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Going Digital: How to Prepare for the End of Optical Media

Going Digital: How to Prepare for the End of Optical Media | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

RT @librarythingtim: How to Prepare for the End of Optical Media http://t.co/vYQAKBQs ;

 

Although written from a personal digitization viewpoint, it is also valid information for librarians and archivists.

- Audio discs

- DVDs

- Software

- Backups (including cloud)

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Steve Rose | Even in this digital age, our libraries are crucial

Steve Rose | Even in this digital age, our libraries are crucial | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
With recent budget cuts leading to fewer hours at many Johnson County libraries, declining service, fewer books in the collection, cuts in building and equipment maintenance, as well as programming, what are we doing to our community treasure?
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India to link 9000 libraries: PM

"NEW DELHI: India will modernise and digitally link nearly 9,000 libraries across the country in a bid to provide readers access to books and information, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said ..."

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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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Jason Scott, Rogue Archivist « The Signal: Digital Preservation

Jason Scott, Rogue Archivist « The Signal: Digital Preservation | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
love this guy - Rogue Archivist « The Signal: @jasonscott http://t.co/RUwWSVDc...

 

Leslie Johnston: 

"I first encountered Jason Scott in mid- to late-2010 through a colleague who informed that me that if I did not know who he was, that I had better learn. Since then I have become a big fan of his passion for digital archiving and his drive to save collections and content that few organizations have considered part of their collecting scope, let alone something that required preservation. In 2011 Jason became affiliated with The Internet Archive, and he has been doing extensive work in building gathering a huge array of content, including open source software, shareware, and conference videos, but also the output of entire communities that was at risk of completely disappearing with little notice.

I recently had the opportunity to ask Jason some questions about his work."

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Special Librarians and Information Professionals Discuss Social Media, Apps and Other Tech Tools at the OLA Super Conference

Special Librarians and Information Professionals Discuss Social Media, Apps and Other Tech Tools at the OLA Super Conference | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Mimi Szeto

"While most librarians don’t turn to Facebook to look up murder victims and research torture stories, Astrid Lange does. Lange is a news librarian who heads the Library and Research Services at the Toronto Star. “Most users don’t know how to use privacy settings,” she told a group of information professionals last Wednesday at the OLA Super Conference 2012.

Lange was one of five speakers of “In The Now: How Special Libraries & Librarians are Using the Latest in Technology,” the pre-conference session hosted by the T-SLIS Network in Toronto.

The event brought together special librarians and non-traditional information professionals to share new tools and tactics to better serve their clients. Hot topics included social media monitoring, digital devices and building library services for tech-savvy users."

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UR libraries stay relevant, leading the national charge | Campus Times

UR libraries stay relevant, leading the national charge | Campus Times | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Matthew Volkov:

"Although many claim that the traditional library is loosing its relevance, UR libraries have managed to stay afloat thanks to digital innovations and student support services."

 

They made use of [...]

"The research report, which has since been applied by more than 40 university libraries worldwide, is entitled “Studying Students: the Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester.”
Since then, the library and its staff have made every effort to ensure that UR’s library system stays relevant to students.
“We want to figure out what technology students are using and ensure that our capabilities match up with what students need,” Rush Rhees Librarian Eileen Daly said.
Students can now chat live or text with librarians during the day to get help with research or writing projects. The library’s website can also text students the call numbers of books found through the reference catalog.
On Monday, Feb. 6, the library released an application that allows students to search virtually all of the library’s article databases and access the articles via smartphones."

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We Need Copyright 2.0 | American Libraries Magazine

We Need Copyright 2.0 | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Neal Starkey (American Libraries Magazine, the magazine of the American Library Association, delivers news and information about the library community.)

 

"[...] the only way to guarantee lasting public access to the increasingly digitized intellectual wealth of the world is through the reform of copyright law.

We need the creation of solid legal exemptions for libraries to break DRM and to own, circulate, and ­archive digital copies."

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Best Databases 2011: Librarians Decide Which Databases Make the Grade — Library Journal Reviews

Best Databases 2011: Librarians Decide Which Databases Make the Grade — Library Journal Reviews | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Best Databases 2011: Librarians Decide Which Databases Make the Grade-Library Journal http://t.co/E6QEKA7j...

"To learn which resources have emerged as the most remarkable tools in a sea of digital research options, we polled a group of librarians and LJ reviewers to choose the “best” of 2011 (see our list of contributors on page 18).

Many of them were involved in the original E-Reference Ratings. Here are their picks.

BEST OVERALL

Credo Reference
Credo www.credoreference.com

 

For the rest, see here: http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/2011/12/reference/best-databases-2011-librarians-decide-which-databases-make-the-grade/

 

 

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Lord of Curation Series: Karen du Toit Scoop.it

Lord of Curation Series: Karen du Toit Scoop.it | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

I feel very honoured to have been included in the Lord of Curation series.

 

"Our Lord of Curation series presents to you some of the great curators on Scoop.it. They are here to share their insights and advice with you...."

 

Karen du Toit is an Information Specialist, who has worked as librarian and archivist..."

I give my thoughts on the value of curation and my curation secrets, as well as how it has enhanced my social media experience.

My advice to Information Specialists is to embrace the digital shift!

 

 

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Libraries: championing digital information on campus

Libraries: championing digital information on campus | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Alison Mackenzie explains how a new project is looking at the role university libraries play in developing digital literacy (RT @dmlcentral: New project looks at the role university libraries play in developing digital literacy)"

 

"The Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) is working on a project to review the roles academic libraries are playing in developing the digital literacies within their own institutions, and across the information profession. Academic librarians have a long tradition of championing the effective use of information. The SCONUL project is designed to reveal how libraries and librarians are shaping their services to maximise the opportunities and benefits of working in a digital environment."

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The Revolution Isn’t Just Digital | American Libraries Magazine

The Revolution Isn’t Just Digital | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

ALAN S. INOUYE: The impact of the digital revolution on libraries & librarians:

 

"In fall 2011, ALA established a Digital Content and Libraries Working Group and an associated initiative. In an Association-wide effort, members and staff from ALA’s divisions, offices, and other bodies are being coordinated to pursue short-term and long-term activities to advance the interests of the library community. These activities will provide support for the library community, as well as communication and advocacy with the general public and other key stakeholders such as publishers, other information intermediaries, and government agencies.

But ALA can only go so far. You must take action to meet your own institutional challenges. Take a hard look at how you are doing business, assess what resources you have, and consider whether you are well positioned for the challenges ahead. (Confronting the Future provides some direction on how to frame this strategy development.) The main driver of change in the past 10 years may have been the digital revolution, but these changes also have serious organizational implications for libraries.

Get involved in grassroots action. You can negotiate directly with publishers and intermediaries, perhaps in collaboration with other librarians or such organizations as library cooperatives and state libraries. Spread the word among your patrons, local government officials, local newspapers, and other media.

What are you doing for your library and your profession?"

 

ALAN S. INOUYE is the program manager of ALA’s new initiative on digital content and libraries. He is also director of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy, based in Washington, D.C.

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Would used e-books work, redux | TeleRead

Would used e-books work, redux | TeleRead | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Chris Meadows:

"Since the ReDigi lawsuit surfaced a few days ago, some of the e-book blogs have been taking notice.

[...] TeleRead has already looked at these issues a couple of times, with a reprint of a post on first sale by Marilynn Byerly and my own look at digital resale efforts that didn’t get off the ground. Fundamentally, digital and resale currently just don’t mix.

Even if copyright laws permitted the copying necessary for such a resale (which they currently do not), it’s unrealistic to expect people not to try to have their e-cake and eat it too. Just as you can’t make uncrackable media DRM, you can’t really ensure someone is being honest about getting rid of all copies of media he has “resold”."

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A free, digital public library is coming - talk by Robert Darnton | Melville House Books

A free, digital public library is coming - talk by Robert Darnton | Melville House Books | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Nick Davies:

"At a talk at Columbia Law School on April 2, Harvard University librarian Robert Darnton promised that the Digital Public Library of America, a nonprofit effort to offer free access to millions of digitized books, would become a reality by this time next year.

 

Darnton, a cultural historian and author of The Great Cat Massacre, as well as several notable books about publishing history such as Revolution in Print: the Press in France 1775-1800, was giving a talk titled “Digitize, Democratize: Libraries and the Future of Books” as the featured speaker at the 25th Annual Horace S. Manges Lecture."

 

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Building the Ecology of Libraries – An Interview with Brewster Kahle | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

Building the Ecology of Libraries – An Interview with Brewster Kahle | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Interviewers:

"Kai Eckert is computer scientist and vice head of the IT departement of the Mannheim University Library. He coordinates the linked open data activities and developed the linked data service of the library. He held various presentations, both national and international, about linked data and open data.

Adrian Pohl has been working at the Cologne-based North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Center (hbz) since 2008. His main focuses are Open Data, Linked Data and its conceptual, theoretical and legal implications. Since June 2010 Adrian has been coordinating the Open Knowledge Foundation’s Working Group on Open Bibliographic Data."

 

"At OKCon 2011, we had the opportunity to interview Brewster Kahle who is a computer engineer, internet entrepreneur, activist, and digital librarian. He is the founder and director of the Internet Archive, a non-profit digital library with the stated mission of “universal access to all knowledge”. Besides the widely known “Wayback Machine“, where archived copies of most webpages can be accessed, the Internet Archive is very active in the digitization of books, as well, and provides with the “Open Library” a free catalog that aims to describe “every book ever published”. Kahle and his wife, Mary Austin, created the Kahle/Austin Foundation that supports the Internet Archive and other non-profit organizations.

As open data enthusiasts from the library world, we were especially interested in how the activities of the Internet Archive relate to libraries. We wanted to know how its general approach and service could be useful for libraries in Europe.

Brewster Kahle, what is the Internet Archive and what is your vision for its future?..."

Interview here: http://blog.okfn.org/2012/03/23/building-the-ecology-of-libraries-an-interview-with-brewster-kahle/

 

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Einstein's Complete Archives to Go Online for the First Time - PC Magazine

Einstein's Complete Archives to Go Online for the First Time - PC Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Damon Poeter:

"CBS NewsEinstein's Complete Archives to Go Online for the First Time" - 

PC Magazine

 

"Over the next several years, Albert Einstein's complete archives will be made available online by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, curator of the Noble Prize-winning physicist's volumes of private and professional correspondence, research notes, travel diaries, scientific writings, and more.
Einstein's archives include some 80,000 items that have only recently been "cataloged and enhanced with cross referencing technology," according to the Associated Press."

"Knowledge is not about hiding. It's about openness," Hebrew University president Menachem Ben Sasson told the news agency. Former university president Hanoch Gutfreund added: "More than anyone else, [Einstein] expressed his views on every agenda of mankind. Now we have a complete and full picture of that person."
With the help of a grant from the Polonsky Foundation UK, the organization that also assisted in the digitization of Isaac Newton's papers, curators have been "pulling never-before seen items" from a climate-controlled safe and readying them for distribution online as high-resolution images.
The university's new Einstein Archives Online portal, which debuted earlier this week, currently offers visitors about 2,000 documents representing Einstein's life through the year 1921. Subsequent additions to the site will fill out the papers bequeathed by the German Jewish physicist, born in 1879, to Hebrew University upon his death in 1955."

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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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E-Book Library Lending Rises, Publishing Industry Grapples With Change | Digital Book World

E-Book Library Lending Rises, Publishing Industry Grapples With Change | Digital Book World | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Barbara Galletly:

"E-books have become a core part of U.S. publishers’ business. Libraries and booksellers have built e-book lending programs. What is the future of e-lending?"

 

"We’re witnessing a sea change in e-book library lending. As more players become involved in the market, the traditional roles of publisher, distributor, bookseller, and library are beginning to blur. One thing is clear, though: As publishers struggle to sell and market their wares in a world of declining retail space, libraries become more valuable. If digital shelf space at libraries proves to have similar effect as its physical counterpart, to serve libraries and their patrons digitally is to cultivate customers of the future."

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New state librarian leads digitization effort to expand reach of archives

New state librarian leads digitization effort to expand reach of archives | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

 

 

 

 

 

Sanjay Talwani:

"HELENA -- Not that long ago, the Montana State Library, in charge of making state documents available to the public, circulated just a few hundred publications outside its walls each year.
Now, in just the past three months, the library has circulated some 18,000 digital documents, and what's available is vast: state agency reports going back years, and data-rich natural resource and geographic information resources covering everything form moisture levels to property ownership to oil and gas leases.
Jennie Stapp, the state library director since Jan. 1, is driving that digital train. Just nine years out of graduate school, she figures she's the youngest state librarian in the nation. She was, most recently, the digital library director and library's chief information officer. She succeeded Darlene Staffeldt, who had worked at the library for 35 years."

Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/new-state-librarian-leads-digitization-effort-to-expand-reach-of/article_5224e554-4cf5-5f25-a77c-db7d86b20eff.html#ixzz1lsvOeViB 

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Librarians: a Dying Breed? | Digital Book World

Librarians: a Dying Breed? | Digital Book World | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Not a new topic, but being raised again and again....

Here it is raised because of dwindling textbook revenue.

 

Jeremy Greenfield:

"Will librarians go the way of the soda jerk, telephone operator and travel agent? A new study suggests it's already happening. (Will digital media push librarians to the brink of extinction?)"

"According to a new study of the textbook market by Bowker, library information science textbooks generated about 30% less revenue in academic year 2011 (ending in Spring 2011) than in the previous academic year. It topped the chart of “declining” disciplines at this morning’s Book Industry Study Group higher education publishing event in New York."