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Dave Harte: The book in a digital age - Business Columnists - Business Comment - Business - Birmingham Post

I love libraries. Partly for the books of course, but also for the fact that in general they’re quiet places where no-one comes looking for you.
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Times Higher Education - Troubling FX as Falmouth forces staff to go private

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Vandals cause £10,000 damage to Biggin Hill library - News - Bromley Times

Vandals cause £10,000 damage to Biggin Hill library - News - Bromley Times | General library news | Scoop.it
A group of vandals wearing onesies caused more than £10,000 worth of damage to Biggin Hill Memorial Library last month after pelting the building with bricks and stones.
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School libraries 'under threat' due to funding cuts - Telegraph

School libraries 'under threat' due to funding cuts - Telegraph | General library news | Scoop.it
School libraries are under growing threat because of concerns over the closure of vital support services run by local councils, new research suggests.
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Library futures: is Worcester's Hive a model for university development?

Library futures: is Worcester's Hive a model for university development? | General library news | Scoop.it
Britain's newest library is jointly run by the university and local authority, says Anne Hannaford – but not without challenges...
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Elvis Presley Library Card Could Fetch Thousands At Auction

Elvis Presley Library Card Could Fetch Thousands At Auction | General library news | Scoop.it
The library card, which Presley, then 13 years old, signed to check out a copy of "The Courageous Heart: A Life of Andrew Jackson For Young Readers" from Humes High School in Memphis in 1948, is expected to sell for more than $3,500 when it is sold on August 14.
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Authors call for 'a library in every school' legislation

Authors call for 'a library in every school' legislation | General library news | Scoop.it
Schools minister Nick Gibb is being pressed to make it compulsory for all schools in the UK to have a library...
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'They tell me print is dead - but...'

'They tell me print is dead - but...' | General library news | Scoop.it
Airline magazine poet raps about the continuing strength of print...
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Britain's libraries disappearing at a rate of two per week under Tory-led Coalition cuts

Britain's libraries disappearing at a rate of two per week under Tory-led Coalition cuts | General library news | Scoop.it
Two libraries every week have been handed over to volunteers, turned into social enterprises, or closed for good since last April...
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As demand for e-books soars, libraries struggle to stock their virtual shelves

As demand for e-books soars, libraries struggle to stock their virtual shelves | General library news | Scoop.it
If borrowing a library book, it may be quicker to put down your sleek iPad or Kindle and head to the stacks.
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Best Books 2011: The Top Ten — Library Journal Reviews

Best Books 2011: The Top Ten — Library Journal Reviews | General library news | Scoop.it

he idea of consensus might seem ridiculous at the close of 2011. There are thousands of books published for every personality, micromood, and attention span—and in multiple formats. Critics abound in the blogosphere and legacy review media, making for a 24-hour buzz chamber.

 

It's precisely these conditions that make best-of lists valuable. As every librarian worth her readers’ advisory spiel knows, when faced with an overabundance of choice and a deficiency of waking hours, patrons want to know about good stuff, fast.


That’s why we repeated last year’s exercise and voted on a top ten. It means something that eight intelligent though vastly different editors agreed on standards of excellence across widely disparate fiction and nonfiction. Quality, regardless of label, exists, and this is a quick, high-impact way to present it.

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How the Library Can Help Your Child Become a Great Reader — Park Ridge news, photos and events — TribLocal.com

Trying to think of ways to get your child interested in reading? Studies have shown that young children learn effectively through play. The Park Ridge Public Library provides a wide range of materials for children that encourage their love...
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School library support service axed in Hertfordshire - News - Welwyn Hatfield Times

School library support service axed in Hertfordshire - News - Welwyn Hatfield Times | General library news | Scoop.it
FUNDING for a loss-making school library support service has been pulled by Hertfordshire County Council.
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Is OverDrive Deceiving Its Libraries? | Good E-Reader - ebook Reader and Tablet PC News

Is OverDrive Deceiving Its Libraries? | Good E-Reader - ebook Reader and Tablet PC News | General library news | Scoop.it
GoodEReader.com came across a blog post from a highly displeased librarian who discovered that OverDrive does not make the same ebooks possible to all of its...
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British Library unveils TV news resource

British Library unveils TV news resource | General library news | Scoop.it
The British Library is launching a multimedia service which will allow users to access TV and radio news bulletin produced for more than 15 broadcasters since May 2010.
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Roll-out of community-run libraries in Dorset | Dorset Newsroom

Roll-out of community-run libraries in Dorset | Dorset Newsroom | General library news | Scoop.it
The final countdown to the transfer of community-run libraries across Dorset is underway as volunteers gear up to take over seven libraries. Following months
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Avid library ebook borrowers claim it doesn't affect their book buying

Avid library ebook borrowers claim it doesn't affect their book buying | General library news | Scoop.it
Do people who borrow ebooks from libraries buy fewer books? A new survey of about 75,000 library users suggests no — but because the respondents were self-selecting and already active library users, the results can’t be extended to the general population.
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Notes & Queries: Would a printed Wikipedia fit in the British Library?

Notes & Queries: Would a printed Wikipedia fit in the British Library? | General library news | Scoop.it
The British Library contains nearly 14m books. The St Pancras building has 112,000 square metres of floor space, which roughly equates to 36 articles, or 260 pages, per square metre.
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Call to 'move libraries into 21st century' sparks ebook lending review

Call to 'move libraries into 21st century' sparks ebook lending review | General library news | Scoop.it
After publishers' reluctance to provide digital titles for libraries, the government says a review into ebook lending is imminent...
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Writers won't lose out if libraries lend ebooks

Writers won't lose out if libraries lend ebooks | General library news | Scoop.it
The Society of Authors' suspicion of e-lending is misguided, writes Anna Baddeley...
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The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader: Library Loot: March 28 to April 3

The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader: Library Loot: March 28 to April 3 | General library news | Scoop.it
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Dave Harte: The book in a digital age - Business Columnists - Business Comment - Business - Birmingham Post

I love libraries. Partly for the books of course, but also for the fact that in general they’re quiet places where no-one comes looking for you.
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FORUM: Libraries stand the test of time

FORUM: Libraries stand the test of time | General library news | Scoop.it

Libraries supported by tax dollars are in the business of providing free access to published information that is otherwise sold in the marketplace. Government provides this free access because we the people and our leaders — from Benjamin Franklin to Dwight David Eisenhower — have long believed that equal access to information is essential to a strong democracy. A full democratic rule ensures that all adults have an opportunity to be informed in public discussions of issues that affect the conditions of their lives.

 

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Hip, Loud and Sociable? A New Wave of "Library Labs"

Hip, Loud and Sociable? A New Wave of "Library Labs" | General library news | Scoop.it
Cultural anthropologist Mimi Ito calls the Chicago Public Library’s pioneering teen learning space, YOUmedia, "loud, sociable, and hip—but it's still all about the public mission of the library to serve as a point of access to culture, information,...
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How To Protest Library Cuts

How To Protest Library Cuts | General library news | Scoop.it
Urban Librarians Unite started as a way to get librarians to exchange ideas. Over time, we've cultivated an effective mix of Social Media and old fashioned advocacy. The stereotype of the quiet, meek librarian has given us a lot to play with.
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Gormley unveils 'empty' sculpture

Gormley unveils 'empty' sculpture | General library news | Scoop.it
The British Library unveils sculptor Antony Gormley's latest work, which was commissioned by a charity that promotes the freedom to write.
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