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Challenges facing archivists: The Missions of AID, Part II

Challenges facing archivists: The Missions of AID, Part II | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

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Alan Walker, a processing archivist in Research Services, about the challenges facing an archivist dealing with accessions:

 

"Earlier I described to you the Overseas Mission records of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and our project to transform them from the unfortunate and inaccessible state in which they arrived at Archives II.

These records have proven a time-consuming challenge for three reasons: 1.) the disarray and lack of documentation for the accessions; 2.) the large quantity of temporary records found in the accessions; and 3.) the physical condition of the records and their containers.

We process the records for one mission at a time. This involves surveying the contents of each accession for that mission. Very few of these accessions arrived with any sort of documentation as to which offices within the missions created them. Add to this the fact that you will frequently find records of many different offices in a single box. Oh, and did I mention that you will find a bit of records for one office in one box, and then in another accession you’ll find more records for that office? These then need to be arranged and consolidated back into their original order. Two such missions, those for Guatemala and India, have proven particularly monstrous in terms of the sheer volume and disarray of their records."

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Special Librarians and Information Professionals Discuss Social Media, Apps and Other Tech Tools at the OLA Super Conference

Special Librarians and Information Professionals Discuss Social Media, Apps and Other Tech Tools at the OLA Super Conference | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Mimi Szeto

"While most librarians don’t turn to Facebook to look up murder victims and research torture stories, Astrid Lange does. Lange is a news librarian who heads the Library and Research Services at the Toronto Star. “Most users don’t know how to use privacy settings,” she told a group of information professionals last Wednesday at the OLA Super Conference 2012.

Lange was one of five speakers of “In The Now: How Special Libraries & Librarians are Using the Latest in Technology,” the pre-conference session hosted by the T-SLIS Network in Toronto.

The event brought together special librarians and non-traditional information professionals to share new tools and tactics to better serve their clients. Hot topics included social media monitoring, digital devices and building library services for tech-savvy users."

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At least 20 tools that might help you curate something - Via Rumproarious, catspyjamasnz, Gerrit Visser, 173 Sud

At least 20 tools that might help you curate something - Via Rumproarious, catspyjamasnz, Gerrit Visser, 173 Sud | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Rumproarious:

"If you are looking for a deeper look into curating, it can be found. I want to build a curation tool, so I am working my way though my backlog of pinboard links about curation. Here I have a list of all the tools I can find that would be considered curation tools."

 

Consumer / Personal Tools

 

Stellar : http://stellar.io/

Storify : http://storify.com/

Bundlr : http://gobundlr.com/

Scoop It : http://www.scoop.it/

Curated By : http://www.curated.by/

Thoora : http://thoora.com/

Postpost : http://postpo.st/

Snipi : http://www.snipi.com/

trap!t : http://trap.it/

scrible : http://www.scrible.com/

faveous : http://www.faveous.com/

memonic : http://www.memonic.com/home

Bag The Web : http://bagtheweb.com/

 

And more at Rumproarious : http://goo.gl/TxQSn


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Seth Dixon's comment, February 8, 2012 12:56 PM
I was just telling my students to find digital resources to curate news for a semester long project...glad to find this.
Karen du Toit's comment, February 9, 2012 7:17 AM
Thanks!!
Gust MEES's comment, February 9, 2012 5:56 PM
@Seth Dixon, Ph.D.

Glad that it is helpful for You and your students. So students can also use different tools and later compare...
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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:

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- 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 presenter is from a small library, or directly works with small libraries."

 

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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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What is Pinterest and could my library use it? [Learning 2.0 update] | Public Library Services

What is Pinterest and could my library use it? [Learning 2.0 update] | Public Library Services | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Mylee Joseph:

 

Some of the suggestions for libraries:

 

"What could a library do with Pinterest?

• Use it to drive traffic to your website and online collections
• Use it to promote image collections (copyright permitting) like the New York Public Library Picture of the Day pinboard
• Use it to promote children's programming and offer alternative craft ideas for at home use
• Collect images that relate to your local studies area like the Chicago History Museum pinboard
• Hold a class to show library clients how to explore and use Pinterest for themselves..."

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