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Nashville Library Delivery Service Boosts Literacy - limitless libraries

Nashville Library Delivery Service Boosts Literacy - limitless libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Caroline Cournoyer:

"Instead of waiting for students to go to the library, which can be difficult since most aren't of driving age, Nashville Public Library is bringing the books to them.

Go Limitless Libraries!"

"With a few clicks, high school and middle students can check out books, DVDs and CDs online from Nashville Public Library and pick them up at their school."

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Random House makes history, says it will sell books to libraries with no restriction on number of loans

Random House makes history, says it will sell books to libraries with no restriction on number of loans | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Dennis Johnson:

[...]yesterday, the biggest of the Big Six [publishers], Random House, threw caution to the wind and announced they’d struck a deal with libraries:

It was going to raise the price of its ebooks to library wholesalers, but once a library had bought the book, that was it. They could loan it out as many times as they wanted and never buy it again."

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QR Codes for Libraries and Education

QR Codes for Libraries and Education | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Dr Steve Matthews:

"In my June 16 Post Do-It-Yourself QR Codes, I simply posed some facts and fascinations about QR codes."

"I recently came across some seriously useful applications for QR codes in libraries and education"

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Beyond books: what it takes to be a 21st century librarian

Beyond books: what it takes to be a 21st century librarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Emma Cragg and Katie Birkwood:

 

"From connecting with people to keeping up with the latest technologies, there is a whole lot more to the job than stamping due dates..."

 

"Books are only one aspect of what libraries and librarians are about. Librarianship is a people profession; a librarian's job is to connect people with the information they are seeking, whatever format that may take.

At their heart, all library jobs have a central purpose: to help people access and use information, for education, for work, or for pleasure. In all library roles customer service and communication skills are important. If anyone ever thought they'd become a librarian because they liked books or reading, they would be sorely disappointed if they did not also like people too. Libraries of all kinds are keen to demonstrate their value to as wide an audience as possible, and to open up access to culturally significant resources that they hold."

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A Day in the life of an “OER Librarian”

A Day in the life of an “OER Librarian” | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

A Day in the life of an “OER Librarian" looking for user-friendly collections of open textbooks (via @OER_center)

 

Sleslie: 

To [...] find some suitable Open Textbook alternatives for a collaborative program in ICT here in BC, and I wanted to reflect on this process and this potential role of “OER Librarian.”


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Future Work Skills 2020 | Libraries Interact

Future Work Skills 2020 | Libraries Interact | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Future Work Skills 202o, via Michelle at Libraries Interact:

 

 

"The skills that IFTF sees as being required in such a work landscape are each related to at least one of the key drivers of change (as represented using colour in the summary map above).

The skills are:

Sense-making – being able to discover deeper meaning in what is being expressed
Social intelligence – being able to connect to other people more deeply and directly
Novel & adaptive thinking – being able to come up with solutions that are outside the box
Cross-cultural competency – being able to work in different cultural settings
Computational thinking – being able to make meaning out of vast amounts of data
New-media literacy – being fluent in new media forms
Transdisciplinary – being able to work in multiple disciplines
Design mindset – being able to plan our workplaces and workflows to achieve desired outcomes
Cognitive load management – being able to filter information and focus only on what is required
Virtual collaboration – being able to work effectively as part of a virtual team."

 

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Doing Social Media So It Matters: A Librarian’s Guide

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AnnaLaura Brown:

Doing Social Media So It Matters: A Librarian’s Guide http://t.co/BwbIawgh...

"Here are a few of the key points from this book:

1. Social Media has changed how patrons interact with the library.
2. Social Media has given libraries new options for marketing their services.
3. Social Media can be used as an avenue for change for libraries.
4. Social Media can be used very effectively to advocate for libraries.
5. Not every library will benefit from the same social media tools. You need to experiment to see what works for your library."

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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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NARAtions » Introducing the National Archives Transcription Pilot Project!

NARAtions » Introducing the National Archives Transcription Pilot Project! | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Citizen involvement in archives:

 

"NARAtions - RT @archivesnews: The United States National Archives needs your help!"

 

"As part of the recently launched Citizen Archivist Dashboard, you can now participate in the National Archives Transcription Pilot Project. By contributing to transcriptions, you can make these historical documents more accessible to the public.

 

The transcription pilot features over 300 documents (about 1,000 pages) ranging from the late 18th century through the 20th century. We’ve included letters to a civil war spy, various acts and laws, presidential records, suffrage petitions, indictments, and fugitive slave case files."

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Library manages digital archiving

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Digital archiving meets student life: how Stanford Libraries handles it. V pertinent to my @simmonsgslis practicum.

 

"In the face of challenges posed by an increase in social media, archivists at the Stanford University Libraries have adapted new technologies to digitally archive a traditionally community-driven database of Stanford documents.

Library Archivist Daniel Hartwig said that documents have been traditionally collected from Stanford staff or alumni who feel that they have something to contribute to the study of the history of Stanford. The catalog includes personal letters of former University President Donald Tresidder, lecture notes from students in the 1960s and materials from the controversial work of psychology professor Philip Zimbardo.

(OLLIE KHAKWANI/The Stanford Daily)

“We’re lucky in that our focus is limited to Stanford so we have a kind of built-in mechanism there for alumni to donate things,” Hartwig said.

However, now that correspondence and official documents are often in digital form, collecting materials for the archives has become more difficult."

 

 

 

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What You (Really) Need to Know

What You (Really) Need to Know | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The digital age has changed more than how we learn. It’s changed what we need to learn.

 

By LAWRENCE H. SUMMERS:

"Suppose the educational system is drastically altered to reflect the structure of society and what we now understand about how people learn.

How will what universities teach be different?

Here are some guesses and hopes."

"1. Education will be more about how to process and use information and less about imparting it. This is a consequence of both the proliferation of knowledge — and how much of it any student can truly absorb — and changes in technology..."

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Thinking outside the box with little libraries - JSOnline

Thinking outside the box with little libraries - JSOnline | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Meg Jones:

"Alicia Rheal of Madison is one of many caretakers of the growing phenomenon of Little Free Libraries - tiny boxes designed to promote literacy and the love of reading through free book exchanges."

"Instead of rows and rows of bookshelves filled with Dewey Decimal System-categorized tomes, Rheal's library is decidedly low-tech and charming. No library cards are required. There are no fines. In fact, library users are encouraged to take any book they want and keep it.

Rheal is one of many caretakers of the growing phenomenon of Little Free Libraries - tiny boxes designed to promote literacy and the love of reading through free book exchanges. Each Little Free Library has a sign that says "Take a Book, Leave a Book," though it's not a requirement to do both."

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Northwest Herald | Library offers social network series

http://t.co/fwVMaZKE Library offers social network series - Northwest Herald...

 

“Effective Social Networking for Your Job Search” will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

"This program shows job seekers how to showcase their qualifications and expand their network, and how headhunters and hiring managers post jobs and recruit through their connections.

The social media sites LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, as well as blogs and how they can help with your job search, will be discussed."

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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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