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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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Robolibraries rolling out in suburbs

Robolibraries rolling out in suburbs | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Annemarie Mannion, Chicago Tribune reporter:

"Libraries short on cash, parking and staff are looking at self-service options to reach customers during off hours without adding work for employees."

"Tucked into vending machines or train station lockers, robolibraries allow patrons to pick up or drop off DVDs and books at their convenience during a time when many suburban libraries are cutting operating hours.

Others might take the form of kiosks that serve nearly the same function as satellite branches and can allow patrons to access books, movies, videos, music, audio books, games or anything else the library lends."

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Alternative Uses for the Pesky eBook Budget

Alternative Uses for the Pesky eBook Budget | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Andy at @wawoodworth:

"Not happy with an eBook collection that has limited checkouts or paying three times the price for the “privilege”? I’m willing to bet that there are better uses for that eBook budget money that would yield a higher rate of return on investment, better community outreach and involvement, and/or make more fiscal sense for your library’s stakeholders. So, I brainstormed a few ideas but I’m hoping that you can help me think of more possible uses."

- Programming

- Hire someone

- Build something cool, like a new digital lab

- Start a new and different collection

- Start you own ebook partnership"

 

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A Lawyer Who Is Also A Photographer Just Deleted All Her Pinterest Boards Out Of Fear

A Lawyer Who Is Also A Photographer Just Deleted All Her Pinterest Boards Out Of Fear | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Alyson Shontell:

"Pinterest places all legal blame on its users and even makes them pay its fees if Pinterest gets sued."

 

"For more on Kirsten's findings, head over to her post at DDK Portraits >>

http://ddkportraits.com/2012/02/why-i-tearfully-deleted-my-pinterest-inspiration-boards/


For more on Pinterest check out:


A Non-Geek's Guide To Pinterest

http://www.businessinsider.com/a-non-geeks-guide-to-pinterest-the-biggest-internet-hit-since-facebook-2012-2


22 Incredible Images That Show Why Pinterest Gets 1 Billion Monthly Pageviews

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/pinterest-copyright-issues-lawyer-2012-2#ixzz1oJiYCY00

 

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The 'M' Word - Marketing Libraries: Computers in Libraries 2012

The 'M' Word - Marketing Libraries: Computers in Libraries 2012 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Nacy Dowd:

"If you are involved with the marketing of your your library, then the place to be this year is Computers in Libraries.

Our fearless leader, Jane Dysart, has filled the program with amazing programs of special interest to marketers."

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#loveheritage - compilation of reports on Pinterest via #AskArchivists Valentine's Day 2012

#loveheritage - compilation of reports on Pinterest via #AskArchivists Valentine's Day 2012 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
A compilation of reports from #AskArchivists Valentine's Day 2012 initiative with the Twitter hashtag #loveheritage
http://askarchivists.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/valentines-day-2012-in-archives/ (RT @AskArchivists: Looks great!
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Cityscapes: Libraries of the future? With Chicago's new library ...

Cityscapes: Libraries of the future? With Chicago's new library ... | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

BY BLAIR KAMIN:

"What should a 21st Century library look like? To ask that question is to conjure futuristic visions--of libraries that resemble sleek Apple stores; of librarians who stroll around their branches with computer tablets, and of robots ..."

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Content Creation Vs. Curation: Curators Are The New Media Editors

Robin Good: John McCarus, SVP for Brand Content at Digitas, ignites an interesting panel about content creation vs content curation.

 

This is the second in a series of three videos highlighting a 2012 conversation on the future of media on the social web organized by Ben Elowitz, CEO of Wetpaint.

The nicely edited video, brings up in its four minutes, some valuable takes and opinions on how curation is perceived, used and modulated to achieve different results and objectives.

 

From mere republishing and copying of someone else materials without attribution or credit (certainly not something to be categorized under "curation") to the new cadre of emerging journalists, who not only write, but also monitor, research, pre-digest and cull the most interesting content - not written by them - for their own audiences.

 

Key takeaways:


“A curator is an editor, essentially. You become a trusted source by doing the hard work for your audience and telling them what’s important, whether you’ve written it or not.

Traditionally that’s been the role of great newspapers; now that function is being spread across the web.”
Erick Schonfeld, TechCrunch


- Publishers have a love / hate relationship with curators.

 

- Curators help to expand a publisher’s reach, but the publisher risks losing credit (and traffic).

 

- Curators who link back and republish only enough to pique interest will keep publishers happy.

 

“It’s like the forest episode of Planet Earth: the animal eats the nectar and sort of destroys the plant but spreads the pollen all over.”

Jason Hirschhorn, Media ReDEFined

 

 

Original video: http://vimeo.com/37553245 

 

Full article: http://digitalquarters.net/2012/02/video-rebooting-media-think-tank-content-creation-vs-curation/ 

 

>>Very valuable to Information Professionals as well!


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Great improvements on delivery of content Robin, Your analysis give the reader added insights. In support and solidarity!
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PLA - Developing an E-Book Strategy: Now and For the Future | Public Libraries Online

PLA - Developing an E-Book Strategy: Now and For the Future | Public Libraries Online | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @gluejar: Libraries "don’t have the luxury of waiting for things to work themselves out." http://t.co/j96Ze314 by @theanalogdivide...

 

Toby at theanalogdivide@gmail.com:

 

"As libraries start to take a longer view, we can start thinking creatively about other features e-books can offer. Imagine library e-books that not only could be checked out, but that connect you to a real-time network of associated information and a community of other library users sharing their own reactions and commentary.7 This goes beyond the popular concept of the library as place, rather positioning the library as a platform — a springboard for research, conversation, and building community. To get there, it’s going to take a mix of comprehensive training, community support, and homespun innovation. I hope you’ll join me in pushing things forward."

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Harry Potter books will now be available in public libraries due to an agreement between Pottermore and OverDrive, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, MacMillan | Business | TIME.com

Harry Potter books will now be available in public libraries due to an agreement between Pottermore and OverDrive, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, MacMillan | Business | TIME.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By JILL PRILUCK

"The Harry Potter website known as Pottermore has been beset by delays. But there is some good news. When the portal launches later this year, its stock of JK Rowling e-books and digital audiobooks will be available to public library members.

This coup for borrowers was the result of an agreement between Pottermore and OverDrive, the largest distributor of digital content to libraries. But OverDrive is more than just a library partner. It also will provide the sales platform for buyers to purchase e-books on Pottermore."

Read more: http://business.time.com/2012/02/29/harry-potter-and-the-future-of-public-libraries/?iid=biz-main-lede#ixzz1nqdGvybT

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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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Why I love being an archivist via The Reel Li

Why I love being an archivist via The Reel Li | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"One of the things I love about being an archivist is that every day is a little different. The materials you’re working with depend entirely on what happens to end up on your desk..."

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Libraries and social media X

Libraries and social media X | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Judy O'Connell:

Wednesday was just the kind of day we need more of in our libraries!  Wollongong City Libraries (WCC) are taking charge of their future in a very positive way. Having decided that social media is is now an essential part of the future of library services, WCC took the initiative to schedule a Staff Development Day for all the staff."

 

Including Slideshare of the keynote presentation:

Libraries with X-factor, by Judy O'Connell (http://www.slideshare.net/heyjudeonline/libraries-with-social-media-xfactor?ref=http://heyjude.wordpress.com/?p=5252&preview=true

 

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