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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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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

Doing Social Media So It Matters: A Librarian’s Guide | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

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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Lessons from Small Libraries: They’re Not Intimidated by the Present, or the Future | Editorial

Lessons from Small Libraries: They’re Not Intimidated by the Present, or the Future | Editorial | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Francine Fialkoff:

Lessons from Small Libraries: They’re Not Intimidated by the Present, or the Future | http://t.co/YdLrlLmW #Libraries #AB_libraries...

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"Libraries: we share sh*t" #VALA2012 #k6en - photo of slide in presentation

"Libraries: we share sh*t"  #VALA2012 #k6en - photo of slide in presentation | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

via Plume (new job description “@embilbie: "Libraries: we share shit" http://t.co/jVs3cys1 #VALA2012 #k6en”...

 

The presentation as copied from VALA2012:

 

"VALA2012 Plenary 6 Neiburger

Access, schmaccess: libraries in the Age of Information Ubiquity

VALA2012 PLENARY 6: Eli Neiburger
Thursday 9 February 2012, 15:55 - 17:05
Eli Neiburger

Ann Arbor District Library, USA
Please tag your comments, tweets, and blog posts about this plenary presentation: #VALA2012 and #K6EN

Abstract

Access, schmaccess: libraries in the Age of Information Ubiquity

The 21st century isn't just here, it's already 12% over. The presence of ubiquitous access to a global information network, and the cultures that flourish on that network, change everything about Libraries... or do they? Eli will highlight some of the contrasts between the Web Culture of this Century, and the Broadcast Culture of the last century, exploring how the value, mission, and focus of libraries are impacted by this cultural change, which has still barely begun. Maybe the library of the future is not really so different from the library of the past... from a certain point of view."

 

- http://www.vala.org.au/vala2012-proceedings/vala2012-plenary-6-neiburger

 

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Future Proof – Protecting our digital future » Exposure draft of digitisation guidance now available

Future Proof – Protecting our digital future » Exposure draft of digitisation guidance now available | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"We are pleased to announce the release of a new Exposure draft:

Managing digitisation programs and projects 

http://www.records.nsw.gov.au/recordkeeping/government-recordkeeping-manual/guidance/guidelines/managing-digitisation-programs-and-projects/new-draft-guidance-on-digitisation"

 

 

 

"The digitisation guidance is divided into two guidelines:

1. business process digitisation programs, i.e. ongoing routine digitisation for daily business use, and

2. back-capture digitisation projects, i.e. retrospective or project-based digitisation of existing paper records.

Each guideline can be read as a whole, or you can go to individual sections to learn more about particular topics, e.g. metadata requirements, technical specifications etc. The Planning for digitisation section of each guideline provides a summary of the issues you need to consider.

In addition, the guidance includes Frequently asked questions, a Glossary, a Bibliography and Digitisation case studies."

 

(Image: a digital image of an archival record)

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The State of Mobile in Libraries 2012 — The Digital Shift

The State of Mobile in Libraries 2012 — The Digital Shift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The State of Mobile in Libraries 2012 - http://t.co/NwFKQcR0 via @ShiftTheDigital...

 

Lisa Carlucci Thomas summary:

 

"In 2012, expect existing mobile library services to mature. Mobile websites will be refined, content will be added, more mobile-friendly platforms will become available, and usability of mobile resources will be examined in greater detail. Integration with emerging features and services, such as mobile payment systems (Square, Google Wallet), checkins and gamification (Foursquare, GetGlue, QR codes, SnapTags), social sharing and content curation (Path, Tumblr, Instagram, PicPlz), place-based collections, and augmented reality tours (Scan Jose) built from library digital collections, will present exciting opportunities.
Ebooks and digital content discussions will continue to be complicated, and library advocates will build upon collective knowledge gained and further seek to negotiate adequate rights and licensing policies with publishers. Nonetheless, more libraries will purchase ebooks and circulate ereaders, iPod Touches, and tablet computers than ever before and offer instruction and outreach to patrons seeking experienced support and guidance using their own devices.
Technological advancements, such as sophisticated touch screen interfaces, next-generation platforms, patron self-service tools, and interactive communication services, along with evolving user demands will fuel the ongoing development of mobile library innovations for libraries already involved and encourage creative ideas about delivering services with a fresh perspective.
In 2012, resolve to identify opportunities to integrate mobile services, overcome the challenges, and inspire and engage your mobile library community. It’s time to get in the mix."

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AOTUS: Collector in Chief | Thinking About the Future of Information Professionals

RT @USNatArchives: What skills/characteristics are needed to be an #archivist? #AOTUS @dferriero offers his thoughts.

 

David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States: 

 

" The next generation of Information Professionals

 

- People with a broader background than was the case when I was a graduate student. In addition to history, archives and library science, other subject matter areas are important. Above all, we want people who can connect archival work with real life experiences.
- Technical savvy is a given to work in a modern archives. And by savvy, I mean not just experience with the latest technologies, but also a sense of excitement and curiosity about putting those technologies to work
- A tolerance for ambiguity—if you need a blueprint of what your job is going to be like in five years, archives might not be the best fit.
- Highly developed collaborative skills. Can you play well with others?
- People with a strong passion for working with people. A customer-driven organization such as the one we are creating needs a customer-driven staff."

 

Full-text keynote address here: http://blogs.archives.gov/aotus/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/ALISE-keynote-address-as-delivered1.pdf