The ideal professional development: “Personal, Actionable, Accessible”

  • Face to face: hands on learning and involving in person interaction
  • On the road: travel enable us to engage with other librarians, in a dedicated setting
  • Make it real: personalized, challenging, brainstorms
  • Picture perfect:

“I think it’s a good bet for the folks leading development of learning experiences for library folk to consider incorporating more on-the-ground, face-to-face interaction when planning meetings or conferences.

Public libraries of all sizes and budgets could surely benefit from a clearly articulated strategy for conference attendance, ways to seek funding, and an equitable chance for all to attend.

Finally, facilitators, trainers, and consultants should develop content that not only challenges but provides outcomes and takeaways based on participation and a “think tank” atmosphere.”

Source: Personal, Actionable, Accessible | Office Hours

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Digital Archaeology Project to Use Big Data

“This is not just a database,” said Ram, professor of management information systems and director of the INSITE: Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics in the UA’s Eller College of Management. “We’re building a knowledge discovery system that integrates multiple archaeological databases and various artifacts and objects, and we’re trying to figure out relationships that aren’t already known. People can query the website and it’ll show them various data and how they’re related to each other, and they’ll be able to run large-scale network analysis and statistical analysis that will support various stakeholders, including researchers and students, as well as the public.”

Digital Archaeology Project to Use Big Data

Librarians, Act Now to Protect Your Users (Before It’s Too Late) | EFF

Books checked out from a library and terms searched on library computers can reveal a teenager’s questions about sexual orientation, a neighbor’s religious leanings, or a student’s political interests. Libraries across the country, particularly public libraries, make it part of their mission to serve the most vulnerable and underserved user groups, including users who are homeless, unemployed, or recent migrants or refugees.

Source: Librarians, Act Now to Protect Your Users (Before It’s Too Late) | Electronic Frontier Foundation