Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Elsevier Library Connect - May 2012


Did you miss any of these feature articles? Check out some of the most highly read Library Connect Newsletter articles below:

Bob SchwarzwalderThe changing face of academic libraries: Why less space does not have to mean less impact
By Robert Schwarzwalder, Stanford University Libraries

Digital collections need not signal the death of the library, but to survive we need to develop a program that matches the needs of today's library user. Services should focus on managing information resources and advanced applications of information technology, not on simple access.

Zuzana HelinskyIf they don't know what you're doing, then tell them: A primer on how to start marketing
By Zuzana Helinsky, zh Consulting

To get started, we can use some standard tools. I have tried them in my courses, and they work for many libraries. The most important thing is to go through all four stages in establishing marketing routines for the whole library and its staff: analysis, strategy, realization and feedback.

Helen PartridgeBeing "Librarian 2.0": It's all in the attitude
By Helen Partridge, Queensland University of Technology

The real changes of Web 2.0 are not in how Australian LIS professionals now design and deliver services and resources, or what new skills and knowledge they must possess, but in how they view themselves. This study suggests Web 2.0 is the catalyst for a significant attitudinal shift.

Donna CarrollGet to know your users better: Seven secrets for successful surveys
By Donna Carroll, University of Warwick

There are many factors to consider when creating an online survey, including deciding whether to collect open or closed responses, being careful not to use leading questions, and ensuring all options are available in multiple choice selections. Aside from these basics, here are seven important tips we recommend in conducting effective surveys.


How librarians can successfully navigate the 7 Cs of social media
Utilizing social media is a great way for librarians to support and demonstrate their organizations' values and services, and to engage with their users, stakeholders and other relevant community members. In this post, Library Connect provides tips and best practices librarians can use when getting started in the always-changing medium.

Experiences to inspire you and your team: Power to the Librarian case studies
The Power to the librarian project highlights the experiences of exceptional library professionals who are empowering their users to achieve great success. In this post, we highlight the Power to the librarian case studies, which are as global as they are insightful.

An interview with Andrea Szwajcer, the Apps for Library Idea Challenge Community Choice Grand Prize Winner
At our institution, and at others I have since discovered, we are trying to find a tool that meets this seemingly simple need: to set up any number of journal table of contents with a clean display and be able to access the full-text via institution affiliation or personal subscription; and share the citation(s) easily via different social media tools (e.g. Mendeley, Twitter). This was the app idea I submitted to the Challenge.


Grant applications now being accepted for Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries program
The Elsevier Foundation is seeking new grant proposals for the 2012 Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries program. The deadline for proposals is June 24, 2012. Grants will be awarded in December 2012 and provide one-, two- and three-year awards between US $5,000 to US $50,000 per year for a total of $100,000. The Elsevier Foundation will accept proposals from May 1 through June 24.



Medical Library Association
May 18-23, 2012 | Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Seattle, US

INFORUM - Conference on Professional Information Resources
May 22-24, 2012 | Prague, Czech Republic

Canadian Library Association
May 30, 2012 to June 1, 2012 | Ottawa Congress Centre, Ottawa, Canada

International Association of Scientific and Technological University Libraries
June 4-7, 2012 | Nanyang Executive Centre, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

American Library Association Annual
June 21-26, 2012 | Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, US

Where Library Science and IT Meet

Jenn Stringer, MLS, and current Director of Academic Technology Services, New York University, shares her views on how a library professional can play a strategic role in shaping a leading edge technology infrastructure, to support teaching and learning activities.

(Registration required to view.)

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