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Library Technology Is a Good Investment « Library Journal

Library Technology Is a Good Investment « Library Journal | The Information Professional |

By Meredith Schwartz:

"Two surveys conducted by Inside Higher Ed found that college and university chief academic officers/provosts and presidents consider library technology to be their most effective technological investment."


"The 2011-12 Inside Higher Ed Survey of College and University Chief Academic Officers found that, on average, CAOs/provosts rated their institutions’ investment in library technology as 58.8 percent effective, a higher percentage than they gave to any other technology investment. Within that overall score, for-profit institutions were the most satisfied, with a ranking of 77.4 percent, followed by private doctoral programs at 64.9 percent. Private associates programs were the most dissatisfied at 42.9 percent, followed by private baccalaureate programs at 50 percent.
In Presidential Perspectives on the Effectiveness of Campus Investments in Information Technology, presidents were harder on library tech than provosts, rating its effectiveness at 51 percent. But that lower number still made library resources and services the only category that a majority of all presidents rated as very effective. Library resources was the top category chosen overall as well specifically by private and for-profit institutions. Interestingly, public colleges and universities ranked library tech third, behind online distance education and on campus instructional technologies, even though they scored it higher numerically – at 53.1 percent compared to only 46.9 percent for private institutions. Public baccalaureate programs were the most satisfied with their library technology effectiveness at 60.8 percent; public masters programs were least satisfied at 45.2 percent."


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Florida libraries adopt QR codes to offer free music and books - QR Code Press

Florida libraries adopt QR codes to offer free music and books - QR Code Press | The Information Professional |

Broward County Library FL using QR codes to promote  and access OverDrive and Freegal Music

-- spotted by @johnfoleyjr 


 Written by John Montgallo

"QR codes may help drive traffic to local libraries:

County officials believe that this initiative will be successful and help consumers grow more attached to local libraries. The services will be available at all hours of the day, even when libraries are closed. Those using the OverDrive application will be able to download books and music while at home instead of having to make a trip to local libraries. These consumers will still have the opportunity to find and scan QR codes as a way to gain access to digital content.

Broward County is not alone in its adoption of QR codes. Palm Beach County has also begun offering downloadable e-books via QR codes. The county does not have any intention of joining the Freegal Music Service at this time, however."

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A social media manual for Canadian health librarians, by Dean Giustini > Slideshare

About Dean Giustini. I am the UBC Biomedical Branch librarian at Vancouver hospital. I teach at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, and the School of Population and Public Health.




"An introduction to social media

Background This online session is an introduction to the use of social media tools such as Facebook,LinkedIn & Twitterfor health librarians.

The instructors are bloggers and regular users of social media in their daily information practices – they also use social media via their desktops and mobile devices.

Various methods to using social media will be discussed for beginners and more advanced users during theworkshop, which will consist of lectures, powerpoint presentationsand group discussions (and, if technically possible from your location, hands-on learning). During the workshop, several social media trends will be discussed and made relevantfor participants. These trends include social networking, blogging, microblogging and content generation using social media. The pros and cons of using social media in health care will bediscussed, and a range of resources and weblinks to reading and research will be provided.

Learning objectives:

To introduce social media including blogs, wikis, Twitter and Facebook and outline their use in health libraries in 2012

To provide examples of social media used by health librarians in Canada and the US

To engage health librarians in discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of social media using practical examples from health care and health library contexts

To begin a discussion about best practices in using social media in health libraries

Skills gained during workshop:

By the end of this course, participants will:

• Be able to list and understand the core components of major social media tools useful for health librarians and their patrons

• Have practical examples of ways to implement social media effectively in health libraries

• Understand issues in social media implementation such as audiences, goal setting, measurement and

• Discuss the impact of new social awareness services in health and medicine, and engage in thinking about future trends"







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New survey confirms librarians’ commitment to protecting privacy rights | American Libraries Magazine

New survey confirms librarians’ commitment to protecting privacy rights | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional |
American Libraries Magazine, the magazine of the American Library Association, delivers news and information about the library community.


Jennifer Petersen:

"Some of the highlights from the 2012 survey include:

1. Librarians remain concerned about privacy and individuals' desire to control access and use of personal information. Ninety-five percent agree or strongly agree that individuals should be able to control who sees their personal information, and more than 95 percent of respondents feel government agencies and businesses shouldn’t share personal information with third parties without authorization and should only be used for a specific purpose.
2. Librarians affirmed their commitment to the profession's long-standing ethic of protecting library users' privacy. Nearly 100 percent of respondents agreed that “Libraries should never share personal information, circulation records or Internet use records with third parties unless it has been authorized by the individual or by a court of law,” and 76 percent feel libraries are doing all they can to prevent unauthorized access to individual’s personal information and circulation records. Overall, nearly 80 percent feel libraries should play a role in educating the general public about privacy issues.
3. When compared to the 2008 survey, the results showed that the responses given by the 2012 respondents generally mirrored those of the 2008 respondents, with data showing a slight decline in the level of concern over privacy. For example, in both surveys, the vast majority (95 percent in 2008, 90 percent in 2012) of respondents expressed concern that "companies are collecting too much personal information about me and other individuals." However those who “strongly” agreed dropped from 70 percent in 2008 to only 54 percent in 2012."

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Most Interesting Libraries of the World

Most Interesting Libraries of the World | The Information Professional |
Picture gallery for the most interesting library and libraries of the world.
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10 Changes to Expect from the Library of the Future | Online Universities

10 Changes to Expect from the Library of the Future | Online Universities | The Information Professional |

By Staff Writers:

"In honor of School Library Month, check out the ways libraries are going to blossom in the coming years."


"[...] the almost uncanny ability to consistently adapt to the changing demands of the local populace and emerging technology alike. The library system probably won’t disappear anytime soon, but rather, see itself blossoming into something new and exciting in congruence with today’s myriad informational demands."


1. More technology

2. Sensory story times

3. Better outreach to ESOL and ESL adults & children

4. Automation

5. Emphasizing community space

6. More social media savvy

7. Digital media labs

8. Electronic outposts

9. Crowdsourcing

10. More active librarians

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How can Libraries Support Students Live and Learn with Digital Media?

How can Libraries Support Students Live and Learn with Digital Media? | The Information Professional |

C. Shoemaker, H. Martin, B. Joseph (2010) How Using Social Media Forced a Library to Work on the Edge in Their Efforts to Move Youth From “Hanging Out” to “Messing Around, Journal of Media Literacy Education 2:2 (2010) 181 – 184


Full Text Research Paper.



"In 2009, Mimi Ito released Hanging Out, Messing Around and Geeking Out: Living and Learning with New Media, a book composed of 23 related studies. These ethnographic studies interrogated how learning is being experienced by teens via informal uses of digital media. The title refers to the framework around how youth learn through digital media and networked spaces, a kind of learning that is quite often invisible to adults who often confuse it with playing, wasting time or, at worst, as undermining youth’s ethical values and social competencies. This collection of studies, however, finds that these three different modes of participation with digital media, in fact, support the development of a wide range of new media literacies. This is the challenge offered by Ito and the one recently taken up by the New York Public Library. This worked example is not designed to report the successes or failure of this pilot project. Rather, it is intended to explore and take a critical look at the obstacles encountered along the way and discuss how they were negotiated. Finally, it will leverage Ito’s framework to provide context to understand what it means to use digital media for learning and how to apply these lessons learned, both for this organization and others."

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Google Scholar Metrics: A New Resource for Authors and librarians

Google Scholar Metrics: A New Resource for Authors and librarians | The Information Professional |

"Google Scholar quietly launched a new service, Google Scholar Metrics, earlier this month. Google Scholar Metrics allows users to browse a ranked list of publications in a variety of disciplines, sorted according to their h-indices."


"Google Scholar envisions that authors will use the service to “consider where to publish their latest article,” and also discover resources outside of their primary field of study. (As interdisciplinary research continues to grow, the latter functionality will likely become increasingly valuable.) Resources are also categorized by language, and journals may also be searched for using non-English terms (e.g. “salud”)—albeit on a limited basis.

Since the service launched, I’ve been thinking a lot about what Google Scholar Metrics can do for librarians. The first—and most obvious—possibility is that subject librarians can use it in a way similar to authors, in order to become familiar with new resources outside of their primary area of focus. They also might use it to supplement their calculation of the potential value of new journals (and not to mention that of traditional resources), before making purchasing decisions.

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Curators: A Herculean Task Is Ahead of You - and Be Careful

Curators: A Herculean Task Is Ahead of You - and Be Careful | The Information Professional |

"Steven Rosenbaum has an interesting article on Fast Company, outlining the reasons why curation is here to stay and the importance that curators will play in your information consumption diet.


He writes: "...So anyone who steps up and volunteers to curate in their area of knowledge and passion is taking on a Herculean task.


They're going to stand between the web and their readers, using all of the tools at their disposal to "listen" to the web, and then pull out of the data stream nuggets of wisdom, breaking news, important new voices, and other salient details.


It's real work, and requires a tireless commitment to being engaged and ready to rebroadcast timely material.


While there may be an economic benefit for being a "thought leader" and "trusted curator," it's not going to happen overnight.


Which is to say, being a superhero is often a thankless job.


The growth in content, both in terms of pure volume and the speed of publishing, has raised some questions about what best practices are in the curation space."


He also has some pretty straightforward advice on what, as a curator, you should never do:


"1. If you don't add context, or opinion, or voice and simply lift content, it's stealing.


2. If you don't provide attribution, and a link back to the source, it's stealing.


3. If you take a large portion of the original content, it's stealing.


4. If someone asks you not to curate their material, and you don't respect that request, it's stealing.


5. Respect published rights. If images don't allow creative commons use, reach out to the image creator--don't just grab it and ask questions later."


And he definitely has a point on all of these. 


Recommended. 7/10"


Read the full article: 

Via Robin Good, Beth Kanter
Jonathan Rattray Clark's comment, April 18, 2012 1:14 AM
Scooping it .........thanks Robin I really like your curation .... And value your wisdom seems there is purpose to my constant information minning as and educator artist and passionate information collector .......I find it incredibly exciting to find fresh thinking and response to the living world around us and in particular our individual passions. Thank you for your wisdom
Robin Good's comment, April 18, 2012 1:16 AM
Thank you Jonathan. Glad to be of help and inspiration to you.

Tony Gu's comment, April 20, 2012 1:30 AM
I am really enjoying reading this article.
I found that the way Robin Good curate this article truly practice the ‘No Stealing’ rules. Thanks for sharing this with all of us. Big up!
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Zines! | Unbound: Speculations on the Future of the Book

Zines! | Unbound: Speculations on the Future of the Book | The Information Professional |
RT @laurareiner: Awewome post about zines and libraries by my awesome colleague Alana Kumbier:


"When students come to the library to make zines in the Book Arts Lab, they discover one of our campus treasures: a workshop full of printing presses, wood and metal type, bookbinding tools and many other (less-spectacular) supplies for zine-making. And they meet our book arts director, Katherine McCanless Ruffin, who can serve as a teacher and guide for future adventures in self-publishing. Most importantly, when students make zines with us, they claim the library as a space for making and creating knowledge, texts, and community.

As they produce their zines at the end of the semester, I’m proud that our students join a constellation of zine-makers, radical librarians, teachers and archivists, feminist scholars, and community arts organizers dedicated to this form of knowledge articulation, material-cultural production, creative work, and political action. And that they get their hands on some scrap paper, markers, glitter and glue in the process."

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US culture website names Vancouver library as one of the most beautiful public libraries in the world | OpenFile

US culture website names Vancouver library as one of the most beautiful public libraries in the world | OpenFile | The Information Professional |

"#Librariesarebeautiful...Vancouver library one of the most beautiful public libraries in the world (via @grapemanca)..."


Posted by Michael Aynsley:

"[...] the US-based cultural news website Flavorwire named Vancouver’s Central Public Library number two on their list of the 25 most beautiful public libraries in the world."


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US Advises Librarians, Scientists On IT - #cloud


US Advises Librarians, Scientists On IT -

"The United States of America has advised scientists in library and information management sector in Nigeria to embrace cloud computing technology to make their work easier and attractive."

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Information Architecture: Designing Libraries in the Digital Age > e-Oculus

By Murrye Bernard, LEED AP

Event: Libraries: Between Digital and Physical Worlds
Location: Center for Architecture, 04.04.12


"Both architects and librarians must answer the question of how we can integrate information architecture with physical architecture, according to Tula Giannini, PhD., Dean and Professor, School of Information & Library Science, Pratt Institute, who considers herself a “digital scholar.” These days, everyone wants to capture information with their cameras and scanners, and she believes that libraries should support that creative process. Carol A. Mandel, Dean of the Division of Libraries, New York University, believes that ultimately, “a library is about connecting people with knowledge, and that’s what architects should design for, whether that means books or digital files.” All panelists agreed with Holl’s assessment that a library “doesn’t have to look like a library, but it should be an inspiring space.”

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Keywords: Positioning "Urban Librarianship" To Get Found

Keywords: Positioning "Urban Librarianship" To Get Found | The Information Professional |
Graphing phrases using social networking tools helps understand the impact of keyword phrases. This analysis focuses on Urban Librarianship.


Posted by Bradley Woodruff 

"Because Urban Librarianship is a newer trend in the field of library and information science, a potential keyword phrase that may work and produce “hits” could be the keyword phrase “library trends”. This keyword phrase is relevant to the “Urban Librarianship” video, is a term users and prospective students may come up with on their own, and is being used by other videos on the YouTube network, but is not so overused that SLIS will be lost."

Via Fe Angela M. Verzosa
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