This year’s theme is “Libraries Transform.” The theme is perfect, particularly for Lewis Library, because the library profession has been trying to transform the public’s perception that not all libraries are filled with tons and tons of books anymore now that we have moved into the digital age. In fact, in the Lewis Library there is only one small room that now has hard copies of books!
There are plenty of ways to get involved in this year’s National Library Week. See below for a couple of ideas.
Participate in the #expertinthelibrary campaign. Share what your expertise is!
Share your story through the 2017 video challenge. If you’re interested in learning about some of the librarians in the SCR region, check out our Meet Me Monday series.
For those who aren’t a librarian, simply visit a library! Some provide makerspaces where people can design and print 3-D creations. Many have begun to borrow out ukuleles to their patrons!
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region is pleased to add six new titles to the lending library this quarter. New titles on diverse topics have been selected after review and are designed to support the mission of the NN/LM SCR. This post provides an overview of the recently added titles.
Introduction to Reference Sources in the Health Sciences, Sixth Edition (Medical Library Association Guides). Prepared in collaboration with the Medical Library Association, this completely updated, revised, and expanded edition lists classic and up-to-the-minute print and electronic resources in the health sciences, helping librarians find the answers that library users seek. Included are electronic versions of traditionally print reference sources, trustworthy electronic-only resources, and resources that library users can access from home or on the go through freely available websites or via library licenses. In this benchmark guide, the authors
Include new chapters on health information seeking, point-of-care sources, and global health sources
Focus on works that can be considered foundational or essential, in both print and electronic formats
Address questions librarians need to consider in developing and maintaining their reference collections
When it comes to questions involving the health sciences, this valuable resource will point both library staff and the users they serve in the right direction.
Education & Training
Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day. Learn what a flipped classroom is and why it works, and get the information you need to flip a classroom. You’ll also learn the flipped mastery model, where students learn at their own pace, furthering opportunities for personalized education. This simple concept is easily replicable in any classroom, doesn’t cost much to implement, and helps foster self-directed learning. Once you flip, you won’t want to go back!
Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educator. Whether or not “instruction” appears in their job titles, librarians are often in the position of educating their users, colleagues, and peers to successfully locate and evaluate information. Because MLIS education tends to offer less-than-comprehensive preparation in pedagogy and instructional design, this much-needed book tackles the challenge of effective teaching and training head-on. Char Booth, an avid library education and technology advocate, introduces a series of concepts that will empower readers at any level of experience to become better designers and presenters, as well as building their confidence and satisfaction as library educators. Laying the foundation for effective teaching, Booth outlines a four-part framework of Instructional Literacy, which includes
Reflective Practice: tools for improving learning in the moment and developing a teacher identity, as well as approaches to collaboration and creating communities of practice
Educational Theory: evidence-based strategies in learning and instructional research
Teaching Technologies: evaluating and integrating technology in learning using a practical “toolkit” approach
Instructional Design: a systematic and outcomes-based strategy for developing and assessing learning experiences
Based on hundreds of case studies about how organizations have used measurement to improve their reputations, strengthen their bottom lines, and improve efficiencies all around
Learn how to collect the data that will help you better understand your competition, do strategic planning, understand key strengths and weaknesses, and better respond to customer preferences
Author runs a successful blog and serves as a measurement consultant to companies such as Facebook, Southwest Airlines, Raytheon, and Allstate
The Atlas of New Librarianship. Libraries have existed for millennia, but today the library field is searching for solid footing in an increasingly fragmented (and increasingly digital) information environment. What is librarianship when it is unmoored from cataloging, books, buildings, and committees? In The Atlas of New Librarianship, R. David Lankes offers a guide to this new landscape for practitioners. He describes a new librarianship based not on books and artifacts but on knowledge and learning; and he suggests a new mission for librarians: to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities. The vision for a new librarianship must go beyond finding library-related uses for information technology and the Internet; it must provide a durable foundation for the field. Lankes recasts librarianship and library practice using the fundamental concept that knowledge is created though conversation. New librarians approach their work as facilitators of conversation; they seek to enrich, capture, store, and disseminate the conversations of their communities.
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) is happy to announce the addition of nine new titles to the Lending Library. New titles on diverse topics have been selected after review and are designed to support the mission of the NN/LM SCR. This post provides an overview of the books which have been added. Books from the Lending Library may be requested by Network Members or those who are employed by Network Member institutions. You will notice that our growing lending library has been divided into categories to better help you locate books on specific topic. Visit the Lending Library page to request any of these exciting new titles.
. Elisabeth Doucett. Branding is one part of the marketing process that focuses on developing a laser-clear message and the means to communicate that message to the intended audience. But as a library, where does branding fit? The book covers everything from working with outside experts to evaluating and maintaining your library’s brand, illustrated by case studies from other libraries. For those who have made a start, the chapters stand on their own librarians can pick up wherever they left off. End-of-chapter exercises enhance the feedback process. Tips, suggestions for success, and answers to frequently asked questions ensure your team collaborates on a library brand that will bring more patrons through the door!
. Karen Calhoun. Calhoun’s textbook is a highly readable, thought-provoking authoritative and in-depth treatment of the digital library arena. It provides an up-to-date overview of the progress, nature and future impact of digital libraries, from their collections and technology-centered foundations over two decades ago to their emergent, community-centered engagement with the social web.
How To Thrive as a Solo Librarian. Carol Smallwood and Melissa J. Clapp. This book is a compilation of chapters by librarians offering advice to colleagues who must work alone or with very limited help. The contributors come from schools and colleges, special and corporate archives, public libraries, and seasoned LIS faculty across the United States and abroad who are familiar with the vigor, dedication, and creativity necessary for solo librarians.
Making the Most of Your Library Career. Lois Stickell and Bridgette Sanders. An MLIS can provide the skill set needed to get a library job, but building a library career means knowing how to maximize your potential every step of the way. Benefiting those fresh out of library school as well as experienced professionals, career librarians from every corner of the profession offer a personal, down-to-earth view of “what it’s really like out there.” Filled with valuable insights into how to better launch and manage a library career, this book addresses important topics like
How to work and adapt at a new organization
What management expects and how to view everyday activities from that point of view
How to make suggestions for change
Advice on navigating the cyclical nature of a librarian’s work year
The rewards and challenges of professional organizations
Why a library degree is valuable outside a traditional library setting
Those new to the field will find the contributors’ seasoned advice both inspiring and practical, while veterans of the profession will find guidance on retuning their careers in librarianship’s changing environment.
Health Literacy from A to Z (Second Edition). Helen Osborne. This book is an easy to use handbook designed for the busy health professional. Filled with ideas and strategies that can be used in everyday practice, Health Literacy from A to Z is a first-of-its-kind resource. Learn the key principles and strategies of effective health communication presented in a simple, informal manner by one of the nation’s leading experts in health literacy. Whether you are a physician, nurse, pharmacist, allied health professional, case manager, public health specialist, practice manager, health care educator, student or family caregiver this book is for you. Instructor Resources include a Sample Syllabus and PowerPoint Presentations. What’s New in the Second Edition of Health Literacy from A to Z The Second Edition is updated and revised to reflect current health literacy research and practice with new information about timely health literacy topics. This edition has 14 new chapters.
Library Management Tips That Work. Carol Smallwood. There’s no shortage of library management books out there—but how many of them actually tackle the little details of day-to-day management, the hard-to-categorize things that slip through the cracks of a larger handbook? Library Management Tips that Work does exactly that, addressing dozens of such issues facing library managers, including
How to create a job manual, and keep staff accountable
Keeping your library board in the loop
Using numbers to make your case
Dealing with unreturned library materials
Methods for managing multiple libraries with one FTE librarian
Retaining services despite budget cuts and staff shortages
Public relations on a shoestring
Management Basics For Information Professionals. G. Edward Evans and Camila A. Alire. Reflecting the rapidly changing information services environment, the third edition of this bestselling title offers updates and a broader scope to make it an even more comprehensive introduction to library management. Addressing the basic skills good library managers must exercise throughout their careers, this edition includes a completely new chapter on management ethics. Evans and Alire also pay close attention to management in “new normal” straitened economic conditions and offer updates on technological topics like social media.
Lions and Tigers and Bears: The Internet Strikes Back. George Takei. In this groundbreaking book, Takei chronicles the “dark side” of the Net – how he has battled the haters, spammers and trolls, and even how some of his once-loyal fans were quick to turn on him. Takei’s musings on the nature of our increasingly connected world – why people share, what it really means, and how the developing world actually gets how to use social media – is required reading for anyone trying to understand and leverage its power.
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) is happy to announce the addition of eight new titles to the Lending Library. New titles have been selected after review and are designed to support the mission of the NN/LM SCR. Books from the Lending Library may be requested by Network Members or those who are employed by Network Member institutions. This post provides an overview of the books which have been added. Visit the Lending Library page to request any of these exciting new titles.
Legal issues including digital inheritance and privacy
Evolving formats and media considerations
Academic research projects
Library of Congress initiatives
The pioneering role of the Internet Archive
Research at Microsoft
Case studies of digital archiving in practice
Hawkins and his contributors are passionate about personal archiving, their enthusiasm matched only by their expertise in this must-read text for genealogists, historians, archivists, librarians, collectors, creators, and anyone with a mass of digital information they want to organize and preserve.
Design for How People Learn. Julie Dirksen. Products, technologies, and workplaces change so quickly today that everyone is continually learning. Many of us are also teaching, even when it’s not in our job descriptions. Whether it’s giving a presentation, writing documentation, or creating a website or blog, we need and want to share our knowledge with other people. But if you’ve ever fallen asleep over a boring textbook, or fast-forwarded through a tedious e-learning exercise, you know that creating a great learning experience is harder than it seems. Design For How People Learn will teach you how to leverage the fundamental concepts of instructional design both to improve your own learning and to engage your audience.
The Teaching Librarian: Web 2.0, Technology, and Legal Aspects. Kris Helge and Laura F. McKinnon. Librarians need to utilize web 2.0 tools to generate rich-text learning environments, creating enriching, challenging, and supportive learning platforms for students. The Teaching Librarian shows how to utilize wikis, mindmaps, and Second Life to improve pedagogy for librarians. Topics include how to obtain administration approval to implement web 2.0 tools, how to deal with and prevent technological glitches, and remain aware of relevant legal issues in the UK and the USA. The book also outlines how to create learning interfaces that meet the needs of nontraditional students. The six chapters cover key areas of pedagogy and web 2.0, including: the relevance of LibGuides and its uses for pedagogy; using cloud computing and mobile apps in teaching; teaching with Wikis, Second Life, and Mind Maps; practical issues with web 2.0 technology; and a chapter on the legal issues surrounding the use of web 2.0 for pedagogy.
Research, Evaluation and Audit: Key Steps in Demonstrating Your Value. Edited by Maria J. Grant, Barbara Sen and Hanna Spring. Written by academics and practitioners from a diverse selection of libraries throughout the world, this handbook provides library and information professionals with the guidance they need to undertake research projects in the workplace in order to inform their own practice and improve service delivery. It guides readers step by step through the key phases of planning, doing, and disseminating research. Novices as well as those experienced with evaluations, audits, or research will benefit from the text’s thorough and common-sense approach, which includes
An introduction to the concepts, ethics, and planning stages of research projects
Coverage of the fundamentals of projects, such as literature review, qualitative and quantitative research methods, data analysis, and research tools
Pointers on writing up the project, putting the results of the project findings into practice, and disseminating the project to the wider community
Case studies drawn from a broad range of LIS contexts and applicable to any institution.
This is the essential handbook for any librarian or information professional who wants to undertake research in the workplace in order to inform their own practice and the wider evidence base for library and information science. It’s also a useful guide for undergraduate and postgraduate LIS students undertaking their final year research project.
Managing Incompetence: An Innovative Approach for Dealing with People. Gabriel Ginebra. Day-in, day-out, managers and supervisors face a myriad of personalities in the workplace. Managing these individual characters can sometimes drive even the calmest boss into a frenzy. Here, for the first time in English, is a humorous, yet practical and effective title on how to deal with all those seemingly ‘incompetent’ people on your staff. Step-by-step, author Gabriel Ginebra guides you through the ‘Fougi Model’ to diagnose inefficiencies; and through this process, you’ll learn how to discern and improve people’s behaviors in the workplace. Business readers the world over have been impressed with this innovative approach to managing staff; you too, can benefit from this wisdom.
Expert Internet Searching, 4th Edition. Phil Bradley. The highly anticipated new edition of Phil Bradley’s essential guide to internet search is here. This no-nonsense handbook will give you the tools to find the information that you need more quickly and effectively than ever before. Since the last edition was published internet search has changed dramatically, with both the amount of information to be found online and the diversity of tools to unlock it expanding exponentially. This new edition, rewritten from scratch, gives readers the information and guidance they need to choose the right search tools and strategies for each information need. From searching social media effectively to tracking down an expert or a news story, and from searching by image to searching multimedia, Bradley introduces the best search engines and tools and explains how to get the most out of them. Whether you are a casual searcher or an expert information retriever, you will find information on a wide variety of search engines that you’ve never tried before and lists of tools and resources that will make you an even better searcher than you already are.This book will be an invaluable guide for anyone searching the internet for information, whether you are taking your first steps or are becoming more expert. Those teaching others how to search the internet efficiently will find suggestions and strategies and an eloquent rebuttal of the claim that ‘it’s all on Google’.
Global Mobile: Applications and Innovations for the Worldwide Mobile Ecosystem. Edited by Peter A. Bruck and Madanmohan Rao. Editors Bruck and Rao bring together an extraordinary cast of thought leaders and practitioners in this sweeping survey of mobile technology and its impacts on human life, work, and society. Global Mobile examines the foundations of the worldwide mobile ecosystem through an array of case studies and perspectives on how mobile is transforming human enterprise—from business and healthcare to education, employment, entertainment, government, and the media. Contributors describe how mobile can and is being used to expand economies, alliances, and partnerships, and assess legal, policy, and regulatory issues and challenges. Combining broad practical coverage with a pioneering vision, Global Mobile is the first essential guide to the worldwide mobile ecosystem.
Marketing with Social Media: A Lita Guide. Edited by Beth C. Thomsett-Scott. This guide offers to-the-point advice for getting up to speed with the world of social media. Ideal for newbies ready to get serious about marketing with social media, as well as practitioners on the lookout for ways to improve existing efforts, this guide will save readers time and effort by providing basic information on the most popular and cutting-edge marketing technologies. With best practices for engaging library users across multiple platforms, editor Beth C. Thomsett-Scott and her contributors:
draw from a range of experiences, with examples from different library types and sizes;
include case studies of successful social media efforts using Facebook, wikis, video-sharing sites, Pinterest, Google+, Foursquare, blogs, Twitter and QR codes;
offer tips for maintaining a steady flow of content, coordinating with colleagues, planning for sustainability and using built-in analytics for evaluation;
present numerous screen shots and illustrations;
provide a resource list at the end of every chapter, allowing readers to dig deeper.
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region added two new books to the Lending Library. Among the new titles are another book on video creation which provides many good tips and best practices for video creation and a book on supervising library staff.
Fundamentals of Library Supervision (Second Edition) Author: Joan Giesecke and Beth McNeil Description: Two experienced library managers explain how to create a productive workplace as they weave expert advice and commentary into an easy-to-use resource. This revised edition focuses on daily, real-world practices offering
Specific strategies for new supervisory staff
Hundreds of tips for encouraging a positive work ethic, maintaining productivity, and building teamwork
Proven advice on practical supervisory issues like hiring, firing, interviewing, and training
Policies and procedures that maintain fairness while addressing potential legal landmines
Guiding supervisors through the intricate process of managing others, this comprehensive handbook addresses the fundamental issues facing new managers. It also serves as a welcome refresher and reference for experienced managers facing new challenges in this complex and changing environment.
Rapid Video Development for Trainers: How to Create Learning Videos Fast and Affordably Author: Jonathan Halls Description: Rapid Video Development for Trainers meets the needs of companies and individuals who are thinking about or have dabbled in video production. Although producing focused, high quality video is well within the capability of nearly every development professional, the skill sets required to do so have not traditionally fallen within most trainers’ job descriptions. This is where Rapid Video Development for Trainers comes in: a comprehensive tutorial covering every aspect of web-based video development, this book provides both the theoretical overview and the nuts-and-bolts instructions for creating professional quality video quickly, easily, and inexpensively.
Written specifically for trainers by a 20-year media industry veteran who has worked in Europe, America, and Asia, Rapid Video Development for Trainers explains in clear, nontechnical language everything needed to create exceptionally instructive, cost-effective videos.
Some of the topics discussed include:
the opportunities presented to trainers by the advent of inexpensive digital technology
the principles, psychology, and philosophies behind effective video
what constitutes and appropriate situation in which to utilize video as a training medium
the various, distinct layers (visual, spoken word, music and sound effects, and more) that comprise an effective, high quality video
techniques for using effects to enhance-rather than detract from -the impact of your video
designing and implementing an efficient, productive workflow
thorough coverage of the tools you’ll need, with a heavy emphasis on the most cost-effective software and hardware for your project
detailed input on how to shoot great video, with sections on lighting, framing, and safety
important tips on basic digital video camera care and use
how to edit your video for maximum clarity, consistency, and aesthetics
a full chapter on the digital technology involved with putting your video on the web
a summary 12-point plan for achieving success with your training video
At a time when training and development budgets are being decreased, staff must be able to do more with less. And, since web-based video is rapidly assuming a critical role in corporate training, the ability to create highly effective video in-house is crucial. Rapid Video Development for Trainers is an invaluable educational resource for every aspect of professional-quality, cost-effective web video production.
Fundraising in the 21st century is not just about the bake sale anymore. Today technology is helping to open up fundraising opportunities to many. Crowdfunding is harnessing the power of technology and helping people around the globe donate to projects they might not have heard about before.
Crowdfunding “is a collective effort by people who network and pool their money together, usually via the Internet, in order to invest in and support efforts initiated by other people or organizations.”Crowdfunding allows individuals with a common interest or goal to raise money while also allowing other individuals, no matter how near or far, to get involved and contribute if they support the goal.
Crowdfunding is being used by libraries for many different purposes. A look at some online crowdfunding sites finds projects for repainting a local public library, purchasing books for a library in South Africa, building little lending libraries across the country, and many more. Many libraries have turned to crowdfunding as a way to boost donations, especially from individuals who may not be able to get out to a typically library fundraising event.
While online donations have been possible through credit card and PayPlay links, crowdfunding allows an organization to focus on a specific project or goal and use the crowdfunding platform to more widely promote the project. Online services for crowdfunding typically include the ability for creators to upload videos and share details about their project. Many crowdfunding sites also allow creators to offer incentives for contributors. Creators may offer t-shirts or hand written notes as an incentive to people to contribute to their project.
In additional to libraries, other industries are also turning to crowdfunding to boost funding. Crowdfunding projects for everything from digital thermometers, cell phones for everyone, research support, and even college tuition are seen online.
While crowdfunding is taking off, it is important to be familiar with the terms of service associated with the many online crowdfunding sites. The Library Journal article Crowdfunding the Library explores some of the ins and outs of crowdfunding for library purposes. The article includes information about some library projects and first person experience with crowdfunding for a library.
It is important to consider that online funding sites typically keep a percentage, usually very small, of the funds raised as overhead for platform use. For most sites this fee is only charged when a specific goal is met.
An overview of some of the most popular crowdfunding sites is provided in the list below (alphabetical order):
Crowdtilt – Legally certified in securing fundraisers for non-profit organizations. Users are allowed to contribute to and create campaigns of their choosing. A 2.5% fee is charged only if a campaign successfully reaches its goal.
Funding4Learning – Helps students raise financial resources for study, volunteering and education related initiatives. Uses PayPal as their main provider for all the fundraising payment’s processing and transaction services. Collected funds are disbursed only if the fundraising campaign is successful. However, a contributor is allowed to make a “direct contribution”, which is guaranteed to be paid whether or not the campaign is successful. Funding4Learning charges 5% of funds disbursed from a successful campaign, and 5% of all direct contributions.
Fundly – Makes it easy for non-profits, charities, politics, clubs, schools, teams, churches, and many other causes to quickly raise money online from friends, family, colleagues, donors, and other supporters via email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, and social media networks. It is also an app for social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn. It uses WePay to process donations. Donors are charged when they make a donation.
GoFundMe – Allows people to raise money for events ranging from life events such as celebrations and graduations to challenging circumstances like accidents and illnesses. Allows users to share their project with people through integrated social network links and email. A special section of GoFundMe is dedicated to users who are trying to raise money to cover their tuition costs.
Indigogo – Disburses funds immediately, when the contributions are collected through the user’s PayPal accounts. When your campaign raises funds, Indiegogo charges a 9.0% fee on the funds you raise. If you reach your goal, you get 5.0% back, for an overall fee of 4.0%. Registered 501(c)(3) nonprofits qualify for a 25% reduction in platform costs.
KickStarter – Provides tools to raise funds for creative projects. Project creators choose a deadline and a minimum funding goal. If the goal is not met by the deadline, no funds are collected. Kickstarter takes 5% of the funds raised.
Neighbor.ly – Civic crowdfunding website. Focused on helping local governments raise money for civic improvements. Designed to accept projects only from local governmental and civic-natured entities including; constitutionally chartered municipalities, county and metro-conglomerate government entities, public / private partnerships, and institutions, private, or non-profit organizations whose mission caters primarily to civic infrastructure (e.g. bike share startups).
PetriDish – Crowdfunding for scientific research. Aimed at projects that might not be eligible for government funding as well as projects that need funding not typically covered by grants such as translating research into educational papers or projects. Charges a percentage of funds collected
This summer three new titles were added to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region Lending Library. All three titles are technology related at address timely trends including social media and video creation that many libraries and organizations may be interested in learning more about. The books available for loan to any NN/LM SCR Network remember.
Doing Social Media So It Matters: A Librarian’s Guide
Author: Laura Solomon
Description: Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn: it’s difficult enough to keep abreast of social media Web sites, let alone understand how they fit into today’s library. This practical resource brings together current information on the topic in a concise format that’s easy to digest. Laura Solomon is a librarian with more than a decade of experience in Web development, design, and technology, and her timely guide
Provides context on the social media phenomenon
Offers practical advice on how libraries can choose, use, and monitor these tools effectively
Identifies additional resources and best practices
Solomon has written a unique, to-the-point guidebook for those ready to jump into the deep end of the pool and commence or improve their library’s tweeting, posting, and friending.
Library Videos and Webcasts: The Tech Set #4
Author: Thomas Sean Casserley Robinson
Description: Online video and imaging software gives you the opportunity to communicate with your library users 24/7 – but getting started can be intimidating. ‘Library Videos and Webcasts’, part of Neal-Schuman’s The Tech Set®, has the building blocks you need to effectively, affordably, and easily create and broadcast high-quality webcasts to your library users, staff and the social networking sites beyond. Author Sean Robinson details each step in the video creation process, with practical guidance for equipment selection, planning, development, plus the use of quality camera techniques, props and special effects. Robinson also covers post-production, and shows you best practices for marketing your videos and measuring their success. ‘Library Videos and Webcasts’ is a useful one-stop resource for both advanced and less-experienced librarians. Whether you want to advertise upcoming programs, broadcast book reviews, or film instructional videos about your library’s services, this complete how-to guide gives you the all of the practical tools you need to integrate video into your library’s repertoire.
Neal-Schuman Library Technology Companion: A Basic Guide for Library Staff, 4th Edition
Author: John J. Burke
Description: The fourth edition of Burke’s comprehensive resource, newly revised and updated, is a perfect primer for LIS students and should be at the top of the list for any current or future library professional looking to stay at the forefront of technological advancement. This all-in-one guide helps readers contribute to improving institutional performance, boost productivity, and stay connected to the latest library technology topics and tools by offering incisive coverage of
Library technology basics, with a historical overview providing context, suggested resources for staying up to date, and a chapter on appraising and purchasing equipment and putting systems into operation
Technology tools, including computers of all kinds (desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices), office applications, the wireless world, the vast changes and potential of library catalogs and databases, social media, and much more
How libraries put technology to work through adaptive/assistive technology, virtual reference, blogs, screencasting, distance learning, and other day-to-day workflow
Building and maintaining technology, offering guidance on spam, spyware, security strips, and other dangers of the cyberworld, plus troubleshooting tips for typical technology problems and advice on making technology environments comfortable for users
The importance of long-range technology planning and how to take steps to start the planning process
With over 2,000 responses the online survey respondents listed the follow ten items as technologies used on a daily basis:
E-mail – 97.6%
Word processing – 94.1%
Using a Web browser – 93.6%
Web searching – 93.6%
Searching library databases – 91.8%
Spreadsheets (Microsoft Excel, etc.) – 85.3%
Library catalog (public side) – 84.4%
Public or staff printers – 80.1%
Teaching others to use technology – 80.0%
Presentation software (Microsoft PowerPoint, Prezi, etc.) – 75.1%
High percentages of respondents also listed:
Troubleshooting technology – 65.6%
Fax machine – 50.1%
Google Docs – 49.4%
Making technology purchase decisions – 38.5%
Respondents indicated that technology skills related to programming, coding, web design, and network management would help them in their current roles. Respondents also expressed interest in adding more mobile and social technologies to their library.
With many libraries already wrestling with budget cuts, respondents indicated a need for more stuff to help deal with the growing demand for technology support in their libraries.
Burke’s book is available for loan to Network members through the National Network of Library of Medicine, South Central Region’s (NN/LM SCR) Lending Library.
Understanding social media and working to build an audience via social networking tools such as Facebook or Twitter can be a bit a challenge for librarians and other organizations who want to start a presence in these areas. In May American Libraries published the article Understanding Social Capital by librarian and social media expert Laura Solomon. Solomon explains the value of social capital and that in many ways social capital is akin to credibility. To start a social media presence with no followers can be frustrating but building your credibility through the development of social capital is an important step to gaining followers and sharing your message.
Solomon points out that one of the pitfalls many organizations suffer in early attempts to engage users on social media is posting and sharing information that is only about their organization. Building social capital takes time and requires work. Solomon stresses that “building a social media reputation means giving back.”
Solomon provides details on several tips for engagement with users that can be used to build social capital through social media. She recommends the follow:
Thank your patrons
Ask for opinions
Offer links to other sites of interest
Retweet your followers (Twitter)
Always give credit
Provide information people care about
Monitor and respond to posts
Solomon goes on to provide some advanced tips for building social capital through the use of photos, customer service, and contests as tools to further audience engagement.
One of the main takeaways from the article for anyone looking to build social capital is understanding that in order to build social capital there is a demand for reciprocity. While promoting your organization’s programs it is equally important to use social media as a tool to promote other programs and highlight information that your audience is interested in, even if it comes from other sources. Pointing people in the right direction and engaging with users is an important part of growing social capital and earning creditability.
The NN/LM SCR added a few new titles to the Lending Library this quarter. The materials are available for loan to any of our Network members.
The Art of Explanation: Making Your Ideas, Products, and Services Easier to Understand
Author: Lee Lefever
It’s time to rethink how you communicate. Every day, professionals struggle to make ideas easy to understand and it prevents them from accomplishing their goals.This book is a simple guide to solving this problem by turning complex ideas into easy-to-understand explanations. In The Art of Explanation, Common Craft founder and Chief Explainer Lee LeFever distills years of experience into practical, common sense approaches to communicating ideas, products and services.
A LITA Guide to Technology for Small and One-Person Libraries
Authors: Rene J. Erlandson & Rachel A. Erb
For those working in a small library, particularly one that may have little technical support, a foundational knowledge of technology is crucial. This LITA guide shows how to successfully develop, implement, sustain, and grow technology initiatives. The contributors draw from personal experience in rural libraries and regional state university libraries to offer guidance for making sound technology decisions. Whether looking for a quick answer or starting an in-depth technology project, readers will quickly find basic information on the full range of library technology, organized into chapters with numerous headings for easy scanning.
MLA’s Educational Webcast – Partnering to Prevent Diagnostic Error: Librarians on the Inside Track
Program Goal: The goal of this program is to raise awareness and encourage participation by medical librarians in diagnostic error (Dx) prevention and mitigation.
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