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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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Welcome to the Future Librarian. You Can Follow This Topic...

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Just click the 'follow' button at the top, right of this page. Trying to find posts on a particular topic? Click 'filter' tab above and choose an area of interest. To view the original article, click "Show original" at the bottom of the box, or simply click on the title.

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New York Public Library to offer free Wi-Fi to needy users

New York Public Library to offer free Wi-Fi to needy users | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
New York public libraries will soon lend out Wi-Fi hot spots to low-income members who can’t afford Internet at home. Beginning in September, residents will be able to rent Wi-Fi devices for up to ...
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A great way to bridge the digital divide.  Even Chicago Public Library will launch separate Wi-Fi hotspot lending programs. Both libraries aim to give low-income households 24-hour access to the internet. "Providing continuous access will expand [people's] ability to participate fully in the modern economy and allow them to continue to learn, work, explore and create after the library's doors have closed," the NYPL.  When will our own National Library do the same?...

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College Libraries Push Back as Publishers Raise Some E-Book Prices

College Libraries Push Back as Publishers Raise Some E-Book Prices | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Big increases leave librarians at liberal-arts institutions feeling ambushed.
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Ebrary, an e-book library owned by the aggregator ProQuest, announces that 11 academic publishers, including major players like Taylor & Francis and Oxford University Press, would be raising the cost of short-term e-book loans effective June 1,  by as much as 300 percent.

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U Michigan Libraries Open Nap Stations

U Michigan Libraries Open Nap Stations | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Stephen Griffes, operations supervisor at the University of Michigan’s (UM) Shapiro Library, remembers studying in the library during his time as an undergraduate at UM. He also remembers occasionally taking an inadvertent nap or two in that library—as hallowed a college tradition as the keg stand and far more in line with academic values. Now,, the Shapiro library is officially enshrining the importance of a catnap among the stacks, opening a napping station where weary students can recharge by crashing out on convenient cots.
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Providing a designated space to nap could benefit student health and performance. Agree?
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ACRL release draft Framework for Information Literacy Standards

ACRL release draft Framework for Information Literacy Standards | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has released the first part of a draft Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education, which is intended to replace the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (ILCSHE) that were adopted by ACRL in 2000.

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ACRL welcomes feedback on both parts of the document until 15th April 2014.  More information on the new Framework, including the draft document, is available from the ACRL website.

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Library Consortium Tests Interlibrary Loans of e-Books

Library Consortium Tests Interlibrary Loans of e-Books | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Three dozen academic libraries are teaming up with the Springer publishing company to pioneer a way to lend a fast-growing part of library holdings.
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Academic libraries have a long, proud tradition of sharing books and journals through interlibrary loan. But the efforts to extend that practice to e-books, even though libraries are buying more and more content in digital format, have been stymied because licenses do not allow e-book lending, and libraries lack the technology to make it work. Fortunately, a pilot project called Occam’s Reader will soon be tested to make it both easy and secure for libraries to share e-books.

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Another example of the importance of collaboration in today's digital age.

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ProQuest Announces Intota™ Assessment Customers

University libraries worldwide will be implementing a new best in class collection analytics service from ProQuest. Launched late last year, Intota™ Assessment provides tools that enable libraries to showcase the value of their collections and demonstrate return on investment for their collection budget. The company reported strong market response to this new service, reinforcing a solution strategy that addresses the pain points libraries face with collection management. Developed for comprehensive assessment of today's collections, Intota Assessment is a robust suite of business intelligence tools that makes it possible for library staff to focus on higher value services to their patrons. Using the library's historic circulation data, as well as qualitative data such as Books in Print®, Intota Assessment generates the evidence needed for data-driven collection decisions. Rapid global adoption validates demand by libraries for a comprehensive collection assessment service
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How the HathiTrust Digital Library Handles 11 Million Digitized Volumes

How the HathiTrust Digital Library Handles 11 Million Digitized Volumes | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Balancing storage and access is key to making digital libraries useful tools for today's academics.

 

Digitization is a widely used means of preservation reformatting for print and analog materials, especially with the large-scale capabilities that efforts such as the Google Books Project and the Internet Archive are bringing to many research and academic libraries.

 

But large-scale digitization means that libraries increasingly require large-scale, preservation-grade infrastructure that’s also suitable for providing access to materials at scale. The HathiTrust Digital Library is answering that call. Launched by the 12-university Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and the 11-university libraries of the University of California system, HathiTrust is collectively undertaking preservation with access. Today it has more than 80 partners, more than two dozen of whom are depositing content in its repository.

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Here's collaboration at its best...

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Greater convenience, comfort offered at university libraries

Greater convenience, comfort offered at university libraries | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
The atmosphere at Rikkyo University’s Ikebukuro Library in Tokyo was buzzing with energy, even though classes were canceled.

 

For many, university libraries are places where students read quietly and independently.  But many libraries are transforming into places where students gather for group discussions and to teach one another.


These libraries are improving user support services in ways that contrast with the traditional image, including extending their hours late into the night, as they try to become the “academic home base” for their students.

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An inside look at Rikkyo University's library in Tokyo, showing how when university libraries offer comfortable learning spaces for group discussions, and long opening hours, students visit the library more often for longer.

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No online access for British internet archive

No online access for British internet archive | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
The UK's official internet archive is up and running, but you will have to visit a library to access it

 

All the websites in the UK has finally gone live, following almost a decade of negotiations between publishers and the British Library, but it can only be accessed in person, from a terminal in one of the UK's six major academic libraries, due to restrictions imposed by the 2003 Legal Deposit Libraries Act.

 

The project is unique just by the scope of it, which includes centuries old archival material to the more recent social networking updates, with anything and everything thrown in in between. The scope is huge and it shouldn’t be surprising the entries have already run into billions of pages.


More here:  http://goodereader.com/blog/technology/british-digital-archive-now-available-only-at-the-library-no-web-access

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A digital archive is intended for preservation and research, but why can't it be available online?  Why restrict access?

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Robert Peter de Jong's curator insight, January 6, 12:14 AM

A way to survive for libraries?

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One Country is Digitizing All Books, And Making Them Free For Its Citizens

One Country is Digitizing All Books, And Making Them Free For Its Citizens | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
According to the National Library, “all published content, in all media” is being digitized, which includes “material dating from the Middle Ages up to the current day.”
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Norway's National Library sets a great example that every country's library should emulate: making all materials published in Norway accessible to its citizens wherever they are and whenever they want to by means of digitization. That means hundreds of thousands of books from the Middle Ages to the present (regardless of copyright) will be available online. Non-copyrighted materials or those with expired copyright are available for download.

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If Norway can do it.....!

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University libraries and the e-books revolution

University libraries and the e-books revolution | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Libraries, it took well over a century, from the university’s founding in 1789, to reach a collection of one million volumes. In the last five years alone, the campus has added nearly one million “volume-equivalents”, mainly due to massive e-book acquisitions. As a consequence, last year UNC’s e-books acquisitions were three times greater than print books.

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Libraries are now transforming their purchase of resources moving from title-by-title selection that characterized print book acquisition to en bloc acquisition of e-books.  Check out how this academic library has increased its collection through aggressive ebook acquisition. 

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Mobile at the Library | Office Hours

Mobile at the Library | Office Hours | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

"Years ago, I did a presentation for a group of librarians, LIS faculty, and students in South Carolina. The night before the talk, the hotel bartender chatted with me about his mobile device. He was playing the bar’s music from his iPhone. We started talking about apps we liked and the ways we used our phones, and he said, “I have everything I need here: I have my web, I have my email, I have my text, I have my video, and I have my music: I have the world of information in my hand.” His remark resonated with me, and I have told the story in many presentations since, because it’s indicative of the way that people think about their devices. "

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Here's a reflection on the history of mobile technology and "its touchstone role with people in general and librarians in particular. "

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New Policy Brief From ALA Looks at Effects of Internet Filtering in Public and School Libraries Ten Years After CIPA | LJ INFOdocket

New Policy Brief From ALA Looks at Effects of Internet Filtering in Public and School Libraries Ten Years After CIPA | LJ INFOdocket | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Over-filtering blocks access to legitimate educational resources, and consequently reduces access to information and learning opportunities for students. This  is the major finding  of the ALA research. To view the full report, click here: http://www.ala.org/offices/sites/ala.org.offices/files/content/oitp/publications/issuebriefs/cipa_report.pdf

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Any use by libraries of filtering software that blocks access to constitutionally protected speech is considered a violation of the Library Bill of Rights. ALA urges libraries using mandatory filtering software to reevaluate their Internet Use Policy in keeping with the library's mission statement, other access policies and academic community needs.

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Why It’s Difficult For Your Library to Stock Ebooks

Why It’s Difficult For Your Library to Stock Ebooks | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
A pilot program operating in Massachusetts has library officials excited about the prospect of expanding access to ebooks and digital content for the state’s library patrons.
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The big issue here is: nobody who buys an ebook—library, consumer, or otherwise—actually owns it upon purchase. Instead, they purchase a license to access the content. The distinction might seem like a small one, but it has presented publishers with the opportunity to explore new ways of working with libraries in the digital age. And in so doing, it’ has caused massive headaches for libraries in their attempt to broaden their ebook collections.

Read more about the problems of ebook-lending here: http://www.boston.com/business/technology/2014/06/27/why-difficult-for-your-library-stock-ebooks/rrl464TPxDaYmDnJewOmzH/story.html

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5 Past Predictions for the Future of the Ebook

5 Past Predictions for the Future of the Ebook | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
The dream of the electronic library dates back to at least the 1950s -- and arguably much earlier! But it wasn't until the 1980s and 90s that our ebook dreams slowly became a high-tech reality.
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Here's a handful of predictions from the 1980s and 90s about the future of the ebook and the various readers we'd be using to consume them.

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What Matters to Academic-Library Directors? Information Literacy

What Matters to Academic-Library Directors? Information Literacy | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Whether they work at a big research university, a small four-year college, or something in between, academic-library directors share a “resounding dedication” to teaching information literacy to undergraduates. Beyond that, the priorities they set for their libraries depend on the size and nature of their institutions and how many (or few) resources they have to work with.

Those findings come out of a 2013 survey of American library directors,released on Tuesday by Ithaka S+R US. That’s the consulting and research arm of the nonprofit Ithaka group, which works on “transformative uses of new technologies in higher education.”  


The Ithaka S+R US Library Survey 2013 report examines how the leaders of academic libraries are approaching systemic changes in their environment and the opportunities and constraints they face in leading their organizations. While exploring key topics covered in the 2010 survey of library directors, such as strategic planning, collecting practices, and library services, in 2013 the survey also introduced a new emphasis on organizational dynamics, leadership issues, and undergraduate services.


Download the report here:  http://www.sr.ithaka.org/research-publications/ithaka-sr-us-library-survey-2013

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This report examines how the leaders of academic libraries are approaching systemic changes in their environment and the opportunities and constraints they face in leading their organizations. While exploring key topics covered in the 2010 survey of library directors, such as strategic planning, collecting practices, and library services, in 2013 the survey also introduced a new emphasis on organizational dynamics, leadership issues, and undergraduate services.

 

Download the report here:  http://www.sr.ithaka.org/research-publications/ithaka-sr-us-library-survey-2013

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CLIR report examines what Academic Libraries can learn from their users

CLIR report examines what Academic Libraries can learn from their users | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

This report looks at how staff at eight academic institutions gained new insight about how students and faculty use their libraries, and how the staff are using these findings to improve library technologies, space, and services.  It is available in pdf format only at  http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub161.


This report is the second of two volumes published by CLIR that focus on participatory design. The first, Participatory Design in Academic Libraries: Methods, Findings, and Implementations, was published in October 2012.

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Obama and His Library: Go Small

Obama and His Library: Go Small | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
It should be more of an archive and less of a museum, more of a house, less of a shrine.
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..."there is something futile about trying to encapsulate a president’s life and accomplishments in a single building. Our knowledge about (and changing assessment of) any president are shaped by many sources: not only memoirs, biographies and declassified papers but also movies and even television docudramas."  Although Obama still has 3 years to complete his presidency, plans for his presidential library have begun.

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Free books: 100 legal sites to download literature

Free books: 100 legal sites to download literature | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Here's a list of 100 websites to download books legally, sorted out by categories: Classics,  Textbooks, Children's Books, Math and Science, Philosophy and Religion, Histoy and Culture, Modern Fiction, Plays,  Foreign Language, Rare Books, Arts and Entertainment, Mystery, Poetry,  and Miscellaneous.

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Comprehensive listing of sources of free ebooks

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Copyright Week: Taking Copyright Back

Copyright Week: Taking Copyright Back | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
In the week leading up the two-year anniversary of the SOPA blackout protests, EFF and others are talking about key principles that should guide copyright policy.
Copyright is supposed to embody a balanced incentive system, encourage authors and inventors to create new things by helping them receive some compensation for that investment. At the same time, copyright law puts limits on authors, such as fair use and limited terms of protection, to help make sure that IP rights don’t unfairly inhibit new creativity. When the system works, it can be an engine for creativity, innovation and consumer protection. When it doesn’t, IP rights have the opposite effect, giving IP owners a veto on innovation and free speech.
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"Copyright is supposed to be public policy, in the interest of the public. Let's take copyright back, and make it work for all of us."
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US library lending is happening

US library lending is happening | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Many libraries across the world do not have first sale, or they have what is called a “public lending right” which is a very curious term. It means that the library has the right to lend books if they pay for lending.
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Libraries reinvent themselves for the 21st century

Libraries reinvent themselves for the 21st century | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
For centuries, the defining role of the library has been as a repository of books.

 

Now, in the 21st century, the library faces perhaps its most momentous challenge.

 

Library leaders are adapting to a paradigm shift by reimagining the library as an engaged community center. The role of librarians is being re-branded to reflect their expertise as content curators and trusted navigators in an ever-expanding ocean of information — in whatever format it may exist.

 

Libraries are abuzz with services that go beyond traditional fare to offer more active programming for patrons, including an after-school program to aid students with homework. In the summer, more meeting rooms for patrons to use for business appointments,  more computer labs where patrons learn tech skills, or enroll in massive open online courses, or MOOCs, and other services.

 

More here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/books/chi-library-future-20131212,0,294523,full.story

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Here's a glimpse of some of the relatively new services that libraries of the future are offering:

→Digital studios

→Dedicated teen zones

→Conference rooms for community meetings

→Computer and social media classes

→Small business/technology centers

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Linda M's curator insight, June 9, 5:59 PM

21st Century libraries are more than just collections.  We need to be about 'connections' as well in order to stay relevant and to meet our clients needs.

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MOOCing at the Public Library

MOOCing at the Public Library | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
While much has been written about the role of academic libraries in supporting massive open online courses (MOOCs), the inclusion of MOOCs in a public library setting is largely unexplored territory.
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Find out here how public libraries can provide free online courses for their library patrons particularly adult learners here: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/12/public-services/moocing-at-the-public-library/

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Google secures victory over Authors Guild

In light of Google's Nov. 14 victory in a lawsuit against the Authors Guild, students can continue using Google Books as an academic research tool.
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Google's victory sets an important precedent for future book scanning projects. The ruling affirms the mission of Google Books to make books more readily accessible, and to help libraries preserve literature through digitization.
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UC Davis library to lead transformation of cataloging

UC Davis library to lead transformation of cataloging | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

The University of California, Davis, will lead the way for research libraries to transform how they catalog their collections to improve how online researchers can find and use them, thanks to a half-million dollar grant.

UC Davis will work with other national and international institutions involved in library software, standards and practices to provide a route that, like GPS directions, can be recalculated or continuously updated as new data models, standards, workflows and practices evolve. The partner organizations include the Library of Congress, the OCLC global library network, the National Information Standards Organization, Kuali OLE and development partner Zepheira Inc., based in Dublin, Ohio.

 

The project would investigate the entire library operation from initial acquisition or licensing, through cataloging, processing, and digitization, and on to indexing and visualization of the data for search and resource discovery on the Web.

 

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This project has the potential to make a real difference in how libraries approach bibliographic control.  Read more here:

http://news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=10752

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