Library Journal excerpt “But while it may look like they’re growing apart, different types of librarians still have common ground. We must identify those commonalities to build a more unified ALA.
Whether we work in a school, university, or public branch, librarians share a few core values. We value unfettered access to quality information. We share a belief that order is a necessary precondition for access. Inherent in the idea of access is diversity: we do not discriminate in the provision of service or in the provision of materials. We respect intellectual freedom and protection of users’ privacy. We act on these values by being careful stewards of what has been entrusted to us: the collections, the facilities in which the collections are housed, the services provided by staff. Thus, we value preservation. Librarians act both to preserve the past for the present and preserve the present for the future. Libraries are physical—and now virtual—representations of a community of inquiry in which people ask questions of one another, of data, of texts, and of images.”
Kristin J. Henrich
Following an energizing reorganization of the first floor, the University of Idaho Library sought additional strategies to support student learning and success. Building on previous successful collaborations with the Dean of Students Office, the Library and Tutoring Services created a model to offer peer-tutoring services in the library. Several philosophical and practical guidelines were considered, and implementation of the service, while challenging, was ultimately successful. Strategies for proposing, building, and maintaining similar partnerships with student services units are discussed, with best practices offered for other institutions seeking similar collaboration.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 17, 2014
Excerpt: “But lending e-books may soon get easier. This spring a pilot project called Occam’s Reader will test software custom-built to make it both easy and secure for libraries to share e-book files while keeping publishers happy—or so the software’s creators hope.”
This video came out at the end of May last year.
“Sixteen Students, Fourteen Weeks: Building a Digital Library Through Collaborative Learning“
Kathyryn Thornhill, Simmons College
Emily Powers, Simmons College
Chelsea Gunn, Simmons College
Christina Tanguay, Simmons College
As featured during the “Querying the Library: Digitization and Its Impact” conference hosted by the James P. Adams Library at Rhode Island College on May 31, 2013. This segment includes a presentation by Kathryn Thornhill (GSLIS ’13) with colleagues Emily Powers, Chelsea Gunn, Christina Tanguay, and Emily Toner from Simmons College. This panel will discuss the creation of a digital library highlighting alumni scrapbooks from the Simmons College Archives. Topics covered will be the history and outcome of the project and the methods of digital library training and development, including digital preservation, rights management, metadata standards, and interdisciplinary teamwork. Watch the General Discussion #2 Video for the accompanying Q&A session.
“Research universities are long-lived and mission-driven institutions that generate, make accessible, and preserve over time new knowledge and understanding. ARL, the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) have proposed the SHared Access Research … Continue reading
Collaborative Librarianship – Publication of Volume 5, Issue 4
February 6, 2014 – (Denver CO) – The open access journal, Collaborative Librarianship (eISSN: 1943-7528), completes five years of publication with the release of Vol. 5, no. 4. The editorial introduction by co-general editor, Ivan Gaetz, compares the growing readership of the journal with that of some other publications in the field of librarianship. Two scholarly articles address the collaborative development of a learning commons in an academic library, and librarian-faculty partnerships that advance information literacy. Two articles in “From the Field” cover library research assignments and the scope and nature of open access library journals. “Viewpoints” discuss how libraries can take advantage of non-traditional partnerships and describes how two library science students forge interesting collaborations. Three reviews of publications dealing with chemistry research, information literacy and archives and museums round out this issue.
“The New Media Consortium (NMC) released the Horizon Report 2014 Higher Education Edition at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Annual Meeting. As usual, this highly anticipated report drew much interest. Some of the findings include “Integration of Online, Hybrid, and Collaborative Learning” as a fast trend (1-2 years), the “Shift from Students as Consumers to Students as Creators” as a mid-range trend (3-5 years) and “Evolution of Online Learning” as a long range trend (5+ years).
You’ll find much more in the full report at http://www.nmc.org/pdf/2014-nmc-horizon-report-he-EN.pdf It provides a lot of detail on the trends, including links to some very interesting examples.” Joan Lippincott, CNI
Excerpt from Library Journal:
“Federal Spending Bill Expands Research Funding With Open Access Mandate, Restores IMLS Funding
The omnibus spending bill signed into law by President Obama on January 17 has plenty of wrinkles and details, but one of them is a change that expands the number of federal agencies operating under a mandate to make research they fund available to the public after one year.”
THE SYSTEMS LIBRARIAN
Library Technology Forecast for 2014 and Beyond
by Marshall Breeding
Excerpt from Information Today: “Libraries will pursue new opportunities for strategic cooperation to help strengthen their impact on their communities. Libraries have a long tradition of partnering with their peers to gain leverage beyond what is possible as an independent, isolated library. The concept of resource sharing and joint library automation or discovery infrastructure isn’t new. Libraries are naturally collaborative organizations, continually seeking to provide access to materials beyond their local collections on behalf of their patrons.
I expect the trend toward participation in larger implementations of library automation infrastructure to continue and accelerate. This year saw the launch of a shared ILS for the largest consortium in North America, that of the Illinois Heartland Library System, serving more than 427 libraries. Strategies for shared national automation infrastructure are underway for the public libraries in Northern Ireland, for most public libraries in Denmark, and for academic libraries in Scotland and Wales. These are just a few examples of a new wave of strategic cooperation.”