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Digital Librarianship & Social Media: the Digital Library as Conversation Facilitator

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Digital Librarianship & Social Media: the Digital Library as Conversation Facilitator

Robert A. Schrier
Syracuse University
raschrie@syr.edu 

doi:10.1045/july2011-schrier

 

Abstract

Digital collections marketing is an important, yet often ignored aspect of digital collection management. While many collections are laudable for the quality of their pictures, metadata, and preservation techniques, they often remain obscure, unknown, and therefore inaccessible to their intended user populations. One of the ways digital librarians can cultivate a broader awareness of their collections is through social networking. More importantly, digital librarians who participate in conversations with users through the use of social media become inextricably intertwined with the knowledge creation processes relevant to their collections. This paper presents a set of five general principles (listening, participation, transparency, policy, and strategy) that provide digital librarians with straightforward, concrete strategies for successfully integrating social media into a digital library's overall strategic plan. In addition to these concrete strategies, I also explain the theoretical importance of each principle and its relevance for establishing a rapport with current and potential users of a digital collection.

 
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Great article! Social Media helping to promote digital collections!

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Practicing Freedom in the Digital Library | Reinventing Libraries

Practicing Freedom in the Digital Library | Reinventing Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Barbara Fister:

"It’s an era of [information] abundance, but it has a downside. Libraries are now beholden to corporations that do not necessarily share our values. We can’t preserve what we don’t own; we can’t fight censorship when someone else controls the switches. Privacy—well, that’s over, or so we are told. We can’t always afford increases in the rent, and publishers have spats with vendors, so access to content shifts and dwindles."

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"Thinking about the digital shift in libraries and the many invisible ways this shift has challenged our values, I’ve reflected on that statement a faculty member made all those years ago and made a few additions.

It’s not about technology. It’s about making meaning.It’s not about finding sources. It’s about building understanding.It’s not about skills. It’s about identity and relationships.It’s not about individual success. It’s about participating in a society that values justice.It’s not about finding and using information. It’s about the practice of freedom."
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The digital shift in libraries: How it is impacting! 

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Is a paperless library still a library? - Discussion

Is a paperless library still a library? - Discussion | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The concept of a library is going to be re-invented in Texas with the launch of a public library with digital rather than printed books.

 

Discussion from various quarters about the concept of paperless libraries!

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My own opinion: There is still a place for a book, and a book in a library, especially if there is heritage value in it!

The space and place of a library is also evolving with the changing times, but the importance of a "library" in a community cannot be overlooked!

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How To Make A Digital Library - Infographic by the University of Phoenix

How To Make A Digital Library - Infographic by the University of Phoenix | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Since technology has made its way into most other aspects of education, why not the library too? We already do so much reading and research online for projects, papers, and general information anyway, so why not move the whole thing online.

 

This infographic shows how the University of Phoenix is making an online library happen for their students.


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The Internet Archive adds over 1 million torrents to the site, by Martin Brindmann

The Internet Archive adds over 1 million torrents to the site, by Martin Brindmann | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Martin Brinkmann :

"The Internet Archive over at archive.org is a non-profit that is building a digital library of Internet sites, accessible via the Wayback Machine, and other forms of culture in digital form. It is one of the largest repositories for books, music, images and movies which are all freely available for download at the site.

Up until now, users who visited the website could either download the files directly to their computers, or in the case of media files, stream the contents instead. Today, over one million torrents (currently 1.399,074 torrents) have been made available including the sites live music converts, a movie and audio book collection, and lots of books."

 

http://archive.org/ 

"provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public."

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ICDL - International Children's Digital Library

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International Children's Digital Library (RT @deborahruf: Free online library for children.

 

"The mission of the International Children's Digital Library Foundation (ICDL Foundation) is to support the world's children in becoming effective members of the global community - who exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas -- by making the best in children's literature available online free of charge. The Foundation pursues its vision by building a digital library of outstanding children's books from around the world and supporting communities of children and adults in exploring and using this literature through innovative technology designed in close partnership with children for children."

 

"The ICDL Foundation is a non-profit corporation."

 

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A People’s Digital Library and Prefigurative Politics

A People’s Digital Library and Prefigurative Politics | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

This is part one of a two part series.

"As a People’s Library librarian one question I get asked over and over again is why we don’t offer a digital library for our readers. It’s a good question and one I think is worth exploring in some detail.

To start, we have to address the question of what a digital library is— is it an institutional repository or archive? Is it a search engine for curated links? Or is it a virtual library? It’s an open question and one that I think different people can reasonably answer in radically different, but still valid, ways. A digital library can be and is all of those things.

And if by digital library you mean archive, there is one, and probably there are plenty more I don’t know about. OWS also has its own Archives group working to preserve the ephemera and other documents of the movement. So, in that sense, there is a digital library for Occupy Wall Street. But that doesn’t answer the question about bringing content to our readers.

The next question then is what the People’s Library takes as its mission. As a leaderless library, the question of mission is tough to answer; the mission is fluid depending on who is asking and who is answering. The simplest answer is that the People’s Library and the other occupation libraries exist to support both the full-time activists who live at the various occupations and the Occupy movement as a whole. We also exist to serve the local communities surrounding the occupations, whether in lower Manhattan, LA, or Washington, DC. Given that, a digital library seems a perfectly legitimate undertaking, especially after the raid and seizure of the books."

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