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Handheld Librarian Online Conference VI. Feb 1-2, 2012. Mobile Solutions for Libraries That Work | Joe Murphy – Librarian, Innovator

Handheld Librarian Online Conference VI. Feb 1-2, 2012. Mobile Solutions for Libraries That Work | Joe Murphy – Librarian, Innovator | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Joe Murphy:

Attend the next online Handheld Librarian conference Feb 1-2

http://www.handheldlibrarian.org/

 

"Stay current and move your library fwd with the 6th online Handheld Librarian conference. Featuring for the first time, post conference skill-building workshops on eReaders and Mobile app development as well as top Keynotes by Stephen Abram and Michael Stephens.

This event offers the best and most timely practical information from and for librarians about applying mobile technologies in library settings.

 

Register online now http://www.handheldlibrarian.org/register/ for one of the most affordable professional development opportunities available.

 

If you attend any professional development event at the beginning of this year, it needs to be this conference. Diverse library professionals share the best practical examples of implementing top mobile techs. The best in current awareness for this rapidly evolving field will help keep you and your library relevant.

 

Featured Keynotes by top library thinkers: Stephen Abram and Michael Stephens."

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If You Like Libraries, You’ll Love This Video! | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

If You Like Libraries, You’ll Love This Video! | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Larry Ferlazzo:

Just in case you haven't seen this yet: RT @PrincipalBerry: If You Like Libraries, You’ll Love This Video!

 

Funny library montage from movies & TV shows

 

 

 

 

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Library Research Service| Public Libraries | Public Libraries and Web Technologies

Observational study of web technologies used by public libraries in the United States.

"In spring 2008, LRS undertook an observational study to assess the prevalence of certain web technologies in Public Libraries in the United States.

We repeated the study in spring 2010, including more libraries and newer technologies. Take a look at the reports below to find out what changed in the two years between studies, and to learn some of the differences between libraries that use web technologies and those that don't."

 

Publications here: http://www.lrs.org/public/webtech/

 

 

 

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SABC Media Libraries: What do you do when you see a QR code?

SABC Media Libraries: What do you do when you see a QR code? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

How to scan a QR code.

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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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BlogJunction » Blog Archive » The Why and What of Storytelling for Libraries

BlogJunction » Blog Archive » The Why and What of Storytelling for Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Betha's post about yesterday's Organizational Storytelling for Librarians webinar #libstory http://t.co/xoMB6MVu...

Tuesday’s webinar on Organizational Storytelling for Librarians answered two burning questions about the topic: why the library should use storytelling and what makes a good story.
[Photo: Pawnee Story Bundle, courtesy of Kansas Historical Society]

 

Entire webinar here: http://www.webjunction.org/events/webinars/webinar-archives/-/articles/content/132383604

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Milwaukee Public Library's Brilliant Ad Campaign To Get People Reading More Books

Milwaukee Public Library's Brilliant Ad Campaign To Get People Reading More Books | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Milwaukee Public Library's Brilliant Ad Campaign To Get People Reading More Books: Love this.

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Getting serious about SOPA – what librarians need to do

Getting serious about SOPA – what librarians need to do | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @wesselim: Getting serious about SOPA – what librarians need to do http://t.co/uHeF0hms via @zite...

 

Jessamyn West (librarian.net): "I oppose SOPA unequivocally; it’s vague, it’s anti-free-speech, and it won’t solve the problem it’s designed to combat.

One of the things that is tricky about SOPA–the legislation moving through Congress that threatens to enact stiff penalties for online piracy–is the number of things you need to understand to even understand what it does.

I’m very good with computers and I had to spend sometime getting my head around it. I suspect my legislators may not even understand what it means to start messing around with DNS files to essentially take a website “off the internet” if it’s found [through a not-very-confidence-inspiring process] to be hosting infringing content.

The website I work for hosts almost no content but links to a lot of things and we could be mistakenly shut down for linking to people who host “illegal” content.

So, I think we need to do a few things: understand how this bill is supposed to work, be clear in our opposition to it as a profession, work with other people to inform and educate others so that people can make their own informed choices.

 

Check out the short list of links to get you started: http://www.librarian.net/stax/3778/getting-serious-about-sopa-what-librarians-need-to-do/

 

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How should Libraries prepare for eBooks and mobile devices?

Mandy Callow and Kaye England (2011)  Preparing your library for mobile devices m-libraries Conference, 11 – 13 May, 2011

This paper had its beginnings in a discussion at the USQ Library...

 

Get full paper here: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/19095/1/Callow_England_m-libraries_2011_AV.pdf

 

Quote from the last paragraph:

"Even though the idea of a mobile device has been around for a considerable period of time and was forecast as early as 1978 by Becker (p.412) who said "in time individuals may have a small information terminal. Much like a pocket electronic calculator, which will bring individual information messages on command"…, when it comes to mobile delivery, the Library world in many ways isn‟t ready for it. This includes our vendors, our institutions, our staff, and our students. It is up to us to try to rectify this. We need to investigate technologies, we need to expose staff to technologies, we need to educate students on using technologies, we need to be advocates for mobile platforms and delivery to our vendors and institutions. We are our own worst enemy. We spend so much time doing the daily grind, that we don‟t give time and resources to developing, researching and educating. How many libraries have staff who are dedicated, at least partly, to investigating new and developing technologies and how they can be applied to the Library?

Whilst staff may be overwhelmed by the rapid pace of technological change – as one staff put it "Stop the electronic advance, it‟s snowballing me!" we cannot afford to ignore new

technologies. From this project we have learnt that in order to provide a usable Library, it is vital to educate both staff and students, particularly in new and emerging technologies and resources. With eBooks and mobile devices we have only touched on one small aspect of technology. We need to investigate other technologies (such as QR codes) and resources which staff and students are unfamiliar with and unsure about, and develop appropriate training and promotional plans. We cannot assume (like our system staff have) that users and staff will become familiar with new technologies as their use in society becomes commonplace."

 

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If Libraries Didn't Exist, Would Publishers Be Trying To Kill Book Lending? | Techdirt

If Libraries Didn't Exist, Would Publishers Be Trying To Kill Book Lending? | Techdirt | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Against the background of today's war on sharing, exemplified by SOPA and PIPA, traditional libraries underline an inconvenient truth: allowing people to share things – principally books in the case of libraries – does not lead to the collapse of the industry trying to sell those same things. But publishers really don't seem to have learned that lesson, judging by this article in the New York Times about the nonsensical attitude they have to libraries lending out ebooks:

In their eyes, borrowing an e-book from a library has been too easy. Worried that people will click to borrow an e-book from a library rather than click to buy it, almost all major publishers in the United States now block libraries' access to the e-book form of either all of their titles or their most recently published ones."

 

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Which E-Books Are Most Borrowed From Libraries, And Why?

Which E-Books Are Most Borrowed From Libraries, And Why? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"OverDrive released its lists of the most-downloaded e-books from libraries in December 2011. These lists look pretty different from the current New York Times e-book bestseller lists. Here’s why, plus a few interesting tidbits.

 

All of the lists are here.

Here’s the top-ten adult fiction downloaded list for December 2011.

OverDrive’s lists include not just books that were actually borrowed in December but also books that are on waiting lists, and as anyone who’s tried to check out an e-book from a library knows, the waiting lists can be quite long. (I added the original publication dates, which may not correspond with the date the e-book was released.)

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Check out the New Image Café!

Check out the New Image Café! | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Great way to stir up interest in your local history or digital image collections. University of Houston's Image Cafe lets you browse and download images from their collection.

-via INFOdocket

 

Great way to create interest for libraries & archives as well!


Via Doug Mirams
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8 Online Libraries For Students, Teachers, And Researchers

8 Online Libraries For Students, Teachers, And Researchers | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Rean:

"Have you grown tired asking Google to find eBooks for you? Then why not directly go to online libraries with thousands and millions of collections entirely focused for books?

 

That’s the reason why I gathered the 8 best online libraries that students, teachers, and researches can use freely. Millions of books, hundreds of categories, and definitely for free!"

 

1. Project Gutenberg

2. The Free Library

3. Planet eBook

4. LibriVox

5. Wikibooks

6. Scribd

7. Ibiblio

8. GetCited

 

 

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ICDL - International Children's Digital Library

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International Children's Digital Library (RT @deborahruf: Free online library for children.

 

"The mission of the International Children's Digital Library Foundation (ICDL Foundation) is to support the world's children in becoming effective members of the global community - who exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas -- by making the best in children's literature available online free of charge. The Foundation pursues its vision by building a digital library of outstanding children's books from around the world and supporting communities of children and adults in exploring and using this literature through innovative technology designed in close partnership with children for children."

 

"The ICDL Foundation is a non-profit corporation."

 

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New Report: "Social Metadata for LAMs. Part 2: Site Reviews" [OCLC]

Social Metadata for Libraries, Archives, and Museums. Part 2: Survey Analysis.

 

"DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 16 January 2012—This report analyzes the results from a social metadata survey that focused on the motivations for creating a website, moderation policies, staffing and site management, technologies used, and criteria for assessing success.

Metadata helps users locate resources that meet their specific needs. But metadata also helps us to understand the data we find and helps us to evaluate what we should spend our time on. Traditionally, staff at libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs) create metadata for the content they manage. However, social metadata—content contributed by users—is evolving as a way to both augment and recontexutalize the content and metadata created by LAMs. Many cultural heritage institutions are interested in gaining a better understanding of social metadata and also learning how to best utilize their users' expertise to enrich their descriptive metadata and improve their users' experiences."

 

Report here: http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2011/2011-03r.htm

 

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Using tablet computers, e-libraries, and family literacy initiatives to encourage young children to read | LLRX.com

Using tablet computers, e-libraries, and family literacy initiatives to encourage young children to read | LLRX.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"David H. Rothman continues to articulate and comprehensively document the case that a public national digital library system should serve people of all income levels and all ages, centenarians included.

 

Recommendation #1: Aim for a mix of electronic and paper books

Recommendation #2: Investigate the efficacy not just of different kinds of e-book content but also of ways to use it

Recommendation #3: Strive for appropriate hardware, software, and connectivity

 

Needed more than ever--and not just for the disadvantaged"

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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)

Authors
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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SABC Media Libraries: QR code for the SABC Media Library's blog

SABC Media Libraries: QR code for the SABC Media Library's blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

How to create a QR code via The Daring Librarian & the SABC Media Library's first QR code for their blog on mobile.

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The Revolution Isn’t Just Digital | American Libraries Magazine

The Revolution Isn’t Just Digital | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

ALAN S. INOUYE: The impact of the digital revolution on libraries & librarians:

 

"In fall 2011, ALA established a Digital Content and Libraries Working Group and an associated initiative. In an Association-wide effort, members and staff from ALA’s divisions, offices, and other bodies are being coordinated to pursue short-term and long-term activities to advance the interests of the library community. These activities will provide support for the library community, as well as communication and advocacy with the general public and other key stakeholders such as publishers, other information intermediaries, and government agencies.

But ALA can only go so far. You must take action to meet your own institutional challenges. Take a hard look at how you are doing business, assess what resources you have, and consider whether you are well positioned for the challenges ahead. (Confronting the Future provides some direction on how to frame this strategy development.) The main driver of change in the past 10 years may have been the digital revolution, but these changes also have serious organizational implications for libraries.

Get involved in grassroots action. You can negotiate directly with publishers and intermediaries, perhaps in collaboration with other librarians or such organizations as library cooperatives and state libraries. Spread the word among your patrons, local government officials, local newspapers, and other media.

What are you doing for your library and your profession?"

 

ALAN S. INOUYE is the program manager of ALA’s new initiative on digital content and libraries. He is also director of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy, based in Washington, D.C.

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On Facebook, Librarian Brings 2 Students From the Early 1900s to Life - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

On Facebook, Librarian Brings 2 Students From the Early 1900s to Life - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Nifty use of Facebook by @unrkc to share alumni stories: http://t.co/AZrQsA2e. Much like @MaggieBoyd1873 project.

 

Facebook user “joe1915” writes wall posts that would be familiar to any college student these days: He stresses about tests, roots for his university’s football team, and shows off photos from campus dances.But Joe McDonald isn’t an average smartphone-toting student.

He died in 1971 — 33 years before Facebook arrived on the Web.

Donnelyn Curtis, the director of research collections and services at the University of Nevada at Reno, created Facebook profiles for Mr. McDonald and his wife, Leola Lewis, to give students a glimpse of university life during the couple’s college days. Ms. Lewis graduated in 1913, and Mr. McDonald earned his degree in mechanical engineering two years later.

With approval from Mr. McDonald’s granddaughter, Peggy McDonald, Ms. Curtis said she’s using archival material for a history project designed to appeal to a wider audience than the typical patrons of special collections.

“We’re just trying to help history come alive a little bit for students,” she said. At first, only extended family members bothered to “friend” with the pair’s profiles, but as the audience grew, Ms. Curtis said she had to find a humorous voice that would appeal to contemporary students who use Facebook every day.

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Ebooks on Fire: Controversies Surrounding Ebooks in Libraries | Against-the-Grain.com

Ebooks on Fire: Controversies Surrounding Ebooks in Libraries | Against-the-Grain.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Ebooks on Fire: Controversies Surrounding Ebooks in Libraries http://t.co/DIsal5KT (via @ATG_NewsChannel)...

 

Charles (Chuck) Hamaker takes an in-depth look at the challenges faced by ebooks “as transmitter, carrier, and shaper of our written word cultural heritage” – and what it means for libraries.

(The article is featured in the December 2011 issue of Searcher Magazine.)

 

Among the issues Chuck voices serious concerns about are:


• license agreements with revocable rights
• text that can be altered without notification, tracking, versioning, and archiving
• the lack of real ownership of ebooks by libraries
• roadblocks imposed by DRM software
• threats to patron confidentiality
• the long-term retention and preservation of ebooks
• restrictions on interlibrary loan lending
• limitations on placing ebooks on reserve in academic libraries
• use based pricing

 

Chuck then ends the article on an up note by offering some innovative suggestions that might enable ebooks to reach their full potential.

Needless to say, his article raises numerous questions for librarians, publishers and vendors alike. In short, it is more than worth the read.

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What libraries can learn from Apple about reinvention - Slideshare

What libraries can learn from Apple about reinvention - Slideshare | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"What libraries can learn about reinventing themselves and about advocacy from Apple.

Challenging librarians to do visioning for their school district and enchant stakeholders with their vision."

 

Slideshare here: http://tupresentacion.net/what+libraries+learn+apple+about+reinvention/p/88811

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