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5 Ways Librarians Can Use Social Media Effectively

Posted by Tom Payne

18-Apr-2016 10:00:00

Shhh… Socialise! This is a library!

As a librarian, using social media effectively can seem a real challenge. But with almost 1.8 billion social media users worldwide – approximately a quarter of our global population – social feeds offer a unique and valuable channel for university libraries to not only reach their users, but also expand their audience.

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Topics: social media, information professional, retail and marketing

American Libraries: Viva la Revolución!

Posted by Dave Howard

28-Mar-2014 09:39:00

There has been a significant amount of change in libraries in recent years. Once quiet and austere, many libraries have become bustling community centers where talking out loud and even eating are perfectly acceptable.

The Boston Public Library, founded in 1848, is the oldest public urban library in the United States, and has wholeheartedly embraced this new era of reimagined library spaces. With a major renovation underway, the Copley Square institution is breaking out of its granite shell to show an airier, more welcoming side to the passing crowds. Interior plans include new retail space, a section dedicated to teenagers - Teen Central, and a high-stool bar where library patrons can bring their laptops, tablets and similar and look out over Boylston Street.

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Topics: information professional, food research

Improving Discoverability

Posted by Dave Howard

20-Mar-2014 08:33:00

SAGE has published a new white paper which explores recent developments in scholarly discoverability and identifies new opportunities for collaboration. Researchers interviewed 16 experts representing publishers, researchers and libraries.

The field of discoverability has moved on considerably since SAGE’s last white paper was published on the topic in 2012. What has emerged in the communities debating the topic is the difference between:

  • Discovery – the process/infrastructure required for users to find appropriate content; and
  • Discoverability – the measure of a content item’s integration into the infrastructure that maximises its chances of being found by a user
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Topics: information professional, food research

Transforming Research Library Services

Posted by Dave Howard

10-Feb-2014 10:43:00

The report New Roles for New Times: research services to graduate students explores the challenges facing higher education in the US and how services are being developed to reflect this new landscape. The research library has a key role to play in supporting new ways of learning, teaching, collaboration and research.

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Topics: information professional, food research

Best Practices for Peer Reviewers...

Posted by Dave Howard

21-Nov-2013 10:48:00

A brief summary of best practices for peer reviewers...

Integrity: Do a good review, spend time and take care on it.

Know your journal: Read the notes for authors, familiarise yourself with the articles it publishes, look for its citation indexes - all these will help you to set the standards for the review.

Align with the editor to set the quality criteria of your reviews: Editors usually need content for their journals, if you are too strict maybe you are not valid to them.

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Topics: information professional, food research

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