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How tech is changing reading at libraries - Marketplace.org

How tech is changing reading at libraries - Marketplace.org | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Today we hear from Courtney Young, president of the American Library Association, on how they're changing libraries.

Young says that it's important for libraries to change with the times, but that one challenge for librarians is making sure patrons are aware of new services. Also, keeping up with high costs. 

Click the media player http://www.marketplace.org/node/147408/player/popout

 to hear Courtney Young in conversation with Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson.

Featured in: Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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Important to keep patrons up to date with new services!

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Interview with Chicago History Museum Archivist Peter Alter

"Peter Alter is key to taking care of and locating more documents for the Chicago History Museum's miles of archival material, supporting and adding to the fascinating puzzle that is Chicago history."

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Interview on YouTube!

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Gary Brannan: A day in the life of an Archivist

Gary Brannan: A day in the life of an Archivist | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Our 'day in the life of an archivist' series for #explorearchives continues with @gbrannanarchive http://t.co/hogyOQzzhY #exploreyourarchive

 

This blog post is part of a series for Explore Your Archive.

 Rule 1 of being a local authority Archivist. There is no typical day.

 

Rule 2 of being a local authority Archivist. You shall eat cake.

 

How does a typical day begin? The main point is that there is no such thing as a typical day. There are common elements. There will be researchers. Possibly, lots of researchers. But they’ll all be studying different things. Some will be absolute experts, others absolute beginners. There will be documents to interpret. Some of them easy, others less so. There will also be collections to work on, some of them interesting, and some of them the archival equivalent of a strong mug of Horlicks.

Karen du Toit's insight:

Archivists do not have boring jobs!

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Daphne Koller – Cofounder, Coursera - about MOOCs | ThisWeekIn Startups

Daphne Koller – Cofounder, Coursera - about MOOCs | ThisWeekIn Startups | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

 

 

"Online learning, in the form of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, has become a massive business. At the university level, there’s EdX, Udacity, and of course, Coursera. One of Coursera’s cofounders, Daphne Koller, is a computer scientist at Stanford, who until recently, was best known for her research on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Coursera, however, is about human learning. The platform makes classes at the nation’s top universities available online, to anyone, for free. Students can earn certificates, and the company is working toward translating those certificates into course credit, that can be transferred into degree-seeking programs. In the meantime, with keyboard biometrics and detailed logging of each click, Coursera plans to use its troves of data to better understand how people learn. Within 5 years, Koller says, Coursera will have the curriculum of a medium to large university.  From LAUNCH Education & Kids, check out this fantastic interview."

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Jaap van de Geer asks on LinkedIn:"Could libraries be "the other half" of education platforms like Coursera?" (http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Could-libraries-be-other-half-3933248.S.270197382?qid=82f56773-be58-4592-80cc-f69de99c580c&trk=group_most_popular-0-b-ttl&goback=%2Egmp_3933248)

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“Spotlight on a Librarian” Royal Society Publishing (UK) interview with Richard Hulser

“Spotlight on a Librarian” Royal Society Publishing (UK) interview with Richard Hulser | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Chief Librarian 
Natural History Museum Los Angeles County:


"I recently had the pleasure to be ‘interviewed’ via e-mail by the Royal Society Publishing (UK) newsletter editor for their regular feature “Spotlight on a Librarian”. Here is the URL if the link doesn’t work for some reason:  http://newsletters.royalsociety.org/q/1N7XofzaQvq0eb/wv.


Topics I discuss in the article include open source content access and affordable pricing to research articles among other points."

Karen du Toit's insight:

Interview with a librarian: "his work at three museum libraries and gives us an insight into the challenges faced today by research libraries with smaller FTE and smaller budgets to cope with the increasing cost of subscriptions"

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American Libraries Live | YouTube ivd about upcoming event: Library 2017: Tech at Warp Speed

American Libraries Live | YouTube ivd about upcoming event: Library 2017: Tech at Warp Speed | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Visit the new American Libraries Live!http://t.co/sHwmBX97 - Read Creating AL Live: http://t.co/AfqMEhXC #librarians #libraries...

 

Submitted by Dan Freeman:

"[...] the upcoming premier episode of AL Live, Library 2017 on 16 November: Tech at Warp Speed.

Jason Griffey is set to moderate the discussion with a panel of librarians and library industry experts. I had a chance to chat a bit with Jason about AL Live in general and the upcoming episode specifically. Check it out on YouTube: http://youtu.be/I6gal88rBww

 

"All you have to do to participate is come to this page at that time. We'll look forward to seeing you there!"

 

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The library's future in a digital world - Saugerties Public Library's director Sukrit Goswani

The library's future in a digital world - Saugerties Public Library's director Sukrit Goswani | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by SHARYN FLANAGAN:

"Interview with library director Sukrit Goswami. The subject? The future of libraries in an increasingly digital world:

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"What are people interested in and what programs are they signing up for?

Up to now we’ve been letting the community tell us what they want, just putting the programs out there in front of them and letting them choose. The most popular are the health-related programs, particularly the yoga and fitness classes, and also the educational programs; people love those. Our own staff teaches the computer programs, and in the coming year we want to offer resume building workshops and classes for job seekers on how to write cover letters. I’ve taught these when I was at Glens Falls [library], and I love teaching classes, but can’t now due to time constraints.

We are constantly expanding our services and programs, and we do three to four teen programs a week now, too, that are all well attended. We have increased storytime for children, adding one session to Saturdays for parents who work on weekdays, and that’s been very successful."

 

Full interview here:: http://www.saugertiesx.com/2012/08/16/librarys-future-digital-world/

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Information Overload Is Not Unique To Digital Age : NPR

The overload of the print revolution led to indexes, reference books, editors, authors, classification systems. 17 minute 48 second audio interview with author of "Too Much to Know Managing Scholarly Information Before the Modern Age" -- Howard

 

"It is a constant complaint: We're choking on information. The flood of data on the Web has reached mind boggling proportions, and it shows no signs of stopping. But wait, says Harvard professor Ann Blair -- this is not a new condition."


Via Howard Rheingold, Joao Brogueira
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Building the Ecology of Libraries – An Interview with Brewster Kahle | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

Building the Ecology of Libraries – An Interview with Brewster Kahle | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Interviewers:

"Kai Eckert is computer scientist and vice head of the IT departement of the Mannheim University Library. He coordinates the linked open data activities and developed the linked data service of the library. He held various presentations, both national and international, about linked data and open data.

Adrian Pohl has been working at the Cologne-based North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Center (hbz) since 2008. His main focuses are Open Data, Linked Data and its conceptual, theoretical and legal implications. Since June 2010 Adrian has been coordinating the Open Knowledge Foundation’s Working Group on Open Bibliographic Data."

 

"At OKCon 2011, we had the opportunity to interview Brewster Kahle who is a computer engineer, internet entrepreneur, activist, and digital librarian. He is the founder and director of the Internet Archive, a non-profit digital library with the stated mission of “universal access to all knowledge”. Besides the widely known “Wayback Machine“, where archived copies of most webpages can be accessed, the Internet Archive is very active in the digitization of books, as well, and provides with the “Open Library” a free catalog that aims to describe “every book ever published”. Kahle and his wife, Mary Austin, created the Kahle/Austin Foundation that supports the Internet Archive and other non-profit organizations.

As open data enthusiasts from the library world, we were especially interested in how the activities of the Internet Archive relate to libraries. We wanted to know how its general approach and service could be useful for libraries in Europe.

Brewster Kahle, what is the Internet Archive and what is your vision for its future?..."

Interview here: http://blog.okfn.org/2012/03/23/building-the-ecology-of-libraries-an-interview-with-brewster-kahle/