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Valentine’s Day 2012 in archives via @AskArchivists #loveheritage

Valentine’s Day 2012 in archives via @AskArchivists #loveheritage | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Archives are full of love stories. So let´s share them for Valentine's Day!"

 

A great way to connect and share on the 14th February.

Not only archives, but libraries and museums are invited as well to take part in Ask Archivists initiative on Twitter with the tag #loveheritage

 

Search for those stories before the time...

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Libraries turn to cloud for e-book lending

Libraries turn to cloud for e-book lending | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"St. Paul, Minn. — Millions of Americans now own Kindles, Nooks and other e-readers. And libraries are taking notice, expanding their collections of e-books they can loan to patrons.

That trend has 3M's attention. The company has a long history of serving libraries. And 3M sees a big business opportunity in helping libraries build, manage and lend their collections of electronic books.

The St. Paul Public Library next month will begin a formal trial of 3M's "Cloud Library" system, along with ten other major public libraries around the country."

 

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The time for Libraries is NOW - Slideshare

Ned Potter:

"This is a call to arms for libraries, inspired loosely by the famous SHIFT HAPPENS deck.

Feel free to embed it anywhere and everywhere, with attribution."

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Lord of Curation Series: Karen du Toit Scoop.it

Lord of Curation Series: Karen du Toit Scoop.it | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

I feel very honoured to have been included in the Lord of Curation series.

 

"Our Lord of Curation series presents to you some of the great curators on Scoop.it. They are here to share their insights and advice with you...."

 

Karen du Toit is an Information Specialist, who has worked as librarian and archivist..."

I give my thoughts on the value of curation and my curation secrets, as well as how it has enhanced my social media experience.

My advice to Information Specialists is to embrace the digital shift!

 

 

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The Critical Social App Is Hanging Out on Google+

A hang out with the archivist at Coke. Interesting fact for archivists and librarians and what is in store with regards social networking.

 

Joe Mandese: "Forget About Likes, Tweets, Or Even Tweet-Ups, The Critical Social App Is Hanging Out - 01/23/2012

Coca-Cola to host Google+ hangout, allowing consumers to visit with their archivists."

http://bit.ly/ypxxTf

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Nonprofit and Library App Survey from App It Up

Nonprofit and Library App Survey from App It Up | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Very helpful survey:

 

albertknight: "Back in September, we posted a summary of App It Up's nonprofit and library apps survey. We had some requests for more detailed survey results, so here they are!"

"Keep in mind, this was not a very scientific survey. The sample size is small (less than 250), and we didn't try to survey a representative sample of organizations. Therefore the results may not accurately represent the full range of nonprofit and library app experiences."

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London super libraries defy public spending cuts

London super libraries defy public spending cuts | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Petter Lundsgren:

"As hundreds of libraries are threatened with closure across the UK, three new London super libraries buck the trend in time for National Libraries Day."

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Exclusive: Birmingham and Westminster councils to offer legal advice via webcam in libraries | LEGAL FUTURES

Exclusive: Birmingham and Westminster councils to offer legal advice via webcam in libraries | LEGAL FUTURES | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Birmingham and Westminster city councils are teaming up with legal video conferencing business Instant Law to provide library users with free access to online advice, Legal Futures can reveal."

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Audiobooks the Next Victim in Digital Lending Saga | Good E-Reader - ebook Reader and Tablet PC News

Audiobooks the Next Victim in Digital Lending Saga | Good E-Reader - ebook Reader and Tablet PC News | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Mercy Pilkington:

"GoodEReader has been closely watching the ongoing struggles that public and school libraries and their patrons are facing as several major publishers decide exactly where digital content fits into the world of lending.

But now, audiobooksare being pulled into the cross hairs.Penguin Group, which announced last year that any books published after November 14 would not be available for ebook lending from libraries—and initially had said those ebooks would not be available for Kindle, but has since backed down from that statement—has now decided to pull its audiobook downloads from library catalogs for books published on or after that same date."

(RT @carolynstarkey: Audiobooks the Next Victim in Digital Lending Saga)

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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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Best Databases 2011: Librarians Decide Which Databases Make the Grade — Library Journal Reviews

Best Databases 2011: Librarians Decide Which Databases Make the Grade — Library Journal Reviews | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Best Databases 2011: Librarians Decide Which Databases Make the Grade-Library Journal http://t.co/E6QEKA7j...

"To learn which resources have emerged as the most remarkable tools in a sea of digital research options, we polled a group of librarians and LJ reviewers to choose the “best” of 2011 (see our list of contributors on page 18).

Many of them were involved in the original E-Reference Ratings. Here are their picks.

BEST OVERALL

Credo Reference
Credo www.credoreference.com

 

For the rest, see here: http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/2011/12/reference/best-databases-2011-librarians-decide-which-databases-make-the-grade/

 

 

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NARAtions » Introducing the National Archives Transcription Pilot Project!

NARAtions » Introducing the National Archives Transcription Pilot Project! | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Citizen involvement in archives:

 

"NARAtions - RT @archivesnews: The United States National Archives needs your help!"

 

"As part of the recently launched Citizen Archivist Dashboard, you can now participate in the National Archives Transcription Pilot Project. By contributing to transcriptions, you can make these historical documents more accessible to the public.

 

The transcription pilot features over 300 documents (about 1,000 pages) ranging from the late 18th century through the 20th century. We’ve included letters to a civil war spy, various acts and laws, presidential records, suffrage petitions, indictments, and fugitive slave case files."

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