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LJ Movers & Shakers 2020

LJ Movers & Shakers 2021: Nomination Period is OPEN

The editors of Library Journal need your help in identifying emerging talents in the library world—both great leaders and behind-the-scenes contributors who are providing inspiration and model programs for others.

Our 19th annual round of Movers & Shakers will profile up-and-coming individuals from around the world who are innovative, creative, and making a difference. From librarians and non-degreed library workers to publishers, vendors, coders, entrepreneurs, reviewers, and others who impact the library field—and those helping serve their communities in new ways during the COVID-19 pandemic—Movers & Shakers 2021 will celebrate those people who are moving all types of libraries ahead.

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WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Don’t wait! Tell us about your colleagues who are helping to build their library’s—or all libraries’—future, so we can let the world know.

Deadline to submit: December 2, 2020

Posted on: October 26, 2020, 10:10 am Category: Uncategorized

Zoom finally rolls out end-to-end encryption, but you have to enable it

Zoom finally rolls out end-to-end encryption, but you have to enable it

https://mashable.com/article/how-to-enable-zoom-end-to-end-encryption/

Zoom Is Adding End-To-End Encryption to Your Endless Meetings

 

Posted on: October 26, 2020, 7:00 am Category: Uncategorized

See every major platform’s misinformation policies in this handy chart

See every major platform’s misinformation policies in this handy chart

https://mashable.com/article/mozilla-platforms-misinformation-chart/

Finally, a way to wrap your head around all the different policies out there.

 

Posted on: October 26, 2020, 7:00 am Category: Uncategorized

Milestones: Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) Reaches 30,000 Books From Over 400 Publishers

Milestones: Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) Reaches 30,000 Books From Over 400 Publishers

From the DOAB:

The number of open access books included in DOAB has grown impressively from just over 10,000 books in 2018 to 31,917 as of today. In terms of publishers, we are happy to see that over 400 publishers are included in DOAB as we strive to improve the coverage of the directory.

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Source: DOAB

Thanks to new pledges of support from Canada, France and the Netherlands we surpassed the halfway point of our SCOSS [Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services] campaign. Currently, we are at 60% of our financial target. In these challenging times, we are grateful for the worldwide support for DOAB and OAPEN and commitment to OA books. Have a look at the updated supporter page on the DOAB platform here, now consisting of nearly 50 SCOSS supporters and DOAB members.

Learn More, Read the Complete Announcement, View Three Charts

Direct to DOAB

Posted on: October 26, 2020, 7:00 am Category: Uncategorized

How libraries are writing a new chapter during the pandemic

How libraries are writing a new chapter during the pandemic

Read about book bikes, bibliophile hotels, outdoor story times, and other ways libraries are reacting to COVID-19.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/2020/09/libraries-respond-to-coronavirus-with-book-bikes-and-virtual-festivals/

 

 

Posted on: October 26, 2020, 6:40 am Category: Uncategorized

The 5 Reasons A Visitor Arrived On Your Page

The 5 Reasons A Visitor Arrived On Your Page

“What is the Intent of Your Visitor?

There are 5 basic reasons that every visitor comes to your site, social media profile, or landing page. That’s it… just 5:

  1. Research – the vast majority of people that arrive on a web page are doing research. They may be researching a problem in their industry or home. They may be researching a problem with your product or service. They may be researching pricing information. They may even be simply educating themselves as part of their career. In any case, at issue is whether or not you are providing the answers that they are looking for. As Marcus Sheridan answers in his book, They Ask, You Answer!
  2. Comparison – Along with research, your visitor may be comparing your product, your service, or your company with another. They may be comparing benefits, features, pricing, team, location(s), etc. Many companies do an outstanding job of publishing actual comparison pages of their competitors (without taking jabs) to differentiate themselves. If a visitor was doing a comparison of you to your competitors, are you making that easy for them to do?
  3. Validation – Perhaps a visitor was down to the final steps in their customer journey but they had a few nagging concerns about you or your company. Perhaps they’re worried about implementation timelines, or customer support, or client satisfaction. If a visitor lands on your page, are you providing any validation? Trust indicators are a critical aspect – including ratings, reviews, customer testimonials, certifications, awards, etc.
  4. Connection – This may be one of the most frustrating aspects of most large corporate websites. Perhaps they’re a software provider… and there’s no login button. Or you’re a candidate looking for a job – but there’s no careers page. Or they’re a large corporation and an effort to improve internal routing and efficiency, they avoid placing phone numbers. Or worse, they do have one and they push you into phone directory hell. Or the web form you submit provides you no context on a response or how you can get the assistance you need. This is where chatbots are making great strides. Your prospect or customer wants to connect with you… how difficult are you making it for them?
  5. Conversion – Along with connection, are you making it easy for someone who wishes to make a purchase to actually do so? I’m amazed at the number of sites or landing pages that have sold me… and then can’t sell to me. I’m ready – credit card in hand – and then they toss me into a horrible sales cycle where I am forced to speak to a representative, schedule a demo, or take some other step. If someone wanted to buy your product or service when they are on your site, can they?”

Posted on: October 26, 2020, 6:36 am Category: Uncategorized

IFLA Invites Signatures to the “Library Pledge for Digital Inclusion”

IFLA Invites Signatures to the “Library Pledge for Digital Inclusion”

https://www.infodocket.com/2020/10/19/ifla-releases-library-pledge-for-digital-inclusion/

“From the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA):

IFLA is proud to sign up to two documents addressing a key issue of our time – the digital divide. The first calls on governments to act to support investment in wider connectivity and the libraries that help users make the most of it. The second represents a pledge to do all in our power to promote digital inclusion, and is open to wider signatures.

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IFLA has therefore signed on Libraries in Response: Every Community Connected, a call to action by a range of stakeholders. This calls on governments to act to:

  • Ensure that each community has access to at least one publicly-available, adequately connected, no-fee internet access point, and that every school has access to an online or offline library.
  • Mobilize libraries to act as community labs for action research, improving how we connect, protect and respect each other, and work together to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
  • Ensure adequate trained staffing and access to equipment for libraries and other community anchor institutions to provide a safe and secure access point to networks, respectful of privacy, and support for digital skills and education throughout life, enabling people to learn, earn and thrive.

See also the press release for the launch of this statement.

Delivering on Our Side of the Bargain

In parallel, we are proud to launch our own Library Pledge, demonstrating IFLA’s commitment to promoting digital inclusion. Show your own commitment to promoting meaningful access for all by adding your signature at this link.

Read the Complete IFLA Post

Sign the Pledge

See Also: Every Community Connected – A Call to Action

Posted on: October 26, 2020, 6:28 am Category: Uncategorized