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Oxford's New Bodleian Library has had a radical modernist makeover

Oxford's New Bodleian Library has had a radical modernist makeover | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The Grade II-listed building was designed by Giles Gilbert Scott in the 1930s, and it’s architecture is vague – sort of classical, sort of modernist, sort of Arts and Crafts, sort of prison block. The facade facing Broad Street was positively antisocial, with a low podium wall and a “lifted” row of small ground floor windows that effectively said: Keep Out.   

The four-year makeover of the Grade II-listed library, led by the architect Jim Eyre and his practice Wilkinson Eyre, is radical. Eyre is an unvague modernist, and apart from one stark oddity in his scheme – a 15th-century portal from the Ascot Park estate used as an entrance to the readers’ admissions room – he has gone about his work with surgical precision, removing most of the Edwardian guts from Gilbert Scott’s hulk, and sewing in entirely new bibliophiliac organs.
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Readers' love letters to libraries

Readers' love letters to libraries | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
After leading authors showed their love for libraries in written and graphic form, it’s readers’ turn. From life-defining visits to treasured childhood memories, these are some of our favourite tributes
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The Hidden Costs of E-books at University Libraries - Times of San Diego

The Hidden Costs of E-books at University Libraries - Times of San Diego | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
E-book prices seem entirely reasonable now, but once a library signs on, it must continually pay the rising subscription fee or the books will just vanish.
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New Pew Report on Younger Americans and Public Libraries

New Pew Report on Younger Americans and Public Libraries | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

More on the new Pew Report's findings about teen and young adult library use.

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The Librarians Trailer TNT - YouTube

Life in the library can be exciting--and we're always looking for new recruits. Happy New Year everyone!

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Secrets of the Stacks

Secrets of the Stacks | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
How libraries decide which books to keep—and which don’t stand the test of time
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This is the time of year when school libraries conduct housekeeping tasks such as inventory and "weeding." This author explores the complexities of the weeding process and its implications for literature.

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Why Libraries Matter

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A day in the life of New York City's public libraries: Traveling from borough to borough, this short documentary by Julie Dressner and Jesse Hicks reveals just how important the modern library is for millions of people.
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This video is 10 minutes long. If you haven't been in a public library lately (or even if you have), you will be amazed by the many roles libraries can play in a community. 

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Will Libraries Exist in the Future? If So, They’ll Be Very Different.

Will Libraries Exist in the Future? If So, They’ll Be Very Different. | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

I know I don't see the future as darkly as this author does, but this is worth reading just to see what is going on in libraries around the world. Libraries are definitely changing, but they are changing to meet the needs and demands of the 21st century.

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ALA Releases 2014 State of America’s Libraries Report Including List of Most Challenged Books of 2013

ALA Releases 2014 State of America’s Libraries Report Including List of Most Challenged Books of 2013 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Highlights from the American Library Association's annual state of the libraries report.

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The Rise of E-Books and a Shrinking Library Catalog

The Rise of E-Books and a Shrinking Library Catalog | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"E-reading is on the rise, according to a January report by the Pew Internet project. Fully 50 percent of adults own a tablet or e-reader, and two out of five public libraries lend e-readers. But while libraries own their e-readers, the same can’t be said of the digital books on their virtual shelves. As a result, library patrons face long wait times to borrow what are essentially collections of bits and bytes."

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Turns out most engaged library users are also biggest tech users | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour | PBS

Turns out most engaged library users are also biggest tech users | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour | PBS | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A new study from the Pew Research Center found that more than two-thirds of Americans are actively engaged with public libraries. The report examines the relationship Americans have with their libraries and technology. Dusty, worn books versus sleek new computers, tablets or smartphones may seem like unlikely companions, but it’s really all about information. Continue reading →
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Classroom Library Self-Assessment

Hello Twitter friends! Due to the response from my Twitter pals at the #MELit chat, I thought I'd post the recent self-assessment I created for classroom teachers and their classroom libraries here...
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This teacher created a brief assessment to use to improve your classroom library. And in case you're wondering, no! I do not feel threatened by the existence of classroom libraries in my school "competing" with my school library. Books beget readers, readers use libraries, where ever they are. There is no such thing as too many libraries in a school!

 

Also, don't ever think that classroom libraries are just for English teachers. The best way to connect a student with books is through your positive relationship with that kid--and we don't all have relationships with every kid in our building, but hopefully, every kid in our building has a relationship with at least one of us. If each of those teachers has some interesting looking books in their room that they can personally recommend, then we have many opportunities to inspire our readers in our buildings.

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This Human of New York Takes His Libraries Seriously

This Human of New York Takes His Libraries Seriously | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Last seen eating chicken at the intersection of 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue. Likes books and people. Loves the institution that brings books and people together.  
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Is there a library-sized hole in the internet? - Research Information

David Weinberger is senior researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and has been instrumental in the development of ideas about the impact of the web. Shortly before his recent keynote presentation at OCLC’s EMEA Regional Council Meeting in Florence, he spoke with Sarah Bartlett about the library-sized hole in the Internet and how a ‘library graph’ might help librarians to fill it.
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Ferguson Library Provides Calm Refuge for a Torn Community

Ferguson Library Provides Calm Refuge for a Torn Community | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

The Ferguson Public Library has been a source of support for its community since the shooting death of Michael Brown last August and this week, as the grand jury's verdict was announced, they stepped up again to help. Lauded for their contributions to the community on Twitter, where a successful drive for donations to the library was initiated, and by the press, library personnel responded that they were just doing "what libraries do."

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NPR's story: A nationwide outpouring of support for tiny Ferguson library.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/11/27/366811650/a-nationwide-outpouring-of-support-for-tiny-ferguson-library

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New Pew Report Explores Young Americans' Library Habits

New Pew Report Explores Young Americans' Library Habits | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A new report from the Pew Research Center Internet Project offers mixed news for public libraries.
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Bookless library opened by new US university

Bookless library opened by new US university | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Florida Polytechnic University's enormous facility promises to make 'many more books available for the students' in digital form
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7 surprises about libraries in our surveys

7 surprises about libraries in our surveys | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
As librarians around the country gather in Las Vegas for the American Library Association’s annual conference, here are findings that stand out from our research
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The Everything Library

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A college librarian's take on the struggle to define the role of libraries, and the ideas of learning commons and maker spaces.

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Public Library Is Abandoning Disputed Plan for Landmark

Public Library Is Abandoning Disputed Plan for Landmark | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The New York Public Library has abandoned a controversial renovation plan that would have turned its research flagship on 42nd Street into a circulating library.
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7 Big Myths About Libraries

Americans value their libraries, but there are still misconceptions about libraries that exist among folks who maybe haven't visited a library in a while... or haven't visited one ever!...
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American Library - The Morning News

American Library - The Morning News | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Photographs from a new book of American public libraries—some famous, some neglected, some both—plus an essay by former Poet Laureate Charles Simic.
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Books? Or No Books? Envisioning the Academic Library of the Future

With increased focus on sharing of collections, consortial delivery programs, and collaboration amongst libraries in identifying and preserving print runs and last copies, the academic library is changing dramatically....
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From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers–and beyond

From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers–and beyond | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A new typology of Americans’ public engagement with public libraries, which sheds light on broader issues around the relationship between technology, libraries, and information resources in the United States.
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Breaking Out of the Library Mold, in Boston and Beyond

Breaking Out of the Library Mold, in Boston and Beyond | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
With physical and virtual visits “off the charts,” libraries across the country are thinking up innovative ways to keep users happy.
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