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Libraries and Ebooks: What’s Going On?

Libraries and Ebooks: What’s Going On? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Libby Fischer Hellmann:

A discussion about ebooks for patrons with four librarians...

 

"With all of the discussions, opinions, and analyses of ebooks these days, one of the aspects we don’t hear enough about are libraries and how they’re adapting to the e-verse. An article in PW recently discussed the situation from a library’s point of view and pointed out some issues that are impeding the growth of ebook borrowing. As both an author and an avid user of libraries, I decided to approach it a little differently.

 

A large percentage of my readers, maybe even a majority, have borrowed my books from the library in the past, so I’m especially interested how and if library patrons are able to download my ebooks easily. So far, the answer is “kinda-sorta.” The only way I know that patrons can download ebooks is through Overdrive, and there seems to be some issues with Overdrive’s inventory, ie some libraries have titles that other libraries don’t. In other words, no consistency. Which is not a good thing for a mid-list author."

 

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Archive on #tweetyourthesis Containing 1,376 Tweets

Archive on #tweetyourthesis Containing 1,376 Tweets | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Six data visualizations of an archive about #tweetyourthesis containing 1,376 Tweets (RT @ernestopriego: My updated archive on #tweetyourthesis Containing 1,376 Tweets; http://t.co/exo3OunT...)"

 

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The Futurist Interviews Librarian Futurist David Lankes | World Future Society

The Futurist Interviews Librarian Futurist David Lankes | World Future Society | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"As more information moves online, traditional libraries are losing relevance, but librarians are becoming more important than ever.

 

This is according to R. David Lankes, author of The Atlas of New Librarianship (MIT Press, 2011). Himself a librarian—he is the director of Syracuse University’s Library and Information Science Program and an associate professor in Syracuse’s School of Information Studies—Lankes sees librarians’ roles evolving into that of “facilitators of conversation” who interact with their communities to support each one’s informational and learning needs.

Rick Docksai, staff editor for THE FUTURIST, spoke with Lankes about his book and his views on libraries’ future."

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Pinterest- The Next Big Thing | Social Media Today

Pinterest- The Next Big Thing | Social Media Today | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Pinterest also valuable for librarians & archivists.

 

Nina Churchill

"Pinterest is one of the newest and fastest growing social media networks out right now.  Pinterest is a place to share pictures on "boards", organized places to store the photos that you "pin".  

Since it came out in 2009, Pinterest has been an invite only site, making it exclusive and generally spam free. Although it is invite only, you probably know someone who is already a member and willing to invite you in. According to a report by Experian, the site received over 11 million visits the week of December 17th, which is 40x more hits than just six months earlier."

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ICDL - International Children's Digital Library

ICDL - International Children's Digital Library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

International Children's Digital Library (RT @deborahruf: Free online library for children.

 

"The mission of the International Children's Digital Library Foundation (ICDL Foundation) is to support the world's children in becoming effective members of the global community - who exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas -- by making the best in children's literature available online free of charge. The Foundation pursues its vision by building a digital library of outstanding children's books from around the world and supporting communities of children and adults in exploring and using this literature through innovative technology designed in close partnership with children for children."

 

"The ICDL Foundation is a non-profit corporation."

 

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If You Like Libraries, You’ll Love This Video! | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

If You Like Libraries, You’ll Love This Video! | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Larry Ferlazzo:

Just in case you haven't seen this yet: RT @PrincipalBerry: If You Like Libraries, You’ll Love This Video!

 

Funny library montage from movies & TV shows

 

 

 

 

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You know you are a 21st-century librarian when… - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog

You know you are a 21st-century librarian when… - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

RT @jenniferlagarde: You know you are a 21st-century librarian when… http://t.co/rdoDA4VE #edtech #tlchat #edchat...

 

-You have to remind kindergarteners to turn off their smart phones before the story starts.

-You know what an IP number is but not an ISBN number.

-You have a student who does a better job troubleshooting the circulation system than the district technician.

-Your students think both The Princess and the Frog and Meet the Robinsons were written by Walt Disney.

-You know more librarians in Texas than you do in your home state because of your Personal Learning Network.

-The best way to remind a student about an overdue book through Facebook.

-You don’t talk in the teachers lounge about a project because it is not tied directly to a state test.

-When answering a reference question, you head to an Internet terminal.

-You’ve started dressing like your avatar.

-Kids look at you funny when you call it the “the card catalog.

-”You have more polo shirts with computer logos than you do book logos - and 25% of your wardrobe comes from vendor booths at conferences.

-Your students want to read the most popular YA lit on their phones.

-Your students show you how to get around the district Internet filter so you can teach a lesson.

-Your aid spends more time troubleshooting the network than reshelving books.

-You never see anyone copy out of the print encyclopedia anymore.

-Your index finger has a callous from tapping the interactive white board.

-You didn’t get your last grad class assignment turned in on time because the network was down.

-You’ve Googled the new teachers in your building - and all the kids have Googled you.

-You don’t remember the last time you’ve had to alphabetize something.

-You have all your passwords and PIN numbers are on your PDA - and you can’t remember the password for your PDA!

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Advanced Google Image Search -Finding Creative Commons Images

Learn how to find free copyright images using Google Advanced Search.


Via k3hamilton, Pippa Davies @PippaDavies
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SABC Media Libraries: What do you do when you see a QR code?

SABC Media Libraries: What do you do when you see a QR code? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

How to scan a QR code.

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Undaimonia: Help! How much help should libraries be? by @SimonXIX

Undaimonia: Help! How much help should libraries be? by @SimonXIX | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

@SimonXIX's latest blog post http://t.co/xKkReJDL...

 

"The question comes down to: how do libraries best help people? Is it by addressing their short-term need for information or is it by addressing their long-term need for information literacy? And who gets to make this decision: the librarians; the students; the university management? And since ‘helping’ is part of a library’s raison d’être, the question of what level of help to provide leads to the question of what a library’s purpose is. Bob Usherwood wrote a great post for Voices for the Library about the purpose of public libraries and their corresponding level of help. Do we need to ask the same existential questions for academic libraries?"

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SABC Media Libraries: QR code for the SABC Media Library's blog

SABC Media Libraries: QR code for the SABC Media Library's blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

How to create a QR code via The Daring Librarian & the SABC Media Library's first QR code for their blog on mobile.

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BlogJunction » Blog Archive » The Why and What of Storytelling for Libraries

BlogJunction » Blog Archive » The Why and What of Storytelling for Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Betha's post about yesterday's Organizational Storytelling for Librarians webinar #libstory http://t.co/xoMB6MVu...

Tuesday’s webinar on Organizational Storytelling for Librarians answered two burning questions about the topic: why the library should use storytelling and what makes a good story.
[Photo: Pawnee Story Bundle, courtesy of Kansas Historical Society]

 

Entire webinar here: http://www.webjunction.org/events/webinars/webinar-archives/-/articles/content/132383604

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For Reading and Learning, Kids Prefer E-Books to Print Books | Digital Book World | School Librarian In Action @ Scoop It!

For Reading and Learning, Kids Prefer E-Books to Print Books | Digital Book World | School Librarian In Action @ Scoop It! | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"A new study suggests that children prefer e-books to print books and that they retain and comprehend an equal amount of information from both print- and e-books."

 

"A new “QuickStudy” – so named for its short duration and the small size of its sample group – from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center observed 24 families with children ranging in age from three-to-six reading both print and e-books in the Summer and Fall of 2011. Most of the children in the study preferred reading an e-book to a print book and comprehension between the two formats were the same.

“If we can encourage kids to engage in books through an iPad, that’s a win already,” said Carly Shuler, senior consultant for industry studies at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop is a New York based non-profit organization dedicated to understanding how children learn through digital media."

Read more at DigitalBookWorld.com: For Reading and Learning, Kids Prefer E-Books to Print Books | Digital Book World http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2012/for-reading-and-learning-kids-prefer-e-books-to-print-books/#ixzz1j8QPvsIc

 

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Keep Calm and Chat to a Librarian | poster - MUSSE

Keep Calm and Chat to a Librarian | poster - MUSSE | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Kate Hannah:

"@ww2poster Have you seen this one? I have a photo of the poster in the wild somewhere too. "

 

"The University Library has launched a new service which provides instant online access to help from librarians.

The service was set up to offer students, staff and the University community a convenient alternative to phone, email or visiting a library service point in person."

 

 

 

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Libraries: championing digital information on campus

Libraries: championing digital information on campus | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Alison Mackenzie explains how a new project is looking at the role university libraries play in developing digital literacy (RT @dmlcentral: New project looks at the role university libraries play in developing digital literacy)"

 

"The Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) is working on a project to review the roles academic libraries are playing in developing the digital literacies within their own institutions, and across the information profession. Academic librarians have a long tradition of championing the effective use of information. The SCONUL project is designed to reveal how libraries and librarians are shaping their services to maximise the opportunities and benefits of working in a digital environment."

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Library Journal’s Patron Profiles: Understanding the behavior and preferences of U.S. public library users — The Digital Shift

Library Journal’s Patron Profiles: Understanding the behavior and preferences of U.S. public library users — The Digital Shift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Based on in-depth research among a national sample of nearly 2500 participants and Library Journal editorial analysis, this groundbreaking study—the first to target library consumers in the context of all consumers—unveils who uses public libraries"

 

"... regular public library users don’t just borrow books. They are also active books buyers who make many of their purchasing decisions based on the authors or books they first discover in the library.

In fact, over 50 percent of all library users go on to purchase books by an author they were introduced to in the library.

This finding is just one of the many key insights to emerge from “Library Patrons and Ebook Usage,” the first issue of Library Journal’s Patron Profiles: Understanding the behavior and preferences of U.S. public library users. Based on in-depth research among a national sample of nearly 2500 participants and Library Journal editorial analysis, this groundbreaking study—the first to target library consumers in the context of all consumers—unveils who uses public libraries, why they use them, and how that use may change.
“Patron Profiles looks at the library patron as consumer of content—physical and digital—and analyzes the relationship between the library and other channels, from brick-and-mortar bookstores to ebooks to Netflix,” said Ian Singer, Library Journal’s VP and Group Publisher. “At a time of rapid technological and social change, librarians, publishers and technology providers need to understand consumer attitudes while developing approaches to meet market demand and needs, and this in-depth research will help inform strategic planning.”

 

http://www.thedigitalshift.com/research/patron-profiles/

 

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Handheld Librarian Online Conference VI. Feb 1-2, 2012. Mobile Solutions for Libraries That Work | Joe Murphy – Librarian, Innovator

Handheld Librarian Online Conference VI. Feb 1-2, 2012. Mobile Solutions for Libraries That Work | Joe Murphy – Librarian, Innovator | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Joe Murphy:

Attend the next online Handheld Librarian conference Feb 1-2

http://www.handheldlibrarian.org/

 

"Stay current and move your library fwd with the 6th online Handheld Librarian conference. Featuring for the first time, post conference skill-building workshops on eReaders and Mobile app development as well as top Keynotes by Stephen Abram and Michael Stephens.

This event offers the best and most timely practical information from and for librarians about applying mobile technologies in library settings.

 

Register online now http://www.handheldlibrarian.org/register/ for one of the most affordable professional development opportunities available.

 

If you attend any professional development event at the beginning of this year, it needs to be this conference. Diverse library professionals share the best practical examples of implementing top mobile techs. The best in current awareness for this rapidly evolving field will help keep you and your library relevant.

 

Featured Keynotes by top library thinkers: Stephen Abram and Michael Stephens."

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