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Wikipedia + Libraries: Better Together (through WebJunction)
he Wikipedia + Libraries project is strengthening ties between US public libraries and Wikipedia, to expand public access to authoritative information and serve public libraries’ diverse communities.

ere are some opportunities and resources that you can use to engage with the Wikipedia + Libraries project through WebJunction:

In January 2018, we hosted a webinar for all library staff to learn about the inner workings of Wikipedia and how to add a citation. Access the recording and Learner Guide on the Citations Needed: Build Your Wikipedia Skills While Building the World’s Encyclopedia page.
In fall 2017, WebJunction ran a free, nine-week online training program for 300 US public library staff to learn to confidently engage with Wikipedia. Curriculum and training materials will be consolidated, curated and hosted on WebJunction under CC BY-SA 4.0 in spring 2018.
Project Updates are available, sign up to receive email updates. We also post news and information on Facebook, Twitter and in the Crossroads e-newsletter.
librarianship  Library-linked-data  Library-innovation  wikipedia  USA 
may 2018 by Psammead
Design thinking for libraries toolkit
We created the Design Thinking of Libraries toolkit to introduce a way of working that will help you understand the needs of your patrons and engage your communities like never before. We understand the challenges facing librarians are real, complex and varied. As such, they require new perspectives, new tools and new approaches. Human-centered design allows us to work together to discover what our communities want, and we can experiment to create services, programs and processes to meet their changing needs.
libraries  library-training  Library-innovation  how-to  toolkit 
january 2018 by Psammead
Blockhains for the information profession: A project of the SJSU iSchool
here have been conferences, books, white papers, start-ups, and numerous back-channel discussions on ways blockchain technology can address seemingly endless processes, but librarians have not been evidenced in these mainstream discussions. However, the use of blockchain technology in libraries seems to be on the radar of many information professionals.

It is time to examine the possible ways that libraries can support city/community goals through the use of blockchains while the implementation of the technology is still in the infancy stage.

Libary 2.0 Conference
National Forum
Blockchain Basics
Keeping Current With Blockchain
Ways to Use Blockchain in Libraries
Getting started using blockchain
Relevant Publications
Useful links
blockchain  Library-innovation  libraries  how-to 
january 2018 by Psammead
Goosechase: Educational scavenger hunt
GoosechaseEdu is an app that combines the excitement of a scavenger hunt with mobile technology. Games consist of a series of missions that are completed by individuals or teams.

Once you create an account, you can opt to use games from the game library or you can design your own missions. Once your game is ready you will share the link with the participants. Participants need to download the app which works on both Android and iOS devices and have a Goosechase account. Points are earned for completing missions which requires participants to either submit a photo, answer with text, or check into a specified location. Missions might require participants to complete an action such as solving a math problem and uploading it or finding the area of the Louisiana Purchase and submit the correct answer. The game organizer sets a time limit and the team with the most points when time is up wins.
games  education  Library-innovation  Eric  android  iphone  app 
october 2017 by Psammead
Beyond Words
A Library of Congress transcription effort. "As a pilot, the main goal of Beyond Words is to identify and caption pictures in newspaper pages to create public domain data for researchers to use. The crowdsourced data that are collaboratively generated in Beyond Words are released into the public domain, then available for download as JSON data and exploration in a public gallery."
LoC  transcription  Crowdsourcing  cultural-heritage  Library-innovation  public-domain 
october 2017 by Psammead
Badges: Learning in libraries
From the page: "Badging may be seen as an alternative to traditional forms of educational assessment and recognition. (...)

Digital badging would allow metadata to be attached to each badge, bringing together valuable information about the criteria for earning the badge, the institution or instructor behind the badge, the date the badge was earned, descriptions or copies of assessment tools, or even examples of actual work submitted to receive the badge. Additionally, as a form of micro-credentialing, badging would help document specific learning achievement along a larger path towards general achievement." (...)
badges  Library-innovation  library-training  libraries  try-later 
september 2017 by Psammead
Measure the Future: Measuring Attention in Library Spaces
Imagine having a Google-Analytics-style dashboard for your library building: number of visits, what patrons browsed, what parts of the library were busy during which parts of the day, and more. Measure the Future is working to make that happen by using open-hardware based sensors that can collect data about building usage that is now invisible. Making these invisible occurrences explicit will allow librarians to make strategic decisions that create more efficient and effective experiences for their patrons.

Our goal is to enable libraries and librarians to make the tools that measure the future of the library as physical space. We are going to build open tools using open hardware and open source software, and then provide open tutorials so that libraries everywhere can build the tools for themselves.
Library-innovation  metrics  how-to  open-source  privacy 
september 2017 by Psammead
Library of Congress labs
The Library of Congress today launched, a new online space that will host a changing selection of experiments, projects, events and resources designed to encourage creative use of the Library’s digital collections. To help demonstrate the exciting discoveries that are possible, the new site will also feature a gallery of projects from data challenge winners and innovators-in-residence and blog posts and video presentations from leaders in the field.
LoC  Library-innovation  Digital-collections  USA 
september 2017 by Psammead
Peer 2 Peer University: Learning group facilitation handbook
You can download this handbook as a .pdf. It includes tips, tricks, checklists, and templates to help you advertise, prepare for, and run your learning circle.
MOOC  how-to  Library-innovation  library-instruction 
september 2017 by Psammead
figshare allows users to upload any file format to be previewed in the browser so that any research output, from posters and presentations to datasets and code, can be disseminated in a way that the current scholarly publishing model does not allow
research  datasets  open-access  publishing  librarianship  Library-innovation 
august 2017 by Psammead
Coding for Librarians: Learning by Example
Andromeda Yelton has written a set of six articles for Library Technology Reports titled Coding for Librarians: Learning by Example.
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Data Workflows
Chapter 3. Reporting
Chapter 4. Patron-Facing Services
Chapter 5. Political and Social Dimensions of Library Code
Chapter 6. Learning to Code

coding  librarianship  how-to  Library-innovation 
january 2017 by Psammead
Harvard Library Open Metadata
The Harvard Library is committed to making as much of its metadata as possible available through open access in order to support learning and research, to disseminate knowledge and to foster innovation. Open access to metadata aligns with the university’s established commitment to open access for scholarly communication.
Library-innovation  Library-linked-data  metadata  library2016 
october 2016 by Psammead
Libraries Hacked
the site has two primary aims:

to promote libraries as being spaces appropriate for hacks as well as pushing for more library-based open data;
to provide a directory of library data, hardware, and software tools that could be used in hacks.

library hacks

a public library (or any other library) is a perfect place to hold hack events, having the location, wifi, tools, information professional expertise, community, and available data sources.
library data

there is all sorts of data that could be used in hacks, but that data is extensive - making a website trying to cover it all would be impossible. this site compiles data directly relevant to libraries and library collections, and attempts to push for that data to be released under an open licence.
Library-linked-data  Library-innovation  library-training  Tools  API  RDF  open-source  open-data 
july 2016 by Psammead
Live from Your Library: A Look at Periscope, Facebook Live and Google Hangouts On Air
Live-streamed video is taking off, and it is easier than ever to get on board. You can use live streaming not only to share your programs and lectures but also to give people a virtual tour of your library or share one of your classes. There are so many possibilities! The Wichita Public Library used Facebook Live for a book discussion for Kitchens of the Great Midwest, and the Wilmington Memorial Library used Live to share a program on drones.

We tested out a few popular live-streaming platforms to see how they stack up and if they might be right for libraries.
live-streaming  video  Library-innovation  library  event  how-to 
june 2016 by Psammead
Linked data on the ground (2015 talk
his session is an investigation of the operational impacts on libraries of transitioning to a linked data ecosystem. To date, the majority of linked data efforts and research have focused on the end-user search and discovery benefits of transitioning to linked data. There has been very little investigation of the impact that the transition from MARC, or other field-based approaches to bibliographic work, would have on the daily operations of libraries. Would it be optimal to convert all library operations and data stores to a native triples ecosystem? Or, would it make more sense to maintain a field-based data store and programmatically expose data as triples? In either case, what software would we use to accomplish these tasks, and how would the adoption of this software effect current library vendor relations and internal workflows? Finally, what would be the business impact in terms of work efficiency and librarian training? Linked Data on the Ground will address these and similar questions by highlighting the work of three initiatives directly engaged in the implementation of linked data native library operations: The UC Davis' IMLS funded BIBFLOW project, the collaborative effort of the National Library of Medicine, George Washing University, and UC Davis to develop and implement a BIBFRAME model for PCC Core bibliographic data, and George Washington University's efforts to create and expose micro data. These are amongst the most ambitious efforts yet to integrate linked data into the daily operations of the library; and the experiences and lessons learned from these efforts to deal with linked data on the ground fill an important gap in libraries' understanding of the linked data landscape and help to complete the puzzle of applications of linked data in the library community.
Library-linked-data  LODLAM  video  panel-discussion  Canada  Library-innovation 
march 2016 by Psammead

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