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The 1-2-3 Method for Building-Up Your Online Presence - Kiersten Bryant

The 1-2-3 Method for Building-Up Your Online Presence - Kiersten Bryant | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
by Kiersten Bryant, former Head Editor, INALJ California previously published 7/2/13

"The 1-2-3 Method works like this: for every 1 post you make on Facebook, Instagram, etc., you should comment on 2 posts, and like (or favorite) 3 additional posts made by other users. Make sure the comments that you leave have some substance. They should be meaningful and engaging. The easiest way to do this is to ask a question in response to a post: encouraging further dialog and interaction."


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What's the Right Toolset for Digital Humanities?

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There are many tools available to help academics be more productive, and we have spent, now, almost two years in talking about them. We have mostly concentrated on tools useful to any academic, or librarian. Now, however, I would like to start a series of posts discussing the tools for specific disciplines. Why? While most of you in our readership are academic librarians, we do have some researchers and other kinds of librarians. Any of you researching or helping a researcher find and use information might benefit from finding out what tools are useful in a particular discipline. The truth is that different areas of studies differ widely in what they are trying to accomplish and so in the tools they need to get their work done.
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Tool diversi per diversi scopi. Da leggere tutto ed approfondire

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List of tool-lending libraries - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

List of tool-lending libraries

The following tool-lending libraries allow patrons to borrow tools, equipment and "how-to" instructional materials, functioning either as a rental shop, with a charge for borrowing the tools, or more commonly free of charge as a form of community sharing. A tool lending library was started in Columbus, OH in 1976.

The following tool-lending libraries allow patrons to borrow tools, equipment and "how-to" instructional materials, functioning either as a rental shop, with a charge for borrowing the tools, or more commonly free of charge as a form of community sharing.

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QR codes - Pinterest Board created for libraries and librarians by 23 Mobile Things

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"QR Codes ("Quick Reference" Codes) are essentially 2-dimensional barcodes. They can contain hundreds of times more data than conventional 1-dimensional barcodes. Initially created for use in the shipping industry, they are gaining popularity for marketing to people with smart-phones." Source: Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki

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Emerald | Library Hi Tech News | We are all aggregators (and publishers) now: how discovery tools empower libraries

Emerald | Library Hi Tech News | We are all aggregators (and publishers) now: how discovery tools empower libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
We are all aggregators (and publishers) now: how discovery tools empower libraries http://t.co/CitgU3osFJ

 

We are all aggregators (and publishers) now: how discovery tools empower libraries, by Steven David Shapiro

Abstract: 

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to argue that the new generation of discovery technologies empower libraries to behave like “aggregators” and “publishers”. The paper summarizes Montclair State University's experience with the EDS discovery service and also includes examples from other institutions.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper uses the experiences of several institutions to show the value of discovery tools and other technologies like institutional repositories in enhancing the role of academic libraries in higher education. Statistics and surveys culled from a variety of sources are cited in support of this contention.

Findings – Many institutions are successfully incorporating discovery and other technologies (i.e. institutional repositories) in repositioning and reinvigorating the academic library.

Practical implications – Academic libraries willing to make the investment in these technologies can capture the interest of their faculty, staff, and students.

Originality/value – The paper provides an innovative perspective on the use of discovery and other complementary technologies that act in a synergistic way to strengthen the bond between libraries and their users.

 

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/LHTN-07-2013-0041

 

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Free Web 2.0 Tools for Libraries

Free Technology and Web 2.0Tools for Your Library Teresa S. Welsh, Ph.D. teresa.welsh@usm.edu Stacy Creel, Ph.D.
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Slideshare of free Web 2.0 tools for the library! Great resource!

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Libraries offer weird things to draw new borrowers - USA TODAY

Libraries offer weird things to draw new borrowers - USA TODAY | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Greg Toppo, USA TODAY:

In Ann Arbor, Mich., the library circulates three kinds of energy meters that patrons can take home to test how much juice their appliances use. On a recent Monday, 27 of the library's 30 meters were checked out with the 28th on hold, said Celeste Choate, associate director for services, collections and access.

Later this year they plan to begin circulating science equipment — oscilloscopes, microscopes and perhaps even a few life-size models of the human skeleton — so students can shine at science fairs. "Sometimes you need tools in order to do cool science projects," Choate said. "Not everybody can afford a pH meter."

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Library receives special distinction for youth programs & Tools for Teachers - Daily Comet

Mary Cosper Leboeuf:

The Terrebonne Parish Library System is one of 16 finalists for the Institute for Museum and Library Service's National Medal, one of the nation's highest honors conferred on libraries for service to...

 

The programmes that made the award possible:

1. Future Leaders of America's Gulf, or FLAG, is an innovative program for teens that the Library System helped implement. The nonprofit organization is a leadership and environmental group for teenagers who advocate and educate for the future of Louisiana's coast and address issues facing the state.

2. “Tools for Teachers,” a series of workshops developed by the Library System's reference staff to help teachers meet their grade-level expectations for their classrooms. The workshops present to teachers what the Library System has to offer to help in the classroom.

3. LEGO robotics

4. Touch-a-Truck

5. Book sale

6. Adult classes

7. VITA - free tax preparation services

8. Library App

9. Digital Magazines made available to patrons

10. e-readers

11. 24 hour access

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This is what everybody should come to expect from their public library!

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Information Literacy Weblog: Survey: How do librarians use content management systems

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Hal Grossman and Melissa Gasparotto are conducting a survey about use of tools like Libguides in academic libraries: if you are interested in participating go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K8GHQSZ. Posted by Sheila Webber

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Learning Everywhere: OPLN – The ‘must-have’ tool for new librarians — A TTW Guest Post by Tracy Maniapoto « Tame The Web

Learning Everywhere: OPLN – The ‘must-have’ tool for new librarians — A TTW Guest Post by Tracy Maniapoto « Tame The Web | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Learning Everywhere: OPLN – The ‘must-have’ tool for new librarians — A TTW Guest Post by Tracy Maniapoto http://t.co/8iF1OT8c...
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Online Personal Learning Networks - one librarian's method and tools of how to proceed! > Very valuable to all librarians busy building OPLNs!

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Will augmented reality app Blippar kill off QR Codes? CEO Rish Mitra tells all | Features | LondonlovesBusiness.com

Will augmented reality app Blippar kill off QR Codes? CEO Rish Mitra tells all | Features | LondonlovesBusiness.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Richard Branson, Justin Bieber, Cadburys and Wrigley’s are already fans. Have you Blipped yet?

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I can already see the impact of this being used in libraries > Books, spaces, e-content and services being made blippable!

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Best Databases 2012, by Henrietta Thornton-Verma

Best Databases 2012, by Henrietta Thornton-Verma | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"It’s a given that librarians are adept at database navigation, but with the number of digital information storehouses proliferating at an exponential rate, just finding the appropriate source to search can be a daunting task. Herewith, then, are a few tools I’ve found to be helpful in this regard." ~ Michael F. Bemis

 

Check out the best databases for 2012 as nominated by librarians who responded to this year's call:  http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/2012/10/best-of/database/

 

Among the categories are:

*Best new database

*Best for library outreach

*Best ebook database

*Best PRofessional REsource

*Best for reports

*Best upgrade

 

Best Overall: Gale Virtual Reference Library

 


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4 Analytics Tools Librarians Should Know About, by Ellyssa Kroski

4 Analytics Tools Librarians Should Know About, by Ellyssa Kroski | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

 

"Analytics tools are an invaluable way to show the ROI of marketing campaigns, popularity and usability of website content, value of blog posts, social media influence, and much more. If you haven’t been taking advantage of these free analytics tools for your library or organization, here’s your chance to check them out."

 

1,. Facebook Insights

2. Google Analytics

3. SiteMeter

4. Social Mention

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How do these tools address archival concerns? - BitCurator

"How do these tools address archival concerns?" page matches @BitCurator features too things archivists care about: http://t.co/jqO03ifmq These descriptions are intended to be concise explanations of why an archivist might be interested in each tool. For more information on a given tool, follow the link to that tool's tutorial page (given in the first column of the table below).
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Stanford U. Libraries Begins Building New Tool To Assist in Creation of Digital Collection Websites - Spotlight | LJ INFOdocket

Stanford U. Libraries Begins Building New Tool To Assist in Creation of Digital Collection Websites - Spotlight | LJ INFOdocket | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Feedback from librarians, curators, faculty, and other stakeholders has made it clear that there is a strong demand for feature-rich collection sites and, as the volume of digitized content continues to grow, that this demand will continue to outweigh our resources for producing them with a custom-built approach.

To address this, in the first quarter of 2014, SUL began building an application called Spotlight.

Spotlight is a Blacklight plugin that enables librarians, curators, and researchers who are responsible for digital collections to create attractive, feature-rich websites that showcase these collections. Spotlight leverages the rich resource discovery capabilities of Blacklight and extends it to allow curators to feature content from a repository system by enhancing it with rich narrative and context. Spotlight has similarities to existing exhibit solutions but seeks to expand on current models to more tightly integrate with repository infrastructures and bring equally strong focus on search results, objects, and supporting intellectual scaffolding.

The lead designer on the effort, Gary Geisler, took a user-centered approach to conceiving of a highly generalizable solution that took into account Stanford’s local needs as well as feedback from peers at other cultural heritage institutions who are searching for a similar solution. The project planning artifacts, which include concept documents, requirements, detailed personas and mockups, are openly available."

 

 Complete Blog Post by Stu Snydman & Gary Geislerto Learn More, View Video With Accomplishments from Sprint 1 https://library.stanford.edu/blogs/digital-library-blog/2014/02/stanford-begins-development-spotlight
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Link to the Recording of - Trends, Tools, and Tactics for Better Library Design - A Blended Librarian Webcast

Link to the Recording of - Trends, Tools, and Tactics for Better Library Design - A Blended Librarian Webcast | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Elliot Felix of brightspot Strategy, a library design expert, shares his perspectives on the latest trends, tools, and tactics. As the founder and director of brightspot, Elliot has played a major role in the design of the new Hunt Library at North Carolina State University. He also co-conceived and participated in the development of the Learning Space Toolkit. In this webinar, Elliot provided an overview of trends impacting the design and operation of library spaces as well as the services offered within them. He’ll also introduce some tools you can use along with advice on how you can put them into practice.


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Library DIY has been released! | Information Wants To Be Free

Library DIY has been released! | Information Wants To Be Free | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Meredith Farkas DIY website for research at Portland State University Library
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Collection Visualisation | Blog post | UTS Library

Collection Visualisation | Blog post | UTS Library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Posted by Mal in 

University Librarian: 

"This post is a collection of examples that relate to the visualisation of collections.

Several researchers are doing some interesting work in this space and I think it is pretty important. Adding some kind of visual layer to catalogues, search or discovery tools provides us with a capabilty that is largely missing in the cultural sector at present. Most searches focus solely on text-based initiators or they provide text-based lists of search results. Open data, the encouragement to collaborate in coding and the need to either search visually or to visualise search results is leading towards much improved collection discovery. This makes the collections we provide more easily found, used, explored, enjoyed, linked and shared."

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Finding Hidden Treasure: a Cache of Librarian Blogs

Finding Hidden Treasure: a Cache of Librarian Blogs | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
by Sarah Deringer, Head Editor, INALJ Mississippi Finding Hidden Treasure: a Cache of Librarian Blogs Every great once in awhile I find a collection of good blogs to follow, and this week I found four...
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Just-for-Me Training by Screencasting - American Libraries

Just-for-Me Training by Screencasting - American Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Meredith Farkas:
Librarians in all types of libraries provide training and instruction. Whether it's for staff or patrons, the timing of the training is usually critical.

 

"Even when we get the timing right, infrequent use of a tool on which people were trained will lead to forgetting. [...]

Screencasting software, technology that creates a video of activity on the computer screen along with the user’s narration, is sometimes used to solve this problem. The software allows a trainer to create videos that show specific processes within a web system so that users who have gone through a training can refresh their memory with a video late