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Libraries aid older people in search for computer knowledge, BY Eric Peddigree - NewsItem

Libraries aid older people in search for computer knowledge, BY Eric Peddigree - NewsItem | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"As the world shifts to the digital age, a knowledge of computers is becoming an essential part of life.

The group having possibly the hardest transition is the elderly. The technology hasn't been a part of their lives as much as it has for younger people.

To help the elderly ease into the digital world, local libraries offer assistance to learn the ever advancing technology. Whether it is computers or e-readers, library staffs deal with people trying to find comfort using these tools on a daily basis.

At the Frackville Free Public Library, free computer classes are held from 10 to 11 a.m. every Thursday for people ages 55 and older. The hour is designated to help people learn basic computer skills, such as operating the machine or using the Internet."

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Libraries help with computer skills for the elderly!

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Pre-conference event for the Library 2.013 annual conference - on Monday 14 October #cld13 #lib2013

Pre-conference event for the Library 2.013 annual conference - on Monday 14 October #cld13 #lib2013 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"A short series of free online sessions this coming Monday. Part of the impetus for this day is also to make sure that there is representation of librarians as part of Connected Educator Month (CEM)--[...]

just declare Monday, October 14th, "Connected Librarians Day!" (Hashtag #cld13)


PRESENTATIONS

 October 14
 Opening Panel: "Leading the Charge to Connect the Library, Classroom, and Curriculum: A View from Library Leadership" 
 The Library as Makerspace - Kristin Fontichiaro 
 Teaching the Teachers: Integrating Technology into Library Instruction - Amanda Nichols Hess, e-Learning & Instructional Technology Librarian 
 Virtual Library Instruction:Tools & Tips - Stacy Creel, Assistant Professor  [Re]Envisioning the Role of Librarian as Educator in the Digital Information Age - John Shank 
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A pre-conference event for Connected Librarians on 14 Oct

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Top Five Skills Required for Librarians Today & Tomorrow I LAC Group

Top Five Skills Required for Librarians Today & Tomorrow I LAC Group | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Because today’s librarians must be experts in dealing with both physical and digital information, we have identified the Top 5 skills every librarian must have, or develop, in order to succeed now and into the future.
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Grisell Rodriguez's curator insight, September 27, 2013 5:16 PM

yes ''collaborating more actively'' and definitely ''information curation'' because more and more ''volume nd variety of informtion expands'' 

Галина Егорова's curator insight, October 8, 2013 1:10 AM
5 НАВЫКОВ, НЕОБХОДИМЫХ ДЛЯ БИБЛИОТЕКАРЕЙ СЕГОДНЯ И ЗАВТРА
Connie Wise's curator insight, October 17, 2013 3:43 PM

Librarians who adopt these skills will revitalize their careers, increase the visibility and viability of their profession, and become valued as the important information management professionals they are.

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A Librarian Call To Action, by Penny Talbert

A Librarian Call To Action, by Penny Talbert | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Why do we need competencies?
The answer is very simple. Libraries need to remain relevant. They also need to make themselves valuable to their communities. If you think for one minute that having bestsellers on your shelf is going to keep you valuable, you're living in the 1950s. Library directors should be inundated with requests from organizations and businesses to assist them with their in-house technology."

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Libraries are "supposed to be that local organization that is an expert in technology!"


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Librarians should be the experts in technology and should be the ones to consult!

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Librarians asked to be tech-savvy - The New Indian Express

Librarians asked to be tech-savvy - The New Indian Express | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Express News Service 

"In the age of information technology, where data is available at the fingertips of those who seek it, librarians should be tech-savvy.

The focus of the national seminar held by the Kerala Library Association (KLA) here on Friday was on information technology interfaces in libraries and information centres.

Rather than seeing technology as a threat, it must be adopted and adapted into a supporting system for information services, the speakers at the seminar said. Borrowing from Web 2.0, they have to go to Library 2.0; library services are user-centred, collaborative and participatory in nature.

“An integrated application of Web 2.0 facilities such as social networking sites, RSS, weblogs etc, leads to Knowledge Management 2.0 (KM 2.0),” said A Neelameghan, former head of the Documentation Research and Training Centre (DRTC), Bangalore, who was delivering the keynote address on ‘Knowledge Management 2.0 in the Inclusive Knowledge Society Environment’."

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New librarians are tech-savvy, part of KM 2.0 

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Internet Access and Public Libraries: An Investment in Digital Inclusion and Twenty-First Century Skills Skills « Beyond Access

Internet Access and Public Libraries: An Investment in Digital Inclusion and Twenty-First Century Skills Skills « Beyond Access | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Today, only 35% of the world’s population are connected to the internet. Millions more don’t have the skills to use the information available online. Despite improved access to technology in many developing communities, access and guidance for all must be a government priority. Regular, stable and reliable access to the internet and help in using it generates opportunities to create, share and benefit from new knowledge. In the 2st century, governments must ensure this service exists so that people can improve their lives and communities.
This latest brief, Providing Internet Access Through Public Libraries: An Investment in Digital Inclusion and Twenty-First Century Skills, underscores how libraries are preferred venues for public access to the internet. Governments can and should incorporate public libraries into national ICT and broadband initiatives, and public library staff must have access to necessary training in new technologies to use their library space and resources as a sustainable resource for their communities."

 

PDF document: http://issuu.com/irex-dc/docs/librariespublicaccessv2/1

 

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Professional development advice for academic librarians, via Eliza Anyangwe - The Guardian

Professional development advice for academic librarians, via Eliza Anyangwe - The Guardian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Eliza Anyangwe:

"What is the role of the academic librarian in the modern institution?"

 

[....]ideas and resources shared by our live chat panel:

 

- Simon Bains, deputy librarian, University of Manchester

- Jo Webb, head of Learning and Research Services, De Montfort University

- Andy Priestner, information and library services manager, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

- Ned Potter, academic liaison librarian, University of York Library

- Ann Rossiter, executive director, Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL)

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Letters to a Young Librarian: So You Want To Be a Medical Librarian, by Alison Aldrich

Letters to a Young Librarian: So You Want To Be a Medical Librarian, by Alison Aldrich | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The new guest post is "So You Want to Be a Medical Librarian" by @aldricham http://t.co/nV9H5QZX #librarians #medlibs...

 

"Health information literacy is the set of skills and abilities we all need in order to find, understand, and appropriately act on information having to do with our health. As a medical librarian, some of the most challenging reference questions you ever answer will come from patients and their families. Become familiar with reliable sources of consumer health information. MedlinePlus is a great place to start. Recognize, too, that sometimes the best thing you have to offer a worried patient or family member is a sympathetic ear.
Medical librarianship just might be the most dynamic, rewarding career path you never thought about pursuing. If this post has piqued your interest, I encourage you to get connected with medical librarian community. We have a great association, Medical Library Association, an active listserv (details here: http://www.mlanet.org/discussion/medlibl.html) and our very own Twitter hashtag, #medlibs. I wish you the best of luck as you prepare for those interviews."

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Future Work Skills 2020 | Libraries Interact

Future Work Skills 2020 | Libraries Interact | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Future Work Skills 202o, via Michelle at Libraries Interact:

 

 

"The skills that IFTF sees as being required in such a work landscape are each related to at least one of the key drivers of change (as represented using colour in the summary map above).

The skills are:

Sense-making – being able to discover deeper meaning in what is being expressed
Social intelligence – being able to connect to other people more deeply and directly
Novel & adaptive thinking – being able to come up with solutions that are outside the box
Cross-cultural competency – being able to work in different cultural settings
Computational thinking – being able to make meaning out of vast amounts of data
New-media literacy – being fluent in new media forms
Transdisciplinary – being able to work in multiple disciplines
Design mindset – being able to plan our workplaces and workflows to achieve desired outcomes
Cognitive load management – being able to filter information and focus only on what is required
Virtual collaboration – being able to work effectively as part of a virtual team."

 

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