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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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Privacy Settings in Social Media | Social Media Sun

Privacy Settings in Social Media | Social Media Sun | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
If an application offers advanced filtering, create your groups and organize your friends as you go to make it easier on yourself later on. Here is an overview and breakdown of the privacy settings on some of the different social media sites.

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Libraries and Social media | DianeVautier.com

Libraries and Social media | DianeVautier.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by DIANE VAUTIER:

"U.S. libraries of all types continue to make increasing use of social media and Web 2.0 applications and tools to connect with library users and to market programs and services according to the American Library Association.

 

"But change still continues to be a major factor when it comes to adding social media and web 2.0 to the library mix. Shift happens and will continue to drive change, specifically when it comes to content creation and content curation.

Librarians would do well to follow the same steps as does small business when it comes to content creation using social media:

Find your audience

Set your goals

Start with the basics and optimize those accounts Build a team

Create a Content Map

Link accounts – Connect, connect ,connect – your social network.

 

Content curation is where libraries and librarians have a natural advantage because it’s already what they do everyday. Librarians have content curation super powers.  Now that content curation has moved from an in-person resource to an online resource however, librarians are in a unique position to help patrons manage the online information overload, and they can use social media tools to do it. Social media can help libraries become more highly visible and useful to the communities they serve.

If you’d like additional information on this presentation, you can find the slide deck on SlideShare and the full video on Vimeo."

http://www.slideshare.net/dvautier/libraries-and-social-media

 

http://vimeo.com/42157533

 

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Digitization 101: Is now the time for librarians?

Digitization 101: Is now the time for librarians? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Jill Hurst-Wahl:

New librarians are entering the job market fresh from receiving their master's degree (MLIS). The months and years spent in the classroom are behind them and they are anxious for the next chapter of their lives to begin.

 

[...]This is the time for librarians!"


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Top 10 ideas for using Augmented Reality in your library

Top 10 ideas for using Augmented Reality in your library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Some imaginative and practical ideas for incorporating Augmented Reality into any library.

A perfect resource for teacher-librarians and ICT people who want to find fresh ways to engage their visitors.

 

"1. Books
Add rich media and social media to any book or object. For example augmented reality can connect your books to Video, 3D, Images, Audio, Pinterest, goodreads, Shelfari, Great Book Stories, YouTube, Vimeo, facebook, Twitter, Amazon and more."

2. Posters, etc."

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Leipzig sets up rapid-reaction library force - The Local

Leipzig sets up rapid-reaction library force - The Local | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"It took three years of careful planning, but German librarians have – very neatly – signed a pact to race to each other's aid in the event of a book-related disaster.

he rapid-reaction library force will leap into action in the case of anything from flood to fire, while specialist training may be obtained from Leipzig’s fire services."

"The agreement was signed by 15 archives and libraries from the eastern German city, including the Saxon State Archive and the Leipzig university library. Leipzig zoo library reportedly weighed in at the last minute to sign."


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