Category Archives: Technology and Networking

Collaborate with your IT Department

CSL In Session is an online learning series from the Colorado State Library, and this looks like a particularly good session.

Making I.T. Happen! A Toolkit for Building Collaborative Relationships with your IT Department

With Jon Soloman
When 05/15/2013 | 12:30p – 1:30p, Mountain Time

IT folks carry the stigma of being particularly non-collaborative, but the stereotype of the loner programmer barricaded in a cubicle is not necessarily accurate. The growing number of collaborative projects between library public services and IT departments make it necessary to examine relationships and create excellent communications for resulting success. This program will discuss proven management and collaborative techniques for building relationships, through self-assessment and teambuilding techniques, and will offer a glimpse into how strong relationships between IT and public services libraries can lead to award-winning and innovative projects.

Social Learning and Collaboration

Danica Radovanovic recently wrote a blog post for Australian ScienceWork, Play & Learn! Using libraries for Social Learning, Impact and Collaboration

The digital information and knowledge paradigm in the 21st century requires skills such as digital literacy, critical thinking, problem solving, skills in communication, and collaboration for overcoming present social and digital inequalities. Those skills go beyond pure technological affordances and they could easily be obtained through collaborative learning practices and social interaction between individuals from different backgrounds and areas of expertise.

Libraries, as environments for social learning and collaboration, present facilitators of education and knowledge. With accelerating dissemination of information in a digital age, libraries emphasise their activities on providing an information commons. In other words, an informal interactive learning place that encourages its visitors to communicate, contribute, participate, and engage with the library. This new dynamic leads towards a collaborative, social construction, and sharing of information and knowledge.

Conference – Big Talk From Small Libraries #BTSL

The Big Talk from Small Libraries online conference is sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries.  While I don’t see anything about collaboration in the schedule, it still looks like a very interesting conference.  I think it is free to register.  Below is a blurb about the conference.

We’ve been listening! A comment we’ve heard pretty often is that so many presentations at conferences seem to be by and for librarians from larger libraries. Well, Big Talk From Small Libraries will change that. This free one-day online conference is aimed at librarians from small libraries; the smaller the better. Each of our speakers will be from a small library or directly works with small libraries.

Topics will range from technology (new tech and old tech) to programming to new roles for the library. Come for the programs on what you’re dealing with now, or maybe try something new.

Everyone is welcome to register and attend, regardless of how big or small their library is, but if your library serves a few thousand people, or a few hundred, this is the day for you.

Elsevier in talks to buy Mendeley

From Techcrunch this morning.

The world of ed-tech is ramping up another notch, and getting a lot more open in the process: educational publishing giant Elsevier is in advanced talks to buy Mendeley, a London/New York-based provider of a platform for academics to share research and collaborate with each other via a social network. TechCrunch understands from sources close to the companies that the deal is underway and should close this quarter, possibly by the end of February — all things being equal — and will be in the region of $100 million.

Plum Analytics and figshare Collaborate

Plum Analytics and figshare are collaborating to ensure that researchers get credit for their research.

Philadelphia — December 3, 2012 –In ever-growing efforts to provide a full picture of research and researchers, Plum Analytics and figshare are working together to provide metrics about the use of datasets. figshare has pioneered the sharing of research beyond the traditional publishing model by providing an easy mechanism for researchers to share datasets. These datasets include artifacts such as spreadsheets, figures, photos, papers, etc. figshare makes it easy for researchers to get credit for this research by publishing it in a discoverable way outside of journals. figshare keeps metrics such as views and shares for every dataset artifact so researchers and others can see which datasets are most used.

Mobile information seeking and collaboration

The Outreach of Digital Libraries: A Globalized Resource Network
Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2012, Volume 7634/2012, 106-115
Chapter: Social Interaction Patterns during Mobile Information Seeking (Fulltext limited to subscribers.)

Mobile applications now incorporate features for communication and collaboration. One way that such applications are being used is in collaborative information seeking. There is, however, a lack of understanding of users’ social interaction needs when performing such tasks. To address this gap and using tourism as the domain, we conducted a diary study to examine tourists’ collaborative information seeking activities during their trips. These collaboration patterns were analyzed using the BIG6 information seeking process. Results showed that tourists were more influenced by their inner circle of social contacts such as family during the task definition, information seeking strategies, and location and access phases as compared to strangers. Conversely, strangers were more influential during the use of information, synthesis and evaluation phases. Implications of these findings are also discussed.

“We The Data” is a collaborative project

This looks very interesting.  The text below is from one of their about pages.

We The Data is born of a partnership between a group of friends, TED Fellows, and some visionaries at Intel Labs. A core team gathered to launch a campaign that enabled about 100 people to map and define the problem. Below is the core team and some of the key ‘problem mappers’ who contributed significantly to the process. Brought together by a common belief that ‘the internet is an organism in the process of being born’ and that we all have an important role in the data revolution, these groups worked together to seed what was to become a movement, #wethedata.

WE THE DATA of the World, in Order to form a more Meaningful Global Collective, establish Open Communication and Access, insure universal Transparency, provide for the common Good, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Vibrant Open Data for All as part of our positive legacy to the World, have hereunto subscribed our Names and share our stories.

Cooperative Patent Classification system from the USPTO and EPO

From the new Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system website.

The EPO and USPTO both have highly developed patent classification systems. CPC is an ambitious harmonization effort to bring the best practices from each Office together. In fact, most U.S. patent documents are already classified in ECLA. The conversion from ECLA to CPC at the EPO will ensure IPC compliance and eliminate the need for the EPO to classify U.S. patent documents. At the USPTO, the conversion will provide an up-to date classification system that is internationally compatible.

The Digital Library Federation Forum registration is open

The Digital Library Federation (a program of the Council on Library and Information Resources) has their conference (forum) in Denver this November, 2012.

“The Forum is a working meeting where the DLF Community, and those interested in joining, come together to do better work through sharing and collaboration. It provides an opportunity for practitioners to share experiences and practices and to support a broad level of information-sharing. Participation is open to all those interested in playing an active part in the successful future of digital libraries, museums, and archives services and collections.”

Go ahead and register for the conference. Here is the schedule.

A note about the book Net Smart by Howard Rheingold

Howard Rheingold has been writing about the impact of the Internet and other types of social networks on society for over 30 years.  Earlier this year, he finished his most recent book, Net Smart: How to Thrive Online.

The introduction (PDF) notes what the intended audience is, and why he wrote the book.  Concerning collaboration, the most relevant section is Chapter Four, in which the discussion:

Moves from the personal and interpersonal to the cybersocial. The know-how at the core of this literacy is about the magic of several different flavors of collaboration made possible by networked media. The realms of collaboration are broad and deep, so this chapter offers both a high-altitude map of the territory of online collaboration and close-up conversations with the people who have created famously successful collaborative enterprises.

While I personally find that he uses the term “crap detection” a little too often for my tastes, I suppose it is a good way to get the point across to your average undergraduate student.

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