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10 Changes to Expect from the Library of the Future | Online Universities

10 Changes to Expect from the Library of the Future | Online Universities | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Staff Writers:

"In honor of School Library Month, check out the ways libraries are going to blossom in the coming years."

 

"[...] the almost uncanny ability to consistently adapt to the changing demands of the local populace and emerging technology alike. The library system probably won’t disappear anytime soon, but rather, see itself blossoming into something new and exciting in congruence with today’s myriad informational demands."

 

1. More technology

2. Sensory story times

3. Better outreach to ESOL and ESL adults & children

4. Automation

5. Emphasizing community space

6. More social media savvy

7. Digital media labs

8. Electronic outposts

9. Crowdsourcing

10. More active librarians

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Fight for the Future: Libraries, Tech Policy, and the Fate of Human Knowledge - video

Fight for the Future: Libraries, Tech Policy, and the Fate of Human Knowledge - video | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Andrew Mclaughlin:

"Librarians + technology = a personal nirvana. There is no more awesome set of people doing more important work than the librarians and their nerd allies at the bleeding edge of library tech -- they are engaged in an underappreciated struggle to work out how mankind is going to preserve, extend, share, and democratize the sum of human knowledge in our increasingly digital age. So I was really psyched to go a do a talk at the 2012 Library Technology Conference about the technological forces driving the great policy issues of our age, along with an argument about why and where the library community should be engaged. Bonus for me: The event was at Macalester College, where I spent my high school summers taking Russian while trying to look like something other than the huge dork I was.

Here's my keynote, "Fight for the Future: Libraries, Tech Policy, and the Fate of Human Knowledge."

 

Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/39110183

 

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A Pinterest Contest for the ‘New Librarian’

A Pinterest Contest for the ‘New Librarian’ | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Kelly Lux:

"The iSchool wants to know how you define the future of librarianship. What are you doing to define librarianship of the future? What do you envision the future of libraries to be? What are the ideas that have inspired you? If you are a librarian, a student of librarianship, or if you have a passion for the future of libraries, we want to hear from you!

Create a Future of Librarianship Pinterest Board and collect your ideas. Then, send your Board url to the iSchool for a chance to win The Atlas of New Librarianship (just awarded Best Book in Library Literature by ALA!) by David Lankes. Entries will be accepted through Monday, March 19. The top 10 boards will be posted on the iSchool’s website and the three winners will be chosen by public vote. For all you good librarians who already own a copy of Dave’s awesome book – no worries – there’s a prize to be had for you too!"

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AOTUS: Collector in Chief | Thinking About the Future of Information Professionals

RT @USNatArchives: What skills/characteristics are needed to be an #archivist? #AOTUS @dferriero offers his thoughts.

 

David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States: 

 

" The next generation of Information Professionals

 

- People with a broader background than was the case when I was a graduate student. In addition to history, archives and library science, other subject matter areas are important. Above all, we want people who can connect archival work with real life experiences.
- Technical savvy is a given to work in a modern archives. And by savvy, I mean not just experience with the latest technologies, but also a sense of excitement and curiosity about putting those technologies to work
- A tolerance for ambiguity—if you need a blueprint of what your job is going to be like in five years, archives might not be the best fit.
- Highly developed collaborative skills. Can you play well with others?
- People with a strong passion for working with people. A customer-driven organization such as the one we are creating needs a customer-driven staff."

 

Full-text keynote address here: http://blogs.archives.gov/aotus/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/ALISE-keynote-address-as-delivered1.pdf 

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Future Librarians for Intellectual Freedom: The Censor's Library by ...

Future Librarians for Intellectual Freedom: The Censor's Library by ... | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
As Moore shows, such secret collections have accumulated in many parts of the world, often carefully tended by censor-librarians. Private Case, Public Scandal, the book that revealed the contents of the British Library's secret ...
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New trend? Librarians, archivists & museum professionals ruling the world | ArchivesNext

Kate T:

"New trend?Librarians, archivists & museum professionals ruling the world | ArchivesNext http://t.co/eAGshlcC..."

 

"I’m referring to this almost ebullient post by the Library of Congress’ Butch Lazorchak on the Signal blog, “#sxswLAM: Libraries, Archives and Museums in an Interactive World.” It’s a beautiful vision, and it’s great to hear that participating in the South By Southwest Interactive Conference has given him this kind of warm rosy optimistic glow.

Butch’s post bolsters my claim that “blurring of organizational roles” is a significant trend for archives. In an earlier draft of my trends post I had a list of trends I wanted to see, and although I didn’t phrase it in quite the same way, “librarians, archivists & museum professionals ruling the world” is pretty close. It’s my hope (and Butch’s vision) that LAM professionals can emerge as leaders in the evolving digital world. But this will only happen if more of them engage in wider discussions, as some LAM representatives are doing."

 

Kate T's version of Trendswatch 2012 - The Archive's edition: http://www.archivesnext.com/?p=2608

 

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Librarians: a Dying Breed? | Digital Book World

Librarians: a Dying Breed? | Digital Book World | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Not a new topic, but being raised again and again....

Here it is raised because of dwindling textbook revenue.

 

Jeremy Greenfield:

"Will librarians go the way of the soda jerk, telephone operator and travel agent? A new study suggests it's already happening. (Will digital media push librarians to the brink of extinction?)"

"According to a new study of the textbook market by Bowker, library information science textbooks generated about 30% less revenue in academic year 2011 (ending in Spring 2011) than in the previous academic year. It topped the chart of “declining” disciplines at this morning’s Book Industry Study Group higher education publishing event in New York."

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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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