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Content Curation for the School Librarian

Content Curation for the School Librarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it


Robin Good: "Content Curation and the School Librarian" is the featured article for the latest issue of Knowledge Quest magazine.


Authored by Nikki D. Robertson the article illustrates some of content curation key strengths, how the author has utilized content curation for her academic projects, and popular curation tools for those interested in exploring the field further.


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Valuable insights to all librarians!

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Beryl Morris's curator insight, April 3, 2013 9:05 AM

Convinced of the need to be a conent curator in my school - looking for the best way to start this, how to implement a manageable plan and ways to increase my content curation competency.

 

Lucy Wyatt's curator insight, October 7, 2013 12:44 PM

With students accessing different kinds of material and the same material in different ways, the OPAC and vertical file may not be the best way to lead your students to the best content.  This article shows differing ways of attacking the problem.

 

Leigh Zika's curator insight, June 12, 2015 9:34 PM

Good examples of content curation tools for school librarians and teachers/students.

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Tattooed Librarians look to change image with calendar - Examiner.com

Tattooed Librarians look to change image with calendar - Examiner.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

BY: NICHOLAS HOWARD:

"Tattooed Librarians look to change image with calendar>

When we think of librarians, we often think of stodgy older woman, bespectacled and shushing anyone who makes so much as a sneeze."

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Internet Librarian 2012 presentations available for download #IL2012

Internet Librarian 2012 presentations available for download #IL2012 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Transformational Power of Internet Librarians: Promise & Prospect"

 

"Internet librarians have been revolutionizing the Net for many years, and are poised to transform their communities in exciting new ways. As our technologist and keynote speaker David Weinberger says, we have to “build networks that make us smarter.” Hear about leading-edge tools, strategies and techniques for transforming campuses, communities and organizations at Information Today, Inc.’s 16th annual Internet Librarian. This conference provides the ideal opportunity to gather insights and ideas to ignite our imagination and spark innovation. It showcases creative and exciting new internet technologies and techniques and features lots of opportunities for connections and conversations."

 

Presentations available here: http://www.infotoday.com/il2012/presentations.asp

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Finding out what you want and What makes a librarian | Singapore Libraries Bulletin

"This is a report from the LAS Membership committee on a survey held in Feb 2012 and the summation of points rasied during the discussion held in Apr 2012 (When Librarians Meet on Friday the 13th)."

 

"Survey of SLS participants

During Feb 2012 this year, a survey was sent out to active participants of the Special Libraries Section of LAS - a total of 27 responses were received (amongst which 5 were from non-LAS members). The key reason that the participants cited for joining LAS was “to take advantage of networking with colleagues in Singapore and beyond.”

Other suggestions received were for more continuing education opportunities, conferences, workshops, sponsorship for education, programs (social and professional). There was a suggestion for the association to be more inclusive (accept members whom are interested in libraries and not just associated with one). There was also a request for LAS to become a voice for the profession to defend industry values and beliefs in situation where it is obvious administrators make policies that endangers such values and beliefs. There was a call for the importance of stewardship and mentorship, such that it would help new and young librarians develop professionalism."

 

The Editor suggests that the threats be seen as opportunities:

 

"Threats – Perception of librarians –> not a professional career; anyone can do; devalues the work we do; shrinking, Relevance of library, Low regards for the profession, Lack of understanding of what a librarian does, Not being recognized as a professional job, Lazy impatient users used by bad education foundation, Rising costs of academic quality information may drive away potential users leading to the rise of ‘non-quality’ information, Online knowledge bases or automated self-help databases/systems has reduced need for librarians “deep” expertise, Increasing costs of electronic resources, Library will behave more like IT centre, “Mental block” on status quo e.g. not leveraging on technology; withdrawal in the face of disruptive technology, Lack of involvement in political decision making, Ignorance of roles by outsiders –> displacement of importance, User behavior, Good enough info (not authoritative), Users want things fast, Informal channels e.g. getting from professional networking, Pay per view, Digital natives, Social media e.g. facebook, People are getting/sharing info through social media, Google, Direct delivery of content to users by vendors, Shrinking physical library, Increasing cost of content, Operating cost, Perception that librarians are relatively unimportant compared to other areas like economic issues or core functions of the organisation that a library resides (e.g. a library within a stat board)."

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TLC's Lists & Actions for Librarians on the Go - InfoToday.com

TLC's Lists & Actions for Librarians on the Go - InfoToday.com

"The LS2 Staff interface is a touchscreen-optimized, tablet-friendly design that allows a librarian to leave his or her desk and perform circulation tasks anywhere in the library.

The new Lists & Actions tab leverages this mobility to provide lists of items and associated transaction data wherever it’s needed using an array of filters associated with MARC record data and circulation statistics. Each selected filter opens a range of options to help narrow down the search. Librarians can view saved pick lists, create weeding lists on the fly, or limit collections from within the stacks, in the workroom, or anywhere in the library by any number of filters and variables.

Data from lists and saved searches can be exported to a spreadsheet, added to an existing list, or used to create new lists. Each filter has options available for further narrowing a search, and each column in the results table can be rearranged, resized, sorted, or deleted to customize a user’s list or saved search.

Source: The Library Corporation"

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The Busy Librarian's Guide to Information Literacy in Science and Engineering

The Busy Librarian's Guide to Information Literacy in Science and Engineering | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"CRL announces the publication of The Busy Librarian’s Guide to Information Literacy in Science and Engineering, edited by Katherine O’Clair and Jeanne Davidson.

The Busy Librarian’s Guide to Information Literacy in Science and Engineering provides a practical guide for librarians responsible for science, engineering and/or technology information literacy instruction to understand and apply the ACRL Information Literacy Standards for Science and Engineering/Technology into curriculum design and ongoing instruction. Edited by science and engineering librarians Katherine O’Clair and Jeanne Davidson, the book highlights unique needs and challenges for information literacy instruction within science/engineering curricula."

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A whole network of public libraries begins Wikipedia collaboration in Catalonia — Wikimedia blog

A whole network of public libraries begins Wikipedia collaboration in Catalonia — Wikimedia blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"A whole network of public libraries begins #Wikipedia collaboration in #Catalonia - http://t.co/PZY2wkjt "

 

"The librarians now not only understand how to contribute to Wikipedia, but also how to use it as a tool for engaging their users and to reassess their collections and local funds. These newly-trained librarians will now return to their libraries and encourage users to expand their experience by contributing knowledge acquired through their research into Wikipedia.
One of the pioneering experiments within this collaboration has been at the local library of Palafrugell, a municipality on the Costa Brava. During July and August, a volunteer has been serving as a Wikipedian in Residence for the town. The Wikipedian in Residence is based at the local Library of Palafrugell, in collaboration with other local cultural centers. The Catalan Ministry of Culture wants to improve the role of local Wikipedians in Residence at libraries in order to improve local history and heritage presence in Wikipedia and its sister projects. This will also serve to offer a network of local Wiki-contact points across Catalonia."

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LIS Trends: OCLC Releases Survey Findings About Library/Librarian Priorities, Initiatives in Germany, Netherlands, and UK

"OCLC Releases Survey Findings About Library/Librarian Priorities, Initiatives in Germany, Netherlands, and UK"

 

Germany
Key Findings: Libraries in Germany: A Snapshot of Priorities & Perspectives
- Consider licensed electronic collections/e-books (academic library staff) and addressing literacy (public library staff ) to be their top priorities
- Anticipate the top reason users, faculty and students are using their library will change in five years
- Rely on discussions with their colleagues to keep informed about library trends.
Full Text (PDF, 4 pages) http://www.oclc.org/reports/de-libraries/214758usb-Member-Communication-Survey-Report-Deutschland.pdf

 

The Netherlands
Key Findings: Libraries in Netherlands: A Snapshot of Priorities & Perspectives
- Consider demonstrating the value of their library to funders to be their top priority
- Anticipate the top reason users are using their library will change in five years
- Rely on discussions with their colleagues to keep informed about library trends.
Full Text (PDF, 4 pages) http://www.oclc.org/reports/nl-libraries/214758usb-Member-Communication-Survey-Report-Nederland.pdf

 

 

For United Kingdom, see here: http://listrends.blogspot.fr/2012/08/oclc-releases-survey-findings-about.html

 

 


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Library Intelligencer » The Scholar/Librarian Goes Digital: New Times Require New Skills and Aptitudes

IFLA Conference Paper:

 

Gillian M McCombs:

 

"The digital age may well be considered a golden age for Special Collections. Treasures that have long been locked in vaults and available only to researchers onsite are now accessible at the click of a mouse from anywhere in the world. However, for every stunning rare book, photograph or art work that is available electronically, thousands more are still inaccessible. Some libraries have been slow to realize the potential for digital access and have not built the infrastructure needed to put these collections out into the public eye. This paper addresses questions such as: are we hiring the right people for Special Collections; are we retooling current curators so that they are technically adept; are we providing our Special Collections Libraries with necessary resources such as marketing and graphics design staff to develop websites for digital exhibits; have they developed a strategic plan that outlines their long-term goals for incorporating technology; what are the consortial opportunities that will help our Special Collections Libraries; are we working closely enough with library schools and rare book programs to ensure that graduates have the skills, aptitude and attitude that we need?"

source: INFODocket

 

http://conference.ifla.org/sites/default/files/files/papers/wlic2012/87-mccombs-en.pdf

 

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The Key Role of Librarians in Knowledge Management « Legal Current

The Key Role of Librarians in Knowledge Management « Legal Current | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The Key Role of Librarians in Knowledge Management http://t.co/lXh0JS6t...

 

Gretchen DeSutter: 

"As firms strive for greater efficiency and delivering greater value to clients, knowledge management system can help firms by streamlining search.

Because of their skill set and experience, librarians are uniquely positioned to help firms get the most out of their knowledge management systems. According to the 2011 ALM Law Librarian "Survey, 57 percent are playing a more active role in KM than three years ago."

In the end, it’s all about placing the right information into the user’s hands at the right time and in the right format. Librarians know how to do that better than anyone, and those skills can make the difference in helping their firms realize the full benefits of knowledge management.

Stop by booth #922 at the AALL National Conference and see what’s new in knowledge management."

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R. David Lankes Presents New Librarianship

R. David Lankes Presents New Librarianship | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
A series of presentations and lectures on participatory and new librarianship.

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Digitization 101: Is now the time for librarians?

Digitization 101: Is now the time for librarians? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Jill Hurst-Wahl:

New librarians are entering the job market fresh from receiving their master's degree (MLIS). The months and years spent in the classroom are behind them and they are anxious for the next chapter of their lives to begin.

 

[...]This is the time for librarians!"


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Librarian blogger keeps tabs on tech revolution - KALW

Librarian blogger keeps tabs on tech revolution - KALW | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Librarian blogger keeps tabs on tech revolution KALW By Holly McDede

In 2003, librarian Sarah Houghton was tired of having to wander around the Internet looking for information about technology and Web services.

 

"Houghton envisions a future where libraries will be technology hubs and hacker spaces, with 3-D printers and the latest, greatest laptops. People will gather to program code and make artwork and music videos."

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GOOD NEWS: GOAL program helps Sul Ross to meet librarian needs - Odessa American

GOOD NEWS: GOAL program helps Sul Ross to meet librarian needs - Odessa American | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"GOOD NEWS: GOAL program helps Sul Ross to meet librarian needs

 

ALPINE Sul Ross State University has met the challenge of attracting library professionals by growing its own. During the past few years, the GOAL has been reached.

Presently, three librarians at the Bryan Wildenthal Library, Lori Schreiber, Amanda Gomez and Jacob Galindo, are products of the Grow our Own Area Librarians (GOAL) Program, coordinated by the El Paso Area Libraries consortium. Also, library assistant Nora Ohnishi is enrolled in a master of library science program at the University of North Texas.

The Library Leadership Development Institute and the GOAL Program serves the nine-county Trans-Pecos area of Texas and three counties in Southern New Mexico. The intent of the project is to increase the number of qualified librarians in the designated areas. The programs are partially funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program."

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Amarillo Public Library introduces Book-A-Librarian - submitted by staff (Amarillo.com)

Amarillo Public Library introduces Book-A-Librarian

Amarillo.com

Computer-shy library patrons now can learn to navigate the internet with a new service offered by Amarillo Public Library.

 

Some of the resources available through the Amarillo Public Library website include:

■ Text-a-Librarian: Reference assistance from anywhere

■ Cypress Resume: Program to create professional resumes, cover letters and reference sheets

■ Automotive Repair Reference Center: Recalls, service bulletins and repair info

■ JobNow: One-on-one assistance, including resume polishing, interview preparation and career assessments

■ Library Elf: Email notices for approaching due dates, overdue items and requested materials

■ Mango Languages: More than 30 foreign language and 15 English-as-a-Second-Language courses in audio-based format

■ Tumblebook Library: Online story/audio books that introduce children to reading in a dynamic format

■ Overdrive: Downloadable ebooks and audio books

■ TexShare Databases: Online access to full-text articles and entire books

■ Learning Express: Skills building and practice tests for scholastic and professional exams

■ Global Road Warrior: Information on other countries and cultures

■ World Book: Online encyclopedia in three levels, with additional databases and Spanish language"

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Tech Tidbits from the Guybrarian: Where do you get your ideas? - by Phil Goerner | School Library Journal

Tech Tidbits from the Guybrarian: Where do you get your ideas? - by Phil Goerner | School Library Journal | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"I’m not really that smart. I just know people who are. One of the wisest things that we librarians can do is to collaborate with other smart librarians who love to share. For example, I have a strong personal learning network (PLN) that starts on Twitter and even includes a monthly face-to-face gathering. My PLN provides me with lots of really good ideas, answers questions, and supports my work. It is through these resources that I have gathered a huge technology toolbox, assessment strategies, promotional ideas, and a ton of worthwhile resources that I can pass on to my teachers."

 

-Phil Goerner


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