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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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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." 

 

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100 Extensive University Libraries from Around the World that Anyone Can Access

100 Extensive University Libraries from Around the World that Anyone Can Access | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Universities house an enormous amount of information and their libraries are often the center of it all. You don't have to be affiliated with any university to take advantage of some of what they h...

 

"From digital archives, to religious studies, to national libraries, these university libraries from around the world have plenty of information for you. There are many resources for designers as well. Although this is mainly a blog that caters to designers and artists I have decided to include many other libraries for all to enjoy.

 

- Digital libraries

- International Digital libraries

- Books & texts

- Medical libraries

- Legal libraries

- National Libraries of Europe

- World Religion libraries

- Specialized Collections

- Academic Research

- American Universities

- International Universities

 

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Saving libraries but not librarians [Blowback]

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"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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Libraries and Their Role in the Digital Economy

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Libraries and Their Role in the Digital Economy - Public Libraries Australia Chair, Ross Duncan recently...

This presentation raised both the profile and relevance of public libraries to Australia’s economic development, especially in the context of the NBN rollout. A PDF copy of the PowerPoint presentation isavailable from the home page of the Public Libraries Australia website (www.pla.org.au)

 

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Digital Media Collections: Archivists Need To “Take Control” Back From IT — Digital Asset Management News

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"Joshua Ranger writing on the AudioVisual Preservation Solutions blog discusses how “Digital Media Collections Are an IT Problem But Not an IT Solution”.

The essence of Joshua’s post is that while archivists must collaborate with IT professionals to enable digital collections to be established, it is the archivists who should have primary control over core elements such as the development of metadata models and choice of formats based on the long-term preservation objectives of the organisation."

 

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A Bibliographic Framework for the Digital Age (October 31, 2011): Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative (Library of Congress)

"The Working Group of the Future of Bibliographic Control, as it examined technology for the future, wrote that the Library community’s data carrier, MARC, is “based on forty-year-old techniques for data management and is out of step with programming styles of today.” [1] The Working Group called for a format that will “accommodate and distinguish expert-, automated-, and self-generated metadata, including annotations (reviews, comments, and usage data.”

 

"Recognizing that Z39.2/MARC are no longer fit for the purpose, work with the library and other interested communities to specify and implement a carrier for bibliographic information that is capable of representing the full range of data of interest to libraries, and of facilitating the exchange of such data both within the library community and with related communities.”

 

http://www.loc.gov/marc/transition/news/framework-103111.html

 

 

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Keeping Up with Technology - Resources for Library Staff

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Keeping Up with Technology - Resources for Library Staff: http://t.co/3cpuLkZE...

 

"On March 14, 2007, Jim Duncan and Sharon Morris of the Colorado State Library presented a workshop at the CLiC spring workshops on the subject of keeping up with technology. The following resources were used in the workshop and available for library staff development and general use.

 

Lists compiled:

General Libraries Resources

Non-Library Technology Resources

Librarian Blogs

Library and Technology Podcasts

Library Organizations and Online Publications

Library Listservs

Online Courses and Webinars"

 

 

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A National Digital Public Library Begins to Take Shape - Research - The Chronicle of Higher Education

"The Digital Public Library of America doesn't exist yet, but it's closer to becoming a reality.

At an energized meeting held here at the National Archives on Friday, representatives from top cultural institutions and public and research libraries expressed robust support for the proposed library, which would create a portal to allow the public to get easy online access to collections held at many different institutions."

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Pew Research Center Unveils New Initiative on Libraries in Digital Age

The Pew Research Center announced plans to study how the role of public libraries is changing in the digital age and how library patrons' needs and expectations are shifting.

 

The new research is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with a 3-year, $1.4 million investment and will be conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.Through national surveys, a series of focus groups in a diverse mix of communities, and special surveys of library patrons, the Pew Internet Project will examine how library users’ habits and tastes are changing in the age of ebooks, widespread mobile connectivity, and the existence of vast digital collections. The new research will be launched as the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact tank based in Washington, DC, expands its research on the issues, attitudes, and trends shaping America and the world.

“Few institutions have been more challenged by the rise of the internet and mobile connectivity than the local library,” said Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet Project. “Many libraries have responded with innovations and sweeping overhauls in the way they deliver on their missions. With the Gates Foundation’s support, the Pew Internet Project will provide an in-depth, data-driven analysis of how libraries are responding to technology trends, and how communities' expectations are changing at a time when library functions are in flux.”

“As technologies advance, people in our communities increasingly rely on digital information to find opportunities to improve their lives. We must make sure public libraries, which are critical community technology hubs, keep pace with that change and give patrons access to the resources they need,” said Jill Nishi, deputy director of U.S. Libraries and Special Initiatives at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “We hope this research series will help community leaders and library staff better evolve services in today’s digital landscape.”

Source: Pew Research Center

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Internet Librarian Conference happening now

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"Information Today, Inc. returns to Monterey once again in 2011 to present the 15th annual Internet Librarian – the ONLY conference for information professionals who are using, developing, and embracing Internet, Intranet, and Web-based strategies in their roles as information architects and navigators,Webmasters and Web managers, content evaluators and developers, taxonomists, searchers, community builders, information providers, trainers, guides, and more. The Call for Speakers for Internet Librarian 2010 is now open. If you would like to participate as a speaker or workshop leader, please CLICK HERE to learn more, and to submit a proposal (deadline: March 27, 2010).

-->Whether you are managing information for a business, law firm, university, school or public library, keeping up with new tools and techniques is always a challenge. Internet Librarian 2011 definitely meets that challenge.

Internet@Schools, a two-day-long track especially for library media and technology specialists who are using the Internet and technology in K-12 schools, wil once again this year be a part of Internet Librarian 2011."

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Blog U.: The Revolution Will Not Be Subscription-Based - Library Babel Fish

"Another fascinating report has just come out from Project Information Literacy, a source of many fascinating reports. This one focuses on how students use technology during the busiest time of the semester. I love what these researchers are doing—actually talking to undergraduates about how they do research (what a concept!) rather than making assumptions. Often, when I read their reports I think to myself “yes, that sounds exactly like our students; no surprises here.”

 

http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/library_babel_fish/the_revolution_will_not_be_subscription_based

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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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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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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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One Google Books To Rule Them All?

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"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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AASL Conference 2011: Mimi Ito Says Librarians Are Key to Digital Learning

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RT @BarbaraAGenco: #AASL11 Conference 2011: Mimi Ito Says #Librarians Are Key to Digital Learning http://t.co/ktJwhQw5...

"Let's face it, there's no separating kids and technology—and school and public librarians are in the perfect position to bridge the digital learning that takes place inside and outside the school, says Mimi Ito, a cultural anthropologist who specializes on the use of technology.

Ito, a leading authority on how social networking technologies shape society, headlined Saturday's closing session at the American Association of School Librarian's (AASL) 15th National Conference in Minneapolis, MN, providing a good counter to opening speaker, Nicholas Carr,who said the adoption of a new technology can profoundly affect things like our attention span and the way we read.Ito recently completed a three-year MacArthur Foundation study of the ways kids use new media and co-authored a book based on the study called Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media (MIT Press, 2009).

The study explores how kids engage with and play with new media in their everyday lives and how digital technologies are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life."

 

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Pictures Online digitisation project

Pictures Online is a large-scale digitisation project being run by the National Library of New Zealand.
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The Library in the Age of Digital Reproduction (for Artspace New Haven) | Academic Librarian

The Library in the Age of Digital Reproduction (for Artspace New Haven) | Academic Librarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

..."Nev­er­the­less, my library, the Library, has expanded beyond any given space or phys­i­cal col­lec­tion. The Library can no longer be con­fined to one place, or a few places. Libraries can no longer have the sacred aura they once had for a lot of us, because the Library has expanded beyond the build­ing down­town or the book­shelves in my home. Whereas a trip to the library was once always a unique inter­ac­tion, the equiv­a­lent trip to my lap­top isn’t. The vari­ety of a printed col­lec­tion is homog­e­nized into a web browser.

The Library is that big build­ing I work in, those shelves along my liv­ing room wall, that lap­top with access to mil­lions of arti­cles, and that smart­phone with a life­time of casual read­ing hid­ing inside an ebook app. Not every­thing is or will be dig­i­tized, mean­ing the Library will be a hybrid for a long time to come. The Library in the age of dig­i­tal repro­duc­tion is still a place, but now it’s also every­place. The library has lost its unique­ness, but has achieved ubiq­uity. For avid read­ers, it seems a small price to pay."

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The ALA has created the ALA Digital Content and Libraries Working Group

The ALA has created the ALA Digital Content and Libraries Working Group | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The ALA has created the ALA Digital Content and Libraries Working Group which I think may be a good step in the right direction with the encroaching of eBooks, ePublishing, eDistribution, and just about eEverything else.

 

I recieved this on the ALA Council Listserv from Molly Raphael who is the current President of the American Library Association. Let me know what you think of this development and ALA’s role in digital content and information."