Summer Reading Boosts: Sharing some secrets leads to more people visiting our libraries; or does it?

July 4, 2017

Read on as Webmastergirl gives us the scoop on gaining an updated lens of social media hooks to commercialize the library we once knew. Share your thoughts on this or any other article. Comments are always welcome here. 

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Tell me something… I’m about to tell you something you already know. Those big library events, like Summer Reading, are hard to promote. Every library has at least two of these high-stakes events each year. Libraries spend a significant portion of their budget on the pieces of those big programs. They come with high expectations and goals. They require […]

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Webmastergirl. (2017). Three Secrets To Reach a New Audience For Your Library — Super Library Marketing! Great marketing ideas for libraries everywhere.

 Is DL now the new IL?

March 31, 2017

 

 

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You might be familiar with information literacy (IL) but what about digital literacy (DL)? LIS professionals understand, information comes in various formats today from physical/print to electronic/digital, and more recently virtually (more about virtual literacy (VL) as the trend develops). In the higher education (HE) realm, digital literacy needs a little extra TLC it seems.  As “cultivating digital literacy was reported to be one of the six notable challenges impeding the use of technology in higher education for this calendar year (Elemes, 2017) (XBrownClark, 2017).” The blended LIS professional of today has a new hat to wear, now adding digital literacy as an expansion of information literacy. If you are interested in this topic read more below. And as always — comments are welcome.

Reference

XBrownClark. (2017) Developing Digital Literacy: Supporting technology-enhanced learning in higher education

Innovation does a meet up at our academic libraries; thoughts?

 Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017

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It might be that we are now experiencing the innovation of the library as space more so than ever. No longer is the library simply a space for stacks of books — we’ve known this for a while now, however; what we might not have known is that the transition from a hushed space, could now become a more modernized innovative space by way of collaboration. This particular piece by a fellow LISer,  if you read on, pertains to academic libraries and those innovators that are interested in broadening the horizons of digital services provided in makerspaces. This change includes digitally aligning the space to accommodate modern conveniences for research users. What makerspace innovations would you like to see, if any at your library? Comments are always welcome. 
 

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Sorrells Library, Carnegie Mellon University Yesterday Carnegie Mellon University announced a new partnership with technology company Digital Science. CMU’s Keith Webster describes the mutual commitment to research discovery and smarter workflows that underpins this collaboration, and also outlines some of the ways in which academic libraries have changed; from their more dynamic use of space […]

Reference

Blog Article: Reimagining the #RoleOfTheLibrary in the #DigitalAge: changing the use of space and navigating the information landscape — bluesyemre

 

 

Happy New Year: What are you reading?

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Book reviews via Vlogging offer a start to your resolution

With the new year here, putting a reading list together can get a little easier with book review Vlogs. You might find it interesting to learn about books before you tackle your reading list; beyond simply reading a review online.

Vlogs are an active way to finding out more about, either the books you might be interested in, OR there’s a chance you just might learn about some books that you didn’t know you’d like to read, but now it seems possible especially since hearing from someone who read the book directly. If you find you like Vlogging, you never know, you might put together a Vlog of your own, and share the great books you believe that others could also like to read.

Below is a Vlog recommended by a fellow LISer. Some books you might like, some you might not, regardless, get your list going and do share if you’d like to.

Comment below on how you’re doing, or at least on the book you’ve decided to start with.

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Social Media and the Workplace

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Have you ever wondered if Social Media (SM) is appropriate while at work, or is it simply the new norm, making this question redundant?  Olmstead, Lampe, and Ellison at the PewResearch Center discuss social media in the workplace, highlighting for readers that “78 % of workers who use social media platforms for work-related purposes say social media is useful for networking or finding new job opportunities.” They also claim that Internet use is on the way out for work related tasks. What does this mean for email? Is SM the new EM? Read more and comment your thoughts if this interests you.

Reference

, AND . ( June 2016). Social Media and the Workplace. Pew Research Center.

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Making Meaning in a Multilingual World • Overcoming the Digital Infrastructure Divide:

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This blog post highlights the discussions of Lewis & Mallory about digital collaboration today, in spite of language barriers that tend to create what some LIS professionals call, the great ‘digital divide.’ Comment if you are interested in this subject.

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Data, data everywhere…but do we want to drink?

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More sweet tea, please: Any LIS professional in Academia, might be interested in this piece on data curation. It seems we’re moving away from information literacy alone as Shorish, Assistant professor, and Physical & Life Sciences librarian at James Madison University introduces us to the concept of “data information literacy (DIL).” What is this, you may be wondering?  Simply put, “… DIL is the recognition of researchers as producers of data, as well as data consumers.” Read more and comment if you’d like.


References

DIL (n.d.).

Y. Shorish. (2015, July, 16). Data, data everywhere… but do we want to drink? ACRL Tech Connect