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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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Interesting Statistics of Top 5 Social Media Sites #Infographic

Interesting Statistics of Top 5 Social Media Sites #Infographic | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

Did you know that there are 2.8 billion social media profiles on the internet?  Read on to find out where Canadians waste the most time! :)


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Internet Archive’s Repository Collects Thousands of Books

Internet Archive’s Repository Collects Thousands of Books | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

By DAVID STREITFELD:

"As society embraces all forms of digital entertainment, a latter-day Noah is looking the other way. Brewster Kahle, who runs the Internet Archive, a nonprofit, hopes to collect one copy of every book."

 

Richmond, Califf: "In a wooden warehouse in this industrial suburb, the 20th century is being stored in case of digital disaster.

Forty-foot shipping containers stacked two by two are stuffed with the most enduring, as well as some of the most forgettable, books of the era. Every week, 20,000 new volumes arrive, many of them donations from libraries and universities thrilled to unload material that has no place in the Internet Age."


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Check-in at the library with Foursquare and Yelp

Check-in at the library with Foursquare and Yelp | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

Dwight Foster Public Library (WI) 's use of Foursquare and Yelp.

 

"The library now has a listing on both Foursquare and Yelp.   Foursquare and Yelp are location based social networking Internet sites and are becoming more and more popular with folks who have Int..."


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Say goodbye to marketing online : Social networks are for networking : Real Lawyers Have Blogs

Say goodbye to marketing online : Social networks are for networking : Real Lawyers Have Blogs | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

This from an informal poll conducted by Wendy Kier, a UK marketing consultant, which found the main use of social networking for 60% of businesses was networking. Only 15% of businesses viewed increasing brand awareness as the main reason to use social networks.

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Why We're All Suddenly Obsessed With Pinterest

Why We're All Suddenly Obsessed With Pinterest | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

It's a good question! The fact is that blogs are filled with articles about Pinterest. For my part, I am absolutely convinced that this kind of social media will wreak havoc among users... and you? [note mg]

 

It's addictive, fun, visually appealing, and easy, so it's no wonder Pinterest, the popular visual bookmarking site, has hooked millions of users. That said, the site’s growth (below) was fairly flat from its launch in early 2010 until September 2011. But since then, it’s simply been going gangbusters, begging the question--why now? Here are three reasons why we think it’s become so attractive.

 

1. Pinterest rides (and defines) a new trend: social relevance.

 

Pinterest is successfully riding a new trend wave in the social space, moving mechanisms for content sharing beyond connections (friends) and towards relevance, effectively broadening the social horizon for us content addicts.

 

Read more: http://www.fastcompany.com/1818729/why-are-we-all-suddenly-pinterested


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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

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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 10:01 AM
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 10:12 AM
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 6:36 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.”

 

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How Technology Changes Our Relationships

How Technology Changes Our Relationships | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it
Ah, the Internet.The once magnificent and glorious tool has transformed from being a fast-paced information highway to that place where we all admit, rather begrudgingly, that we spend too much time on.

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What is Knowledge Management? - Christine Van Winkelen

Mini-clip interview for Gurteen Knowledge with Christine Van Winkelen. What is Knowledge Management?

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LinkedIn Follow Button: Competitive Intelligence Implications

LinkedIn Follow Button: Competitive Intelligence Implications | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it
In a social media world where companies and brands are seeking to create a criteria mass of fans, followers and likes, these same entities are making it easier for competitors...

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Learning By Exploring, Organizing and Curating a Body of Information: Curatr

Robin Good: Curatr, an elearning platform built upon the idea of discovery through the curation and sense-making of existing information, has just released an updated version of its platform which you can check out here: http://www.curatr.co.uk/index2.php 

 

Live demo: http://www.curatr.co.uk/index2.php?view=demo&nbsp;

 

Curatr allows professional trainers, experts, and teachers, as much as students to organize and curate information for the purpose of learning.

 

What I like very much is the Curatr promotional video, which says lots of true things about education and about the way we should carry it out in the future. The next-button-robot approach to information memorization needs to be replaced with a new approach: learning to understand how learners construct knowledge.

 

Curatr is about the construction of the scaffolding that allows people to learn and to find the resources that should help them best learn what they are interested into. 

 

Promising. Insightful. 8/10


Find out more:  http://www.curatr.co.uk/ 


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Another gem, thank you so much Robin!
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The 4 frequent flaws of law firm content – Law Firm Web Strategy

The 4 frequent flaws of law firm content – Law Firm Web Strategy | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it
Law firms create and circulate extraordinary amounts of content, almost all of it written by lawyers about developments in the law.

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