The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know

Author: LITA
Publisher: American Library Association
ISBN: 0838912281
Format: PDF, Mobi
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While it's inspiring to ponder the libraries of the 22nd century, it's a lot more practical to think ahead to the next five years. That's just what Varnum and his hand-picked team of contributors have done, showing library technology staff and administrators where to invest time and money to receive the greatest benefits. Their ideas will stimulate strategic thinking and help library staff make informed decisions about meeting user expectations and delivering services. Sure conversation starters and informative for any library, chapters include “Impetus to Innovate: Convergence and Library Trends,” by A.J. Million and Heather Lea Moulaison“Hands-Free Augmented Reality: Impacting the Library Future,” by Brigitte M. Bell and Terry Cottrell“Libraries and Archives Augmenting the World,” by William Denton“The Future of Cloud-Based Library Systems,” by Steven Bowers and Elliot Jonathan Polak“Library Discovery: From Ponds to Streams,” by Varnum“Exit As Strategy: Web Services as the New Websites for Many Libraries,” by Anson Parker, VP Nagraj, and David Moody“Reading and Non-Reading: Text Mining in Critical Practice,” by Devin Higgins“Bigger, Better, Together: Building the Digital Library of the Future,” by Jeremy York“The Case for Open Hardware in Libraries,” by Jason Griffey This compendium offers an expert-level view of the library technology that’s just around the corner.

Technology and Professional Identity of Librarians The Making of the Cybrarian

Author: Hicks, Deborah
Publisher: IGI Global
ISBN: 1466647361
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The library profession has changed rapidly in the wake of advanced technologies. Once regarded as the gatekeepers of information found in books, today's library professionals are shifting from a traditional center of attention to a new focus on all areas of information studies. Technology and Professional Identify of Librarians: The Making of the Cybrarian brings into focus both the positive and negative aspects that technology places on the professional identity of librarians. Highlighting the new methods involved in data management, communication, and Library Information education and research; this book is a necessary means for librarians, students, and researchers to obtain an up to date understanding of what it means to maintain relevancy in the information age.

Exploring Discovery

Author: Kenneth J. Varnum
Publisher: ALA Editions
ISBN: 9780838914144
Format: PDF, Kindle
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We're in a new age of Discovery. Not of the physical world but rather one that serves up appropriate resources for your library's researchers, thanks to advancements in handling metadata, natural language processing, and keyword searching. For you, Discovery might be shorthand for single-index products such as Serials' Solutions Summon, EBSCO Discovery, and OCLC's WorldCat Discovery. Yet even those tools require adjustments to meet your institution's specific needs. With first-hand profiles of 19 library projects, Varnum and his roster of contributors offer guidance on the complete range of discovery services, from the broad sweep of vendors' products to the fine points of specialized holdings. Topics include: migrating from a traditional ILS to a library services platform; creating a task list for usability testing of discovery; managing internal development requirements within the constraints of a small or mid-sized library; applying agile software methodology to a Blacklight implementation; real-world examples of usability testing, including a small liberal arts college's implementation of VuFind; meeting the challenge of three different metadata formats; practices in the Primo community for integrating open access content into the front end; serving mobile users with an app and responsive Web design; analyzing the use of facets in search; using a single discovery tool across a library, museum, and archive; and implementing discovery with geospatial datasets. Easy to dip into as needed, this comprehensive examination of discovery services will prove invaluable to IT, web development, electronic resource management, and technical services staff.

Drupal in Libraries

Author: Kenneth J. Varnum
Publisher: American Library Association
ISBN: 1555707785
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Drupal is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) that many libraries use to create well-designed, easy-to-use and manage websites. Ken Varnum guides you step by step through the decisions and tasks needed to develop and launch a Drupal-powered site and learn the advantages of the open source approach. The book offers hints and suggestions to work with your IT department, colleagues, and management as you develop your technical specifications. The implementation chapter guides you through installing Drupal, adding modules, developing your own themes (page layouts), and describes librarian created modules that have been shared with the community and can be downloaded and installed on anyone's site. You also get advice on marketing your site, best practices for project management and development, and measuring the success and impact of the site once it launches.

The Library s Legal Answer Book

Author: Mary Minow
Publisher: American Library Association
ISBN: 9780838908280
Format: PDF, Docs
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Looks at legal issues surrounding libraries, covering such toipcs as designing a Web site, copyright, library empolyees, and providing access to people with disabilities.

Emerging Technologies

Author: Jennifer Koerber
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 9781442238879
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Emerging Technologies: A Primer for Librarians is a one-stop snapshot of emerging technologies every librarian should know about and examples that illustrate how the technologies are being used in libraries today!

The Network Reshapes the Library

Author: Lorcan Dempsey
Publisher: American Library Association
ISBN: 0838912338
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Since he began posting in 2003, Dempsey has used his blog to explore nearly every important facet of library technology, from the emergence of Web 2.0 as a concept to open source ILS tools and the push to web-scale library management systems. More than just a commentary on the issue of the moment, the more than 1,800 posts have offered thousands of readers valuable perspective and insight as well as a visionary approach to libraries’ future. In a compendium that library planners, administrators, and technology staff will find endlessly stimulating, Varnum offers an expertly curated selection of entries from Dempsey’s blog. Showing where libraries have been in the last decade and also where they’re heading now, this book covers such keystone topics as Networked resourcesNetwork organizationThe research process and libraries’ evolving role, featuring the seminal post “In the Flow”Resource discoveryLibrary systems and tools such as search indices and OpenURL link resolversData and metadataPublishing and communication, including blogs, social media, and scholarly communicationLibraries, archives, museums, and galleries as “memory institutions”The book concludes with a selection of favorites hand-picked by Dempsey himself. As one university librarian put it, Dempsey’s “dual ability to explore an issue and to reveal the higher-order trends is spot-on for understanding our volatile environment.” That unique and thoughtful analysis is on full display in this book.

Keeping Up with Emerging Technologies Best Practices for Information Professionals

Author: Nicole Hennig
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1440854416
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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The ever-increasing acceleration of technological change demands that today's information professionals and educators not only be constantly acquiring new knowledge and skills, but also that they cultivate the ability to make sound judgments on which technologies to embrace. If you are grappling with information overload and wondering how you can keep up, this guide is for you. • Helps information specialists create a strategy for keeping up with new technologies and for making informed judgments on which technologies to test and integrate into library services • Provides ideas for designing curriculum for an education technology specialist career track in library school • Gives those who are preparing to interview for a technology specialist position a reliable guide for professional growth • Identifies which types of resources are most helpful for keeping up with new technologies

Developing Librarian Competencies for the Digital Age

Author: Jeffrey G. Coghill
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442264454
Format: PDF, ePub
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Librarianship is both an art and a science. Librarians study the science of information and how to work with clients to help them find solutions to their information needs. They also learn quickly that there is an art to working with people, to finding the answers to tough questions using the resources available and knowing which information resources to use to find the information being sought in short order. But, what technical skills do librarians need to be successful in the future? How can library managers best develop their staffs for success? Developing Librarian Competencies for the Digital Age explores questions such as: What is the composition of a modern library collection? Will that collection look different in the future? What are the information sources and how do we manage those? What are the technical skills needed for a 21st century librarian? How will reference services change and adapt to embrace new ways to interact with library patrons or clients? What kinds of library skills are needed for the librarian of today to grow and thrive, now and into the future? How will service models change to existing clients and how will the model change going into the future of librarianship? What kinds of budgeting challenges are there for libraries and the administrators who oversee these libraries? What do the library professional organizations see as the core skills needed for new graduates and those practicing in the profession going into the future? In answering those questions, the book identifies specific digital skills needed for success, ways of developing those skills, and ways of assessing them.