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More Data for Your Dollar | Data-Driven Libraries, by Ian Chant - Library Journal

More Data for Your Dollar | Data-Driven Libraries, by Ian Chant - Library Journal | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

In the past few months, LJ has looked at how libraries of all kinds can improve the way they serve their patrons by gathering better data on what their communities want and need. 

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“Librarians need to be gathering data on the people who are not coming into libraries,” says Gary Price, editor of infoDOCKET.

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Using data to drive decisions about what programming to offer and where to spend resources isn’t just for big regional players. With numerous assets available for free or little cost and requiring little special training or technical expertise, the knowledge librarians need to make big changes in small communities is already largely at their disposal. And while being able to access those statistics and make the most of them are two different things, if any field is prepared to do its own dirty work in discerning what complicated information means and how best to put it to use, it is librarianship."

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Practical suggestions on how to collect data about the library community!

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NPSIG Library 2.013 training session on library advocacy - recording available

NPSIG Library 2.013 training session on library advocacy - recording available | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"On Oct 19, NPSIG presented a training session on how to become a library advocate at the all-virtual Library 2.013 conference. Molly Schwartz, NPSIG co-convenor, shared some excellent strategies for promoting the profession, such as:

Have three LIS-related issues that you are passionate about that you can use to illustrate the relevance of libraries- bonus points if you can include metrics to prove your pointsBe clear, succinct, and specific in communicating the value of librariesTake every opportunity to promote and advocate for libraries- don’t just brush off opportunities to talk about libraries because you’re at a dinner party!

We are happy to share the recording of the session – both available in video and audio formats.  Enjoy!

http://de.slideshare.net/npsig/library-2013-presentation

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The importance of library advocacy, for yourself and the profession!

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Balancing Privacy & Innovation | Reinventing Libraries - Library Journal

By Joseph Janes:

"Balancing Privacy & Innovation | Reinventing Libraries
Library Journal
This discussion involves two fundamental principles that underlie libraries and librarianship."

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"This discussion involves two fundamental principles that underlie libraries and librarianship. The first is a respect for the intellectual freedom of our clients and communities, which is why there is near-universal coverage of library circulation confidentiality laws, a recognition that a free people must be able to choose and explore materials and ideas freely without fear of what people might think. I, for one, don’t want anyone pawing through my circulation records, though if they can make a coherent story about all the stuff I take out, I’d like to hear it."

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How the digital shift is impacting on the Library's vision - privacy vs innovation!

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Information Professionals: old & new by Lesley Robinson

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Information Professionals: Old and new - by Lesley Robinson and shared by David Gurteen on Flickr

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Information Professionals - how their job functions have changed #archivists #librarians > also in tune with New Librarianship #newlib

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Jesse Soininen's curator insight, August 9, 2013 11:19 AM

This view about ”librarians as a the future profession” can be applied to larger business context as well

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How to reinvent librarians: five top tips from around the world

How to reinvent librarians: five top tips from around the world | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Partner with people in unlikely places, be sensitive to user's cultural needs and share ideas on social media, says Caroline Fuchs (How to reinvent librarians: five top tips from around the world http://t.co/Seo68ky0qp...

 

1. Join forces

2.To thine own self (and patrons) be true

3. Embrace creativity

4. Get out from behind that desk (literally and figuratively)

5. Share ideas!

Karen du Toit's insight:

Great tips, also in tune with New Librarianship ideas of R David Lankes

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Publishing in Discipline-Specific Open Access Journals: Opportunities and Outreach for Librarians | LJ INFOdocket

Publishing in Discipline-Specific Open Access Journals: Opportunities and Outreach for Librarians | LJ INFOdocket | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Gary Price:

 

The following article appears in the Vol 39 No 1 (2013) issue of The Journal of Academic Librarianship.  This special issue of JAL is devoted to open access. and is available at no charge.

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Publishing in Discipline-Specific Open Access Journals: Opportunities and Outreach for Librarians

 

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Open access (OA) journals promote the opportunity for peer-reviewed journal articles to be freely accessible. In recent years, the number of OA journals has exploded in all disciplines. Previous studies have identified print-based pedagogical discipline-specific journals outside the field of Library and Information Science (LIS) for librarians to consider as vehicles for publishing articles related to subject-based Information Literacy (IL). The present study explores the presence of discipline-specific pedagogical journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and presents a table of OA journals with their acceptance rates and review times. Pedagogical OA journals are highlighted as a potential opportunity for librarians to pro-actively reach out to faculty within a discipline and contribute towards the OA movement.


Full text: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=MiamiImageURL&_cid=272069&_user=10&_pii=S0099133312001760&_check=y&_origin=article&_zone=toolbar&_coverDate=2013-Jan-31&view=c&originContentFamily=serial&wchp=dGLzVlt-zSkWz&md5=25b1f0671652c3674fea4aa12b0093e1&pid=1-s2.0-S0099133312001760-main.pdf


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OA journals to consider for librarians in specific disciplines!!

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Voices for the Library - communicating impact, by Ian Clark - www.InfoToday.eu

Voices for the Library - communicating impact, by Ian Clark  - www.InfoToday.eu | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
If the profession fails to communicate its value, then the march of 'amateurisation' will continue, argues Ian Clark.
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Up to librarians themselves to communicate and demonstrate their worth!

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Librarianship and Freedom of Expression in the Era of the Global Internet

Librarianship and Freedom of Expression in the Era of the Global Internet | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
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There is a lot of concern in the modern world about how the internet has impacted freedom of expression. This is especially true in the U.S., where speech is protected from government interference by the First Amendment of the Constitution.

 

From the purely professional perspective of a librarian who is trying to organize information into easily-accessible catalogs and databases, there is certainly a strong reason to be in favor of the free exchange of information over the internet, without governmental restrictions, as it makes getting a holistic collection of our society’s views much easier.

 

Most would agree that a librarian, by profession, believes in giving the type of assistance that will allow others to empower themselves with knowledge, and the question of how good librarians can be at this task hangs in the balanc