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Definition - WJ Competency Index
With so many of a library’s resources in digital format, especially in large library systems, a host of new skills and knowledge emerge for creating or selecting, organizing, managing and providing access to these digital resources. It’s an interdepartmental effort within the library, involving cataloging, preservation, systems and technology. Digital Resources staff:
Select, organize and maintain the library’s collection of digital resources
Demonstrate working knowledge of programming languages applicable to digital resources
Develop and manage interface services to provide integrated access to the library’s resources
Pursue efforts to sustain and improve the digital resource systems and services
Electronic resources now command a significant portion of a library’s collections budget in addition to the staff time to manage them. The management of eResources introduces new challenges in terms of license agreements, “ownership,” budget priorities, distribution, access and more. eResource Management staff:
Training Needs Assessment Rankings
Digital Resources/eResource Management ranked #1 out of 51 self-identified urgent training needs. It ranked #12 out of 60 topics staff would like training in. 59% (74) of respondents indicated they would like training at the Beginner level, 26% (33) would like training at the Intermediate level, and 19% (15) would like training at the Advanced level.
Digital Resources/eResource Management is identified as a CORE skill for Sussex County libraries.
Customer Service Standards
Safety - Provide a safe environment for staff and public, ensuring privacy, confidentiality, and physical well-being.
Courtesy - Treat everyone with kindness and respect.
Knowledge - Be aware of library policies, procedures, and resources.
Efficiency - Provide accurate and timely service with the best use of tangible and intangible resources.
OverDrive is a free service offered by Delaware Libraries that lets patrons borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks, and Streaming Video.
Flipster Support & Training
Flipster makes popular magazines available digitally for patrons, via the library’s website.
Collection Development for Digital Libraries
Collection development is the process of evaluating what is published and making purchasing recommendations based on these evaluations. Librarians identify the best resources for their constituencies based on the mission of their organization and the needs of their users. Originally based on printed items, this process has evolved to include audio, video, and now digital items.
Learn to code interactively, for free. After you login, at the bottom of the learn page (https://www.codecademy.com/learn) there are free 30-minute starter classes.
Power Searching: advanced search operators
The Web continues to grow at an alarming, exhilarating pace, with an estimated 1 billion pages added every single day. Even the most experienced searchers can find themselves frustrated, flummoxed or forlorn. Upgrading your searching skills is an excellent way to help yourself and your customers.
Power Searching: alternative search engines, social media, and subject indices
Google, Bing, and Yahoo, are three of the most popular search engines used. Regardless of the one you prefer, chances are there will be information that cannot be found in these traditional sources.
Power Searching: Databases and the HIdden Web
The Hidden Web, also commonly known as the invisible or deep web, consists of pages that have not been indexed by search engines. They might be websites that have requested not to be indexed or databases that are difficult for search engines to crawl. It is estimated that the content in the deep web is over 500 times greater than what is visible to conventional search engines.
Coding for Dummies by
Publication Date: 2015-02-24
Hands-on exercises help you learn to code like a pro. No coding experience is required.
Coding for Kids for Dummies by
Publication Date: 2014-11-17
An easy-to-grasp introduction to coding concepts for kids Coding For Kids For Dummies breaks coding into a series of small projects, each designed to teach elementary-to-middle-school-aged students a core concept to build a game, application, or other tool.
The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know by
Publication Date: 2014-06-01
While it's inspiring to ponder the libraries of the 22nd century, it's a lot more practical to think ahead to the next five years. That's just what Varnum and his hand-picked team of contributors have done, showing library technology staff and administrators where to invest time and money to receive the greatest benefits. Their ideas will stimulate strategic thinking and help library staff make informed decisions about meeting user expectations and delivering services.
LITA: A Division of ALA
As the center of expertise about information technology, the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) leads in exploring and enabling new technologies to empower libraries. LITA members use the promise of technology to deliver dynamic library collections and services.