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Social Media, Libraries, and Web 2.0: How American Libraries are Using New Tools for Public Relations and to Attract New Users – Fourth Annual Survey November 2011

Curtis R. Rogers, Ed.D.

 South Carolina State Library:

 

"Social Media, #libraries & Web 2.0: How American Libraries are Using New Tools for Public Relations & Attract New Users http://t.co/xOx4QnMV..."

 

Summary:

"Social media and Web 2.0 applications and tools are increasingly being used by U.S. libraries of all types.

The majority of open-ended responses illustrate the growing need for libraries to stay
ahead of the curve when it comes to using these popular tools to effectively communicate with their current and potential users.
While some respondents stated their local government or library administration restricts usage of social media tools, the majority of respondents appear to be using a more wide variety of applications to connect with customers.
We must remember that social media and Web 2.0 tools are freely available communication tools, yet take time and continued use to make them effective.
We hope this survey report assists libraries that are using social media and Web 2.0 tools to make better decisions about their continued use.

It also is our hope this report assists libraries that are still not using these tools make the case for exploring the unlimited communication possibilities these tools can afford."

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Am I a librarian?

Am I a librarian? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The ambivalence of many Information Professionals with regards their profession and the future of it seen in the face of new skill sets required!

 

Jo Alcock: "Am I a librarian?..."

 

"I’m still figuring out my identity, as well as working out what I want in the future. I love being part of this profession and don’t want to leave it (not for the foreseeable future anyway!), but the things I really enjoy about my job aren’t necessarily specific to this profession. I could do a lot of what I enjoy doing in a different field. I could be a psychology researcher for example, and I could still be working on developing all the areas I’m focusing on for chartership, just with a different subject context. In one sense this is probably a good thing (i.e. the skills I’m developing are transferable), but it does lead me to question where I fit."

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South African Library Week (SALW) 2012 | LIASA #SALW2012

South African Library Week (SALW) 2012 | LIASA #SALW2012 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Theme: Develop @ your library

 

Following the LIASA's strategy of 2011, the idea is to link libraries to Government imperatives and thus build links with Government Departments and Government Ministers. With the major focus of government on job creation, the theme was chosen with this in mind. While libraries cannot create jobs, they do however contribute to this initiative by developing the nation through, for example, development of programmes that focus on skills development, providing access to information that allows the user to develop and empower him/herself and granting access to computers and online tools, enabling users to develop their computer skills as well as providing tools that allow them to draw up a CV or search for job opportunities."

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"Bad Libraries Build Collections, Good Libraries Build Services, Great Libraries Build Communities"

"Virtual Dave" Lankes is a professor at Syracuse University's School of Information Studies:

The tweet that led to this post:

“Bad Libraries build collections. Good libraries build services (of which a collection is only one). Great libraries build Communities”

 

"There is nothing that says that good and great libraries don’t or can’t build collections. It is a matter of focus. If librarians focus solely or disproportionately on the collection, that is bad...If we are talking focus, what is the difference between bad libraries and good ones? Good libraries focus on users. That is they evaluate the utility of the collection [in] relation to user needs. What do people want and need in terms of the collection, and how does that balance with all the other things the library does (reference, programming, digital resources, instruction, etc.). Here not only do we look at user data such as circulation and such, but the whole user experience."


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Save Library and Archives Canada Campaign Videos

Save Library and Archives Canada Campaign Videos | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Videos Supporting the Campaign to Save Library & Archives Canada. Call on the Federal Government to Save Library and Archives Canada.

Speak out now"

Videos of interviews with: Susan Crean, Kimalee Phillip, Francesca Holyoke, Liam McGahern

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#sxswLAM: Libraries, Archives and Museums in an Interactive World « The Signal: Digital Preservation

#sxswLAM: Libraries, Archives and Museums in an Interactive World « The Signal: Digital Preservation | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Butch Lazorchak:

"In the midst of the South By Southwest Interactive Conference, I daydream about a time (ideally in the not-so-distant future) when librarians, archivists and museum professionals (LAMs) rule the world.

Delusional talk you might say, spoken by someone with more than a little self-interest in ultimate LAM domination. But the halls of SXSWi are full of conversations about “big data,” “cloud computing,” “web usability,” “search and access” and a host of other subjects that are squarely in the domain of today’s information professionals.

So what’s holding us back? Well, there are certainly stereotypes about LAMs that refuse to die.

I hope the professional organizations make it a serious priority to market the profession in a way that truly reflects the skills of its current practitioners to counteract the stereotype. But the truth is we’ll reinvent the profession by exploding those stereotypes one successful interaction at a time.

[...] changes have also happened because “library-type” jobs are in demand outside the confines of libraries themselves under titles like Digital Repository Manager, Data Curator, User Experience Designer, Emergent Technologies Librarian, Director of Digital Strategy, Open Source Evangelist and many more."

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Libraries Lobby Part 2 of 2 – Lydia Syson

Libraries Lobby Part 2 of 2 – Lydia Syson | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

@Saraathotkey:

"It was good to see lots of authors at the libraries lobby. I spotted @candygourlay and @markthomasjones in the crowd, and also one of our own Hot Key Books authors @LydiaSyson, the author of the forthcoming A WORLD BETWEEN US, a gripping love story set in the Spanish Civil War, inspired by her family history."

 

Lydia agreed to guest post for us about the event:

"Libraries are about stories, and dreaming, and travelling without going anywhere, and they’re also about literacy. And without literacy, there can be no political freedom. At the Speak Up for Libraries Rally today the writer Alan Gibbons made the point that libraries are a front line service. As it happens, another passionate speaker’s words had just got me thinking about a different front line: the front line in the Spanish Civil War of 1936-9, when an elected Republican government rightly saw literacy as fundamental to their fight against the Fascist uprising."

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Self-proclaimed radical librarian Jessamyn West to speak at MU on Monday - Columbia Missourian

Self-proclaimed radical librarian Jessamyn West to speak at MU on Monday - Columbia Missourian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Lauren Page:

"Self-proclaimed radical librarian to speak at MU on Monday -Columbia Missourian

"Lots of people know how to use computers, and lots of people don't — more than you think," said Jessamyn West, community technology librarian at Randolph Technical Career...

"Radical librarians are people who feel one of the things they should be doing as a public servant is advocating for the public," she said.

West thinks librarians should advocate for the public by making library services more accessible to people who have difficulty reaching them, such as the homeless and people in jail. It's also important to her that a library's collection represents all of the people of the world.

"We represent the public, so we need to serve the public," West said."

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US National Archives director David Ferriero - Boston Globe

US National Archives director David Ferriero - Boston Globe | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Bryan Bender

David Ferriero - "The man entrusted with America’s documentary heritage - including the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution"

 

"Ferriero now directs the National Archives in Washington, the first librarian to hold the post of official “collector in chief.’’ He not only oversees 12 billion pages and 40 million photographs that tell America’s story, he referees release of America’s oldest secrets, from the formula for invisible ink to battle plans for the Spanish-American War.

He favors openness, he says, but agencies cling to a maze of often-contradictory secrecy rules and a deep-seated culture to lock away even innocuous information. “While progress has been made,’’ Ferriero said, “we still have a huge problem.’’

Ferriero’s primary job is ensuring the 275 executive branch agencies retain the most important government records for posterity.

But he also oversees the National Declassification Center, created by President Obama by executive order in 2009. That makes him point man for an aggressive effort to try to release, by the end of next year, a backlog of an estimated 400 million records that are more than 25 years old."

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The New Face of Public Libraries -Youtube video

@ReelYouth

"Vancouver's Public Libraries have seen a lot of change in the last few decades. The change is not just technological, it is in the way they provide services, why they provide it, and the types of resources they have built and deliver with their communities. Their innovative approach has brought the librarian out of the library and to the people."

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Future of Libraries via the Knight Foundation - 10 video interviews

Future of Libraries via the Knight Foundation - 10 video interviews | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"During a Knight conference exploring the role of libraries in the digital world, we interviewed library directors from eight communities - Philadelphia, St. Paul, Macon, Charlotte, Miami, Akron, San Jose and Detroit - to ask these questions and more.

Hear what library directors from these communities say are their biggest successes and listen to insights in how they’re addressing challenges.

In these videos, library directors also share what projects they’ve developed to help better serve their communities. The Free Library of Philadelphia, for example, was able to involve itself more deeply in communities by creating hot spots in areas with limited digital access."

 

Interviews with:

James Crawford, Google Books
Siobhan A. Reardon, Philadelphia
Kit Hadley, Saint Paul
Thomas Jones, Macon
Karen Beach, Charlotte
Raymond Santiago, Miami
David Jennings, Akron
Jane Light, San Jose
Doug Dotterer, Stow-Munroe
Juliet Machie, Detroit

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Web 2.0 & Libraries 1 & 2 « Tame The Web

Web 2.0 & Libraries 1 & 2 « Tame The Web | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

This post features two reports by Michael Stephens:

Web 2.0 & Libraries: Best Practices for Social Software, and

Web 2.0 & Libraries, Part 2: Trends and Technologies.

 

Stephens’s report on Best Practices for Social Software details numerous successful library implementations of some of today’s most used social-software tools, including:

Weblogs (blogs),

Podcasts,

RSS feeds,

Instant Messaging (IM),

Wikis, and

Flickr.

 

Technology Reports covers a broad range of Web 2.0 topics, tools, and considerations, including:

value-added blogging,

building a community Web site with a blog,

Ten Best Practices for Flickr & Libraries,

libraries and social sites like MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, tagging and social bookmarking,

Messaging in a 2.0 World:

Twitter & SMS,

podcasting,

The OPAC Rebooted, and

how libraries such as the Hennepin County Library and the Arlington Heights Memorial Library are using 2.0 tools

 

For more details: http://tametheweb.com/writing/web-20-libraries-1-2/


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D.C. Library Staff Tests iPad Services App — The Digital Shift

D.C. Library Staff Tests iPad Services App — The Digital Shift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @raamatuid: Nifty!RT @dcpl: Roving iPad librarians coming to DC Public Libraries http://t.co/Lx08IWF5...

 

By Michelle Lee:

"The app would enable library workers to shorten long lines by going around as a mobile checkout “desk,” Williams said. The iPad and a connecting electronic scanner could also be used at community events outside of the libraries to register new patrons and provide more information about their services.
The idea of creating a special iPad app for library workers came up in late 2010 as the technology staff noticed how useful their iPhone app was to library patrons, and they thought it would be a great in-house tool for customer service, said Chis Tonjes, the Washington D.C. public library director of information technology."

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Undaimonia: Defining the modern librarian

Undaimonia: Defining the modern librarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Simon Barron:

"Since librarianship is a “world made of many worlds” (2), what is a librarian? Can there be one single definition?" [...]

"From librarians in public libraries corralling children and dressing as the BookStart bear to librarians in law firms researching for solicitors and dressing up in suits; from archivists working with ancient tomes to military librarians teaching information literacy to soldiers. We have different concerns, different methods, different audiences, different lives." [...]

[...] "a couple of characteristics which are shared between librarians.

 

Authority and duty."

 

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"Rather than the simple possession of a qualification or a job title, modern librarianship is defined by a state of mind."

 

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Thinking more about ebooks and libraries and what big publishers should do – The Shatzkin Files

Thinking more about ebooks and libraries and what big publishers should do – The Shatzkin Files | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Mike Shatzkin:

"The reluctance of most big publishers to make ebooks available through library lending is a topic of widespread attention and concern."

 

"If any big publisher asked me for an opinion about a library policy (and none has), this is what I’d say today.

1. Start immediately experimenting with “baskets” of titles. [...]

2. One set of experiments that should be productive would be on titles that have already had their high-volume run. [...]

3. Look at the “make” books on an upcoming list: those that aren’t by big name authors that are already guaranteed to sell well. [...]

4. License titles for two or three years rather than limiting the number of loans. [...]

5. Explore ways for libraries to sell ebooks to patrons who discover titles through them but, for whatever reason, want to purchase them. [...]"

 

"Publishers’ concerns about the impact of library lending are reasonable. But responding to that concern by simply “freezing” is not helpful to anybody and it may actually be damaging the sales of the books the publishers are trying to protect. I don’t know and the librarians don’t know what the marketplace impact will be of branded ebooks being made available through libraries, but the publishers don’t know either. It is time for all of us to start finding out."

 

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National Archives of Australia unveils digitisation strategy

National Archives of Australia unveils digitisation strategy | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By John Hilvert:

"The National Archives of Australia has outlined a plan to reduce the dependency of government agencies on paper records, saving up to $200 million a year in physical storage costs.

The Director General of the National Archives, David Fricker, said he hoped to drive a coordinated and strategic approach to digital information management across the Federal Government.

The Digital Continuity Plan has been developed by the Archives as a key element of a new whole-of-government policy that will see all Australian Government agencies change to a comprehensive digital information and records management regime.

Fricker said that in a digital world it was no longer feasible or practical for government agencies to continue to manage and store paper records."

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Librarians lend words for wellness

Librarians lend words for wellness | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The Boab Health Services counselling team and the Kununurra Community Library hope to help people access information about mental health issues by offering high-quality self-help material for loan.
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New trend? Librarians, archivists & museum professionals ruling the world | ArchivesNext

Kate T:

"New trend?Librarians, archivists & museum professionals ruling the world | ArchivesNext http://t.co/eAGshlcC..."

 

"I’m referring to this almost ebullient post by the Library of Congress’ Butch Lazorchak on the Signal blog, “#sxswLAM: Libraries, Archives and Museums in an Interactive World.” It’s a beautiful vision, and it’s great to hear that participating in the South By Southwest Interactive Conference has given him this kind of warm rosy optimistic glow.

Butch’s post bolsters my claim that “blurring of organizational roles” is a significant trend for archives. In an earlier draft of my trends post I had a list of trends I wanted to see, and although I didn’t phrase it in quite the same way, “librarians, archivists & museum professionals ruling the world” is pretty close. It’s my hope (and Butch’s vision) that LAM professionals can emerge as leaders in the evolving digital world. But this will only happen if more of them engage in wider discussions, as some LAM representatives are doing."

 

Kate T's version of Trendswatch 2012 - The Archive's edition: http://www.archivesnext.com/?p=2608

 

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Letters to a Young Librarian: So You Want To Be a Medical Librarian, by Alison Aldrich

Letters to a Young Librarian: So You Want To Be a Medical Librarian, by Alison Aldrich | The Information Professional | Scoop.it