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OCLC and Yelp increase visibility of libraries on the Web | LISNews

"OCLC, the nonprofit computer library service and research organization, is working with Yelp, the leading website and mobile app that connects consumers with great local businesses, to increase public access to local library information.

Yelp is integrating information from the database of library listings maintained through the OCLC Library Spotlight program to supplement existing library listings on Yelp.com. Information provided through OCLC has already been added to over 1,400 library listings on Yelp.com, ensuring that accurate addresses, phone numbers, hours and other information will be available in addition to information already listed on Yelp."

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Giving libraries visibility on the web!

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Library and Librarianship Links for the month of November | Deep Librarian

Lisa Newton:

"My favorite links from the world of librarianship for the month of November 2013."

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A valuable collection of library-related links!

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Small Museums Libraries and Archives Advocating to Preserve Our Heritage - webinar

Small Museums Libraries and Archives Advocating to Preserve Our Heritage - webinar | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Wednesday, Dec. 4
2–3:30 p.m. (ET)

Small museums, historical societies, libraries and archives share a common mission: preserving our cultural heritage. To accomplish this, archivists, librarians and museum professionals must be effective not only in the technical aspects of preservation but also in the areas of communication and advocacy. 

In this webinar, presenters will discuss the issues that our organizations are advocating for, including preserving historical records, copyright issues, privacy concerns and funding for efforts such as the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Connecting to Collections initiative, the National Historical Publications and Record Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Archives and Records Administration.  

We’ll cover examples of awareness-building and collaboration in action on local, state, regional and national levels, including the American Alliance of Museums and Society for American Archivists (SAA) advocacy agendas, the Hoosier Heritage Alliance and EveryLibrary. Presenters will share tools and resources that you can use to work with other institutions, communicate with your audience and build support in your community for your collections and services. 

This webinar is presented by the joint SAA-ALA-AAM Committee on Libraries, Archives and Museums (CALM), charged with fostering closer cooperation among the member organizations and our professional allies, including common standards and best practices. CALM annually schedules sessions on a common topic at the national conferences of the member organizations.

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8% of Librarians Believe Printed Word Will Be ‘Obsolete’ by 2050 | CNS News

8% of Librarians Believe Printed Word Will Be ‘Obsolete’ by 2050 | CNS News | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Eight percent of librarians and media center specialists believe that people will be largely illiterate by 2050 as video and audio forms of communication completely replace the printed word, according to a 2012 survey.

The survey was conducted by Grimm and Parker, an architectural firm with offices in Virginia and Maryland that has designed over 20 libraries.

"The ability of computers and handheld devices to communicate verbally is advancing at an extraordinary pace. Some believe the days of the printed word are numbered and the transition to an entirely oral/verbal/visual culture is inevitable. Others have even predicted the total demise of literacy as early as 2050."

- See more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/barbara-hollingsworth/8-librarians-believe-printed-word-will-be-obsolete-2050#sthash.TaqxbSv4.qpW7HdmS.dpuf

 

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Digital Librarianship & Social Media: the Digital Library as Conversation Facilitator

Digital Librarianship & Social Media: the Digital Library as Conversation Facilitator | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Digital Librarianship & Social Media: the Digital Library as Conversation Facilitator

Robert A. Schrier
Syracuse University
raschrie@syr.edu 

doi:10.1045/july2011-schrier

 

Abstract

Digital collections marketing is an important, yet often ignored aspect of digital collection management. While many collections are laudable for the quality of their pictures, metadata, and preservation techniques, they often remain obscure, unknown, and therefore inaccessible to their intended user populations. One of the ways digital librarians can cultivate a broader awareness of their collections is through social networking. More importantly, digital librarians who participate in conversations with users through the use of social media become inextricably intertwined with the knowledge creation processes relevant to their collections. This paper presents a set of five general principles (listening, participation, transparency, policy, and strategy) that provide digital librarians with straightforward, concrete strategies for successfully integrating social media into a digital library's overall strategic plan. In addition to these concrete strategies, I also explain the theoretical importance of each principle and its relevance for establishing a rapport with current and potential users of a digital collection.

 
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Great article! Social Media helping to promote digital collections!

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Are Digital Libraries A 'Winner-Takes-All' Market? OverDrive Hopes So

Are Digital Libraries A 'Winner-Takes-All' Market? OverDrive Hopes So | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Ava Seave:

“Schools and libraries in all forms are transitioning their spends from providing physical items that are being stored on shelves and branches to digital items -- the fastest portion of their growth,” said Steve Potash  in a recent interview.

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Future digital libraries? Most probably!

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Digitization 101: University of Minnesota Fair Use Checklist Tool (or Thinking Through Fair Use)

Digitization 101: University of Minnesota Fair Use Checklist Tool (or Thinking Through Fair Use) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The University Libraries at the University of Minnesota have an interactive tool to help people discern whether a specific use of copyrighted material would be considered Fair Use.  This tool allows a person to think through her answers and create documentation that can be saved (actually sent to the person via email).  Th UMN web site does not keep any of the information.  This is a tool that is worth bookmarking and using!"

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Copyright and fair use!

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The Deep Mission of Public Libraries

The Deep Mission of Public Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Why do we have public libraries? Many of today's librarians like to talk about themselves as "information brokers" or "knowledge facilitators."  

We talk about our skill in finding and organizing information.  And sure, we’ve got those skills.

But what we really do is support literacy.  This is our deeper mission.

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Our patrons need help with every level of technology literacy.  From those who come in who don’t know how to use a mouse, to those who’re interested in building a computer from scratch, the library could provide a wide range of resources for a wide diversity of people.  We can help our community to practice and perfect our skill in understanding, using, and appreciating technology and digital content.

We’re kind-of getting there.  We’ve got computers and the free internet for our patrons.  We’re doing some classes and programs to help people develop their skills.  And then of course we’ve got the maker movement.

It is in this context, of expanded literacy, that the maker fad starts to become something more important.  Maker Spaces are totally hot right now.  Everybody wants a 3D printer.

We’re in a bubble of bandwagonism.  But after this settles down, I think we’ll be in a better place.  It will be more accepted to support digital literacy, from helping patrons understand where the url bar is to helping patrons understand how to build an app, wire a circuit, or repair their PC.  We won’t be so rabid about it, but we’ll have the foundations in place to really get down to work."

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Future of the public library! 

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List of tool-lending libraries - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

List of tool-lending libraries

The following tool-lending libraries allow patrons to borrow tools, equipment and "how-to" instructional materials, functioning either as a rental shop, with a charge for borrowing the tools, or more commonly free of charge as a form of community sharing. A tool lending library was started in Columbus, OH in 1976.

The following tool-lending libraries allow patrons to borrow tools, equipment and "how-to" instructional materials, functioning either as a rental shop, with a charge for borrowing the tools, or more commonly free of charge as a form of community sharing.

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Great list!

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Two Writers and their thoughts about the Future of Libraries | David Lee King

Two Writers and their thoughts about the Future of Libraries | David Lee King | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

People love to talk about the future of libraries. 

 

Here are two pretty different viewpoints:

1. MG Siegler and TechCrunch:

A couple days ago, TechCrunch publishedThe End of the Library, written by MG Siegler. In it, Mr. Siegler says this:

“it’s hard not to imagine a future where the majority of libraries cease to exist — at least as we currently know them.

2. Neil Gaiman, well-known writer:

Around the same time, Neil Gaiman wrote Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming in the Guardian. In his article, Neil says this about libraries:

“But libraries are about freedom. Freedom to read, freedom of ideas, freedom of communication. They are about education (which is not a process that finishes the day we leave school or university), about entertainment, about making safe spaces, and about access to information.


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The future of libraries! What are your thoughts? 

I support no 2!

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Link to the Recording of - Trends, Tools, and Tactics for Better Library Design - A Blended Librarian Webcast

Link to the Recording of - Trends, Tools, and Tactics for Better Library Design - A Blended Librarian Webcast | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Elliot Felix of brightspot Strategy, a library design expert, shares his perspectives on the latest trends, tools, and tactics. As the founder and director of brightspot, Elliot has played a major role in the design of the new Hunt Library at North Carolina State University. He also co-conceived and participated in the development of the Learning Space Toolkit. In this webinar, Elliot provided an overview of trends impacting the design and operation of library spaces as well as the services offered within them. He’ll also introduce some tools you can use along with advice on how you can put them into practice.


Via John Shank
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Library architecture - spaces/places!

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Accessibility Makes Incremental Gains | Reinventing Libraries - Library Journal

Accessibility Makes Incremental Gains | Reinventing Libraries - Library Journal | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Char Booth
Spaces. Services. Digital content. Collections. Learning experiences. Interfaces.

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As the most established cultural providers of public space and digital content, libraries share a responsibility to promote universal access to our full range of services for all users, regardless of whether they rely on adaptive technology or not.

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Accessibility and how to remove the "barriers" in a library! 

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Zinio Now Offers Free Back Issues of Magazines Through Public Libraries | The eBook Reader Blog

Zinio Now Offers Free Back Issues of Magazines Through Public Libraries | The eBook Reader Blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
"A few months back I posted about how Zinio now offers hundreds of magazines for download for free through public libraries. Being able to download dozens of popular magazine titles for free is a great way to get digital magazines. It still seems a little too good to be true, but it’s been 3 months and the system is still going strong. My library’s selection of magazines continues to grow. There are now over 240 separate titles. And now they’ve added the ability to download back issues of most titles. That’s right. Zinio now offers back issues through public libraries. It varies from title to title just how far issues go back. A lot of them seem to go back to December 2012, but I happened to notice that Business Week offer back issues all the way back to January 2003. That’s over 500 back issues!"
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Vatican and Bodleian libraries launch online archive of ancient religious texts

Vatican and Bodleian libraries launch online archive of ancient religious texts | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Maev Kennedy:

"Website funding from Polonsky Foundation includes Bodleian's 1455 Gutenberg Bible and aims to put 1.5m pages online (Vatican and Bodleian libraries launch online archive of ancient religious texts http://t.co/5Gr817BOSV)...

 

Link to website: http://bav.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/

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A lnadmark digitisation project!

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The future of libraries: what the Guardian online debate found

The future of libraries: what the Guardian online debate found | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Ian Anstice:

"The Guardian held one of its online debates on libraries today. The discussion between several library experts (managers, campaigners, councillors) and anyone contributing online. Around 200 comments were made so it’s a little condfusing: I’ve endeavoured to summarise below, although doubtless I have missed some things which some would consider important. Main threads and arguments.

Are libraries declining due to technological change? Libraries are still needed, in some ways more than ever: internet/online access essential and libraries provide the access and skills to those without either or both. Seven million have never used the internet. Wikipedia etc don’t cover all information and are prone to deletion, accidental or otherwise and is also not entirely trustworthy anyway.  Libraries provide quiet study spaces.  Children need the books and everyone needs serendipity that bookshelves allow.  Bookstock is declining due to budget cuts.  It’s not black and white – books and e-books will co-exist. Books are still in demand with 244 million loans in England 2011/12,

Read more: http://www.publiclibrariesnews.com/2013/11/the-future-of-libraries-what-the-guardian-online-debate-found.html

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Main threads and arguments in the discussions! Interesting!

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Alexina's curator insight, November 30, 2013 8:00 PM

This is a short summary of an extensive online discussion about public libraries in the UK, but much of the discussion applies to USA libraries too. I like libraries referred to as "Idea stores".

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9 Very Specific Rules From Real Libraries

9 Very Specific Rules From Real Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
We've all seen signs banning cell phones, food, and drinks. But these rules cover issues that might not be common to all libraries.
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Future of Libraries Issues | Ken Haycock

Future of Libraries Issues | Ken Haycock | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
During the two day summit last week in Vancouver on the Future of Libraries so many issues emerged, and so many thoughtful responses. I note here some of the issues but guest bloggers will contribute more context and elaboration, even a few answers, over the next few weeks… The future is not what it used to be! City managers and provosts are seeing less expensive options within their jurisdictions, whether preschool programs in community centers or space in cafeterias. Shared services is shining a spotlight on perceived duplication, and we are expensive. As we move into new areas (learning centers, after school programs, research support, maker spaces) others already occupy much of that space. Conversely, other public agencies are moving into “our” space. As senior staff is reduced, library directors are not immune. More are picking up related responsibilities for community centers and cultural institutions and even parking and dogs in cities while in universities, information technology, information management, learning services, bookstores, museums, are all being rolled together in one portfolio. It can no longer take two years to make decisions like integrating two desks. The world is moving faster than we are.
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The Changing Landscape For Libraries & Librarians In The Digital Age

The Changing Landscape For Libraries & Librarians In The Digital Age | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

[...] "the ALA supports the following 4 primary dimensions for strategic library development:

Physical To Virtual Libraries – Creating a balance between physical facilities with the increasing demand for digital materials

Individual To Community Libraries – Accommodating the needs of individuals in concert with community engagement

Collection To Creation Libraries – Transforming libraries into facilities for media creation, not just consumption

Portal To Archive Libraries – Balancing the needs for physical and digital archives"

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The need for libraries in the digital age!

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“E-Books in Libraries, 2013 Has Been a Year of Small Victories and Bigger Battles”, by Gary Price | LJ INFOdocket

“E-Books in Libraries, 2013 Has Been a Year of Small Victories and Bigger Battles”, by Gary Price | LJ INFOdocket | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Public librarians have applauded the increased access to e-books now being offered by the big five publishers—most recently Macmillan, which has made its entire backlist of 11,000 titles available for lending. But the recent good news, librarians say, should not obscure the fact that the present system, with its plethora of licensing models and platforms, remains untenable."

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A reflection on e-books in libraries.

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Greek Libraries in a New World: Press Release - Future Library: BEING creative, inspiring the community

Greek Libraries in a New World: Press Release - Future Library: BEING creative, inspiring the community | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Future Library
BEING creative, inspiring the community

Two years ago, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation conceived the idea to contribute to the development of a public and municipal libraries network all over Greece, in order to enhance the significance of the libraries, as learning centers and places of creativity and interaction, in people’s minds. Thus, Future Library was born in Veria, in 2011, with the Foundation being its exclusive donor and soon was emerged as a living community that constantly embraces new cities, familiarizes their residents with the libraries and aspires to be linked to the National Library of Greece, when this moves to its new premises, at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.

The core of the Future Library Network philosophy is human centric and consists of creative libraries that promote human values. Day by day, more and more teenagers, students, young people, undergraduates, post graduates, volunteers and creative professionals connect to the public libraries of their cities through this rapidly growing network, which at this moment consists of a lively community of 117 Public and Municipal Libraries and approximately 5.750 members.

Since 2011, the Future Library team, in collaboration with the libraries of this network, has organized more than 5.800 events in more than 100 Greek cities, with 110.000 participants in total (most of them children, teenagers and adults). They have carried out special training programs addressed to the “future librarians”, offered 36.160 books in 117 libraries, which they have also provided with technological equipment and developed major projects that promote creative thinking, the love of reading and innovation, thus transforming libraries into modern laboratories of creativity and action.

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3D Printing in Libraries: Justin the Librarian's experience

3D Printing in Libraries: Justin the Librarian's experience | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

AT FIRST you will have a mix of emotions.  The machine is scary because you’ve never seen anything like it before.  There it is, sitting there, printing something really neato out of a spool of plastic.  You’ll want to jump right in and print something out for yourself.  You want to use the machine.  You need to use the machine.

YOUR FIRST FEW ATTEMPTS will most likely fail.  This is a great thing because you will learn a lot.  I highly suggest that you browse around on Thingiverse for a bit, find something that you would like to print and use that to get familiar with 3D printing.

(...used Makerbot 3D printers so far.  I have seen other 3D printers but I have not spent much time with them.)

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The most spectacular libraries in the world - The Telegraph

The most spectacular libraries in the world - The Telegraph | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

From Rococo fantasies to nests of twigs and steel, we present a selection of the world's most beautiful libraries (http://t.co/oWneP5w7Me)...

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Great to see these libraries!

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Mobiles and informal learning spaces: libraries and museums | Connected Learning

Mobiles and informal learning spaces: libraries and museums | Connected Learning | The Information Professional | Scoop.it