Leadership and Career Development for the 21st Century Information Professional [Lisa Chow & Sandra Sajonas]

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10 Great Technology Initiatives for Your Library | American Libraries Magazine

By Ellyssa Kroski

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Want to incorporate new ideas into your library’s digital strategy? Here are some tips

Posted Tue, 02/19/2013 – 18:57

Today’s hottest web and mobile technologies are offering libraries a new world of opportunities to engage patrons. Ultra-popular social media websites and apps combined with the availability of affordable cloud-based services and the evolution and adoption of mobile devices are enabling librarians to share and build communities, store and analyze large collections of data, create digital collections, and access information and services in ways never thought about before.

Libraries have become technology leaders by integrating cutting-edge tools to enhance users’ experience. It’s not enough to redesign the library website. Best practices mean developing user personas and following usability strategies to produce user-informed designs. New digital collections are stored in the cloud and mobile applications are developed around them. Libraries are claiming their venues on location-based mobile social networks, developing bleeding-edge augmented reality applications, and participating in semantic web efforts.

Forward-thinking librarians are actively experimenting with and incorporating these new technologies into their digital strategies. Here are 10 ideas for you to leverage today’s most innovative tools and techniques. All of these come straight from The Tech Set #11–20 series (ALA TechSource, June 2012).

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The Busy Person’s Guide To Social Media – Edudemic [Infographic]

Added by on 2013-02-24

This may very well be the best guide to social media I’ve ever seen. It’s an organized and genius take on how to best harness the various social networks without spending your entire day doing so. It’s by Ernie Smith, Editor of ShortFormBlog, one of the more entertaining takes on daily news and events. I’m a big fan of the blog and encourage you to check it out. They get social media and, lucky for everyone else, you can ‘get’ social media too! Even if you’re super busy!

This infographic / handout / sheet is filled with tips for all social networks. Not just focusing on particular services, I appreciate this guide’s refreshing look at how to properly use social media even when you’re super busy. Plus, Ernie gives a few examples of people effectively leveraging social networks even though they’re busy doing lots of other stuff. Sound familiar?

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