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Challenges for academic libraries in difficult economic times | Research Information Network

Challenges for academic libraries in difficult economic times | Research Information Network | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Challenges for academic libraries in difficult economic times | Research Information Network http://t.co/BZKYMMTA...

 

"A new guide from the Research Information Network focuses on how academic librarians are experiencing and responding to financial cuts in the current economic climate.

Based upon data gathered in the UK and internationally, and focus groups with senior librarians during late 2009, the guide looks at the financial position of libraries, their strategies for dealing with challenging economic circumstances, and the value of libraries.

After a decade of growth in budgets and services, academic librarians now expect a sustained period of cuts over the next three to five years. The scale of these cuts means librarians are having to reconsider the kinds and levels of service they can provide in support of their universities missions.

This guide shows how librarians are responding to the issues of balancing expenditure between information resources and staffing and how they plan to sustain levels of service, as well as developing new services to meet new needs. It demonstrates that library directors need the support of senior managers across the higher education sector, as well as from publishers and other information providers, to help address the challenges, as well as the opportunities, faced.

The guide is available to download from the link below, along with a short two-page briefing. Hard copies are also available to order to distribute to colleagues, email contact@rin.ac.ukz"

 

Guide: http://www.rin.ac.uk/system/files/attachments/Challenges-for-libraries-FINAL-March10.pdf

 

Briefing: http://www.rin.ac.uk/system/files/attachments/challenges-for-libraries-flyer-screen-March10.pdf

 

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Musings about librarianship: Posting historical photos of your library - Facebook milestones, Dipity, Historypin and more

Musings about librarianship: Posting historical photos of your library - Facebook milestones, Dipity, Historypin and more | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @ALIANational: Wondering how to share your photo collection? A University Librarian discusses some of the options.

 

Aaron Tay:

 

[...] "we do have some old photo collections showing the past rich history of the library and when Facebook pages moved to timeline view and began encouraging organizations to post milestones, I started to think about whether we could put these old photos and how best to display them.

Many libraries including ours also have collections of photos , photo archives etc, is there a better way to expose some of them?

I currently have four ideas, Dipity, Facebook pages as milestones, Historypin and Singapore Memory Project (Singapore only) mobile apps."

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Attila the Archivist: Archives and the future

Arlene Schmuland:

"Attila the Archivist: Archives and the future http://t.co/fZecgSMK Awesome post from my high school pal Arlene #aiim #ecm"

 

"Here's what I think are some of the considerations that we need to have in both designing a vision and designing the strategic plan that allows you to reach the goals of the vision:

Flexibility.
Change.
Commitment to the vision and goals from existing stakeholders.
Assessment.
Daydreaming.
Transparency.
Document, document, document. Write down the processes. Write down the procedures. The boss wins.
Remember the why.
Balance tact with necessity.
Advocacy.
Staying open.
Focus.
Stay user-centric.
And that, I think, is how you begin to craft the future of archives and special collections and of academic libraries, together."

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Running a university library in Africa - by John Welford - Helium

"In order to overcome all these challenges, Africa's university libraries should now take advantage of the 'twinning' arrangements proposed by Universities Overseas. Through exchange programs and research, the libraries can take advantage of professional expertise to revitalize administration of their services. University libraries in Africa should also now move into providing consultancy services, the establishment of desktop publishing CD-ROM units, and provision of database literature searching. These new activities will help to change the image of the library from the traditional role of collector to one of producer, thus helping to sustain and develop Africa's university libraries in line with current world trends in the art of modern-day information provision."

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Einstein's Complete Archives to Go Online for the First Time - PC Magazine

Einstein's Complete Archives to Go Online for the First Time - PC Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Damon Poeter:

"CBS NewsEinstein's Complete Archives to Go Online for the First Time" - 

PC Magazine

 

"Over the next several years, Albert Einstein's complete archives will be made available online by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, curator of the Noble Prize-winning physicist's volumes of private and professional correspondence, research notes, travel diaries, scientific writings, and more.
Einstein's archives include some 80,000 items that have only recently been "cataloged and enhanced with cross referencing technology," according to the Associated Press."

"Knowledge is not about hiding. It's about openness," Hebrew University president Menachem Ben Sasson told the news agency. Former university president Hanoch Gutfreund added: "More than anyone else, [Einstein] expressed his views on every agenda of mankind. Now we have a complete and full picture of that person."
With the help of a grant from the Polonsky Foundation UK, the organization that also assisted in the digitization of Isaac Newton's papers, curators have been "pulling never-before seen items" from a climate-controlled safe and readying them for distribution online as high-resolution images.
The university's new Einstein Archives Online portal, which debuted earlier this week, currently offers visitors about 2,000 documents representing Einstein's life through the year 1921. Subsequent additions to the site will fill out the papers bequeathed by the German Jewish physicist, born in 1879, to Hebrew University upon his death in 1955."

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Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries - Association of Research Libraries (ARL) #librarianscode

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries - Association of Research Libraries (ARL) #librarianscode | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) announces the release of the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries, a clear and easy-to-use statement of fair and reasonable approaches to fair use developed by and for librarians who support academic inquiry and higher education. The Code was developed in partnership with the Center for Social Media and the Washington College of Law at American University. Winston Tabb, Johns Hopkins University Dean of University Libraries and Museums and President of ARL, said, “This document is a testament to the collective wisdom of academic and research librarians, who have asserted careful and considered approaches to some very difficult situations that we all face every day.”

 

"The development of the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries is supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

For more information about the Code and this project, e-mail fairuseproject@arl.org"

 

pdf document: http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/code-of-best-practices-fair-use.pdf

 

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QR Codes - Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki

QR Codes - Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Wiki for the use of QR codes in libraries

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Three-year study asserts benefits of school libraries on student learning

Three-year study asserts benefits of school libraries on student learning | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Lauren T. Taniguchi:

 

"From staff reports TRENTON — The New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) released findings on Wednesday of a three-year study conducted by the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) at Rutgers University..."

 

Some of the findings:

 

"School librarians make key contributions to student success, including:

• Improvements in student test scores;

• Development of thinking-based competencies in using information, and development of positive and ethical values in relation to the use of information and technology and

• Increased interest in reading, increased participation in reading, the development of wider reading interests and becoming readers who are more discriminating.

In phase two, which was completed in November 2011, CISSL examined a sample of effective school libraries to identify the key criteria that enables these libraries to thrive and contribute to the learning agendas of the schools.

Findings show that in those schools:

• The school library is a learning center linked to classroom instruction;

• The school library supports the school’s mission to produce literate and informed learners who can thrive in a digital, knowledge-based world;

• The school library is a 21st-century classroom that provides an understanding of the information..."

 

Read more: http://www.nj.com/cumberland/index.ssf/2012/02/three-year_study_asserts_benef.html 

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The State of Mobile in Libraries 2012 — The Digital Shift

The State of Mobile in Libraries 2012 — The Digital Shift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The State of Mobile in Libraries 2012 - http://t.co/NwFKQcR0 via @ShiftTheDigital...

 

Lisa Carlucci Thomas summary:

 

"In 2012, expect existing mobile library services to mature. Mobile websites will be refined, content will be added, more mobile-friendly platforms will become available, and usability of mobile resources will be examined in greater detail. Integration with emerging features and services, such as mobile payment systems (Square, Google Wallet), checkins and gamification (Foursquare, GetGlue, QR codes, SnapTags), social sharing and content curation (Path, Tumblr, Instagram, PicPlz), place-based collections, and augmented reality tours (Scan Jose) built from library digital collections, will present exciting opportunities.
Ebooks and digital content discussions will continue to be complicated, and library advocates will build upon collective knowledge gained and further seek to negotiate adequate rights and licensing policies with publishers. Nonetheless, more libraries will purchase ebooks and circulate ereaders, iPod Touches, and tablet computers than ever before and offer instruction and outreach to patrons seeking experienced support and guidance using their own devices.
Technological advancements, such as sophisticated touch screen interfaces, next-generation platforms, patron self-service tools, and interactive communication services, along with evolving user demands will fuel the ongoing development of mobile library innovations for libraries already involved and encourage creative ideas about delivering services with a fresh perspective.
In 2012, resolve to identify opportunities to integrate mobile services, overcome the challenges, and inspire and engage your mobile library community. It’s time to get in the mix."

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Library manages digital archiving

Library manages digital archiving | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Digital archiving meets student life: how Stanford Libraries handles it. V pertinent to my @simmonsgslis practicum.

 

"In the face of challenges posed by an increase in social media, archivists at the Stanford University Libraries have adapted new technologies to digitally archive a traditionally community-driven database of Stanford documents.

Library Archivist Daniel Hartwig said that documents have been traditionally collected from Stanford staff or alumni who feel that they have something to contribute to the study of the history of Stanford. The catalog includes personal letters of former University President Donald Tresidder, lecture notes from students in the 1960s and materials from the controversial work of psychology professor Philip Zimbardo.

(OLLIE KHAKWANI/The Stanford Daily)

“We’re lucky in that our focus is limited to Stanford so we have a kind of built-in mechanism there for alumni to donate things,” Hartwig said.

However, now that correspondence and official documents are often in digital form, collecting materials for the archives has become more difficult."

 

 

 

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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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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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“Getting the Most out of Academic Libraries and Librarians

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“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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Research libraries in the 21st century

Research libraries in the 21st century | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Val Skelton:

"Although the purpose of academic and research library collections remains the same – to support the creation and dissemination of new knowledge – the nature of collections is moving away from ‘local’ to collaborative and multi-institutional. New forms of scholarship are transforming user expectations for broad, barrier free collection discovery and access. Libraries must transform their approaches to meet new user demands.

 

"The Association of Research Libraries’ (ARL) briefing paper for research library leaders sets out to draw a ‘big picture’ of the future of research library collections.

http://www.arl.org/news/pr/21sttfreport-17may12.shtml

 

 

Key findings – the research environment

- Publishing output will continue to increase
- Global/interdisciplinary research will grow
- The value of personal collections will increase

- Open content will proliferate


Key findings – the future of libraries

- Researchers must understand intellectual property frameworks – libraries can provide support
- Other new roles for research libraries include: digital preservation and data management experts and as supporters helping researchers collaborate even more
- There will also be roles to support the open content movement, for example as publishers as well as IP rights advisers
- Metrics about value to the research community must be improved
- Research libraries will need to maintain linked, digital content in order to enable discovery and future use.
- Resources will increasingly be allocated to the development of tools, an activity well suited to inter-institutional collaboration.
- There will continue to be moves to providing just in time services rather than building just in case collections
- The report is available to download from the ARL website. http://www.arl.org/news/pr/21sttfreport-17may12.shtml

 

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How can Libraries Support Students Live and Learn with Digital Media?

How can Libraries Support Students Live and Learn with Digital Media? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

C. Shoemaker, H. Martin, B. Joseph (2010) How Using Social Media Forced a Library to Work on the Edge in Their Efforts to Move Youth From “Hanging Out” to “Messing Around, Journal of Media Literacy Education 2:2 (2010) 181 – 184

 

Full Text Research Paper.

 http://altechconsultants.netfirms.com/jmle1/index.php/JMLE/article/view/123/78

 

 

"In 2009, Mimi Ito released Hanging Out, Messing Around and Geeking Out: Living and Learning with New Media, a book composed of 23 related studies. These ethnographic studies interrogated how learning is being experienced by teens via informal uses of digital media. The title refers to the framework around how youth learn through digital media and networked spaces, a kind of learning that is quite often invisible to adults who often confuse it with playing, wasting time or, at worst, as undermining youth’s ethical values and social competencies. This collection of studies, however, finds that these three different modes of participation with digital media, in fact, support the development of a wide range of new media literacies. This is the challenge offered by Ito and the one recently taken up by the New York Public Library. This worked example is not designed to report the successes or failure of this pilot project. Rather, it is intended to explore and take a critical look at the obstacles encountered along the way and discuss how they were negotiated. Finally, it will leverage Ito’s framework to provide context to understand what it means to use digital media for learning and how to apply these lessons learned, both for this organization and others."


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The Future of Academic Libraries, An Interview with Steven J. Bell

The Future of Academic Libraries, An Interview with Steven J. Bell | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Steven J. Bell, President Elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), lays out a new vision for designing the future of academic libraries enabling librarians to become indispensable partners in the college teaching endeavor by integrating themselves into the instructional process.

 

Read a summary of some of the projects and articles Steven mentioned during the interview here: http://www.educationfutures.com/2012/03/26/the-future-of-academic-libraries-an-interview-with-steven-j-bell/


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Amid Library-Wide Digitization, Books Keep Foothold -YouTube video

"As libraries around the world transition from hardbound books to digital files, at California State University, Northridge, a massive infrastructure keeps things running. Mike O'Sullivan reports."

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Professional development advice for academic librarians, via Eliza Anyangwe - The Guardian

Professional development advice for academic librarians, via Eliza Anyangwe - The Guardian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Eliza Anyangwe:

"What is the role of the academic librarian in the modern institution?"

 

[....]ideas and resources shared by our live chat panel:

 

- Simon Bains, deputy librarian, University of Manchester

- Jo Webb, head of Learning and Research Services, De Montfort University

- Andy Priestner, information and library services manager, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

- Ned Potter, academic liaison librarian, University of York Library

- Ann Rossiter, executive director, Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL)

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