapted then, and we are adapting now."

 

http://www.kccommunitynews.com/louisburg-herald-news/30868397/detail.html

 


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The 'M' Word - Marketing Libraries: A Marriage Made in Heaven - Nancy Dowd

The 'M' Word - Marketing Libraries: A Marriage Made in Heaven - Nancy Dowd | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Nacy Dowd:

"My friend, Erin McCord, and I are giving this workshop at ALA this June. She is a genius when it comes to fundraising. We'll help you get started combining your marketing and development."

A Marriage Made in Heaven: Combining Marketing and Development to Ensure the Future of Your Library (http://alaannual.org/content/preconferences)

Friday, June 22, 2012 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Sponsored By ASCLA

"Has your library stalled in its attempt to develop a fundraising strategy? Are you trying to raise the awareness of the value your library offers your community? It may be time to start a library champion campaign. Two years ago, the New Jersey State Library launched a public awareness campaign designed to attract famous athletes and authors to serve as Library Champions, and with the help of marketing and development teams, leveraged those champions into an effective fund raising vehicle. Workshop participants will learn how to recruit celebrity champions and local heroes to promote your library; leverage library champions, build a donor database and raise big money for your library; build a donor development strategy for everyone in your library; and the essential publications your library must produce to secure funders."

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Future U: Library 3.0 has more resources, greater challenges | Ars Technica

Future U: Library 3.0 has more resources, greater challenges | Ars Technica | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Curt Hopkins:

"Libraries are changing, despite their facades. And they're changing to high-tech service companies with embedded librarians, according to some library professionals."

 

"This transition time is one of great opportunity for those involved in libraries, but all transitions, all borders and verges, are places of great vulnerability as well. Grand changes are possible here, but so are operatic failures. The future seems promising. It’s the present that worries some librarians.

“The myth that the information scholars need for research and teaching is, or soon will be available for free online is a dangerous one,” said Bourg, “especially when it is used as an excuse to cut funding to libraries. Right now libraries face enormous but exciting challenges in maintaining print collections and services where they are still necessary, while simultaneously developing strategies for collecting, preserving, organizing, and providing access to digital objects. I fear that if libraries across the nation don’t get the resources we collectively need to meet these challenges that we may be at risk of losing big chunks of our cultural record because of a lack of funding for digital collecting and preservation."

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South Brunswick Public Library Blog: When it comes to eBooks ...

South Brunswick Public Library Blog: When it comes to eBooks ... | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Ever wonder why many of your favorite authors aren't available in an eBook or eAudiobook format from New Jersey libraries? The answer might surprise you..."

 

• Publishers who refuse to sell eBooks and/or eAudiobooks to libraries;
• Publishers who charge libraries as much as 5 times more than consumers for the same digital content;
• Publishers who embargo their content and will not sell to libraries any newly published digital content;
• Publishers who make digital content available in only some formats (ePub but not Kindle for example).

For years libraries have worked hand in hand with publishers. That relationship has now changed drastically and we find ourselves unable to deliver the digital content library patrons want."

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Scholars and the Public Can and Must Co-Exist - Howard Dodson / New York Times #libraries

Scholars and the Public Can and Must Co-Exist - Howard Dodson / New York Times #libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Scholars and the Public Can and Must Co-Exist New York Times

Howard Dodson Jr., director of the Howard University library system, was formerly the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, part of the New York Public..."

 

"The plan to renovate the New York Public Library’s main building is a return to the past as well as a gateway to the future. It does not pose the threats to scholarship that many of its critics assert.

The plan, more than a decade old, was the library’s initial response to the post-9/11 economic crisis that challenged the futures of all cultural institutions. The New York Public Library could not sustain four research centers and 85 branch libraries.Then, the digital revolution, coming on the heels of 9/11, forced all libraries to rethink their identities and missions."

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Oregon's wired libraries are a digital delight

Oregon's wired libraries are a digital delight | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
If you still think of libraries as a place only for books of the paper kind, think again. Libraries nationwide -- including those in the metro area and beyond -- are going digital with downloadable resources, from e-books to online language programs.

 

"Since Multnomah County began offering downloadable books and videos in 2010, use of the service has skyrocketed, said Jeremy Graybill, a spokesman for the county library system. Ten months into the fiscal year, checkouts have already more than doubled last year's numbers, with more than 189,000 checkouts of electronic titles. Similar trends are seen in Clackamas and Washington counties.

To meet the increasing demand, libraries throughout the metro area are increasing their collections of downloadable books, audio and video. But navigating the ever-expanding options can be overwhelming. Library visitors so regularly request help with their e-readers, tablet computers and smartphones that Flotten has launched a weekly hourlong session to answer their questions."

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