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The Role of Social Media for Libraries, Part II » Heather Backman - New York #ebooks

The Role of Social Media for Libraries, Part II » Heather Backman - New York #ebooks | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Lisa Chau:

Heather Backman 

"She discusses here how technology such as e-books affected the library:

In one sense, e-books have changed very little about what libraries do or how we do it; they just allow us to deliver a basic library service in a different medium. Some people have said that e-books are “killing” the printed book or that they spell the end of libraries, but that hasn’t been my experience. To my mind, the e-book is not “killing” the printed book, just supplementing it. We are still buying physical books in large quantities and I expect that we will continue to do so for a long time. I would go so far as to say that I doubt the physical book will ever completely go away. Even if it does, libraries are more about information-sharing than about lending physical items; handling e-books may mean changes in some of our procedures but I don’t think that libraries will cease to exist when the e-book predominates."

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How Libraries Remain Relevant, by Chandra Steele - National Libraries Week

How Libraries Remain Relevant, by Chandra Steele - National Libraries Week | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
National Library Week: How Libraries Remain Relevant http://t.co/zILGyXS4 via @pcmag...

 Chandra Steele: 

 

" [...] the real purpose of a library is to amass and disseminate knowledge. So, even if printed matter were to disappear, libraries would still be a cultural necessity.
Rather than limiting their domain, libraries have steadily expanded it by introducing their communities to technology through initiatives, classes, Internet access, and even a repurposing of their facilities. They potentially could serve as tech incubators. Two decades before the iPad would become a virtual library, Steve Jobs, in a video for the Library of Congress, said, "We're not going to tear down our libraries, but we're not going to be building too many more."

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You belong on atyourlibrary.org this National Library Week / ALA - #nlw6words tag

"Starting today and running through Wednesday, April 11, library users can submit their stories through Twitter using the #nlw6words tag. Stories will then be complied and available for judging through atyourlibrary.org. Six word stories should reflect the 2012 National Library Week theme, You belong @ your library."

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"Library users interested in going more in depth about why they belong at your library are encouraged to submit their stories to You belong @ your library, atyourlibrary.org’s story database. Seeded initially with stories collected from Woman’s Day magazine readers during ALA’s long-time partnership with the publication, library users can submit stories about why the library matters to them and how it has made a difference in their lives. The stories are searchable by state, library type and keyword."

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The Library Career Centre: Future Role for Libraries?

The Library Career Centre:

"Given this background, what is the remaining USP of libraries? What feature do they have, that the internet cannot offer? What benefits does this bring? One obvious one that springs to mind is - a physical space. A place to congregate. A place for direct person to person knowledge transfer, collaboration and sharing.

I think libraries need to consider what activities, related to information and knowledge transfer, can only take place in a physical space. Those are the activities, and those are the benefits, of libraries that we should be promoting, advocating for and marketing – to users and to potential new users."

 

>Valid question. But libraries are more than just a space?

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Web 2.0 Tools & Applications in Libraries - Slideshare by Nicole Engard

As presented at Computers in Libraries 2012 (Presentation by @nengard - Web 2.0 Tools & Applications in Libraries http://t.co/keWwg3Rc via @slideshare #cildc...)...

 

by Nicole C. Engard on Mar 24, 2012

Live demos/hands-on with four Web 2.0 tools:

- Delicious

- Flickr

- Wordpress

- Zotero

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India to link 9000 libraries: PM

"NEW DELHI: India will modernise and digitally link nearly 9,000 libraries across the country in a bid to provide readers access to books and information, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said ..."

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What can we learn from DIY libraries? « Sense & Reference

What can we learn from DIY libraries? « Sense & Reference | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Lane Wilkinson:

"The Little Free Library Project of Madison, Wisconsin is one of the more successful projects, though a lot of attention is also given to urban hacking Department of Urban Betterment project in New York City."

 

1. Librarians don’t define what a library is.

2. Libraries aren’t just about knowledge and information.

3. Printed books are still relevant.

4. Libraries will always find a way.

 

"Just to reiterate, I’m not saying that DIY libraries are a replacement for institutional libraries. I’m not saying that librarians are unnecessary. Institutional libraries serve an essential purpose that should not be diminished and professional librarians are absolutely vital. All I’m trying to point out is that the DIY movement highlights certain social attitudes that libraries and librarians shouldn’t neglect."


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Matthew Reidsma : Your Library Website Stinks and It's Your Fault - audio recording

Matthew Reidsma : Your Library Website Stinks and It's Your Fault - audio recording | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Writings about libraries, technology, and the Web by Matthew Reidsma.

 

"Last week I gave a talk at the Library Technology Conference in St. Paul, MN, on how to make your library website better. It was a great conference, and I had enough foresight to record my talk. The audio is a little distant at time (because I pace)."

Link: http://matthew.reidsrow.com/articles/16

 

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Thinking more about ebooks and libraries and what big publishers should do – The Shatzkin Files

Thinking more about ebooks and libraries and what big publishers should do – The Shatzkin Files | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Mike Shatzkin:

"The reluctance of most big publishers to make ebooks available through library lending is a topic of widespread attention and concern."

 

"If any big publisher asked me for an opinion about a library policy (and none has), this is what I’d say today.

1. Start immediately experimenting with “baskets” of titles. [...]

2. One set of experiments that should be productive would be on titles that have already had their high-volume run. [...]

3. Look at the “make” books on an upcoming list: those that aren’t by big name authors that are already guaranteed to sell well. [...]

4. License titles for two or three years rather than limiting the number of loans. [...]

5. Explore ways for libraries to sell ebooks to patrons who discover titles through them but, for whatever reason, want to purchase them. [...]"

 

"Publishers’ concerns about the impact of library lending are reasonable. But responding to that concern by simply “freezing” is not helpful to anybody and it may actually be damaging the sales of the books the publishers are trying to protect. I don’t know and the librarians don’t know what the marketplace impact will be of branded ebooks being made available through libraries, but the publishers don’t know either. It is time for all of us to start finding out."

 

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