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Has Google+ reached the tipping point: do libraries need to be there? > Infographic by The Library Marketing Toolkit

Has Google+ reached the tipping point: do libraries need to be there? > Infographic by The Library Marketing Toolkit | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Google+ is now officially a huge social network. If our users are there, libraries should be there - help is at hand on setting up and running a library account.

 

See full version here: http://www.librarymarketingtoolkit.com/2012/06/has-google-reached-tipping-point-do.html

 

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FuturistSpeaker.com – A Study of Future Trends and Predictions by Futurist Thomas Frey » Blog Archive » Future Libraries and 17 Forms of Information Replacing Books

FuturistSpeaker.com – A Study of Future Trends and Predictions by Futurist Thomas Frey » Blog Archive » Future Libraries and 17 Forms of Information Replacing Books | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"People who think libraries are going away simply because books are going digital are missing the true tectonic shifts taking place in the world of information.


Libraries are not about books. In fact, they were never about books."

 

"Libraries have always had a mandate to archive the records of their service area, but it has rarely been pursued with more than passing enthusiasm. Archives of city council meetings and local history books made the cut, but few considered the library to be a good photo or video archive.
Over time, many of the newspapers, radio, and television stations will begin to disappear. As these businesses lose their viability, their storerooms of historical broadcast tapes and documents will need to be preserved. More specifically, every radio broadcast, newspaper, and television broadcast will need to be digitized and archived.
With the advent of iCloud and other similar services libraries will want to expand their hosting of original collections, and installing the equipment to digitize the information. The sale of this information to the outside world through an iTunes-like service could become a valuable income stream for libraries in the future.
Final Thoughts
Libraries, much like any living breathing organism, will have to adapt to the complex nature of the ever-changing world of information. As information becomes more sophisticated and complex, so will libraries.
Libraries are here to stay because they have a survival instinct. They have created a mutually dependent relationship with the communities they serve, and most importantly, they know how to adapt to the changing world around them.
I am always impressed with the creative things being done in libraries. As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” There are a lot of beautiful dreams taking place that will help form tomorrow’s libraries."
By Futurist Thomas Frey


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Geek of the Week: Craig Simmons on the future of libraries in the digital age

Geek of the Week: Craig Simmons on the future of libraries in the digital age | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Todd Bishop:

"Craig Simmons, our latest Geek of the Week, didn’t originally plan to pursue a career in technology. Back in the 1990s, he was studying for his PhD, focusing on 18th Century and Early Modern British literature, when he realized that something needed to be done to make the rare books and manuscripts he was working with more widely accessible.
So he taught himself programming and early web development, and he’s been involved in technology ever since. Today he manages more than 100 members of the technology team at Serials Solutions, a company in Seattle that works to bring libraries into the digital age."

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Cloud Computing for Libraries, by Marshall Breeding > books | The Tech Set

Cloud Computing for Libraries, by Marshall Breeding > books | The Tech Set | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Marshall Breeding:

"Cloud computing helps libraries shift away from owning and operating local servers to Web-based services. This book equips you with the information and practical advice needed to evaluate the many opportunities to take advantage of cloud computing. It features applications that empower you to use technology without the constraints of a locally supported infrastructure, and more in-depth information and examples of how to plunge directly into suitable projects by taking advantage of free services offered by the top cloud services providers. Examples include using cloud-based supplemental storage, Google’s suite of apps, Amazon’s S3 and EC2 services to power your library website, and DuraCloud to host an online library media collection."


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Anne Harding Training: School libraries in a changing world

Anne Harding Training: School libraries in a changing world | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Anne Harding:

 

"Two interesting training events last week, both with a school library theme, plus some valuable links and resources for school librarians.

It was fascinating to lead discussions for the London School Library Association branch on the theme of the school library in a changing world. With so many changes that impact on school libraries happening in education and in publishing, as well as the ever evolving digital scene, there was lots to consider. Topics delegates chose to debate included the implications of the Ofsted report Moving English Forward for school librarians, funding issues, raising the profile of the library, information literacy for the Google generation, and how school libraries should deal with e-resources. We talked too about the opportunities social networking offers. The photo is of the lovely library at Lea Valley High School, where the training took place."

 

"For anyone keen to keep up to date with the latest in the school library world, Heart of the School (http://heartoftheschool.edublogs.org/) is a fantastic resource. The School Library Network (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sln/)  is also invaluable. The School Library Association (http://www.sla.org.uk/) is excellent. All the books in their Guidelines and Case Studies series (http://www.sla.org.uk/guidelines.php) are helpful and accessible. The latest guide, Twitterspace and Facecloud: Web.2.0 and Beyond for School Librarians (http://www.sla.org.uk/publication.php?isbn=9781903446669), is great. For school librarians considering their role in relation to e-resources, this workshop on e-book lending (http://www.peters-books.co.uk/pdf/ebooks.pdf%20)  in schools looks very useful."

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Content Curation Special Edition on Collected Magazine

Content Curation Special Edition on Collected Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Robin Good: The School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (SLANZA) publishes "Collected", a professionally-designed and written digital magazine.

 

This issue is dedicated to content curation and it includes several articles on how to reuse content with confidence, a great checklist for curation and a really nifty piece on a newbie's experience with Scoop.it.

 

Informative. Highly recommended. 8/10

 

Web edition: http://www.slanza.org.nz/collected.html ;

Downloadable PDF: http://www.slanza.org.nz/magazine/May2012.pdf  ;

 

(thanks to Alison Harrison for first discovering it)


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The present and future of audiovisual archives: Screening the Future 2012 #stf12 Los Angeles

By Audra:
This week, I attended the second annual Screening the Future conference, held at the University of Southern California. Screening the Future 2012: Play, Pause and Press Forward was organized around...
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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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Social Media Tools List: +100 Social Media Tools | Socialnomics

Social Media Tools List: +100 Social Media Tools | Socialnomics | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Erik Qualman:

 

List of top social media tools available in 2012. 

 

"Tired of social media experts answering Hootsuite and Radian6 when asked about social media tools? Well dailytekk.com does an incredible job of keeping a social media tools list. So we’ve taken their incredible list and have mashed it with a few favorites of our own."

 

Divided as follows:

- 25+ RANDOM, MUST-SEE SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS

- MARKETING

- MONITORING AND INTELLIGENCE

- SOCIAL CRM

- MANAGEMENT

- BLOGS AND WEBSITES

- AGENCIES

- OTHER / MISCELLANEOUS

 

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ArchivesInfo: 5 Mistakes New Archives Consultants (and Others) Make in Small Institutions

ArchivesInfo: 5 Mistakes New Archives Consultants (and Others) Make in Small Institutions | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Melissa Mannon:

"The biggest mistake I see new consultants make is jumping into a situation with theory at the forefront of their brains. It is not practical for every repository to reach the pinnacle of archival perfection. Theory should be kept in the back of the brain while one evaluates a site and determines how much theory can be realistically applied to a certain situation."

1. Aiming for the Ideal

2. Overestimating what is fiscally feasible

3. Overestimating Staffing

4. Forgetting or Not Realizing Political Considerations

6. Discounting Community"

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World Digital Library

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"The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world. These cultural treasures include, but are not limited to, manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings. Items on the WDL may easily be browsed by place, time, topic, type of item, and contributing institution, or can be located by an open-ended search, in several languages. Special features include interactive geographic clusters, a timeline, advanced image-viewing and interpretive capabilities. Item-level descriptions and interviews with curators about featured items provide additional information.

 

The principal objectives of the WDL are to:

•Promote international and intercultural understanding;

•Expand the volume and variety of cultural content on the
Internet;

•Provide resources for educators, scholars, and general
audiences."


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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
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"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 (http://lj.libraryjournal.com/tag/design-institute/) held November 11, 2011 at Phoenix’s Burton Barr Central Library. (See also: Building Smart: LJ’s Design Institute Inspires Spaces for the Future http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/05/buildings/lbd/building-smart-ljs-design-institute-inspires-spaces-for-the-future-library-by-design/)

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Social Media, Social Networking and School Libraries.

"Social networking is a participatory medium that is changing the very nature of our professional connections, our community practices and the nature of learning..."
Great presentation to get you thinking...


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Mlibs event – Mobile devices in teaching and research: how do libraries support this? | m-libraries

Mlibs event – Mobile devices in teaching and research: how do libraries support this? | m-libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Mlibs event - Mobile devices in teaching and research: how do libraries support this? (RT @evidencebase: New #mlibs blog post: Mobile devices in teaching and research: how do libraries support this?

 

"Discussions focussed on challenges to implementing mobile technologies. These included:

- cost of vendor provided services including costs for ongoing upgrades
- decisions on whether separate mobile sites should be developed or whether a single point of access would be provided regardless of device used for access
- variability of availability of mobile friendly apps from vendors
- in some areas technology is ‘ahead of the law’ in this area and mobile allows the possibility of services which currently are not legal
- the possibility of an institution using a service that it subscribes to as it is tied into that service when a free app might actually serve the purpose more effectively
support issues around free apps
- the need for user education in the mobile area – one cannot assume that people know how best to use mobile services to support their learning or research because they know how to use mobile technologies in other contexts


Two key messages from the session were:

- There was a general consensus that institutions needed to embrace mobile technology or risk the services that libraries might provide to support teaching and research not being fully exploited as users access other services through mobile devices
- The quality of content delivered was of paramount importance regardless of the medium of delivery"

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Libraries: A Digital Bridge -YouTube | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

by GatesFoundation:

"One in three people in the U.S. do not have home access to the internet. See how libraries are transforming lives, by changing the way we connect."

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New ‘Digital Divide’ Seen in Wasting Time Online

New ‘Digital Divide’ Seen in Wasting Time Online | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By MATT RICHTEL:

"As access to devices has spread, children in poorer families are spending considerably more time than children from more well-off families using their television and gadgets to watch shows and videos, play games and connect on social networking sites, studies show.

This growing time-wasting gap, policy makers and researchers say, is more a reflection of the ability of parents to monitor and limit how children use technology than of access to it.

“I’m not antitechnology at home, but it’s not a savior,” said Laura Robell, the principal at Elmhurst Community Prep, a public middle school in East Oakland, Calif., who has long doubted the value of putting a computer in every home without proper oversight."


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