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Managing Social Media in Libraries, by Troy Swanson #libraries #socialmedia #books

Managing Social Media in Libraries, by Troy Swanson #libraries #socialmedia #books | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Managing Social Media in Libraries, published by Woodhead Publishing. ISBN 978 1 84334 711 8. E-ISBN 978 1 78063 377 0. Book. Swanson.

 

"Provides practical ways of thinking about social media for library managers and leaders
- provides examples of policies, workflows, and uses of social media tools for library managers and leaders
- defines organizations as coordinated systems and discusses how social media tools can emphasize the benefits of coordination
- presents a context for social media in libraries

Web 2.0 first created a scramble among librarians to participate in Facebook, YouTube, blogs, and other social media applications, and the turn is now towards management and consolidation. Managing Social Media in Libraries explores the developing information environment, the collaboration among library organizations, and the ways social media may convert the loose connections between library staff members. The book takes librarians beyond the mechanics of using social media, and establishes a framework to move library managers and leaders toward making social media effective. Managing Social Media in Libraries is structured around key topics in this area, including: refocusing after the first use of Web 2.0; library organisations as loosely coupled systems; social media within such systems; defining a purpose for the use of social media; connecting messages and tools; and integrating social media into standard websites."

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QR Code Treasure Hunt Brings Teens to Libraries

QR Code Treasure Hunt Brings Teens to Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Sarah Rich:

"Chesterfield County, Va., libraries challenges teens to go on the iHunt."

 

"As a way to teach teens about library resources, the Chesterfield County, Va., public libraries gave them a challenge: Solve problems with the help of quick response (QR) codes.

At the Chesterfield County Public Library, QR codes were deemed a fitting technology to use for teaching teens information about the county libraries."

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The Future of Libraries : Beyond Search, by Cynthia Murrell

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"News and Information from ArnoldIT.com about Search and Content Processing" (New blog post: The Future of Libraries http://t.co/T41wMdxQ...)...

 

"The Republic perceives the inevitable winds and encourages us to adjust our sails in “The Bookless Library.” No matter how much some of us would like to believe otherwise, the traditional library with its stacks upon stacks of wood pulp tomes is on its way out. In a lengthy article that is worth a read, journalist David A. Bell suggests we proactively manage the shift in a way that will best benefit society.
This paragraph was particularly poignant to me:
“Specialized scholars will always have reasons to consult the original paper copies of books. Marginalia, watermarks, paper quality, binding, and many other features of the physical book that digitization cannot always capture offer valuable clues about how the books were produced, circulated, and read, how they created meaning. But this sort of research . . . involves a small number of readers. Far more readers, of course, appreciate physical books for their aesthetic qualities: the feel of the paper, the crisp look of print on the page, the elegant binding, the pleasant heft of the volume in the hand, the sense of history embedded in a venerable edition that has gone through many owners. But this sort of pleasure, real and meaningful as it is, is harder to justify financially, as resources grow increasingly scarce.”

 

Read the article by David A. Bell here: http://www.tnr.com/article/books-and-arts/magazine/david-bell-future-bookless-library

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Making Ebooks Accessible | American Libraries Magazine

Making Ebooks Accessible | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Submitted by Christopher Harris:

"As we go hunting for the right ebook readers for our patrons, accessibility is one of the factors to consider. People with vision, dexterity, or cognitive disabilities need certain specific features, and ebook readers are all over the map in what they offer and how they offer it. But it’s not as complicated as it might seem, and there’s some help available."

 

"Here’s a basic breakdown of who needs what:

- For people who are blind, the text must be spoken aloud, and descriptions provided for images and graphs. Controls must be distinguishable by touch. (Some touchscreen devices now provide a way for controls to announce their function without activating them.)
- For people with low vision, the text must be high contrast and magnifiable ,or in a large, easy-to-read font.
- For people with cognitive disabilities, controls must be easy to use. Text must be able to be spoken aloud and highlighted as it is spoken.
- For people with dexterity impairments, controls must be easy to operate, and not require more than one action at a time, or complicated actions. Devices must be easy to lift, hold, and operate with one hand.
- For people with hearing loss, audible alerts and alarms should have a visible form as well. Any audio content should be available in text."


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E-books in Libraries: A Briefing Document developed in preparation for a Workshop on E-Lending in Libraries | Berkman Center

By David O'Brien:

"Beginning with a brief overview of the history and the current state of the e-book publishing market, the document traces the structure of the licensing practices and business models used by distributors to make e-books available in libraries, and identifies select challenges facing libraries and publishers. Where possible, we have made an effort to incorporate stakeholder perspectives and real-world examples to connect analysis to the actual questions, issues, and challenges that arise in practice. The document concludes with a number of informative resources – including news articles, whitepapers, stakeholder and trade association reports, and other online sources – that might inform future conversations, investigations, pilot projects, and best practices in this space."

 

Paper here: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2111396

 

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Startup culture and the future of academic libraries: An interview with Brian Mathews | Education Futures

Startup culture and the future of academic libraries: An interview with Brian Mathews | Education Futures | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Mathews is one of the most creative administrators in higher education today. He is the author of the popular Ubiquitous Librarian blog, part of The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Blog Network, and the 2009 book “Marketing Today’s Academic Library: A Bold New Approach to Communicating with Students”.

Recently, Brian gained international attention for his work “Think Like A Startup: a white paper to inspire library entrepreneurialism” intended to inspire transformative thinking in higher education using insight into startup culture and innovation methodologies."

 

White paper here: http://vtechworks.lib.vt.edu/handle/10919/18649


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Mobile library carts introduced to provide jobs for older job seekers - Channel NewsAsia

Mobile library carts introduced to provide jobs for older job seekers - Channel NewsAsia | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Mobile library carts provides access to residents, especially parents waiting for their children to finish classes at community club, and provides temporary 6-month employment for mature workers who are looking for permanent placements"

--spotted by Gary Price @INFOdocket 


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A Sustainability Librarian’s Manifesto: Your “Take Action” Checklist

A Sustainability Librarian’s Manifesto: Your “Take Action” Checklist | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Looking for a tool to help your institution with ideas and methods for promoting more environmentally sustainable environment? Madeleine Charney, librarian at University of Massachusetts Amherst,  ...

 

Sustainability checklist here: http://works.bepress.com/charney_madeleine/55/

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Going Green @ your library - blog

Going Green @ your library - blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Environmentally friendly practices for libraries and beyond!

 

"Going green for libraries has never been more easy! Check out this blog, and get some great tips on how to incorporate some easy, environmentally friendly tips into your workday experience"  http://greeningyourlibrary.wordpress.com/

 

"This blog lists ideas, practices, tools, and techniques to help green libraries, librarians, and the communities they serve – possibly saving money or even raising money too. So here’s to a greener library and a sustainable future for all."


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