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The Library Career Centre: Future Role for Libraries?

The Library Career Centre:

"Given this background, what is the remaining USP of libraries? What feature do they have, that the internet cannot offer? What benefits does this bring? One obvious one that springs to mind is - a physical space. A place to congregate. A place for direct person to person knowledge transfer, collaboration and sharing.

I think libraries need to consider what activities, related to information and knowledge transfer, can only take place in a physical space. Those are the activities, and those are the benefits, of libraries that we should be promoting, advocating for and marketing – to users and to potential new users."

 

>Valid question. But libraries are more than just a space?

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What can we learn from DIY libraries? « Sense & Reference

What can we learn from DIY libraries? « Sense & Reference | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Lane Wilkinson:

"The Little Free Library Project of Madison, Wisconsin is one of the more successful projects, though a lot of attention is also given to urban hacking Department of Urban Betterment project in New York City."

 

1. Librarians don’t define what a library is.

2. Libraries aren’t just about knowledge and information.

3. Printed books are still relevant.

4. Libraries will always find a way.

 

"Just to reiterate, I’m not saying that DIY libraries are a replacement for institutional libraries. I’m not saying that librarians are unnecessary. Institutional libraries serve an essential purpose that should not be diminished and professional librarians are absolutely vital. All I’m trying to point out is that the DIY movement highlights certain social attitudes that libraries and librarians shouldn’t neglect."


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Self-proclaimed radical librarian Jessamyn West to speak at MU on Monday - Columbia Missourian

Self-proclaimed radical librarian Jessamyn West to speak at MU on Monday - Columbia Missourian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Lauren Page:

"Self-proclaimed radical librarian to speak at MU on Monday -Columbia Missourian

"Lots of people know how to use computers, and lots of people don't — more than you think," said Jessamyn West, community technology librarian at Randolph Technical Career...

"Radical librarians are people who feel one of the things they should be doing as a public servant is advocating for the public," she said.

West thinks librarians should advocate for the public by making library services more accessible to people who have difficulty reaching them, such as the homeless and people in jail. It's also important to her that a library's collection represents all of the people of the world.

"We represent the public, so we need to serve the public," West said."

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This is What a Librarian Looks Like

This is What a Librarian Looks Like | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Librarians uploading their photos:

"Challenging the Librarian Stereotype one Post at a Time

Your editors are Bobbi Newman and Erin Downey Howerton..."

 

Hashtag on Twitter: #lookslikelibsci

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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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The three main types of library

The three main types of library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

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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People Who Can and Should Influence Change in Libraries #librarians

People Who Can and Should Influence Change in Libraries #librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"As library systems struggle with finding their relevance within the continuously and rapidly changing digital world, there are a number of things which we (library staff) all need to keep in mind.

 

Not only do libraries need to re-invent themselves, we also need to do it while conveying the message externally (in a way that addresses some of the traditional perceptions of libraries the community has come to know – an institution where people still experience barriers to accessing information or having social exchanges)."


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Web 2.0 Tools & Applications in Libraries - Slideshare by Nicole Engard

As presented at Computers in Libraries 2012 (Presentation by @nengard - Web 2.0 Tools & Applications in Libraries http://t.co/keWwg3Rc via @slideshare #cildc...)...

 

by Nicole C. Engard on Mar 24, 2012

Live demos/hands-on with four Web 2.0 tools:

- Delicious

- Flickr

- Wordpress

- Zotero

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