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"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."
James Crawford, Google Books
Via Karen du Toit
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:
Instant Messaging (IM),
Technology Reports covers a broad range of Web 2.0 topics, tools, and considerations, including:
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,
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/
Via Fe Angela M. Verzosa, Karen du Toit
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."
Via Karen du Toit
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.
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.
Via Martin Gysler
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:
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:
How to use the Curator's bookmarklet: http://vimeo.com/38243275
Healthy. Inspiring. 9/10
Curator's Code official web site: http://curatorscode.org
Via Robin Good, Giuseppe Mauriello
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.
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
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
Via janlgordon, Robin Good
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.
Read more: http://bit.ly/yoFXha
Via Martin Gysler
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
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
Via Robin Good