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6 Social Media Networks to Watch in 2012 plus Infographics | Jeffbullas's Blog

6 Social Media Networks to Watch in 2012 plus Infographics | Jeffbullas's Blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Jeff Bullas:

"The social media ecosystem is now so extensive and encompassing that I thought that it would be best to stand back and reflect on some significant events and evolutionary social networks that could make a difference in 2012 that are impacting how..."

- Google+

- Pinterest

- Tumblr

- Slideshare

- Facebook

- Twitter

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If Libraries Didn't Exist, Would Publishers Be Trying To Kill Book Lending? | Techdirt

If Libraries Didn't Exist, Would Publishers Be Trying To Kill Book Lending? | Techdirt | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Against the background of today's war on sharing, exemplified by SOPA and PIPA, traditional libraries underline an inconvenient truth: allowing people to share things – principally books in the case of libraries – does not lead to the collapse of the industry trying to sell those same things. But publishers really don't seem to have learned that lesson, judging by this article in the New York Times about the nonsensical attitude they have to libraries lending out ebooks:

In their eyes, borrowing an e-book from a library has been too easy. Worried that people will click to borrow an e-book from a library rather than click to buy it, almost all major publishers in the United States now block libraries' access to the e-book form of either all of their titles or their most recently published ones."

 

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Resilience: Even Under Threat, Librarians Put Their Communities First

Resilience: Even Under Threat, Librarians Put Their Communities First | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

In support of libraries and librarians:

 

Ali Fisher:

"In my short time working within this community I've seen the extraordinary passion and joy with which librarians approach their daunting jobs.

They stick to their guns in an endless campaign to hold on to resources and funding. And I am honored to work with this group of relentless guardians who advocate for your right to read in the best of times and in the worst of times.

Libraries need your help. Join me in supporting your local and national campaigns to preserve the vital work of librarians and the preservation of a literate and educated society."

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Biddy Fisher: Libraries need you as they adapt to a new age - Columnists - Yorkshire Post

Biddy Fisher: Libraries need you as they adapt to a new age - Columnists - Yorkshire Post | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
THE one certainty in life is that in any life time there will be change to those things we took for granted and this is true for that most traditional of public services – the library.
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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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Beth Kanter
Agreed. It's also one of the articles I told you about....good info to build on:-)
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What libraries can learn from Apple about reinvention - Slideshare

What libraries can learn from Apple about reinvention - Slideshare | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"What libraries can learn about reinventing themselves and about advocacy from Apple.

Challenging librarians to do visioning for their school district and enchant stakeholders with their vision."

 

Slideshare here: http://tupresentacion.net/what+libraries+learn+apple+about+reinvention/p/88811

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Gurney Journey: Archivist’s Top Ten Tips for art preservation

Gurney Journey: Archivist’s Top Ten Tips for art preservation | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Illustrator James Gurney learns Norman Rockwell Museum Archivist's top 10 tips: http://t.co/ZrjMtYfR...

 

A list of ten things working artists can do to make the life of future archivists and conservators a little happier:

1. Get art and books out of the basement and attic.

2. Store things flat and unfolded.

3. If you must use commercial tape, remove it as soon as you can.

4. Put paper works in acid-free folders.

5. Photocopy thermal faxes.

6. Sign and date each piece, even sketches.

7. Use pencil rather than pen or marker.

8. Keep art out of direct sun.

9. Shoot your art and store the shots elsewhere.

10. Back up your computer work.

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The television archive:'We do have some old tapes, but not many' - Irish Times

The television archive:'We do have some old tapes, but not many' - Irish Times | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Irish Times: The television archive:'We do have some old tapes, but not many'

 

THIRTY MEMBERS of staff work specifically in the television library and archives at RTÉ.

"Nowadays, the approach to archiving is very different, and RTÉ is continually looking at ways to present its archives to the public.

There is a selection of material on its website, arranged both by themes and chronology: see rte.ie/laweb.

Throughout 2012 the station will be releasing selected archive programmes to Real Player."

 

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Archivists and historians–Am I giving archivists too much credit? | ArchivesNext

RT @archivesnext: Thanks for the lively discussion on "Archivists and historians–Am I giving archivists too much credit?

 

"In case you’re not following me on Twitter, I’m nervously preparing to participate in my first annual meeting of the American Historical Association, where I’m part of a panel that will be discussing Processing the Past: Contesting Authority in History and the Archives by Francis X. Blouin, Jr. (Bentley Historical Library) and William Rosenberg (Univ. of Michigan). You can read more about Blouin and Rosenberg’s arguments in this interview.

 

I only have fifteen minutes or so to convey something I hope will be brilliant and provocative, so I’m planning to focus on the two concluding recommendations the book makes for archivists. The first concerns the perceived inability of archivists to understand the historical context of their records or the potential value of those records for researchers:

 

'Many archivists schooled in the technologies of information management may resist the idea, but the inherent historicity of all archives leads us to suggest that understanding the kinds of questions scholars might want to put to their documents may be as important as assessing their evidentiary and institutional value. Records in digital archives clearly have to be understood in these terms if they are to have some value beyond their current use, if they are to serve as future testimony to past processes and practices. . . . Moreover, archivists will only be able to maintain their important roles as reference counselors and curators if they have some understanding of the historical issues implicit in their materials. This will also help assure that their repositories remain at least partially connected to the needs and cultures of all their users . . . [211]' "

 

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