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New Five Good Ideas I’ve seen for Public Libraries (Others too!) – Stephen's Lighthouse

New Five Good Ideas I’ve seen for Public Libraries (Others too!) – Stephen's Lighthouse | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

...good ideas lately so I thought I’d share them here:


Idea #1: Timelapse Video

Idea #2: Security Guard Training

Idea #3: Displays

Idea #4: Shelving Children’s Books

Idea #5: Customer Service Models

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Upcoming First European MOOCs and Libraries Conference | Library Services | Open University

Upcoming First European MOOCs and Libraries Conference | Library Services | Open University | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
MOOCs and Libraries: the good, the bad and the uglyFriday July 12th, 2013 - Pullman Hotel, Central LondonThis one day event hosted by the Open University Library in partnership with OCLC Research and Jisc will focus on the challenges MOOCs pose to the traditional delivery of library services, and the opportunities they offer for libraries to rethink and revitalise their proposition. Participants will be brought up to speed with the latest MOOC developments around the world, but with a particular emphasis on developments in the UK. Speakers will share their experience of or thoughts about the impact MOOCs are having on library services across many sectors, on publishers, and on the higher education landscape. The event builds on a highly successful workshop held in Philadelphia in March, sponsored by OCLC and the University of Pennsylvania at which the Open University was the only institution from outside North America. The objectives of the day are as follows:To raise awareness among librarians of the impact of MOOCs on their environmentTo share experience of libraries involved in MOOCsTo discuss the strategic way forward for HE libraries in this changing landscape and develop a strategic roadmap
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Libraries vs MOOC being discussed and the way forward!

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MOOCs - Opportunity or Threat for Librarians?

MOOCs - Opportunity or Threat for Librarians? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Leigh Bunton

Libraries and information professionals have been adapting to the impact of online resources for some time now. In my own academic library, we have a Mobile Technology Group to monitor developing trends and ensure that staff are equipped to create, access and advise upon anything from Blogs and Instant Messaging; QR codes, Wikis and RFID, to Smart phones and the mobile version of the library website. There is still a physical connection with our users, however, with a campus full of students attending lectures, accessing online resources provided by the library, receiving research advice, making enquiries at service desks, borrowing books and filling every library space when exams and deadlines loom.

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Another challenge for librarians, but should definitely not be shunned!

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CGS Library's curator insight, October 16, 2013 7:40 PM

Setting up a mobile technology group sounds like an exciting advance that a Library could use to enhance its research advice to students

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Designing Better Libraries » Getting Community Members Beyond The Level One Library Experience

Among the more recognized and often repeated findings emerging from Ithaka S & R’s faculty research studies, including the recent 2012 report, is the revelation that faculty primarily perceive the academic library as their purchasing agent.

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Four levels of user experience (column titled “Building Customer Communities is the Key to Creating Value“) and how to get there:


1. In Level One the organization is perceived by its customers as simply the supplier of some commodity

2. A Level Two experience would represent an improvement for librarians because it moves beyond content to a state where community members believe you help them accomplish something, but it’s more than just basic productivity.

3. At Level Three there is more engagement, emotional connection and relationship building.

4. the library achieves platform status.


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Assessment of library experiences, and how to go to an engaged relationship with users!

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repeatagain's curator insight, May 9, 2013 5:18 PM

what libraries deliver is a level one experience – and we need to do better than that...

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Reflecting on the Future of Academic and Public Libraries edited by Peter Hernon and Joseph R Matthews

Reflecting on the Future of Academic and Public Libraries edited by Peter Hernon and Joseph R Matthews | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Academic and public libraries are much different today than they were even 15 years ago. And with even bigger changes on the horizon, what lies in store? In this systematic attempt to speak to academic and public librarians about the future of library services, Hernon and Matthews invite a raft of contributors to step back and envision the type of future library that will generate excitement and enthusiasm among users and stakeholders. Anyone interested in the future of libraries, especially library managers, will be engaged and stimulated as the contributors:

Examine the current state of the library, summarizing existing literature on the topic to sketch in historical backgroundProject into the future, using SWOT analysis, environmental scans, and other techniques to posit how library infrastructure (such as staff, collections, technology, and facilities) can adapt in the decades aheadConstruct potential scenarios that library leaders can use to forge paths for their own institutions.

The collection of knowledge and practical wisdom in this book will help academic and public libraries find ways to honour their missions while planning for the broader institutional changes already underway.

http://bit.ly/15Wbo4U

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Social media activities for libraries, Infographic by Phil Bradley

Social media activities for libraries, Infographic by Phil Bradley | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Some ideas to try out! This is made available under Creative Commons licensing, so you are free to take a copy of this and use it yourself without having to ask me.
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Libraries stack up in new digital world | roanoke.com

Libraries stack up in new digital world | roanoke.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

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TONIA MOXLEY 

Welcome to the modern research university library, where new skills and even new spaces are being developed to serve the needs of scholars, scientists and students working in the digital age.

From a digital-ready classroom to furniture reminiscent of the starship Enterprise, library officials say they are developing new ways to serve the campus, and the public.

As libraries transform for the digital age, “it’s an exciting time,” said Judy Ruttenberg of the Association of Research Libraries, a membership and advocacy organization for 125 of the nation’s largest research libraries, including the Library of Congress.

“When university libraries housed large print collections and people had to come there to use them, that was a different model. Now students, scholars and researchers have many options, and the library serves in a different way,” Ruttenberg said.

To keep libraries relevant amid the rapid expansion of Web-based information, Tech officials are using architects and student advisory committees to develop spaces and services that draw the campus into the library.

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Libraries of the future! Collections, spaces and services look different!

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The 7 Critical Services All Libraries Should Offer - Edudemic

The 7 Critical Services All Libraries Should Offer - Edudemic | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Libraries are changing. They're becoming an online resource for students of all ages and a meeting place for the entire community of a school.

Via GwynethJones
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7 ways libraries can impact student learning > critical for all libraries!

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Clare Treloar's curator insight, March 4, 2013 7:59 PM

lovely infographic and food for thought.

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Libraries and Learning Innovation and the use of Twitter, at Leeds Metropolitan University

Libraries and Learning Innovation and the use of Twitter http://t.co/J1RlgopeLW #leedsmet #research

 

Although we feel it has
proved a useful addition to our communication
and feedback mechanisms (with over 2000 followers
by the end of June 2012), it is clear that we need
to formalise our usage in order to make the most
effective use of it. As a result we have created a list
of actions to take us forward into the new academic
year:
• identify weekend staff and members of the
Academic Support Team to join the team of
tweeters and create a rota for monitoring
• draw up our own set of guidelines for
responding to comments and queries and train
staff to follow them
• create a list of topics for tweets to ensure that
at least once a day we are saying something
positive
• update our Twitter page with background
images and review our biography
• incorporate more retweets, hashtags and
photos into our posts
• set up a shared bit.ly account and customise
URLs where possible for more efficient linking
to web pages

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Document by Helen Loughran and Carly Miller about the use and suggestions of Twitter at Leeds Metropolitan University

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Aaron Swartz and Too-Comfortable Research Libraries, by Bohyun Kim at Library Hat

Aaron Swartz and Too-Comfortable Research Libraries, by Bohyun Kim at Library Hat | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

If you are a librarian and do not know who Aaron Swartz is, that should probably change now. He helped developing the RSS standard, was the co-founder of Reddit, worked on the Open Library project, downloaded and freed 20% (2.7 million documents) of the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) database that charges fees for the United States federal court documents, out of which about 1,600 had privacy issues, played a lead role in preventing the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and wrote the Guerrilla Open Access Manifesto.


(Photo from Wikipedia)

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Extensive argument for libraries and librarians to advocate and continue the activism that was started by Aaron Swartz in his open access campaign!

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Are we meeting the needs of student users in academic libraries? | American Libraries Magazine

Are we meeting the needs of student users in academic libraries? | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
- “Meeting the Needs of Student Users in Academic Libraries: Reaching Across the Great Divide,” published by Chandos Publishing and available through ALA Neal-Schuman, takes an honest look at learning commons in academic libraries and discusses what is working and what is not.

To evaluate their findings, authors Michele Crump and LeiLani Freund examine the measurement tools that libraries have used to evaluate usage and satisfaction, including contemporary anthropological studies that provide a more detailed view of students’ approach to research. They take a candid look at these redesigns and ask if improvements have lived up to expectations of increased service and user satisfaction. Including many actual survey questions and answers, this book will help academic librarians and administrators provide better services to student users.

 

Book available here: http://www.neal-schuman.com/mtnos

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Good to read to enhance services, especially in academic libraries

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MOOCs and Librarians - Emerging Technologies - "Massive Open Online Courses"

MOOCs and Librarians - Emerging Technologies - "Massive Open Online Courses" | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Nancy Bellafante:

The Chronicle’s recent article on plagiarism accusations in Coursera courses kicked off my exploration into MOOCs and the role librarians can play. A recent RUSA post on Chasing Reference points to the lack of research assignments in MOOCs and the need for embedded librarians. Even though students enrolled in a MOOC do not typically have access to the parent institution’s fee-based library resources, information literacy and research skills can still be taught and are an important component in courses that ask students to explore complex issues and social problems. Simply providing students with a reading list is not going to teach them to be savvy information consumers who can effectively find authoritative information and critically evaluate sources. So, what’s our first step?

Librarians should  join a  MOOC.

 

Read more: http://www.library.drexel.edu/blogs/technologies/tag/edx/



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Free online classes the future of education > with a direct impact on librarians!

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Academic Librarians Get Graphic - Library Journal

Academic Librarians Get Graphic - Library Journal | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Meredith Schwartz:

"Kansas State University Salina and Kansas Wesleyan University partnered to create a graphic novel that explains how to conduct effective library research. Heidi Blackburn, undergraduate services librarian at Kansas State Salina, and Kate Wise, associate librarian at Kansas Wesleyan, worked with Kansas State Salina student Greg Charland to create storyboards. Blackburn and Wise wrote the instructional portion, and Charland co-wrote and illustrated the result: Legends of the Library Ninjas: A Quest for Knowledge."

 

Comic here: http://issuu.com/libraryninja/docs/legendsofthelibraryninjasthequestforknowledge?mode=window&printButtonEnabled=false&backgroundColor=%23222222

 

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Examining The Future Role Of Libraries at #LIBER2013 | LIBER

by Friedel Grant “A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library.”

– Shelby Foote

 

With this quotation, Dr. Professor Peter Strohschneider, Chairman of the German Council of Science and Humanities, began his keynote speech at LIBER’s 42nd annual conference in Munich, Germany.

 

“The library is a place in which learning and research happens, and in which knowledge orders are created,” continued Strohschneider. “As Foote suggests, the library lies at the very heart of the academic experience. A university without a library is more or less unthinkable. This being the case, Foote’s perspective raises some important questions when we consider the future of academic libraries.”

 

Strohschneider went on to explain how some of the most notable research discoveries can be attributed to serendipity. These accidental revelations can, however, be thwarted by the current enthusiasm for modern search engines which only lead researchers to targeted results.

 

From this opening talk, the future of libraries was repeatedly explored over the three days of the conference – particularly in relation to the vast quantities of data currently being created and the library’s role in helping researchers to manage and sift through that data.

 

With two new scholarly articles being published every minute, Dr. Jan Velterop asserted that structures such as nano-publications would become an essential tool for researchers to identify relevant material. This would, in turn, require libraries and publishers to adjust to a new world where the scientific journal was valued more as a source of raw material, in which researchers could look for knowledge patterns, than something to read.

 

4 Slideshares from the Conf:

1. 

The future of the science publishing ego-system http://www.slideshare.net/libereurope/liber-munich-26june2013-2

2. 

Roadmaps, Roles and Re-engineering: Developing Data Informatics Capability in Libraries

http://www.slideshare.net/libereurope/roadmaps-roles-and-reengineering-developing-data-informatics-capability-in-libraries

 

3. 

A Revolution in Open Science: Open Data and the Role of Libraries (Professor Geoffrey Boulton at LIBER 2013

http://www.slideshare.net/libereurope/boulton-gsb-presentationlibermunich

 

4. 

Enabling Data-Intensive Science Through Data Infrastructures

http://www.slideshare.net/libereurope/morais-liber42-datainfrastructures-1

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New Metrics Providers Help Keep Libraries in the Research-Tracking Game - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)

New Metrics Providers Help Keep Libraries in the Research-Tracking Game - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Jennifer Howard:

"A critical part of the library's job is helping the research faculty "understand and be able to measure the impact of their works," he says. "And since much of their work takes place online now, and not just in the cited periodical literature, there are lots of new ways to measure their impact."

The first step, and sometimes a big one, is to make scholars aware that there is a world of metrics beyond citations and impact factors. Even scholars who are active online aren't always aware "that the impact of their work in those new forums can be measured," Mr. Del­iyannides says."

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Libraries playing a role in research tracking!

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Fostering Research and Publication in Academic Libraries - pdf publication available

direct link to pdf http://t.co/DOHgXo6AJY http://t.co/qfAPVaEJgx

 

Catherine Sassen & Diane Wahl 

Abstract:

"This study concerns administrative support provided to encourage the research and publishing activities of academic librarians working in Association of Research Libraries member libraries.

Deans and directors of these libraries were asked to respond to an online survey concerning the support measures that their libraries provide, as well as their thoughts on support measures that academic libraries should provide. When compared to earlier studies, the survey results indicate
that most support measures have grown over time. Results also suggest increases in the requirements for publication in academic libraries, as well as in the number of libraries at which librarians have faculty status."

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Suggestions of the improvement of learning outcomes and assessment are put on the table as conclusion.

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Ten recommendations for libraries to get started with research data management by LIBER

Ten recommendations for libraries to get started with research data management by LIBER | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The LIBER E-Science working group has published its final report on research data management. LIBER installed the ‘E-Science working group’ in 2010 to investigate the role libraries can and should play in the field of E-Science. The group decided to focus on research data as it was felt to be the most urgent element of e-science that is of relevance to the community of (research) libraries. The group has held three workshops, the first dur-ing the LIBER-conference 2011 in Barcelona, the second during the IDCC 2011 conference in Bristol and the third and last one during the LIBER-conference 2012 in Tartu. The results of the first two workshops were used as a basis for compiling recommendations to the LIBER-community. The “10 recommendations for libraries to support re-search data management” were finalized and prioritized during the final workshop at the LIBER-conference in Tartu.

Full Report: http://bit.ly/NKMXiO