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UK: The Sieghart Report on Public Libraries Released

The Sieghart Report on Public Libraries Released

“The long awaited Sieghart Report was officially released today. CILIP are calling the work a ‘convincing roadmap’ as the report outlines a detailed strategy for reinvigorating English public libraries. William Sieghart and panel have three ‘major’ recommendations that form the crux of their proposal:

  1. The provision of national digital resources for libraries, to be delivered in partnership with local authorities.
  2. The setting up of a task and finish force, led by local government, in partnership with other bodies involved in the library sector, to provide a strategic framework for England, and to help in implementing the following.
  3. The task force, to work with local authorities, to help them improve, revitalise and if necessary, change their local library service, while encouraging, appropriate to each library, increased community involvement.

Alongside decisive recommendations for the future, the Independent Library Report for England advocates the value of public libraries: ‘The library does more than simply loan books. It underpins every community. It is not just a place for self-improvement, but the supplier of an infrastructure for life and learning’. The Sieghart Report is an exciting development in the current library climate, reminding us all that change can mean positive developments.

For a look at what CILIP have to say on the matter visit their site. You might also be interested in what David Lankes has to say in Coffee, Wifi, and the Loo: Reactions to The Sieghart Report.”

Stephen

Posted on: December 22, 2014, 10:00 am Category: Uncategorized

Free Download: 5 Steps to Internet Safety

 Free Download: 5 Steps to Internet Safety

http://www.coolcatteacher.com/links/free-download-5-steps-internet-safety/

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5 Steps to Internet Safety


Stephen

Posted on: December 22, 2014, 6:34 am Category: Uncategorized

The Hierarchy of Disagreement, by Paul Graham

The Hierarchy of Disagreement, by Paul Graham

http://ilovecharts.tumblr.com/post/104825226241/climateadaptation-the-hierarchy-of

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<p>The Hierarchy of Disagreement, by Paul Graham.<br />

How to Disagreehttp://www.paulgraham.com/disagree.html

Stephen

Posted on: December 22, 2014, 6:28 am Category: Uncategorized

Archive of Lankes New Librarianship Master Class/MOOC Now Available

Archive of New Librarianship Master Class/MOOC Now Available

You can now quickly access to the archives of the New Librarianship Master Class/MOOC with David Lankes.

See the course structure, watch the videos, and download materials at:

http://quartz.syr.edu/blog/?page_id=6599

 

Stephen

Posted on: December 22, 2014, 6:06 am Category: Uncategorized

Security of Cloud Services

Using the cloud …… but is it secure?

When exploring and demonstrating the use of cloud based technologies such as Google Drive, Dropbox and Evernote in my workshops, a question is generally asked in relation to security. This recent infographic provides a good overview of the security of cloud services.
NJIT New Jersey Institute of Technology – Online MSCS This is an external link

For more information on the background to this infographic see http://computerscience.online.njit.edu/resources/infographics/security-of-cloud-services/ This is an external link

 

Stephen

Posted on: December 21, 2014, 7:00 am Category: Uncategorized

Infographic: Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015

The Digital Age Is Rapidly Changing Everything

Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015

business-forecast-2020

Stephen

Posted on: December 21, 2014, 6:51 am Category: Uncategorized

Rethinking the library proves a divisive topic at many liberal arts institutions

“Library directors at liberal arts institutions are losing their jobs as they clash with faculty and administrators over the future of the academic library.”
“Several library directors at liberal arts institutions have lost their jobs as they clash with faculty and administrators over how much — and how fast — the academic library should change.None of the dismissals, resignations or retirements are identical. Some have resulted from arguments over funding; others from debates about decision-making processes or ongoing personal strife. One common trend, however, is that several of the library directors who have left their jobs in recent years have done so after long-term disputes with other groups on campus about how the academic library should change to better serve students and faculty.

The disputes highlight the growing pains of institutions and their members suddenly challenged to redefine themselves after centuries of serving as gateways and gatekeepers to knowledge.”

Stephen

Posted on: December 21, 2014, 6:32 am Category: Uncategorized