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Beyond books: what it takes to be a 21st century librarian

Beyond books: what it takes to be a 21st century librarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Emma Cragg and Katie Birkwood:

 

"From connecting with people to keeping up with the latest technologies, there is a whole lot more to the job than stamping due dates..."

 

"Books are only one aspect of what libraries and librarians are about. Librarianship is a people profession; a librarian's job is to connect people with the information they are seeking, whatever format that may take.

At their heart, all library jobs have a central purpose: to help people access and use information, for education, for work, or for pleasure. In all library roles customer service and communication skills are important. If anyone ever thought they'd become a librarian because they liked books or reading, they would be sorely disappointed if they did not also like people too. Libraries of all kinds are keen to demonstrate their value to as wide an audience as possible, and to open up access to culturally significant resources that they hold."

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Libraries: championing digital information on campus

Libraries: championing digital information on campus | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Alison Mackenzie explains how a new project is looking at the role university libraries play in developing digital literacy (RT @dmlcentral: New project looks at the role university libraries play in developing digital literacy)"

 

"The Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) is working on a project to review the roles academic libraries are playing in developing the digital literacies within their own institutions, and across the information profession. Academic librarians have a long tradition of championing the effective use of information. The SCONUL project is designed to reveal how libraries and librarians are shaping their services to maximise the opportunities and benefits of working in a digital environment."

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Preprint: Mobile Technologies & Academics: Do Students Use Mobile Technology in their Academic Lives and are Librarians Ready to Meet this New Challenge?

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Mobile Technologies & Academics: Do Students Use Mobile Technology in their Academic Lives and are Librarians Ready to Meet this New Challenge? (Preprint)

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Angela Dresselhaus & Flora Shrode

"In this paper we report on two surveys and offer an introductory plan that librarians may use to begin implementing mobile access to selected library databases and services. Results from the first survey helped us to gain insight into where students at Utah State University (USU) in Logan, Utah stands regarding their use of mobile devices for academic activities in general and their desire for access to library services and resources in particular. A second survey that we conducted with librarians gave us an idea of the extent to which responding libraries offer mobile access, their future plans for mobile implementation, and librarians’ opinions about whether and how mobile technologies may be useful to library patrons. In the last segment of the paper, we outline steps librarians can take as they “go mobile.”

 

Full text: http://www.ala.org/lita/ital/sites/ala.org.lita.ital/files/content/prepub/dresselhaus.pdf

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How can School Librarians be Technology Integration Leaders ...

Melissa P. Johnston (2011) School Librarians as Technology Integration Leaders: Enablers and Barriers To Leadership Enactment, Florida State University, A dissertation submitted to the School of Library & Information ...

 

"The highly technological environment of 21st century schools has significantly redefined the role of school librarians by presenting the opportunity to assume leadership through technology integration. School librarians are continually directed to evolve as leaders in order to address the needs of today’s learners and ensure that they are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the 21st century. The purpose of this study is to identify the enablers and barriers that accomplished practicing school librarians, or those who are National Board Certified, experience in relation to crafting a leadership role in technology integration."

 

Full text here: http://etd.lib.fsu.edu/theses/available/etd-05312011-083825/unrestricted/Johnston_M_Dissertation_2011.pdf

 

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“Getting the Most out of Academic Libraries and Librarians

“Getting the Most out of Academic Libraries and Librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

“Getting the Most out of Academic Libraries – and Librarians”. Posted on December 10, 2011 by UT Librarians."

"Article on current levels of student proficiency at being able to assess, critically, electronic resources – nothing new, but reaffirms current views."

 

Carol Saller:

"The group [academic librarians] unanimously perceived a lack of skills among its clientele: Students are routinely flummoxed as to how to search for or evaluate the sources they need in their work. But even as librarians are poised to teach information technology through classes, online tutorials, and one-on-one sessions, actually laying hold of student time and attention depends on faculty support—and that is not always easy to find.

 

The extent to which college students are unprepared to conduct research may be surprising to those who assume that young adults are automatically proficient at any computer-related task. “Many students don’t actually know how to interpret the citations that they find in print or online, and as a result, they don’t understand what to search for,” says Georgiana McReynolds, management and social-sciences librarian at MIT. “They search for book chapters in Google because they don’t recognize a book citation compared to an article citation. Or they don’t know which is the title of the article as opposed to the title of the journal. Or they can’t decipher all the numbers that define the volume, issue, and date.”

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In Praise of Librarians and Archivists (by Mark Cheathem)

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In Praise of Librarians and Archivists: Appreciating the Colleagues Who Make Professors' Jobs Easier By Mark Cheathem, Associate Professor of History, Cumberland University

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School Librarians’ Role in ‘Crap Detection’ Cited — The Digital Shift

School Librarians’ Role in ‘Crap Detection’ Cited — The Digital Shift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Librarians fostering information literacy: assessing content/"crap detection" http://t.co/iv8QzcxQ...

 

The crisis of information literacy, a familiar issue within the library community, is getting some wider attention.

In this month’s Wired, Clive Thompson cites a recent study that reveals the paucity of search skills among so-called digital natives at both high school and college levels. Importantly he gets to the vital role school librarians play in fostering information literacy, including the critical approach to content, dubbed “crap detection” by Howard Rheingold."


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ALA | AASL Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning

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AASL Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning (What a treasure trove!

 

"The "Top 25" Websites 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."

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This website features some really great and useful resources for teachers. Every teacher is always looking for a new great and fun idea.

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Tools, not Trends | Academic Librarian

Tools, not Trends: http://t.co/olDHo4e3...

 

"...Tools and tech­nolo­gies you absolutely need to use, and what you can ignore for the time being.

In aca­d­e­mic libraries, it means know­ing the tools that stu­dents really want and use ver­sus the tools that trend­watch­ing librar­i­ans claim they should be want­ing and using. You can see some of of those tools in the Edu­cause Cen­ter for Applied Research National Study of Under­grad­u­ate Stu­dents and Infor­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy 2011.

It’s worth skim­ming to get an idea of what tech­nol­ogy stu­dents use and how they use it.

Those who believe that stu­dents avidly adopt every infor­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and social media trend–and who tell us this is essen­tial for librar­i­ans to do as well–might get a few surprises."

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Student Induction, Libraries, Prezi, and Interactive Maps « thewikiman

Student Induction, Libraries, Prezi, and Interactive Maps « thewikiman | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

RT @theREALwikiman: Anyhow, I blogged about it here: Student Induction, Libraries, Prezi, and Interactive Maps http://t.co/k5eHK5Jx...

 

"All new students go through quite a lengthy induction process in the first three weeks at the University. The library is slotted into that – how much time we get with the students varies between departments – and so it’s a good opportunity for us to make contact, promote our services, and try and embed ourselves in the academic culture, but also tricky because the students are overloaded with information as it is.

 

I wanted to give each of my departments an interactive map with all the library info relevant to them specifically – the idea being that it’s easier to navigate an actual map of the library than it is to just search for stuff on the library website. Because each department would have a bespoke map it would mean the students had all the info they needed in one place, and because I created the maps in Prezi they could also be used as a presentation tool (as well as a stand-alone web object, later; I give students the URL of the Prezi itself and tell them not to worry about writing down any of the other URLs it contains).

 

I created a generic map of the library with all the information which wasn’t department specific, then copied that for each of my two departments and doctored it accordingly. I also made it available to my colleagues in Academic Liaison here at York, and a few of them created their own subject-specific versions too."

 

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Keep Calm and Chat to a Librarian | poster - MUSSE

Keep Calm and Chat to a Librarian | poster - MUSSE | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Kate Hannah:

"@ww2poster Have you seen this one? I have a photo of the poster in the wild somewhere too. "

 

"The University Library has launched a new service which provides instant online access to help from librarians.

The service was set up to offer students, staff and the University community a convenient alternative to phone, email or visiting a library service point in person."

 

 

 

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You know you are a 21st-century librarian when… - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog

You know you are a 21st-century librarian when… - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

RT @jenniferlagarde: You know you are a 21st-century librarian when… http://t.co/rdoDA4VE #edtech #tlchat #edchat...

 

-You have to remind kindergarteners to turn off their smart phones before the story starts.

-You know what an IP number is but not an ISBN number.

-You have a student who does a better job troubleshooting the circulation system than the district technician.

-Your students think both The Princess and the Frog and Meet the Robinsons were written by Walt Disney.

-You know more librarians in Texas than you do in your home state because of your Personal Learning Network.

-The best way to remind a student about an overdue book through Facebook.

-You don’t talk in the teachers lounge about a project because it is not tied directly to a state test.

-When answering a reference question, you head to an Internet terminal.

-You’ve started dressing like your avatar.

-Kids look at you funny when you call it the “the card catalog.

-”You have more polo shirts with computer logos than you do book logos - and 25% of your wardrobe comes from vendor booths at conferences.

-Your students want to read the most popular YA lit on their phones.

-Your students show you how to get around the district Internet filter so you can teach a lesson.

-Your aid spends more time troubleshooting the network than reshelving books.

-You never see anyone copy out of the print encyclopedia anymore.

-Your index finger has a callous from tapping the interactive white board.

-You didn’t get your last grad class assignment turned in on time because the network was down.

-You’ve Googled the new teachers in your building - and all the kids have Googled you.

-You don’t remember the last time you’ve had to alphabetize something.

-You have all your passwords and PIN numbers are on your PDA - and you can’t remember the password for your PDA!

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Undaimonia: Help! How much help should libraries be? by @SimonXIX

Undaimonia: Help! How much help should libraries be? by @SimonXIX | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

@SimonXIX's latest blog post http://t.co/xKkReJDL...

 

"The question comes down to: how do libraries best help people? Is it by addressing their short-term need for information or is it by addressing their long-term need for information literacy? And who gets to make this decision: the librarians; the students; the university management? And since ‘helping’ is part of a library’s raison d’être, the question of what level of help to provide leads to the question of what a library’s purpose is. Bob Usherwood wrote a great post for Voices for the Library about the purpose of public libraries and their corresponding level of help. Do we need to ask the same existential questions for academic libraries?"

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The three main types of library

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The Indexer:

"Libraries the whole world over are under threat, mainly because the people who fund them are under the mistaken impression that they are no longer needed in the age of the Internet. I used to be a full-time librarian, but I lost my job in 2002 for that very reason. The company that employed me took the view that because it was "all on the Internet" there was no reason why they should employ somebody to do what everybody could do for themselves from their desktop.

 

Not surprisingly, we librarians have a different take on the matter. We believe that libraries and librarians are hugely important and will continue to be so. Indeed, the ironic thing is that the availability of information via the World Wide Web makes us even more important and vital!

 

We want to dispel a few misconceptions and make more converts to the cause, not just because we want to keep our jobs, but because we don't want people to miss out on the benefits that libraries can bring.

 

First of all, what do you understand by the word Library? Do you appreciate just how wide-ranging libraries are? For starters, there are three main types of library, which I shall outline in the rest of this hub."

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Some University students prefer digital assistance to librarian interaction

Some University students prefer digital assistance to librarian interaction | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

For some students, validity of information takes a backseat to ease of access.

"A two-year study of students’ research habits at five Illinois universities found that the majority of college students did most of their research with Google and did not properly use scholarly databases.

Caroline Barratt, director of the Miller Learning Center Library Commons, said with so much information available online, students may overlook the services the libraries provide.

“People may be overconfident about the results they find in a Google search,” Barratt said. “For example, Google can be really useful, but it is often the case that a librarian can find a better source for you that your professor will look on with approval.”

Kyle Boutte, a senior middle school education major from Athens, said she studies at the library but has never asked a librarian for assistance."

 

 

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Linked data and libraries: a blossoming romance? : Digital ...

The W3C library linked data incubator group released their report. This report recommends that librarians experiment more with linked data by releasing data, building on top of linked data sets, engaging with standards ...

 

Over the last couple of weeks 3 very interesting reports have drifted through my news feeds on libraries and linked data:

 

The library of congress has announced plans for pursuing a replacement for MARC and these plans “will be focused on the Web environment, Linked Data principles and mechanisms, and the Resource Description Framework (RDF) as a basic data model”.

 

The W3C library linked data incubator group released their report. This report recommends that librarians experiment more with linked data by releasing data, building on top of linked data sets, engaging with standards bodies and bring their preservation skills to bear on datasets and vocabularies.

 

A CLIR report has been published on a linked data workshop and survey run by Stanford. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss the “the prospects for a large scale, multi-national, multi-institutional prototype of a Linked Data environment for discovery of and navigation among the rapidly, chaotically expanding array of academic information resources.” The report itself is useful for everyone as it contains sections on the value of a linked data approach for library content and talks about potential killer apps linked data could support.

 


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AASL Conference 2011: Unlocking the Art of Search Engines - School Library Journal

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AASL Conference 2011: Unlocking the Art of Search Engines

School Library Journal

Close to 80 librarians packed into the workshop with their laptops in hand to hear Debbie Abilock, co-founder of Palo Alto, CA-based bibliography software company Noodle...

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