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Aaron Swartz and Too-Comfortable Research Libraries, by Bohyun Kim at Library Hat

Aaron Swartz and Too-Comfortable Research Libraries, by Bohyun Kim at Library Hat | The Information Professional |

If you are a librarian and do not know who Aaron Swartz is, that should probably change now. He helped developing the RSS standard, was the co-founder of Reddit, worked on the Open Library project, downloaded and freed 20% (2.7 million documents) of the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) database that charges fees for the United States federal court documents, out of which about 1,600 had privacy issues, played a lead role in preventing the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and wrote the Guerrilla Open Access Manifesto.

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Extensive argument for libraries and librarians to advocate and continue the activism that was started by Aaron Swartz in his open access campaign!

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A roadmap to openness: short report from the Internet of Open Stuff seminar | the internet of things

"The Internet of Things & Services is a major driver for technological development and will dramatically change products, services, and markets. It not only empowers people to collaborate, but any product or service developed by people – or those emerging from such collaboration. The technology will definitely change business, but the social implications will change our society beyond our wildest dreams. We are in the transition to a new society: We are in the 2nd Renaissance."

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TED Blog | Design Mind magazine highlights TEDGlobal 2012 - "Radical Openness"

TED Blog | Design Mind magazine highlights TEDGlobal 2012 - "Radical Openness" | The Information Professional |
TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading -- through, our annual conferences, the annual TED Prize and local TEDx events.


"The theme of TEDGlobal 2012 was “Radical Openness” — a topic that caught the eye of Design Mind magazine. The publication, from longtime TEDGlobal supporter frog, has dedicated an entire issue to the conference. Including Q&As with speakers, behind-the-scenes looks at preparations for talks and an abundance of endeavors related to talks, we picked a few of our favorite articles from this unique vantage point of the conference.

Below, some pieces to peruse.


“What’s the Value of Collaborative Consumption?” by Hannah Piercy -


“The End of Education As We Know It” by Scott Barry Kaufman -


“How Far Should Governments Open Up?” by Hannah Piercey -


“Brainiacs” by Ernest Beck -


“The Maker Movement Meets Big Business” by Reena Jana -




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Research libraries in the 21st century

Research libraries in the 21st century | The Information Professional |

Val Skelton:

"Although the purpose of academic and research library collections remains the same – to support the creation and dissemination of new knowledge – the nature of collections is moving away from ‘local’ to collaborative and multi-institutional. New forms of scholarship are transforming user expectations for broad, barrier free collection discovery and access. Libraries must transform their approaches to meet new user demands.


"The Association of Research Libraries’ (ARL) briefing paper for research library leaders sets out to draw a ‘big picture’ of the future of research library collections.



Key findings – the research environment

- Publishing output will continue to increase
- Global/interdisciplinary research will grow
- The value of personal collections will increase

- Open content will proliferate

Key findings – the future of libraries

- Researchers must understand intellectual property frameworks – libraries can provide support
- Other new roles for research libraries include: digital preservation and data management experts and as supporters helping researchers collaborate even more
- There will also be roles to support the open content movement, for example as publishers as well as IP rights advisers
- Metrics about value to the research community must be improved
- Research libraries will need to maintain linked, digital content in order to enable discovery and future use.
- Resources will increasingly be allocated to the development of tools, an activity well suited to inter-institutional collaboration.
- There will continue to be moves to providing just in time services rather than building just in case collections
- The report is available to download from the ARL website.


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