Friday, 27 February 2009

Three Friday sources from the NL Source

I like these three sources from the latest, and always excellent, The Source - on the NLNZ LibrarytechNZ blog. The Source used to be an internal resource - great to see it being offered to the wider public. Click image for main page. My three picks for a Friday afternoon are:
Employment in the Cultural Sector (Note: PDF)
From the New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage website

"Employment in the Cultural Sector" is one report in a series produced by the New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage, as part of the Cultural Statistics Programme.

The aim of the programme is to improve the range and quality of statistical information about the cultural sector - for the development of cultural policy by both central and local government, for monitoring the sector’s progress and performance, and for future planning.
[Paul Reynolds comment - Wellington is awash with librarians!]

The Library Web Site of the Future
From the Inside Higher Ed website

Academic librarians want their Web sites to attract faculty and students the way flowers invite insects for a visit. The urge to plunge into the cornucopia of electronic riches that lies waiting in the library’s highly organized portal should be irresistible.

Exclusive research databases, costly electronic journals and digital books and treasures lay in wait for those who need and are willing to seek them out.It should be a scholar’s dream, but there’s trouble in paradise.

In August 2008 the Ithaka Group released a report, "Studies of Key Stakeholders in the Digital Transformation in Higher Education" on the relationship between faculty members and their libraries’ electronic resources.

As librarians already knew well, Ithaka’s report showed that faculty perceived the library’s collective electronic resources, particularly in business, science and technology, as far more critical to scholarship than print collections are.

But there is a significant disconnect when it comes to faculty use of the library’s website as a gateway, or portal, to access that wealth of electronic content.
[Paul Reynolds comment - academics love digital sources but not library web sites]

Public Media 2.0: Dynamic, Engaged Publics (Note: PDF)
From the Center for Social Media website

This white paper lays out an expanded vision for “public media 2.0” that places engaged publics at its core, showcasing innovative experiments from its “first two minutes,” and revealing related trends, stakeholders, and policies.

Public media 2.0 may look and function differently, but it will share the same goals as the projects that preceded it: educating, informing, and mobilizing its users.
[Paul Reynolds comment: look for the 5 changing ways:  choice/conversation/curation/creation/collaboration]
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