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With attendance dipping, libraries changing roles, focus - KSL.com

With attendance dipping, libraries changing roles, focus - KSL.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Public libraries are at a crossroads. Overall circulation and visits are down over the last five years. But libraries continue to supply another community need: a place to contemplate and collaborate.
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How tech is changing reading at libraries - Marketplace.org

How tech is changing reading at libraries - Marketplace.org | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Today we hear from Courtney Young, president of the American Library Association, on how they're changing libraries.

Young says that it's important for libraries to change with the times, but that one challenge for librarians is making sure patrons are aware of new services. Also, keeping up with high costs. 

Click the media player http://www.marketplace.org/node/147408/player/popout

 to hear Courtney Young in conversation with Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson.

Featured in: Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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Important to keep patrons up to date with new services!

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'Bit rot' could turn the Internet into an accidental Library of Alexandria - Death and Taxes

'Bit rot' could turn the Internet into an accidental Library of Alexandria - Death and Taxes | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
'There seems to be a notion among mid-savvy digital technology users that everything that goes onto the Internet will be preserved there, indelibly, until aliens come and decipher the BuzzFeed quizzes of our extinct race. Among the many reasons why this won’t be the case is this kind of surprising one: the bits that make up our digital heritage could “rot.”
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Obsolence of formats and digitised content on the Internet as Archive.
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Internet Librarian 2013 Conference in California

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Information Today, Inc. returns to Monterey once again in 2013 to present the 17th annual Internet Librarian the ONLY conference for information professionals who are using, developing, and embracing Internet, Intranet, and Web-based strategies.

 

The theme: Community Engagement: Strategies, Services & Tools


October 28-30

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Web-connected libraries for Africa: the dream of digital knowledge for all

Web-connected libraries for Africa: the dream of digital knowledge for all | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

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New venture Librii is seeking to set up self-sustaining libraries with internet access in poor and isolated communities.

 

A decade ago, Brewster Kahle, philanthropist and founder of the Internet Archive, created the first digital bookmobile: a complete printing press in the back of a car. With a power source, satellite internet connection, printer and binder, the vehicle and its descendants subsequently printed thousands of public-domain books where they were needed most, such as in rural areas without internet connection, including schools and refugee camps across Africa.

In 2003, it was estimated that less than 1% of Africa's population had access to the internet. Since then, that figure has grown to just 15%. Private companies have been laying high-speed cables along the coasts, but it's slow to make progress inland: even where access is available, it is often low speed and unconnected to the facilities on the ground needed to make the most of it, particularly for education. (The vast majority of people in Africa who do access the internet do so via mobile phone.)

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Jason Scott's Archive Team Is Saving The Web From Itself (And Rescuing Your ... - Huffington Post

Jason Scott's Archive Team Is Saving The Web From Itself (And Rescuing Your ... - Huffington Post | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

On Feb. 15, the Archive Team, a loose collective of programmers and netizens, received its equivalent of a 911 call: The founder of Posterous, a blogging platform,announced the site was shutting down -- and taking its users' content down with it.

After years spent convincing people to trust Posterous as the repository for their baby photos, recipes, musings and travelogues, the company gave its over 15 million users just ten weeks to back up their information before it would be permanently deleted.

A handful of Archive Team volunteers quickly convened in a chatroom to figure out -- like they had many times before in similar situations -- how to save Posterous' millions of posts from disappearing with the site itself.

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The porblem of our digital era: "digital objects become collateral damage"!

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Librarianship and Freedom of Expression in the Era of the Global Internet

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There is a lot of concern in the modern world about how the internet has impacted freedom of expression. This is especially true in the U.S., where speech is protected from government interference by the First Amendment of the Constitution.

 

From the purely professional perspective of a librarian who is trying to organize information into easily-accessible catalogs and databases, there is certainly a strong reason to be in favor of the free exchange of information over the internet, without governmental restrictions, as it makes getting a holistic collection of our society’s views much easier.

 

Most would agree that a librarian, by profession, believes in giving the type of assistance that will allow others to empower themselves with knowledge, and the question of how good librarians can be at this task hangs in the balance as governments and private corporations decide what sort of speech is protected in this new era of a truly globalized internet. Our profession, then, has an obligation to weigh in on this debate.

 

Read more on this blog post written by David Winger here:  http://hacklibschool.wordpress.com/2012/11/23/librarianship-and-freedom-of-expression-in-the-era-of-the-global-internet/

 

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Google - Useful to know

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1. Data Management
2. Your data on Google
3. Your data on the Web
4. Browse the Internet safely
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Tips and tools by Google to control and manage data safely on the Internet

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We Think, YouTube animation based on book by Charles Leadbeater

A new book by Charles Leadbeater, 'We Think' explores the potential of the latest developments of the internet...

 

> The Internet as enabler of mass innovation!

 

"We Think explores how the web is changing our world, creating a culture in which more people than ever can participate, share and collaborate, ideas and information.

Ideas take life when they are shared. That is why the web is such a potent platform for creativity and innovation.

It's also at the heart of why the web should be good for : democracy, by giving more people a voice and the ability to organise themselves; freedom, by giving more people the opportunity to be creative and equality, by allowing knowledge to be set free.

But sharing also brings with it dilemmas.

It leaves us more open to abuse and invasions of privacy.

Participation is not always a good thing: it can just create a cacophony.

Collaboration is sustained and reliable only under conditions which allow for self organisation.

Everywhere we turn there will be struggles between people who want to freely share - music, films, ideas, information - and those who want to control this activity, either corporations who want to make money or governments who fear debate and democracy. This conflict between the rising surge of mass collaboration and attempts to retain top down control will be one of the defining battles of our time, from Communist China, to Microsoft's battle with open source and the music industry's desperate rearguard action against the web."

 

First 3 chapters here (for free): http://www.wethinkthebook.net/home.aspx

 


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Internet Librarian 2012 presentations available for download #IL2012

Internet Librarian 2012 presentations available for download #IL2012 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Transformational Power of Internet Librarians: Promise & Prospect"

 

"Internet librarians have been revolutionizing the Net for many years, and are poised to transform their communities in exciting new ways. As our technologist and keynote speaker David Weinberger says, we have to “build networks that make us smarter.” Hear about leading-edge tools, strategies and techniques for transforming campuses, communities and organizations at Information Today, Inc.’s 16th annual Internet Librarian. This conference provides the ideal opportunity to gather insights and ideas to ignite our imagination and spark innovation. It showcases creative and exciting new internet technologies and techniques and features lots of opportunities for connections and conversations."

 

Presentations available here: http://www.infotoday.com/il2012/presentations.asp

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