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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 | Scoop.it

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

 

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"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 | Scoop.it

"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 | Scoop.it

"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: http://www.fastcompany.com/1834177/content-curators-are-the-new-superheros-of-the-web?partner=rss 


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Jonathan Rattray Clark's comment, April 18, 2012 1:14 AM
Scooping it .........thanks Robin I really like your curation .... And value your wisdom ......it 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 | Scoop.it
RT @laurareiner: Awewome post about zines and libraries by my awesome colleague Alana Kumbier: http://t.co/t33DYikq...

 

"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 | Scoop.it

"#Librariesarebeautiful...Vancouver library one of the most beautiful public libraries in the world http://t.co/PJ4GHrCn (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."

http://flavorwire.com/280318/the-25-most-beautiful-public-libraries-in-the-world

 

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US Advises Librarians, Scientists On IT - AllAfrica.com #cloud

BY ZAKARIYYA ADARAMOLA,

US Advises Librarians, Scientists On IT - AllAfrica.com

"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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Re-designing spaces for learning | Connected Principals, by @Sharris

Re-designing spaces for learning | Connected Principals, by @Sharris | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Sharris: "This is a copy of a my guest blog post published this week for the World Innovation Summit for Education - WISE, Qatar - on re-designing spaces for learning..."

http://www.wise-qatar.org/content/stephen-harris-redesigning-spaces-around-collaborative-teaching ;

 

"There is a clear movement occurring in education globally right now – a movement that is seeking to shift the epicentre of educational paradigms from an industrial-era experience to something more relevant to the ever changing and dynamic contexts of the 21st century. In the first decade of this new century, much great work has been done articulating what 21st century skills might be – www.p21.org is a great example of this.

My focus is the key importance of spatial awareness in redesigning spaces for learning. I hope the second decade of this century will be marked by an awareness that redesigning spaces will be as important to change processes, as describing the new skills deemed necessary for learning and career creation in the last decade. I will focus on our journey of change as a case study for education redesign."

 

 

 

 

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iLibrarian » 5 Educational YouTube Channels for Librarians, by Thomas Samph

Thomas Samph is a writer at Grovo.com, an online Internet education and training platform for video tutorials on everything from how to use Twitter to Facebook Timeline:

"From the world's largest library of online videos, here are several of the best YouTube channels for librarians. These channels can help librarians to further educate themselves on the tons of information available on YouTube ..."

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Houstonians set up underground libraries in response to book ban, by Halli Jordan

Houstonians set up underground libraries in response to book ban, by Halli Jordan | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Hallie Jordan

"After learning about a law in Arizona that has gotten books about Mexican-American history banned from classrooms, a group of Houstonians responded by collecting over 1,000 of the banned books, packing them in cars and taking them in a caravan across Texas and New Mexico to Tucson, Arizona.
Known as “librotraficantes,” or book traffickers, a group led by Houston Community College professor and author Tony Diaz has taken it upon itself to help the students in Arizona to have access to the books that have been part of their school district’s curriculum for years.
In 2010 Arizona passed House Bill 2281 that specifies that public school courses must not teach material that conflicts with the United States government."

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How to be the office expert on new social media tools

How to be the office expert on new social media tools | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Adam Vincenzini:

"These five websites will give you the inside scoop on the latest and greatest apps before everyone else.

 

1. WebAppStorm.net. The most thorough Web app review site on the web. Add this one to your RSS reader now.

2. ProductiveWebApps.com. Daily updates of new tools and apps that will make you more productive and efficient.

3. MakeUseOf.com. The daily “cool sites and web apps” column gives you the latest and greatest tools being launched around the Web.

4. AppAppeal.com. More than 2,700 Web apps tested and reviewed for your browsing pleasure.

5. JustTweetIt.com. An endless directory of tools to enrich your Twitter experience."


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Seven Essential Elements to an Awesome Library Website - SlideShare

Judy O'Connell:

"Ever had that feeling there was something missing on your website, or something not quite right ... but you couldn't put your finger on it?"


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6 Reasons to Visualize Your Data in the Age of Distraction - Loren Sorenson

6 Reasons to Visualize Your Data in the Age of Distraction - Loren Sorenson | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

This piece was posted by Loren Sorenson for Hubspot, I selected it because as she says "If you aren’t prepared for the visual content revolution, you may be left in the dust.

 

Not convinced? Let's take a look at exactly how visual contentis positively contributing to marketing strategies -- it may just give you the push you need

 

"Learn why visual content is a critical part of your content creation strategy.

 

Here are some highlights:

 

**People remember only 20% of what they read

 

**83% of learning is visual

 

Condenses and Explains Large Amounts of Information

 

**Today, there is too much information on the Internet you have about 3 seconds to catch someone’s eyes so they'll consume your information.

 

Gives Your Brand an Identity

 

**Visual content draws people in, letting viewers better understand your brand's identity

 

Drives User Engagement

 

**If you've ever read a book with a child, you probably know they find pictures more interesting than words; but are adults really that different?

 

Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

 

Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/Ifujbp]


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Thank you for adding me to the wiki and for your kind words, it's greatly appreciated. Yes this is the conversation of the moment so to speak. I'm sure your presentation was amazing. Would love to hear it if you have a replay.
Beth Kanter's comment, April 11, 2012 10:08 PM
Jan: There's a link in the wiki to the live stream of the session - and a lot of notes and resources ... I love this topic! I'm holding myself back from created another scoop.it on it ...
janlgordon's comment, April 13, 2012 10:05 PM
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Thanks for looking forward to seeing this info. Knowing you, I can imagine that you want to start another scoopit on this topic but it's not necessary because you're already doing a wonderful job covering it now.
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48 Significant Social Media Facts, Figures and Statistics - Plus 7 Infographics | Jeffbullas's Blog

48 Significant Social Media Facts, Figures and Statistics - Plus 7 Infographics | Jeffbullas's Blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The social media landscape changes rapidly and keeping up with the latest numbers is a challenge.

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