Monday, August 18, 2014

Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development

Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development

The Lyon Declaration of August 2014 was written in English. The wording of the English version shall prevail.

The United Nations is negotiating a new development agenda to succeed the Millennium Development Goals. The agenda will guide all countries on approaches to improving people’s lives, and outline a new set of goals to be reached during the period 2016-2030.

We, the undersigned, believe that increasing access to information and knowledge across society, assisted by the availability of information and communications technologies (ICTs), supports sustainable development and improves people’s lives.

We therefore call upon the Member States of the United Nations to make an international commitment to use the post-2015 development agenda to ensure that everyone has access to, and is able to understand, use and share the information that is necessary to promote sustainable development and democratic societies.

http://www.lyondeclaration.org/

Journal Article: “The Rise of Patron-Driven Acquisitions: A Literature Review”

This literature review examines the growing trend of patron-driven acquisitions in libraries. The article discusses different types of patron-driven acquisitions, as well as advantages, challenges, and best practices for adopting this purchasing method. The dearth of literature on public libraries using this method is noted, suggesting future opportunities for research....

http://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1770&context=glq

New Journal Article: “Process as Product: Scholarly Communication Experiments in the Digital Humanities”

New Journal Article:  “Process as Product: Scholarly Communication Experiments in the Digital Humanities”

Scholarly communication outreach and education activities are proliferating in academic libraries. Simultaneously, digital humanists—a group that includes librarians and non-librarians based in libraries, as well as scholars and practitioners without library affiliation—have developed forms of scholarship that demand and introduce complementary innovations focused on infrastructure, modes of dissemination and evaluation, openness, and other areas with implications for scholarly communication. Digital humanities experiments in post-publication filtering, open peer review, middle-state publishing, decentering authority, and multimodal and nonlinear publication platforms are discussed in the context of broader library scholarly communication efforts..

http://jlsc-pub.org/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1137&context=jlsc

Conference Paper: “Missing Links: The Digital News Preservation

That the spread of printed news has changed dramatically since the Internet and the Web is no news to anyone. The Christian Science Monitor, in print since 1908, ceased daily publication in 2009 to focus on web-based publishing (CSM still publishes a weekly print edition). One month before this, The Seattle Post Intelligencer stopped its print edition. More recently, Lloyd’s List, which claims to be the world’s oldest newspaper, announced that it would stop its print edition. These are but a few examples of news publishers that no longer print the news on paper.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Library of Congress Recommends Preservation Formats

The Library of Congress Recommends Preservation Formats...by Roy Tennant

The Library of Congress has now made specific recommendations on the best file formats for preserving access to content of various types:

  • Textual works and musical compositions
  • Still images
  • Audio
  • Moving images
  • Software, electronic games, and learning modules
  • Datasets and databases

They take pains to explain that these recommendations are not meant to replace their pre-existing “Best Edition” of Published Copyright Works document, AKA “Best Edition Statement”, but rather builds upon and complements that work.
http://www.loc.gov/preservation/resources/rfs/index.html

http://www.thedigitalshift.com/2014/06/roy-tennant-digital-libraries/library-congress-recommends-preservation-formats/

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A Government School Teacher Who Is Creating A Library In Every Home

A Government School Teacher Who Is Creating A Library In Every Home

A government school teacher who went an extra mile to provide a mobile library to students who could not afford it. From a well-maintained reading corner to monthly circulation of books, Priti Gandhi makes sure that every child who loves to read gets a book in his or her hand. Read her inspiring story and how she did it.

http://www.thebetterindia.com/12637/teacher-creating-library-every-home/

Priti Gandhi, teacher

What To Expect From Libraries in the 21st Century: Pam Sandlian Smith at TEDxMileHigh

What To Expect From Libraries in the 21st Century: Pam Sandlian Smith at TEDxMileHigh...

This video was filmed at an independently organized TEDx event and uploaded by the organizer.
http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/What-To-Expect-From-Libraries-i;search%3Atag%3A%22TEDxMileHigh%22#.U9-96gNph_g.twitter

The Open Repositories 2014 conference presentations


The Open Repositories 2014 conference took place in June in Helsinki. The presentation slides from most of the Open Repositories 2014 sessions are now permanently available in a repository.

http://www.doria.fi/handle/10024/97524

Friday, August 1, 2014

Most Beautiful Libraries in the World

Most Beautiful Libraries in the World....Evan Robinson




http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/most-beautiful-libraries-in-the-world/1

How a New Dutch Library Smashed Attendance Records

How a New Dutch Library Smashed Attendance Records....Cat Johnson


Facing declining visitors and uncertainty about what to do about it, library administrators in the new town of Almere in the Netherlands did something extraordinary. They redesigned their libraries based on the changing needs and desires of library users and, in 2010, opened the Nieuwe Bibliotheek (New Library), a thriving community hub that looks more like a bookstore than a library.

Guided by patron surveys, administrators tossed out traditional methods of library organization, turning to retail design and merchandising for inspiration. They now group books by areas of interest, combining fiction and nonfiction; they display books face-out to catch the eye of browsers; and they train staff members in marketing and customer service techniques.


With out-facing books, the New Library looks more like a bookstore than a library

The library features a bustling cafe