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School Libraries Count! 2011 Supplemental Report | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

School Libraries Count! 2011 Supplemental Report | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

School Libraries Count!2011 supplementary report on digital citizenship http://t.co/qGuzTTWr...

AASL's National Longitudinal Survey of School Library Programs

Supplemental Report on Digital Citizenship

 

 

Key Highlights:

Traditional School Library Curriculum Carried Over Into Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship Curriculum

Digital Citizen Content

Access as Barrier to Teaching Digital Citizenship

 

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The library alternative « the future!

The library alternative « the future! | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

RT @micahsb: One of the best articles on the future of libraries that I've ever read - by Peter Brantley http://t.co/AsbVzLOU...

 

"Every lending library is a partnership between authors, publishers, and communities. For both traditional publishing and the growing number of self-publishing authors and literary agents, a new generation public library collective presents both tactical and strategic advantages."

 

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The 3 Pillars of Content Curation - Only Dead Fish

The 3 Pillars of Content Curation - Only Dead Fish | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Interesting article by Neil Perkin where he distinguishes 3 aspects of content curation: algorithmic, manual and social.

The comment thread is interesting and reinforces the insight of his conclusion: good curation will mix all three aspects."


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Plein de sens! A decliner sur le sujet des digipromos
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DISH 2011 Conf - Digital Strategies for Heritage #DISH2011

DISH 2011 Conf - Digital Strategies for Heritage #DISH2011 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

For Information professionals:

 

"Digital Strategies for Heritage (DISH) is the bi-annual international conference on digital heritage and the strategies that heritage institutions can follow. Triggered by changes in society, heritage organisations face many challenges and need to make strategic decisions about their activities and services. The key motivators for the conference are inspiration, knowledge, skills and networking.

DISH2011 takes place on 6 – 9 December 2011.

 

The programme
The full programme of DISH2011 is available online. An overview of all activities during the 2 conference days can be downloaded as a PDF schedule: programme DISH2011 (PDF).

Special DISH2011 edition of Informatie Professional
For more background information, please read our special DISH edition of the Informatie Professional:
http://epub01.publitas.com/ottocramwinckeluitgeverij/Informatie_professional_10_2011/#/spreadview/40/. "

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Data Shows Library Visits at Historic High (National Humanities Alliance)

1.59 billion visits in 2009  (Think libraries are dead?)

 

"December 2, 2011 – Data analyzed from the FY 2009 Public Library Survey (PLS), a census of public libraries in the 50 states, DC, and the territories, shows a 24.4% increase in library visits per capita in the last ten years, with total visits increasing by nearly 40%. In 2009 (the most recent data available) libraries were visited a record-breaking 1.59 billion times, reports the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

"People depend on libraries now more than ever," said IMLS Director Susan Hildreth in a press release. "Not only do visits and circulation continue to rise, the role of public libraries in providing Internet resources to the public continues to increase as well. Public libraries have also increased their program offerings to meet greater demand and provide more targeted services. Despite this demonstrated ability of libraries to adjust to meet the growing needs of the public, many libraries across the country face severe budget cuts. It’s important to remember that this data ends with 2009, before even more severe budget crises put so many libraries and library programs at risk."

The Institute’s analysis of the data showed that per capita visits and circulation rose in the century’s first decade. The number of public libraries increased during that period but not enough to keep pace with the rise in population. Library staffing remained stable, though the percentage of public libraries with degreed and accredited librarians increased."


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SABC Media Libraries: Records management at the University of Johannesburg - report on a seminar

SABC Media Libraries: Records management at the University of Johannesburg - report on a seminar | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"As part of the corporate governance strategy at the University of Johannesburg, access to information is the management of paper and electronic records within a secure environment. Technology provides the tool to capture, manage and access content and to provide a workable retention schedule for paper and electronic records. The methodology developed includes a phased-in approach with the focus on legislative compliance, business processes and change management principles. This required compliance with the Promotion of Access to Information Act on the one hand and the Protection of Personal Information bill whilst complying with King III directives."

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Ebooks on Fire: Controversies Surrounding Ebooks in Libraries via LIS

Ebooks on Fire: Controversies Surrounding Ebooks in Libraries via LIS | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

RT @LibraryJournal Ebooks on Fire: Controversies Surrounding Ebooks in Libraries http://t.co/xv1mE0Vl...

"Perhaps the greatest impediment for the transition from the tradition of the printed book to the ebook comes from the malleability of the etext. While it might not matter to the occasional or recreational reader, the ebook presents a host of challenges for the role of the book as transmitter, carrier, and shaper of our written word cultural heritage.Ubiquitous web and print ads tell individuals and libraries to “buy” ebooks. But long-term preservation and retention rights to stable content are not the norm, because many resellers and vendors don’t possess those rights from the publisher or author. Instead of true ownership, most ebook “purchases” are more like leases, and leases with few residual rights at that. The only way to assure continuing access and storage for an ebook is a permanent download to a device with rights not governed by strict DRM (Digital Rights Management) systems. With content delivered from a hosted service on the web (aka the cloud), the “purchaser” has no control over the content. Even Google Books bears the disclaimer:

[I]f Google or the applicable copyright holder loses the rights to provide you any Digital Content, Google will cease serving such Digital Content to you and you may lose the ability to use such Digital Content."

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Public Library E-Book Lending Must Change to Survive

Public Library E-Book Lending Must Change to Survive | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"A few events over the past few weeks illustrate the downward arc that I have suggested is in store for public libraries in the e-book age.  First, Amazon introduced its own e-book "lending library..."

 

"Libraries have two fundamental problems here: they have less control over the situation than publishers do, and they are about to get some serious competition from the private sector.

An article in Publishers Weekly gives an overview of Amazon’s e-book lending feature and its implications for publishers and authors. In a nutshell, the program is currently limited to a few thousand titles that originate either from Amazon itself or from smaller publishers that still sell e-books to Amazon under a wholesale model, as opposed to the “agent” model used by most major trade publishers, which forbids such activity."

 

 

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Text correction in Aussie newspapers (crowdsourcing) - Youtube

Text correction in Aussie newspapers (crowdsourcing) - Youtube | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

TroveNLA's Channel - YouTube - Via Scoop.it - Future Trends in Libraries Rose Holley, Manager of Australian...

 

"Rose Holley, Manager of Australian Newspapers and Trove at the National Library of Australia speaks on the success of newspaper text correction by public volunteers. Over the last 3 years more than 40,000 online volunteers have improved the accuracy of searching within 150 years of Australian Newspapers. They have done this by correcting over 51 million lines of text. This activity is referred to as crowdsourcing..."

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A Makerspace Takes Over A Local Library

A Makerspace Takes Over A Local Library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Makerspaces just might take over libraries. School of Information Studies professor Dave Lankes seems to think so. In his presentation to New York State librarians earlier this month, he asked the roomful of librarians to imagine libraries as places for people to learn and create, not consume and check out. In another talk he gave in October, he declared, “What will kill our profession is not ebooks, Amazon, or Google, but a lack of imagination.”

What’s a Makerspace?
So what’s a makerspace? Also called a hackerspace, a backspace, or a hacklab, it’s any sort of creative space where people gather to make stuff and share ideas about making stuff. These labs, often equipped with tools and materials, allow users to practice a 21st-century sort of DIY. Hackerspaces.org, a wiki connecting makerspaces around the world, defines them as “community-operated physical places, where people can meet and work on their projects.” The ideas behind makerspaces—community-driven, open-access, shared resources and tools, knowledge sharing—make them a natural fit for a library community..."


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Association of Moving Image Archivists Conference

Association of Moving Image Archivists Conference | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The National Archives has made public their guidelines for reformatting materials and the context for the digitized items that they produce. I'll be looking at these documents with a goal of updating Dartmouth Library's ...

 

The Association of Moving Image Archivists is the professional organization for those who are involved with preserving and making accessible film and video. I attended the recent conference in Austin, TX and came away with a couple of good tools"

 

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A Not Too Technical Explanation of XML in the library

A Not Too Technical Explanation of XML in the library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

At the heart of every librarian is the desire to organize information so that it is accessible; a library without a cataloging system is just a pile of books. ....

 

The challenge before librarians today is to take the seemingly unknowable expanse of electronic resources, and catalogue it so that it is available to users searching from many different portals, in different languages and in different platforms. In this present challenge, XML is the best option for organization and delivery of information. Once translated and catalogued under XML standards, the bibliographic information of any scanned text or object is comprehensive, with more depth and cataloguing detail than ever before. This in turn affects library applications such as inter library loans and the storing and accessing of digital libraries or archives.

 

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A People’s Digital Library and Prefigurative Politics

A People’s Digital Library and Prefigurative Politics | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

This is part one of a two part series.

"As a People’s Library librarian one question I get asked over and over again is why we don’t offer a digital library for our readers. It’s a good question and one I think is worth exploring in some detail.

To start, we have to address the question of what a digital library is— is it an institutional repository or archive? Is it a search engine for curated links? Or is it a virtual library? It’s an open question and one that I think different people can reasonably answer in radically different, but still valid, ways. A digital library can be and is all of those things.

And if by digital library you mean archive, there is one, and probably there are plenty more I don’t know about. OWS also has its own Archives group working to preserve the ephemera and other documents of the movement. So, in that sense, there is a digital library for Occupy Wall Street. But that doesn’t answer the question about bringing content to our readers.

The next question then is what the People’s Library takes as its mission. As a leaderless library, the question of mission is tough to answer; the mission is fluid depending on who is asking and who is answering. The simplest answer is that the People’s Library and the other occupation libraries exist to support both the full-time activists who live at the various occupations and the Occupy movement as a whole. We also exist to serve the local communities surrounding the occupations, whether in lower Manhattan, LA, or Washington, DC. Given that, a digital library seems a perfectly legitimate undertaking, especially after the raid and seizure of the books."

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Online information conference 2011 -mobile ecosystem

Brief tour of the mobile ecosystem with an emphasis towards "online information" professionals in order to understand the big picture.
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We're Still in Love With Books - The Chronicle of Higher Education

We're Still in Love With Books - The Chronicle of Higher Education | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

http://t.co/RmdXQY3w. An ode to books and libraries by a writer who also embraces digital technologies.

 

"Contrary to many futuristic projections—even from bibliophiles who, as a group, enjoy melancholy reveries—the recent technological revolution has only deepened the affection that many scholars have for books and libraries, and highlighted the need for the preservation, study, and cherishing of both."

 

 

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Best library / librarian blog 2011 | The Edublog Awards

Best library / librarian blog 2011 | The Edublog Awards | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Nominations listed for the best librarian blog 2011

 

Best library / librarian blog 2011 http://t.co/nLtJH6xb via @AddThis just voted for @gwynethjones :)...

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10 Learning Paradigms that can be implemented by Teacher Librarians

10 Learning Paradigms that can be implemented by Teacher Librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Much has been written about the role of Teacher Librarians in our schools.   Sadly though, much of it is lamentations about the decreasing numbers of Teacher Librarians manning our school libraries."

 

"An expectation that teachers engage in professional learning programs is now well cemented into our schools. Time and space must be set aside within the busy school week for teachers to learn, play, experiment and most of all think how newly acquired skills can be embedded into their day-to-day teaching. The experience, know-how and skill among the many talented Teacher Librarians in our schools can easily be harnessed by school administrations to help develop new approaches to professional learning programs.

 

These programs could incorporate any or all of the following features:

Focused group learning

Cluster learning

Hands on learning

Open ended learning

Non demanding learning

Meaningful learning

Lifelong learning

Reflective learning

Self-paced learning

Online learning

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Libraries collect food instead of cash for fines - Valley Free Press

Libraries collect food instead of cash for fines - Valley Free Press | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"WAMU Libraries collect food instead of cash for finesValley Free Press

Local library patrons have a few more days to pay off late fines and contribute to a good cause all at the same time. Local library patrons have a few more days to pay off late fines and contribute to a good cause all at the same time.

 

Under the Food for Fines program, library patrons have until Dec. 14 to contribute nonperishable food items to pay overdue library fines. At the Somonauk Library, patrons will get 50 cents credit for every item donated, up to a maximum of $10.

At the Sandwich Library, patrons are asked to “use their own judgement” for contributions.

“Usually people bring in more than one item,” said Jennifer Burke, director of the Sandwich District Library. “Usually, the biggest donations come in the last two weeks. But this year, people started early.”

All the food will be donated to the Franklin Mall Christmas Project, sponsored by the Sandwich Lions Club."

“It helps twofold,” said Julie Harte Wasson, director of the Somonauk Public Library. “It helps patrons to pay off their fines and it helps people in need.

It’s a win-win.”