• Library Planning Research,  library technology

    Librarians are Digital Curation Specialists

    Content is everywhere – librarians need to reach out and expand their knowledge of digital curaton techniques. The development of digital resources is an essential role for librarians. However, the wheels of technology can move fast, leaving you behind the curve. To catch up fast, Librarians need to be knowledgeable of how digital repositories can be developed. They need to learn how discovery services can be developed to improve the utilization of the library as a shared resource.

    The digital curation is a strategy that library staff should embrace to be relevant to researchers. The following links help define methodologies that can support digital collection development efforts. They can be used to support the development of a digital library or repository.

    Elements of a data management plan

    An Extended Digital Curation Lifecycle Model

    DCC Curation Lifecycle Model

    Open Archival Information System —Reference Model

    The OAIS Introductory Guide

    Research Data Lifecycle example

    Data Management Lifecycle Models

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    Library Learning Commons – People Tools

    The library is a place that enables different types of learning opportunities. The idea that the learning environment is just about books or computers does not tell the complete story. There are many opportunities to gain knowledge in a library as well as in a formal learning space (classroom). However, the smart phones, laptops and e-book readers are changing the way we interact in our learning space. Our social environment is part of the digital continuum too, creating opportunities for library patrons to use “people tools” = applications + hardware + content.

    The ability to communicate with smart boards is a strategy to improve the learning space. The future learning environment will include “people tools” to support the curriculum, formal or informal training programs and/or personal research. The opportunity to share with smart technology enables library patrons to experiment with technology, expanding the users ability to research the subject.

    The Smart Technology Learning Commons is an example that gives librarians and libraries an advantage over a home or mobile connection. They provide “people tools” for the interactions to take place. They enhance the physical and virtual spaces with additional equipment.

    If you are building a Khan Academy type learning environment or a library with e-content, you will need to know how to build the technology tools to communicate. There will be spaces where the public share; where people meet and collaborate on projects.

    According to Today’s Public Libraries: Public Places of Excellence, Education and Innovation

    “Despite the Internet, it seems, libraries persist—and even thrive. Given the wealth of information and reading material at our fingertips at all times, it’s fair to ask: why should that be? Why do people still want—and need—public libraries? There are many reasons, but the most important have to do with a couple of ideas that might sound archaic to modern ears, perhaps because in reality what they are is enduring.

  • The first is the notion of place, a thing the Internet was supposed to have obliterated. Yet a funny thing happened on the way to the digital future: place kept mattering. It turns out that people often need somewhere to go, especially people who aren’t affluent enough to live in big houses.
  • The second reason libraries persist is the notion of improvement, something that has been an article of faith among librarians and their civic backers for as long as there have been libraries in this country. We Americans were early proponents of universal education and individual initiative, and we long ago recognized the importance of giving people a chance to make their lives better by gaining knowledge and cultivating their minds—in other words, improving themselves both materially and intellectually. It’s an idea redolent of Ben Franklin and Samuel Smiles, Horatio Alger and even Dale Carnegie.”
  • Let’s improve library environments to make them more effective. The nine reasons for a library gives you some strategies to discuss, build and share.

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    LLAMA Webinar Helps You Plan Your Physical and Virtual Library

    LLAMA Webinar Helps You Plan Your Physical and Virtual Library

    The library of the future needs to be a vibrant learning hub and an intellectual crossroads where the physical and the virtual spaces connect. Discover a solid methodology for making the transition from a physical library plan into a blended service model.

    “Physical and Virtual Library Planning” – Register Online

    Wednesday, August 29, from 1:30 to 3:00 pm Central Time.

    Description: During this webinar, participants will gain a better understanding of challenges and opportunities for change. They will be introduced to a framework for developing a GAP analysis and examples of past projects. This will help participants define what their library user needs and what is possible. The webinar introduces new ways of thinking about library planning including:

    • Visual Literacy – seeing and integrating sensory experience
    • Digital Reproduction Literacy – involving text media and sound
    • Hyper-Media Literacy – Multi-domain thinking with an interconnected • narrative.
    • Socio-Emotional Literacy – interpret media sound and text
    • Information Literacy – evaluate and apply new knowledge

    At the end of this webinar participants will:
    • Understand how to do a user needs/gap analysis for the physical and virtual library.
    • Be familiar with examples of virtual library services and in-person presence options.
    • Know new strategies that will help librarians develop physical and virtual library services.
    • Have a clearer understanding of opportunities to improve organizational transformation.

    Who should attend: Librarians from all types of libraries

    Presenter: Alexander Cohen, Library Planner, Aaron Cohen Associates, Croton-on-Hudson, New York

    LLAMA member: $49
    Non-LLAMA member $59
    LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $199
    Non-LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $239

    Register online: http://tinyurl.com/3zhtecm

    For questions about this webinar or other LLAMA programs, contact Fred Reuland, freuland@ala.org

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    Libraries allow for the transformation of our understanding – British Library and Middle Eastern history

    The British Library and Qatar Foundation unveiled an content development project on July 18, 2012 with plans to digitize half a million pages of British activities in the Gulf. The archive material will create a new wealth of real history.

    The new digital library project will make history come to life by transforming a part of the British Library building for project based work. The project team size will be 73 staff – 30 existing, 43 new staff positions. Take a look at the Guardian newspaper review of project and ambitions.

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    New Library Concept – Genius Bar / Collaborative Bar

    The library of the future needs to be a collaborative place that extends – content + apps + hardware to support to all patrons. An example of a retail collaborative environment that provides potential options for a library building of the future is the Apple or Istore. It is an environment where Apple customers visit the store and experiment with products, learn about cloud services and get support answers.

    ACA has been modeling self service functionality into the library environment with effective results for many years. It is an efficient way to provide express services using RFID or bar codes. However, the need to provide full service support is an advantage that the library building can provide to patrons that few other institutions can offer. It is a value that the library can provide to enable learning activities to thrive in the age of electronic books and journal collections.

    The Apple-like Genius Bar concept may hold some answers for the future library environment. The access services and reference support space can be integrated with a Genius bar concept. The staff can use the library’s information point as a social collaboration point.

    The concept will combine professional librarians, non-professional circulation staff and students in a social and active work zone, enabling peer / mentoring activities.

    The Genius bar or “Collaborative Bar” can be a place for the community to be social in a productive and positive way. It can support social activities, group meetings and ad hoc training programs. The Collaborative Bar can enable the community to share resources in the electronic world. In an academic environment, it can be a place where students learn and share in their research community. It can be a place for information literacy training, library reference services, writing support, techie help and support.

    Recently, Apple gave their Genius Bar technicians a raise. Although the pay is still low from a career perspective, we believe that Apple’s decision illustrates that the Genius Bar is a strategic part of their overall strategy to provide better customer experiences. It is an opportunity for customers to go to Apple and engage in technology help and training. The raise illustrates that the Collaboration Bar is a useful tool to share product and service information.

    From a library planning perspective, the Genius Bar concept or Collaborative Bar enables new types of interactions. It embraces the idea of information sharing; a place where all can come to work, socialize and share information. From our perspective, the Genius Bar or Collaborative Bar is the next step in the transformation of the library environment. It will enable the library to share valuable expertise and tools for teaching, learning and sharing in the electronic world.