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Librarians: from collections to communities (David Lankes at ILI 2012)

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R. David Lankes is a proud and passionate supporter of libraries.  In his book, The Atlas of New Librarianship, David outlines his vision for a ‘new librarianship’ which focuses on knowledge creation and learning…

In his keynote presentation at Internet Librarian International 2012, he “will be talking about how our libraries should act as platforms for community learning and innovation. Our spaces, our services, and our collections are tools that a good librarian orchestrates to allow the community to dream and achieve its aspirations“…

Instead of containing the service oriented expertise of librarians in a building or focused on a collection, librarians can now go out into the community (a city, a university, a school, a business) and engage in their original mission of improving society through facilitating knowledge creation. I get very excited when I see the brilliance and skills of librarians unconstrained by manual processes, and historical hold overs

David says: “I believe in the future of libraries… I think it is bright. However it requires the profession to shape that future and communicate to the world that we are powerful, on their side, and innovators

Extracts from:

Internet Librarian International:


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September 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm

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iPad 2.0 and Librarians

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A stimulating article from the latest issue of TILT (IFLA):

As more and more of our library clientele are becoming techno-savvy, librarians and other information professionals must not only keep abreast of the technology in order to assist them but must lead the charge. (…)

Many of the apps are “must haves” for librarians and information professionals that I will address later in this article including how the iPad 2.0 can be considered the “go to device” for librarians and information professionals.

Some suggestions of application:

– The iWorks suite should be at the top of every information professionals list. They can use iWorks for presentations, documents, and spreadsheets. iWorks is the equivalent to Microsoft Office

– Information professionals have access to exciting and informative courses on any topic imaginable through Apple’s iTunes U. They can subscribe to courses, take self-paced classes, and get access to learning materials from some of the most erudite scholars in education

 Information professionals can use Drop box for storing, retrieving and sending large files and can synchronize all of their Calendars through the Calendar application

Librarians and information professionals can collaborate with colleagues all over the world using the Facetime and Skype applications.

Some of the popular Apps that librarians have recommended are included below. Top 10 iPad Apps for Librarians by Andy Burkhardt (Information Tyrannosaur) –

Joiner, Ida A. iPad 2.0: Information Professionals Don’t Leave Home Without It! TILT (Trends and Issues in Libray Technologies), July 2012. Available from: [Accessed 9th July 2012]

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July 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm

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Research Information (June/July 2012): again an amazing issue!

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Patients as partners: Reports from the Health 2.0 workshop held recently in Lyon, France

Patients as partners
David Stuart. Web 2.0 in libraries should be more than social media.
Dave explains the differences between social media and Web 2.0 and gives some clues to other avenues that still need to be explored by the library and information professional.
Michael Clarke. The need for semantics. Definition and role of semantics, and what is the future impact on journals publishing.
 David Armstrong. Does ‘commercial’ have to be a dirty word?. David defends the superiority of the golden Open Access model
Sian Harris. Opening up e-book access. Sian explains how the topic of Open Access e-book is emerging.

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June 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Social tools for US Libraries: an update

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Based on a new report by Joseph McKendrick.  The Digital Squeeze: Libraries at the Crossroads surveyed 730 public, academic, special, education, and government libraries in the US.

Librarians report a levelling off in the use of Facebook and LinkedIn to connect with customers and the use of wikis and blogs is declining.  However, more of them are using collaborative tools including the sharing of web pages, subject guides, and the use of document-sharing, photo and video sharing web apps.

Libraries, unsurprisingly, reported an increased demand for ebooks, wireless connectivity and other technology tools and services.  More than one-third of the respondents reported that they spent more money on information technology hardware, software, and related IT services over the past year. 

More libraries are moving to the cloud for operational support and content storage.  26% of them are already offering e-readers, with one respondent stating that this activity will be an area of ‘extreme growth’.


Skelton, Val. Libraries, the digital squeeze and ebooks. InformationToday Europe, 12th of April 2012. Available from: [Accessed 13th April 2012]

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April 13, 2012 at 4:36 pm

With a librarian, it is better!!!

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A recent study has has found quantitative evidence of a significant difference in search performance between paediatric residents or interns assisted by a librarian and those searching the literature alone.

Each participant searched PubMed and other online sources, performing pre-determined tasks including the formulation of a clinical question, retrieval and selection of bibliographic records. In the assisted group, participants were supported by a librarian with ≥5 years of experience. The primary outcome was the success of search sessions, scored against a specific assessment tool.

To read in Health information and Libraries Journal:


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November 4, 2011 at 7:34 pm

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Future technologies for Librarians

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What will be the future technologies to be apllied in libraries?

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One year or less:

  • Cloud Computing
  • Mobiles
  • Tablet Computing
  • Open Content

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two-three years

  • Learning Analytics
  • Semantic Applications
  • New Scholarship
  • Semantic Applications

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four-five years

  • Augmented Reality
  • Collective Intelligence
  • Telepresence
  • Smart Objects

Kelly, Brian. What’s on the technology horizon. Implications for librarians.  UK Web Focus, Online, the 15th of September 2011.


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September 22, 2011 at 7:42 pm

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Social Media: role of librarians

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The ALISS (Association of Librarians and Information Professionals in the Social Sciences) one day summer conference – Social Media, Libraries, Librarians and Research Support (held at Coventry University in July 2011) attracted over 30 delegates from university libraries, the British Library, hospitals and publishers.

Some findings:

  • Adoption of Web 2.0 tools has little to do with the age of academics but seems to depend more on the ‘type’ of person they are.
  • Academic adoption of Web 2.0 tools is hindered by their concerns about quality and lack of trust.
  • There are a multitude of Web 2.0 tools that are freely available and it is essential that researchers use tools that are relevant to their needs.
  • Librarians and information professionals are ideally placed to raise awareness of Web 2.0 tools and applications, to help academics find appropriate tools, and to provide any necessary training.

    Presentations are at:

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September 2, 2011 at 8:13 pm

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