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RB 200: The Library Of The Future | Berkman Center - podcast

RB 200: The Library Of The Future | Berkman Center - podcast | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @trisaratop: Berkman Center for Internet & Society talks about the Future of Libraries (audio available): http://t.co/UrdYsybD...

 

"The technological advancements of the past twenty years have rendered the future of the library as a physical space, at least, as uncertain as it has ever been. The information that libraries were once built to house in the form of books and manuscripts can now be accessed in the purely digital realm, as evidenced by initiatives like the Digital Public Library of America, which convenes for the second time this Friday in San Francisco. But libraries still have profound cultural significance, indicating that even if they are no longer necessary for storing books they will continue to exist in some altered form. Radio Berkman host David Weinberger postulated in his book Too Big To Know that the book itself is no longer an appropriate knowledge container – it has been supplanted by the sprawling knowledge networks of the internet. The book’s subtitle is "Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room." Inspired by the work of Harvard Graduate School of Design students in Biblioteca 2: Library Test Kitchen – who spent the semester inventing and building library innovations ranging from nap carrels to curated collections displayed on book trucks to digital welcome mats – we turned the microphone around and had library expert Matthew Battles ask David, "When the smartest person in the room is the room, how do we design the room?" Matthew Battles is the Managing Editor and Curatorial Practice Fellow at the Harvard metaLAB. He wrote Library: an Unquiet History and a biography of Harvard’s Widener Library."

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QUT - News - Libraries: sandbox space for new technology

QUT - News - Libraries: sandbox space for new technology | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Associate Professor Marcus Foth:

"Libraries could be a testing ground for new technology such as Google's augmented-reality glasses and advances enabled by the roll-out of the National Broadband Network, a QUT expert says."

 

"Associate Professor Marcus Foth, director of the Urban Informatics Research Lab at QUT, said libraries and other cultural institutions could showcase how to think beyond traditional uses and engage the public in new technology.
He said Google, for example, had released the design for its futuristic glasses in April so the public could give input before the glasses go on sale later this year.
Professor Foth said libraries and other cultural institutions had the opportunity to become places for everyone to experiment with new technologies, particularly with the roll-out of the NBN."

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More Than A Library | WanderMom

More Than A Library | WanderMom | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Michelle Duffy:

Author shares her experiences with a library-building project in Lusaka, Zambia.

"The library we funded is so much more than “just” a library it is also a literacy and literacy education program for the teachers, children and parents associated with this school. Room to Read trains the teachers and a parent representative on how to manage the library and how to catalog books and operate a check-out system. The program funds a literacy teacher who integrates library time into the school day for all children. The kids can come to school early or stay late just to read."

-@wandermom


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Talk with David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States | Archives and Public History Digital

Talk with David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States | Archives and Public History Digital | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Talk with David S.Ferriero, Archivist of the United States | Archives and Public History Digital - http://t.co/pvreAu3A...

 

"While the Archivist did not deliver a formal speech, the wide ranging Q&A touched upon many of the current conversations and concerns within the archival community.

One important topic discussed was the role of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and of its leadership to the larger archival community. As we all know, NARA safeguards and preserves the most important records of the U.S. government yet it was interesting to learn that only equates to roughly 3% of all records created. The protocols of NARA have often been reflected in the practices of private or independent archives and in the advent of electronic formats, many repositories are watching how NARA handles ingesting these records. The Archivist was enthusiastic about how NARA could help the larger archival community and we hope that future Archivists of the United States will share this vision.

Mr. Ferriero views the archiving of electronic records as an exciting development and challenge for our profession. As such, he discussed the proprietary software Lockheed is developing for NARA to ingest digital formats and it was encouraging to hear of the Archivist’s enthusiasm for open-source software that could be used elsewhere in the archival community."

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Digital archivists: technological custodians of human history - Ars Technica

Digital archivists: technological custodians of human history - Ars Technica | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Chris Foreman:

Ars Technica"One of the biggest challenges in the field of digital librarianship is simply trying to evolve as fast as technology," Pike said, "because we need to also keep up..."

 

Robin Pike (certified archivist currently serving as a Digital Collections Librarian at the University of Maryland):

"We are the custodians of what has been created and are enabling access—ideally free and unlimited—for the future," Pike said. "No matter what is created and where it is created, if it is important, some librarian, archivist, or records manager is capturing it and saving it for the future. In addition to saving the digital objects, we need to make them accessible so people can use and reuse the materials."

"We are the custodians of human history."


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The state of social media 2012 [Infographic] - Holy Kaw, via Seoco

The state of social media 2012 [Infographic] - Holy Kaw, via Seoco | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Social media made big moves in 2012, and the year's not even half over yet. The SEO Company offers an overview of all the headline-making news in the world of social media. Via Seoco. Stay on top of social media news.

***** Been a busy year for social. Marty


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Future U: Library 3.0 has more resources, greater challenges | Ars Technica

Future U: Library 3.0 has more resources, greater challenges | Ars Technica | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Curt Hopkins:

"Libraries are changing, despite their facades. And they're changing to high-tech service companies with embedded librarians, according to some library professionals."

 

"This transition time is one of great opportunity for those involved in libraries, but all transitions, all borders and verges, are places of great vulnerability as well. Grand changes are possible here, but so are operatic failures. The future seems promising. It’s the present that worries some librarians.

“The myth that the information scholars need for research and teaching is, or soon will be available for free online is a dangerous one,” said Bourg, “especially when it is used as an excuse to cut funding to libraries. Right now libraries face enormous but exciting challenges in maintaining print collections and services where they are still necessary, while simultaneously developing strategies for collecting, preserving, organizing, and providing access to digital objects. I fear that if libraries across the nation don’t get the resources we collectively need to meet these challenges that we may be at risk of losing big chunks of our cultural record because of a lack of funding for digital collecting and preservation."

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New Introducing the Library Marketing Toolkit website! – Stephen's Lighthouse

New Introducing the Library Marketing Toolkit website! – Stephen's Lighthouse | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The Library Marketing Toolkit website, by Ned Potter! [@theREALwikiman]

 

"The site is essentially designed to give you lots of practical advice on how to market your library – be that public, academic, special or archive. There are tools and resources, lots of useful links, new case studies which will be added to on an ongoing basis, and there’s info about the Library Marketing Toolkit book and its contributors.

There’s also a blog, which will give tips and aim to highlight the best (and sometimes the worst) marketing from libraries around the world. The first post is Marketing libraries with new technologies: what you need to know, and what to do next and features this presentation, which I gave yesterday at an Academic and Research Libraries Group conference on new technologies in libraries”

 

Blog post: Marketing libraries... http://www.librarymarketingtoolkit.com/2012/05/marketing-libraries-with-new.html

 


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UN builds 30 libraries for deprived schools in Ghana - GhanaWeb

"Mrs Dho Young-Shim, Chairperson, Board of Directors, UN MDG Advocacy Group based in South Korea, on Wednesday inaugurated the 29th UN sponsored library for the Freeman Methodist School in Prampram in the Greater Accra Region.

The project dubbed “Thank You Small Library (TYSL)”, is the 29th school library to be constructed by the UN in public schools across the country in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism.

The TYSL formed part of the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization’s Sustainable Tourism Eliminating Poverty (STEP) programme, which are organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism in beneficiary countries."

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Law Librarian Blog: Now You See It, Now You Don't, Part I: Free Legal Research Services on the Web

Law Librarian Blog: Now You See It, Now You Don't, Part I: Free Legal Research Services on the Web | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @LIICornell: Law Librarian Blog: Now You See It, Now You Don't, Part I: Free Legal Research Services on the Web.

 

"In the early days of free caselaw research services, it seemed like new search services were popping up all over the web. But without strong financial support, many disappeared almost as quickly as they had appeared."

 

- Google Scholar for Legal Opinions and Journals http://scholar.google.co.za/

- Public Library of Law (supported by Fastcase) http://www.plol.org/Pages/Search.aspx ;
- the semi-"useful" FindACase (supported by VersusLaw). http://www.findacase.com/

 

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LIS Trends: New IMLS Report: “Libraries and Museums in an Era of participatory culture"

LIS Trends: New IMLS Report: “Libraries and Museums in an Era of participatory culture" | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"New from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Salzburg Global Seminar.

From the Summary Announcement:

The report details the events of the October, 2011 convening of fifty-eight library, museum, and cultural heritage leaders from thirty-one countries. Together, the participants developed a set of recommendations to help libraries and museums embrace new possibilities for public engagement that are made possible by societal and technological change.

The deliberations identified “imperatives for the future” including accepting the notion of democratic access, placing a major emphasis on public value and impact, and embracing lifelong learning.

Building on the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) initiative The Future of Museums and Libraries as well as on past museum and library sessions convened by the Salzburg Global Seminar, this session brought together library and museum leaders, cultural and educational policymakers, cultural sector researchers, representatives of library and museum education programs, technology experts, sociologists, journalists, and library and museum associations.

The report captures rich perspectives about the changing roles and responsibilities of libraries and museums. The publication describes each of the five plenary sessions and the working group recommendations that resulted from them: culture and communities; learning transformed; building the skills of library and museum professionals; and demonstrating public value. It includes descriptions of innovative case studies from around the globe and a summary of the concluding keynote lecture given by Vishakha Desia, president and chief executive officer of the Asia Society.

 

Full Summary Announcement: http://www.imls.gov/new_report_explores_roles_of_libraries_and_museums_in_an_era_of_participatory_culture.aspx

 

 

17 pages report in PDF available from IMLS:
Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture

http://www.imls.gov/assets/1/AssetManager/SGS_Report_2012.pdf

 

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Google Search Just Got 1,000 Times Smarter

Google Search Just Got 1,000 Times Smarter | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

CNN: Google announces big change to how search results are delivered, says new search tool will think more like a human.

 

Google has introduced the "Knowledge Graph" — or semantic analysis — to its most fundamental tool, search. Here's what that means:  http://mashable.com/2012/05/16/google-knowledge-graph/


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Archive films used in pioneering approach to tackling dementia and memory loss | Harrogate-News

Archive films used in pioneering approach to tackling dementia and memory loss | Harrogate-News | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Films from the collections housed at the Yorkshire Film Archive are at the forefront of a pioneering project to connect the past to the present, and bring back memories to share and enjoy.

Working with experts from Age UK, the Alzheimer’s Society and Methodist Homes for the Aged (MHA), the Yorkshire Film Archive has created “Memory Bank”, an innovative series of carefully curated themed DVDs and online films, plus a wealth of information and activities for use in reminiscence therapy and life story work."

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Key Issues for e-Resource Collection Development: A Guide for Libraries | IFLA

Key Issues for e-Resource Collection Development: A Guide for Libraries | IFLA | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
#Libraries Key Issues for e-Resource #CollectionDevelopment: A Guide for Libraries http://t.co/3s6ozryN (via @Eileen_Shepherd)...

 

"The purpose of this Guide is to help develop an awareness of the key issues that every library will need to consider and address in developing an e-portfolio. The Guide is not intended to be exhaustive, but is written to provide a reasonable and informed introduction to the wide range of issues presented by electronic resources.
A guide that addresses an evolving subject area, such as electronic resources, requires updates. Thus, updates to this Guide at appropriate intervals, as determined by the Standing Committee of the IFLA Acquisition and Collection Development Section, will replace the previous edition on IFLANet. The current document is simply a snapshot of best practices at this point in time."

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Design Institute: Six Space Challenges from Six Libraries | Library by Design

Design Institute: Six Space Challenges from Six Libraries | Library by Design | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @zaana: RT @LibraryJournal: Design Institute: Six Space Challenges from Six Libraries | Library by Design http://t.co/ZjSYOa6g #vicpln...

 

"Some 90 librarians, architects, and vendors gathered to talk about how to build for flexibility in uncertain times and brainstorm solutions to a handful of design challenges — see below for the Challenges and Brainstorms featured at LJ‘s daylong Design Institute (