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VALA2012 Proceedings - some vodcasts available

VALA2012 Proceedings - some vodcasts available | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The VALA2012 16th Biennial Conference and Exhibition was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia from 6 - 9 February 2012.

 

"The theme for this conference is emPowering eFutures ."

 

Photo of Jason Griffey, one of the Keynote speakers
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, USA

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Lessons from Small Libraries: They’re Not Intimidated by the Present, or the Future | Editorial

Lessons from Small Libraries: They’re Not Intimidated by the Present, or the Future | Editorial | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Francine Fialkoff:

Lessons from Small Libraries: They’re Not Intimidated by the Present, or the Future | http://t.co/YdLrlLmW #Libraries #AB_libraries...

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"Libraries: we share sh*t" #VALA2012 #k6en - photo of slide in presentation

"Libraries: we share sh*t"  #VALA2012 #k6en - photo of slide in presentation | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

via Plume (new job description “@embilbie: "Libraries: we share shit" http://t.co/jVs3cys1 #VALA2012 #k6en”...

 

The presentation as copied from VALA2012:

 

"VALA2012 Plenary 6 Neiburger

Access, schmaccess: libraries in the Age of Information Ubiquity

VALA2012 PLENARY 6: Eli Neiburger
Thursday 9 February 2012, 15:55 - 17:05
Eli Neiburger

Ann Arbor District Library, USA
Please tag your comments, tweets, and blog posts about this plenary presentation: #VALA2012 and #K6EN

Abstract

Access, schmaccess: libraries in the Age of Information Ubiquity

The 21st century isn't just here, it's already 12% over. The presence of ubiquitous access to a global information network, and the cultures that flourish on that network, change everything about Libraries... or do they? Eli will highlight some of the contrasts between the Web Culture of this Century, and the Broadcast Culture of the last century, exploring how the value, mission, and focus of libraries are impacted by this cultural change, which has still barely begun. Maybe the library of the future is not really so different from the library of the past... from a certain point of view."

 

- http://www.vala.org.au/vala2012-proceedings/vala2012-plenary-6-neiburger

 

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Future Proof – Protecting our digital future » Exposure draft of digitisation guidance now available

Future Proof – Protecting our digital future » Exposure draft of digitisation guidance now available | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"We are pleased to announce the release of a new Exposure draft:

Managing digitisation programs and projects 

http://www.records.nsw.gov.au/recordkeeping/government-recordkeeping-manual/guidance/guidelines/managing-digitisation-programs-and-projects/new-draft-guidance-on-digitisation"

 

 

 

"The digitisation guidance is divided into two guidelines:

1. business process digitisation programs, i.e. ongoing routine digitisation for daily business use, and

2. back-capture digitisation projects, i.e. retrospective or project-based digitisation of existing paper records.

Each guideline can be read as a whole, or you can go to individual sections to learn more about particular topics, e.g. metadata requirements, technical specifications etc. The Planning for digitisation section of each guideline provides a summary of the issues you need to consider.

In addition, the guidance includes Frequently asked questions, a Glossary, a Bibliography and Digitisation case studies."

 

(Image: a digital image of an archival record)

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The State of Mobile in Libraries 2012 — The Digital Shift

The State of Mobile in Libraries 2012 — The Digital Shift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The State of Mobile in Libraries 2012 - http://t.co/NwFKQcR0 via @ShiftTheDigital...

 

Lisa Carlucci Thomas summary:

 

"In 2012, expect existing mobile library services to mature. Mobile websites will be refined, content will be added, more mobile-friendly platforms will become available, and usability of mobile resources will be examined in greater detail. Integration with emerging features and services, such as mobile payment systems (Square, Google Wallet), checkins and gamification (Foursquare, GetGlue, QR codes, SnapTags), social sharing and content curation (Path, Tumblr, Instagram, PicPlz), place-based collections, and augmented reality tours (Scan Jose) built from library digital collections, will present exciting opportunities.
Ebooks and digital content discussions will continue to be complicated, and library advocates will build upon collective knowledge gained and further seek to negotiate adequate rights and licensing policies with publishers. Nonetheless, more libraries will purchase ebooks and circulate ereaders, iPod Touches, and tablet computers than ever before and offer instruction and outreach to patrons seeking experienced support and guidance using their own devices.
Technological advancements, such as sophisticated touch screen interfaces, next-generation platforms, patron self-service tools, and interactive communication services, along with evolving user demands will fuel the ongoing development of mobile library innovations for libraries already involved and encourage creative ideas about delivering services with a fresh perspective.
In 2012, resolve to identify opportunities to integrate mobile services, overcome the challenges, and inspire and engage your mobile library community. It’s time to get in the mix."

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AOTUS: Collector in Chief | Thinking About the Future of Information Professionals

RT @USNatArchives: What skills/characteristics are needed to be an #archivist? #AOTUS @dferriero offers his thoughts.

 

David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States: 

 

" The next generation of Information Professionals

 

- People with a broader background than was the case when I was a graduate student. In addition to history, archives and library science, other subject matter areas are important. Above all, we want people who can connect archival work with real life experiences.
- Technical savvy is a given to work in a modern archives. And by savvy, I mean not just experience with the latest technologies, but also a sense of excitement and curiosity about putting those technologies to work
- A tolerance for ambiguity—if you need a blueprint of what your job is going to be like in five years, archives might not be the best fit.
- Highly developed collaborative skills. Can you play well with others?
- People with a strong passion for working with people. A customer-driven organization such as the one we are creating needs a customer-driven staff."

 

Full-text keynote address here: http://blogs.archives.gov/aotus/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/ALISE-keynote-address-as-delivered1.pdf 

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Share a love of reading through the library - volunteers

Share a love of reading through the library - volunteers | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Hey you, person with your nose buried in a book or an e-reader:
Look up for just a moment. You know how much you love to read?"

 

"East Valley cities public libraries: All rely on volunteers - adults and teens -- to help with shelving books, answering patrons' questions, and more."

 

 

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National Libraries Day in the UK on 4 Feb #NLD12

National Libraries Day in the UK on 4 Feb #NLD12 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

National Libraries Day is devoted to all types of libraries, library users, staff and supporters across the UK. - Check here to see what transpired on the day:

http://www.nationallibrariesday.org.uk/

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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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Digital Content Curation Is Career for Librarians | Backtalk

Digital Content Curation Is Career for Librarians | Backtalk | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

John Farrier @johncfarrier likens curation to the role of a librarian. Find out why!

 

[...] "the act of quickly finding and explaining new information on the Internet has emerged as the profession of digital content curation.

It is a task for which librarians are well-suited and a potential source of employment."

 

 

 

 

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To Attract Parents and Kids, Libraries Should Think Mobile — The Digital Shift

To Attract Parents and Kids, Libraries Should Think Mobile — The Digital Shift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @sljournal: To Attract Parents and Kids, Libraries Should Think Mobile—The Digital Shift http://t.co/aMheP8uf...

"Library patrons between the ages of 21 and 40—those most likely to have young children— turn to mobile technology when looking for content, conducting research, and when trying to locate material for their kids. Nearly 15 percent of this group report they are using mobile services to help their children with research or to find a book, as compared to less than 10 percent of the 2,155 total respondents in “Patron Profiles: Mobile Devices, Mobile Content and Library Apps,” a 45-page report released in January." - http://www.thedigitalshift.com/research/patron-profiles/subscribe/

 

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How Librarians Can Help in Real Life, at #scio13, and more - CogSci Librarian

How Librarians Can Help in Real Life, at #scio13, and more - CogSci Librarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @aarontay: RT @scio12: How Librarians Can Help in Real Life, at #scio13, and more http://t.co/e3syo4jo by

@CogSciLibrarian #scio12

 

"How do librarians help scientists? If you haven't worked with a good librarian, it's hard to know what we can offer and how we can be useful.

I'd love to see a session at a scholarly conference (ScienceOnline, AEJMC, I'm looking at you!) where librarians model how we work our magic with patrons."

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E-books and Libraries: Providing Access and Planning Ahead - Slideshare

St Petersburg College:

"E-books have gone from a niche service to a high demand format in an incredibly short time. And their pace of growth is likely to increase.

Libraries have several key roles to play in the development of E-publishing: assisting users with their E-reading devices; developing practical ways to purchase, store and loan E-materials; educating their governing bodies, staff and public on the potential of E-reading; helping vendors understand the value of libraries in the distribution of E-materials; and planning future library facilities that perform well in an E-book environment. Chad Mairn and Al Carlson will help you get your feet on the ground in this virtual new world and provide you with resources that will help you and your library perform each of those roles more confidently."

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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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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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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."

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Handheld Librarian VI conference- mobile solutions for librarians

Handheld Librarian VI conference- mobile solutions for librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"6th Handheld Librarian conference, a place where interested librarians bring their tools and strategies to the learning scene.

The conference will feature professional development for librarians by librarians.

This is the grass-roots nature of our highly successful program.

Handheld Librarian VI will build on the success of prior conferences in which an array of presenters share their experiences and insights on topics addressing themes such as ebooks, location-based social networking, lending devices, reference and mobile technologies impacting society. You can see the quality of the content by looking through our past archives."

 

(Photo: Michael Stephens, Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University)

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VALA2012 Conf in Melbourne - #VALA2012

VALA2012 Conf in Melbourne - #VALA2012 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

6-9 Feb 2012:

 

The conference is a [...] "platform for innovation that promotes the use and understanding of information and communication technologies across a broad sector of Libraries, with increasing participation from the Galleries, Archives and Museums sectors."

 

VALA2012 Conference Theme:


"The VALA2012 theme, eM-powering eFutures, promotes the understanding and use of communication technology in libraries and the related museums, archives and galleries services.

VALA2012 looks to the future as our presenters embrace technological change in their workplaces and institutions, seeking ways to mobilise service delivery and granting service providers the skills and power to stay ahead of a connected and socialised client base."

 

VALA - Libraries, Technology and the Future Inc. aims:

"

- To promote the use of information technology in data manipulation and management within and for libraries, library networks and information systems.
- To promote the education of practitioners and other people interested in the use of information technology for manipulation of bibliographic and information systems data.
- To promote and foster a general understanding of automated library and information systems, particularly amongst practitioners in the library and information dissemination industries.
- To promote and exchange information about the planning, analysis, implementation, operation, maintenance and use of telecommunications in library and information systems.
- To develop an educated public opinion on the value, role and importance of information, telecommunications and related technologies in libraries and information systems." http://www.vala.org.au/aboutvala/aims

 

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Attend “Big Talk From Small Libraries” Online Conference Feb. 28th @ Library Sparks

Attend “Big Talk From Small Libraries” Online Conference Feb. 28th @ Library Sparks | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Big Talk From Small Libraries” free one-day online conference
Date: Tuesday February 28, 2012
Time: 8:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Register here: http://nlc.nebraska.gov/scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgId=11051

 

Attend one or all 8 sessions from the comfort of your computer. (The sessions you attend are eligible as a Category B continuing education activity.)

This free one-day online conference is aimed at librarians from small libraries; the smaller the better. Each present