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Which E-Books Are Most Borrowed From Libraries, And Why?

Which E-Books Are Most Borrowed From Libraries, And Why? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"OverDrive released its lists of the most-downloaded e-books from libraries in December 2011. These lists look pretty different from the current New York Times e-book bestseller lists. Here’s why, plus a few interesting tidbits.

 

All of the lists are here.

Here’s the top-ten adult fiction downloaded list for December 2011.

OverDrive’s lists include not just books that were actually borrowed in December but also books that are on waiting lists, and as anyone who’s tried to check out an e-book from a library knows, the waiting lists can be quite long. (I added the original publication dates, which may not correspond with the date the e-book was released.)

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Tangled Librarian: Librarian's Five apps for 2012

Tangled Librarian: Librarian's Five apps for 2012 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

I was pretty attached to my Blackberry but the hubster decided I should switch to the iPhone4 at the beginning of the school year. Love It! and I am not a huge Apple user.

 

So here is my "Librarian's Five" for 2012 in no particular ...

 

- Evernote

- Hootsuite

- Goodreads

- Google Reader

- Kindle

 

 

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Storify Curation Tool Adds Conversation With Livefyre Comments | ReadWriteWeb

Storify Curation Tool Adds Conversation With Livefyre Comments | ReadWriteWeb | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Storify, the Twitter and multi-media curation service that's taken the indie and mainstream media worlds by storm, finally added the ability to post comments on stories tonight with the experimental addition of independent commenting platform Livefyre. Storify hasn't announced the feature yet, but Livefyre has.

 

In order to opt-in to comments on your Storify, users must click the settings button near their logged-in avatars in the top right of the page. Then a link to the Labs page will appear on the left side, which today contains nothing more than a check-box to turn on Livefyre.

 

[curated by Giuseppe Mauriello]

read full article http://j.mp/y70DVU


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10 Super Geeky Tips for the New Year | The Daring Librarian

10 Super Geeky Tips for the New Year | The Daring Librarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

10 Super Geeky Tips for the New Year | The Daring Librarian http://t.co/s35JSA4L...

From changing passwords, to backups, to transparency on the Web!

Valuable New Year resolutions, especially for Information Professionals as well!

 

 

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8 Online Libraries For Students, Teachers, And Researchers

8 Online Libraries For Students, Teachers, And Researchers | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Rean:

"Have you grown tired asking Google to find eBooks for you? Then why not directly go to online libraries with thousands and millions of collections entirely focused for books?

 

That’s the reason why I gathered the 8 best online libraries that students, teachers, and researches can use freely. Millions of books, hundreds of categories, and definitely for free!"

 

1. Project Gutenberg

2. The Free Library

3. Planet eBook

4. LibriVox

5. Wikibooks

6. Scribd

7. Ibiblio

8. GetCited

 

 

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The Archivist Detective – Digital Forensics for Archivists | AuthentiCity

The Archivist Detective – Digital Forensics for Archivists | AuthentiCity | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The Archivist Detective – Digital Forensics for Archivists http://t.co/skTkHPJ3...

 

"Archives Manager Heather Gordon likes to say that being an archivist is like “playing detective”. There has always been an aspect of detective work in what archivists do—from digging through boxes left abandoned in a garage searching for records to helping researchers find the documentation that helps them accomplish their work.

 

In the age of digital acquisitions, her statement couldn’t be more true. Unlike their physical analogue counterparts, donations that come to us in folders on digital media can’t be easily leafed through and assessed at first glance. Those folders and their contents are made of bits that don’t have meaning without some kind of hardware and/or software intermediary."

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Checking Out 2011 | We Are Librarians

Checking Out 2011 | We Are Librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Here are some highlights of New York Times coverage about libraries and librarians in 2011"

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Fundraising key to Regina libraries' revival

Fundraising key to Regina libraries' revival | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Eight years after financial hardship nearly closed three public library branches and cut 27 jobs, the Regina Public Library Board is now experiencing budget surpluses and working on its infrastructure and maintenance needs.

"Mayor Pat Fiacco, a member of the library board in 2003, originally supported the proposed cuts. He said the library system is in “far better shape” today because of alternative sources of revenue, namely the library’s Home Lottery.

According to the library board’s 2011 budget, an operating surplus of $364,700 was expected, a decrease from 2010 when the surplus was $455,700. The 2011 budget also has an operating revenue of $18.6 million. A large portion of the revenue $14.9 million is from the city’s tax levy."

Read more: http://www.leaderpost.com/news/Fundraising+Regina+libraries+revival/5928477/story.html#ixzz1iDGG8D1D

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Curating Information & Making Sense of Data Is a Key Skill for the Future [Research]

Curating Information & Making Sense of Data Is a Key Skill for the Future [Research] | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Extremely valuable skills for Infrmation Professionals of the future:

 

Robin Good: The Institute for the Future and the University of Phoenix have teamed up to produce, this past spring, an interesting report entitled Future Work Skills 2020.

 

By looking at the set of emerging skills that this research identifies as vital for future workers, I can't avoid but recognize the very skillset needed by any professional curator or newsmaster.

 

It should only come as a limited surprise to realize that in an information economy, the most valuable skills are those that can harness that primary resource, "information", in new, and immediately useful ways.

 

And being the nature of information like water, which can adapt and flow depending on context, the task of the curator is one of seeing beyond the water,

to the unique rare fish swimming through it.

 

The curator's key talent being the one of recognizing that depending on who you are fishing for, the kind of fish you and other curators could see within the same water pool, may be very different. 

 

 

Here the skills that information-fishermen of the future will need the most:

 

1) Sense-making:

ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed

 

2) Social intelligence:

ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions

 

3) Novel and adaptive thinking:

proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based

 

4) Cross-cultural competency:

ability to operate in different cultural settings

 

5) Computational thinking:

ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning

 

6) New media literacy:

ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms, and to leverage these media for persuasive communication

 

7) Transdisciplinarity:

literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines

 

8) Design mindset:

ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes

 

9) Cognitive load management:

ability to discriminate and filter information for importance, and to understand how to maximize cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques

 

10) Virtual collaboration:

ability to work productively, drive engagement, and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team

 

 

Critical to understand the future ahead. 9/10

 

Curated by Robin Good

 

Executive Summary of the Report: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapolloresearchinstitute.com%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Ffuture-work-skills-executive-summary.pdf 

 

Download a PDF copy of Future Work Skills 2020: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapolloresearchinstitute.com%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Ffuture-skills-2020-research-report.pdf  


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Beth Kanter's comment, December 20, 2011 7:34 PM
Thanks for sharing this from Robin's stream. These skills sets could form the basis of a self-assessment for would-be curators, although they're more conceptual - than practical/tactical. Thanks for sharing and must go rescoop it with a credit you and Robin of course
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Agreed. It's also one of the articles I told you about....good info to build on:-)
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Archivists Set the Pace …

Archivists Set the Pace … | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Alison Cullingford, Special Collections Librarian at the University of Bradford:

 

"Special Collections managers increasingly report to senior managers who come from very different professional backgrounds.

Witness archives in local authorities reporting to social services or super-converged university services which combine library, IT, careers etc.

Though this can have advantages e.g. bringing together services with a customer or teaching focus, it does mean there is no common base of understanding as there would be with fellow librarians or archivists. Senior managers are at risk of seeing Special Collections as dusty backwaters and not realising how much management, innovation, customer care etc is involved.

Often Special Collections and archives services are among the most engaged with communities, the most creative and the most dynamic parts of their organisations."

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Caroline Kennedy to Librarians: 'Your work is truly life changing.' | At Your Library

Caroline Kennedy to Librarians: 'Your work is truly life changing.' | At Your Library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Last week, Caroline Kennedy was the keynote speaker at the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award Ceremony in New York City.

Librarians:

"Professionals who are excited about their changing role in a changing world - who are dedicated to serving others, who respect scholarship, and who understand that you are our guides on a life long journey of intellectual collaboration and collaborative composition. Your work is truly life changing"

As Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote so many years ago, ”Be a little careful about your library. Do you foresee what you will do with it? Very little to be sure. But the real question is, 'What will it do with you?' You will come here and get books that will open your eyes, and your ears, and your curiosity, and turn you inside out or outside in.”

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The three main types of library

The three main types of library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The Indexer:

"Libraries the whole world over are under threat, mainly because the people who fund them are under the mistaken impression that they are no longer needed in the age of the Internet. I used to be a full-time librarian, but I lost my job in 2002 for that very reason. The company that employed me took the view that because it was "all on the Internet" there was no reason why they should employ somebody to do what everybody could do for themselves from their desktop.

 

Not surprisingly, we librarians have a different take on the matter. We believe that libraries and librarians are hugely important and will continue to be so. Indeed, the ironic thing is that the availability of information via the World Wide Web makes us even more important and vital!

 

We want to dispel a few misconceptions and make more converts to the cause, not just because we want to keep our jobs, but because we don't want people to miss out on the benefits that libraries can bring.

 

First of all, what do you understand by the word Library? Do you appreciate just how wide-ranging libraries are? For starters, there are three main types of library, which I shall outline in the rest of this hub."

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Is It Time to Rebuild & Retool Public Libraries and Make “TechShops”?

Is It Time to Rebuild & Retool Public Libraries and Make “TechShops”? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Let’s explore what could be ahead for public libraries and how we could collectively transform them into “factories” — not factories that make things, but factories that help make people who want to learn and make things.

Will libraries go away? Will they become hackerspaces, TechShops, tool-lending libraries, and Fab Labs, or have these new, almost-public spaces displaced a new role for libraries?

 

For many of us, books themselves are tools. In the sense that books are tools of knowledge, the library is a repository for tools, so will we add “real tools” for the 21st century?

 

Before we dive into the future, let’s take a look at the current public library scene now. Feel free to skip this part. I think it’s pretty interesting though."

 

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"But why does it matter? Some of you will likely say that hackerspaces and TechShops are filling the void where a public library could have evolved to — that’s probably true. I think public libraries are one of those “use it or lose” it things we have in a society. Given the current state of budgets all over the USA, I think unless they’re seen as the future, we might just lose them.

 

How can we encourage American innovation?How can we get kids access to laser cutters, CAD, 3D printers, and tools to design and build?How can we train each other for the jobs and skills needed in the 21st century?How can we spark the creativity and imagination of kids?How can America be a world leader in design and engineering?"

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SABC Media Libraries: Welcome to 2012

SABC Media Libraries: Welcome to 2012 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

A look back at the events, projects and favourite blog posts of 2011 in the SABC Media Libraries  (South Africa)

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Check out the New Image Café!

Check out the New Image Café! | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Great way to stir up interest in your local history or digital image collections. University of Houston's Image Cafe lets you browse and download images from their collection.

-via INFOdocket

 

Great way to create interest for libraries & archives as well!


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