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What Makes a Great Library Website | webinar by Public Library Association (PLA)

What Makes a Great Library Website | webinar by Public Library Association (PLA) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

There’s a good chance that more of your library's patrons are using your website than coming into your building. Is your virtual presence welcoming? Easy to navigate? Reflective of your customers’ needs? Join us for a one-hour, live webinar and learn simple ways to evaluate the effectiveness of your library website, identify patron needs, and solve common website problems.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this one-hour webinar, participants will:

Be able to assess the effectiveness of their library website;Be able to create personas to clarify patron needs; andKnow some design patterns that can solve common library website problems. 

 

Date & Time

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

2:00–3:00 PM Eastern1:00–2:00 PM Central12:00–1:00 PM Mountain11:00 AM–12:00 PM Pacific 
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Woensdag 30 april is er een webinar over het aantrekkelijk maken van bibliotheekwebsites. Websites van bibliotheken waren tot nog toe vooral sites om te zoeken naar informatie en om je boeken te verlengen of reserveren. Door de verdere ontwikkeling naar een digitale netwerksamenleving zullen klanten van bibliotheken behoefte hebben aan websites die ook als ontmoetingsplaats kunnen fungeren over allerlei grenzen heen.

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Internet Librarian 2013 Conference in California

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Information Today, Inc. returns to Monterey once again in 2013 to present the 17th annual Internet Librarian the ONLY conference for information professionals who are using, developing, and embracing Internet, Intranet, and Web-based strategies.

 

The theme: Community Engagement: Strategies, Services & Tools


October 28-30

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Innovation in Libraries 2012 - 16 sessions on YouTube playlist

Innovation in Libraries 2012 - 16 sessions on YouTube playlist | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Innovation in Libraries 2012 was a free post-conference event after LITA Forum, sponsored by OCLC. Held at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Innovation in Libraries 2012 featured 16 sessions and lightning talk presenters--all sharing how their library or organization has done innovative things and found success.

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Playlist of all the talks on Youtube!

 

Great innovation stories for libraries!

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Responsive Web Design and Libraries, by Lisa Kurt

Responsive Web Design and Libraries, by Lisa Kurt | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Lisa Kurt writes a great piece for the ACRL Tech Connect blog on Responsive Web Design and Libraries. This is such a timely article given that there are so many different mobile devices out there and libraries are striving to develop mobile-ready websites and native apps.
“The very basic benefit to creating a responsive website design is that you have one site for all devices- it’s intended to be inclusive for desktop machines and a variety of devices. A responsive site does not require anything of the user; no downloading or additional buttons to click, the result is immediate. That’s it. Rather than separate approaches for mobile through either a mobile site or mobile applications and then another approach for desktop machines- this method is flexible and covers it all under one design.”


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Facilitating Access to the Web of Data - a guide for librarians

Facilitating Access to the Web of Data - a guide for librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

RT @magnusenger: "Facilitating Access to the Web of Data: A Guide for Librarians" http://t.co/vAoOKZiI"

 

"The web is changing from a web of documents to a web of data; from a web that can be read by humans, to one that can be read by machines. These are fascinating advances for anyone interested in the changing nature of the web and the way we access information. The technologies being forged in this new landscape will provide a host of opportunities for library and information professionals to shape the information landscape of the future."

 

"Key topics covered include:

• open data
• A semantic web: one that’s meaningful to computers
• data silos
• the semantic web: the RDF vision
• embedded semantics
• the library and the web of data
• the future of the librarian and the web of data."

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Internet Librarian 2011: Tips on Redesigning Library Sites | Librarian in Black Blog – Sarah Houghton

Internet Librarian 2011: Tips on Redesigning Library Sites | Librarian in Black Blog – Sarah Houghton | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Internet Librarian 2011: Tips on Redesigning Library Sites: Michael Epstein, Virginia Franklyn, Amanda Foust, Anna Jonsson, and Julie Magnus Michael (RT @LibraryFeed: Internet Librarian 2011: Tips on Redesigning Library Sites

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Internet Librarian Conference happening now

Internet Librarian Conference happening now | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Information Today, Inc. returns to Monterey once again in 2011 to present the 15th annual Internet Librarian – the ONLY conference for information professionals who are using, developing, and embracing Internet, Intranet, and Web-based strategies in their roles as information architects and navigators,Webmasters and Web managers, content evaluators and developers, taxonomists, searchers, community builders, information providers, trainers, guides, and more. The Call for Speakers for Internet Librarian 2010 is now open. If you would like to participate as a speaker or workshop leader, please CLICK HERE to learn more, and to submit a proposal (deadline: March 27, 2010).

-->Whether you are managing information for a business, law firm, university, school or public library, keeping up with new tools and techniques is always a challenge. Internet Librarian 2011 definitely meets that challenge.

Internet@Schools, a two-day-long track especially for library media and technology specialists who are using the Internet and technology in K-12 schools, wil once again this year be a part of Internet Librarian 2011."

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OCLC and Yelp increase visibility of libraries on the Web | LISNews

"OCLC, the nonprofit computer library service and research organization, is working with Yelp, the leading website and mobile app that connects consumers with great local businesses, to increase public access to local library information.

Yelp is integrating information from the database of library listings maintained through the OCLC Library Spotlight program to supplement existing library listings on Yelp.com. Information provided through OCLC has already been added to over 1,400 library listings on Yelp.com, ensuring that accurate addresses, phone numbers, hours and other information will be available in addition to information already listed on Yelp."

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Giving libraries visibility on the web!

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Jason Scott's Archive Team Is Saving The Web From Itself (And Rescuing Your ... - Huffington Post

Jason Scott's Archive Team Is Saving The Web From Itself (And Rescuing Your ... - Huffington Post | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

On Feb. 15, the Archive Team, a loose collective of programmers and netizens, received its equivalent of a 911 call: The founder of Posterous, a blogging platform,announced the site was shutting down -- and taking its users' content down with it.

After years spent convincing people to trust Posterous as the repository for their baby photos, recipes, musings and travelogues, the company gave its over 15 million users just ten weeks to back up their information before it would be permanently deleted.

A handful of Archive Team volunteers quickly convened in a chatroom to figure out -- like they had many times before in similar situations -- how to save Posterous' millions of posts from disappearing with the site itself.

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The porblem of our digital era: "digital objects become collateral damage"!

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Google - Useful to know

Google - Useful to know | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
1. Data Management
2. Your data on Google
3. Your data on the Web
4. Browse the Internet safely
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Tips and tools by Google to control and manage data safely on the Internet

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A New World of Data | American Libraries Magazine

A New World of Data | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Karen Coyle:

"With the visible speed-up of all forms of information resources, even those that are ostensibly in traditional offline formats, doubts are growing about the ability of libraries to afford the costs of hand-hewn bibliographic control today and in the future.

Linking and federating

What if you extrapolate from developments within library systems, such as federated searching, enhanced catalogs, and OpenURL, to the idea of libraries on the web?"

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"The Semantic Web will develop in two ways: First, by linking information that exists within documents, and second, by making the data itself accessible on the web. The ability to mark up information in documents could allow smarter access to that information than we get with keyword searching. For example, markup could identify the author of a document so that an author search could be done, something search engines do not provide today."


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Thanks, Web User: You're a Part-Time Internet Archivist

Thanks, Web User: You're a Part-Time Internet Archivist | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Ghana Politics - Latest news, Sport, Showbiz, Science, Education, Business, Entertainment and Health Stories around the world (Thanks, Web User: You're a Part-Time Internet Archivist #cnn http://t.co/7c95XryF...)

 

The Google Books project has vastly improved the quality of digitized text, thanks in part to those curvy, sometimes colorful words on the web that are filled out 200 million times a day, explained Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor Luis von Ahn, the inventor of the reCAPTCHA system.

 

“Humans, at least non-visually impaired humans, have no problem readings these distorted characters. But computer programs can’t do it as well yet,” von Ahn told FoxNews.com.

 

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Internet Librarian 2011: 20 steps to better web services | David Lee King

Internet Librarian 2011: 20 steps to better web services | David Lee King | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Sarah Houghton - librarianinblack.net 

"#1 – where to put your websites.

WordPress. Blogger. Drupal – not really where your website goes… Squarespace – not free, but cheap.

#2 – images.

Gimp. Image editing program.
picasa – edit and host images.
Picnik – simple editing that most people need. Connected to Flickr
Flickr – great place to host, find cc-licensed photos
Pictobrowser – great slideshow for images
Openphoto – free images – high quality"

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Themeefy | Evolution Of Libraries

Themeefy | Evolution Of Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Brief overview of the evolution of libraries since the library in Alexandria to content curation on the Web.

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