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7 Great Google Spreadsheet Gadgets - PCWorld

7 Great Google Spreadsheet Gadgets - PCWorld | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

7 Great Google Spreadsheet Gadgets.  PCWorld.  One of the best-kept secrets of Google Docs, these gadgets add powerful features to your spreadsheets.

 

QR codes,

Custom Google Maps,

Organization Charts,

Interactive table,

Gantt Chart From Project Data,

Plot Data as colours on a map,

Animated Pie Chart


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Hiring Librarians - tips & pointers

Hiring Librarians - tips & pointers | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
This anonymous interview is with an Academic Librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring committee at a library with 0-10 staff members. What are the top three things you look for in a candidate?

 "1) Meets required qualifications

2) Has breadth of experience
3) Communicates clearly, both verbally and in writing

 

Do you have any instant dealbreakers, either in the application packet or the interview process?

On application:
1) Bad grammar
2) Inattention to job description
3) Experience mismatch

In interview:
1) Rudeness
2) Arrogance
3) Poor listening skills"

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Embracing “Transmedia” at BEA2012

Embracing “Transmedia” at BEA2012 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Pinwheel: "The phrase was very popular, especially in the digital zone, at BookExpoAmerica this year. I wondered why I hadn't heard the term used more often? Apparently, I wasn't the only one" ...


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Perspectives on SAOIM 2012, via SAOUG

Perspectives on SAOIM 2012, via SAOUG | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The Southern African Online Information Meeting with the theme: "Innovation in an Age of Limits"

 

By Phillipa Mitchell

"The SAOIM conference 2012 was a wonderful place for someone on the other end of the book spectrum – that of bookselling as opposed to being a librarian – to immerse themselves."

 

More chronicles here: http://saoug.org.za/category/saoim2012/

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5 Tips for Staying Sane While Managing Social Networking

5 Tips for Staying Sane While Managing Social Networking | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

I selected this piece written by Samantha Hosenkamp for PR Daily because it's easy to get burned out managing social networking (aka Social Business) and this article has a good plan to help you pace yourself so it doesn't drive you crazy.

 

Here are a few of the 5 strategies to keep you sane and savvy

 

Create a social media cheat sheet.

 

**This will take some experimenting.

 

**Start by determining how many times you want to post to your social networks per day.

 

**Do this through trial and error to learn how your audience responds.

 

**Then determine what type of content to share.

 

Dedicate time to your favorite sites:

 

**Staying abreast of social media news can be trying.

 

**Figure out which sites you find most useful and dedicate at least a half hour every morning to review them

 

Carve out time for measurement

 

**you need to keep track of your social media efforts. help you identify your audience, what kind of posts they respond to, and how you can be more efficient in your efforts

 

**Start with an understanding of what your company needs and make sure you measure and track how social media is helping push these goals forward 

 

**Are you hoping to increase sales? Are you trying to reach a new audience? Are you re-branding your company image?

 

**Know your KPIs or “key performance indicators.”

 

Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

 

For tools, resources and full article read here: [http://tinyurl.com/7e9bzlu]


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John van den Brink's comment, June 11, 2012 4:20 PM
Great post, thanks Jan!
Beth Kanter's comment, June 12, 2012 9:32 PM
Love this, just found another post with similar tips but from entreprenuers. One of them was something that I have started to train myself or rather untrain myself - I'm training myself not stop multi-tasking!
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A library in every school, please - The Independent (blog)

A library in every school, please - The Independent (blog) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

A worldwide problem, it seems...

 

By Susan Elkin:

"Books are to education and learning what air and water are to life. Every child needs access to the printed word and lots of encouragement to explore it in order to develop properly.

You might, therefore, be surprised to learn that many schools do not have a library or a librarian – which seems a contradiction in terms. How can you have an organisation whose raison d’ ê tre is learning if it has no library? It’s like a restaurant without a kitchen or a zoo without any animals.

There is no law requiring schools to have libraries either. I worked in a Kent secondary school in the 1990s which had a reasonable – if not wonderful – library extensively used by pupils until the head, clearly not a real educationist, decided that it was, quite literally a waste of space. She decreed that the books be shelved (marginalised?) in the back of English classrooms because she wanted to use the former library room for something else. Result? Reduced emphasis on wider reading and much less access to fewer books for students.

The Society of Authors, which represents over 9,000 writers, is campaigning with other organisations for school libraries to be a legal requirement."

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Future Proof – Protecting our digital future » Our top 5 – Why recordkeeping is awesome! #archday12

Future Proof – Protecting our digital future » Our top 5 – Why recordkeeping is awesome! #archday12 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"June 9 is International Archives Day and together with our blog sisters at Archives Outside, Future Proof is celebrating! Go and check out Archives Outside’s Archives are Awesome post while here at Future Proof we are celebrating all things recordkeeping.

 

Here are our top 5 reasons why we think recordkeeping is awesome.

1. Good recordkeeping promotes efficiency

2. Good recordkeeping supports better decision making and reuse of information

3. Good recordkeeping supports accountability

4. Good recordkeeping adds value to your business

5. Good recordkeeping mitigates risks to your organisation"

 

 

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The Library Shelving Facility | Williams College

The Library Shelving Facility | Williams College | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"David Chalifoux is man with a mission. That mission: to store and protect the 137790 books, journals, VHS tapes, and microfilm from the college's libraries. Dave is the supervisor at Williams' Library Shelving Facility (LSF), a concrete, off-site storage space that is currently housing objects from Sawyer Library, Schow Library, Archives and Special Collections, and Chapin Library of Rare Books while the new library complex is being built. The LSF is also the permanent home of low-usage journals from Sawyer."

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Pittsburgh – The Role of the Library in a Digital World « Workshop Slideshare

Pittsburgh – The Role of the Library in a Digital World « Workshop Slideshare | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

POSTED BY BOBBI NEWMAN:

"Presented at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh June 4th, 2012."

 

"Resources:
The original 23 Things

Additional 23 Things

IMLS 21st Century Skills Assessment

IMLS 21st Century Skills website

Managing Personal Change

Wasting Time Is New Divide in Digital Era - New York Times mentioned during presentation. ALA’s response to the article - ALA Wastes No Time – Our Work on Digital Literacy"

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11th Southern African Online Information Meeting: Innovation in an age of limits #SAOIM

11th Southern African Online Information Meeting: Innovation in an age of limits #SAOIM | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"11th Southern African Online Information Meeting (SAOIM) Innovation in an age of limits 5-8 June 2012 Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa"

 

"The conference theme is a reflection of the challenges that modern day libraries are facing and the subsequent need for innovative solutions.

SAOIM provides a forum for the exchange of information on current developments, applications and opportunities in the expanding field of online information. As with the previous conferences, the aim of the 11th SAOIM is to provide insight into the exciting extent of growth and activity taking place in the information industry. Coverage will include not only the traditional online systems and services, but also latest areas of information transfer and exchange."

 

Keep a lookout for the hashtag #SAOIM

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Panelists Say Libraries are Perfect Ebook Partner for Publishers | IDPF Digital Book Conference — The Digital Shift

Panelists Say Libraries are Perfect Ebook Partner for Publishers | IDPF Digital Book Conference — The Digital Shift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Matt Enis:

"RT @LibraryJournal: Panelists Say Libraries are Perfect Ebook Partner for Publishers | IDPF Digital Book Conference #bea12 http://t.co/zFld65wy..."

 

"Libraries are a key sales channel for booksellers, and could be very valuable customers to publishers that are willing to sell or license ebooks to them, agreed a group of panelists during the June 4 “Libraries and Ebooks” session at the International Digital Publishing Forum 2012 digital book conference http://idpf.org/digital-book-2012 , co-located with BookExpo America http://www.bookexpoamerica.com/ at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Center."

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2012 top ten trends in academic libraries

A review of the trends and issues affecting academic libraries in higher education ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee

"Three leaders in academic librarianship were the catalysts for this discussion: Martin Halbert, dean of libraries at University of North Texas; Joan Lippincott, associate director of Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and Mark Puente, director of diversity and leadership programs, Association of Research Libraries (ARL). This discussion forum augmented the trends identified by the committee.

These top trends are listed alphabetically. Each trend includes a brief discussion and references to the literature. The committee also compiled additional resources that may be of interest."

 

- "Communication value

- Data curation

- Digital preservation

- Higher education

- Information technology

- Mobile environments

- Patron driven e-book acquisition

- Scholarly communication

- Staffing

- User behaviours and expectations"

 

The committee would like to thank Erin Hood, research assistant at OCLC Research, for her assistance in producing this document."

 

   
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iLibrarian » Technology Solutions Planning in Libraries: Part Three – Gain Market Intelligence

iLibrarian » Technology Solutions Planning in Libraries: Part Three – Gain Market Intelligence | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Written by Ellyssa Kroski.

"This is part of a series of posts which is based on a 3-hour hands-on workshop I offer on this topic. Be sure and check out the preceding post:

Technology Solutions Planning in Libraries: Overview
Technology Solutions Planning in Libraries: Part One – Develop the Project Plan 
Technology Solutions Planning in Libraries: Part Two – Establish a Planning Committee

 

 

 

Gain Market Intelligence

This research should be done at approximately the same time or slightly before Requirements Gathering so that you have some idea of the possibilities and features available. It will give you a preliminary sketch of the technology landscape.

Vet Solutions/Vendors Contact Vendors and start asking questions If you’re researching an Open Source solution without a vendor, join message boards and ask questions" read more: http://oedb.org/blogs/ilibrarian/2012/technology-solutions-planning-in-libraries-part-three-gain-market-intelligence/

 

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20 Twitter Chats Every Librarian Should Know About | Edudemic

20 Twitter Chats Every Librarian Should Know About | Edudemic | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Posted by Jeff Dunn:

"Librarians, library students, booksellers, and book lovers alike participate in this library chat on Twitter. Favorite topics on #libchat include digital rights management, advocacy, budget negotiations, and the MLS job market.

 

 "[...]20 of the absolute best hashtags for librarians to check out:

#aslachat

#uklibchat

#libchat

#yalitchat

#tlchat

#scifichat

#litchat"

 

More: http://edudemic.com/2012/06/twitter-chats-library/

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Libraries, Archives and Museums: A Strategic Conversation: Opening Talk

Monday, April 9 For generations Harvard's libraries, archives, and museums have been pre-eminent participants in support of the research ...youtube.com...

 

"For generations Harvard's libraries, archives, and museums have been pre-eminent participants in support of the research, teaching, and learning carried out both within the university, and also beyond its walls. In an increasingly connected global society, interdisciplinary work is becoming the norm and researchers increasingly seek and share information across formats, genres, and institutional settings. To support users and to continue to grow and thrive, libraries, archives, and museums must work and grow together as never before. This "strategic conversation" brings together those who have given thought to these issues. They have inspired changes and faced challenges along the way. Three presenters, one of each from the domains of libraries, archives, and museums, will outline the vision they bring to their institutions, how they envision the major points of commonality, their greatest hurdles, and how the lessons learned in collection development of physical collections, do or do not apply to collection development in the digital domain.
Libraries: Tom Hickerson, Vice Provost of Libraries and Cultural Resources, University of Calgary

Archives: David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States

Museums: Holly Witchey, Professor, Johns Hopkins University; Interim Director, Marcus Institute for Digital Education in the Arts

Moderator: Gunter Waibel, Director, Digitization Program, Smithsonian"


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Who will preserve the past for future generations?

Who will preserve the past for future generations? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

J.L. GRANATSTEIN:

"Reducing library resources and breaking up the national archives will cause irreparable harm to nationhood..." > Library and Archives Canada

 

 

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Opening Up the Archives: Part 2- Keeping Ahead of Obsolescence / BBC - video

Opening Up the Archives: Part 2- Keeping Ahead of Obsolescence / BBC - video | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Ant Miller (BBC Research and Development Blog):

"In this second part of the Archive Research film we take a look at the key challenges addressed by the 'preservation' work of R&D and the BBC Information & Archives teams.  With interviews from Dr Richard Wright, Adrian Williams of I&A and others, Alex Mansfield gets to the bottom of the latest technologies being used to ensure that the critical challenge of obsolescence is handled, and handled effectively and efficiency.

With huge files, and critical quality checks essential to preserving the legacy of the archive, the best efforts of engineers and archivists are being applied to saving this content for the future."

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Digital Public Library of America faces uncertainty over functions, by Chris Meadows

Digital Public Library of America faces uncertainty over functions, by Chris Meadows | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Chris Meadows

"On MIT’s Technology Review, Nicholas Carr takes an in-depth look at the creation of the Digital Public Library of America, an attempt at a non-commercial universal electronic library (which I also mentioned last month) that hopes to provide universal access to as much of human knowledge as it can. Carr first looks at Google’s attempt to create Google Book Search, and the negotiated settlement that was thrown out as too overreaching. Though Google is moving ahead with its legal defense, the search market has shifted toward social networking meaning that a book search might not be as attractive to Google as it once was."

 

"But the biggest problem facing the DPLA may be the same one facing Google Books: the question of copyright. While the DPLA’s nonprofit status does open some doors to it that remain shut to Google Books (such as possibly working out the kind of licensing agreements with publishers that have given the commercial Google such trouble), it doesn’t give it carte blanche to offer works that are still under copyright. Having a truly comprehensive digital library could require Congress to pass new laws."

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