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"My friend, Erin McCord, and I are giving this workshop at ALA this June. She is a genius when it comes to fundraising. We'll help you get started combining your marketing and development."
A Marriage Made in Heaven: Combining Marketing and Development to Ensure the Future of Your Library (http://alaannual.org/content/preconferences)
Friday, June 22, 2012 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Sponsored By ASCLA
"Has your library stalled in its attempt to develop a fundraising strategy? Are you trying to raise the awareness of the value your library offers your community? It may be time to start a library champion campaign. Two years ago, the New Jersey State Library launched a public awareness campaign designed to attract famous athletes and authors to serve as Library Champions, and with the help of marketing and development teams, leveraged those champions into an effective fund raising vehicle. Workshop participants will learn how to recruit celebrity champions and local heroes to promote your library; leverage library champions, build a donor database and raise big money for your library; build a donor development strategy for everyone in your library; and the essential publications your library must produce to secure funders."
by Lisa Chau:
"She discusses here how technology such as e-books affected the library:
In one sense, e-books have changed very little about what libraries do or how we do it; they just allow us to deliver a basic library service in a different medium. Some people have said that e-books are “killing” the printed book or that they spell the end of libraries, but that hasn’t been my experience. To my mind, the e-book is not “killing” the printed book, just supplementing it. We are still buying physical books in large quantities and I expect that we will continue to do so for a long time. I would go so far as to say that I doubt the physical book will ever completely go away. Even if it does, libraries are more about information-sharing than about lending physical items; handling e-books may mean changes in some of our procedures but I don’t think that libraries will cease to exist when the e-book predominates."
National Library Week: How Libraries Remain Relevant http://t.co/zILGyXS4 via @pcmag...
" [...] the real purpose of a library is to amass and disseminate knowledge. So, even if printed matter were to disappear, libraries would still be a cultural necessity.
Celebrate National Library Week 2012 (April 8-14)! First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.
National Library Week events
April – School Library Month
"“Leadership” has changed when a decentralized group of people can take down a government.
“The Value Chain” has changed when the customer is no longer just the “buyer” but also a co-creator.
“Human Resources” have changed when most of the people who create value for your organization are neither hired nor paid by you.
“Competition” has changed when individuals can create value through a centralized network of resources: for example, designing a product from anywhere, producing it through a 3D factory, financing it through community and distribution from anywhere to anywhere."
Via Cassie Wagner
"At a talk at Columbia Law School on April 2, Harvard University librarian Robert Darnton promised that the Digital Public Library of America, a nonprofit effort to offer free access to millions of digitized books, would become a reality by this time next year.
Darnton, a cultural historian and author of The Great Cat Massacre, as well as several notable books about publishing history such as Revolution in Print: the Press in France 1775-1800, was giving a talk titled “Digitize, Democratize: Libraries and the Future of Books” as the featured speaker at the 25th Annual Horace S. Manges Lecture."
"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:
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/
Via Fe Angela M. Verzosa, University of Nicosia Library
"While much has been written about the evolving nature of archivists’ roles, virtually nothing has been published in the archives or library literature about information professionals with both library and archives duties.
This survey-based article examines the contemporary roles and responsibilities of college and university archivists, and outlines both benefits and challenges identified to having non-archival responsibilities, specifically library responsibilities.
How then to balance the benefits and challenges evidenced in this study? With academic archivists pulled in so many directions, one has to wonder to what extent their archival work is being jeopardized, and what part of our cultural record will be lost as a result."
To download the article in full: http://crl.acrl.org/content/early/2011/06/10/crl-222.full.pdf+html
Via Fe Angela M. Verzosa
By Pascal Fletcher
"- Timbuktu librarians protect manuscripts from rebels > Chicago Tribune
- Fabled desert trading town houses "treasure of learning"
- Priceless texts being hidden away in rebel-held area
- Fears that illiterate footsoldiers may loot, steal"
"JOHANNESBURG, April 10 (Reuters) - Malian scholars,
Cape Town University's Professor Shamil Jeppie said he was
Librarian blogger keeps tabs on tech revolution KALW By Holly McDede
In 2003, librarian Sarah Houghton was tired of having to wander around the Internet looking for information about technology and Web services.
"Houghton envisions a future where libraries will be technology hubs and hacker spaces, with 3-D printers and the latest, greatest laptops. People will gather to program code and make artwork and music videos."
The 2012 State of America’s Libraries: A Report from the American Library Association http://t.co/rrvh3xOa...
"American Libraries has released the The 2012 State of America’s Libraries: A Report from the American Library Association.
"Academic libraries find themselves embracing new roles in at least two key areas:
Publishing. More academic libraries are entering the world of scholarly publishing by creating or expanding services. About half the respondents in a recent survey had (or were developing) library publishing services in order to support change in scholarly publication. Three quarters of the respondents indicated they published journals, while half indicated they were publishing monographs and/or conference proceedings. . . .
"Starting today and running through Wednesday, April 11, library users can submit their stories through Twitter using the #nlw6words tag. Stories will then be complied and available for judging through atyourlibrary.org. Six word stories should reflect the 2012 National Library Week theme, You belong @ your library."
"Library users interested in going more in depth about why they belong at your library are encouraged to submit their stories to You belong @ your library, atyourlibrary.org’s story database. Seeded initially with stories collected from Woman’s Day magazine readers during ALA’s long-time partnership with the publication, library users can submit stories about why the library matters to them and how it has made a difference in their lives. The stories are searchable by state, library type and keyword."
RT @tadawes: For Archivists, ‘Occupy’ Movement Presents New Challenges - Wired Campus - http://t.co/iKpx3Hmg...
By Jeffrey R. Young:
"Howard Besser, a New York University archivist, recently got into a shouting match at an Occupy protest, making a case for why the activists should preserve records of their activities.“Within the Occupy movement there’s a huge suspicion of traditional organizations, including libraries and universities,” Mr. Besser explained Monday at the spring meeting of the Coalition for Networked Information.
The shouting match was an extreme moment, but Mr. Besser and other archivists on a panel here explained that they have had to take unusual steps to try to gather a snapshot for future scholars of the nationwide Occupy protests, which call attention to income inequality in the United States. Those steps—including distributing postcards promoting archiving at protests, developing automated systems to download photos posted online, and asking participants to vote on which images are most important for the historic record—could serve as a model for preserving future events."
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?
"The new Archives sector website has launched today, providing guidance and information for everyone who works with or within archives.
"These pages contain strategic and practical resources for archives to develop their collections and services and improve the experience of their users. As sector leader for archives in England, we work with all custodians of records, from private owners to publicly-funded services. By working together, we will realise the true potential of archives to benefit and inspire more people of all ages and backgrounds."
Via Lia Sant