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New Librarianship MOOC: Partnerships in Creativity, Innovation, and Learning

New Librarianship MOOC: Partnerships in Creativity, Innovation, and Learning | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

The further we move into R. David Lankes’s “New Librarianship Master Class”—a massive open online course (MOOC) under the auspices of the University of Syracuse School of Information Studies— and his book The Atlas of New Librarianship, the more obvious the overlap between librarianship and the entire field of training-teaching-learning becomes—which makes me wonder why I don’t see more interactions and sustainable collaborations between colleagues in the American Library Association (ALA)  and the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) and others involved in the professions those two associations represent....

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New Librarianship is about knowledge and training; everything we do is about helping people develop their own knowledge. As Lankes says, “I think a lot of instruction in libraries should be about things within the community and not about the library itself.”

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We must always remember that our focus should be about providing service to our clients. They should always be our motivation.

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Registration Now Open: David Lankes Will Be Instructor for New Librarianship University’s iSchool

Registration Now Open: David Lankes Will Be Instructor for New Librarianship University’s iSchool | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

The School of Information Studies (iSchool) has opened registration for its second massive open online course (MOOC), the New Librarianship Master Class.  The MOOC will examine librarianship and library practice using the fundamental concept that knowledge is created through conversation.

 

Lankes’ book, The Atlas of New Librarianship, will serve as the text for the course, which will feature Lankes and three other iSchool faculty members (Jill Hurst-Wahl, Megan Oakleaf and Jian Qin) as instructors and moderators. MIT Press will provide participants in the course with a 20% discount on the book.

 

The course is available for free online, and begins on July 8. Participation in the course can also lead to Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) for an additional fee, or graduate academic credit with additional work and tuition.

 

To register for the MOOC, visit the New Librarian Master Class web page.

 

More on the first MOOC here:  http://www.infodocket.com/2013/06/11/registration-now-open-david-lankes-will-be-instructor-for-new-librarianship-master-class-2nd-mooc-from-syracuse-universitys-ischool/

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The course is available for free online, and begins on July 8. Participation in the course can also lead to Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) for an additional fee, or graduate academic credit with additional work and tuition.  Register now.

 

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How To Become a 21st Century Librarian

How To Become a 21st Century Librarian | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Before deciding if librarianship is right for you, make sure you understand what today’s librarians do all day. If you want quiet and lots of time to read, think again. Today’s libraries are full of collegial, and sometimes even downright noisy, collaboration, creation, and community activities, and are as much about technology as print on paper.

 

Modern librarians need to be comfortable and conversant with technology, be willing and able to speak in public, and possess people skills and a commitment to lifelong learning, as the profession and the expertise necessary for success are constantly changing.

 

More here: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/03/careers/how-to-become-a-21st-century-librarian/

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A great eye-opener,,,!

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cybraians, virtual libraries, knowledge centres -  commitment to lifelong learning & support

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From Philosophy to Practice |

From Philosophy to Practice | | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

"No library is an island. Individual libraries do serve their academic institutions, but not just their academic institutions. They serve a greater social good, the creation and dissemination of knowledge. This means that academic libraries have to look toward a greater goal than just supplying their own institutions with information. They must look more broadly, because research is never merely local—it’s an international enterprise."

 

Academic libraries “support a scholarly mission to create better human beings and a better society through the creation of knowledge in all areas.”   This sums up the philosophy of academic librarianship.  But how does this philosophy translate to practice? .

 

In practice, academic libraries are expected to cooperate with each other in projects that extend far beyond their own institutional boundaries, and in making materials available to the public. There is a significant amount of textual and visual material available online because academic libraries are digitizing their special collections, sometimes through grants but often at their own expense.

 

Read more:  http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/11/opinion/peer-to-peer-review/from-philosophy-to-practice-peer-to-peer-review/

 

 

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Practical Academic Librarianship: The International Journal of the SLA Academic Division

Practical Academic Librarianship: The International Journal of the SLA Academic Division | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Practical Academic Librarianship: The International Journal of the SLA Academic Division is a peer-reviewed journal for all academic librarians and informational professionals serving academic departments or affiliated institutions including centers,...

 

Available for download are articles appearing in the latest issue, vol. 2, no. 1 (2012).

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New Librarianship and the Library as Platform

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"New Librarianship and the Library as Platform" Ticer 15th International Summer School on Digital Libraries 2012, Tillburg, Netherlands. Abstract: Change in academic libraries is nothing new.

 

In his most recent lecture presented in Tillburg, Netherlands, R. David Lankes enjoins librarians to be "active in online education, new models of student learning, and helping the faculty adjust to disruptive change."  Furthermore, he suggests, "Rather than being the heart of the university centered on a collection, libraries must become hubs that spread new practice throughout the organization."

 

View the presentation here: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/Presentations/2012/Ticer-PDF.pdf

 

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The Embedded Librarian: Using Technology in Service Delivery

Pavlinka considers the following as requirements for Embedded Librarians:

• Embedded librarians have background in both librarianship and the subject matter important to their customer group

• Embedded librarians also have extensive relevant informal education and practical experience

• Continues learning is important to embedded librarians

• The Embedded Librarians tend to provide complex, value-added service to their customer groups:- Training on the use of information services;- Ready reference, quick fact checking, citation verification;- In-depth topical search• Collection Development; - Provide “how to” manuals, pathfinders, etc.; - Evaluating, synthesising & summarizing literature; - Content management for web, intranet & wiki sites; -Sharing instructional responsibilities

 

More here: http://www.slideshare.net/pavlinka163/the-embedded-librarian-using-technology-in-service-delivery

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Special Collections Librarianship: a Brief Map of the Field by Katie Birkwood

Presentation about special collections librarianship compiled for the CILIP New Professionals Day 2012 (11 May, London).

 

This presentation is all about special collections, what they are, the functions of a special collections librarian, how to get into special collections, and the role of special collections librarianship.

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Keywords: Positioning "Urban Librarianship" To Get Found

Keywords: Positioning "Urban Librarianship" To Get Found | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Graphing phrases using social networking tools helps understand the impact of keyword phrases. This analysis focuses on Urban Librarianship.

 

Because Urban Librarianship is a newer trend in the field of library and information science, a potential keyword phrase that may work and produce “hits” could be the keyword phrase “library trends”. This keyword phrase is relevant to the “Urban Librarianship” video, is a term users and prospective students may come up with on their own, and is being used by other videos on the YouTube network, but is not so overused that SLIS will be lost.

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Defining “Authentic Librarianship”

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Rick Anderson (Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources and Collections at the University of Utah’s Marriott Library) proposes to define authentic librarianship as "motivated primarily by concern for those we serve as librarians, rather than by concern for our own agendas or preferences. To be more specific, “authentic” would describe professional practice that is motivated by all of the following:

Concern for the success of the library’s patrons in their particular tasks

Concern for the long-term intellectual welfare of the library’s patrons

Desire to further the goals of the library’s sponsoring institution"

 

He expands on this in response to the comments to his article below here: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/04/opinion/peer-to-peer-review/defining-authentic-librarianship-peer-to-peer-review/

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Shareable: Making Libraries More Shareable

Shareable: Making Libraries More Shareable | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Libraries are really good at lending. It’s who they are, it’s what they do. A growing number of materials can all be borrowed from libraries. But as libraries transform themselves into 21st century institutions, some innovators are looking beyond libraries solely as lenders and seeing ways that they could be hubs for the sharing economy.

 

“Libraries exist so that people can inform themselves...But they’re not just places to access information. They’re places, increasingly, to do something about what you’re learning; to take knowledge and do something with it.”

 

Watch a video showing how local libraries can provide interactive space, network and open source hubs,  and "whatever else a community may be able to utilize it for."

 

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The Future of Academic Libraries, An Interview with Steven J. Bell

The Future of Academic Libraries, An Interview with Steven J. Bell | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Steven J. Bell, President Elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), lays out a new vision for designing the future of academic libraries enabling librarians to become indispensable partners in the college teaching endeavor by integrating themselves into the instructional process.

 

Read a summary of some of the projects and articles Steven mentioned during the interview here: http://www.educationfutures.com/2012/03/26/the-future-of-academic-libraries-an-interview-with-steven-j-bell/

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Breaking the barriers of time and space: the dawning of the great age of librarians

Breaking the barriers of time and space: the dawning of the great age of librarians | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

This lecture, of T. Scott Plutchak of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, reflects on future roles,  the potential dawning of a “great age of librarians,” if librarians make the conceptual shift of focusing on their own skills and activities rather than on their libraries.

 

The discussion centers on why physical libraries are becoming less relevant to the communities that they serve in the digital age.  "Librarians, however, are more necessary than ever in helping members of their communities navigate the increasingly complex information space. To meet their social responsibilities requires that librarians seek new roles and recognize that their most important activities will take place outside of the physical library."

 

It concludes: "A great age of librarians is possible, but not guaranteed. We are at the very beginning of the development of a digital culture that parallels the print culture that has been dominant for five hundred years. Innovative and creative librarians have the potential to shape the development of that culture in ways that will truly serve the needs of their communities."

 

Read the full text here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257492/

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A Teensy-Tiny Survey of Seasoned Librarians | Not Dead Yet

A Teensy-Tiny Survey of Seasoned Librarians | Not Dead Yet | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Here's a short survey result from a bunch of library friends around the country—folks who’ve worked in public, academic, and special libraries, who are on the front lines, in back rooms, at the top, and in-between. Guaranteeing them complete anonymity, they were asked to reply to four questions. Here are the questions and the unexpurgated replies received:  

What do you like best about your library job?  What do you like least?   If you had it to do over, what, if anything, would you change about your library career choices?  Any advice for up-and-coming librarians? 

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What do you like best about your library job?  What don't you like about your job?   If you had it to do over, what, if anything, would you change about your library career choices?  Any advice for up-and-coming librarians?  Find out the answers from seasoned librarians here, and learn more about your career choice.

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Academic Librarianship: Complete Archive of College & Research Libraries Now Freely Available Online (1939-Present Issue)

Academic Librarianship: Complete Archive of College & Research Libraries Now Freely Available Online (1939-Present Issue) | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

The online C&RL archive now contains the complete contents of the journal from its beginnings in 1939 through the current issue.

 

C&RL archival contents from 1939 through 1996 were digitized through the generous volunteer efforts of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library. The library’s Digital Content Creation department performed scanning and metadata creation for the approximately 340 back file issues of the journal in 2011 and 2012. The digitized files were added to the journal’s online presence with the financial assistance of the ACRL Friends Fund.

 

C&RL will become an online-only publication in Jan. 2014.

 

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Librarianship and Freedom of Expression in the Era of the Global Internet

Librarianship and Freedom of Expression in the Era of the Global Internet | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

There is a lot of concern in the modern world about how the internet has impacted freedom of expression. This is especially true in the U.S., where speech is protected from government interference by the First Amendment of the Constitution.

 

From the purely professional perspective of a librarian who is trying to organize information into easily-accessible catalogs and databases, there is certainly a strong reason to be in favor of the free exchange of information over the internet, without governmental restrictions, as it makes getting a holistic collection of our society’s views much easier.

 

Most would agree that a librarian, by profession, believes in giving the type of assistance that will allow others to empower themselves with knowledge, and the question of how good librarians can be at this task hangs in the balance as governments and private corporations decide what sort of speech is protected in this new era of a truly globalized internet. Our profession, then, has an obligation to weigh in on this debate.

 

Read more on this blog post written by David Winger here:  http://hacklibschool.wordpress.com/2012/11/23/librarianship-and-freedom-of-expression-in-the-era-of-the-global-internet/

 

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The New Librarianship Worldview

Your worldview dictates what is possible and often without even knowing it.

 

 

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Locating librarianships Identity in its historical roots of profess...

"Locating librarianship's Identity in its historical roots of professional philosophies: towards a radical new identity for librarians of today (and tomorrow)"...

 

What does it mean to call yourself a Librarian in the 21st century?  This paper, written by Sara Wingate Gray of the Dept of Information Studies, University College London,  traces the roots of the philosophy of Librarianship to establish how professional identities are formed, and seeks an answer to the question.

 

View the paper here:  http://www.slideshare.net/npsig/locating-librarianships-identity-in-its-historical-roots-of-professional-philosophies-towards-a-radical-new-identity-for-librarians-of-today-and-tomorrow

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INFORMED LIBRARIAN ONLINE - Building a better librarian

INFORMED LIBRARIAN ONLINE - Building a better librarian | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Informed Librarian Online is a current awareness web site and newsletter for all librarians and information professionals covering all of the librarians' professional reading.

 

Building a Better Librarian: Why Your Work as a Librarian Begins LONG Before Your Graduate Program by Courtney E. Jacobs, is directed to those aspiring librarians seeking advice on the perilous journey ahead, as well as to colleagues, supervisors, and mentors of aspiring librarians who seek to offer the same assistance we have all benefited from in the past.

 

Read more here: http://www.informedlibrarian.com/guestForum.cfm?FILE=gf1208.html

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Is now the time for librarians?

Is now the time for librarians? | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

"New librarians are entering the job market fresh from receiving their master's degree (MLIS). The months and years spent in the classroom are behind them and they are anxious for the next chapter of their lives to begin. Some have already found job opportunities. Others are still in the job hunt and wondering when a job offer will appear. For them, this is a time of doubt. Was getting an MLIS the right thing to do? Weren't a ton of librarians suppose to be retiring? Is this the right time to be a librarian?"

 

Jill Hurst-Wahl, a digitization consultant and Assistant Professor of Practice in Syracuse University's School of Information Studies, offers her insight into the current job market in the field of librarianship to new graduates here: http://hurstassociates.blogspot.com.es/2012/05/is-now-time-for-librarians.html

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Trends in Research Librarianship Literature: A Social Network Analysis of Articles

The purpose of this article is to identify the bibliometric characteristics of research librarianship literature and to visualize relationships in research librarianship by means of social network analysis. It was found out that the majority (66%) of the articles had single authorship and College & Research Libraries is the prominent actor among the research librarianship journals. It was also observed that Peter Hernon is the most productive and cited author in the field. The findings of this study can be used by the research librarianship community to better understand their core literature.

 

This study addresses the following research questions:

Who are the most productive and most cited authors in the field of research librarianship? What are the relationships among these authors?

Which journals publish more articles on research librarianship and which ones are highly cited in the literature and can be named as the core journals in this field?

What are the most frequently used words in the abstracts of articles related to research librarianship and what is the frequency of common usage of these words in different articles?

Which new words related to research librarianship are added to the literature over time?

 

The article is available for download here: http://liber.library.uu.nl/publish/issues/2011-3_4/index.html?000554

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World Domination Through Librarianship

In an era of battling walled content gardens, disruptive change, social media-enabled revolutions, and truthiness there has never been a greater need for librarians.

 

R. David Lankes talks here about why librarians will take over the world and what to expect.  "However, this is not a simple matter of declaring ourselves prepared, it will take new skills and a new librarianship not focused on buildings and artifacts. This talk lays out a foundation for this new librarianship, and a call to action to save the world."

 

Check it out here: http://vimeo.com/40242113

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What’s in a Name? Unpacking the Term Urban Librarianship

What’s in a Name? Unpacking the Term Urban Librarianship | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Urban Librarianship is an emerging field of study in library science. It entails sociological, theoretical, and experiential areas of study.

 

In this article, the author shares her approach to the study of urban librarianship in one of the core classes in Urban Librarianship entitled Social and Cultural Competencies for Library and Information Science Professionals at Wayne State University.

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Do I Really Have to Leave the Role of School Librarian To Do the Work of a School Librarian?

Do I Really Have to Leave the Role of School Librarian To Do the Work of a School Librarian? | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

The new issue of School Library Journal features a cover story called, “Next Year’s Model: Sarah Ludwig left the library, became a tech coordinator, and forged a path to the future."In that story, author Linda Braun wonders if school librarians have to leave the library and take on a completely different job title to do the work of a modern school librarian. The thesis seems to be that school librarians taking on job titles other than school librarian, like “technology coordinator”, might be the future of the profession.

 

Here's a response to the story that challenges school librarians to change the perceptions about what modern school librarianship is all about, and what is essential to the future of the profession:  http://theunquietlibrarian.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/do-i-really-have-to-leave-the-school-library-to-do-the-work-of-a-school-librarian/

 

 

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For Librarians, Librarianship is Still About the Books

For Librarians, Librarianship is Still About the Books | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

While technology and gadgets seem to be overtaking much of library work, the love of words, the love of books is at the heart of librarianship for librarians around the world: http://lisnews.org/for_librarians_librarianship_is_still_about_the_books

 

This article was originally published at http://theantiquarianlibrarian.blogspot.com/2012/03/for-librarians-librarianship-is-still.html.

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