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The Caique Group:

A Library, Information & Media Services Consultancy

https://sites.google.com/site/linktothecaiquegroup/
Through our knowledge of the “Library” and the “Radio Station,” we will work with you, our potential client, to assess your organizational needs, develop a plan to meet those needs and assist during the implementation of the custom plan.

With The Caique Group, consulting is a professional and personal process.

Let us come together in order to plan for success.

 

A Caique Group Mantra: Supporting “The Best of The Old and The Best of The New” as we “integrate” solid “Old School” and creative “New School” elements into contemporary and progressive 21st Century agency and organizational paradigms for our clients.

 

The Caique Group: A Library, Information & Media Services Consultancy

“The Caique Group Cares”

“The Library Beatles Fan Club / {“The Library Scruffs”}

https://sites.google.com/site/linktothecaiquegroup/

 

Richard Thau:

 

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/richard-thau/14/3b3/469

 

Joyce Wemer:

 

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/joyce-wemer/1b/9b0/69a

 

 

 

Progressive Library Notes: A library’s first How-To Festival– an experiment in high-intensity community-based interactive learning

http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/features/10302012/barbecue-flamenco-dancing-learning-gets-interactive-louisville

 

Enabling the Research ‘Flow’ and Serendipity in Today’s Digital Library Environment

Today’s library users do not carry pencils and notebooks to a library. They no longer want to be isolated to concentrate on deep study or contemplative reading when they are at a library. Rather, they have the dire need to be connected to the biggest library the human race ever had, the World Wide Web, always and even more so when they are at a library walking through the forest of fascinating knowledge and information. The traditional library space packed with stacks and carrels does not serve today’s library users well whether they are scholars, students, or the public visiting a library for research, study, or leisure reading. As more and more library resources are moved to the fast and convenient realm of the World Wide Web, libraries have been focusing on re-defining the library space. Now, many libraries boast attractive space almost comparable to trendy, comfortable, and vibrant coffee shops. The goal of these new library spaces are fostering communication, the exchange of ideas, and social learning….

http://acrlog.org/2012/10/29/enabling-the-research-flow-and-serendipity-in-todays-digital-library-environment/

 

To Share or Not To Share

“We share in order to provide access, and to the degree that “sharing” actually means “copying,” it is legally and ethically complicated. To pretend that it involves only a very simple matter of letting libraries be libraries and therefore “share” is, I believe, simpleminded at best and disngenuous at worst. We live in a radically different information world from the one that gave rise to ILL. Instead of resisting that reality, we should embrace it, rejoicing in the ways it allows us to serve our patrons better….”

http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/10/opinion/peer-to-peer-review/to-share-or-not-to-share-peer-to-peer-review/

 

50 Great Mobile Apps for Libraries

46% of American adults own smart phones. By 2016, 10 billion will be in use worldwide. By the year 2013 there will be 81.4 billion apps. The average download of apps per device is 51. The average time spent on apps per day is 81 minutes. This changes the landscape of our information environment. People are using their smart phones to check local weather, find local businesses, get information, check sports scores, get traffic info, coupons, and info about their local community. Americans are working harder—but on their own time, taking their work home. 80% of people continue to work after leaving the office. 68% check email before 8am in the morning, and 50% of them check their work email while they’re still in bed. Apps have changed the way we search for and access information. The mobile platform is the preferred way to access information on the go. We can integrate information and add value to our work with better and richer content. Most of the apps featured today are free.

http://50apps.weebly.com

 

The 10 Best Features in Windows 8

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/10/the-10-best-features-in-windows-8?cid=co4338144&pid=3892&viewall=true

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About Joyce Wemer

Joyce Wemer http://www.linkedin.com/pub/joyce-wemer/1b/9b0/69a *A Career Library: Director, Manager, Practitioner, Educator, Advocate, Consultant; Music; Media; Radio Broadcaster; Business Professional. *An extensive background working with a geographically diverse group of unique library, information, and media communities nationwide. Harford County is a growing community of nearly 250,000 residents. It is conveniently located between Baltimore and Philadelphia and is strategically located on the I-95 corridor along the shores of the scenic Chesapeake Bay. The vibrant area offers a premier library system, picturesque beauty, bustling urban centers, historic harbor towns and a variety of world-class cultural and sports amenities. Access ~ Information ~ Service ~ Anytime ~ Anywhere. Since its founding in 1945, the Harford County Public Library continues to grow and evolve. It provides a myriad of services for all the citizens of Harford County and its Maryland environs. As a manager and member of the dynamic Harford County Public Library team, key responsibilities include the organization, management, and dissemination of progressive library and information services. Harford County, Maryland is part of the Greater Baltimore Region and is strategically located on I-95 in the heart of the East Coast located halfway between Baltimore Maryland and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Harford County Public Library {HCPL} serves a customer/client/citizen base of all ages. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community. Libraries are transitioning as dynamic forces are in play in our society and around the world. Flexibility and creativity are key. Profile: Joyce Wemer http://www.linkedin.com/pub/joyce-wemer/1b/9b0/69a *A Career Library: Director, Manager, Practitioner, Educator, Advocate, Consultant; Music; Media; Radio Broadcaster; Business Professional. *An extensive background working with a geographically diverse group of unique library, information, and media communities nationwide. Harford County is a growing community of nearly 250,000 residents. It is conveniently located between Baltimore and Philadelphia and is strategically located on the I-95 corridor along the shores of the scenic Chesapeake Bay. The vibrant area offers a premier library system, picturesque beauty, bustling urban centers, historic harbor towns and a variety of world-class cultural and sports amenities. Access ~ Information ~ Service ~ Anytime ~ Anywhere. Since its founding in 1945, the Harford County Public Library continues to grow and evolve. It provides a myriad of services for all the citizens of Harford County and its Maryland environs. As a manager and member of the dynamic Harford County Public Library team, key responsibilities include the organization, management, and dissemination of progressive library and information services. Harford County, Maryland is part of the Greater Baltimore Region and is strategically located on I-95 in the heart of the East Coast located halfway between Baltimore Maryland and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Harford County Public Library {HCPL} serves a customer/client/citizen base of all ages. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community. Libraries are transitioning as dynamic forces are in play in our society and around the world. Flexibility and creativity are key. Experience in the Organization, Management, and Dissemination of Library, Information, and Media Services in all sectors: Library Director, Manager, Practitioner, Consultant, Consortium Leader, Educator, Advocate, Business, Public Relations/Marketing Specialist; Budgetary, Personnel, Training, Public Services, Technology, Social Media, Collection Development, Administration, Management, Planning, Organizational dynamics, Outreach, Programming, Human Resources, Instruction, Building/Cyber Planning, Fundraising, Decision-making ability, Common sense, People skills, Vision, Strategic planning {A "Change Agent"}, Dealing with stress, Customer service, Workplace politics, Cyber-planning, Cultural diversity, Reference, Problem-solving, Multi-tasking, Community, Project Manager, Event Developer, Information Specialist *Media/Broadcaster/Business Ownership/Terrestrial Radio Station Operations Specialist/Advertising/Production. *Music/Music Librarianship/Beatles/Popular Culture Subject Specialist *An advocate for “embedded librarianship” in all sectors *Experience with community partnerships/assessments *Experience in crisis management: Use the crisis as a catalyst to find efficiencies and overall improvement for the organization *Supports the importance of the library role of providing critical-inquiry skills *Progressive team-based change agent *Community Development/Community Partnerships Over 25 years of experience with a diverse group of geographically-unique library, information, and media communities nationwide. Meet Joyce Wemer, VP Our staff members here at The Caique-Mersey Group come from an impressive range of backgrounds and education. Our staff’s diversity lets us find the best solution for making your ideas successful. We come from a variety of disciplines and career paths, ensuring that our approach considers all angles. Basically, whenever you have an idea,we produce a strategy to make that idea work. We won’t rest until you’re completely satisfied. Avocation: The Fifth Beatle Ardently devoted to the "universe known as The Beatles." Seeking all knowledge which is known, the sum of what has been perceived, discovered, or inferred; information, lore, wisdom, known facts, ideas, and skill that have been imparted; erudition, instruction, and learning. The Library Beatles Fan Club/The Library Scruffs The public service/non-profit vehicle that brings together people that profess their love for “The World of Libraries” and “The World of Radio” and “The World of Popular Culture” together with that of “The Beatles Universe.” Through a developing and evolving array of social media platforms, communications, library programs, exhibits, meetings, events, collectibles, music conferences, tours, and the like, The Library Beatles Fan Club: aspires to progressively promote, develop and grow to meet the rising expectations of its nascent membership base. Submit upcoming library and community-centric Beatle oriented events and programming to Joyce Wemer, The ‘Fifth Library Beatle Scruff’ at: information@caiquemerseygroup.com They will be posted on our various social media platforms. Caique-Mersey Group Roles The Library Consultant Caique-Mersey Group personnel have developed expertise from administrative, managerial, and practitioner roles in libraries, information centers and information-centric organizations. They provide common sense and practical ad-hoc insights, skills, and knowledge in such areas as direct public service provision, marketing, consulting, advertising, public relations and a variety of support services to agencies, organizations, and companies in the library, information, media and business fields. The trend to reform the structure, form and function of the library is a reality for many progressive change agents and agencies in this day and age in “library-land.” The movement towards a physical library collection to continue to evolve to a digital combined state is real; the trend to expanding the overall digital library collection is apparent; and the real and or perceived desire and need to demonstrate greater value to the communities so served will take libraries being planned, constructed now, and those being renovated to eliminate shelf space in favor of other space use. Digital creation labs, community use rooms, {theatres, auditoriums, learning galleries, production/business corridors and the like, etc} and expansions of seating and reading areas are just a few ways that libraries will be finding new uses for their current spaces. The importance of the physical collection will be maintained by most for the foreseeable future. The increase use of new E-reader tools and affiliated resources, along with budgetary challenges set to continue for the foreseeable future, as well as standard constraints of limited library physical space limitations; always a factor for most library operations; will ultimately see the trend of putting fewer physical objects on library shelves. In so doing, it will mean that it will be easier for library administrators/planning personnel to present creative-use agendas that will showcase new library space venue flex-use elements thus creating a positive outcome involving the likely trend of having more vital spaces being made available for the implementation of newer library services, activities and purposes for our changing communities and public. Libraries are transitioning as dynamic forces are in play in our society and around the world. Though the schism continues to widen somewhat from the perspective of “library-have” and “library have-nots” location to location, the library sector as a whole continues to show powerful pockets of dynamic progress and growth; creative, innovative, and charismatic are some characteristic descriptors of these libraries located throughout the nation. The successful library of the future will be a hybrid manifestation of two linked types – a key physical location within the heart of the “community” so served and the “electronic-cyber platform” where one will interactively use the library agency and its resources effectively from any remote location. The professional career “librarian” will continue at the core of the library enterprise and the “librarian” will be among the community cornerstone partners within the framework of the general community. The Radio Consultant Firm professionals have developed expertise from roles as Owner/Operators of commercial radio stations and from various managerial and practitioner roles in the radio broadcasting field and in other related information/library-based agencies in the private and public sectors. Caique~Mersey Group personnel provide common sense and practical ad hoc insights, skills, and knowledge to radio stations and media companies seeking to plan new initiatives, develop strategic planning, refresh current programming or implement marketing campaigns. Radio must make changes if it hopes to endure in the 21st century. If radio is going to survive, it needs to get back to being live, local and getting involved in the community. Business Divisions: One growing division of The Caique-Mersey Group manages Radio/Media/Information/Business/Real Estate project engagements for a diverse group of private sector oriented organizations & individuals. The Caique-Mersey Group Real Estate Advisory arm provides information, consulting and practical services to its clients with an emphasis on the rental/leasing/purchasing, maneuvering and sale of residential and/or investment properties. We seek to service our clients' varying real estate needs ranging from the rental/purchase of single family residences to the acquisition of commercial properties. We are an organization that is continually aware of new community real estate investment opportunities as they become available in the markets that we serve. Additional Roles: Business/Real Estate/Community/Private Sector Interests. Supporting progressive, creative, flexible and productive agencies and organizations as model mission-driven regional/community-based entities having customer/client focused missions. The Business Incubator: A Group Initiative. An evolving program to support the successful development of entrepreneurial companies and/or non-profit/educational/public service organizations through an array of support resources and services. The Caique-Mersey Group “Cares.” ‘Caique Cares’ ~ a diversified public service program initiative of The Caique~Mersey Group. The “Caiques Care” ~ non-profit/public service business / real estate divisions are dedicated to strengthening and revitalizing the neighborhoods and communities that we encounter within the regions that we serve. As such, one important mission is to strengthen the physical, social, and economic fabric of the community by being a catalyst for sustainable development and community building. Pro-bono service opportunities available to libraries, information centers, small business and non-profit/community–centric organizations. These agencies have helped open new possibilities for education, workforce development, and civic participation. They are strong community anchors that together with community organizations create a network of learning and community development within a region. “The Caique-Mersey Advocates” works as a coalition partner with other public and private sector agencies, organizations and entities that seek to support the Library, Information, Radio, Music, Business and Public Service communities through political, economic and social education, awareness and advocacy. The Library Beatles Fan Club / The Library Scruffs. The public service/non-profit vehicle that brings professional people that profess their love for “The World of Libraries” and “The World of Radio” and “The World of Popular Culture” and “The Beatles Universe” together. Through a developing and evolving array of social media platforms, communications, library programs, exhibits, meetings, events, collectibles, music conferences, tours, and the like, The Library Beatles Fan Club: aspires to progressively promote, develop and grow to meet the rising expectations of its nascent membership base. The Caique-Mersey Group: The Library, Information, Radio, Music & Business Service Firm Fostering a Proud Association with The Library Community, The Radio-Broadcasting Community, The Business Community and The Public Service - Community Partnership - Regional Development Sector: Cornerstones of the Political, Economic and Social Fabric of Society. Organizational leadership for libraries, information centers, radio stations, local media outlets, small business, non-profits and the public/community service sectors involves creativity, flexibility and nontraditional thinking. Based in the expanding “Megalopolis” region on the Mason-Dixon Line, we present a central experience with such regional communities as those located in: Greater Philadelphia–PA–NJ–DE ~ Greater Baltimore–MD–DC–VA ~ Greater New Jersey–New York–New England ~ West Coast & currently expanding into ‘American Heartlands’ including the WV~OH~KY~TN~MI~IN~IL~WI~MN~ND-SD~ID~IA~MO~NE~KS~CO~UT & FL~Gulf~TX~AZ corridors. “My model for business is the Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other's kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other, and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That's how I see business: Great things in business are never done by one person. They're done by a team of people.” --Steve Jobs Career Library: Directors, Managers, Practitioners, Educators, Advocates, Consultants; Radio Industry Business Persons/Broadcasters; Business Professionals. The Current Caique-Mersey Group Team Roster Richard Thau, President http://www.linkedin.com/pub/richard-thau/14/3b3/469 Joyce Wemer VP http://www.linkedin.com/pub/joyce-wemer/1b/9b0/69a Georgie Wood, Lead Managing Staff Practitioner http://www.linkedin.com/pub/georgie-wood/90/b94/5b9 Rita Rigby, Staff Practitioner www.linkedin.com/pub/rita-rigby/96/947/196 Preston Pete Epstein, Adjunct Staff Associate http://www.linkedin.com/pub/preston-pete-epstein/a5/b26/54b Bonnie Shankar, Adjunct Staff Associate http://www.linkedin.com/pub/bonnie-shankar/a5/94a/767?trk=pub-pbmap ~~Join with The evolving Caique-Mersey Group in this effort for Civic/Community/Regional Engagement fosters Revitalization as it contributes directly to societal strength. Supporting “The Best of The Old and The Best of The New” as we “Integrate Solid Old School and Creative New School” elements into contemporary and progressive 21st Century agency and organizational paradigms for our partners, clients, and friends. A Caique-Mersey Group Professional Menu of Potential Services: --Menu: Fostering a Proud Association with The Library Community, The Radio-Broadcasting Community, The Business Community and The Public Service ~ Community Partnership ~ Regional Development Sector: Political, Economic and Social Cornerstones. ---New Research Report Noted-- “Over three billion people are now online & information & communication technology growth remains buoyant in just about every country worldwide…” http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2014/68.aspx#.VHnpX5V0yUk --Menu: Business/Real Estate/Community/Private Sector Interests. Supporting progressive, creative, flexible and productive agencies and organizations as model mission-driven regional/community-based entities having customer/client focused missions. --Menu: The Business Incubator: A Group Initiative. An evolving program to support the successful development of entrepreneurial companies and/or non-profit/educational/public service organizations through an array of support resources and services. --Menu: The Caique-Mersey Group “Cares.” ‘Caique Cares’ ~ a diversified public service program initiative of The Caique~Mersey Group --Menu: “The Caique-Mersey Advocates” works as a coalition partner with other public and private sector agencies, organizations and entities that seek to support the Library, Information, Radio, Music, Business and Public Service communities through political, economic and social education, awareness and advocacy. --Menu: The Library Beatles Fan Club / The Library Scruffs. The public service/non-profit vehicle that brings professional people that profess their love for “The World of Libraries” and “The World of Radio” and “The World of Popular Culture” and “The Beatles Universe” together. Through a developing and evolving array of social media platforms, communications, library programs, exhibits, meetings, events, collectibles, music conferences, tours, and the like, The Library Beatles Fan Club: aspires to progressively promote, develop and grow to meet the rising expectations of its nascent membership base. PO Box 555 Nottingham, PA 19362 joycewemer@caiquemerseygroup.com

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