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Is a paperless library still a library? - Discussion

Is a paperless library still a library? - Discussion | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The concept of a library is going to be re-invented in Texas with the launch of a public library with digital rather than printed books.

 

Discussion from various quarters about the concept of paperless libraries!

Karen du Toit's insight:

My own opinion: There is still a place for a book, and a book in a library, especially if there is heritage value in it!

The space and place of a library is also evolving with the changing times, but the importance of a "library" in a community cannot be overlooked!

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Web-connected libraries for Africa: the dream of digital knowledge for all

Web-connected libraries for Africa: the dream of digital knowledge for all | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

James Bridle:

New venture Librii is seeking to set up self-sustaining libraries with internet access in poor and isolated communities.

 

A decade ago, Brewster Kahle, philanthropist and founder of the Internet Archive, created the first digital bookmobile: a complete printing press in the back of a car. With a power source, satellite internet connection, printer and binder, the vehicle and its descendants subsequently printed thousands of public-domain books where they were needed most, such as in rural areas without internet connection, including schools and refugee camps across Africa.

In 2003, it was estimated that less than 1% of Africa's population had access to the internet. Since then, that figure has grown to just 15%. Private companies have been laying high-speed cables along the coasts, but it's slow to make progress inland: even where access is available, it is often low speed and unconnected to the facilities on the ground needed to make the most of it, particularly for education. (The vast majority of people in Africa who do access the internet do so via mobile phone.)

Karen du Toit's insight:

Worthwhile initiative for setting up web-connected libraries in Africa!

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The public library: historic artifact or adaptive success? - Infographic

The public library: historic artifact or adaptive success? - Infographic | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

With the rise of online resources, public libraries are facing the challenge of having to adapt in order to remain engaging in their communities. Take a look at this infographic to see how they are making their mark in the digital age.

 

'This infographic examines the current use of public libraries and challenges to their preeminence as providers (and symbols) of knowledge."


Via Luca Baptista, Michelle Bourque, Robin Illsley
Karen du Toit's insight:

Public libraries making it in the digital age! - Infographic based on a 2012 Pew Research study of American public libraries.

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Dawne Tortorella's curator insight, May 2, 2013 10:47 PM

An infographic based on well researched data and cited appropriately - nice to see as a best practice.

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Libraries are reinvented for the digital age - 3 ways

Libraries are reinvented for the digital age  - 3 ways | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Better off Read: Municipalities are reinventing libraries for the digital age: http://t.co/RKv1DxdjwL

 

Three reinventions:

1. San Antonio’s BiblioTech

2. Project Ingeborg

3. Underground Library 

Karen du Toit's insight:

Three ways libraries are being reinvented for the digital age!

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LS5043-2014's curator insight, November 6, 2014 6:37 PM

Each of these library's policies should be explored.

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Digital Archiving at the University of York: Some thoughts on pdf/a 3

Digital Archiving at the University of York: Some thoughts on pdf/a 3 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @Jenny_Mitcham: New blog post: Some thoughts on pdf/a 3: As a digital archivist, I need to keep my ear to the ground with reg... http://t.co/tD34ZtbpWz
Karen du Toit's insight:

Worth looking at when evaluating formats for digital archiving. 

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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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Librarian Cites 'Concerning' Trends in Digital Collection Development - The Digital Shift

Librarian Cites 'Concerning' Trends in Digital Collection Development - The Digital Shift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Kathy Ishizuka:

The acquisition and management of digital content is becoming increasingly critical. And given their background in collection development, librarians are uniquely suited to assume this task. But there are pitfalls, according to Michelle Luhtala, the department chair of the New Canaan (CT) High School Library.


Six concerns about trends in digital collection development: http://mluhtala.blogspot.com/2013/02/six-concerns-about-digital-collection.html


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Digital collecetion development in libraries - the pitfalls!

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Worlds largest natural sound archive goes online - Tech2

Worlds largest natural sound archive goes online - Tech2 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it


A digital archive of thousands of natural and animal sounds has been put online by Cornell University's Macaulay Library.

 

Link here: http://tech2.in.com/news/science-and-technology/worlds-largest-natural-sound-archive-goes-online/703322

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Great resource for researchers on animal & especially bird sounds!

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Bexar set to turn the page on idea of books in libraries - San Antonio Express

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Bexar set to turn the page on idea of books in libraries
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The University of Texas at San Antonio is a pioneer among academic institutions with bookless collections and technical libraries.

 

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff is an unabashed book lover with 1,000 first editions in his private collection, but even he sees the writing on the wall.

Paper books have lost their allure, and future generations may have little use for them, Wolff contends.

So when he embarked on a mission to create a countywide library system, he decided it should be bookless from the start.

Today, after months of planning, Wolff and other county leaders will announce plans to launch the nation's first bookless public library system, BiblioTech, with a prototype location on the South Side opening in the fall.



Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Bexar-set-to-turn-the-page-on-idea-of-books-in-4184940.php#ixzz2I7ZZBAi4

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More about the first bookless public library system.

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15 Internet Trends: The Magnitude of Upcoming Change will be Stunning - Getting Smart by Tom Vander Ark - How digital learning is changing the World

15 Internet Trends: The Magnitude of Upcoming Change will be Stunning - Getting Smart by Tom Vander Ark - How digital learning is changing the World | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Mary Meeker from leading venture capital investors Kleiner Perkins presented on internet trends at Stanford last week. It’s worth reviewing.

The money quote: “The magnitude of upcoming change will be stunning—we are still in spring training.” Meeker lists 15 trends in support of this claim:


Via Dennis T OConnor
Karen du Toit's insight:

the 15 Internet trends: 

Nearly ubiquitous high-speed wireless access in developed countriesUnprecedented global technology innovationUltra competitive markets for mobile operating systems + devicesBroadly accepted social +interest graphs/information transparencyFearless (& connected) entrepreneursDifficult ‘what do I have to lose’ economic environment for manyAvailable (& experienced capitalFearless (& connected) consumersInexpensive devices/access/services (apps)Ability to reach millions of new users in record (& accelerating) timeSocial emerging as starting distribution point for contentAggressive (& informed) ‘on my watch’ executives at ‘traditional companies’Unprecedented combo of focus on technology and designNearly ‘plug & play’ environment for entrepreneurs-marketplaces/web services/distributed work/innovation productivity tools/low startup costBeautiful/relevant/personalized/curated content for consumers

>>Valuable information for librarians!

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A $1,500 DIY Robotic Book Scanner - By Roy Tennant / The Digital Shift

A $1,500 DIY Robotic Book Scanner - By Roy Tennant / The Digital Shift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @sml8data: A $1,500 DIY Robotic Book Scanner - The Digital Shift http://t.co/CaFdzlJX #open...
Karen du Toit's insight:

"Recently a Google engineer unveiled a do-it-yourself (DIY) robotic book scanner. As reported by The Verge, Dany Qumsiyeh and a team of colleagues constructed it out of sheet metal, scanner parts, and an ordinary vacuum cleaner to build a page-turning scanner that only requires human intervention to put a book on the device. Scans are automatically sent to a connected laptop. “After a quick 40-second setup,” states the article, “it can digitize a 1000-page book in a little over 90 minutes.”

But perhaps even more amazing is that they have open sourced the plans and patents, thereby providing anyone the ability to do the same thing. Clearly, putting this together takes skills that many of us don’t have, but what it likely means is that some enterprising business will start making the robotic book scanner to capture a market heretofore not well served by scanners that cost tens of thousands of dollars."

 

Open source plans and patents: http://code.google.com/p/linear-book-scanner/

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Hurricane Sandy Highlights the Problems of Digital Archives

Hurricane Sandy Highlights the Problems of Digital Archives | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The damage from Sandy’s flooding took Chelsea galleries by surprise. The swelling water knocked artworks from walls and poured into basement storage areas, where art spaces and artists alike often store the work that’s not on display. Zach Feuer Gallery’s sloped space meant that water washed directly toward fragile work. Printed Matter encountered a similar issue, with soaked stock going to waste on the sidewalk. But it wasn’t only physical property that was damaged in the hurricane."

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The salt content and the toxicity of the water that came into the building corrupted everything it touched. Years and years of exhibition records, files, and media-driven artist projects were put at risk. Though we think of digital creations as somehow non-physical entities, most of these works were made in the pre-cloud era, and stored as extremely physical things vulnerable to physical problems. The digital isn’t so digital any more when the metal computer tower files reside in is getting eaten away by chemicals. Eyebeam had to go into crisis mode.

Teams of conservators gathered and volunteered to clean, as best they could, the media storage formats that formed Eyebeam’s artistic and curatorial heritage. New media documentarian and Eyebeam resident Jonathan Minard participated in the efforts, and published a short video showing the problems the institution now faces. - Video here: http://vimeo.com/53849333

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The Mobile Social Photo Explosion [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Mobile Social Photo Explosion [INFOGRAPHIC] | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"This inforgraphic from Mediabiestro is a great visual of the mobile revolution.

 

Here's an excerpt:

 

The digital revolution has made an enormous impact on photography, and smartphones and social media have been hugely instrumental in this massive growth.

 

** 300 million photos are uploaded to Facebook daily

 

**Facebook has 10,000 times more photos than the Library of Congress

 

**Twitter (6.9 million daily active mobile users) and Instagram

 

**(7.3 million daily active mobile users) combined account for hours of photo-taking usage each month, and photos make up 42 percent of all posts on Tumblr.

 

 

**The money stat? 741 million mobile phones worldwide have some kind of photo capability."

 

Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

 

See article and infographic here: [http://bit.ly/SLt2Nz]


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New Research Tools Kick Up Dust in Archives

New Research Tools Kick Up Dust in Archives | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Advances in technology have transformed the methods of historians and other archival researchers, a change that carries both benefits and consequences.

 

In just a few years, advances in technology have transformed the methods of historians and other archival researchers. Productivity has improved dramatically, costs have dropped and a world distinguished by solo practitioners has become collaborative. In response, developers are producing an array of computerized methods of analysis, creating a new quantitative science.

Karen du Toit's insight:

Technology greatly enhances research in archives, but also bring new challenges 

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Leadership in a Digital Age > #libraries| American Libraries Magazine

Leadership in a Digital Age > #libraries| American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Maureen Sullivan

Libraries are laboratories for deep learning

 

The increasingly digital context brings challenges and opportunities for librarians, library staff, archivists, and museum professionals. New roles and the competencies required to perform them are evolving. One overriding role for all of us is that of the leader. The complexity of the changes we experience leads to many unfamiliar situations in which deep learning is necessary to successfully work through the problems and challenges. Scholar Warren Bennis calls these “crucible” experiences.

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The importance of leadership to tackle the issues of the Digital Age in libraries!

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10 Stellar Presentations from Computers in Libraries 2013 - iLibrarian

10 Stellar Presentations from Computers in Libraries 2013 - iLibrarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Ellyssa Kroski

Info Today’s informative Computers in Libraries conference just wrapped up yesterday in Washington, DC. If you didn’t get a chance to attend you may want to check out these terrific presentations by talented info pros!

 
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10 presentations from the most recent Computers in Libraries 2013 conference > Great content!!

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Jason Scott's Archive Team Is Saving The Web From Itself (And Rescuing Your ... - Huffington Post

Jason Scott's Archive Team Is Saving The Web From Itself (And Rescuing Your ... - Huffington Post | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

On Feb. 15, the Archive Team, a loose collective of programmers and netizens, received its equivalent of a 911 call: The founder of Posterous, a blogging platform,announced the site was shutting down -- and taking its users' content down with it.

After years spent convincing people to trust Posterous as the repository for their baby photos, recipes, musings and travelogues, the company gave its over 15 million users just ten weeks to back up their information before it would be permanently deleted.

A handful of Archive Team volunteers quickly convened in a chatroom to figure out -- like they had many times before in similar situations -- how to save Posterous' millions of posts from disappearing with the site itself.

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The porblem of our digital era: "digital objects become collateral damage"!

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As the world goes digital, libraries adjust their strategies, by @marytablante | USA TODAY College

As the world goes digital, libraries adjust their strategies, by @marytablante | USA TODAY College | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Beyond using the library as a place to study, here are some other ways students can make use of library services provided by their universities:

• Check out laptops, iPads or calculators

• Go beyond Wikipedia and Google

Term papers and theses rely on more than a simple Google search. Professors encourage students to use scholarly and peer-reviewed articles.

University libraries have more than 600 databases...

• Ask a librarian 24/7

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Libraries are changing > spaces and services!

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Emotion, Meaning and Digital Collections | The Signal: Digital Preservation

Emotion, Meaning and Digital Collections | The Signal: Digital Preservation | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Emotion, Meaning and Digital Collections. A blog post at "The Signal: Digital Preservation" on 2013-02-28.

 

by Bill LeFurgy:

...This is an occupational hazard of digital archivists, that awkward first attempt to explain what it is that we do. But there is a bigger issue: if people have trouble understanding what a digital archives is, it means that people have no personal connection with the entire concept. In our culture, personal connection drives support and–apologies for an overused term–sustainability.

Karen du Toit's insight:

Adding value to digital collections!

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Doug Breitbart's curator insight, March 4, 2013 1:26 PM

How to generate pull in domain of archives and collections. . . That is the billion person question, I think?