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Google This, by Terry Ballard < One year of my life | Librarian on the edge - for your library #books

Google This, by Terry Ballard < One year of my life | Librarian on the edge - for your library #books | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Terry Ballard:

"Last April I got a contract with Chandos Publishing of Oxfordshire to write a book called "Google this: Putting Google and other social media sites to work for your library." 

http://www.terryballard.org/googlethis.html&nbsp;

"As I had envisioned originally, I found dozens of librarians who had done great things with social media and got their stories. Whenever possible, I added cookbook-like instructions for crating things like IGoogle gadgets or captioning videos in YouTube. Being a longtime quote collector, I was able to find an apt quote for every chapter beginning. In the end, I see this as the capstone of a career that has gone on for nearly 50 years."

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A Tribute to Special Libraries and Collections: NPR Library

A Tribute to Special Libraries and Collections: NPR Library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Catherine:  

"Special libraries are found within many different types of organizations, such as broadcast networks. Many have internal libraries and librarians which provide archival, research, information retrieval and reference services. These library collections are often closed to the public, focused on serving the needs of direct staff and affiliates. Librarianship within media organizations is a fascinating part of special libraries. In an article from American Journalism Review, in 1995, the 'news librarian' was described as, "the collectors, managers, and re-distributors of the organization's primary product, information. This is critical in all stages of information's flow through the organization – initial information gathering for use in news reporting, in the collection of the news product into databases, in the repackaging of information created by the organization into new products." Much has changed in the industry in the last fifteen years, however the role of collector and manager of the organization's content is still a vital one.

NPR is a non-profit privately and publicly funded membership media organization. The content produced by NPR is nationally syndicated to over 900 public radio stations in the United States. The NPR library does not have a publicly accessible website, as their collections are not available for circulation and reference outside of NPR affiliated patrons. The collection consists of archival audio of NPR produced shows, collections of commercial music and spoken word (films, tv shows, speeches, poetry). Library staff do have a twitter account that is well worth following. The tweets often highlight stories on the NPR website such as this one about the The Most Gigantal, Behemothian Thesaurus In The World"

 

- Includes links to all related websites of NPR.

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Musings about librarianship: How is Google different from traditional Library OPACs & databases?

Musings about librarianship: How is Google different from traditional Library OPACs & databases? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Aaron Tay: "It's a truism in library circles today to say that Google and web search engines (I will use "Google" as a stand in for web search engines) have changed the way users search which in turn affects what they expect from searches in the library."

 

"This article discuss the differences in default searches,  starting from features that are totally accepted": http://musingsaboutlibrarianship.blogspot.com/2012/05/how-is-google-different-from.html


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Preserving songs from fragile records for posterity with IRENE #archives #audio

Preserving songs from fragile records for posterity with IRENE #archives #audio | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

ASHA SRIDHAR:

"As an ageing record spins untouched by the spokes of a gramophone at the Roja Muthiah Research Library, M.K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar's timeless song Un Azhagai Kaana from the movie Thiruneelakantar is converted into 2-d black and white images by a device called IRENE, preserving it for posterity.

Other than the Library of Congress in the United States, Roja Muthiah Research Library is the only institution that has IRENE (Image Reconstruct Erase Noise Etc), an ingenious device that helps in archiving audio content of old records without scratching or even touching the record, says G. Sundar, director of the library.

IRENE, which reached the library two weeks ago, has just been set up, and will help the library archive audio content from records which are too fragile to be played with a conventional player or are deteriorating. “A high-end camera captures images of the grooves as the record is rotating. The software acts as a virtual needle by detecting the edges of the grooves. These images are then converted into sound files,” he says."

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Librarians Remain Concerned About Privacy Rights - Library Journal

Librarians Remain Concerned About Privacy Rights - Library Journal | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

LJ: "Librarians Remain Concerned About Privacy Rights - Library Journal

As the Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) awaits debate in the Senate, an overwhelming majority of librarians remain concerned about privacy rights and individuals' desire to protect and control access to their personal information, according to the preliminary findings of a study released by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. More than 95 percent of librarians who responded to the survey said that “government agencies and businesses shouldn’t share personal information with third parties without authorization and should only be used for a specific purpose,” according to a recent press announcement from ALA."

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Librarians are go: How to raise your profile within and without the school community

Librarians are go: How to raise your profile within and without the school community | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Stacey Taylor:

"We need to encourage quality teachers into the Teacher Librarian fold and to ensure that there are jobs for them to go to. We need to sell our wares to our own communities so that we become planning, teaching and change ...

 

'So how might we do this?

Go to as many faculty meetings as possible, offer your services whenever possible to whoever will work with you.
Develop some expertise that is unique and useful to your community.
Write and publish wherever possible
Talk to teachers and then talk some more
Make connections in person and online
Build relationships
Share successes and opportunities for learning
Project energy and enthusiasm
Take on projects that others may not think of
Partner with people that will help you further your aims."

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Ariadne article: Perceptions of Public Libraries in Africa | EIFL

Ariadne article: Perceptions of Public Libraries in Africa | EIFL | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @EIFLnet: Ariadne article: Perceptions of Public Libraries in Africa http://t.co/mA5rlBiX...

 

"The article “Perceptions of Public Libraries in Africa” has been published in Ariadne, a peer-reviewed open access magazine for information professionals.
In the article, Monika Elbert, David Fuegi and Ugne Lipeikaite summarise and describe the principal findings of the study Perceptions of Public Libraries in Africa commissioned by EIFL Public library Innovation Programme (PLIP) which served to provide evidence of how public libraries are perceived by stakeholders and the public towards public libraries in six African countries.
The authors write:
"The goal of the study was to understand the perceptions of national and local stakeholders (municipalities, ministries, public agencies, media, etc.) and the public (including non-users) in respect of public libraries in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe about the potential of public libraries. It also aimed to understand how these stakeholders could best be positively influenced to create, fund, support or to use public libraries. It is hoped that stakeholders in the countries studied will choose to assess the findings as a potential tool to improve library management and advocacy."

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Higher Education librarians take on Digital Curation | Mark Hepworth

"One thing about the event that impressed me was the way academic librarians at the workshop were taking on digital curation and developing faculties digital curation skills. In other words thinking beyond the traditional remit of information literacy and information management."

 

The Digital Curation Centre (DCC) organised an event at Loughborough University.

Go to http://www.dcc.ac.uk/events/data-management-roadshows/dcc-roadshow-loughborough

 

 

"Here are a number of factors forcing universities to take the curation of research data more seriously:

- research funders ask for it;
- the freedom of information act and data protection act necessitate it i.e. systematic curation will enable data to be stored and accessed effectively and securely.
- fines may be levied if data is not managed in a way that complies with the Data Protection legislation.
- it will enable the sharing of data that will foster innovative research."

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10 Steps To Curate Your Social Media Content With Scoop.it for Increased Value

10 Steps To Curate Your Social Media Content With Scoop.it for Increased Value | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

If you want learn more about social media curation and/or start your own scoop.it you should read this excellent and detailed blog post from Shirley Williams. [note mg]

 

Are you asking the following questions: “What is social media curation?” and “How does it add value?” Are you like many business owners trying to get your head around curation and the associated benefits? Well I have come to realize, you are not alone!

 

In an earlier post I defined curation. In this post I would like us to revisit that definition and share how value can be gained by demonstrating how to use Scoop.it.

 

Reminder of What’s Social Media Curation?

 

With the exponential growth of social networks and blogs, the amount of information on the internet can be overwhelming and time consuming. Consequently, the role of the social media curator has become increasingly more attractive. Social media curation is when you filter, select, review and reposition quality content on the web for a specific audience and/or topic...

 

Read more: http://bit.ly/IRXDad


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angel Graham's comment, May 8, 2012 6:45 PM
These are all very good things. I do some already. Some I need to implement. Thank you.
Martin Gysler's comment, May 9, 2012 5:17 AM
You're welcome Angel. I'm glad if you learned something new to improve your know-how!
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iLibrarian » Create Your Own Library Social Media Monitoring Dashboard through Protopage

iLibrarian » Create Your Own Library Social Media Monitoring Dashboard through Protopage | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Create your own social media monitoring dashboard." - Valuable to all libraries, archives and museums


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New Librarians: This is your time > SlideShare, by Ned Porter

Ned Porter:

 

New librarians: this is your time:

http://www.slideshare.net/thewikiman/new-librarians-this-is-your-time

"The first thing I did was based largely on The Time For Libraries is NOW, and the third thing I did was in two separate Prezis which would be a bit complicated to reproduce here, so I’m embedding the middle one. It was delivered to information science students at the University of Latvia, and is basically about how great our profession is…

(For Slideshare file-size limit reasons, I’ve actually had to take out about 20 slides and get rid of loads of the pictures, but you’ll get the general idea. Feel free to embed this wherever you see fit!)"

 

See also: Library adventures in Latvia (Plus, what we can learn from their approach!)

http://thewikiman.org/blog/?p=1879

 

 

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Keywords: Positioning "Urban Librarianship" To Get Found

Keywords: Positioning "Urban Librarianship" To Get Found | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
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."


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A universal digital library is within reach - Los Angeles Times

A universal digital library is within reach - Los Angeles Times | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
"A universal digital library is within reach Los Angeles Times Since 2002, at first in secret and later with great fanfare, Google has been working to create a digital collection of all the world's books, a library that it hopes will last forever and...

"There are three promising strategies for removing barriers to a universal digital library: First, it should be considered "fair use" in copyright law for nonprofit libraries to circulate orphan works for their patrons for noncommercial purposes. Second, Congress should pass legislation to limit damages and injunctions for other reuses of orphan works. Third, the Copyright Office should explore a collective licensing program under which all in-copyright but out-of-print works could be made available, as some countries are now trying.
Workable solutions exist to fulfill the dream of a universal digital library. Do we really want to tell our grandchildren that we could have achieved this goal but lacked the will to do so?
Pamela Samuelson is a professor at the UC Berkeley School of Law and faculty director of the law school's Berkeley Center for Law & Technology."
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Digital Citizenship Poster > Is this okay to share on social media?

Digital Citizenship Poster > Is this okay to share on social media? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Go way beyond Internet safety. Turn students into great digital citizens.


Get all the tools you need with our FREE Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum and Parent Media Education Program. The relevant, ready-to-use instruction helps you guide students to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions in the digital world where they live, study and play.

 

Every day, your students are tested with each post, search, chat, text message, file download, and profile update. Will they connect with like minds or spill TMI to the wrong people?

 

Will they behave creatively or borrow ideas recklessly? Will they do the right thing or take shortcuts?"

 

Read more...

 


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Oregon's wired libraries are a digital delight

Oregon's wired libraries are a digital delight | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
If you still think of libraries as a place only for books of the paper kind, think again. Libraries nationwide -- including those in the metro area and beyond -- are going digital with downloadable resources, from e-books to online language programs.

 

"Since Multnomah County began offering downloadable books and videos in 2010, use of the service has skyrocketed, said Jeremy Graybill, a spokesman for the county library system. Ten months into the fiscal year, checkouts have already more than doubled last year's numbers, with more than 189,000 checkouts of electronic titles. Similar trends are seen in Clackamas and Washington counties.

To meet the increasing demand, libraries throughout the metro area are increasing their collections of downloadable books, audio and video. But navigating the ever-expanding options can be overwhelming. Library visitors so regularly request help with their e-readers, tablet computers and smartphones that Flotten has launched a weekly hourlong session to answer their questions."

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'Chuck' churns through library checkouts in Louisville - Daily Camera

'Chuck' churns through library checkouts in Louisville - Daily Camera | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
'Chuck' churns through library checkouts in Louisville Daily Camera By John Aguilar Camera Staff Writer Izzy Thomason, 11, left, and Jil Thomason watch the new book-sorting machine at the Louisville Public Library on May 11, 2012.

"Chuck, known to his manufacturers as the 3M Intelligent Return and Sorter System FX, made its debut at the Louisville Public Library earlier this week and the $146,000 high-tech sorting machine is already wowing staff with its work ethic and indefatigable spirit. Chuck, so named by library staff because of its ability to "chuck" books into the right bins, can handle 1,200 items per hour -- ten times more than can be sorted by hand."
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