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A guide to the best picture books for children

A guide to the best picture books for children | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Published by ALA Editions, “Picture Books for Children: Fiction, Folktales, and Poetry,” by Mary Northrup, provides descriptive annotations of the best children's picture book titles published in the last decade--- an excellent tool for collection development and an abundant resource for planning storytimes and other children’s programming.

 

It is a comprehensive overview perfect for librarians, teachers, parents, daycare providers and anyone who works with young children.

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Library Leadership & Management

Library Leadership & Management | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Library Leadership & Management (LL&M) is the journal of the Library Leadership and Management Association. LL&M focuses on assisting library administrators and managers at all levels as they deal with day-to-day challenges. In-depth articles address a wide variety of management issues and highlight examples of successful management methods used in libraries. Features include interviews with prominent practitioners in libraries and related fields, and columns with practical advice on managing libraries.

 

The latest issue (vol. 26, no. 1, 2012) is available for download here: http://journals.tdl.org/llm/index

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LIS Trends: Videos of Presentations at 2012 WebWise Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital Age (29 Feb - 2 March) now available

LIS Trends: Videos of Presentations at 2012 WebWise Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital Age (29 Feb - 2 March) now available | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

The 2012 WebWise Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital Age, held last February 29 - March 2, 2012 in Baltimore, MD is an annual event under the initiative of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, to brings together representatives of museums, libraries, archives, systems science, education, and other fields to explore the many opportunities made possible by digital technologies.

 

Here are videos of presentations at the 2012 WebWise Conference:  http://listrends.blogspot.fr/2012/03/videos-of-presentations-at-2012-webwise.html?spref=tw

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A Compendium Of Beautiful Libraries | Curious Expeditions

A Compendium Of Beautiful Libraries | Curious Expeditions | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

"There has always been something about libraries. Row after row, shelf after shelf, there is nothing more magical than a beautiful old library."

 

Curious Expeditions has attempted to gather together the world’s most beautiful libraries.   Check out the photos of the interiors of these libraries and be amazed: http://curiousexpeditions.org/?s=a+compendium+of+beautiful+libraries

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Professional development advice for academic librarians

Professional development advice for academic librarians | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
What is the role of the academic librarian in the modern institution?

 

Read the selected responses from academic librarians from University of York,  University of Cambridge, University of Manchester, De Montfort University, and the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network/blog/2012/mar/22/professional-development-for-academic-librarians?newsfeed=true

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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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E-readers grow; libraries can't get many titles

E-readers grow; libraries can't get many titles | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

The popularity of e-readers is soaring, but good luck finding that hot new title at your library. Most large publishers refuse to sell critical portions of their digital catalogs for library lending, and those that do are imposing stiff fees and onerous rules.

 

The nature of digital books gives publishers a new opportunity to assert greater control through technology, terms of service and pricing power. Libraries can't simply buy the virtual books and hand them out in the way they can with physical ones.

 

Read more about this issue here: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/03/17/BUCP1NLI18.DTL

 

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ebooks and libraries

ebooks and libraries | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
I’ve been wondering about ebooks and libraries for a while, in particular about where things are going in terms of library use of ebooks.  What caught my eye this week was a blog post on t...

 

"The reasons why publishers might want their content to be lent through libraries are exactly the same reasons why printed books are lent through libraries, it encourages reading, it encourages literacy and surveys suggest that library readers are also heavy purchasers of books. So if you want to get people into the habit of reading, using and buying ebooks, especially when you are building a new market, wouldn’t you want to use all means to encourage people to try out ebooks?"

 

Read more here http://libwebrarian.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/ebooks-and-libraries/

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Full-Time School Librarians Linked to Higher Student Reading Scores

Full-Time School Librarians Linked to Higher Student Reading Scores | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

According to new research from Library Research Services, reading scores statistically increased when schools retained or gained a school librarian. Study shows how school librarians and their association with students' test scores is remarkably consistent in its findings: regardless of how rich or poor a community is, students tend to perform better on reading tests where and when, their library programs are in the hands of endorsed librarians.

 

Details here: http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/slj/home/893803-312/full-time_school_librarians_linked_to.html.csp#.T17Ks3LB2Ll.facebook

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50 Great Google+ Tips for School Librarians | Online College Tips – Online Colleges

50 Great Google+ Tips for School Librarians | Online College Tips – Online Colleges | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
School librarians can use Google+ to improve what libraries offer and enrich the learning experience for students.

 

Google has long dominated in the battle for supremacy between online search engines and is a great resource for information, but with Google+, things get taken a step further as Google becomes even more of an Internet giant. Many stand to benefit from Google's move into the social media realm, including school libraries. With integrations, new opportunities for communication, resources for organizing information, and more, there are so many ways school librarians can use Google+ to improve what libraries offer and enrich the learning experience for students.

 

Here are 50 great tips for getting the most out of Google+ as a school librarian: http://www.onlinecollege.org/50-great-google+-tips-for-school-librarians

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So you want to be a subject librarian…

So you want to be a subject librarian… | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Wikiman works as an Academic Liaison Librarian – a subject librarian – at the University of York.   He writes this blog post about what the job has been like for him, and specifically what he expected about being a subject librarian and what he did not.  He also writes about what he likes about his role which does not fit into any of the two categories.

 

Read more here:  http://thewikiman.org/blog/?p=1844

 

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Featured Digital Libraries

Featured Digital Libraries | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Check out American Libraries Magazine's Pinterest page to view some of their favorite digital libraries here: http://pinterest.com/amlibraries/featured-digital-libraries/

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Libraries in churches

Libraries in churches | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Libraries and the churches have a close and long relationship. Many of the earliest libraries available to more than just the owners of the books (think castles and large manor houses) were in convents, monasteries and cathedrals.

 

Here are images of medieval libraries where books were chained to their shelves, bookshelves showing how books were arranged,  and the design of seats illustrate their attachment to the bookshelves: http://www.goannatree.com/2012/libraries/libraries-in-churches/

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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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The First-Year Experience and Academic Libraries: A Select, Annotated Bibliography | Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)

The First-Year Experience and Academic Libraries: A Select, Annotated Bibliography | Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

This ACRL website provides an annotated bibliography describing the first-year student 's experience with information literacy instruction. 

 

The works cited here represent an introduction to the literature describing the first-year student's experience with information literacy instruction, and to the various ways in which academic librarians have worked in collaboration with classroom faculty to integrate information literacy instruction into the first-year experience: http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl/directoryofleadership/sections/is/iswebsite/projpubs/tmcfyebib

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Dual Archivist/Librarians: Balancing the Benefits and Challenges of Diverse Responsibilities

Dual Archivist/Librarians: Balancing the Benefits and Challenges of Diverse Responsibilities | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

While much has been written about the evolving nature of archivists’ roles, virtually nothing has
been published in the archives or library literature about information professionals with both library and archives duties.

 

This survey-based article examines the contemporary roles and responsibilities of college and university archivists, and outlines both benefits and challenges identified to having non-archival responsibilities, specifically library responsibilities.

 

How then to balance the benefits and challenges evidenced in this study? With academic archivists pulled in so many directions, one has to wonder to what extent their archival work is being jeopardized, and what part of our cultural record will be lost as a result.

 

To download the article in full: http://crl.acrl.org/content/early/2011/06/10/crl-222.full.pdf+html

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Introducing The Curator’s Code: A Standard for Honoring Attribution of Discovery Across the Web

Introducing The Curator’s Code: A Standard for Honoring Attribution of Discovery Across the Web | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

"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 ..."

 

In this article, Maria Popova, "one of the web's foremost experts on the art of curation," is launching The Curator's Code,  a system to "honor and standardize the attribution of discovery across the web."  Here she offers both a code of ethics and a common standard for borrowing and sharing.

 

Other related articles on the Curator's Code: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/03/the-curators-guide-to-the-galaxy/254294/

 

http://hacklibschool.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/we-are-all-curators/

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Vote for Your Favorite ‘New Librarianship’ Pinterest Board!

Vote for Your Favorite ‘New Librarianship’ Pinterest Board! | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

The iSchool (School of Information Studies at Syracuse University) recently launched contest which has generated so much excitement and interest!  Participants were asked to put into their Pinterest boards the varying ways to define librarianship of the future, reflecting answers to such specific questions as: What are you doing ? What do you envision the future of libraries to be? What are the ideas that have inspired you? If you are a librarian, a student of librarianship, or if you have a passion for the future of libraries, we want to hear from you!

 

Contestants get a chance to win The Atlas of New Librarianship (just awarded Best Book in Library Literature by ALA!) by David Lankes.  Check out all the best of the boards and then vote for the one you believe best represents the future of librarianship: http://infospace.ischool.syr.edu/2012/03/26/vote-for-your-favorite-new-librarianship-pinterest-board/

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Great Libraries of the World

Great Libraries of the World | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

This AL Direct feature showcases libraries around the world that are notable for their exquisite architecture, historic collections, and innovative services. If you find yourself on vacation near one of them, be sure to stop by for a visit.

 

The entire list will be available in The Whole Library Handbook 5, edited by George M. Eberhart, which is scheduled for publication in 2013 by ALA Editions.

 

Check out ALA's Pinterest page on Great Libraries of the World here: http://pinterest.com/amlibraries/great-libraries-of-the-world/

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Check an E-Book Out From the Library

Check an E-Book Out From the Library | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

"While there are plenty of reasons to like an e-reader, one of the big promises is the ability to borrow e-books from a library. Being able to borrow any book, any time you want; you wouldn't even have to physically trudge to the library to do so. No ratty dead tree books that are missing pages or — even worse — despoiled by some unidentified, but decidedly nasty splotches that a previous patron thoughtfully left behind. No being subjected to 'clever' graffiti or notes in the margins, no worries about catching a debilitating disease that you're convinced is lurking within a particularly worn-looking book and no late fees. In fact, no returns at all. The borrowed e-book will automagically return itself when time is up, saving you having to lug it to the library and feed it into the return slot. "

 

Read more about the complexities of checking out ebooks from the library here: http://howto.wired.com/wiki/Check_an_E-Book_Out_From_the_Library

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More on How to Optimize Pinterest

More on How to Optimize Pinterest | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Pinterest, a dynamic new social media tool, is really catching on.  If you still haven’t hopped on the bandwagon, this blog post might help you start to see its value.

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A Day In The Life Of A Librarian | Straight from the Stacks

A Day In The Life Of A Librarian | Straight from the Stacks | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Librarians consider librarianship a great career.  In this interview, Zarah Gagatiga, a licensed librarian, teacher, writer-blogger, storyteller and the current chair of the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY), gives us a sneak peek into the library industry and current trends on Philippine librarianship.

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One Of The Largest Libraries In The World | English Russia

One Of The Largest Libraries In The World | English Russia | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

The National library of Belarus, located in Minsk, is one of the largest libraries in the world. The building is included into the list of top 50 most unusual buildings in the world where it occupies the 24th position. The Library has 23 floors, and a lot of glass was used in the construction.  There are 20 reading halls in the library, each of them accommodating 2000 people.  Its library database includes over 12000 on-line versions of books in Russian. Full texts of books in Economics, Sociology, History, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Psychology, Linguistics, Literature, Law and Art are available. 

 

View more photos to see what the library looks like from the inside here: http://englishrussia.com/2012/03/16/one-of-the-largest-libraries-in-the-world/

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e-Books at Oxford University - Bodleian Libraries

e-Books at Oxford University - Bodleian Libraries | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Known to Oxford scholars as “Bodley” or simply “the Bod”, the Bodleian Library serves as the main research library of Oxford University. It is one of the oldest and most beautiful academic libraries in the world.

 

The Bod provides access to thousands of online books across many subjects. Here's a list for a selection of e-book packages in the subjects, Humanities,  Social Science, Science and Medicine, and References.

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After 244 Years, Encyclopaedia Britannica Stops the Presses

After 244 Years, Encyclopaedia Britannica Stops the Presses | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Bowing to the competition online, the encyclopedia's publisher said the 2010 edition, a 32-volume set that weighs in at 129 pounds, would be the last.

 

In an acknowledgment of the realities of the digital age — and of competition from the Web site Wikipedia — Encyclopaedia Britannica will discontinue its print edition, and will now focus primarily on its online encyclopedias and educational curriculum for schools.

 

Many librarians, however,  say that while they have rapidly shifted money and resources to digital materials, print still has a place. Academic libraries tend to keep many sets of specialized encyclopedias on their shelves.

 

Read more here: http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/13/after-244-years-encyclopaedia-britannica-stops-the-presses/

 

View a related post here: http://thenextweb.com/media/2012/03/13/wikipedia-and-the-internet-just-killed-244-year-old-encyclopaedia-britannica/

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