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The Posterity Project: Thinking outside the box in the digital age... #archivists

The Posterity Project: Thinking outside the box in the digital age... #archivists | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Gordon Belt:

"While there are many individual archivists doing outstanding work in productively applying social media in the workplace, as a whole our profession is very far behind our colleagues in the library community.

As a member of the Special Libraries Association, I see first-hand the efforts made by that organization to embrace technology, and the initiative among special collections librarians to be "future ready" in the information age. But what are archivists doing in a collective way to prepare for work that is increasingly being done in "The Cloud?"

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Libraries Make Room For 'Hackerspaces' : NPR

'As information becomes more and more digital, public libraries are striving to redefine their roles. A small number are working to create "hackerspaces," where do-it-yourselfers share sophisticated tools as well as expertise.'

 

'The Allen County Public Library, which serves the city of Fort Wayne, Ind., has a modest hackerspace inside a trailer in its parking lot. Library director Jeff Krull says hosting it is consistent with the library's mission.'

 

"We see the library as not being in the book business, but being in the learning business and the exploration business and the expand-your-mind business," he says. "We feel this is really in that spirit, that we provide a resource to the community that individuals would not be able to have access to on their own."

 

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SABC Media Libraries: Records management at the University of Johannesburg - report on a seminar

SABC Media Libraries: Records management at the University of Johannesburg - report on a seminar | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"As part of the corporate governance strategy at the University of Johannesburg, access to information is the management of paper and electronic records within a secure environment. Technology provides the tool to capture, manage and access content and to provide a workable retention schedule for paper and electronic records. The methodology developed includes a phased-in approach with the focus on legislative compliance, business processes and change management principles. This required compliance with the Promotion of Access to Information Act on the one hand and the Protection of Personal Information bill whilst complying with King III directives."

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A Peek into an Electronic Records Archivist's Toolbox | Smithsonian ...

A Peek into an Electronic Records Archivist's Toolbox | Smithsonian ... | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Open source tools, CERP, JHOVE, DROID, Heritrix, for electronic records archivists to use in preserving digital files like WAV, PST, websites, and email.

 

When it comes to electronic records there is no magic button that makes them readable or usable on a computer. Electronic records archivists rely on all types of hardware, software, and operating systems. Many pieces of software, which function as an archivist’s toolbox, can help files remain available or become usable again. Here is a small list of some open-source and/or freely available software we use at the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Keep in mind that tools are not perfect and should be used with caution. Don’t forget to have backups of your files. Before we incorporate a piece of software into our processes at the Archives, we research it by making sure it is from a reputable group and thoroughly test it on copy sample sets.

This post is not an endorsement of any products listed by the Smithsonian Institution."

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Facilitating Access to the Web of Data - a guide for librarians

Facilitating Access to the Web of Data - a guide for librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

RT @magnusenger: "Facilitating Access to the Web of Data: A Guide for Librarians" http://t.co/vAoOKZiI"

 

"The web is changing from a web of documents to a web of data; from a web that can be read by humans, to one that can be read by machines. These are fascinating advances for anyone interested in the changing nature of the web and the way we access information. The technologies being forged in this new landscape will provide a host of opportunities for library and information professionals to shape the information landscape of the future."

 

"Key topics covered include:

• open data
• A semantic web: one that’s meaningful to computers
• data silos
• the semantic web: the RDF vision
• embedded semantics
• the library and the web of data
• the future of the librarian and the web of data."

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Law Librarian Blog: Digital Access Isn't Everything

Law Librarian Blog: Digital Access Isn't Everything | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Law Librarian Blog: Digital Access Isn't Everything: Digital Access Isn't Everything. 

 

There is a great article in the Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) by Brian Cowan, 'Digital Natives' Aren't Necessarily Digital Learners, which takes on the concept of digital natives as digital learners, and concludes that while technology may deliver information in convenient ways, it will not necessarily motivate individuals to learn.

 

Cowan describes four myths of digital learning:

Myth 1: Digital natives are automatically digital learners.

Myth 2: Students prefer using technology to learn.

Myth 3: Cyberspace is the new classroom.

Myth 4: Today's students are multi­taskers.

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Libraries have thrived, despite technological developments - Vancouver Sun

Libraries have thrived, despite technological developments - Vancouver Sun | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Libraries have thrived, despite technological developments Vancouver Sun

 

Libraries are essential today, as they have been for years.

Libraries are that important. It is true that the ready availability of high-speed Internet access brings more information to more people, more quickly than ever before. But that is only half the story. Not everyone is far along the information highway. Libraries provide Internet access to families who do not have it at home. They have information not available on the Internet, or tough to find there, or available to individuals only for a fee.

 

Trained librarians are ready to help people learn what they can from the Internet and from traditional printed sources.

This is not the first time libraries have heard that their time has past. When radio became available, in the 1920s, the theory was that libraries would no longer be needed. When television went on air in the 1950s and 1960s, we heard libraries were done.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Libraries+have+thrived+despite+technological+developments/5663265/story.html#ixzz1d0xaQetZ"

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A Bibliographic Framework for the Digital Age (October 31, 2011): Bibliographic Framework Transition Initiative (Library of Congress)

"The Working Group of the Future of Bibliographic Control, as it examined technology for the future, wrote that the Library community’s data carrier, MARC, is “based on forty-year-old techniques for data management and is out of step with programming styles of today.” [1] The Working Group called for a format that will “accommodate and distinguish expert-, automated-, and self-generated metadata, including annotations (reviews, comments, and usage data.”

 

"Recognizing that Z39.2/MARC are no longer fit for the purpose, work with the library and other interested communities to specify and implement a carrier for bibliographic information that is capable of representing the full range of data of interest to libraries, and of facilitating the exchange of such data both within the library community and with related communities.”

 

http://www.loc.gov/marc/transition/news/framework-103111.html

 

 

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Keeping Up with Technology - Resources for Library Staff

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Keeping Up with Technology - Resources for Library Staff: http://t.co/3cpuLkZE...

 

"On March 14, 2007, Jim Duncan and Sharon Morris of the Colorado State Library presented a workshop at the CLiC spring workshops on the subject of keeping up with technology. The following resources were used in the workshop and available for library staff development and general use.

 

Lists compiled:

General Libraries Resources

Non-Library Technology Resources

Librarian Blogs

Library and Technology Podcasts

Library Organizations and Online Publications

Library Listservs

Online Courses and Webinars"

 

 

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