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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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SABC Media Libraries on Pinterest

SABC Media Libraries on Pinterest | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"We can showcase our collections, connect with fellow librarians and archivists, and grow our social media presence.
The link-back possibilities to own websites and blogs makes it a very easy and handy platform for social media engagement."

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ArchivesInfo: The People and Their "Stuff" - What is the Point of an Archivist's Work?

ArchivesInfo: The People and Their "Stuff" - What is the Point of an Archivist's Work? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

MELISSA MANNON:

RT @archivesinfo: The People & Their "Stuff" - What is the Point of an Archivist's Work?

 

"An archivist cares for the materials that are created by people - materials that tell their stories certainly, but materials that can also stand on their own in many ways. Archivists are not oral historians, genealogists, or even historians. As archivists, I would argue that our main focus is the "stuff" and not the people themselves. We care for archives and personal papers so that stories can be gleaned from them. We ensure that enough original items are saved so they adequately tell complete stories. Yet, we are more directly tied to the "stuff" and, at least on a professional responsibility level, more interested in what humans create than in the humans themselves."

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"But when it comes right down to a definition, the Society of American Archivists describe an archivist in this way: "An individual responsible for appraising, acquiring, arranging, describing, preserving, and providing access to records of enduring value, according to the principles of provenance, original order, and collective control to protect the materials’ authenticity and context." Indeed, archives work IS about the stuff."

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TheDartmouth.com: Darnton discusses future of libraries

By Amanda Young:

NEWS: Robert Darnton discusses future of libraries http://t.co/XUPL1y55...

 

'Despite a number of obstacles, the Digital Public Library of America, an open-access digital library, is projected to launch in April 2013, making the United States’ cultural heritage available worldwide, according to Robert Darnton, a Harvard University professor and the director of the Harvard University Library. Darnton spoke in Filene Auditorium in Monday’s inaugural Donoho Colloquium titled “The Digital Public Library of America and the Digital Future.”

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So how much is a fair price to pay for an e-book?

So how much is a fair price to pay for an e-book? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

This issue is going nuclear and a lot of people believe that charging $10 or more for the portability and convenience of an e-book is ridiculous.


Via Robin Illsley, Errol A. Adams JD/MLS
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2011 Global Student E-book Survey

2011 Global Student E-book Survey - by Allen McKiel. Usage up 8 - 16%.
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Voices for the Library » Reasons for Public Libraries

Voices for the Library » Reasons for Public Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @ShirleyBurnham: Reasons for Public Libraries http://t.co/FUlej93B @councilwatchuk...
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Steal This Idea: How Libraries Can Become Community Publishers | Digital Book World

Steal This Idea: How Libraries Can Become Community Publishers | Digital Book World | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Nate Hill:

"Here is one good way to turn public libraries into centers for community publishing.

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Cyberpunk Librarian: Why You Need to Remove Your Google Search History

Cyberpunk Librarian: Why You Need to Remove Your Google Search History | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Daniel Messer:

Cyberpunk Librarian: "Why You Need to Remove Your Google Search History (RT @TheLiB: If you're a librarian, you don't want to be logged in to Google when you're doing searches for your users."

 

"... the Electronic Frontier Foundation posted a how to on removing your search data from Google and why you should. [...] What I’m going to do is build on that for a second and tell you why you as a librarian need to remove that data.

I use Google all day, every day. I’m sure you do too. I don’t know about you, but I’m also signed into Google while I’m doing it. I check my Gmail, I’m dealing with Google+, setting up appointments using Google Calendar, and so on.

And I’m also searching for information regarding patron queries while I’m signed in. What that means is that there is data within my own data set that has nothing to do with me. There are laws, ethics, and all kinds of reasons why patron information is confidential and, until March 1, 2012, that information on Google is confidential. After March 1st, Google will use that data to build a better Google which means offering you better ads, recommending videos, and that kind of thing.

But that data isn’t mine, or at least part of it isn’t mine. It’s data that was generated helping a library patron. I propose to you that such data, for all intents and purposes, belongs to the patron. That data wouldn’t have been generated if not for the patron, just like a library card wouldn’t have been generated if a patron hadn’t applied for one. Since we, as librarians, are tasked with protecting patron information, we need to protect that information too."

 

Electronic Frontier post here: www.eff.org/ ;

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BeerBrarian: A Modest Defense of QR Codes in the Library

BeerBrarian: A Modest Defense of QR Codes in the Library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"At my place of work, QR codes work.

We have limited goals for them, and they suffice. And we're not alone. There's a wiki page devoted to using QR codes in library settings, mentioning what works, and what does.

Our most popular library blog post achieved that distinction almost solely because I papered the campus with these flyers on January 17th, 2012. There were 80 views via the QR coded embedded on the flyer, far more than the results for the traditional way of viewing the blog, via a browser and mouse click. All that in 48 hours, on a campus with a full-time enrollment of 2400 students. In part, this is a function of our user population. Many, if not most, do not own a computer, or have internet access, but many, if not most, own a smartphone. In sum, we know our audience and we have limited aims for how we use QR codes."

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Opening ‘Pandora’s box’: archives as sites of hurt and hope – Opinions – Archival Platform

Jo-Anne Duggan is the Director of the Archival Platform:

"Archives – real or manufactured - and memory don’t always intersect comfortably. Archives are often, rightly or wrongly, accorded an authority not always granted memory, and memory may be unsettled or even contradicted by “evidence” carried in other, more formal records. In a presentation at the 2011 conference “Living with the Past”, Madeleine Fullard of the Head: Missing Persons Task Team at National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa, explained the dilemma she faced in her dealings with the families of missing activists, when evidence unearthed by her team contradicted the versions of the past that the families of the victims remembered, the “authorised” narrative constructed by their communities, brought the paternity of the victims into question or revealed the complicity of neighbours, family members or friends with apartheid forces.

The archive of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa is still under wraps, despite the concerted efforts of civil society organisations such as the South African History Archive. Maybe those with the power to make the decisions required to open this archive fear that it could unleash too many secrets, lies and truths. Maybe though, it’s time we confronted the demons of the past that lie in wait in the archive of our difficult past. Maybe then we will have a hope of healing."

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This is What a Librarian Looks Like

This is What a Librarian Looks Like | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Librarians uploading their photos:

"Challenging the Librarian Stereotype one Post at a Time

Your editors are Bobbi Newman and Erin Downey Howerton..."

 

Hashtag on Twitter: #lookslikelibsci

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Check-in at the library with Foursquare and Yelp

Check-in at the library with Foursquare and Yelp | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Dwight Foster Public Library (WI) 's use of Foursquare and Yelp.

 

"The library now has a listing on both Foursquare and Yelp.   Foursquare and Yelp are location based social networking Internet sites and are becoming more and more popular with folks who have Int..."


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10 Little Known Social Media Tools You Should Be Using -- Now

10 Little Known Social Media Tools You Should Be Using -- Now | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

BY NEIL PATEL:

Want to take your social media campaigns to the next level? These tools can help you get there.

1. EditFlow

2. TweetReach

3. ArgyleSocial

4. HootSuite for iPad

5. TweetLevel

6. ReFollow

7. TwitterSearch

8. Traackr

9. SocMetrics

10. Social Scope

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HubPages Blog » Blog Archive » A Hubber’s Guide to Using Pinterest

HubPages Blog » Blog Archive » A Hubber’s Guide to Using Pinterest | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

BY MADDIE RUUD

 

How to use Pinterest while staying within the rules and staying clear of Copyright issues.

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What Archivists Do | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

What Archivists Do | Flickr - Photo Sharing! | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Collaboration by Marta Crilly, Nadia Dixon, and Marti Smallidge (What Archivists Do | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

 

(Archivist humour...)

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