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ALA releases 2014 State of America’s Libraries Report | News & Press Center

Libraries continue to transform to meet society’s changing needs, and more than 90 percent of the respondents in an independent national survey said that libraries are important to the community. But school libraries continue to feel the combined pressures of recession-driven financial tightening and federal neglect, according to the survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, and school libraries in some districts and some states still face elimination or de-professionalization of their programs.These and other library trends of the past year are detailed in the American Library Association’s 2014 State of America’s Libraries report, released today during National Library Week, April 13– 19.
Sections of the report include: Libraries and Community Engagement, Public Libraries, Ebooks and Copyright Issues, School Libraries, Academic Libraries, Social Networking, Library Construction and Renovation, Outreach and Diversity, Washington Scene, and Intellectual Freedom including the list of “Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books” in 2013.

 

The full text of the 2014 State of America’s Libraries report is available at http://www.ala.org/news/state-americas-libraries-report-2014.


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Just picked this up from Joyce Valenza. 

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Karen du Toit's curator insight, April 14, 6:25 AM

The importance of libraries highlighted for the community, but the challenges for school libraries are rife!

Lisa Norris's curator insight, April 20, 9:35 PM

Great library programs are energetic, flexible, and always researching and experiementing with innovative effective and efficient ways to meet the information needs of its patrons!

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Flipping the Library: Tips from Three Pros | The Digital Shift 2013 - The Digital Shift

Flipping the Library: Tips from Three Pros | The Digital Shift 2013 - The Digital Shift | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Three experts shared tech tips and tools during “Flipped School Libraries,” a rapid-fire, dynamic session during The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries (#TDS13) webcast.



Through the use of innovative technologies and online resources, school libraries can now be available tostudents wherever—and whenever—they need them. “Flipped” or blended learning offers students thepower of personalized instruction, through a mix of virtual and face-to-face interactions, at a student’s own pace. Embracing this concept is a must for student engagement and the future of the profession, say school librarians Joyce Valenza, Brenda Boyer, and Michelle Luhtala.

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Greg Alchin's curator insight, January 16, 5:07 AM

considered reimagining of purpose & processe in response to technological & cultural change.

Janet Burstall's curator insight, January 16, 5:05 PM

Not strictly curation - but includes student compilation of content, so here it is.

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Read to Win the War: 13 Vintage Posters Promoting American Libraries

Read to Win the War: 13 Vintage Posters Promoting American Libraries | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Ever since the internet came along, our relationship to libraries has changed dramatically. But recent studies show that these institutions--pillars of the OG sharing economy--are still viewed as essential to American communities.
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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, December 29, 2013 5:16 PM

Interesting to think of the audience they were trying to represent and reach out to.  Take a quick peek.

Jonathan Rauscher's curator insight, January 7, 7:59 PM

vive les bibliothèques...

 

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Can volunteer effort help keep school libraries open?

Can volunteer effort help keep school libraries open? | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Principal Tracy Scott isn't sure when Tanner Duckrey School at 15th and Diamond in North Philly last had a librarian, or a...

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, November 8, 2013 5:53 AM

What do you think?

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In digital age, librarians are needed more than ever [infographic]

In digital age, librarians are needed more than ever [infographic] | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
It's so good such infographics like the one presented below are created. They don't only list challenges both librarians and library patrons face in times

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, October 28, 2013 2:50 AM

Librarians and the Digital Age

Freek Kraak's curator insight, October 30, 2013 7:11 AM

"In digital age, librarians are needed more than ever..."

Bronwyn Desjardins's curator insight, October 31, 2013 3:50 PM

:-)

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25 Libraries We Most Love on Pinterest - OEDB.org

25 Libraries We Most Love on Pinterest - OEDB.org | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Everyone seems to flock toward Pinterest these days, delighted by its numerous boards allowing them to bookmark Internet ephemera they find valuable and worth sharing.
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20 Most Magnificent Places To Read Books

20 Most Magnificent Places To Read Books | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Where you read will make your reading experience a lot different. If you love books and libraries, these great places to read books' what you can't miss.
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Seeing these photos inspires me to retreat to my own library room and just read!!!!

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Libraries Changed My Life

Libraries Changed My Life | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

For the life of me, I cannot possibly pinpoint a single moment in time or space in which the Library has changed my life. There are simply too many to count. Taking creative license with a quote, the single greatest moments in life are made up of many smaller moments over the course of our lives. The Library has not changed my life in one, epically grandiose fell-swoop like that of a fairytale ending. The change is gradual, neverending, a journey so to speak, and the change is all the more significant because of it.

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Submit your library stories here.  My life changed in the 9th grade when I had to wait in the public library for a couple of hours after school. I was waiting for my dad to get off work and drive me home. I started doing my homework and was amazed when my grades actually went up. I'd read and even work ahead during those unexpected library hours.  That experience helped convince me that I wasn't a hopeless dummy.  

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joyrosario's comment, May 24, 2013 3:07 AM
My parents emigrated four times so I was always the new girl with the funny accent, where did I find things were all the same but the school library, the welcoming haven in all the schools. This is my 40th year in the field!
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7 Love Letters To Learning From The World's Sharpest Minds

7 Love Letters To Learning From The World's Sharpest Minds | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
To the bookmobile!
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Sarah Rach-Sovich's curator insight, May 7, 2013 9:07 AM

Sometimes we forget, these still exist and contain a wealth of information!

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Libraries and Makerspaces: a match made in heaven

Libraries and Makerspaces: a match made in heaven | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Every discussion of libraries in the age of austerity always includes at least one blowhard who opines, "What do we need libraries for? We've got the Internet now!"


Facepalm.


The problem is that Mr. Blowhard has confused a library with a book depository. Now, those are useful, too, but a library isn't just (or even necessarily) a place where you go to get books for free. Public libraries have always been places where skilled information professionals assisted the general public with the eternal quest to understand the world. Historically, librarians have sat at the coalface between the entire universe of published material and patrons, choosing books with at least a colorable claim to credibility, carefully cataloging and shelving them, and then assisting patrons in understanding how to synthesize the material contained therein.

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Libraries as a place to invent and share. Libraries as a place to learn and build. Libraries as makerspaces.  

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, February 26, 2013 3:07 AM
Nice piece, those who don't understand what libraries are about should read this!
gwynethjones's curator insight, February 26, 2013 11:39 AM
Libraries & Makerspaces: a Match made in Heaven -- LOVE this Best Practice! #TLChat
Susan Schatvet's curator insight, March 13, 2013 11:00 AM

Libraries on the forefront of revitalizing the American Dream

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» 10 Haunted Libraries Around the World

» 10 Haunted Libraries Around the World | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Since the first post, 10 Haunted Libraries of the US was so popular, I thought an international edition was in order. Here are 10 more haunted libraries throughout the world. Raby Castle, Durham, England.
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Community Post: 28 Beautiful Quotes About Libraries

Community Post: 28 Beautiful Quotes About Libraries | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
The libraries of the world are under threat. Here are some reasons to care.
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Beautiful libraries, beautiful posts. What could be better?

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Joyce Valenza: Will This Website Save Your Library (and Your Librarians)? -- THE Journal

Joyce Valenza: Will This Website Save Your Library (and Your Librarians)? -- THE Journal | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Librarian Joyce Valenza taps students to upload photos of Springfield life, including coverage of sports and school clubs events to the library's Flickr page and Pinterest board--the latter of which is tagged, "A collage of school culture.
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The Adventures of Library Girl: Keeping Your Library Collection Smelling F.R.E.S.H!

The Adventures of Library Girl: Keeping Your Library Collection Smelling F.R.E.S.H! | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

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gwynethjones's curator insight, December 15, 2013 2:56 PM

More brilliance from the awesome Library Girl!

Debbie Smiloff De Louise's curator insight, December 16, 2013 5:46 AM

Nice weeding tips

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, December 16, 2013 10:47 AM

Nice new acronym for weeding your collection.

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Buffy Hamilton: Libraries as ‘Sponsors of Literacies’: Diving Deep to Expose Narratives & Metanarratives | DMLcentral

Buffy Hamilton: Libraries as ‘Sponsors of Literacies’: Diving Deep to Expose Narratives & Metanarratives | DMLcentral | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

By exploring “who or what underwrites occasions of literacy learning and use” (Brandt, The Sponsors of Literacy 2), librarians are much better positioned to better understand and contextualize these three key issues identified by Brandt (6):



1.  How the access, organization, and privileging of literacy opportunities are impacted by issues related to race, class, and gender.
2.  How literacy sponsors contribute to what Brandt defines as the literacy crisis:  the perceived gap between rising standards for achievement and people’s ability to meet them.
3.  How might sponsors of literacy interpret their ability to provide resources and opportunities that help people transform their uses of literacy that facilitate identity development, agency and social mobility?

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As always, Buffy Hamilton's research and thinking are provocative and informative.

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Vintage Catalog Cards for Literary Classics from the Semi-Secret Archive of the Library of Congress

Vintage Catalog Cards for Literary Classics from the Semi-Secret Archive of the Library of Congress | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
An affectionate reminder that a book is a node in a complex human network of authors, readers, and librarians, connecting time, space, and s
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10 Interesting Ways to Use Instagram for Your Library - OEDB.org

10 Interesting Ways to Use Instagram for Your Library - OEDB.org | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

is a very popular mobile photo sharing app that’s currently being used by over 80 million users. It was acquired by Facebook earlier this year, so it’s something that’s going to be around for quite some time. Instagram allows you to put all sorts of filters and effects on images and then share them with your network and the world. Here are ten ideas for ways you could use this immensely popular app for your library:

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School libraries and teacher-librarians: evidence of their contribution to student literacy and learning

School libraries have the potential to be a vibrant hub for learning, information, reading promotion, creativity, student leadership and social interaction within their school community. From an equity perspective, the school library is one of few places in a school open to all students, teachers and parents. In addition to providing a congenial learning environment and ‘safe haven’, the school library often offers a venue for extra-curricular activities, as well as school community events and meetings.


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Karen Cuthbert's comment, September 1, 2013 8:33 PM
Thanks Karen, I agree
Esther Casey's curator insight, September 2, 2013 3:59 AM

Great to see this research being done closer to home and showing again the value of school libraries as a central hub of the school.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 2, 2013 12:05 PM

A good article on the economic value of school libraries in Australia

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Using The Power Of The Pair To Enhance Active Learning - Edudemic

Using The Power Of The Pair To Enhance Active Learning - Edudemic | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Colleen Lee: 


I remember when I first figured out the “power of the pair”. I had walked onto our school library and the noise was way above what I would expect. I asked our librarian how it could be like that and she told me it wasn’t ‘noise’ – that if I listened closely it was ‘learning’. As I looked around the room it was evident. Students were working together to help each other in learn. For me the ‘pair’ is now one of my most powerful tools. I use it in all my foreign language classes and see it increasingly used in other disciplines. Here’s a few reasons why:

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The sweet noise of learning in the library should be music to any teacher or librarian's ears. 

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Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) opens to public

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) opens to public | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Online archive of more than 2m books, documents, photographs and artworks from all over US now available to view for free
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Digitsed collections for many great US libraries mean more online access to  primary sources

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Cindy Rogers's curator insight, May 5, 2013 1:50 AM

What a resource!

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Neil Gaiman on Libraries

Neil Gaiman, author and Honorary Chair of National Library Week, speaks about the value of libraries, librarians and librarianship before his lecture at the ...

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Gaiman will hook you. He's an author moving from novels to comics and back again.  

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Ann Vega's curator insight, February 27, 2013 12:00 PM

Love Neil Gaiman!

Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, February 27, 2013 3:08 PM
Well said! Love him :)
Susan Kelly's comment, March 4, 2013 10:37 PM
Boy, is he right. I live in China most of the year and foreign instructors aren't allowed in the library.
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Vintage Ads for Libraries and Reading

Vintage Ads for Libraries and Reading | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Curating eclectic interestingness from culture's collective brain...some vintage ads and posters for all books. Delightfully colorful and brimming with endearingly bad copywriting, these mid-century gems will bring back memories.


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