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New Life for Libraries - Ted Reinstein

New Life for Libraries - Ted Reinstein | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Ted Reinstein discovers today’s libraries are about community as much as books (but you can still find books).

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10 Must-Read Books about Libraries & Librarians, by Simon McDonald

10 Must-Read Books about Libraries & Librarians, by Simon McDonald | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Simon McDonald, Editorial Manager | simon@thereadingroom.com

"In the words of Jamie Ford in his novel The Songs of Willow Frost, libraries are “like a candy store where everything is free.” These 10 books will remind you of why libraries are such special places."

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The top technologies every librarian needs to know - ed. Kenneth Varnum / @facetpublishing

The top technologies every librarian needs to know - ed. Kenneth Varnum / @facetpublishing | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know: titles from @facetpublishing http://t.co/PJLGk8JSNB

 

Edited by Kenneth J Varnum

In this much needed book, Kenneth Varnum and his hand-picked team of contributors look ahead over the most important technologies likely to impact library services over the next five years. It shows librarians where to invest time and money to receive the greatest benefits. Their ideas will stimulate strategic thinking and help library staff make informed decisions about meeting user expectations and delivering services.

Highly informative for any library, the diverse chapters include: 

Impetus to Innovate: Convergence and Library Trends Hands-Free Augmented RealityImpacting the Library FutureLibraries and Archives Augmenting the WorldThe Future of Cloud-Based Library SystemsLibrary DiscoveryWeb Services as the New Websites for Many LibrariesText Mining Bigger, Better, Together: Building the Digital Library of the FutureOpen Hardware in Libraries.

This leading edge collection offers an expert-level view of library technology that’s just around the corner and is essential reading for systems librarians, students and all librarians who are looking to the technology future.

July 2014; 144pp; paperback; 978-1-78330-033-4; £49.95

 

Find out more: http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=0334&utm_source=Communicator_facet_mailing_list&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=Varnum2&utm_campaign=The+top+technologies+every+librarian+needs+to+know&_ccCt=GqCK7eRmX931soBq1T0BNg_hUSnDuKhXE76qaN2plZUIBOeDaCj9bEVRsmNE3ff9

 

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Future of libraries!

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Smartphones blamed as Hongkongers lose interest in the city's libraries - South China Morning Post

Smartphones blamed as Hongkongers lose interest in the city's libraries - South China Morning Post | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Smartphones blamed as Hongkongers lose interest in the city's libraries South China Morning Post Hongkongers have been borrowing fewer books from public libraries over the past five years - with the city's obsession with smartphones being blamed...
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Preservation Case Studies for Archives | PrestoCentre

Preservation Case Studies for Archives | PrestoCentre | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Preservation Case Studies for Archives is an innovative educational experience that places the student in the role of the decision maker, where one has to balance both resources and constraints. Through a dynamic process of idea exchange, students first learn about the situation, then identify and analyse the problems to determine the causes, and finally develop alternative strategies for a solution. Preservation Case Studies for Archives provides the context for teaching the real world issues confronting archives staff and managers in a dynamic and exciting way. The students do most of the talking and are stimulated by learning in a supportive environment. Each case study contains important activities that help guide the direction and focus of the discussion by the teacher who leads through questioning and observation. Students learn from their fellow students’ experiences and perspectives in an exciting forum that puts them in the centre of real world situations and requires them to develop real world solutions."


Buy the copies here: https://www.prestocentre.org/bookshop

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Great for students and archivists already in the profession!

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Library and Librarianship Links for the month of November | Deep Librarian

Lisa Newton:

"My favorite links from the world of librarianship for the month of November 2013."

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A valuable collection of library-related links!

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NKU archivist receives state historical publication award : Northern Kentucky University - Archives for the Lay Person: a Guide to Managing Cultural Collections

NKU archivist receives state historical publication award : Northern Kentucky University - Archives for the Lay Person: a Guide to Managing Cultural Collections | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"NKU archivist Lois Hamill will receive a 2013 Kentucky History Award for her book, Archives for the Lay Person: a Guide to Managing Cultural Collections, during a ceremony on Friday in Frankfort.

The book offers a practical guide to the most common functions for managing historical content, including photographs, paper records, audio and video material and digital files.

"I am excited about receiving the Kentucky History Award for both the professional recognition it represents and the visibility I hope it brings to the book," Hamill said. "My goal now is to get the information in my book into the hands of the people who can benefit from it. I'm hoping more people will examine the book as a result of winning this award." 

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Steve hargadon interview Dough Johnson - The Indispensable Librarian

Steve hargadon interview Dough Johnson - The Indispensable Librarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
A live and interactive FutureofEducation.com conversation with Doug Johnson on his new book, a second edition of The Indispensable Librarian: Surviving and Thriving in School Libraries in the Information Age. In the book, Doug "offers more practical methods and sage advice for leveraging technology's popularity and effectiveness to build stronger programs and cultivate beneficial professional connections and friendships." It's a "practice-based overview that also supplies real-world scenarios, step-by-step instructions, and pragmatic solutions to specific problems." As well, Doug "defines and clarifies the role of the school library media specialist in a technologically enhanced school, providing relevant examples and useful advice on a variety of topics; and underscores the importance of strong management skills, especially regarding collaborative planning and communications. The book is written especially for K–12 school librarians, both new and experienced, and is also suitable for pre-service librarians as a textbook." (From the publisher description.) Date: Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern (international times here) Duration: 1 hour Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at http://www.futureofed.info. The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page. Apple Mac users: If you are using a Mac running Mountain Lion v10.8.4, Blackboard has released a special app called the "Collaborate Launcher for Mac" which is now required for Mountain Lion v10.8.4 and later. More information HERE. Mobile users: You can join live sessions from iPhone, iPad, or Android device (including Kindle Fire HD). Links to download the mobile apps can be found at http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Products/Blackboard-Collaborate/Mobile-Collaboration.aspx. Recording: A full Blackboard Collaborate recording and an audio mp3 recording will be available here and at http://www.stevehargadon and http://www.futureofeducation.com. Doug Johnson has been the Director of Libraries and Technology for the Mankato (MN) Public Schools since 1991 and has served as an adjunct faculty member of Minnesota State University since 1990. His teaching experience has included work in grades K-12 both here and in Saudi Arabia. He is the author of nine books including Teaching Right from Wrong in the Digital Age; Machines are the Easy Part; People are the Hard Part (available for free at the link); and The Classroom Teachers Survival Guide to Technology. His columns appear in ASCD’s Educational Leadership and in Library Media Connection. Doug’s Blue Skunk Blog averages over 50,000 visits a month, and his articles have appeared in over forty books and periodicals. Doug has conducted workshops and given presentations for over 200 organizations throughout the United States and internationally and has held a variety of leadership positions in state and national organizations, including ISTE and AASL.
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Collection Bashing & Trashing | Michael Stephens - Office Hours

Collection Bashing & Trashing | Michael Stephens - Office Hours | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"A few months ago in “Holding Us Back” (LJ 4/15/13, p. 42), I suggested that one of the things preventing librarians from working at web scale might be “a lingering emphasis on collections over users.” I and others have argued that the evolution of libraries and library service will include a pronounced shift from libraries as book warehouses to libraries as centers for discovery, learning, and creation via any number of platforms.

I might have been guilty of a bit of collection bashing in these discussions, and recent occurrences of collection trashing have given me pause. I still see the path forward detailed above as viable and inevitable, but we must also not forget that stewardship must not be sacrificed for a 3-D printer or a wall of monitors highlighting a digital collection.

LEARNING FROM #BOOKGATE

I followed with great interest the weeding kerfuffle now known as #bookgate at the Urbana Free Library(UFL) in Illinois. Tweets, news stories, and Facebook shares painted a grim picture of a weeding project gone horribly wrong. In a nutshell: books more than ten years old were removed from the nonfiction collection without reference to any other criteria..."

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Some thoughts on collections in a New Librarianship paradigm!

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The Hole in Our Collective Memory: How Copyright Made Mid-Century Books Vanish

The Hole in Our Collective Memory: How Copyright Made Mid-Century Books Vanish | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Rebecca J Rosen:

"Heald has now finalized his research and the picture, though more detailed, is largely the same: "Copyright correlates significantly with the disappearance of works rather than with their availability," Heald writes. "Shortly after works are created and proprietized, they tend to disappear from public view only to reappear in significantly increased numbers when they fall into the public domain and lose their owners."

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The Librarian's Nitty-Gritty Guide to Social Media, by Laura Solomon

The Librarian's Nitty-Gritty Guide to Social Media, by Laura Solomon | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The vast array of social media options present a challenge to today’s busy librarians: it’s tough to keep current, let alone formulate a plan for using these tools effectively. Solomon, a librarian with extensive experience in web development, design, and technology, cuts to the chase with this invaluable guide to using social media in any kind of library."

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Feedback on goodreads! A worthwhile read!

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25 hilarious & inspiring street art & mural works about books, libraries and reading - Ebook Friendly

25 hilarious & inspiring street art & mural works about books, libraries and reading - Ebook Friendly | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
There are many ways to express that books are an essential part of our life. Using books as building materials is not necessarily the good way. Street art
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Very inspiring street and mureal art celebrating books, reading and the library!!

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20 Amazing Outdoor Libraries and Bookstores From All Over the World

20 Amazing Outdoor Libraries and Bookstores From All Over the World | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Emily Temple:


...check out 20 wonderful outdoor book depositories, and add any of your missing favorites in the comments."

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Outdoor libraries! Great concept!

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29 Moments Any Librarian Knows Too Well

29 Moments Any Librarian Knows Too Well | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
"I'm looking for this book, I forget the title, but there's a dog on the cover...?"
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All of these! We can relate!

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SAA Sampler: Archival Advocacy

SAA Sampler: Archival Advocacy | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
SAA Sampler: Archival Advocacy (PDF)

Compiled with an introduction by Cheryl Oestreicher


This is the second installment in the SAA SAMPLER SERIES, which features select chapters from authoritative books on archives published by the Society of American Archivists. Produced exclusively electronically, the Samplers are designed to give readers an overview of a pertinent topic as well as a taste of the full publications.

 

 

This Sampler offers examples of the ways in which you can build advocacy efforts, discussing some of the techniques and tools developed by archivists. The content includes:

 

"Advocating Within the Institution: Twenty-five Years for the New York Philharmonic Archives" by Barbara Haws, from Many Happy Returns: Advocacy and the Development of Archives edited by Larry Hackman;

 

 

"Media Outlets" by Stephanie Gaub, from Public Relations and Marketing for Archives: A How-To-Do-It Manual edited by Peter J. Wosh et al.; and

 

 

"Archives 101 in a 2.0 World: The Continuing Need for Parallel Systems" by Randall C. Jimerson, from A Different Kind of Web: New Connections Between Archives and Our Users edited by Kate Theimer.

 

Archivists must continually explain who they are, what they do, and why archives are important to society. The selected chapters offer different approaches and techniques from three books which align with the core goal of advocating for archives.

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Archival advocacy. Unfortunately not free!

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20 most clever ads for books, bookstores and libraries - Ebook Friendly

20 most clever ads for books, bookstores and libraries - Ebook Friendly | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Piotr Kowalczyk: "A list [and pictures] of most creative, award-winning print ads for books, bookshops and libraries"
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FREE EBOOK: Project Gutenberg – More Than Just Free Books, Mark O'Neill

FREE EBOOK: Project Gutenberg – More Than Just Free Books, Mark O'Neill | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Angela Alcorn:

"If you’ve heard of Project Gutenberg, you probably know it for its vast collection of free public domain books. But do you know everything it offers and how to make the best of the site?

With an army of volunteers scanning, proofreading, and editing public domain works, being able to discover obscure works of literature is now easier than ever. Project Gutenberg, which has over 45,000 books on offer (at the time of writing), aims to ensure that no book will ever truly disappear. Project Gutenberg also offers audiobooks and the chance to help get involved in the project.

FREE EBOOK: Project Gutenberg – More Than Just Free Books

Read online or download PDF, EPUB version free of charge; Kindle version $1


 

This guide, written by MakeUseOf’s own Mark O’Neill will teach you:

about the concept of public domain workshow to find and use audiobooks through Librivoxthe quickest way to self-publish your own bookshow distributed proofreading works and how to get involvedsome cool tools and tricks of the Project Gutenberg siteand will suggest some great starting points for your reading."
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Guide by Mark O'Neill

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