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Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2013 | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2013 | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2013 | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) http://t.co/kFaNgVJm5a

 

The 2013 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.

Media Sharing

Digital Storytelling

Manage & Organize

Social Networking & Communication

Content Resources

Curriculum Collaboration

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Fantastic resource, not only for school librarians!

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Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations - Pew Research

Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations - Pew Research | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Kathryn Zickuhr, Lee Rainie and Kristen Purcell:

"Americans ages 16-29 are heavy technology users, including in using computers and internet at libraries. At the same time, most still read and borrow printed books, and value a mix of traditional and technological library services.

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UK Organization Publishes Research Into Public Library of the Future | LJ INFOdocket

UK Organization Publishes Research Into Public Library of the Future | LJ INFOdocket | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Gary Price
The research comes from the Arts Council of England and is found in a report titled, The Library of the Future.

 

This research has found that public libraries are trusted spaces, open to all, in which people continue to explore and share the joys of reading, information, knowledge and culture. It is clear that people value the services that libraries provide and will continue to do so. Indeed, there is a clear message that there is a compelling and continuing need for a publicly funded library service.

The research also reminds us that public libraries face many challenges in the coming years, including: advances in technology, which affect the ways in which people want to connect to information and culture; reduced public expenditure; the increasing involvement of citizens in the design and delivery of public services; and the needs of an ageing population.

Envisioning the library of the future and the work that comes from it will help us and our partners in the library sector to set out the value, role and purpose of public libraries with more clarity, pointing out ways they can respond to change in order to remain at the heart of their communities. This will provide the focus for our work in the future.

The research began in January 2012, and comprised three phases during which researchers spoke with more than 800 people. The research included an online survey which had over 1,400 responses, and 10,000 people viewed the online conversation. Read more on the research methodology.

Four priority areas

In order to foster a successful, sustainable library service in light of these challenges, the Arts Council has set out four priority areas for development which have been tested and corroborated by stakeholders:

place the library as the hub of the communitymake the most of digital technology and creative mediaensure that libraries are resilient and sustainabledeliver the right skills for those who work in libraries
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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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ArchivesInfo: Why All Librarians Should Take an Introduction to Archives Class, by Melissa Mannon

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Melissa Mannon, "Why all Librarians Should Take an Introduction to Archives Class". http://t.co/M4TuKQhJYm

 

This post furthers a discussion about the need for librarians and archivists to study the others' field.  In my last post, I presented the idea "Why All Archivists Should Take a Library Reference Class."


[...] if you are a librarian, explore what archives have to offer. Build a connection with your local historical society or take a class in archives management. Linking primary and secondary sources rounds out the world of information, opens doors to collaboration between librarians and archivists and provides a means toward better understanding of the value of both archives and libraries by new potential patrons and supporters.

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The need for librarians and archivists to know and study the others' field! Valid points!

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Reinventing our libraries

Reinventing our libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Libraries are losing out to the Internet as the new generation of researchers is switching over to social network technologies to gather, create and share information, according to an expert. Addressing the National Conference on Reaching Out to Users Through Technology (ROUTE 2013) – Enhancing Innovative Library Services in Open Environment recently, R R Hirwani, director of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Unit for Research and Development of Information Products, said the need of the hour is that libraries should plan for and build services that fit the work habits of new researchers, with an emphasis on the flexibility and remixing of content and services.
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12 Fabulous Academic Search Engines ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

12 Fabulous Academic Search Engines ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

In the world of academia, Google search engine does not always serve the purpose because most of the time its search results are not exact . I am a huge fan of Google but when it comes to academic search queries I  often have recourse to other search engines that are area or content specific. I have curated a list of some of these search engines that I personally use and I added to them other titles I found through Julie Greller . Enjoy


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How librarians can help widen access to research – live chat round-up

How librarians can help widen access to research – live chat round-up | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Claire Shaw:

From access to data, resources to support, our panel's thoughts on how librarians are influencing the dissemination of research

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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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Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Historians - recommendations for archives - review by Kate Theimer

Ithaka S+R’s Research Support Services for Scholars program has released the report of their NEH-funded study, Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Historians.

Here’s a brief description of the project from the report’s Executive Summary:

In 2011-2012, Ithaka S+R examined the changing research methods and practices of academic historians in the United States, with the objective of identifying services to better support them. Based on interviews with dozens of historians, librarians, archivists, and other support services providers, this project has found that the underlying research methods of many historians remain fairly recognizable even with the introduction of new tools and technologies, but the day to day research practices of all historians have changed fundamentally. Ithaka S+R researchers identified numerous opportunities for improved support and training, which are presented as recommendations to information services organizations including libraries and archives, history departments, scholarly societies, and funding agencies.

Link to report: http://www.sr.ithaka.org/news/understanding-historians-today-%E2%80%94-new-ithaka-sr-report
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6 Recommendations for archives - Author feels that archivists would have predicted it! But worth checking out!

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100 Search Engines For Academic Research, by Terry Heick

100 Search Engines For Academic Research, by Terry Heick | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"100 Search Engines For Academic Research.. .Check out the new, up-to-date collection to discover the very best search engine for finding the academic results you’re looking for."

 

>> Extremely valuable resource to librarians!


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Its wonderful list . Thanks for sharing it. I wasn't aware of such a big list till now.
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Making Sure Libraries “Measure Up”, by Karen Muller | American Libraries Magazine

Making Sure Libraries “Measure Up”, by Karen Muller | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Karen Muller:

 

"Times are tough for libraries, and when times get tough, managers—whether college administrators, a principal, a board of trustees, or even voters—start asking about the viability of programs and the measurable benefits of those programs. That’s why understanding how to measure your library’s activities—and therefore proving their value—is critical in today’s economic environment."

 

Publications: 

1. Using Qualitative Methods in Action Research: How Librarians Can Get to the Why of Data, editors Douglas Cook and Lesley Farmer 

2. Just Plain Data Analysis: Finding, Presenting, and Interpreting Social Science Data by Gary M. Klass

3. Sandra D. Andrews’s Power of Data: An Introduction to Using Local, State, and National Data to Support School Library Programs

4. Danny P. Wallace and Connie Van Fleet’s Knowledge into Action: Research and Evaluation in Library and Information Science

5. Engaging in Evaluation and Assessment Research 

6. Assessing Service Quality: Satisfying the Expectations of Library Customers, authors Peter Hernon and Ellen Altman

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The 6 Best Online Bibliography Tools, Posted by Katie Lepi

The 6 Best Online Bibliography Tools, Posted by Katie Lepi | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
If helping your students write papers is a part of your school day, you probably already know that there are enough issues to focus on without having to spend a lot of time teaching your students how to build a bibliography and correctly cite their sources. Your time is likely better spent helping create a focused, concise piece of work that uses excellent grammar and sentence structure.

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Archivists Race Technology to Save Past Space Research, Records - Newswise (press release)

Archivists Race Technology to Save Past Space Research, Records - Newswise (press release) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

With billions of dollars of past space research at risk of being lost forever, Dr. Charles Lundquist is running a race against technology and time.

Director of the Interactive Projects Office at The University of Alabama in Huntsville’s Research Institute, the 85-year-old Dr. Lundquist spent 40 years in high-level positions with the U.S. Army, the Army Ballistic Missile Agency, NASA, and finally the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He officially retired in 1999. Working as a volunteer since then, he spends his time sleuthing for past research from the Army, NASA and private papers, as well as collecting oral histories from NASA retirees and others. All are added to an archive on the ground floor of UAH’s M. Louis Salmon Library, where Anne Coleman is a reference librarian and head of Archives and Special Collections. The archives preserve continued access for future historians, scholars and students.

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Archivists racing against time with formats becoming obsolete!

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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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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.

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

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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

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"The role libraries can and should play in E-Science"

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Library Analytics – Community Survey Results | Library Analytics and Metrics project

Library Analytics – Community Survey Results | Library Analytics and Metrics project | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @benshowers: How important will analytics be to libraries, now and in the future? Community Survey Results: http://t.co/nEHFpnUIUM #jiscLAMP\

 

Library Analytics – Community Survey Results (Nov 2012) from joypalmer 

Survey on SlideShare here: http://www.slideshare.net/joypalmer/survey-library-analyticsfindings

 We wanted to get a better handle on how important analytics will be to academic libraries now and in the future, and what demand might be for a service in this area, for example, a shared service that centrally ingests and processes raw usage data and data visualisations back to local institutions (and this, of course, is what LAMP is exploring further in more practical detail).  We had response from 66 UK HE institutions, and asked a good number of questions. For example, we asked whether the following functions might be potentially useful:Automated provision of analytics demonstrating the relationship between student attainment and resource/library usage within institutionsAutomated provision of analytics demonstrating e-resource and collections (e.g. monographs) usage according to demographics (e.g. discipline, year, age, nationality, grade)Resource recommendation functions for discovery services
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Library surveys a very important way to plan for the future!

This one from November 2012

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