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How Does The CIA Use Social Media? : NPR

Robert Siegel speaks with Associated Press intelligence correspondent Kimberly Dozier about how the CIA uses social media. (@ckmalone Did you hear this

 

Transcription of interview with voice clip also available.

 

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Digital Preservation for Real Archivists in Small Archives, 2011

"It's been a while since I've posted here purely on digital preservation issues: my work has moved in other directions, although I did attend a number of the digital preservation sessions at the Society of American Archivists’ conference...

 

...from a small archives perspective, I think the key development has been the emergence of several digital curation workflow management systems – Archivematica, Curator’s Workbench, the National Archive of Australia’s Digital Preservation Software Platform (others…?) – which package together a number of different tools to guide the archivist through a sequenced set of stages for the processing of digital content.

 

The currently available systems vary in their approaches to preservation, comprehensiveness, and levels of maturity, but represent a major step forward from the situation just a couple of years ago."

 

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Twitter for Librarians: The Ultimate Guide | College@Home

"Twitter for Librarians: The Ultimate Guide | College@Home: http://t.co/R6QZYRKN...

 

Here are all the resources you’ll need to make an informed decision on whether or not to become part of the growing number of Twitter users.

 

Ways To Use Twitter

Guides

Studies & articles

Tools & add-ons

 Libraries using Twitter"

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Setting up a Google Plus Page for your Library is Easy | David Lee King

Setting up a Google Plus Page for your Library is Easy | David Lee King | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

A very comprehensive list of how to set up a Google + page for your library. It is worth to Bookmark it!

 

"A day or so ago, Google Plus finally opened up organizational Google Plus Pages to everyone.

 

Make use of the fastest growing social network ever at your library with the long-awaited Google+ Pages feature for organizations and brands.

 

Google Plus Pages are the Google answer/alternative to a Facebook (though I prefer to think of it as a complement for a full social media plan). Your library can use this powerful social tool to host video Hangout chats, isolate user and staff groups for targeted dissemination and conversations with Circles, and increase your Library’s social exposure with the +1 button.


I will definitely be adding Library Pages on Google+ to my Circles as a way of bringing libraries into my digital life."

 

 

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Ellis: Libraries are respected brands that can help create strong, resilient communities | Knight Soul of the Community

Ellis: Libraries are respected brands that can help create strong, resilient communities | Knight Soul of the Community | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Gia Arbogast, branch administrator for the Miami-Dade Public Library System describes in a video how YOUMedia Miami will engage teens in building digital literacy skills

 

Libraries have a fundamental role in how attached people are to where they live, Knight’s Paula Ellis, vp/strategic initiatives, told a gathering of library and civic leaders last week.

 

That’s particularly important because how residents feel about their community may lead to greater economic vitality, the Knight-funded Soul of the Community study found."

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12 Tech Tools That Will Transform The Way You Teach! | Catlin Tucker, Honors English Teacher

12 Tech Tools That Will Transform The Way You Teach! | Catlin Tucker, Honors English Teacher | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Tech Tools valuable to anyone involved with studying, teaching, as well for librarians!

 

RT @deblund: #Teachers #librarians #parents: A handful of #tech tools to use with your #students!

 

This blog post is dedicated to all of the overworked teachers who just don’t have the time to seek out this information. I have provided brief explanations, links to and pictures of the tools mentioned by Simple K12 (and a couple of my favorites). I hope this makes it more manageable for teachers to pick and choose which tools they want to use.

 

The tools:

Collaborize Classroom

Prezi

Evernote

Glogster

etc.

 

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Five Ways Libraries Can Apply the Nature Principle | Psychology Today

Five Ways Libraries Can Apply the Nature Principle | Psychology Today | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Naturbraries By Richard Louv... (RT @abbeolin: Connecting libraries + nature + children!

 

"Today, via a library's outdoor learning space, librarians are participating in the growing movement to connect children with the environment," write Tracy Delgado-LaStella and Sandra Feinberg in this month's issue of American Libraries magazine.

 

The excellent piece describes the efforts of Middle Country Public Library in Centereach, New York, which has created The Nature Explorium.

 

In collaboration with the Dimensions Educational Research Foundation and Long Island Nature Collaborative for Kids (LINCK), the library converted an adjacent 5000-square foot area into a outdoor learning environment, "including a climbing/crawling area, messy materials area, building area, nature art area, music and performance area, planting area, gathering/conversation place, reading area, and water feature."

 

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National Archives to launch Citizen Archivist Dashboard - Nextgov

"The National Archives and Records Administration plans to launch in December an online Citizen Archivist Dashboard through which volunteers can tag, transcribe and write articles about scanned NARA documents, said Pamela Wright, the agency's chief digital access strategist.

 

NARA initially will put up about 300 documents for transcription, Wright said Friday before a panel discussion on social media in government. Those documents will be coded green, yellow and red based on their length and how difficult it is to decipher the handwriting, she said."

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Libraries have thrived, despite technological developments - Vancouver Sun

Libraries have thrived, despite technological developments - Vancouver Sun | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Libraries have thrived, despite technological developments Vancouver Sun

 

Libraries are essential today, as they have been for years.

Libraries are that important. It is true that the ready availability of high-speed Internet access brings more information to more people, more quickly than ever before. But that is only half the story. Not everyone is far along the information highway. Libraries provide Internet access to families who do not have it at home. They have information not available on the Internet, or tough to find there, or available to individuals only for a fee.

 

Trained librarians are ready to help people learn what they can from the Internet and from traditional printed sources.

This is not the first time libraries have heard that their time has past. When radio became available, in the 1920s, the theory was that libraries would no longer be needed. When television went on air in the 1950s and 1960s, we heard libraries were done.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Libraries+have+thrived+despite+technological+developments/5663265/story.html#ixzz1d0xaQetZ"

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One Google Books To Rule Them All?

One Google Books To Rule Them All? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Hellzapoppin' in the world of intellectual property rights these days.

 

In 2002, Google began scanning the world's 130 million or so books in preparation for the "secret 'books' project" that eventually became Google Books. In 2004, they began offering access to these scans, displaying the irritatingly-named "snippets" of books in their search results. And in no time at all, they were getting sued by the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers for copyright infringement.

These lawsuits, plus two more that were filed subsequently against Google, resulted in a six-year rollercoaster ride that, like all good roller coasters, exhilarated, terrified and rattled all the participants, and ended by thumping their quaking bods to a halt, last March, in very nearly the same place from which they'd started out.

But during that time the world had changed, and an altogether new way of bringing printed books into the digital commons had emerged.

Enter the nonprofit alternative for bringing the world's books online for all readers: the newly-funded Digital Public Library of America."

 

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The CIA is Watching You Tweet

The CIA is Watching You Tweet | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
...The CIA maintains a social-media tracking center operated out of an nondescript building in a Virginia industrial park. The intelligence analysts at the (RT @bonniegrrl Beware of the Vengeful Librarians!
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Saving libraries but not librarians [Blowback]

Saving libraries but not librarians [Blowback] | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Dan Terzian, a fellow at the legal clinic New Media Rights and a lecturer at the Peking University School of Transnational Law, responds to The Times' Oct. 26 Op-Ed article, "Libraries can't run themselves," on saving librarians' jobs.

 

The digital revolution, while improving society, has gutted many professions.

 

 Machines have replaced assembly-line workers, ATMs have replaced bank tellers, Amazon has replaced bookstores and IBM's Watson may even replace doctors and lawyers. And now, the Internet is replacing librarians.

Or at least it should be.

 

The digital revolution has made many librarians obsolete. Historically, librarians exclusively provided many services: They organized information, guided others' research and advised community members. But now, librarians compete with the Internet and Google. Unlike libraries, the Internet's information is not bound by walls; from blogs and books to journals and laws, the Internet has them all. And Google makes this information easily accessible to anyone with an Internet connection."

 

 

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The Daring Librarian on QR Codes in the Classroom - Library 2.0

The Daring Librarian on QR Codes in the Classroom - Library 2.0 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Gwyneth Jones, The Daring Librarian Thursday - 5pm EST, USA Library, School, or Organization Name:  Howard County Public Schools Area of the World from Which… (Nice RT @briankotts The Daring Librarian on QR Codes in the Classroom

"All about QR codes - what they are, how to make them, and how to use them in your school and classroom for engaging & exciting digital discoveries!

Key Words - web presence, social media, transliteracy, qr codes, scanner, smart phone, ipod touch"

 

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QR Codes in Libraries - Slideshare

Slideshare: QR Codes: Applications Libraries

 

twitter: @weedog DRAFT Carol Walker eLearning Advisor (Learning Technology) (http://t.co/buQjNnKz QR codes in libraries...)...


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SMU Library Blog: Would you like to brush up on your Internet research skills? > Internet Detective

"Internet Detective will help you find good information online, offer tips on evaluating that information and give advice on referencing and avoiding plagiarism.

 

You can access the tutorial here: http://www.vtstutorials.ac.uk/detective/"

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iLibrarian » 20 iPad Apps Librarians Should Download – Part 1

iLibrarian » 20 iPad Apps Librarians Should Download – Part 1 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"20 iPad Apps Librarians Should Download – Part 1 http://t.co/S4wF81M8...

 

Here are 20 popular apps to get you going in the areas of News, Reference & Education, e-Book Readers, Productivity Tools, and Social Tools."

 

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Law Librarian Blog: Digital Access Isn't Everything

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Law Librarian Blog: Digital Access Isn't Everything: Digital Access Isn't Everything. 

 

There is a great article in the Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) by Brian Cowan, 'Digital Natives' Aren't Necessarily Digital Learners, which takes on the concept of digital natives as digital learners, and concludes that while technology may deliver information in convenient ways, it will not necessarily motivate individuals to learn.

 

Cowan describes four myths of digital learning:

Myth 1: Digital natives are automatically digital learners.

Myth 2: Students prefer using technology to learn.

Myth 3: Cyberspace is the new classroom.

Myth 4: Today's students are multi­taskers.

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School Librarians’ Role in ‘Crap Detection’ Cited — The Digital Shift

School Librarians’ Role in ‘Crap Detection’ Cited — The Digital Shift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Librarians fostering information literacy: assessing content/"crap detection" http://t.co/iv8QzcxQ...

 

The crisis of information literacy, a familiar issue within the library community, is getting some wider attention.

In this month’s Wired, Clive Thompson cites a recent study that reveals the paucity of search skills among so-called digital natives at both high school and college levels. Importantly he gets to the vital role school librarians play in fostering information literacy, including the critical approach to content, dubbed “crap detection” by Howard Rheingold."


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Axiell presents award to the Digital Cultural Institution of 2011

"Axiell presents award to the Digital Cultural Institution of 2011. The winner, Jönköping School Library Service, Sweden, was chosen for its tremendous success...

 

UK and Scandinavian cultural services and technology expert, Axiell, regularly presents an award to recognise the Digital Cultural Institution of the Year.

This year the award was presented at its prestigious two-day symposium ‘Rethinking Libraries?’, held in London on 2-3 November, for senior managers from archives, museums and libraries across Scandinavia and the UK.

 

The 2011 theme for the award was “going digital to increase value for end users”.

 

"The winner, Jönköping School Library Service, Sweden, was chosen for its tremendous success in enabling students, teachers and parents to work digitally 24/7 through its use of Axiell Arena’s library web portal to develop an online digital knowledge bank and to support learning in innovative ways. In the proposal it was mentioned that the school library service in Jönköping has been a front runner and the first school system to develop its services in such an innovative way."