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You don't look like a librarian!

You don't look like a librarian! | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

So What is This About, Anyway?

Welcome to the site, a collection of talks and resources relating to the image and perception of librarians in the Internet age. Past talks, recent columns, and articles of interest from around the world are collected here...

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Libraries Succeed by Constantly Evolving

Libraries Succeed by Constantly Evolving | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
People depend on libraries now more than ever. I see three big goals for libraries: provide engaging learning experiences, become community anchors, and provide access to content even as the devices for accessing that content change rapidly. 

 

There is no doubt that the future success of libraries depends on their ability to change and evolve to meet the changing ways that people access and use information.

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Libraries, archives take centre stage in copyright debate

Libraries, archives take centre stage in copyright debate | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

So, what’s so “exciting”? Why do libraries need exceptions in the copyright environment? And what issues relating to exceptions for libraries and archives will WIPO be working with, following November’s meeting of the CCRR?

 

A document presented by Brazil at the Geneva meeting notes that in order to provide a necessary service and fulfill their public interest mission, libraries and archives need adequate exceptions in copyright law that would allow libraries to preserve collections, support education and research and help maintain equal access to knowledge.  Along with requests to allow libraries and archives to reproduce and distribute copyright material, without limits, for educational purposes, was a proposal to permit lending of copyright works for all libraries.

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Most Interesting Bookstores of the World

Most Interesting Bookstores of the World | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Picture gallery for the most interesting bookstores of the world.

 

 

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The Revolution Isn’t Just Digital | American Libraries Magazine

The Revolution Isn’t Just Digital | American Libraries Magazine | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

"The digital revolution in libraries is not exactly a secret. Every day we read about some upheaval in the ebook industry, a new development in digitization, or yet another service from Google. And the recent announcement of an ALA-wide initiative on digital content and libraries, while important and necessary, won’t exactly make media headlines."

 

Alan S. Inouye writes for American Libraries about The Revolution Isn’t Just Digital. This thought-provoking piece talks about how libraries must reassess their missions, learn to share control, and start to take action to redefine old paradigms.

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The Best Of E-book Readers And Managers For Computer or Laptop

The Best Of E-book Readers And Managers For Computer or Laptop | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

In today's market,  many eBook readers and managers are floating around. Many libraries are going to be digital and will provide borrowing via an eReading device for students.  So we have put together 15 Best Free eBook Readers and Managers available for download to your computer or laptop.

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Books get the shove as university students prefer to do research online

Books get the shove as university students prefer to do research online | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

THE University of NSW is throwing away thousands of books and scholarly journals as part of a policy that critics say is turning its library into a Starbucks.


Here's a re-examination of a Library's weeding policy on 5-year-old book collections and print journals where online archival access is provided.  The growing fear that digitization of libraries would prevent students stumbling across new information has affected even faculty and research scholars. ''A serendipitous discovery is impossible when the book isn't there.''

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The Children’s Library of the Future

The Children’s Library of the Future | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

The Children's Interactive Library in Aarhus, Denmark is a fine example of a library's ability to adapt and innovate to meet the growing needs of 21st century kids. The Library is based on the idea that kids want to do more than than just receive information quietly and passively...By incorporating fun and play into the library experience, Aarhus has not only ensured that children will keep coming back, but has allowed them to play major roles in shaping library services.

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Five Challenges Every Librarian Must Face

Five Challenges Every Librarian Must Face | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Nowhere is change more evident than in the librarian profession. We are; seeing commercial competition for information access and delivery services arise routinely, making ineffective attempts to serve young library customers whose needs we don’t understand, being inundated with technology beyond our capacity to keep pace, while knowing our younger customers are more technologically savvy than we....There are at least five major challenges that every librarian will face, sooner or later. Whether you overcome these challenges will determine whether you become a 21st Century librarian, ...

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E-Book Lending Lures Readers Back to Libraries - Forbes

E-Book Lending Lures Readers Back to Libraries - Forbes | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
E-book lending is luring readers back to libraries, moving reading into the digital age but causing concern over rights among publishers. U.S.  Following the national trend, libraries are harnessing digital technology to the benefit of their patrons. If customers continue to flock to libraries, publishers may be left with no choice but to follow.
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Top 10 Reports on Academic Libraries and End User Trends from ...

Top 10 Reports on Academic Libraries and End User Trends from ... | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

In order to pave the way for a fresh start in 2012 and to spearhead some creative thinking, idea generation and planning for the coming year, here are some of the most important academic library and user trends research reports...

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Visions: The Academic Library in 2012

Visions: The Academic Library in 2012 | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

The future of the academic library is a topic of continuing concern for the profession, but usually the boundaries of projected visions are set firmly in the issues and debates of the day. What means might be found to break open those constraints and encourage visions projected further into the future?

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Is there an international framework to measure Information Literacy ...

UNESCO, through its Information for All Programme (IFAP), decided to engage in the development of an international framework for measuring information literacy in order to demonstrate achievements at both international ...
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Top 10 Library Stories of 2011 | American Libraries Magazine

Top 10 Library Stories of 2011 | American Libraries Magazine | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

American Libraries presents its list of the top 10 library news stories of 2011, covering digitization, privacy, copyright, advocacy, and much more.

1. Ebook escapades

2. Occupying libraries

3. Rising above natural disasters

4. Transforming libraries

5. Taking Copyright to court

6. Cutbacks

7. School librarians' hard times

8. Privatization of libraries

9. Privacy concerns mount

10. Digital destiny

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Two Academic Library Consortia Merge Efforts to Manage Print Journals

Two Academic Library Consortia Merge Efforts to Manage Print Journals | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Two academic library consortia launched on January 9 a collaborative print journal archive in an effort to manage costs and limit redundancies.  This is resource sharing on a grander scale – rather than relying on another library for one book or article at a time, these libraries are relying on their partners to hold large sections of materials.  It is part of the ongoing process of libraries determining the proper level of redundancy of locally-held print collections...

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The Shock of the Old | Peer to Peer Review (on Redefining the Academic Library: Managing the Migration to Digital Library Services)

The Shock of the Old | Peer to Peer Review (on Redefining the Academic Library: Managing the Migration to Digital Library Services) | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

"Libraries were built on the principle that the advancement of knowledge depends on a disinterested search for meaning, not profits, and that sharing is essential for that search. Libraries have always been a demonstration of the wealth of networks. Now that the networked world has caught up, libraries could serve as a model for sharing knowledge in a way that advances us all."

 

What is described in "Redefining the Academic Library", a report released last month by the Education advisory Board,  may not sound too startling. We knew years ago that we couldn’t possibly build libraries big enough to house all the stuff our users want access to right now.  But the value of this report is it's worth sharing with academic officials and faculty who should know what libraries are going through, and where they are going.  Llibraries are caught between print and digital.  But the real conflict today is between sharing, something libraries have always done, and not sharing.

 

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Most Interesting Libraries of the World

Most Interesting Libraries of the World | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it
Picture gallery for the most interesting library and libraries of the world.
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iLibrarian » Top Ten Facebook Apps for Librarians – Part One

iLibrarian » Top Ten Facebook Apps for Librarians – Part One | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

Librarians are experimenting with a wide range of Facebook Apps ranging from the productive such as the 30 Boxes Calendar, Meebo, Twitter, and Zoho Online Office to the silly with Zombies, Likeness, My Aquarium, and SuperPoke. This is the first part of a series of three installments of articles featuring Facebook applications of particular interest to librarians.

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Survey Says Library Users Are Your Best Customers

Survey Says Library Users Are Your Best Customers | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

In the Internet age, there’s been no shortage of talk about the future of libraries, and much speculation about where libraries fit in the increasingly digital-rich media market.   This groundbreaking new study shows value of libraries to the book—and the e-book business.

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Being "Librarian 2.0": It's all in the attitude

Being "Librarian 2.0": It's all in the attitude | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

This study suggests Web 2.0 is the catalyst for a significant attitudinal shift. The challenge the profession now faces is to clearly articulate the nature and scope of this new professional attitude. The LIS profession must take stock not of "what we know and can do" but on "who we are becoming" . The real changes of Web 2.0 are not in how LIS professionals now design and deliver services and resources, or what new skills and knowledge they must possess, but in how they view themselves.

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A Guide to Ebook Purchasing | American Libraries Magazine

A Guide to Ebook Purchasing | American Libraries Magazine | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

For those libraries looking to purchase e-books, you are not alone. According to the Library Journal 2011 survey of ebook penetration and use in libraries, 95% of academic, 82% of public, and 44% of school libraries are already offering ebooks, and many more are considering it. For anyone contemplating purchasing ebooks, asking why is the most important question. What are the primary goals of purchasing ebooks in your library or your consortium? Is it to expand the collection or to increase the buying power of a group of libraries? Is it to replace existing print collections, offer new services, or experiment with new business models in the hope of saving money?

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You want to do an action research thesis?

You want to do an action research thesis? | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

You want to do an action research thesis?
Here's a guide to conducting and reporting an action research study, with bibliography.

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Erasmus Mundus International Master Scholarship in Digital Library Learning

Erasmus Mundus International Master Scholarship in Digital Library Learning | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

DILL is a two-year international master for elite information professionals to provide them with the skills and competencies to navigate the rapidly evolving world of digital libraries. It is offered in cooperation between Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (Norway), Tallinn University (Estonia), and the University of Parma (Italy). Students will spend at least one semester at each institution.

 

Now accepting applications for the Dill Master’s course 2012-14. Application deadline: Third country students. February 1, 2012.  The top ten ranked applicants for the intake 2012-14 will be offered a scholarship of 10 000 Euros.  Apply now!

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The time for Libraries is NOW

People of the WORLD - you need us now more than ever! Then, now, more than ever, the world needs information professionals to sort, assess, collate and present information! Too much information is as bad as too little. We'll help you with either. 


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One Librarian’s Resolution for 2012: Battle the Stereotypes

One Librarian’s Resolution for 2012: Battle the Stereotypes | The Future Librarian | Scoop.it

"Librarianship is an odd paradigm. We are at once expected to be both generalists and specialists, knowing something about nearly everything imaginable, and knowing a great deal about a particular topic of interest when people ask us for detailed information. Certainly, we learn and practice skills to help in that regard (yet another reason why you need a master’s degree to be a librarian), but even with experience, it’s not always easy."

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