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

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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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Placements & Salaries 2013: The Emerging Databrarian - Library Journal

Placements & Salaries 2013: The Emerging Databrarian - Library Journal | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The real achievements for the 2012 library and information science graduating class came in the form of emerging jobs and new responsibilities, according to the approximately 1,900 graduates who responded to LJ’s annual Placements & Salaries survey, representing 30.7 percent of the 2012 graduates from the 41 participating programs.

Several new job titles appeared among the survey responses, including emerging technologies librarian, e-learning and distance learning librarian, and e-lending librarian. Social media manager and project manager were also among the popular job titles, and individuals who found positions in academic institutions were as likely to be instructional designers and user experience designers as they were to be reference librarians."

By Stephanie L. Maatta

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Interesting job titles and functions for new librarians!

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Annemarijs's curator insight, October 18, 2013 11:11 AM

Zoals bij Big Data de functie van data-analysten sterk groeiende en invloedrijker wordt, is dat ook bij data-bibliothecarissen of data-(informatie)specialisten naast die van 'e-lending librarian' en social media manager in de VS. Hoe staat het ervoor in NL?

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Mobile Technologies in Libraries | Supporting Libraries in the use and development of mobile technologies - AR

Mobile Technologies in Libraries | Supporting Libraries in the use and development of mobile technologies - AR | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
By Jo Alcock:

"Of the many emerging mobile technologies that libraries are looking at one that has always appealed to me is augmented reality (AR). Compared to other technologies that are discussed AR has:

- fewer introductory barriers to overcome;
- is virtually cost-free;
- does not require specialised technical staff;
- the general public will increasingly have some familiarity with it;
- can also be a lot of fun."
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Special focus on augmented reality (AR) > 9 possible uses of AR in libraries!

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nickcarman's curator insight, December 12, 2012 5:13 PM

Birmingham City University library's use of Aurasma to provide useful and timely information, plus tutorials to its customers. Via @sallyheroes

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Libraries, Telecentres, Cybercafes and Public Access to ICT: International Comparisons - Eldis

Authors: R. Gomez; IGI global 
Published: 2012


"The goal of this document is to portray the landscape of users and uses of public access to computers and the Internet in developing countries around the world. In 2007-2010, the Technology & Social Change Group at the University of Washington conducted a ground-breaking study in 25 countries, the Landscape Study, to better understand who uses information and communication technologies (ICT) in public access venues and how. Each country conducted a discrete section of the study and shared a report. All the data was then collated and analyzed. This book attempts to put all the pieces together in order to make comparisons and cross-references for further research."


Full text:

http://faculty.washington.edu/rgomez/publications/2012%20full%20book,%20libraries,%20telecenters%20and%20cybercafes.pdf


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Thoughts from Carl Grant: Why and how librarians have to shape the new cloud computiong platforms

Thoughts from Carl Grant: Why and how librarians have to shape the new cloud computiong platforms | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Carl Grant:

"At the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, I gave the keynote talk at the NISO Update Session. My goal was to give attendees some thoughts about how important it is that they participate actively in the shaping of the new cloud-computing platforms which are are emerging from a number of organizations, including OCLC, Ex Libris, Serials Solution, Innovative and Kuali. I stated that the main reason for our participation as librarians is simply this: So we can ensure the value of librarianship is contained within and amplified by these new technological foundations.

 

There were three key points I talked about us doing in order to accomplish this. They were:

1. The mission and value of librarianship have to be embedded in the software you’re using.

2. Defining our future is a task of participation, NOT representation.

3. For our services to have value they must offer differentiation."

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QUT - News - Libraries: sandbox space for new technology

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Associate Professor Marcus Foth:

"Libraries could be a testing ground for new technology such as Google's augmented-reality glasses and advances enabled by the roll-out of the National Broadband Network, a QUT expert says."

 

"Associate Professor Marcus Foth, director of the Urban Informatics Research Lab at QUT, said libraries and other cultural institutions could showcase how to think beyond traditional uses and engage the public in new technology.
He said Google, for example, had released the design for its futuristic glasses in April so the public could give input before the glasses go on sale later this year.
Professor Foth said libraries and other cultural institutions had the opportunity to become places for everyone to experiment with new technologies, particularly with the roll-out of the NBN."

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The Journal of Community Informatics

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The Journal of Community Informatics provides an opportunity for Community Informatics researchers and others to share their work with the larger community. Through the Journal's application of a rigorous peer review process, knowledge and awareness concerning the community use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is being brought to a wider professional audience.

In addition, the Journal makes available key documents, “points of view”, notes from the field and other materials that will be of wider interest within the community of those working in Community Informatics.

Original funding for the Journal was provided by the Canadian Research Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking (CRACIN), a project funded by the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council.

Statistics concerning the readership of individual articles may be found here and daily/monthly journal access statistics may be found here.


Editor-in-Chief 
Michael Gurstein, Ph.D. 
Centre for Community Informatics Research, Development and Training
Vancouver, CANADA 
gurstein@gmail.com

The current issue (Vol. 10, No. 1): http://ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/issue/view/48

 

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"Community informatics (CI), also known as community networking, electronic community networking, community-based technologies, community technology orgrassroots computing..."(Wikipedia

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Study on emerging technologies librarians - IFLA Library

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Emerging technologies librarians: how a new library position and its competencies are evolving http://t.co/7NM20n0jxb via @INFOdocket #IFLA

 

RADNIECKI, Tara (2013) Study on emerging technologies librarians: how a new library position and its competencies are evolving to meet the technology and information needs of libraries and their patrons. Paper presented at: IFLA World Library and Information Congress, 17 - 23 August 2013, Singapore.

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Librarians competencies EVOLVING to meet the technology and information needs of libraries and it spatrons!

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LAI CDG's curator insight, July 23, 2013 3:35 AM

Emerging technologies and how librarians are developing new skills and competencies to meet changing needs of users.

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The League of Extraordinary Librarians: SLJ’s latest tech survey shows that media specialists are leading the way - The Digital Shift

The League of Extraordinary Librarians: SLJ’s latest tech survey shows that media specialists are leading the way - The Digital Shift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

http://www.thedigitalshift.com/2012/11/k-12/the-league-of-extraordinary-librarians-sljs-latest-tech-survey-shows-that-media-specialists-are-leading-the-way/

 

By Lauren Barack:

"Meet the latest tech superheroes: school librarians. According to School Library Journal’s 2012 School Technology Survey (http://www.slj.com/#), media specialists are leading the charge to bring new media, mobile devices, social apps, and web-based technologies into our nation’s classrooms.
So far, the results have been pretty impressive: 87 percent of school librarians report that they’re in charge of their library’s technology, with 60 percent adding that they’ve also introduced it into the classroom. Furthermore, 44 percent now serve on their school’s tech team, and in these budget-troubled times, when many library positions are on the line, that role may mean increased job security. In fact, 55 percent of the elementary, middle, and high school librarians that responded to our survey say that their tech skills have increased their value in administrators’ eyes."


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A Bold Future for Public Libraries | Public Libraries of New Zealand

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RT @lianzaoffice: Strategic Framework for NZ Public Libraries promises a bold future.

 

"Public Libraries of New Zealand - A Strategic Framework 2012 - 2017" charts the future of public libraries in New Zealand. It is designed to help libraries, and their local councils to extend their services through new technology, and improve their efficiency through partnerships and alliances.

It addresses the challenges that public libraries face in meeting the changing needs of their communities. There has been a significant shift in how people access information and interact in a digital environment. Public Libraries are responding to these changes by using technologies to deliver their purpose in new ways. This means access anywhere, anytime, via smart phone or computer, having E-books to download for free, helping local groups to record and store local history digitally so that it can be both preserved and shared, and giving people access to unique New Zealand treasures stored in other places.

 

Framework here: http://www.publiclibrariesofnewzealand.org.nz/strategicframework

 

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Exploring new roles for libraries and mediating technologies in addressing the DIY mindset of library patrons > Slideshare

Presentation given at the American Library Association Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA. June 23, 2012.

 

by Bohyun Kim on Jun 20, 2012

"Presentation given at the American Library Association Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA. June 23, 2012.

Speaker: Bohyun Kim, Digital Access Librarian, Florida International University
Speaker: Jason Clark, Head of Digital Access and Web Services, Montana State University Libraries
Speaker: Patrick T. Colegrove, Head, DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library, University of Nevada, Reno"

More program details: http://ala12.scheduler.ala.org/m/node/806

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Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives | IFLA

Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives | IFLA | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"To fulfil their mission, libraries need international copyright norms, together with limitations and exceptions. Legal flexibilities in copyright, known as limitations and exceptions, provide balance in a copyright system between users and creators of protected works."

 

"New technologies have created new opportunities for users to participate in an inclusive information society: Users moved from photocopying chapters from printed books to downloading chapters from e-books. Restrictive copyright laws continue to hamper access and reproduction of material for purposes of knowledge sharing.An updated system is needed to enable libraries to provide users with both historical and new services; in pace with ongoing technological changes, and to cooperate and share resources across national borders.

 

What is IFLA doing?

 

IFLA is working with WIPO Member States to gain support for a binding international instrument on copyright limitations and exceptions to enable libraries to preserve their collections, support education and research, and lend materials. To demonstrate what is needed, IFLA, together with the International Council on Archives (ICA), Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) and Corporación Innovarte, has produced a Treaty proposal (‘TLIB') to guide WIPO's Member States in updating limitations and exceptions for libraries worldwide.

 

Find out more about limitations and exceptions for libraries at the following pages and learn what you can do to get involved supporting an international binding instrument that meets the needs of libraries in the 21st century."


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Karen du Toit's comment, November 21, 2011 4:13 AM
Thanks for this!