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Library Facebook Images Dropbox is moving.

This is a great resource for anyone posting to their public library’s social media accounts and websites.  Sign up to get access to the esteemed Ben Bizzle’s project to collect and share.

Library Facebook Images Dropbox is moving.

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When Ben Bizzle created the “Library Facebook Images Dropbox” to share highly engaging social media images with the library community, he never imagined it would grow to a collection of over 1,000 images, with more than 800 librarian members. Shared Dropbox folders were never designed to be a platform for that level of collaboration. Therefore, the collection has been moved to a far more suitable web based platform, hosted and supported by Library Market. Sign up today and make sure to bookmark the page for quick and easy access.

The old Dropbox folder will no longer be available beginning June 1, 2015.

Posted on: May 21, 2015, 10:09 am Category: Uncategorized

Results of South Carolina School Library Impact Study Now Available

Results of South Carolina School Library Impact Study Now Available

Via Gary Price at LJ InfoDocket

http://www.infodocket.com/2015/05/14/results-of-south-carolina-school-library-impact-study-now-available/

From the South Carolina Association of School Librarians Web Site:

The South Carolina School Library Impact Study has been completed. During the SCASL conference in March 2015 a concurrent session was held to inform members of the study results.

The findings are available in two reports.

Reports

Phase 1: How Libraries Transform Schools by Contributing to Student Success: Evidence Linking South Carolina School Libraries and PASS & HSAP Results (79 pages; PDF)

http://www.scasl.net/assets/phase%20i.pdf

Usable responses from 787 schools to the South Carolina School Library Survey provided data on:
Numbers of librarians and library assistants
Library expenditures, both total and per student
Hours per week librarians spend teaching information literacy (combining reported data on collaborative planning, collaborative teaching, and independent teaching)
Circulation of library resources, both total and per student
Size of library print and e-book collections
Numbers of computers available to students in libraries as well as elsewhere in schools
Average number of group visits to libraries per week

Phase 2: How Libraries Transform Schools by Contributing to Stdent Success: Evidence Linking South Carolina School Libraries and PASS & HSAP Results, Phase II (52 pages: PDF)

https://scasl.memberclicks.net/assets/phase%202.pdf

The second phase of the South Carolina study, which is the focus of this second report, is an analysis of data collected in surveys of South Carolina school administrators, teachers, and librarians and test results from the state’s Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) for elementary and middle school students. While high school educators are included in the overall survey analysis, their sample size was insufficient to examine the relationships between their survey responses and test results from the state’s High School Assessment Program (HSAP) for high school students. Where possible, the accuracy of responding educators’ assessments of library teaching of standards was checked against actual state test results by standard.

Notably, this is the first state in which such a study has been conducted where this type of validity check has been possible, owing to the ready availability of standard-level test results.

SCASL also released this infographic.

scasl_infographic

Stephen

Posted on: May 21, 2015, 6:39 am Category: Uncategorized

K-12 Report: Assessment Readiness, Money, & Privacy Top Priorities for School Technology Leaders New Findings Revealed at CoSN’s Annual Conference in Atlanta

K-12 Report: Assessment Readiness, Money, & Privacy Top Priorities for School Technology Leaders
New Findings Revealed at CoSN’s Annual Conference in Atlanta
Washington, DC
Monday, March 16, 2015

http://cosn.org/about/news/k-12-report-assessment-readiness-money-privacy-top-priorities-school-technology-leaders

“Washington, DC (March 16, 2015) – According to CoSN’s (the Consortium for School Networking’s) 3rd annual K-12 IT Leadership Survey, school system technology leaders expressed greatest concern for assessment readiness, funding, and the privacy and security of student data.

The new findings, released today at the association’s 2015 Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA, provide K-12 leadership and stakeholders with a clearer sense of education technology challenges and priorities.

“Strong IT leadership is integral to the success of schools and districts,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “The decisions IT leaders make affect schools and the students they serve far into the future. CoSN conducts this survey to gain a better understanding of the state of the chief technology officer (CTO) and gain deeper insight into who they are. The trends, challenges, and priorities that emerge from the survey results inform CoSN’s activities and help us to better address the changing needs of our membership.”

Key findings of the report include:

  • For the second straight year, assessment readiness is the number one priority for IT leaders, yet less than 30 percent report they are fully prepared for online assessments.
  • Despite 30 percent reporting budget increases, 54 percent still indicate that they do not have enough money to “meet overall expectations of the school board / district leaders.”
  • K-12 IT leaders are increasingly worried about the privacy and security of student data; fifty-seven percent said the issue is more important than it was last year. In 2014, CoSN launched a    Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning initiative to help district technology leaders overcome this growing challenge.
  • Respondents expect their instructional materials to be at least 50 percent digital within the next three years.
  • K-12 IT leaders are not as well compensated as their counterparts in the private sector. Private sector chief technology officers (CTOs) in the bottom 10 percent of the private earnings range still earn more than the average K-12 IT Leader.
  • Female K-12 IT leaders earn less than their male counterparts. Among leaders in the lowest salary range, 65 percent are women.
  • K-12 IT leadership lacks diversity – 88 percent of leaders are white. While that percentage somewhat aligns with the general population of whites in the United States (78 percent), it does not reflect the make-up of the K-12 student body, which is projected this year to have a majority non-white population.
  • Leaders have extensive education technology experience. A remarkable 89 percent have been in education technology for more than six years, 42 percent for more than 10 years, and 31 percent for more than 20.
  • Leaders are very busy. Seventy-four percent are in charge of both instructional and administrative technology.
  • Fifty-eight percent of CTOs / chief information officers / district technology directors report to their superintendents — a best practice identified by CoSN.

The K-12 IT Leadership Survey was conducted in partnership with MDR and sponsored by SchoolDude.

For more about the survey, including previous year results, please visit: cosn.org/itsurvey2015, #CoSN15.

About CoSN 
CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visit cosn.org or call 866-267-08747 to find out more about CoSN’s focus areas, annual conference and events, advocacy and policy, membership, and the CETL certification exam.

– See more at: http://cosn.org/about/news/k-12-report-assessment-readiness-money-privacy-top-priorities-school-technology-leaders#sthash.fBgfIk2X.dpuf

Stephen

Posted on: May 21, 2015, 6:04 am Category: Uncategorized

10 steps to a value proposition for your library

10 steps to a value proposition for your library

http://proud2know.eu/10valueprop_blog21

“Libraries are embracing new opportunities to help better serve its students, teachers and researchers. The starting point is not always by thoroughly analyzing your current users and analyzing the surrounding contexts together with a multi-disciplinary team that really knows your users.

The Business Model Canvas can help you design a really customer-centred service portfolio. It can be used as a great strategic development and communication tool for staff, senior management and other stakeholders.

The Business Model Canvas was invented by Alexander Osterwalder & Yves Pigner. For more information on the whole canvas, see http://www.businessmodelgeneration.com/canvas/bmc

The Business Model Canvas is an excellent tool to help you describe, analyze and visualize your business model. In other words, such a model can help show you and your team and others how your library creates and delivers value to certain target groups, e.g. Bachelor students, Master students, PhD students, lecturers, Professors, administrators, in various contexts.

BusModelCanvas

The Business Model Canvas, Strategyzer.com

For this month’s blog, using this model, I will focus on helping you get the key activities, pains and gains of your Customer Segment (1) clear for example, and relate your Value Proposition (2) to this knowledge. With value proposition, I mean the service offer that creates value for your customers or users.

Taking a practical example, I will take PhD students as one of the customer segments you could do more for. At this point, try not to think too much about specific service solutions for your PhD students; focus on their pains and gains first.

Your customer segment

1.  Select a customer segment / target group that you need to focus on. Hone in on it with a multi-disciplinary team that knows your users well.

Bus_Model_CustomerPIE2.  Then identify the jobs and tasks your PhD student aims to get done and list them in a customer/ user pie as shown in the diagramme.

3.  Next, consider the pains associated with these tasks and list any obstacles and challenges.

4.  As a following step, identify what they aim to gain through their jobs & tasks.

5.  As a final analysis step, prioritize the jobs, pains and gains of your PhD student. This will help you come to a list that highlights the most important aspects you need to address in your value proposition, i.e. the most valuable service offer you could create for your students in this case.

6.  Verify this knowledge with your PhD students before going any further.

Your value proposition

7.  Analyze your value proposition by creating a value map.

8.  Now turn back to your PhD’s pains list, and consider pain relievers. Then rank them in order of importance for your PhD student/supervisor.

9.  Then call on their gains and list the gain creators to create valuable outcomes. Rank these gains also in order of importance for your PhD student/supervisor.

10.  Fill this value map with a list of products and services that will answer the pains and gains of your users.

You’re on the road to developing a strong business model for your library.  Other blocks such as what types of customer relationships you have, what channels you have to get your value proposition to your customers, etc. will come in a later blog post.

You will need time to further explore other aspects of the Business Model Canvas to create the more complete picture of the context that will influence and impact the success of your services. If you’d like someone from outside to help get your picture clear with your team also as a team-building exercise, drop me a mail: [email protected].”

 

 

 

Stephen

Posted on: May 20, 2015, 6:13 am Category: Uncategorized

Convenience and quality: cloud-based personal research tools and the evolving scholarly record

Convenience and quality: cloud-based personal research tools and the evolving scholarly record

http://www.libraryofthefuture.org/blog/2015/5/6/convenience-and-quality

Stephen

Posted on: May 20, 2015, 6:02 am Category: Uncategorized

Analytics: Report Shares New Data About Mobile Device Usage in Canada

via Gary Price at LJ InfoDocket

http://www.infodocket.com/2015/05/14/anlaytics-report-shares-new-data-about-mobile-device-usage-in-canada/

“In Flurry from Yahoo’s latest report, we take a closer look at Canadian mobile usage to understand where it’s similar and where it’s different from the rest of the world.
Flurry from Yahoo currently measures 38 million monthly active devices in Canada. Given the country’s total population of approximately 35 million, this means we’re seeing more than one active device for every man, woman, and child in Canada. For this analysis, we looked at activity across 92,000 Canadian devices in March 2015.”

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The complete report runs approx. 750 words and includes two additional charts. You’ll find it here.

http://flurrymobile.tumblr.com/post/118861061285/the-canada-report-the-great-white-north-testing?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRonuKrLZKXonjHpfsX67O4uWqO0lMI%2F0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4AScdgI%2BSLDwEYGJlv6SgFQrDHMbRiyLgMWRc%3D

Stephen

Posted on: May 19, 2015, 9:48 am Category: Uncategorized

Perceptions of Canadian Provosts on the Institutional Role of Academic Libraries

Perceptions of Canadian Provosts on the Institutional Role of Academic Libraries

by Mark Robertson
Mark Robertson is Associate University Librarian, Information Services in Scott Library at York University;

http://crl.acrl.org/content/76/4/490.full.pdf+html

“This study examines perceptions of provosts from Canadian researchintensive
universities regarding their institution’s academic libraries. Interviews
conducted with nine provosts explored how they perceive academic
libraries in terms of alignment with institutional mission, how they envision
the future of their libraries, and what they interpret as indicators of success.
The results suggest that provosts perceive libraries making significant
contributions to research and student learning, particularly through the
provision of access to information and the evolving role of library as place
respectively. Other areas of library expertise, such as scholarly communication,
appear somewhat less familiar to provosts, suggesting the need
for library leaders to promote new roles within the institutional context.”

Stephen

Posted on: May 19, 2015, 8:24 am Category: Uncategorized