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Why Don’t Librarians Collaborate More?

Why Don’t Librarians Collaborate More? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
After reading a lot of literature on libraries in this 21st Century, it finally struck me that one area in which I have read virtually nothing is collaboration among librarians.

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Metadata an overview - Slideshare

a brief overview and introduction to metadata from how it is used on the web (including seo and tagging) to its use in Flickr and library catalogs.
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Librarians Online Poll Results

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"... a poll asking librarians about their online activities. I stopped collecting data at the end of September ..."

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The Posterity Project: Thinking outside the box in the digital age... #archivists

The Posterity Project: Thinking outside the box in the digital age... #archivists | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Gordon Belt:

"While there are many individual archivists doing outstanding work in productively applying social media in the workplace, as a whole our profession is very far behind our colleagues in the library community.

As a member of the Special Libraries Association, I see first-hand the efforts made by that organization to embrace technology, and the initiative among special collections librarians to be "future ready" in the information age. But what are archivists doing in a collective way to prepare for work that is increasingly being done in "The Cloud?"

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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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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

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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."