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Librarians and Archivists to Palestine

Librarians and Archivists to Palestine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
A delegation of librarians, archivists, and other information workers to Palestine in June/July 2013 (RT @Librarians2Pal: We've launched our crowdfunding campaign.

 

How can archivists and library workers in Palestine and other parts of the world connect as individuals and within a larger context of ongoing colonization and imposed isolation? This summer, we will begin to find out. A group of 20 librarians and archivists from the US, Canada, UK, and Sweden will travel to Palestine to meet with our colleagues in library- and archive-related projects and institutions and apply our experience in the form of skillshares and other types of joint work.


Website here: http://librarians2palestine.wordpress.com/


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Crowdfunding through indiegogo for a special library project in Palestine! 

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Houston Librarians Create Traveling Library - Library Journal

Houston Librarians Create Traveling Library - Library Journal | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The Billy Pilgrim Traveling Library (BPTL) is the brainchild of two Houston-area librarians, Kelly Allen and Chris Grawl, a couple who met while getting their MSIS degrees from the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information. The BPTL will essentially be a free range bookmobile, operating on a rent-barter-donate system. Named after the protagonist of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, the BPTL will concentrate on the Greater Houston area, but its founders are open to collaborations further afield.
To buy the bookmobile itself, the founders have turned to crowdsourcing via IndieGogo. The vehicle, a 2004 Ford Cube Van, costs $8,995, and it will cost Allen and Grawl another $1000 to get to Ohio to pick it up over Thanksgiving. With 20 days to go, the crowdsourcing campaign has only raised $1,248 so far, even after a mention on popular website Boing Boing. But Allen and Grawl are determined to proceed whether they make the total or not. “If we don’t make our fundraising goal, we’re still going to proceed. We’ll just have to dip into our own (meager) savings a bit,” they told LJ."

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"The Bookmobile will also double as a bookmobile-for-hire for library card drives and other uses. “While our space is likely most amenable to public libraries, we would be crazy not to make it available to other interested parties (school & academic libraries, museums, artists & art galleries, bookstores, etc.) for pop-up shops & galleries, exhibits, and the like. Part of the appeal of this bookmobile-for-hire model is the potential for the bookmobile to be a sort of incubator space, where individuals and organizations can try out new ideas and new services,” Allen and Grawl told Michelle Boule’s blog The Wandering Eyre.
They also told The Wandering Eyre that they wanted to serve as ambassadors for libraries to people who are not already using them, in particular by reading out to Houston’s flourishing food truck community."

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Librarianship Is a Global Profession... If You Want It to Be, by Jan Holmquist

Librarianship Is a Global Profession... If You Want It to Be, by Jan Holmquist | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @janholmquist: It Is a Global Profession...

Jan Holmquist:

"One of the things I have learned about this profession in recent years (but wish I had known when I was brand new to libraries) is that it is in fact a global profession. The economy is global, information is global, and a lot of (popular) culture is global too. It makes sense, then, that the people navigating all of this are part of a global profession too."

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"I have been involved in projects with people from all over the globe. Right now a library is being built in India crowdfunded by librarians from all over the world via Buy India a Library project. Another crowdfunding project with a worldwide team, Help This Week in Libraries, made a huge difference for that knowledge sharing library show. I am working on another global project with an American librarian right now. I can’t share details just yet, but you will hear more soon."

 

- Blog post by Jessica Olin

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Libraries Tap into Crowd Power | American Libraries Magazine

Libraries Tap into Crowd Power | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

American Libraries Magazine, the magazine of the American Library Association, delivers news and information about the library community.Wikipedia wants libraries to join the “crowdsource.”

"The notion that the research efforts of a group of people with varying opinions, when aggregated, can result in better information than a specific expert could come up with—aka “crowdsourcing”—has been around for some time.

It’s one of the ideas on which the 10-year-old Wikipedia is based. So it seemed only natural when one of the most-consulted websites in the world recently posted a ubiquitous banner stating WIKIPEDIA LOVES LIBRARIES. What has resulted is nationwide “editathons”—editing marathons organized by active Wikipedia users to expand and add depth to the website’s content on a wide range of cultural and historical topics."

 

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Unglued: So You Want to Be a Librarian > by Stephen Abram

Unglued: So You Want to Be a Librarian > by Stephen Abram | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Help Unglue So You Want To Be A Librarian! from lauren pressley on Vimeo.

Why Should Librarians (and Those Who Want to be Librarians) Unglue? Unglue.it is something every librarian should be paying attention to. Part crowdsourcing, part open access, part answer to the ebook problem, it’s a solution to some of the most critical issues libraries are facing today. Ungluing a book gives it to the world, so that anyone can access the ebook without Digital Rights Management (DRM), without worrying about how many devices they’ve put it on, and without worrying about legality and compensation issues. Libraries can provide access to unglued books for free, forever, in any format — no need to worry about changing contract terms or pricing.

 

http://vimeo.com/50897138

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10 Changes to Expect from the Library of the Future | Online Universities

10 Changes to Expect from the Library of the Future | Online Universities | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Staff Writers:

"In honor of School Library Month, check out the ways libraries are going to blossom in the coming years."

 

"[...] the almost uncanny ability to consistently adapt to the changing demands of the local populace and emerging technology alike. The library system probably won’t disappear anytime soon, but rather, see itself blossoming into something new and exciting in congruence with today’s myriad informational demands."

 

1. More technology

2. Sensory story times

3. Better outreach to ESOL and ESL adults & children

4. Automation

5. Emphasizing community space

6. More social media savvy

7. Digital media labs

8. Electronic outposts

9. Crowdsourcing

10. More active librarians

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Text correction in Aussie newspapers (crowdsourcing) - Youtube

Text correction in Aussie newspapers (crowdsourcing) - Youtube | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

TroveNLA's Channel - YouTube - Via Scoop.it - Future Trends in Libraries Rose Holley, Manager of Australian...

 

"Rose Holley, Manager of Australian Newspapers and Trove at the National Library of Australia speaks on the success of newspaper text correction by public volunteers. Over the last 3 years more than 40,000 online volunteers have improved the accuracy of searching within 150 years of Australian Newspapers. They have done this by correcting over 51 million lines of text. This activity is referred to as crowdsourcing..."

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The Adventures of Library Girl: Free eBook: School Libraries: What's Now, What's Next, What's Yet to Come

The Adventures of Library Girl: Free eBook: School Libraries: What's Now, What's Next, What's Yet to Come | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"I am unbelievably honored to be a part of this "crowdsourced collection of over 100 essays from around the world about trends in school libraries written by librarians, teachers, publishers, and library vendors." This amazing collection of thoughtful and thought provoking essays on what the future holds for our profession is currently available through Smashwords in formats that allow you to read it both on your computer and/or a mobile device. In just a few weeks, however, you'll be able to also download it through several of the major eBook Stores (like iBooks and B&N).

The credit for this amazing work really goes to KristinFontichiaro and Buffy Hamilton who conceived of and edited the final product. Their vision, diligence and hard work shaped this into the unique resource that it is."

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