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.
"The library world is changing, there’s no doubt about that. The way we organise, seek and retrieve information has changed massively over the last 10 years and more dramatic changes will follow. Threatened budget cuts have led to worrying times for library workers. But these are exciting times too! Advances in technology mean we can reach users in previously unimagined ways and provide amazing new services. So, in celebration of National Libraries Day, here are 5 key reasons why we really need librarians and Information Professionals in the Internet age…"
"A large coalition of publishing firms and related trade organizations has taken legal action against what the Association of American Publishers in Washington, D.C., described on Wednesday (15 Feb 2012) as "one of the largest pirate web-based businesses in the world"...
The book download portal Library.nu (formerly known as Gigapedia.com) and cyberlocker ifile.it appear to have ‘shut down’ voluntarily after a coalition of book publishers managed to get an injunction against the two sites. According to the complaint, the sites offered users access to 400,000 e-books and made more than $11 million in revenue in the process.
With the website Library.nu shut down, many Internet users were registering their disappointment on Reddit's online forums. Library.nu now redirects its visitors to Google Books. For its part, iFile.it was no longer allowing unregistered users to upload files.
Pinterest is taking the social media world by storm, and it isn’t just popular with individual users. Businesses, nonprofits, and even libraries are sharing ideas and information through the site as well, connecting with people from around the country and around the globe.
A database of descriptions and images of recent library building projects. This new website is a useful resource for sharing expertise and experience on library planning and design. The database can be searched by a wide range of characteristics to provide you with ideas or identify relevant projects to follow up in more detail. It also provides links to hundreds of resources on all aspects of library planning and design.
Get regular updates and information on library building projects by subscribing to its newsletter.
Future plans include the inclusion on the site of analysis of library design trends based on the contents of the Designing Libraries database and expert comment and analysis from librarians, architects and others.
The University of San Carlos yesterday inaugurated its 16,000-square meter Josef Baumgartner Learning Resource Center at the USC Talamban Campus.
Dubbed as the biggest library in the country, the facility has four floors, a basement and split-level floors. The facility was dedicated to Fr. Josef Baumgartner, SVD, the chief librarian of the university, who was responsible for the establishment of the Filipiniana Section of the USC Main Campus Library, as well as the establishment of the Cebuano Studies Center, also at USC Main.
The library will be USC's one-stop information hub, with Wi-Fi, a training facility for Library Science students, a Knowledge Navigation Center, an international section that will feature USC's international collection, the new home of the Cebuano Studies Center, as well as archives.
"New Librarianship" is a buzzword, but what does it mean?
“Librarianship” isn’t a job—it’s a vocation. It’s not something you can put away at the end of the day, when you leave the building. Librarianship is an aggregation of personality, ethics, politics, education, worldview, and focus. New Librarianship is a movement; a steadily-growing wave of people seeking to improve the world. New Librarians and people-who-work-in-libraries are two very different things. The latter is a job.
Knowing your customers and how to provide for them is a must today. To maintain their important role in a rapidly changing information environment, library architects, besides librarians, are among the people most concerned about how new library trends play out. Plans made a year ago for library additions or even modest renovations—never mind an entirely new building—are probably out of date. Longstanding formulas to calculate the space required for stacks, seating, and even computer stations no longer apply. The library standards codified in many states, often a criterion for funding, would probably result in a library design that is larger than necessary, or certainly too big or too small in all the wrong places.
This is a quickie version of Nylink's March 25, 2008 webinar featuring free library tools for increasing visibility, ready reference, translation, reader's advisory, digital collections management, and more!
EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) has released its first subscription eBook collection. eBook Academic Subscription Collection™ supplies full-text eBooks covering a broad spectrum of academic subjects from business to science and engineering to the humanities. Nearly 70,000 titles are included in eBook Academic Subscription Collection.
It seems everyone can’t get enough of Pinterest, and for a social networking site which is still invite-only, it has managed to garner over 6 million monthly users, and receives millions of hits per week.
Whether you’re just getting started with the site, or have been using it for a while, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to all things Pinterest. We’ve put together a list of all the basic things you need to know about the site, while also giving some power user tips for the more experienced users
The preservation procedures described here have been used by the Library of Congress in the care of its collections and are considered suitable by the Library as described.
Here are guidelines for protecting and preserving your own personal collections and family treasures including how to locate, store, and insure your collection. For emergency drying procedures for water damaged collections, read more here: http://www.loc.gov/preservation/care/dry.html
To know more about disaster response, the American Library Association has created a library fact sheet that provides a selective resource for libraries of all sizes and types. It contains information on organizations that can provide disaster assistance; disaster recovery resources available online; and a bibliography of print resources (some with accompanying audiovisual CD-ROM or DVD). View ALA Library Fact Sheet No. 10 on Disaster Response: A Selected Annotated Bibliography here: http://www.ala.org/tools/libfactsheets/alalibraryfactsheet10
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.
A growing body of evidence suggests that open access articles are cited more frequently than their locked-up counterparts. Matt Lingard explains how ‘gold’ open access publishing offers one solution to the questions of guaranteeing access and ensuring impact.
The Association for Learning Technology (ALT) published the first Open Access issue of Research in Learning Technology (RLT) earlier this year having made the journal, including back issues, Open Access on 1st January. Why would a relatively small, scholarly membership organisation, receiving income from subscriptions to its peer-reviewed journal start giving it away? Find out more here: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2012/03/13/free-journal-lingard-open-access/
Setting goals for the year ahead can be a daunting task. To help with planning, librarians need to reflect on last year’s achievements. Make a list of what students learned as a direct result of programmes/activities in the library or via the library. How do you know what they learned? What have you done in the past that has worked well? What are you planning to revise / repeat? What didn’t work out? What did you learn?
Vancouver's Public Libraries have seen a lot of change in the last few decades. The change is not just technological, it is in the way they provide services, why they provide it, and the types of resources they have built and deliver with their communities. Their innovative approach has brought the librarian out of the library and to the people. Check out this video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GcCTDjwCOk
In the June 2011 Forbes online edition, Jacquelyn Smith ranked a Master’s degree in Library Sciences as the one of worst Masters Degrees a student could invest in. She based the rankings on employment projection data and average mid-career pay compared to other people in similar jobs.
This post from LIS student Dorotea Szkolar gives the opposing viewpoint because statistical data alone does not provide a complete picture of the opportunities presented by obtaining a degree in librarianship.
A Master’s degree in library and information sciences provides a set of skills which does not limit graduates to just libraries. The ability to navigate and manage information is not a useless skill and there are many non-librarian jobs the degree qualifies graduates for, including: information resources specialist, researcher, meta-data analyst, documentation specialist and creative project manager.
A Master’s degree is a necessary investment for advancing one’s career in librarianship. An MLIS is often required when applying for professional librarian jobs, especially in regards to the more advanced positions such as director or manager.
Even as the mighty e-book gains strength over the hard-copy variety, the physical book still has a bastion of strength: the public library.
There’s no simple explanation for the success of paper stock at the library, but the recession could play a role. Also, libraries’ e-book selections are not as complete as their hard copy stock. And to the traditional library patron, nothing can beat "the real thing."
Do you still use the public library for, you know, traditional books? What's the allure?
The Directory of Open Access Books launches in Europe. The directory will be open to all academic publishers and should contain as many books as possible, provided that these books are peer reviewed and published in Open Access.
A number of academic publishers have already expressed their interest in taking part in the further development of the service; among them are members of the OAPEN Library such as Amsterdam University Press and Göttingen University Press, and other well-known Open Access publishers such as Open Book Publishers, Open Humanities Press, MPublishing and Athabasca University Press. OpenEdition, a portal dedicated to electronic resources in the humanities (www.openedition.org), will also take part in the beta phase of DOAB.
JSTOR initiative gives free (though limited) journal access to non-institutional users through its new Register and Read experimental program. Still in beta testing, Register and Read is one of several initiatives designed to extend JSTOR access to those not affiliated with participating institutions. The program is free to use, though PDF versions of some articles are also available for purchase. Content available through the program includes 75 publications from 40 publishers so far, and more titles will be added in future. Included in the beta phase are American Anthropologist, the American Historical Review, Ecology, Modern Language Review, PMLA, College English, the Journal of Geology, the Journal of Political Economy, Film Quarterly, Representations, and the American Journal of Psychology.
R.David Lankes’ “The Atlas of New Librarianship” was named winner of the annual American Library Association’s (ALA) ABC-CLIO/Greenwood award. In naming the book’s selection and praising its innovativeness, the ALA said the Atlas “speaks to a new purpose for librarianship: the facilitation of knowledge creation in librarians’ communities;” while the author “portrays a vision of the profession that is based on improving society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities” and of learning “that is created through conversations, versus librarianship that is based on books and artifacts.”
The book was co-published by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) a division of the American Library Association, and the MIT Press. Its companion website is: http://www.newlibrarianship.org.
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