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New modern library at Old Dominion speaks volumes | HamptonRoads.com

New modern library at Old Dominion speaks volumes | HamptonRoads.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"NORFOLK This is a library? The sign out front says, "Perry Library." But, at first glance, a visitor might be excused for thinking he's in the wrong place.

 

Old Dominion University's main library just doesn't look much like a library anymore. A $10 million renovation and expansion transformed it into something more - something tailored to fast-changing learning styles in a multimedia world."

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Online Information 2011 #online11 - The largest event dedicated to the information industry

Online Information 2011 #online11 - The largest event dedicated to the information industry | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Online Information 2011 comprises an exhibition of over 200 vendors, a world-class international conference and a show floor seminar programme covering: Content Resources; ePublishing Solutions; Library Management; Content Management; Search...

 

5 Conference Tracks

 

Mix and match seminar tracks each day so that you can customise the programme to suit your priorities and interests.

 

Choose from:

 

1. Going mobile: Information and knowledge on the move

Keynote speakers:

Paul Golding, CEO, Wireless Wanders

Steve Wing, Head of Mobile, Guardian News & Media

 

2. Social Media: Exploiting knowledge in networks

Keynote speakers:

Jacob Morgan, Principal and Co-Founder, Chess Media GroupJemima Gibbons, Social Media Strategist, AAB Engage

 

3. Building a framework for the future of the information profession

Keynote speakers:

Phil Bradley, Internet ConsultantDavid Ball, Head of Academic Development Services

 

4. New frontiers in information management

Keynote speakers:

Richard Boulderstone, Director of e-strategy and Information Systems, The British Library

 

5. Search

 and Information Discovery

Keynote speakers:

Susanne Koch, Editor and Owner, Pandia.com"

 

 

 

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Is Your Library Ready for a UX Librarian? | The User Experience  | Library world, new trends, technologies

Is Your Library Ready for a UX Librarian? | The User Experience  | Library world, new trends, technologies | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Bringing a UX librarian onboard before your organization is ready can backfire. A UX librarian unable to help an institution will feel defeated, and UX thinking will get a reputation for being ineffectual.

 

User experience isn’t something that can be sprinkled onto a library to make it relevant and engaging to its users. To have a meaningful impact, user experience thinking must be integrated into all aspects of a library. This means that everyone in the organization needs to consider how the decisions they make relate to other parts of the organization and impact users. This isn’t easily achieved, and it won’t magically happen by hiring someone with a neat job title.

 

Unless everyone on staff is already on the same page about this kind of design mentality, preparing for a UX librarian means creating organizational change.

 

Starting small

Before thinking about a UX Librarian position, consider forming a cross-departmental UX Team. Include frontline and administrative staff from all departments. The purpose of this team is just as much about creating an organizational culture that supports UX design as it is about making direct improvements to the library. Make sure to scope this team’s charge realistically, and guarantee that its recommendations aren’t met with undue ­resistance.

 

SIGNS OF READINESS

Your library might be ready for a UX Librarian if:
• it holds regular cross-departmental meetings that people find productive
• people in the organization put ideas before their egos
• the library is ready to research its community
• change isn't a dirty word
• there's a widespread genuine desire to improve the library"

 

Author Information
Aaron Schmidt (librarian@gmail.com) is a principal at the library user experience consultancy Influx (influx.us). He is a 2005 LJ Mover & Shaker. He writes at walkingpaper.org

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Libraries borrowing marketing ideas from bookstores

Libraries borrowing marketing ideas from bookstores | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Today’s public libraries have a lot in common with retail bookstores, featuring special displays, coffee kiosks and gift shops.
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Library Usage On The Rise Across Canada As Libraries Adapt To New Technology

Library Usage On The Rise Across Canada As Libraries Adapt To New Technology | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"MONTREAL - It's a sunny fall afternoon — likely one of the last warm days this year — yet Montreal's largest library is buzzing.The Grande Bibliotheque's rows of sofa chairs and sleek desks are packed with people tapping on laptops, flipping..."

 

"Despite the rise of smart phones and ebook readers, many Canadian libraries are busier than ever.

And the renaissance may be due in part to the very technology that was expected to threaten their existence.

Across the country, library usage is up 45 per cent over the past decade, from 16.6 to 24.1 transactions on average per capita, according to a recent report prepared by Lumos Research for the Canadian Urban Libraries Council.

Much of that growth has been driven by digital information.

The use of electronic databases more than doubled, and Internet visits to library websites and catalogues grew five-fold in the period, according to the report."

 

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What’s In Your Window? #libraries #socialmedia

What’s In Your Window? #libraries #socialmedia | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Has your community been slow to acknowledge your library’s presence on social media outlets? Where Twitter and Foursquare are concerned, it’s quite possible that patrons simply aren’t yet using those applications. Now, say my library serves a community of 40,000. My Facebook page shows 27 friends and one of them is my mother. In this scenario, it’s a safe bet that my patrons don’t know the library is there. So, how can I let library users and passersby know where they can find the library on social networks? Apparently, I can put it in the window. Big and blue, bearing our URL, for all to read from the sidewalk or from their seat on the bus."


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Librarian by Day: 9 reasons Publishers should Stop Acting Like Libraries Are The Enemy and Start Thanking Them | Cali the Librarian

"Librarian by Day: 9 reasons Publishers should Stop Acting Like Libraries Are The Enemy and Start Thanking them"

 

"Libraries let people read your books.

Libraries introduce people to your books.

We celebrate books and authors everyday, all year long.

Archives

Publicity

We WANT to buy your books.

We love books too.

Who else is going to pay those ridiculously high database and journal prices?

Library users are your best customers."

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Penguin ebooks return to libraries

Penguin ebooks return to libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Read 'Penguin ebooks return to libraries' on Digital Trends. After pulling its books due to "security concerns," Penguin is resuming letting Kindle owners borrow ebooks from libraries - just not new titles.
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Musings about librarianship: Is librarianship in crisis and should we be talking about it?

Musings about librarianship: Is librarianship in crisis and should we be talking about it? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Vary valid points raised. I think the focus should be on adaptation and invention, rather than on preservation of a profession.

 

@Aarontay: "I noticed a couple of interesting comments to the blog post, in particular Veronica Arellano's which lead me to her A Crisis of Our Own Making (sidenote, she has a great blog, you should subscribe!).

Librarians are worriers, and one thing we like to worry a lot about is the future of libraries.

Veronica Arellano however thinks that we should stop writing about it. Why? She gives several reasons in "A Crisis of Our Own Making" but concludes with

"Writing about the 'crisis' in libraries tries to elicit change out of fear, rather than a desire to better serve our communities. By continuing to write our own obituaries, we are dissuading enthusiastic, forward-minded young scholars, technologists, and community leaders from entering the profession by painting ourselves as stuck in the past and obsolete."

She has a point too much negativity in particular obituaries type predictions can be self-fulfilling."

 

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Louder libraries for a digital age to open across U.S. | McClatchy

Louder libraries for a digital age to open across U.S. | McClatchy | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Imagine walking into a public library filled with PlayStations, Wii game consoles and electric keyboards pumped up to maximum volume. Teenagers are munching on snacks, checking out laptops and slouching on sofas or beanbags.
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Librarians start marching

Librarians start marching | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Librarians are Marching!http://t.co/KlK12MRS #occusigns #OWS...
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Physical libraries in a digital world

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"The final meeting of a Harvard course on the future of libraries, led by John Palfrey and Jeffrey Schnapp. They have three guests in to talk about physical library space."

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Highlights & opinions from the National Public Library conf >PLA blog

Highlights & opinions from the National Public Library conf >PLA blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Nate Hill: "The Digital Public Library of America needs a public-facing laboratory; an experimental beta space where we can prototype ideas, curricula, interfaces, strategies, and experiences.

I’m home again after a very interesting session about building a National Digital Public Library at the Los Angeles Public Library and I’d like to recap it while offering a few of my own opinions for the readers. Public librarians reading this post: a national digital library movement is most certainly underway, and quite frankly I think it may be the only thing that will prevent our libraries as we know them from simply fading from relevance. I’m aware that my opinions on these matters may be a bit controversial for those libraries and librarians kicking back out there, those that believe providing access to books for public consumption will remain a useful, supported service that your community will tax themselves to keep around."

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In Praise of Librarians and Archivists (by Mark Cheathem)

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In Praise of Librarians and Archivists: Appreciating the Colleagues Who Make Professors' Jobs Easier By Mark Cheathem, Associate Professor of History, Cumberland University

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Library for people with disabilities set for launching

Library for people with disabilities set for launching: Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL), an organisation...

Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL), an organisation whose aim is to help people with disability find resources they can use to improve lives will be launched in Tanzania.

Speaking to journalists yesterday at Maelezo Auditorium, the programme manager for Global Disability Rights Library, Ms Andrea Shettle, said the project targets delivery of knowledge to individuals and organisations which can be used to strengthen their ability to serve their communities and promote disability

 

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British Library's early newspaper archive goes online

British Library's early newspaper archive goes online | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"More than 4m pages, mostly from 19th-century newspapers, reveal that press intrusion and celebrity gossip are nothing new (British Library's early newspaper archive goes online http://t.co/VOyZmNJP...)"

 

"More than 4m pages, drawn mainly from 19th-century regional newspapers, previously kept in decent obscurity at the library's newspaper archive in Colindale, north London, will now be available for historians and family researchers to browse for a small fee, or free if they visit the central library in King's Cross. All human life, not to say all the news fit to print, is certainly there, albeit written up in florid Victorian prose – great events, horrible murders reported in exhaustive detail, celebrity gossip, as well as the occasional intrusion into private grief."

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Libraries and Museums Become Hands-On Learning Labs | MindShift

Libraries and Museums Become Hands-On Learning Labs | MindShift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

RT @changeequation: Libraries and Museums Become Hands-On Learning Labs http://t.co/GHMWchLh @MindShiftKQED...

 

"Recognizing the importance of museums and libraries as sites for hands-on learning, the MacArthur Foundation and IMLS-sponsored competition plans to take the YOUmedia model and spread it nationally. The hope is for the new learning labs to serve as places where teens can explore science, technology, art, and literature — not just to not just to read about it — through building and making.

New teen learning labs will be built in San Francisco, CA; Thornton, CO; Columbia, MD; St. Paul, MN; Kansas City, MO; New York, NY; Columbus, OH; Portland, OR; Allentown, PA; Philadelphia, PA; Nashville, TN; and Houston, TX."

 

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Ford opens manufacturing archives in Australia - FEN

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"Ford opens manufacturing archives in Australia By FEN on 28 November 2011

 

Ford Motor Company has opened Ford Australia Archives, one of only four historical archive centres in the company worldwide."

 

"The archives continues to acquire and preserve significant company materials, including paper, audio-visual and electronic records - that document the history of the company, its vehicles, subsidiaries, employees, plants and policies.

“The goal of the archives however is not just to collect material. It is to collect, catalogue, store and allow use of that material to help us tell our story,” Graziano said.

“With more than 86 years of history here in Australia, there is a lot to work with. We have materials here spanning as far back as our first days in Australia.”

Graziano said the collection had been made possible because of the dedication of a few employees who were passionate about retaining the history of Ford in Australia."

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Bridges over the digital divide #libraries

Bridges over the digital divide #libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Libraries have been playing a key role in reducing isolation and improving job prospects among those with no internet access, writes David Batty."

 

"At a time when many local authorities have cut back on their library services, Brighton & Hove city council has made them central to improving its performance and the experience of service users.

The Council Connect project provides local residents who lack internet access or online skills with information technology training and support. This is aimed at enabling them to use other local authority services online more easily and develop skills useful for employment and in their personal lives.

The project began last year to bridge the divide between web-savvy local residents who save time and money by going online to pay council bills, resolve enquiries or arrange services, rather than visiting council offices, and those with no internet access or skills.

The council noted that the latter often live in more deprived communities or belong to more marginalised social groups, such as older people, those with mental health problems, unemployed people and some ethnic minorities."

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