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Speaking Volumes - the impact of public libraries on wellbeing / Carnegie UK Trust

Speaking Volumes - the impact of public libraries on wellbeing / Carnegie UK Trust | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

"The Carnegie UK Trust publication Speaking Volumes: the impact of public libraries on wellbeing shows the wide range of ways in which public libraries can affect the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Speaking Volumes demonstrates in a clear graphical way how libraries are relevant to four main policy areas: social, economic, cultural and education policy – all of which have an impact on wellbeing.

The leaflet is based on hundreds of examples of practice throughout the UK and Ireland, as well as published evidence of impact. Databases of some of these examples show how public libraries support learning, promote economic wellbeing, act as cultural centres and contribute to the creation of strong and healthy communities."

 


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, July 17, 5:02 AM

Continuing relevance of public libraries!

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The future of libraries: what the Guardian online debate found

The future of libraries: what the Guardian online debate found | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

By Ian Anstice:

"The Guardian held one of its online debates on libraries today. The discussion between several library experts (managers, campaigners, councillors) and anyone contributing online. Around 200 comments were made so it’s a little condfusing: I’ve endeavoured to summarise below, although doubtless I have missed some things which some would consider important. Main threads and arguments.

Are libraries declining due to technological change? Libraries are still needed, in some ways more than ever: internet/online access essential and libraries provide the access and skills to those without either or both. Seven million have never used the internet. Wikipedia etc don’t cover all information and are prone to deletion, accidental or otherwise and is also not entirely trustworthy anyway.  Libraries provide quiet study spaces.  Children need the books and everyone needs serendipity that bookshelves allow.  Bookstock is declining due to budget cuts.  It’s not black and white – books and e-books will co-exist. Books are still in demand with 244 million loans in England 2011/12,

Read more: http://www.publiclibrariesnews.com/2013/11/the-future-of-libraries-what-the-guardian-online-debate-found.html


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, November 29, 2013 7:40 AM

Main threads and arguments in the discussions! Interesting!

Alexina's curator insight, November 30, 2013 8:00 PM

This is a short summary of an extensive online discussion about public libraries in the UK, but much of the discussion applies to USA libraries too. I like libraries referred to as "Idea stores".

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Rebranding Removes the Term Library, by Dr Steve Matthews

Rebranding Removes the Term Library, by Dr Steve Matthews | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

"At the risk of sounding like I’m bragging, I knew this was coming when I wrote The Revolutionary Library in April of 2011, and again in August with The Physics of Your Library Brand. I just didn’t know where it would break out or exactly when.

A library no more . . . Idea Exchange is born. Library rebranding is underway in Cambridge according to the Cambridge Times reporter Bill Jackson in his article last Thursday, February 20. The Cambridge Public Library – Art Gallery • Library • Community Center – in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada was established in 1973 by combining the separate libraries of Galt, Preston and Hespeler with a history over 100 years at that time. In 1992 renovation and expansion of the Library & Gallery in Galt included new space to house a climate controlled art gallery, a studio and greatly enlarged children’s facilities. Additional expansions over the years have created the multipurpose entity that exists today.:


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Karen du Toit's comment, February 28, 4:05 AM
Changing the name to incorporate all the new functions /spaces/services the "library" offers! To get past the stereotypical idea of a "library" with only books and a quiet place of study!
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 1, 5:19 AM
Rebranding Removes the Term Library
LibrarianLand's curator insight, March 1, 6:37 PM

This is really b.s. The term library and it associations are still very important and vital to the institution in most of its forms. "Digital Idea Space" or "Ideal Village"  or "You can make it happen here!" or what ever the heck you want to rebrand it does not convey the wonderful history and values that make libraries great and sound trendy and hollow.

 

I agree that libraries need to be marketed better and often times differently but just as importantly they need to hire and retain the best and brightest who will actively provide and support the creation of new knowledge. A trendy new name that obliterates a very powerful concept in many folks' minds, LIBRARY, does not do the history or values of the idea justice. Perhaps a hybrid name that involves both is OK, like "Library Resource Center" or "Digital Learning Library" or even a name that does not include the word but clearly markets the traditional values of intellectual freedom, equity, learning, and yes, still preserving and collecting traditional things like books.

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The future of libraries: what the Guardian online debate found

The future of libraries: what the Guardian online debate found | Digital information and public libraries | Scoop.it

By Ian Anstice:

"The Guardian held one of its online debates on libraries today. The discussion between several library experts (managers, campaigners, councillors) and anyone contributing online. Around 200 comments were made so it’s a little condfusing: I’ve endeavoured to summarise below, although doubtless I have missed some things which some would consider important. Main threads and arguments.

Are libraries declining due to technological change? Libraries are still needed, in some ways more than ever: internet/online access essential and libraries provide the access and skills to those without either or both. Seven million have never used the internet. Wikipedia etc don’t cover all information and are prone to deletion, accidental or otherwise and is also not entirely trustworthy anyway.  Libraries provide quiet study spaces.  Children need the books and everyone needs serendipity that bookshelves allow.  Bookstock is declining due to budget cuts.  It’s not black and white – books and e-books will co-exist. Books are still in demand with 244 million loans in England 2011/12,

Read more: http://www.publiclibrariesnews.com/2013/11/the-future-of-libraries-what-the-guardian-online-debate-found.html


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, November 29, 2013 7:40 AM

Main threads and arguments in the discussions! Interesting!

Alexina's curator insight, November 30, 2013 8:00 PM

This is a short summary of an extensive online discussion about public libraries in the UK, but much of the discussion applies to USA libraries too. I like libraries referred to as "Idea stores".