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Librarians Want Offline Ebook Access, Says ebrary Survey

Librarians Want Offline Ebook Access, Says ebrary Survey | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
ebrary announced the results of its Download Survey for which it asked more than 1,000 participating librarians about mobile and offline access to ebooks.

 

"The survey found that librarians know their patrons value the portability of ebooks, which led 92% of respondents to say that providing offline access to ebooks was at least as important as providing online access to them, if not more so.

 

ebrary also asked librarians about the importance of usability, tethering systems, ebook loan periods, and single-user licenses. The survey results, along with a paper by Allen McKiel, Ph.D., the dean of library services at Western Oregon University, are publicly available online at www.tfaforms.com/222151

 

 

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Library Connect News: Defining a Librarian in the Information Age: Can it be done?

Library Connect News: Defining a Librarian in the Information Age: Can it be done? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

RT @NazlinBhimani: Library Connect -Defining a Librarian in the Information Age http://t.co/51OZD8oz...

 

 

 

Answer this question:

 

"A Librarian in the information age is most like a ____________________________ because ____________________________."

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Libaries – a case for renewal | What's Next: Top Trends

Libaries – a case for renewal | What's Next: Top Trends | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Libraries – a case for renewal http://t.co/oTxICmJX #future #libraries via @ellenforsyth...

 

Dr. Wendy L. Schultz:

 

"Library 2.0: Product


How should the library package its commodity – books – as products in an environment that disintermediates, dematerialises, and decentralises? Chad and Miller’s essay, and the debates and conversations around it, raise this question and answer it with the characteristics of our emerging information infrastructure: the library is everywhere, barrier-free, and participatory. Collaborate with Amazon; provide digital downloads of books; create a global, and globally accessible, catalog; invite readers to tag and comment. Yet as more information becomes more accessible, people will still need experienced tour guides – Amazon’s customer recommendations are notoriously open to manipulation; tagclouds offer diverse connections, not focussed expertise. This will drive the transition to Library 3.0: the 3D service.

 

Library 3.0 – Web 3D to Library 3D: Service.


There are SecondLife (3) subscribers who spend more than forty hours a week online, immersed in its virtual graphic world. Digital natives take 2.0 for granted; they are buzzing over Web 3D. Carrying Chad and Miller’s argument through this next phase transition, we arrive at virtual collections in the 3D world, where books themselves may have avatars and online personalities. But the avalanche of material available will put a premium on service, on tailoring information to needs, and on developing participatory relationships with customers. So while books may get in your 3D face all by themselves, people will prefer personal introductions – they will want a VR info coach. Who’s the best librarian avatar? How many Amazon stars has your avatar collected from satisfied customers? This could create librarian “superstars” based on buzz and customer ratings. People will collect librarians rather than books – the ability not just to organise, but also to annotate and compare books and other information sources, from a variety of useful perspectives."

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Vatican's Library begins to Digitize 80000 of Its Manuscripts With ...

The library is taking a giant leap to the web. By using NASA technology, it's planning on scanning 80000 of its manuscripts. The technology used is called FITS, which stands for Flexible Image Transport System.
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Libraries Make Room For 'Hackerspaces' : NPR

'As information becomes more and more digital, public libraries are striving to redefine their roles. A small number are working to create "hackerspaces," where do-it-yourselfers share sophisticated tools as well as expertise.'

 

'The Allen County Public Library, which serves the city of Fort Wayne, Ind., has a modest hackerspace inside a trailer in its parking lot. Library director Jeff Krull says hosting it is consistent with the library's mission.'

 

"We see the library as not being in the book business, but being in the learning business and the exploration business and the expand-your-mind business," he says. "We feel this is really in that spirit, that we provide a resource to the community that individuals would not be able to have access to on their own."

 

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"Structural change" and librarianship

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"... gloomy picture underestimates the capabilities of librarians to respond creatively and proactively to structural change. As businesses, universities, schools and healthcare providers come to depend more heavily on the free and ready flow of information, many skills that librarians possess will be in high demand. Conducting reliable research, pinpointing the best search terms, effectively organizing information, integrating disparate sources of information, judging the credibility of various data sources, and dozens of related skills will be highly valued by hiring organizations."

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Cloud-based library service | #jiscinform

Cloud-based library service | #jiscinform | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

RT @JISC: new cloud-based service is set to transform the way libraries work, in #jiscinform http://t.co/rEYDnF4U...

 

"A new cloud-based service is set to transform the way libraries work, unleashing librarians from their admin burden to focus on services for students and researchers.

This cloud service is called the Shared Academic Knowledge Base plus, or KB+, and will be a database covering all ‘subscribed resources’..."

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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.”

 

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How Tech Is Changing the Museum Experience

How Tech Is Changing the Museum Experience | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"I would be interested to see how this can be used to help libraries, as well."

 

Quote from article:

"Museums are exploring digital and mobile technologies to enhance visitor experience. Initiatives go beyond technology within exhibits and installations, but also include more pervasive uses of tech to create interactive experiences for visitors throughout a museum, as well as remote experiences for those who cannot get there.Here, we highlight what three museums are doing to make the experience interactive, educational and engaging."


Via Pippa Davies @PippaDavies
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Woman keeps library alive with book donations - WDAM-TV

Woman keeps library alive with book donations - WDAM-TV | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
ABC7Chicago.comWoman keeps library alive with book donationsWDAM-TVEARL PARK, IN (WLFI/CNN) – An Indiana woman's giving spirit and love for literature is helping a small town library flourish, despite a small budget.
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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2011: The Digital Library

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2011:  The Digital Library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Audrey Watters:

"Part 5 of my year-end series. As far as ed-tech trends go, 2011 was not the year of the e-textbook.

-Hooray E-Books

-Boo Textbooks

-Digital Textbooks: Not Quite

-The Library Innovates

-Amazon versus the Publishers versus Libraries

-The Library as Community Learning Space"

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Libraries collaborate to increase digital content offerings

Libraries collaborate to increase digital content offerings | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Local libraries are participating in a statewide pool to buy a lot of new digital content in 2012 for increasingly popular electronic reading and listening devices.
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