Thursday, February 28, 2013

5 Transferable Skills Job Seekers Need | CAREEREALISM

5 Transferable Skills Job Seekers Need | CAREEREALISM

Transferable SkillsWith unemployment in the U.S. hovering around eight percent, looking for a job has become relatively tough for many people. Even some people with advanced academic qualifications, such as bachelor’s degrees and even MBAs, are currently having a rough time on the market.
However, there are still plenty of jobs out there for the right candidates. With that in mind, one of the ways of differentiating yourself from other job seekers is by having transferable skills. Broadly speaking, a transferable skill is expertise that you can use across a wide range of industries.

Transferable Skills Job Seekers Need

According to the University of Southern California, many graduates change jobs as many as four times within a period of five years. If you are a job seeker, identifying your transferable skills and articulating them to employers is likely to increase your chances of getting a job. Some of these skills include:

1. Communication

In almost every career, from banking to the hospitality industry, good communication skills are vital. As such, it would be to your advantage if you have the ability to articulate your ideas in writing as well as orally. Since communication normally involves more than one party, you should be a good listener as well. Employers often look for people who can negotiate with employees in an objective manner. Read more...
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5 Ways Volunteer Work Enhances Your Job Search |

5 Ways Volunteer Work Enhances Your Job Search |


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In the never-ending search for better work and higher pay, it can be extremely easy to brush off volunteering. After all, isn’t volunteering just for elementary school fundraisers and community environmental projects? Most certainly not! Volunteering can provide a unique, powerful, and possibly even fulfilling way to improve both yourself and your future job prospects if you have the drive to take advantage of it.  Read more...http://thevoiceofjobseekers.com/5-ways-volunteer-work-enhances-your-job-search/
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

What most schools don't teach - YouTube

What most schools don't teach - YouTube



Code.org, the new non-profit aimed at encouraging computer science education launched last month by entrepreneur and investor brothers Ali and Hadi Partovi, has assembled an all-star group of the world’s most well-known and successful folks with programming skills to talk about how learning to code has changed their lives — and isn’t quite as hard as people might think.
As you can see in the five minute clip embedded above, the short film (nine minutes in its full length version) which was directed by Lesley Chilcott, known as the producer of Waiting for Superman and An Inconvenient Truth, is a who’s who featuring Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Jack Dorsey, Drew Houston, Tony Hsieh, Miami Heat player Chris Bosh (he studied computer imaging at Georgia Tech before joining the NBA), and many more. It’s a very human look at what can certainly seem to many as a dry or intimidating subject, and it’s really a pleasure to watch.

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The Copyright Alert System - YouTube


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The Copyright Alert System: How the New “Six Strikes” Anti-Piracy Program Works

This week marks the rollout of the long delayed "Copyright Alert System" aka the six strike anti-piracy program. It's a bit confusing at a glance, but it's not nearly as powerful as you'd think. Here's how the system works, how it'll affect you, and everything else you need to know.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Library Careers: Information Organization and Retrieval, Customer Service and More

Library Careers: Information Organization and Retrieval, Customer Service and More






Like most people, I never thought I would be a librarian while I was growing up. I tossed around a few ideas periodically: horse trainer, accountant, or psychologist, but I ultimately switched to library science while I was in graduate school. Why? I like working with people, but I do not necessarily want to be a clinical psychologist. I love working in a large urban public library system, providing services to those who need it most. I love working with kids, doing story times, and working at a research library on Sunday. I enjoy blogging and the excellent literary programs that NYPL staff and visiting presenters produce. I have been a librarian since 2003, and I have met a few people who are in library school or who have library degrees and were searching for jobs. This is a blog post for them. Read article...
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One Way To Get Streaming Content from the Library: Ephrata PL Looks to Expand Roku Lending Program - The Digital Shift

One Way To Get Streaming Content from the Library: Ephrata PL Looks to Expand Roku Lending Program - The Digital Shift: One Way To Get Streaming Content from the Library: Ephrata PL Looks to Expand Roku Lending Program
By Matt Enis on February 20, 2013
From Library Journal



A Roku lending program launched last year by Ephrata Public Library (EPL) in Pennsylvania has proven so popular that the library is planning to invest in several more of the media streaming devices in the coming months.

“We’re adding our third and our fourth [soon], and I would say this year, we will probably add six to eight,” said EPL Executive Director Penny Talbert. “There are always holds on them, and they’re circulating for a week.”

EPL purchased two Rokus last Spring at the suggestion of the library’s technology manager. As Talbert noted, the units didn’t require a huge initial investment to try. The basic Roku LT units cost $50. For each unit, the library purchases dedicated subscriptions to Netflix and/or Hulu Plus, which currently cost $7.99 per month each, as well as other content from TED, Allrecipes.com, the BBC, and other sources. Subscriptions are set up so that patrons can’t use EPL’s account to make additional purchases while they have the units. Read more...
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Apply Yourself : Library Hack School

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20/02/2013 § 17 Comments

When I tell people what I am doing in Florence, Italy for a year, I am invariably asked one question: “How did you land such a position?!” To which I smile broadly, often chuckle a little and answer simply and honestly: “I applied.” This, my LIS, MLIS and MSIT friends is one of my best hacks for library school and life.
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Apply Yourself

20/02/2013 § 17 Comments
When I tell people what I am doing in Florence, Italy for a year, I am invariably asked one question: “How did you land such a position?!” To which I smile broadly, often chuckle a little and answer simply and honestly: “I applied.” This, my LIS, MLIS and MSIT friends is one of my best hacks for library school and life.
Oldtimey Librarian
“Library Automation 6″ by quisnovus via Flickr under CC.

“80% of success is showing up.” – Woody Allen

You have to show up. For most positions and roles that you want to land, that means tossing your hat in the ring with an application.
If you have been following HLS’s new series “So What Do You Do?” you have heard about a number of great internships and programs to round out your LIS education. In none of them (at least so far) does the hacker say: well I was just standing around on a street corner and someone said “come do this thing.” Whether it be getting into library school, volunteering, taking a leadership position in the club which eventually leads to the internship which then leads to a job with your dream organization… all the steps start with some sort of applying yourself — even if it is as simple as showing up. Read article...
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Lawsuit Seeks to Put Sherlock Holmes in the Public Domain

Lawsuit Seeks to Put Sherlock Holmes in the Public Domain

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To author and scholar Leslie Klinger, it’s elementary: the characters of Sherlock Holmes and John H. Watson are solidly in the public domain, and should be free for creators to use in new works. But after recent efforts by the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate to extract license fees, Klinger (who is also a lawyer) filed suit in federal court last week against the estate, asking the court to declare that the famous characters of Holmes and Watson are no longer protected by federal copyright laws.

In a statement, Klinger says that the litigation became necessary after the Doyle estate attempted to extract a license fee for a new book he was co-editing, In the Company of Sherlock Holmes (Pegasus Books) with author Laurie R. King, the bestselling author of the "Mary Russell" series of mysteries that also feature Sherlock Holmes. “The Conan Doyle Estate contacted our publisher and implied that if the Estate wasn't paid a license fee, they'd convince the major distributors not to sell the book,” he stated. “Our publisher was, understandably, concerned, and told us that the book couldn't come out unless this was resolved.” Read more...




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10 Things That Matter In Your Career | CAREEREALISM

10 Things That Matter In Your Career | CAREEREALISM

by John Heckers

Career MatterWhether you’re just beginning your career or are in the middle of a career transition, taking the time to think about what really matters to you in life can save you years, even decades, of heartache. Here are some things to consider:

1. Realize Money Isn’t Everything

Family often encourages you to go for the career where you can make the highest income. Unless you have a passion for the job that makes the highest income, going there is going to be a source of incredible misery for you. While paying the bills is important, happiness and satisfaction are even more important. Read more...

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About John Heckers

John Heckers is president of Heckers Development Group, LTD, a consulting firm based in Denver, Colorado, specializing in Strategic Executive Coaching.


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Friday, February 15, 2013

Association of Research Libraries (ARL®) :: ARL-CARL Joint Statement in Support of Dale Askey and McMaster University

Association of Research Libraries (ARL®) :: ARL-CARL Joint Statement in Support of Dale Askey and McMaster University

For immediate release:
February 14, 2013
For more information, contact:
Elliott Shore
ARL Executive Director
elliott@arl.org
Brent Roe
CARL Executive Director
brent.roe@carl-abrc.ca

ARL-CARL Joint Statement in Support of Dale Askey and McMaster University

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) share a commitment to freedom of opinion and expression of ideas and are strongly opposed to any effort to intimidate individuals in order to suppress information or censor ideas. We further share the belief that a librarian must be able to offer his or her assessment of a publisher’s products or practices free from such intimidation. Read more...
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Home - Librarian and Archivist Mentoring Resources - at Harvard

Home - Librarian and Archivist Mentoring Resources -

Mentoring relationships have long been opportunities to gain trusted insight into our careers, aspirations, and daily lives from those in more experienced positions. Successful mentoring may take a variety of forms, but all require the active participation of individuals to nurture and focus their aspirations towards tangible goals through mindful reciprocal relationship building. We aim to provide resources and information to allow others in the Harvard library and archival community to seek and establish mentoring relationships, to be inspired by thoughtful goal setting and network building, and to be resilient during times of change.
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Big Data Evolution: From Cave Drawings to the Cloud

Big Data Evolution: From Cave Drawings to the Cloud


 By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2013-02-13





The world is at an inflection point in history when it comes to data-driven insight. Big data, social media, cloud computing and ever-increasing mobility bring about opportunities and challenges in gaining actionable insight. To help put the current challenge in perspective, Coveo, which focuses on unified information access, created a timeline that showcases some of the key milestones of knowledge access and transfer. It takes a look at how information sharing has evolved from drawings and scribes, to mass broadcasting, to ever-increasing amounts of data and digital content. Information creation has gone from cave drawings to where people and machines create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data daily. That is so much data being created so rapidly that 90 percent of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone, analysts estimate. This data comes from everywhere: sensors used to gather climate information, posts to social media sites, digital pictures and videos, purchase transaction records, and cell phone GPS signals, to name a few. This slide show, taken from Coveo's perspective, looks at information sharing from the early etchings of man through big data. Read more and view slideshow...
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Kid Lit Authors, Illustrators Visit Sandy Hook Elementary School | School Library Journal

Kid Lit Authors, Illustrators Visit Sandy Hook Elementary School | School Library Journal

Kid lit authors/illustrators at Sandy Hook Elementary School pose for a quick photo after a day spent interacting with the kids. Back Row: Alan Katz, Bruce Degen, Tad Hills, Katie Davis, Vincent Kirsch, Bob Shea, Meghan McCarthy. Front Row: Susan Hood, Mike Rex, Tracy Dockray, Marc Tyler Nobleman, Daniel Kirk.
The children of the Sandy Hook Elementary School were visited by 12 children’s authors and illustrators on Tuesday, the school’s first assembly program since moving into its new building following the December 14, 2012 shooting that took the lives of 26 children and staff at the school.

The event, which was delayed by a day after 30 inches of snow fell in the area, was selected “because we wanted to focus on teaching and learning,” Principal Donna Page tells School Library Journal. Read more...
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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Goodreads.com Is Growing as a Popular Book Site - NYTimes.com

Goodreads.com Is Growing as a Popular Book Site - NYTimes.com


Goodreads.com has grown to 15 million members. 
 Lori Hettler is a passionate reader, tearing through about 80 books a year. But as a resident of a Pennsylvania town and with a preference for fiction from small publishers, she can have trouble finding new books to feed her habit.

She tried to start a book club, but there weren’t enough takers. For years she made a weekly trip to browse a bookstore 40 minutes away in a Scranton suburb.

But then she found a solution to her problem: Goodreads.com, a social media site for finding and sharing titles that has 15 million members, is exploding in popularity and rivaling Amazon.com as a platform for promoting new books. Read more...
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Monday, February 11, 2013

Need a Book Recommendation? Ask One of these Sites

Need a Book Recommendation? Ask One of these Sites


So I read a lot.  Like, multiple books in a weekend a lot.  And one of the problems with reading a lot is that I am constantly in need of new things to read.

Like most voracious readers, I use Goodreads to keep track of what I’ve read and what I want to read, browse the Listopia lists, and snoop around on friends’ (and strangers’) pages to find out what they’re reading, and if I should read those books too. Read more...
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Saturday, February 9, 2013

The Art of Reviling: 10 Tips for Criticizing People More Effectively | Mental Floss

The Art of Reviling: 10 Tips for Criticizing People More Effectively | Mental Floss

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In the 1930s, William B. Pettus, the president of the College of Chinese Studies in Beijing, came across a strange little Chinese essay. It began by arguing that, "having a desire to revile, should you persistently restrain it you will sooner or later develop some malady or infirmity. Therefore, having this desire, it is right to give it vent, and there is no harm in so doing."


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Thursday, February 7, 2013

10 Smartphone Apps to Power a Successful Job Search | The Savvy Intern by YouTern

10 Smartphone Apps to Power a Successful Job Search

Smartphone Apps

When I quit my job in October, my heart was pumping with energy, and sinking with self doubt at the same time.

Was my career path about to burn out… or soar to the top?

Morgan Stanley reported: “nearly all 91% of Americans have their cell phones within arm’s reach 24 hours a day.” In addition, over 50% of the population owns a smartphone. I knew with my cellphone in hand, I had the top asset for job hunting in 2013.
Once I succeeded, I compiled a list of my favorite Smartphone apps to help you network, job search, and prepare for interviews in the coming year. Take a look at the iPhone and Android tools accessories that helped me… and will help you, too.
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Amazon Poised to Sell Used E-books

Amazon Poised to Sell Used E-books

Amazon’s business model has long been dependent on resellers of used books and other merchandise. But a U.S. patent that Amazon Technologies in Reno, Nev., received last week indicates that the mega-retailer has its sights on digital resale, including used e-books and audio downloads. According to the abstract, Amazon will be able to create a secondary market for used digital objects purchased from an original vendor by a user and stored in a user’s personalized data store.
Boston-based ReDigi opened the first marketplace for pre-owned digital music, which it launched in late 2011, redigi.com. Once a lawsuit that Capitol Records filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan over the way it handles music downloads is behind it, ReDigi plans to expand into e-books and other digital items. In a press release issued yesterday, ReDigi commented that “the Amazon patent is further proof that the secondary market is the future of the digital space and that there is no turning back.”
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

BlackBerry 10: Hands-On With the BlackBerry Z10

BlackBerry 10: Hands-On With the BlackBerry Z10

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2013-02-05 
 
The BlackBerry 10 platform and BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 smartphones were introduced at a live streaming-around-the-world event Jan. 30. Two years in the making, the new mobile platform will usher the company through its next 10 years, executives have repeated, but first it will need to save it from what has least delicately been called a "death spiral." The company needs to delight current users and attract away—or back—those more interested in the Apple iPhone or Android-running devices, such as Samsung's Galaxy line. Can BlackBerry do it? It would seem to have a good shot, as it isn't fighting back with hardware, where Apple and Samsung excel, but with its meticulously crafted software. In a smartphone market focused on ever-thinner widths, boundary-pushing screen sizes and display specs that read like eye charts, the Z10's hardware seems rather secondary—respectable housing for the tremendous software tucked inside. BlackBerry 10 is unlike anything we've seen before. It's like a modern, smartly designed city that—even as one loses one's way, exploring—feels exciting and original and like a place where one can make things happen. The Z10 went on sale in the U.K. Jan. 3, and will arrive in Canada Feb. 5 and in the United States around mid-March. The QWERTY-equipped Q10 will follow a few weeks later. Below is a quick introduction to the Z10.

BlackBerry Z10

The Z10 features a 4.2-inch touch display and a button-free front facade. It's thin enough—as thin as the iPhone 5—and attractive enough. The front glass is slick, but the texture on the back makes it comfortable to hold and feel secure in the hand. It looks neither cutting-edge nor out-of-date. It's a perfectly nice, neutral envelope for what's inside. Read
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The medicinal power of literature: Books on prescription to be introduced - Health News - Health & Families - The Independent

The medicinal power of literature: Books on prescription to be introduced - Health News - Health & Families - The Independent





People consulting their local GP over mental health issues may find they are written a surprising prescription, one redeemed at the local library rather than a pharmacy.


The “big guns” of the library and medical worlds have joined for an initiative to help treat those with mild to moderate mental health problems.

Patients could be recommended anything from one of 30 medical volumes dealing with specific conditions to “mood boosting books” – novels and poetry – from writers including Jo Brand, Bill Bryson and Terry Jones.

The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) and The Reading Agency today announced the scheme dubbed “Books on Prescription” which starts in May. “There’s growing evidence that shows that self-help reading can help people with certain mental health issues get better,” Miranda McKearney, director of The Reading Agency, said. Read more...


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English literature's 50 key moments from Marlowe to JK Rowling | Books | guardian.co.uk

English literature's 50 key moments from Marlowe to JK Rowling

What have been the hinge points in the evolution of Anglo-American literature? Here's a provisional, partisan list

Literary turning points ... Christopher Marlowe and JK Rowling. Photograph: Hulton Getty/Murdo Macleod
BBC Radio Three is currently broadcasting a fascinating series on the "50 key works" of classical music. This is a spin-off from Howard Goodall's BBC2 television series and its tie-in book, The Story of Music (Chatto), and it crystallises – for the amateur listener – the turning points in the evolution of the classical tradition in the most enthralling way. Did you, for instance, know that Procul Harum's Whiter Shade of Pale contains a harmonic line that is pure Bach? Read more...
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