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This Week in Libraries - The Shanachies

This Week in Libraries - The Shanachies

Web 2.0 Suicide Machine - Meet your Real Neighbours again! - Sign out forever! Whatever Mathers Volunteer in a library - Mobile Subsite Volunteer in a library Why we need volunteers We are looking for volunteers of all ages to help out in a range of different roles. Some do short-term projects, and some stay for years! How to apply No one is excluded from volunteering however there is a legal requirement that for some activities with children and/or vulnerable people volunteers may be screened (DBS check). We will contact you after we receive your application to arrange an interview. What can you do? Download the descriptions of the roles we offer: The following role relates to Bourton only Bourton Volunteer Role [130kb] Volunteer Role Stow Visitor Information Centre only Library Volunteer Job Role Stow Visitor Information Centre [91kb] What is it like to volunteer in a library? Read about the experiences of some of our volunteers Find other ways to volunteer Do It - Volunteering made easy Downloads click to expand contents Search Menu loading

crowdsourcing How and Why Should Libraries Do It D-Lib Magazine March/April 2010 Volume 16, Number 3/4Table of Contents Crowdsourcing: How and Why Should Libraries Do It? Rose Holley National Library of Australia doi:10.1045/march2010-holley Printer-friendly Version Abstract The definition and purpose of crowdsourcing and its relevance to libraries is discussed with particular reference to the Australian Newspapers service, FamilySearch, Wikipedia, Distributed Proofreaders, Galaxy Zoo and The Guardian MP's Expenses Scandal. Keywords: Crowdsourcing, social engagement, web 2.0, text correction, digital libraries, digital volunteers, virtual volunteering, wisdom of crowds, citizen science. 1. This article is an abridged version of my private research paper1. 2. Crowdsourcing is a new term in our vocabulary. "Crowdsourcing is a neologism for the act of taking tasks traditionally performed by an employee or contractor and outsourcing it to a group (crowd) of people or community in the form of an open call. 3. 4. Fig. 1. 5.

Circulating Ideas | the librarian interview podcast LISDIS 2015 | NLPN On 14th November, the first LIS Dissertation conference (LISDIS) took place at the University of Huddersfield. As mentioned, in our previous post by Rosie, the aim of the conference is to provide a platform for recent graduates of LIS courses to share their dissertation research with a wider audience. The day consisted of nine presentations from recent LIS graduates across the day, a display of posters from LIS graduates and a guest presentation from Emma Coonan, editor of the Journal of Information Literacy. Two current MMU LIS students have summarised the day for us below. Christine Tate On Saturday 14th November 2015 I attended LISDIS 2015 at the University of Huddersfield. The morning session was divided into two areas with the first being collections and discovery. Lucy talking about her findings The final session of the morning covered public libraries and the community. Ian discussing the urban community library Uzma Ali Like this: Like Loading...

Learning 2.0 - 23 things to do Podcasting Toolbox: 70+ Podcasting Tools and Resources Podcasting may not have lived up to the early hype, but with iPods and other MP3 players still selling like crazy, the potential audience for these audio shows is huge. We've compiled a monster list of 70+ tools and resources for podcasters and wannabes. Podcast Creation Guides How To Create a Podcast -'s step-by-step tutorial for podcast beginners.iLounge Guide to Podcast Creation - another guide for creating your own podcast for absolute beginners.Podcasting Legal Guide - find about legal issues relevant to podcasting in this Creative Commons guide. Podcast Hosting, Sharing and Networking (Free) Pickstation - A Digg for podcasts and music.Collectik - "Mixtapes for podcasts": find, share and organize podcasts.Podbean - Free podcast hosting and publishing.Castpost - Free hosting for audio and video clips.HeyCast - A tool to create video podcasts. Podcast Advertising Audio Tours Video Podcasting Mobile Podcasting Text to Podcasts Podcasts to Text Podcast Directories Live Podcasting

Library Patch: Deweying It My Way Isn't that the question?? More and more libraries, both school and public, are ditching Dewey and modeling their nonfiction section after popular bookstores. They are grouping their books by major genre topics like animals, war, sports, etc. It has been creating lots of buzz in the library world over the last few years. Here are some bloggers that are talking about this very topic. Mighty Little Librarian E-Literate Librarian Brief Book Bytes And a search of "Dewey"at the School Library Journal's website will provide article after article on the topic! Well, all of this talk begs one to question their own nonfiction section and whether it is organized for the best use of their patrons. I am thinking that I am going to start a revolution and color-code my books. Just kidding ... So where exactly do I stand on this Dewey Dilemma? Here is a snapshot of my nonfiction section. I know ... pretty tricky to see much of anything happening from this far away. You might be thinking to yourself ...

A Collection of Social Network Stats for 2010 « Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang Social Media, Web Marketing For the third year running (see 2008, 2009) I’m going to aggregate stats in the social networking space on a single blog post, and update it through the year. Data fiends should bookmark this post for future reference. Stats are important –but on their own, they don’t tell us much Stats on social networks are important, but don’t rely on them alone. Data is like fire, it can be used for good and bad, proper insight and analysis is always required. How to interpret stats Numbers don’t tell us much without insight and interpretation, in fact, you’re going to see conflicting numbers of usage from many of the agencies and social networks themselves. A Collection of Social Network Stats for 2010 I’ll be updating this post throughout the year, bookmark it, and share it with others. Comparison: All Social Networks “The data doesn’t deny that Facebook has come to dominate social networking in the US, and overtook MySpace in 2009. By Region and Geography Facebook LinkedIn Tagged Twitter Yelp YouTube

Why I'm fighting to get teenagers into libraries | Children's books Across the country, our libraries are under serious threat. Libraries are one of the few places people can still go to ask questions face-to-face about anything from Shakespeare and atoms to how to get help with everything from house issues to mental health. The most vulnerable members of our society need spaces where information is available from people rather than just being ‘out there’ on the internet. Public libraries are a lifeline: they provide a gateway to our society’s resources on an equal basis. Anecdotal evidence suggests the group who use public libraries the least are teenagers, despite the creation of specific spaces for them and careful thought given to activities and resources likely to appeal. With many local libraries closing or restricting their hours, access is now a real issue for teens given how much of their time is spent in school, but the problem is compounded by evidence from the Reading Agency that over 45% of young people don’t read for pleasure.

When NOT to Use Social Media - ReadWriteWeb These days, everyone is talking about social media and discussing what services and tools to use, how to use them, why you should use them, etc. In fact, if you listened to all the advice out there, you would probably think that no matter who you are, whether an individual wanting to build a personal brand, or a large multinational corporation intent on communicating with customers, you should be using social media. But is social media for everyone? According to B&B, a magazine for marketing strategists, there are definitely some scerarios when social media should be avoided. You're in a high-ticket business: The article recommends that businesses with only a few customers who each spend tens of millions of dollars with the company each year are better off not using social media. But Don't Be Afraid to Try! All that being said, outside of a handful of scenarios, there is still plenty of room for growth when it comes to social media.

ALA Launches “Libraries Transform” Campaign On October 29 American Library Association (ALA) president Sari Feldman launched the Libraries Transform campaign, a three-year national public awareness initiative focusing on the ways public, academic, school, and special libraries and librarians across the nation transform their communities. Events kicked off in Washington, DC, as the Libraries Transform team visited a cross-section of transformative libraries, and will continue with contributions from libraries—and library lovers—everywhere. Libraries Transform’s inaugural day began at 10:00 a.m. with the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology at the Smithsonian Institute, with a tour of the exhibit Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction 1780–1910 led by deputy director Mary Augusta Thomas discussing “How the Smithsonian is transforming materials so that they can transform people.” “Today’s libraries are not just about what we have for people, but what we do for and with people,” said Feldman in a statement.

Social Software - Five Weeks To A Social Library Welcome to the course! We are thrilled to be working with you to develop your knowledge of social tools and how they can be applied in libraries. Since there is a lot to cover, we plan to hit the ground running. Introduction to the Course - this screencast by Meredith takes you through the basics of your "classroom" and what you will be expected to do each week. - a screencast presentation by Helene Blowers (Public Services Technology Director at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County) designed just for this course. This screencast from Lori Reed Training Specialist at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County will help get you into the mindset of a lifelong learner. Introduction to Technologies - An introduction to the interface you will be using for blogging. - Introduction to wikis and how to edit them. - A basic introduction to instant messaging for those who have not used IM before or do not have an account with AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) or a client yet.