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Because today’s librarians must be experts in dealing with both physical and digital information, we have identified the Top 5 skills every librarian must have, or develop, in order to succeed now and into the future.
Karen du Toit's insight:
By NICOLE WESKERNA:
"DeKALB – With the help of a $575,000 grant, a group of university librarians and curators hope to have an answer to a growing problem.
Lynne Thomas, curator of rare books and special collections at Northern Illinois University’s Founders Memorial Library, learned in October that NIU, along with four other universities, secured a grant to study the best practices for storing digital data.
The federal National Leadership Grant came from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
“Libraries have been taking on digital objects for the last 10 to 15 years,” she said. “The grant will help us learn how to scale [the process] down for institutions with fewer resources.”
With the passage of time, storage devices can degrade over time, a phenomenon known colloquially as “bit rot.”
Thomas said saving digital objects such as PDFs and video files from bit rot is a problem librarians and archivists have been working to solve for years.
But it’s mostly large, well-funded institutions that can afford today’s archiving systems.
Librarians and curators from Chicago State University, Western Illinois University, Illinois Wesleyan University and Illinois State University are joining NIU in a group called Digital Preserving Digital Objects With Restricted Resources."
A review of the trends and issues affecting academic libraries in higher education ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee
"Three leaders in academic librarianship were the catalysts for this discussion: Martin Halbert, dean of libraries at University of North Texas; Joan Lippincott, associate director of Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and Mark Puente, director of diversity and leadership programs, Association of Research Libraries (ARL). This discussion forum augmented the trends identified by the committee.
These top trends are listed alphabetically. Each trend includes a brief discussion and references to the literature. The committee also compiled additional resources that may be of interest."
- "Communication value
- Data curation
- Digital preservation
- Higher education
- Information technology
- Mobile environments
- Patron driven e-book acquisition
- Scholarly communication
- User behaviours and expectations"
The committee would like to thank Erin Hood, research assistant at OCLC Research, for her assistance in producing this document."
"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."
Library of Congress - Lessons Learned for Sustainable Open Source Software for Libraries, Archives and Museums http://t.co/IFOilMAM... (Lessons Learned for Sustainable Open Source Software for Libraries, Archives and Museum | @scoopit via @Susan_Franklin1...
Archives 2013 is only a week away, and I am sure that you, like us, are looking forward to a vibrant and informative conference. This year’s program includes a strong focus on digital preservation in the cloud and it’s great to see that many early developers will be talking about their practical experiences – digital preservation is coming of age.
Karen du Toit's insight:
One of the solutions for digital preservation in the Cloud.
The Digital Preservation 2012 conference (July 24-26 at the Sheraton Pentagon City in Arlington)
by Butch Lazorchak:
"While Web 3.0 technologies will undoubtedly make our lives much easier, they’ll never replace the power of real community achieved when people get together in person to discuss issues, share ideas and work together on solving shared problems."
"Follow the action at #digpres12 on Twitter, but attend in person if you can. There’s nothing like the power of face-to-face community."
Via Jessica Parland
"Although the purpose of academic and research library collections remains the same – to support the creation and dissemination of new knowledge – the nature of collections is moving away from ‘local’ to collaborative and multi-institutional. New forms of scholarship are transforming user expectations for broad, barrier free collection discovery and access. Libraries must transform their approaches to meet new user demands.
"The Association of Research Libraries’ (ARL) briefing paper for research library leaders sets out to draw a ‘big picture’ of the future of research library collections.
Key findings – the research environment
- Publishing output will continue to increase
- Open content will proliferate
- Researchers must understand intellectual property frameworks – libraries can provide support