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Digital Librarianship & Social Media: the Digital Library as Conversation Facilitator

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Digital Librarianship & Social Media: the Digital Library as Conversation Facilitator

Robert A. Schrier
Syracuse University
raschrie@syr.edu 

doi:10.1045/july2011-schrier

 

Abstract

Digital collections marketing is an important, yet often ignored aspect of digital collection management. While many collections are laudable for the quality of their pictures, metadata, and preservation techniques, they often remain obscure, unknown, and therefore inaccessible to their intended user populations. One of the ways digital librarians can cultivate a broader awareness of their collections is through social networking. More importantly, digital librarians who participate in conversations with users through the use of social media become inextricably intertwined with the knowledge creation processes relevant to their collections. This paper presents a set of five general principles (listening, participation, transparency, policy, and strategy) that provide digital librarians with straightforward, concrete strategies for successfully integrating social media into a digital library's overall strategic plan. In addition to these concrete strategies, I also explain the theoretical importance of each principle and its relevance for establishing a rapport with current and potential users of a digital collection.

 
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Great article! Social Media helping to promote digital collections!

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Practicing Freedom in the Digital Library | Reinventing Libraries

Practicing Freedom in the Digital Library | Reinventing Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Barbara Fister:

"It’s an era of [information] abundance, but it has a downside. Libraries are now beholden to corporations that do not necessarily share our values. We can’t preserve what we don’t own; we can’t fight censorship when someone else controls the switches. Privacy—well, that’s over, or so we are told. We can’t always afford increases in the rent, and publishers have spats with vendors, so access to content shifts and dwindles."

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"Thinking about the digital shift in libraries and the many invisible ways this shift has challenged our values, I’ve reflected on that statement a faculty member made all those years ago and made a few additions.

It’s not about technology. It’s about making meaning.It’s not about finding sources. It’s about building understanding.It’s not about skills. It’s about identity and relationships.It’s not about individual success. It’s about participating in a society that values justice.It’s not about finding and using information. It’s about the practice of freedom."
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The digital shift in libraries: How it is impacting! 

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Is a paperless library still a library? - Discussion

Is a paperless library still a library? - Discussion | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The concept of a library is going to be re-invented in Texas with the launch of a public library with digital rather than printed books.

 

Discussion from various quarters about the concept of paperless libraries!

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My own opinion: There is still a place for a book, and a book in a library, especially if there is heritage value in it!

The space and place of a library is also evolving with the changing times, but the importance of a "library" in a community cannot be overlooked!

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How To Make A Digital Library - Infographic by the University of Phoenix

How To Make A Digital Library - Infographic by the University of Phoenix | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Since technology has made its way into most other aspects of education, why not the library too? We already do so much reading and research online for projects, papers, and general information anyway, so why not move the whole thing online.

 

This infographic shows how the University of Phoenix is making an online library happen for their students.


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The Internet Archive adds over 1 million torrents to the site, by Martin Brindmann

The Internet Archive adds over 1 million torrents to the site, by Martin Brindmann | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Martin Brinkmann :

"The Internet Archive over at archive.org is a non-profit that is building a digital library of Internet sites, accessible via the Wayback Machine, and other forms of culture in digital form. It is one of the largest repositories for books, music, images and movies which are all freely available for download at the site.

Up until now, users who visited the website could either download the files directly to their computers, or in the case of media files, stream the contents instead. Today, over one million torrents (currently 1.399,074 torrents) have been made available including the sites live music converts, a movie and audio book collection, and lots of books."

 

http://archive.org/ 

"provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public."

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ICDL - International Children's Digital Library

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International Children's Digital Library (RT @deborahruf: Free online library for children.

 

"The mission of the International Children's Digital Library Foundation (ICDL Foundation) is to support the world's children in becoming effective members of the global community - who exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas -- by making the best in children's literature available online free of charge. The Foundation pursues its vision by building a digital library of outstanding children's books from around the world and supporting communities of children and adults in exploring and using this literature through innovative technology designed in close partnership with children for children."

 

"The ICDL Foundation is a non-profit corporation."

 

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A People’s Digital Library and Prefigurative Politics

A People’s Digital Library and Prefigurative Politics | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

This is part one of a two part series.

"As a People’s Library librarian one question I get asked over and over again is why we don’t offer a digital library for our readers. It’s a good question and one I think is worth exploring in some detail.

To start, we have to address the question of what a digital library is— is it an institutional repository or archive? Is it a search engine for curated links? Or is it a virtual library? It’s an open question and one that I think different people can reasonably answer in radically different, but still valid, ways. A digital library can be and is all of those things.

And if by digital library you mean archive, there is one, and probably there are plenty more I don’t know about. OWS also has its own Archives group working to preserve the ephemera and other documents of the movement. So, in that sense, there is a digital library for Occupy Wall Street. But that doesn’t answer the question about bringing content to our readers.

The next question then is what the People’s Library takes as its mission. As a leaderless library, the question of mission is tough to answer; the mission is fluid depending on who is asking and who is answering. The simplest answer is that the People’s Library and the other occupation libraries exist to support both the full-time activists who live at the various occupations and the Occupy movement as a whole. We also exist to serve the local communities surrounding the occupations, whether in lower Manhattan, LA, or Washington, DC. Given that, a digital library seems a perfectly legitimate undertaking, especially after the raid and seizure of the books."

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Libraries face a digital future

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Lessons from overseas suggest there is more to digital libraries than e-books, writes Gill Hitchcock (RT @MultiMediaIT: Libraries face a digital future - article in the Guardian Professional's Government Computing section

 

"Weiner urged libraries to adopt open standards rather than cater for any one type of reader. "The iPad is the world according to Apple, it is not an open standard," he said. "If you think of the democracy a library represents, it should be built on open standards."

He maintained that cloud computing offers great opportunities for libraries. "For example, Amazon today offers Kindle clouds where the books are not in your Kindle, they are up the cloud…

The library cloud could be the place where libraries store all kinds of content, not only books but videos, or content that is created in the library."

He claimed to be a big fan of "hyper-local journalism", which he defined as a group of people within a community getting together and writing about that area. Weiner believes that a library is a perfect place for them to meet, write or start their own blog."

 

 

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BUILDING DIGITAL LIBRARIES: HathiTrust’s Ascendance as a Web-Level Digital Library

BUILDING DIGITAL LIBRARIES: HathiTrust’s Ascendance as a Web-Level Digital Library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
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Are Digital Libraries A 'Winner-Takes-All' Market? OverDrive Hopes So

Are Digital Libraries A 'Winner-Takes-All' Market? OverDrive Hopes So | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Ava Seave:

“Schools and libraries in all forms are transitioning their spends from providing physical items that are being stored on shelves and branches to digital items -- the fastest portion of their growth,” said Steve Potash  in a recent interview.

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Future digital libraries? Most probably!

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Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2013 in July #JCDL13

Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2013 in July #JCDL13 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @asist_org: Are you attending Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2013 http://t.co/RcYt4C1Hjh Digital Libraries at the Crossroads

 

"The ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2013) is a major international forum focusing on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, organizational, and social issues. JCDL encompasses the many meanings of the term digital libraries, including (but not limited to) new forms of information institutions and organizations; operational information systems with all manner of digital content; new means of selecting, collecting, organizing, distributing, and accessing digital content; theoretical models of information media, including document genres and electronic publishing; and theory and practice of use of managed content in science and education."


Schedule here: http://jcdl2013.sched.org/

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Upcoming conference on Digital Libraries. Follow with #JCDL13 

 

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Enabling the Research ‘Flow’ and Serendipity in Today’s Digital Library Environment – Library Hat

Enabling the Research ‘Flow’ and Serendipity in Today’s Digital Library Environment – Library Hat | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Enabling the #Research ‘Flow’ and Serendipity in Today’s Digital #Library Environment http://t.co/ZZ2SC9hV #Librarians #DigitalLibrary...

 

by Bohyun (Library Hat).:

"The fact that today’s libraries no longer control the physical surroundings of a library patron who is making use of their resources doesn’t mean that there are nothing libraries can do to make the research environment facilitate serendipitous discoveries and the state of ‘flow’ in a researcher’s mind, however. Today’s libraries offer many different systems for library users to access their online resources. As I have mentioned above, the interfaces of these systems can use some vast improvement in usability. When there are as few hindrances as possible for a library patron to get to what s/he is looking for either online or at the physical library space, s/he would be able to concentrate on absorbing the content more easily instead of being bogged down with procedures. The seamless interoperability between different systems would be very much desirable for researchers. So, improving the usability of library systems will take library patrons one step closer to obtaining the flow state in their research while using library resources online."

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Digital Library at Bucharest Metro Station - QR codes

Digital Library at Bucharest Metro Station - QR codes | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Just scan the QR code to read the book!" 

 

Fantastic!

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World Digital Library

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"The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world. These cultural treasures include, but are not limited to, manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings. Items on the WDL may easily be browsed by place, time, topic, type of item, and contributing institution, or can be located by an open-ended search, in several languages. Special features include interactive geographic clusters, a timeline, advanced image-viewing and interpretive capabilities. Item-level descriptions and interviews with curators about featured items provide additional information.

 

The principal objectives of the WDL are to:

•Promote international and intercultural understanding;

•Expand the volume and variety of cultural content on the
Internet;

•Provide resources for educators, scholars, and general
audiences."


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Using tablet computers, e-libraries, and family literacy initiatives to encourage young children to read | LLRX.com

Using tablet computers, e-libraries, and family literacy initiatives to encourage young children to read | LLRX.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"David H. Rothman continues to articulate and comprehensively document the case that a public national digital library system should serve people of all income levels and all ages, centenarians included.

 

Recommendation #1: Aim for a mix of electronic and paper books

Recommendation #2: Investigate the efficacy not just of different kinds of e-book content but also of ways to use it

Recommendation #3: Strive for appropriate hardware, software, and connectivity

 

Needed more than ever--and not just for the disadvantaged"

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Emerald | OCLC Systems & Services | Forensics of digital librarianship

Emerald | OCLC Systems & Services | Forensics of digital librarianship | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

MT @emeraldlibrary: OCLC journal article looks at the 'Forensics of digital librarianship' http://t.co/fALPtqdi #archives #libraries...

"Purpose – This paper seeks to examine important issues relating to digital preservation with a focus on file integrity and digital forensics.

Design/methodology/approach – This is a viewpoint paper.

Findings – This paper highlights important issues relating to digital preservation and offers suggestions on comprehensive approaches to achieving a high level of integrity with library digital repositories.

Practical implications – Libraries have always had as a part of their core mission the preservation of information and cultural heritage. The seriousness with which the challenges associated with digital preservation are met will determine the reputation of libraries as continuing to be a reliable preserver of cultural heritage and research data.

Social implications – Libraries play an important role in cultural heritage and preservation of research data. This role is manifested both generally and specifically within the academic context. It is important that libraries stay at the forefront of developing reliable means for digital preservation.

Originality/value – Several means of achieving a high degree of reliability in the area of digital preservation are suggested. If these and similar ideas suggested from others in the field are followed, it will assist libraries in maintaining a reputation as reliable preservers of cultural heritage and as important players in twenty-first century research endeavors."

 

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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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Helen Lynch's curator insight, September 22, 2013 4:50 AM

Very useful list...