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The Town that Turned Its Walmart into a Library - TIME

The Town that Turned Its Walmart into a Library - TIME | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

After the superstore changed locations, this Texas town turned the space into a 124,500 square foot library.
By AMY FRIEDMAN

Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/07/09/the-town-that-turned-its-walmart-into-a-library/#ixzz206sRb0dO

 

"Have you ever walked into a Super Wal-Mart, looked around at the warehouse full of everything you could ever need and thought, “Wow, I'd really love to plop down here and study for a few hours”?

 

Check out the new library designed space: http://www.psfk.com/2012/06/abandoned-wal-mart-transformend-into-a-beautifully-designed-library.html#ixzz1zZavQETZ

 

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ALA Program Summary: E-Elephant in the Room, by Sue Polanka ...

"On Saturday, June 23, 2012 at the ALA conference, several hundred librarians gathered for an interesting discussion on eBook collection development.
This ALA Program was a panel discussion featuing eBook collection development practices from both academic and public libraries. It was organized by Serin Anderson and Christopher Platt. Heather McCormack from Library Journal moderated the discussion. A summary of the program and presenter contents is below. The slides from all 4 panelists are available here: eBook elephant 06232012. Library Journal and ALA both had summary articles of the program as well."

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LibraryCamp: crowdfunded UK unconference for libraries - Boing Boing - YouTube video

"Library Camp: crowdfunded UK unconference for libraries - Library Camp brings together people who are interested in modernising and transforming libraries for one day of intensive debate, knowledge sharing and ideas."

 

"Sue Sez, "If the LibraryCamp Crowdfunder pitch reaches its target, library workers from across the UK be heading to Birmingham in October to attend LibraryCamp 2012 (think Barcamp). The volunteer organisers decided to set up their own DIY conference last year because traditional conferences were too expensive and often staff on the frontline weren't allowed to go. But Library camp is different - it's an unconference for a start, so anyone can lead a workshop or facilitate a session. It's also free to attend and you don't have to be a librarian or even work in a library, you just need to be passionate about the future of libraries."

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Canadian Public Libraries: Monitor Tweets! « Dysart & Jones

Canadian Public Libraries: Monitor Tweets! « Dysart & Jones | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Social-Biblio.ca Monitors Twitter as used by 112 Canadian public libraries; real-time analytical 1st of its kind tool http://t.co/nKLwgNuR...

 Rebecca Jones:

"Want to monitor and analyze your library’s tweets, and the tweets of other Canadian public libraries? Chcck out Social-Biblio.ca. Developed by Dr. Mary Cavanagh and Masters Student Max Neuvians of University of Ottawa’s School of Information Studies, Social-Biblio is a research and public library media monitoring tool that tracks and preserves Canadian public library’s Twitter activities."

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Watch as public libraries reinvent themselves yet again, by Julie-Anne Cardellais

Watch as public libraries reinvent themselves yet again, by Julie-Anne Cardellais | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Amid ever-evolving trends in technology, the question has come to me: Is there a future for the public library? And if so, what will that library look like?

 

"The need to access information will only escalate and methods for interacting with the information will continue to evolve. Traditional library resources, dare I say print, are becoming more and more a medium of the past. The challenge for libraries – and librarians – is how (and in what format) to access and acquire information that can eventually be directed and channelled to its users.

The library of the future may not be the physical storehouse it was in the past, but it can remain the vehicle for accessing information. It can still be that powerful entity around which communities rally, and which gives credence to the concept of social hub or even community hub.

And so, I remain confident that its future is bright, engaged and vital, enhancing all aspects of community life.

Julie-Anne Cardellais a professional librarian, the director of the Westmount Public Library and past president of l’Association des bibliothécaires du Québec/Quebec Library Association."

Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Watch+public+libraries+reinvent+themselves+again/6844165/story.html#ixzz1zdBnoSYz

 

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Looking for Content Curation Tools? Here's Where To Start: The Official Content Curation Tools Universe Map

Looking for Content Curation Tools? Here's Where To Start: The Official Content Curation Tools Universe Map | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Everytime I see a new post or article claiming to list the best content curation tools I know I am in for some disappointment.

 

Most of these lists just pick up names from other lists without even bothering to check, test or verify what these tools actually do, whether they are still available. Unfortunately the rush to put out "curated" list of tools and services has created more misinformation than useful lists. 

 

But if you, like me, are on the lookout for new and effective tools to curate your own content or the one of your customers, I have created a comprehensive map of all the curation tools available online and I keep it fresh and updated almost on a daily basis.

 

The map presently lists over 250 content curation tools which you can navigate much more easily than it was possible on my earlier versions of this map.

 

On the right side of the map you will find all of the news and content curation tools available online today. On the left side, you can find bookmarking, link lists builders, clippers and lots of tools to operate with RSS feeds (which are still at the heart of a curator's job).

Full map: http://bit.ly/ContentCurationUniverse  

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Assessing the role of librarians in an Open Access world

This blog is to provide information to University of Melbourne Library staff.

 

Jennie Johnson, TBI Communications:

"Today, InTech – an Open Access (OA) publisher – has published the results of a survey appraising attitudes and awareness of the library community towards the OA business model in scholarly publishing.

The survey results suggest that although librarians have a good level of awareness and knowledge of OA, they believe their research communities are much less aware. Their work to educate their communities is hampered by lack of informational support materials.

Librarians remain broadly supportive of OA and the vast majority already feel the benefits of the model are being realized, or will be realized in the future. Despite this support, librarians in our sample were not actively involved in managing OA funds centrally, indeed, almost half were unaware of how OA charges are funded within their institution.

The greatest concern librarians have with OA center on the article processing charges being set too high. There is generally less concern with the quality of peer review or the potential incentive for publishers to focus on quantity over quality. Less than a quarter of librarians were concerned that OA could make their role and the services provided by the library less visible. Indeed, librarians see a strong future for the profession becoming more closely integrated with their research communities as a partner, educator and innovator.

For the full survey results summary, please visit: http://www.intechopen.com/open-access-su&hellip;

 

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Technology Game Changers for Libraries

Technology Game Changers for Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Dr Steve Matthews:

"A recent article by Technology writer Christina Farr for GOOD Technology titled The Top 10 Technology Game Changers for the Next Decade sparked my interest, since technology is changing the game in libraries.

 

"There were at least three of her 10 that I felt directly impacted libraries and the way we will have to do business. They are:

1. Visual Learning Robotics

2. Internet Data Expansion

3. Voice Recognition"


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Do not let our archives turn to dust, by Shula Marks via @MailandGuardian

Do not let our archives turn to dust, by Shula Marks via @MailandGuardian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
National records are vital to democracy, yet they are consistently neglected by the government, writes Shula Marks.

 

"Yet in the modern state we depend on written records for our human rights at the most basic level.

"Our governments need records to keep track of their decisions and transactions, as well as their outcomes. As citizens we need records to keep our governments accountable, register our land claims, protect our legal status and claim our pension rights. Indeed, public records are, as the International Records Management Trust proclaims, “fundamental to the concepts of democratic society”.

 

“In the absence of well-managed records,” it states, “information can be manipulated, citizens cannot prove unequal treatment and human rights violations become difficult to challenge. The people cannot make an informed contribution to the governance process.”

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Privatization of Public Libraries: How It Works and What You Can Do, by Nancy Bolt

"CLA Conference 2012 Privatization of Public Libraries: How It Works and What You Can Do Presented by: Nancy Bolt (Nancy Bolt & Associates)"

 

"To avoid privatization, Bolt recommends:

- Shape up problem staff or ship them out.
- Get the board, staff and support groups to advocate for the library in the community.
- Build business partnerships.
- Have library plans (collection development, marketing, strategic, etc.) in place.
- Tout your successes.

 

Despite your best efforts, if local government still decides to proceed with a privatization RFP:

- Library director and board members should ask to review the RFP and make suggestions for inclusions.
- Criteria should be specific and measurable (number of hours library will be open each week, number of staff to be rehired, number of programs to be given each year.)
- With the help of the board and friends group, submit a proposal, addressing each component of the proposal."

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Library program teaches technology to people with vision disabilities ...

A new, free program offered through the Macomb Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (MLBPH) aims to offer alternative coping methods for this and other low vision issues beginning June 12.

 

“In addition to being able to offer materials to those with low vision, we’re very happy to be able to offer classes to introduce technology and techniques to our patrons to help them be more productive at home or in the community,” Clinton-Macomb Library Head of Popular Materials Emily Kubash said.

Licensed clinical social worker and Work-Life Solutions counselor Sharon Lotoczky will facilitate the course as part of the Vision Network Program. The sessions will help those with low vision learn techniques and technology to improve their lives in a variety of different areas, from home life to real world navigation."

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Harford libraries to serve as cooling stations Friday and Saturday

Harford libraries to serve as cooling stations Friday and Saturday | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"With heat index values expected to reach nearly 105 degrees on Friday, June 29 and Saturday June 30, Harford County Public Library's 11 branches will serve as cooling stations for Harford County residents in need of relief from the heat.

Each Harford County Public Library will be open to the public during normal hours of operation from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. The one exception is the Darlington Library which is open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Branch location information can be found at http://hcplonline.org/locations/branches/

 


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Infographic: Ontario Council of Universtiy Libraries: “Ask a Librarian” Usage Statistics, 2011-2012 | LJ INFOdocket

Infographic: Ontario Council of Universtiy Libraries: “Ask a Librarian” Usage Statistics, 2011-2012 | LJ INFOdocket | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Infographic: Ask a #Librarian Usage Statistics 2011-2012 from #Ontario Council of University Libraries http://t.co/jdKupJsJ @arlnews @sabram...

 

"The following infographic provides a look at the Ontario Council of University Libraries, Ask a Librarian service that launched on September 12, 2011 with the following institutions:
University of Guelph
University of Guelph-Humber
Lakehead University
Ryerson University
York University
University of Toronto – St.George
University of Toronto – Mississauga
University of Toronto – Scarborough
University of Windsor"

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South Sudan archivists launch battle against termites, rats, time - Middle East Online

South Sudan archivists launch battle against termites, rats, time - Middle East Online | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
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"South Sudan archivists launch battle against termites, rats, time - First Published: 2012-07-07. South Sudan archivists launch battle against termites, rats, time.
By Hannah McNeish – JUBA
History in boxes
Surrounded by walls of boxes, researchers scan and catalogue the crumbling, mildewed pages, some nibbled by rats, which make up the national archives of the one-year-old republic of South Sudan.

During the five decades of civil war, an extreme climate and an assortment of animals have eaten away at the archives, some of which are still piled up in a giant city centre tent -- unbearably hot and humid even in early morning."
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Social media bringing National Archives to homes - Archivística ...

Social media bringing National Archives to homes - Archivística ... | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

BY DAVID OLSON:

 

"[...] through Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter, the National Archives is showcasing some of its most compelling photos and documents to anyone with a computer. The hope is that some will be enticed to visit the 23,500-square-foot center.
“This is providing access to our records in a way that people currently expect to access records: online,” said Pam Wright, chief digital access strategist for the National Archives in Washington, D.C. “It’s about opening up and being more transparent, participatory and collaborative.”
The National Archives at Riverside — the official name of the regional archives center, even though it’s closer to Perris — is at the forefront of promoting its vast collection through social media."

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Tablet adoption lowers reading of physical books, newspapers, survey shows - Digital Lifestyle - Macworld UK

Tablet adoption lowers reading of physical books, newspapers, survey shows - Digital Lifestyle - Macworld UK | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Matt Hamblen:

"More than half of tablet adopters are reading books and other media on their tablet screens instead of relying on paper, a survey finding that should serve as a warning to publishers to adapt quickly to electronic media, Gartner analysts said."


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San Antonio Public Library Wins Urban Libraries Council Top Innovator by the Urban Libraries Council

"The San Antonio Public Library has been named a 2012 Top Innovator by the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) for its health and wellness partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank. The awards were announced on June 22 at the ULC Annual Forum in Newport Beach, California. Library Director, Ramiro S. Salazar attended the conference and accepted the award in person on behalf of the Library and the Food Bank.

The award recognizes the San Antonio Public Library’s program to provide area teens with nutrition education, better food choices, cooking classes, and summertime meals and snacks – information that could be crucial to residents of a city facing all the issues arising from a growing obesity problem. The healthy eating program content was based on the ideas and recommendations that came out of regular discussions with teens. As a result of those discussions, the Library’s Teen Services department enlisted the skills and expertise of staff at the San Antonio Food Bank, which provided a licensed nutritionist who supplied guidance to teens and librarians and taught them about making healthy meal choices that would appeal to a teen’s palate."

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