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LinkedIn Industry Trends: Winners and Losers During the Great Recession

LinkedIn Industry Trends: Winners and Losers During the Great Recession | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

What I found very interesting in this graph is this phenomenom :

 

The fastest-growing industries include renewables (+49.2%), internet (+24.6%), online publishing (+24.3%), and e-learning (+15.9%). Fastest-shrinking industries were newspapers (-28.4%), retail (-15.5%), building materials (-14.2%), and automotive (-12.8%)

 

Newspapers are struggling but online publishing is booming. A whole area is shifting and as usual in this time of big transition, the ones that understand the opportunity and embrace with passion the change will be the winner.

 

Who wants to be a publisher and particpate to one of the most interesting innovation in the information industry? 

 


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Laws of the Library: a plea to patrons

Laws of the Library: a plea to patrons | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it
Please, please do not reshelve the books yourself.  I know it probably seems like common sense, but 8 times out of 10, that book did not come from where you think it did.  If you’re even 1 ...

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Why you shouldn't obsess about your competition - CBS News

Why you shouldn't obsess about your competition - CBS News | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it
There are rivals all around you, but you'll be more successful looking ahead than over your shoulder...

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Connecting with the Library (Library of Congress)

Connecting with the Library (Library of Congress) | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

The Library of Congress is piloting the use of “Web 2.0” social media technologies and Web sites to engage the public and communicate about Library news, collections, events, acquisitions, and exhibits.  The LC currently has 2 mobile apps available.


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Prison reading club has inmates ignoring TV, flocking to Steinbeck

Carol Finlay - along with other volunteers - have established eight reading clubs at various federal penitentiaries in Ontario.


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Guide to Finding Interesting Public Domain Works Online

Guide to Finding Interesting Public Domain Works Online | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

This guide is intended to assist people who are interested in exploring interesting works which have entered the public domain.


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Mobile Tech in Libraries

Presented at the Online Information 2011 conference, Nov 29, 2011.

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Future of Libraries via the Knight Foundation - 10 video interviews

Future of Libraries via the Knight Foundation - 10 video interviews | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

"During a Knight conference exploring the role of libraries in the digital world, we interviewed library directors from eight communities - Philadelphia, St. Paul, Macon, Charlotte, Miami, Akron, San Jose and Detroit - to ask these questions and more.

Hear what library directors from these communities say are their biggest successes and listen to insights in how they’re addressing challenges.

In these videos, library directors also share what projects they’ve developed to help better serve their communities. The Free Library of Philadelphia, for example, was able to involve itself more deeply in communities by creating hot spots in areas with limited digital access."

 

Interviews with:

James Crawford, Google Books
Siobhan A. Reardon, Philadelphia
Kit Hadley, Saint Paul
Thomas Jones, Macon
Karen Beach, Charlotte
Raymond Santiago, Miami
David Jennings, Akron
Jane Light, San Jose
Doug Dotterer, Stow-Munroe
Juliet Machie, Detroit


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This Book Is Overdue! - MARILYN JOHNSON

This Book Is Overdue! - MARILYN JOHNSON | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it
The website maintained by Marilyn Johnson, author of The Dead Beat and This Book Is Overdue!

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Is Social Business Just Knowledge Management 2.0?

Is Social Business Just Knowledge Management 2.0? | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

Is Social Business Just Knowledge Management 2.0? Good KM has always been about connecting people.


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Law Librarian Blog: Market and Distribution Cannibalization in the ...

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A Member of the Law Professor Blogs Network. Blog Editors. Joe Hodnicki County Law Library Director Butler County Law Library (OH) • Email Mark Giangrande Reference Librarian Lecturer in Law DePaul University Law ...

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Web 2.0 & Libraries 1 & 2 « Tame The Web

Web 2.0 & Libraries 1 & 2 « Tame The Web | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

This post features two reports by Michael Stephens:

Web 2.0 & Libraries: Best Practices for Social Software, and

Web 2.0 & Libraries, Part 2: Trends and Technologies.

 

Stephens’s report on Best Practices for Social Software details numerous successful library implementations of some of today’s most used social-software tools, including:

Weblogs (blogs),

Podcasts,

RSS feeds,

Instant Messaging (IM),

Wikis, and

Flickr.

 

Technology Reports covers a broad range of Web 2.0 topics, tools, and considerations, including:

value-added blogging,

building a community Web site with a blog,

Ten Best Practices for Flickr & Libraries,

libraries and social sites like MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, tagging and social bookmarking,

Messaging in a 2.0 World:

Twitter & SMS,

podcasting,

The OPAC Rebooted, and

how libraries such as the Hennepin County Library and the Arlington Heights Memorial Library are using 2.0 tools

 

For more details: http://tametheweb.com/writing/web-20-libraries-1-2/


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Facing the Alternative: How Does a Flat Fee System Really Work? - Magazine - ABA Journal

Facing the Alternative: How Does a Flat Fee System Really Work? - Magazine - ABA Journal | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

While every law firm is culturally unique, often the same fears and concerns plague outside counsel when it comes to changing billing practices.

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Law firms get into the social media game to enhance #SEO

Law firms get into the social media game to enhance #SEO | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it
After years of avoiding Twitter and Facebook, Big Law is warming up to the power of social networking.

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US National Archives director David Ferriero - Boston Globe

US National Archives director David Ferriero - Boston Globe | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

By Bryan Bender

David Ferriero - "The man entrusted with America’s documentary heritage - including the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution"

 

"Ferriero now directs the National Archives in Washington, the first librarian to hold the post of official “collector in chief.’’ He not only oversees 12 billion pages and 40 million photographs that tell America’s story, he referees release of America’s oldest secrets, from the formula for invisible ink to battle plans for the Spanish-American War.

He favors openness, he says, but agencies cling to a maze of often-contradictory secrecy rules and a deep-seated culture to lock away even innocuous information. “While progress has been made,’’ Ferriero said, “we still have a huge problem.’’

Ferriero’s primary job is ensuring the 275 executive branch agencies retain the most important government records for posterity.

But he also oversees the National Declassification Center, created by President Obama by executive order in 2009. That makes him point man for an aggressive effort to try to release, by the end of next year, a backlog of an estimated 400 million records that are more than 25 years old."


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10 Digital Marketing Infographics to Bookmark, Print Out or Stare at For a While

10 Digital Marketing Infographics to Bookmark, Print Out or Stare at For a While | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it
Digital marketing infographics that are actually worth your click, your printer ink, and your attention. No aspirin necessary.

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Thinking Like Breathing

Which is more important for today’s students, critical thinking or creative thinking? It’s a trick question. I may as well ask which is more important, breathing out or breathing in?

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Beyond Macbeth - Shakespeare exhibition - National Library of Scotland

Beyond Macbeth - Shakespeare exhibition - National Library of Scotland | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

Beyond Macbeth: Shakespeare in Scottish collections' tells the stories behind Edinburgh's two world-class Shakespeare collections.

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Social Semantic Web (Social Activity and Facebook)

By encouraging the inclusion of semantic content in web pages, the Semantic Web aims at converting the current web of unstructured documents into a "web of data".


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How Librarians Add Value To Their Law Firms – Advice From Greg Castanias, Jones Day Library Partner

How Librarians Add Value To Their Law Firms – Advice From Greg Castanias, Jones Day Library Partner | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it
Comments by Gregory A. Castanias, Library Partner at Jones Day, Washington, DC about the reaction to the speech he gave during the Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section Summit of the Amer...

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Law Libraries by State: Connecticut

Law Libraries by State: Connecticut | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it
This article is part of the series, Law Libraries by State. If you’d like more information about this series’ purpose, please read the introduction.

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Credit and Attribution Are Fantastic Untapped Resources for Discovery, Not Duties: Maria Popova and The Curator's Code

Credit and Attribution Are Fantastic Untapped Resources for Discovery, Not Duties: Maria Popova and The Curator's Code | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Maria Popova has just launched a classy and laudable initiative, focused on increasing awareness and in highlighting the importance of honoring always where or via who you have got to a certain article, report, video or image.

 

 

 

Credit and attribution are not just a "formal" way to comply with rules, laws and authors but an incredibly powerful emebddable mechanism to augment findability, discovery, sinergy and collaboration among human being interested in the same topic.

 

She writes: "In an age of information overload, information discovery — the service of bringing to the public’s attention that which is interesting, meaningful, important, and otherwise worthy of our time and thought — is a form of creative and intellectual labor, and one of increasing importance and urgency.

 

A form of authorship, if you will.

 

Yet we don’t have a standardized system for honoring discovery the way we honor other forms of authorship and other modalities of creative and intellectual investment, from literary citations to Creative Commons image rights."

 

For this purpose Curator's Code was created.

 

Curator's Code is first of all "a movement to honor and standardize attribution of discovery across the web" as well as a web site where you can learn about the two key types of attribution that we should be using:

a) Via - which indicates a link of direct discovery

b) Hat tip - Indicates a link of indirect discovery, story lead, or inspiration.

 

Each one has now a peculiar characterizing icon that Curator's Code suggests to integrate in your news and content publication policies. 

 

Additionally and to make it easy for anyone to integrate these new attribution icons in their work, Curator's Code has created a free bokkmarklet which makes using proper attribution a matter of one clic.

 

Hat tip to Maria Popova and Curator's Code for launching this initiative. 

 

Whether or not you will sign Curator's Code pledge, become an official web site supporting it, or adopt its bookmarklet instantly is not as important as the key idea behind it: by providing credit and attribution to pieces of content you find elsewhere, you not only honestly reward who has spent time to create that content, but you significantly boost the opportunity for thousands of others to connect, link up to, discover and make greater sense of their search for meaning.

 

Read Maria Popova introductory article to Curator's Code:  

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/03/09/curators-code

 

How to use the Curator's bookmarklet: http://vimeo.com/38243275

 

Healthy. Inspiring. 9/10

 

Curator's Code official web site: http://curatorscode.org


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Beth Kanter's comment, March 11, 2012 1:01 PM
Thanks Robin for sharing and curating this article with your summary. I discovered it via Barbara Bray's collection where she had re scooped your scoop -- [and if following the curator's code added a via]. I came over here to rescoop (with a via!) because you are the original source and one of the links was broken (you corrected it and added an update) thus reminding me the importance of going to the original source. Here on scoop.it you can just follow the trail of the rescoop icon.

I am disappointed that the bookmarklet doesn't work together with the scoop.it one - but it would be great to have it integrated. Now to figure out how to rescoop it with the characters.
Robin Good's comment, March 11, 2012 1:12 PM
Hi Beth, thanks for your kind feedback. I was just out today for a video interview with Nancy White here in Rome, and she mentioned you as someone she likes for your ability to curate and make sense of things.

Re the integration of the curators' code icons, I have received feedback from Guillaume De Cugies of Scoop.it that he has been exchanging with Maria Popova and that he is looking with her for a way to integrate the two.

For now you can simply install the Curators' Code bookmarklet and use the "via"<a href="http://www.curatorscode.org" target="_blank" style="font-family:sans-serif;text-decoration:none" >&#x1525;</a> or hat tip <a href="http://www.curatorscode.org" target="_blank" style="font-family:sans-serif;text-decoration:none" >&#x21ac;</a> icons by copying and pasting their code into your scoops manually. The problem, at least for me is, that the scoop.it editing window is in the same position where the Curators' Code bookmarklet is and therefore I can't see both at the same time.

In any case I think it would be trivial for Scoop.it or any other tool to integrate such buttons directly into their system without having us to use two different tools for one task.
Karen Dietz's comment, March 11, 2012 9:36 PM
Many thanks Robin for the help! Somehow I missed the article -- computer fatigue probably :) I read it earlier today and look forward to using the codes. I'm thrilled to hear that scoop.it is looking into integrating them into the platform. Thanks for keeping us updated on this new, and important twist, for curating. Cheers -- Karen
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How Startups Can Gain Visibility and Reputation by Curating Great Content

How Startups Can Gain Visibility and Reputation by Curating Great Content | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

Jan Gordon: I selected this wonderful piece by Michael J. Fern of Intigi because it reinforces the importance of curation and has a lot of great insights.

 

In this article the author refers to Robert Scoble, who has built an enormous following on several social networks by curating and sharing the latest news about technology and startups.

 

He says that just like Scobleizer, startups should use curation to catapult their online presence and influence. Curation is a useful approach for all companies but especially for startups:

 

Here's what especially caught my attention:

 

a) Thought Leadership   

If outsiders view your company as a key source of  industry informataion, you will quickly build your brand recognition as well as develop trust and goodwill among customers.

 

b) Hub of Information   

By being first to market as a content curator in your space and by hosting curated content on your website, you can quickly rise as a primary destination site for those interested in your industry.

 

c) Collections    

By creating a bundle of articles, images, videos or websites that relate to a specific them and keeping it updated, this “guide” can become an important resource for social media marketers.

 

d) Content with Commentary    

Using 3rd party articles and adding your own point of view you can build a dedicated following. He refers to Daring Fireball, a blog that has built an impressive loyal following of 30,000

 


One Takeaway: 

Successful curators often employ several of these approaches in addition to producing their own original content

 

 

Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

 

Read full article here: http://bit.ly/zTGY37


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Pathetic Time Tracking in the Legal Profession

Pathetic Time Tracking in the Legal Profession | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

Managing time in a law firm isn’t only about billable and non-billable hours - it is about creating a dashboard that allows lawyers to elegantly drive client expectations relating to time-frames and costing.

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The Importance of Brand in an Era of Digital Darwinism

The Importance of Brand in an Era of Digital Darwinism | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

Think of your favorite brand, and the first thing to come to mind is likely a logo, such as the Coca-Cola scripting, a tag-line, such as Nike’s “Just do it,” or a jingle – remember the Oscar Meyer Wiener song? These may be the aspects of a brand you remember, but they are no longer the most important aspects of branding today. Identity, persona, essence and promise, are the new kings and queens of the branding kingdom, thanks to technology and the deeper connections it opens up between brands and consumers.


Markets, consumer behavior and how businesses connect with customers are all directly impacted by technology. Looking at the rapid erosion of Blockbuster’s business model, it’s clear to see the impact that technology can have on consumer behavior. During Blockbuster’s initial bankruptcy filing, CNBC’s The Faber Report summarized it this way, “At the end of the day, this is one of those bankruptcies that’s not really about a financial situation as much as it’s about seminal changes in how people ultimately watch video.”

 

Read more: http://bit.ly/yoFXha


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