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3 Geeks and a Law Blog: Are you a Dead Librarian Walking?

3 Geeks and a Law Blog: Are you a Dead Librarian Walking? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Colleen Cable:

"My new #ILTA13 inspired post on #3Geeks. http://t.co/60FkJbEDri"

 

Monica’s summary of the key note address [at The International Legal Technology Association’s annual conference] by Scott Klosoky of Future Point of View, where he asked the question: Are you a dead leader walking or one with your high beams on?

Two quotes really caught my eye:

Leaders get stuck in what they have invested in, and cannot move forward

 

See 10 years ahead. Think about what services you will be offering, how they will be delivered, how you will find new clients, and what new businesses you will be handling


I was struck by how directly this applies to law firm libraries.

What have we invested in that prevents us from moving forward and how we are “seeing” 10 years ahead: 

Print?We aren’t completely in control of what print we maintain, but we are in control of planning and presenting a vision of what the print collection will look like in the future. How are we planning to stop investing in print and utilizing emerging technologies to shape the collection of the future? How have we communicated that to firm leadership? Space?Does our space or lack thereof, continue to define us? Do we need “space” in today’s law firm to be effective at our work or does it hinder us? If we look into the future, does space impact the services we provide? Maybe one day we are completely mobile with a tablet in one hand and our Google Glass on, working in attorney offices, client meetings, offering assistance as a roving service provider. How might we plan that kind of transition?Non-core activities?Jean O’Grady has done a tremendous job over the past few years focusing on the non-core activities that we must be willing to give up or out/in-source to others in order to focus on core activities. I’ve also heard Steve Lastres say many times that he tries not to do anything that isn’t “client-facing”. Both of these leaders are attempting to see 10 years ahead and planning their services accordingly. How can we take on and provide new services if we still have everything else on our plates?
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Specifically for law librarians, but valid to all librarians!

We need to make future predictions to make changes now!

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The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries - The Digital Shift - register now for online event on 26 Oct

The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries - The Digital Shift - register now for online event on 26 Oct | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries
A Library Journal | School Library Journal Online Event
October 16, 2013
10:00 am – 5:00 pm ET

 

Our 4th annual online event is back with a dynamic new format, featuring programming designed to take libraries into the future to better serve their community’s evolving needs.

The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries will offer thought-provoking discussions and actionable solutions to some of the biggest challenges libraries are facing, including rethinking collections, engaging the community, and helping students and patrons learn. The program will feature insights on managing new technologies and services; the latest developments in ebooks and streaming media; optimizing discovery; and much more!

Our expert speakers and panelists will present innovative ideas and actionable solutions for and from libraries of all types – school, academic, and public."

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Registrations open! Looks thought-provoking!

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University libraries: 10 global portraits

University libraries: 10 global portraits | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
University library chiefs worldwide reveal the challenges they face, plans for the future, and their role in higher education (Uni librarians talk about their libraries > University libraries: 10 global portraits

 

America: New York University library

Well-designed space is one of the most important services an academic library can offer, says dean of library Carol Mandel

 

UK: University of Manchester library

The library is not being used less, it's just user needs that are changing, says university librarian Janet Wilkinson – so don't forget the wifi

 

Japan: Hachioji library, Tama Art University

A university library designed by a world-leading architect inspires and challenges in equal measure, says library head Hidemi Kondo

 

Nigeria: American University of Nigeria library

Open access and libraries centred around online learning and research are key in developing countries, says library director Amed Demirhan

 

UK: Bodleian library, University of Oxford

We need to shape the skills of library staff to meet user needs while maintaining specialist knowledge, says interim Bodley's librarian Richard Ovenden

 

Australia: Queensland University of Technology library

With 97% of its research downloads from outside Australia, the library's open access expertise is invaluable, says library director Judy Stokker

 

Singapore: Nanyang Technological University library

Finding information is not the problem, says university librarian Choy Fatt Cheong – libraries are now taking the lead on how to communicate it

 

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The state of university libraries! Interesting reviews!

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The Architectural League of New York | Little Free Library / NYC

The Architectural League of New York | Little Free Library / NYC | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The Little Free Library movement places small book shelters in neighborhoods and is based on the premise of “take a book, return a book.” Established less than three years ago, Little Free Libraries now sponsors over 5,000 libraries worldwide.

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Stunning concept!

 

Also check out today:

"The Little Free Library Online Film Festival has come to a close. We would like to thank all of the participants for taking the time to enter. There were some truly fantastic videos submitted! We cannot wait to announce the winners here, on the Little Free Library website, on July 30th." - http://www.littlefreelibrary.org/

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Libraries as Coworking Spaces: Understanding User Motivations and Perceived Barriers to Social Learning

Libraries as Coworking Spaces: Understanding User Motivations and Perceived Barriers to Social Learning | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

This project aimed to inform design strategies for smart space technology to enhance libraries as environments for coworking and informal social learning. The focus was on understanding user motivations, behaviour, and activities in the library when there is no programmed agenda.


Via Fe Angela M. Verzosa, larainey
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The environment/space of libraries!

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Fe Angela M. Verzosa's curator insight, July 16, 2013 12:07 PM
More and more libraries are removing bookshelves to make way for infrastructure and interior design elements (e.g. lounge areas, couches, meeting rooms, whiteboards, projectors, video consoles, cafés and food bars) aiming to facilitate social learning, open sharing and collaboration among their users. Is this the future of libraries?
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MOOCs and libraries: Next steps? #MOOClib

MOOCs and libraries: Next steps? #MOOClib | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"...some positive and meaningful ways that librarians can engage with MOOCs.


the outcomes in 9 rough categories.

Get the library involvedStart talking/collaborating/sharing between librariesTake MOOCsGet in front of licensing and accessCreate MOOCsSupport MOOC facultySupport MOOC studentsCreate in-person support opportunitiesRe-assess library assumptions and practices

Of these, from my perspective, the things that every librarian can do is to take a MOOC, and contribute to the conversation by listening to others who have been invovled in MOOCs, and sharing information and experiences.


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[This is the fourth posting in a short series on the forum on MOOCs and Libraries held by OCLC and the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, March 18th and 19th, 2013.]

This, alongside the copyright session, was the most meaty in terms of seeing where libraries are currently connecting with MOOCs — as I learned during my investigations, there are a lot of people with opinions about MOOCs and libraries, but not many folks with hands on experience. This session focused on where library research skills fit into MOOCs, where that might take us.


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Very insightful blog post about the future for libraries with regards the impact of MOOCs!

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The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities | American Libraries Magazine

The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Saturday morning’s panel session, “The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities,” hit home with an engaged crowd and a passionate panel. The ALA President’s Program was cosponsored by the Public Information Office.

ALA Past President Molly Raphael opened the session by focusing on the community’s aspirations, noting, “Aspiration looks for the best in us, and brings people together. There’s a tendency to say 'We have a problem. How to we fix it?’ But turning outward is how to do something with a community rather than to them.”

Each of the panelists (including President Maureen Sullivan, ALA Past President Molly Raphael, Iowa State Librarian Mary Wegner, Penn State Abingdon Associate Librarian Alexia Hudson-Ward, and the Harwood Institute’s Rich Harwood) spoke about how they had used methods learned in Harwood Institute workshops to engage their communities, whether a city, a university, or a school."


Via Doug Mirams
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Libraries transforming communities > future of the library!