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The Giant Robots That Serve the World's Largest Library Archives

The Giant Robots That Serve the World's Largest Library Archives | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The largest libraries do more than just store books and newspapers on their shelves. When a library collection contains millions of documents, it needs complex and highly sophisticated logistical systems in order to serve its readers’ requests. It needs library robots.
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Aren’t libraries already doing that?

Aren't libraries already doing that? - The Message - Medium
My questions about the current big plan to give ebooks to poor kids
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Libraries in the Digital Age

Libraries in the Digital Age | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Technology has changed our role too. Now we no longer maintain (buy, hold, weed) information only. We provide the access and people find the vast majority of information on their own. But librarians have been doing that for ages, just with books. We show you where the business section is; it’s up to you to decide what information you want and how you want to retrieve it. Look at the index? Read a chapter? Check it out? Look for something else? So that part of a librarian’s role is the same. We still provide the avenue for people to improve their own knowledge base. I think it’s just that the mediums have changed.
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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

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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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Official Announcement: Barack Obama Foundation Selects Chicago as Home for Future Barack Obama Center and Presidential Library | LJ INFOdocket

From the Foundation: The Barack Obama Foundation announced today that the future Barack Obama Presidential Center – which will include the library, museum, as well as office and activity space for the Foundation – will be located on Chicago’s South Side.
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CheckItOut - Taylor Swift Parody Video for National Library Week - YouTube

"The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library's parody of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off." 
In homage to Taylor Swift and her outspoken support of public libraries and literacy and in celebration of National Library Week. See the answer key to reveal all the Taylor Swift references in the video: http://tscpl.org/checkitout "

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State of America's Libraries Report 2015 | News and Press Center

State of America's Libraries Report 2015 | News and Press Center | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Academic, public and school libraries are experiencing a shift in how they are perceived by their communities and society. No longer just places for books, libraries of all types are viewed as anchors, centers for academic life and research and cherished spaces. This and other library trends of the past year are detailed in the American Library Association’s 2015 State of America’s Libraries report, released during National Library Week, April 12– 18, 2015.
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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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