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For Archivists, ‘Occupy’ Movement Presents New Challenges - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

For Archivists, ‘Occupy’ Movement Presents New Challenges - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
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By Jeffrey R. Young:

"Howard Besser, a New York University archivist, recently got into a shouting match at an Occupy protest, making a case for why the activists should preserve records of their activities.“Within the Occupy movement there’s a huge suspicion of traditional organizations, including libraries and universities,” Mr. Besser explained Monday at the spring meeting of the Coalition for Networked Information.

The shouting match was an extreme moment, but Mr. Besser and other archivists on a panel here explained that they have had to take unusual steps to try to gather a snapshot for future scholars of the nationwide Occupy protests, which call attention to income inequality in the United States. Those steps—including distributing postcards promoting archiving at protests, developing automated systems to download photos posted online, and asking participants to vote on which images are most important for the historic record—could serve as a model for preserving future events."

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The Library Career Centre: Future Role for Libraries?

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"Given this background, what is the remaining USP of libraries? What feature do they have, that the internet cannot offer? What benefits does this bring? One obvious one that springs to mind is - a physical space. A place to congregate. A place for direct person to person knowledge transfer, collaboration and sharing.

I think libraries need to consider what activities, related to information and knowledge transfer, can only take place in a physical space. Those are the activities, and those are the benefits, of libraries that we should be promoting, advocating for and marketing – to users and to potential new users."

 

>Valid question. But libraries are more than just a space?

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Archives Sector website launched | The National Archives, UK

Archives Sector website launched | The National Archives, UK | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The new Archives sector website has launched today, providing guidance and information for everyone who works with or within archives.
The website brings together strategic and practical resources for archives across the country to develop their collections and services and improve the experience of their users. It provides a place for archives to share learning and to promote their best practice. We consulted with our users and carried out extensive testing to create the website, which will continue to evolve as new initiatives such as the Archives Accreditation standard roll out."

 

"These pages contain strategic and practical resources for archives to develop their collections and services and improve the experience of their users. As sector leader for archives in England, we work with all custodians of records, from private owners to publicly-funded services. By working together, we will realise the true potential of archives to benefit and inspire more people of all ages and backgrounds."


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Computers in Libraries Conference: Talks E-Books, Why E-Books Need Libraries, Other Deep Thoughts: Your Weekly Libraries and E-Content News Summary | Library Renewal

Computers in Libraries Conference: Talks E-Books, Why E-Books Need Libraries, Other Deep Thoughts: Your Weekly Libraries and E-Content News Summary | Library Renewal | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

A very useful collection of videos, presentations, and blog entries on ebooks present and future condition.

 

{...} "round-up of electronic content and library news we have summaries from two sessions at last week’s Computers in Libraries conference, where several sessions were devoted to the future of electronic content."


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New LinkedIn Group: Library and Information Research Methods

New LinkedIn Group: Library and Information Research Methods | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

David Haynes (a member of the DREaM project workshop “cadre”) has set up a new group on LinkedIn for anyone interested in LIS research methods. 


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Running a university library in Africa - by John Welford - Helium

"In order to overcome all these challenges, Africa's university libraries should now take advantage of the 'twinning' arrangements proposed by Universities Overseas. Through exchange programs and research, the libraries can take advantage of professional expertise to revitalize administration of their services. University libraries in Africa should also now move into providing consultancy services, the establishment of desktop publishing CD-ROM units, and provision of database literature searching. These new activities will help to change the image of the library from the traditional role of collector to one of producer, thus helping to sustain and develop Africa's university libraries in line with current world trends in the art of modern-day information provision."

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The Sharing Avalanche - social media Infographic

The Sharing Avalanche - social media Infographic | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

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Amid Library-Wide Digitization, Books Keep Foothold -YouTube video

"As libraries around the world transition from hardbound books to digital files, at California State University, Northridge, a massive infrastructure keeps things running. Mike O'Sullivan reports."

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Nelson Mandela Digital Archive project launched via funding by Google Cultural Institute

Their [...] "aim is to locate, document, digitise, and provide access to all archival materials related to Nelson Mandela. This is a work in progress. Here is a selection of materials arranged in exhibits for your enjoyment."

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Using QR Codes to Extend Learning and Promote a Love of Reading, by Jennifer LaGarde at Adventures of Library Girl

Using QR Codes to Extend Learning and Promote a Love of Reading, by Jennifer LaGarde at Adventures of Library Girl | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Jennifer LaGarde:

"QR Codes are one of those subjects that I’ve been meaning to write about forever. To be honest, I was something of a QR Code skeptic when they were first brought to my attention last fall."

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"I simply LOVE the idea of kids spending time in the library, exploring new ideas and checking out new material based on the opportunity for inquiry provided by the QR Code. However, when this activity is followed by a reading experience that is informed by the student’s desire to find more, new and BETTER resources to be linked to the title their reading, well… that’s when QR Codes make the switch from just being a fun fad or cool gadget to a meaningful tool that can not only extend learning but also help cultivate a love of reading in our students."

 

QR code tutorial here:

http://www.slideshare.net/jlagarde/qr-code-tutorial

 


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Libraries as Community Publishers: How to Turn the Tables, by Peter Brantley

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"This is just one option among many possibilities available to public libraries. I am not naive about the need for a library publishing imprint to have at least a basic supporting staff at a time when budgets are tight. But it is at least within arms reach, and it provides opportunities for librarians to grow and engage in new services that have a stronger future than those dealing with analog culture. Having one foot in the community and one in the network, libraries can help define a new cultural commons."

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QR Codes Extend Library Programming | American Libraries Magazine

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"Pikes Peak Library District found Delivr to be an ideal code management platform, with simple code creation for URLs and text, as well as integrated tracking. Not only is Delivr a free service, it also provides exceptional options that many other companies would charge for. For example, the campaign can be tested, evaluated, and revised, and the URL can be substituted without changing the QR code itself. Delivr’s tracking information provides the number of scans, the type of device used, and when and where the scan occurred. The service also allows users to link up to 4,000 characters of text and offers options to embed links, images, and videos."


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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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Stop Talking About Social and Do It

Stop Talking About Social and Do It | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"“Leadership” has changed when a decentralized group of people can take down a government.

“The Value Chain” has changed when the customer is no longer just the “buyer” but also a co-creator.

“Human Resources” have changed when most of the people who create value for your organization are neither hired nor paid by you.

“Competition” has changed when individuals can create value through a centralized network of resources: for example, designing a product from anywhere, producing it through a 3D factory, financing it through community and distribution from anywhere to anywhere."


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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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