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FLIP THE MODEL (a pre-print), By Brian Mathews - The Ubiquitous Librarian

FLIP THE MODEL (a pre-print), By Brian Mathews - The Ubiquitous Librarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
"FLIP THE MODEL (a pre-print)" About new operating models for academic libraries http://t.co/Q2YiGles1B

 

“Academic libraries are encountering a critical inflection point. In our case it isn’t a single technology that is disrupting our established system, but a barrage of advancements in publishing, pedagogy, and user preferences. The landscape is shifting around us, and the future of scholarship requires us to develop new skills, design new environments, and deliver new service capacities. In short, we need new operating models.” Read the pre-print.

This is the draft version [...] submitted to the editors. The final (authoritative) copy will be out in January 2014 in the Journal of Academic Librarianship. It is a themed issue on innovation, startup thinking, and that sort of thing."

 

Pre-print here: http://vtechworks.lib.vt.edu/handle/10919/23927

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Flip the model of academic libraries! The future!

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I AM A {SOCIAL} LIBRARIAN infographic - Free download!

I AM A {SOCIAL} LIBRARIAN infographic - Free download! | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Download, embed and share The Social Librarian infographic. The social librarian is enmeshed in the fabric of the Internet of Things as curator, educator, filter and beacon.

 

"Social today means so much more than sending a tweet or posting to Facebook. The social librarian is enmeshed in the fabric of the Internet of Things as curator, educator, filter and beacon. In this complex, dynamic and demanding environment, librarians are extending themselves and empowering library users.

In recognition of this, Elsevier's Library Connect Newsletter (@library_connect) and Joe Murphy (@libraryfuture), Librarian & Technology Analyst/Trend Spotter, offer up a visual portrait of The Social Librarian, and invite you to download and post, share on your social streams, and discuss with your library stakeholders.

- See more at: http://libraryconnect.elsevier.com/articles/supporting-users-organizations/2013-08/i-am-social-librarian-infographic-free-download#sthash.fk55XRbU.dpuf

 

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The Social Librarian = Future Librarian!

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nickcarman's curator insight, August 29, 2013 11:37 PM

A great infographic which shows the skills and attributes a modern librarian ought to encompass.

lisa oldham's curator insight, August 30, 2013 12:40 PM

Important thinking for the future of sustainable libraries

Gai Dennett's curator insight, September 26, 2013 7:45 PM

New age Teacher Librarian roles outlined here

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A haiku: Archivists are the specialists who snatch objects from oblivion

A haiku: Archivists are the specialists who snatch objects from oblivion | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Tod Robbins reblogged this from Times Haiku (http://haiku.nytimes.com/) 

“A haiku from the article: Archivists Bringing Past Into Future Are Now Less Cloistered ” (Photo: timeshaiku: A haiku from the article: Archivists Bringing Past Into Future Are Now Less Cloistered http://t.co/ml9uOGjm5T)...

 

From the original article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/29/nyregion/archivists-bringing-past-into-future-are-now-less-cloistered.html?_r=0

"Archivists are the specialists who snatch objects from oblivion. They have long spent their careers cloistered, like the objects they protected. But now many of these professionals are stepping out. A main reason is the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York. The group, which recently surpassed 500 members, holds monthly events that draw a young, well-dressed crowd, hungry for chances to network, train and socialize. Members not only work at libraries, where archives have long resided, but also at such organizations as the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Junior League, the Episcopal Church, the Philharmonic, the Stock Exchange and the Brooklyn Navy Yard." - By ALISON LEIGH COWAN

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Archivists' jobs

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University libraries: 10 global portraits

University libraries: 10 global portraits | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
University library chiefs worldwide reveal the challenges they face, plans for the future, and their role in higher education (Uni librarians talk about their libraries > University libraries: 10 global portraits

 

America: New York University library

Well-designed space is one of the most important services an academic library can offer, says dean of library Carol Mandel

 

UK: University of Manchester library

The library is not being used less, it's just user needs that are changing, says university librarian Janet Wilkinson – so don't forget the wifi

 

Japan: Hachioji library, Tama Art University

A university library designed by a world-leading architect inspires and challenges in equal measure, says library head Hidemi Kondo

 

Nigeria: American University of Nigeria library

Open access and libraries centred around online learning and research are key in developing countries, says library director Amed Demirhan

 

UK: Bodleian library, University of Oxford

We need to shape the skills of library staff to meet user needs while maintaining specialist knowledge, says interim Bodley's librarian Richard Ovenden

 

Australia: Queensland University of Technology library

With 97% of its research downloads from outside Australia, the library's open access expertise is invaluable, says library director Judy Stokker

 

Singapore: Nanyang Technological University library

Finding information is not the problem, says university librarian Choy Fatt Cheong – libraries are now taking the lead on how to communicate it

 

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The state of university libraries! Interesting reviews!

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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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Musings about librarianship: Zombies and libraries - how are libraries using the zombie theme?

Musings about librarianship: Zombies and libraries - how are libraries using the zombie theme? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Aaron Tay about how libraries are using the zombie theme
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Interesting to see how many cool ways there are to use a strange theme to introduce the library, as well as how to get to the information.
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The Library's Future Is Not an Open Book

The Library's Future Is Not an Open Book | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
A look at how America's central libraries are struggling to adapt their forms and functions to a rapidly changing world (RT @WSJ: The future of libraries isn't an open book.

 

By JULIE V. IOVINE:

"The relevance of these gloriously inflated book boxes is being questioned in an age that looks to the Internet for its intellectual resources."

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The changing library challenged by a constantly changing environement. The goal posts are moving the whole time!

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21st Century Libraries Look Like: Something Unexpected, by Steve Matthews

21st Century Libraries Look Like: Something Unexpected, by Steve Matthews | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Here are some images from numerous resources that typify something unexpected in a library. They draw attention to libraries and open up the idea of "library" to new understanding and new customers...
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Bright ideas of libraries doing it differently!!

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Silence is not so golden in the modern library

Silence is not so golden in the modern library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Catherine Armitage:

The State Librarian of NSW, Alex Byrne, says librarians no longer expect or want libraries to be places of quiet solitude. Rather than walking around saying ''shhh'' and waving their steel rulers to enforce silence, he said contemporary librarians understand that ''using information, learning and reading are not just solitary activities''.

''We have quiet places in the library for people who want to concentrate but we don't insist on quiet libraries. That is because we realise it is a social activity'', Dr Byrne said. In navigating the complex new world of information overload, people don't just read books any more. They interact with information, and with each other to make sense of it.

Thanks to the public library's role as a gateway to e-government services, a librarian today is as likely to help you apply online for a parking permit or submit a legal form digitally as find you a book. They are the ''third space, not business, not the home but a third and neutral working space'', said Dr Byrne: ''We like to think it is a mall of ideas and knowledge.''

Silence is not so golden in the modern library...

 

Librarians no longer expect or want libraries to be places of quiet solitude. Rather than walking around saying ''shhh'' and waving their steel rulers to enforce silence, he said contemporary librarians understand that ''using information, learning and reading are not just solitary activities''.


Via Leanne Windsor, Anjan Das
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Of course! Just a great reminder!

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Cambridge libraries go beyond the bookmobile with Ideas Unlimited

Cambridge libraries go beyond the bookmobile with Ideas Unlimited | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Jeff Hicks:

"Some libraries are solemn stone penitentiaries for bound pages and gagged mouths. (Cambridge libraries go beyond the bookmobile http://t.co/Ig3OfiXR7a Congrats to @CLibraries An innovative place!

 

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Ideas Unlimited has been their slogan for two years.

Cambridge staff even wear clothing with the slogans. No other library in Canada has its own fashion line.

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A first-floor library dining experience is on the menu. A teen dungeon will spread across the basement. A family library and terrace promises second-floor views up and down the Grand River. A digital lab on the top floor pledges a mash up of 19th century columns and high-tech gadgetry.

This will not be your grandma’s library, crammed inside an 1884 heritage building.

“It’s a great idea,” Ridley said. “I hope they can pull it off.”

And ideas, not books, are the foundation of their business."

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The slogan is "Ideas Unlimited", with big plans in the future!

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