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How to Create the Library of the Future

Master Plan spoke with UTS librarian, Mal Booth, to get some insight into the plans for UTS's upcoming library and the underground retrieval system.
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The Fear Economy

The plight of the unemployed, of course, is terrible and getting worse. But the weak labor market is taking a toll on the employed, too.
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What’s more, I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to suggest that this reality helps explain why our political system has turned its backs on the unemployed. No, I don’t believe that there’s a secret cabal of C.E.O.’s plotting to keep the economy weak. But I do think that a major reason why reducing unemployment isn’t a political priority is that the economy may be lousy for workers, but corporate America is doing just fine.

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Information Literacy Weblog: 200 search engines

Information Literacy Weblog: 200 search engines | Are Libraries Obsolete? | Scoop.it

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200 search engines categorised. From the crucial must-knows to the deep web directories. Useful to see them all organised in this way. #infolit

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Web Privacy, and How Consumers Let Down Their Guard

Web Privacy, and How Consumers Let Down Their Guard | Are Libraries Obsolete? | Scoop.it
Consumers insist that they treasure their online privacy. But their mouse clicks tell a far different tale, as the experiments of a behavioral economist show.
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How to Create the Library of the Future

Master Plan spoke with UTS librarian, Mal Booth, to get some insight into the plans for UTS's upcoming library and the underground retrieval system.
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IFLA launches principles, research and advice for eLending in Libraries | IFLA

IFLA launches principles, research and advice for eLending in Libraries | IFLA | Are Libraries Obsolete? | Scoop.it
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Providing access to eBooks is one of the most pressing issues facing libraries right now. Public libraries, in particular, are dealing with implications of rapidly changing business and access models.

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Coming and Going on Facebook | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

61% of Facebook users have taken a voluntary break from using the site at one time or another and 27% plan to spend less time on the site this coming year. Even so, two-thirds of online adults are now Facebook users.
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We asked the 61% of Facebook users who have taken a break from using the site to tell us in their own words why they did so, and they mentioned a variety of reasons. The largest group (21%) said that their “Facebook vacation” was a result of being too busy with other demands or not having time to spend on the site. Others pointed toward a general lack of interest in the site itself (10% mentioned this in one way or another), an absence of compelling content (10%), excessive gossip or “drama” from their friends (9%), or concerns that they were spending too much time on the site and needed to take a break (8%).

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America's first bookless public library will look 'like an Apple Store'

America's first bookless public library will look 'like an Apple Store' | Are Libraries Obsolete? | Scoop.it
Bexar County, Texas says that it will open the first 100 percent digital public library system in the country, unveiling plans for its first location this past week. The plan has been in the works...
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Libraries Try to Update the Bookstore Model

Libraries Try to Update the Bookstore Model | Are Libraries Obsolete? | Scoop.it
As librarians struggle with the task of redefining their roles in a digital age, many are seeing an opportunity to fill the void created by the loss of traditional bookstores.
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“The library should be as they say, a third place — you have home, work or school, and then you come to the library because it is the center and heart of the community,” Ms. Caserotti said. “Our staff is 100 percent committed to hospitality, customer service and welcoming people to the library as if they were visiting our home. We need to remember it is their library, not ours, and they are paying for it.”

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Expect more : demanding better libraries for today's complex world (Book, 2012) [WorldCat.org]

Expect more : demanding better libraries for today's complex world (Book, 2012) [WorldCat.org] | Are Libraries Obsolete? | Scoop.it

Expect more : demanding better libraries for today's complex world. [R David Lankes]

-- Libraries have existed for millennia, but today many question their necessity.

 

"If libraries need to be providing us access to these services and training us about them, don’t they also have an obligation to let us know about threats to our privacy? Can’t they represent the community voice in the public discourse on such issues? Expecting more from libraries means expecting them to be informed about threats to privacy on a global scale and having them actively working with the community to come to an informed level of consent on disclosure.

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FTC's Second Kids' App Report Finds Little Progress in Addressing Privacy Concerns Surrounding Mobile Applications for Children

FTC's Second Kids' App Report Finds Little Progress in Addressing Privacy Concerns Surrounding Mobile Applications for Children | Are Libraries Obsolete? | Scoop.it

"Since FTC staff’s first survey of kids’ mobile apps in 2011, staff found little progress toward giving parents the information they need to determine what data is being collected from their children, how it is being shared, or who will have access to it. The report also finds that many of the apps surveyed included interactive features, such as connecting to social media, and sent information from the mobile device to ad networks, analytics companies, or other third parties, without disclosing these practices to parents."

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library space as a service--Lorcan Dempsey's Weblog

"A shift is underway in library space, from being configured around collections to being configured around research, learning and related social behaviors. In this way, space is an important aspect of how a library engages with its users; it is a service in itself, not only part of the infrastructure to manage collections."

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Abandoned Walmart is Now America’s Largest Library | WebUrbanist

Abandoned Walmart is Now America’s Largest Library | WebUrbanist | Are Libraries Obsolete? | Scoop.it
A sprawling abandoned Walmart in McAllen, Texas has been transformed into the nation's largest public library, with self-check-out kiosks and an art gallery.

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The Decline of Wikipedia: Even As More People Than Ever Rely on It, Fewer People Create It | MIT Technology Review

The community that built the largest encyclopedia in history is shrinking, even as more people and Internet services depend on it than ever. Can it be revived, or is this the end of the Web’s idealistic era?
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As New Services Track Habits, the E-Books Are Reading You

As New Services Track Habits, the E-Books Are Reading You | Are Libraries Obsolete? | Scoop.it
Several new e-book subscription services are analyzing the data of readers and providing it free.
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The Circa App: News Exclusively for Mobiles

The Circa App: News Exclusively for Mobiles | Are Libraries Obsolete? | Scoop.it
 

by Frederic Filloux

Suddenly, everybody talks about Circa, a simple application that delivers news in an astutely condensed format.
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Circa is in many ways a contemporary product. First, it neatly addresses the attention span challenge. Remember: it’s 9 seconds for a goldfish, 8 seconds for a human in 2012 — vs. 12 seconds in 2000 –  and let’s not forget that, according toStatistic Brain, 17% of web pages are viewed for less than 4 seconds. Seriously, Circa found ways to save our precious time. Second, its content is more than neutral, it’s sanitized, deodorized. It’s a perfect fit for a generation of readers for whom facts are free and abundant, opinions are suspect and long form stories a relic of the past…

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The Future of the Harvard Library

Imagining the Harvard Library through the eyes of students and faculty—a few ideas to start a conversation. This animation was produced by IdeaRocket in coll...
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TEDxRainier - Chrystie Hill - Libraries Present and Future

Chrystie Hill works with libraries around the world and shares her knowledge to help make libraries great places. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED...
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This Is How Facebook Is Tracking Your Internet Activity

This Is How Facebook Is Tracking Your Internet Activity | Are Libraries Obsolete? | Scoop.it
200-plus ways of following you on the web.
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Well, other than Facebook is everywhere, the Facebook trackers have fairly specific interests. According to our experiment, Facebook is most interested in these three things:

1. What you are reading on the web.

2. What you are linking to from social media sites.

3. What you are buying.


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/this-is-how-facebook-is-tracking-your-internet-activity-2012-9?op=1#ixzz2KtYjsrdY

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Data Privacy Day farce

Data Privacy Day farce | Are Libraries Obsolete? | Scoop.it
A chilling Google report reveals law enforcement is seeking -- and getting -- more and more of our personal info
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 Between June and December 2012, the United States made 8,438 requests for information about 14,791 Google users. Overall, the amount of data requested by the government has been rising quickly — by more than 70 percent, reports Google, since 2009, when the House of Representatives went to such pains to tell us how “the Internet and the capabilities of modern technology cause data privacy issues to figure prominently in the lives of many people in the United States at work, in their interaction with government and public authorities, in the health field, in e-commerce transactions, and online generally.”

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Library Services in the Digital Age

Library Services in the Digital Age | Are Libraries Obsolete? | Scoop.it
The internet has already had a major impact on how people find and access information, and now the rising popularity of e-books is helping transform Americans’ reading habits.
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Company Envisions ‘Vaults’ for Personal Data

Company Envisions ‘Vaults’ for Personal Data | Are Libraries Obsolete? | Scoop.it
Reputation.com is building a business around helping people store personal data about themselves as a way to manage their online reputations.

 

"EXECUTIVES in technology, retail, marketing and other industries like to say that data is “the new oil” or, at least, the fuel that powers the Internet economy. It is a metaphor that casts consumers as natural resources with no say over the valuable commodities that companies extract from them. "

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Expect More

Expect More | Are Libraries Obsolete? | Scoop.it
Demanding Better Libraries For Today's Complex World...

 

"The librarians of the Free Library [of Phiadelphia] chose a different path. The first thing they did was to hire homeless men and women to be bathroom attendants to keep the bathrooms clean. Then the Library started a café. The café was a community-wide effort. Major funding came from Bank of America. The equipment was donated by Starbucks. The food came from a neighborhood bakery. The café was staffed, trained, and managed by formerly homeless men and women now in a program to transition to work."

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Will Public Libraries Become Extinct? - Forbes

Will Public Libraries Become Extinct? - Forbes | Are Libraries Obsolete? | Scoop.it
Will public libraries become extinct? This question was originally answered on Quora by Erica Friedman and Marc Bodnick.
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McAllen Public Library - New Main Library

McAllen Public Library - New Main Library | Are Libraries Obsolete? | Scoop.it

Present vs. Future

 

Consider this by-the-numbers comparison of the present and future Main Library.....

 

New

Floors: 1

Public Meeting Spaces: 16

Public Study Rooms: 14

Public Computer Lab: 64

Children's Computer Lab: 10

Teen's Computer Lab: 6

Genealogy Computer Lab: 2

 

Special Interior Features:
teen area, cafe, auditorium, quiet reading room, self-check out units, art gallery, electronic classrooms, meeting rooms with audiovisual services, expanded children's area, used book store, automated materials handling system, themed wood ceiling and other special interior design features

 

Old

Floors: 3

Public Meeting Rooms: 2

Public Study Rooms: 3

Public Computer Lab: 29

 

Special Features:
ground floor atrium, patio, used book store

 

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