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Library Innovation: Championing Change In Communities

Last week, the White House honored 12 museum and library representatives as Champions of Change in a program that “recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations who are doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.” Given its emphasis on creating community and inspiring community members, it seems natural for the White House to focus … Continued


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What is Entrepreneurial Librarianship?

  There’s no committee that says, ‘This is the type of person who can change the world – and you can’t.’  Realizing that anyone can do it is the first step. The next step is figuring out how you’re going to do it. ~ Adora Svitak If you’re thinking about librarianship, you’re probably already interested in social engagement, … Continued


What is Text Mining?

What is Text Mining?

Text mining, which is sometimes referred to “text analytics” is one way to make qualitative or “unstructured” data usable by a computer. Qualitative data is descriptive data that cannot be measured in numbers and often includes qualities of appearance like color, texture, and textual description. Quantitative data is numerical, structured data that can be measured. … Continued


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Storify Highlights of #SUatNYLA 2012

This Wednesday, November 7th through Saturday November 10th was the 2012 New York Library Association Conference, which was held in Saratoga Springs, NY. This year NYLA was attended by 19 Syracuse University Students and Professor Jill Hurst-Wahl, not to mention a number of esteemed alumni.


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EasyBib: A Social Researching Tool

Since its launch in 2001, EasyBib has become an essential tool for students writing research papers, and is now one of the largest online bibliography sites. Along with its increasing popularity, EasyBib has also gained a fair amount of credibility. No longer a concealed “cheat code” that students whisper to one another, the site has … Continued


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Goodreads and Social Cataloging

If you’ve ever wondered what your peers are reading or sought a book recommendation from a friend, you might be interested in “social cataloging.” Goodreads is a website/application started by Otis Chandler in December 2006 to allow readers to connect with their friends over books. The site allows you to catalog your collection, construct a … Continued