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Bridges over the digital divide #libraries

Bridges over the digital divide #libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Libraries have been playing a key role in reducing isolation and improving job prospects among those with no internet access, writes David Batty."

 

"At a time when many local authorities have cut back on their library services, Brighton & Hove city council has made them central to improving its performance and the experience of service users.

The Council Connect project provides local residents who lack internet access or online skills with information technology training and support. This is aimed at enabling them to use other local authority services online more easily and develop skills useful for employment and in their personal lives.

The project began last year to bridge the divide between web-savvy local residents who save time and money by going online to pay council bills, resolve enquiries or arrange services, rather than visiting council offices, and those with no internet access or skills.

The council noted that the latter often live in more deprived communities or belong to more marginalised social groups, such as older people, those with mental health problems, unemployed people and some ethnic minorities."

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Penguin ebooks return to libraries

Penguin ebooks return to libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Read 'Penguin ebooks return to libraries' on Digital Trends. After pulling its books due to "security concerns," Penguin is resuming letting Kindle owners borrow ebooks from libraries - just not new titles.
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Libraries get everywhere! > Schipol Airport

Libraries get everywhere! > Schipol Airport | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"I came across this library at Schipol airport, Amsterdam, on Sunday.  I'm not sure how users return their overdues, and I think the relaxation area is taking things a bit too far!"



 


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Pioneering Internet Archivists Brewster Kahle and Rick Prelinger on Preservation in the Digital Age

Pioneering Internet Archivists Brewster Kahle and Rick Prelinger on Preservation in the Digital Age | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Internet archivists Brewster Kahle and Rick Prelinger discuss their efforts to build both a physical and digital library of every book ever published. "The idea is we can build a Library of Alexandria version two," says Kahle.

 

"Digitizing print collections with the Internet Archive"

 

 

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Will piracy kill e-book lending?

Will piracy kill e-book lending? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Read 'Will piracy kill e-book lending?' on Digital Trends.

Penguin has pulled its new books from e-lending by libraries citing "security issues" with digital editions. Is it just a bump in the road, or will piracy doom e-book lending?

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Occupy libraries around the world - in pictures

Occupy libraries around the world - in pictures | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"As Occupy campaigners set up tent cities around the world, informal libraries have sprung up as part of the protests. 

Here we gather some of the best photographs posted to the Occupy libraries group on Flickr, to show how protesters are getting shelf help."

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Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives | IFLA

Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives | IFLA | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"To fulfil their mission, libraries need international copyright norms, together with limitations and exceptions. Legal flexibilities in copyright, known as limitations and exceptions, provide balance in a copyright system between users and creators of protected works."

 

"New technologies have created new opportunities for users to participate in an inclusive information society: Users moved from photocopying chapters from printed books to downloading chapters from e-books. Restrictive copyright laws continue to hamper access and reproduction of material for purposes of knowledge sharing.An updated system is needed to enable libraries to provide users with both historical and new services; in pace with ongoing technological changes, and to cooperate and share resources across national borders.

 

What is IFLA doing?

 

IFLA is working with WIPO Member States to gain support for a binding international instrument on copyright limitations and exceptions to enable libraries to preserve their collections, support education and research, and lend materials. To demonstrate what is needed, IFLA, together with the International Council on Archives (ICA), Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) and Corporación Innovarte, has produced a Treaty proposal (‘TLIB') to guide WIPO's Member States in updating limitations and exceptions for libraries worldwide.

 

Find out more about limitations and exceptions for libraries at the following pages and learn what you can do to get involved supporting an international binding instrument that meets the needs of libraries in the 21st century."


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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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The Occupy Wall Street Library Regrows in Manhattan | American ...

The Occupy Wall Street Library Regrows in Manhattan | American ... | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The People's Library at Occupy Wall Street was destroyed in the early morning hours of November 15. Without warning or provocation hundreds of militarized New York police officers cleared the park starting at 1 a.m."

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Zimbabwe Libraries lead the way providing tools for visually impaired students | EIFL

Zimbabwe Libraries lead the way providing tools for visually impaired students | EIFL | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

#Libraries lead the way providing tools for visually impaired students: University of Zimbabwe #AFRICA via @EIFLnet http://t.co/JzrsEN23...

 

"The librarians at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) wanted to better serve the students with visual impairments at their university. In collaboration with the EIFL-FOSS programme, they formed a partnership with UZ’s Disability Resource Centre (DRC) to implement real solutions resulting in increased access to online resources for the UZ’s students with disabilities. Their success was recognized by the Zimbabwe Ministry of Public Affairs, and the project has been nominated for a UN award."

 

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Zimbabwe is improving it's educational resources for the visually impared. They are installing magnifying programs as well as programs that read text aloud into library computers and individual's laptops in order to allow those with poor eyesight access to online resources. They have also been extending these programs beyond libraries in order to reach more people. This will help their economy in the long  run by giving more people access to information and an education. 

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Libraries lead the way providing tools for visually impaired students | EIFL

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Is It About Us, or Is It About Them? Libraries and Collections in a Patron-Driven World | ALA Editions

Is It About Us, or Is It About Them? Libraries and Collections in a Patron-Driven World | ALA Editions | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

New post to the blog from @Looptopper on the tension between librarian selection and a patron-driven acquisition http://t.co/LH7LTCa4...

 

"As budgets get tighter and prices keep rising, libraries are increasingly forced to think about ways to minimize waste in their collections. A sudden sharp interest in patron-driven acquisition solutions is one indicator of this concern, the idea being that when we let patrons select the books we buy, the less likely we are to buy books they don't want.

 

But this trend gives rise to deeply uncomfortable questions.

What does "waste" actually mean in a library collection—especially in a research library?

Can we ever know for certain that an uncirculated book won't be important at some point in the future?

Won't patron-driven processes lead to a breakdown in the collection's coherence?

And if we're just here to "give the people what they want," what meaningful function do librarians serve?

Do we just become shipping-and-receiving clerks?"

 

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Emerald | OCLC Systems & Services | Forensics of digital librarianship

Emerald | OCLC Systems & Services | Forensics of digital librarianship | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

MT @emeraldlibrary: OCLC journal article looks at the 'Forensics of digital librarianship' http://t.co/fALPtqdi #archives #libraries...

"Purpose – This paper seeks to examine important issues relating to digital preservation with a focus on file integrity and digital forensics.

Design/methodology/approach – This is a viewpoint paper.

Findings – This paper highlights important issues relating to digital preservation and offers suggestions on comprehensive approaches to achieving a high level of integrity with library digital repositories.

Practical implications – Libraries have always had as a part of their core mission the preservation of information and cultural heritage. The seriousness with which the challenges associated with digital preservation are met will determine the reputation of libraries as continuing to be a reliable preserver of cultural heritage and research data.

Social implications – Libraries play an important role in cultural heritage and preservation of research data. This role is manifested both generally and specifically within the academic context. It is important that libraries stay at the forefront of developing reliable means for digital preservation.

Originality/value – Several means of achieving a high degree of reliability in the area of digital preservation are suggested. If these and similar ideas suggested from others in the field are followed, it will assist libraries in maintaining a reputation as reliable preservers of cultural heritage and as important players in twenty-first century research endeavors."

 

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A Guide to Ebook Purchasing | American Libraries Magazine

A Guide to Ebook Purchasing | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

American Libraries Magazine, the magazine of the American Library Association, delivers news and information about the library community.

 

"For anyone contemplating purchasing ebooks, asking why is the most important question. What are the primary goals of purchasing ebooks in your library or your consortium? Is it to expand the collection or to increase the buying power of a group of libraries? Is it to replace existing print collections, offer new services, or experiment with new business models in the hope of saving money? Whatever the reason, it is imperative to keep one’s goals in mind throughout the process.

Buying ebooks is a complicated process. To do it effectively is an even greater challenge due to the many ways to procure ebooks."

 

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Librarian by Day: 9 reasons Publishers should Stop Acting Like Libraries Are The Enemy and Start Thanking Them | Cali the Librarian

"Librarian by Day: 9 reasons Publishers should Stop Acting Like Libraries Are The Enemy and Start Thanking them"

 

"Libraries let people read your books.

Libraries introduce people to your books.

We celebrate books and authors everyday, all year long.

Archives

Publicity

We WANT to buy your books.

We love books too.

Who else is going to pay those ridiculously high database and journal prices?

Library users are your best customers."

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Musings about librarianship: Is librarianship in crisis and should we be talking about it?

Musings about librarianship: Is librarianship in crisis and should we be talking about it? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Vary valid points raised. I think the focus should be on adaptation and invention, rather than on preservation of a profession.

 

@Aarontay: "I noticed a couple of interesting comments to the blog post, in particular Veronica Arellano's which lead me to her A Crisis of Our Own Making (sidenote, she has a great blog, you should subscribe!).

Librarians are worriers, and one thing we like to worry a lot about is the future of libraries.

Veronica Arellano however thinks that we should stop writing about it. Why? She gives several reasons in "A Crisis of Our Own Making" but concludes with

"Writing about the 'crisis' in libraries tries to elicit change out of fear, rather than a desire to better serve our communities. By continuing to write our own obituaries, we are dissuading enthusiastic, forward-minded young scholars, technologists, and community leaders from entering the profession by painting ourselves as stuck in the past and obsolete."

She has a point too much negativity in particular obituaries type predictions can be self-fulfilling."

 

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Louder libraries for a digital age to open across U.S. | McClatchy

Louder libraries for a digital age to open across U.S. | McClatchy | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Imagine walking into a public library filled with PlayStations, Wii game consoles and electric keyboards pumped up to maximum volume. Teenagers are munching on snacks, checking out laptops and slouching on sofas or beanbags.
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Physical libraries in a digital world

From 'Physical libraries in a digital world' http://t.co/uXwFKPZ5

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"The final meeting of a Harvard course on the future of libraries, led by John Palfrey and Jeffrey Schnapp. They have three guests in to talk about physical library space."

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Library 2.0 conference recordings - all here #Lib2011

Library 2.0 conference recordings - all here #Lib2011 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"THE CONFERENCE GENERAL SESSION LINKS:
This page contains a list of the participant links for each of the Library 2.011 Conference sessions.

All the recent Library 2.011 conference recordings are here."

 

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Are Maker Spaces the Future of Public Libraries? - Slashdot

Are Maker Spaces the Future of Public Libraries? - Slashdot | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Shareable has an interview with librarian Lauren Britton Smedley from the Fayetteville Free Library, which is adding a Fab Lab to its community offerings.

She said, 'I think that libraries are really centers for knowledge exchange, and a Fab Lab fits perfectly into something like that. This idea that libraries are a place where the books live, and you go to find a book, and that’s all it is, I think is really starting to shift. Libraries are a place for social transformation. They’re a place that you can go to get computer access, or access to technology that you can’t get anywhere else, and access to people. ...

At the Fab Lab, the impetus behind the whole thing was to create a center for knowledge exchange where we’re not just offering Intro to Word or Intro to Excel — that we can offer Intro to Computer Programming, or Digital Fabrication — these skills that are really important in the STEM fields, and we can push that information out for free."

 

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Libraries on Google+ — The Digital Shift

Libraries on Google+ — The Digital Shift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

RT @perkoch: RT @resourceshelf: Libraries on Google+: From The Digital Shift : http://t.co/OcUcB0ZJ...

 

"Google’s popular social networking site, Google+, was launched in June of this year, and has since built up a membership of more than 40 million users. But only earlier this month did Google begin allowing organizations, and not just individuals, to create their own pages on the site. In the past few weeks, dozens of libraries have created Google+ pages, from large public libraries such as the New York Public Library, to smaller, tech-savvy ones like Darien Library, CT, and Skokie Public Library, IL. Several academic libraries have staked out Google+ pages, as well."