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Commentary Series: Smith: Technology In Education

Commentary Series: Smith: Technology In Education | Impact of libraries | Scoop.it

Some experts think that corporations will eventually get into the business of higher education and bypass existing education structures altogether. Others predict there will be only a few physical universities left in the world come the middle of this century because technology will allow these institutions to reach students worldwide.

 

With no need for dorms, cafeterias, or libraries, infrastructure costs will be greatly reduced. There will also be a drastic reduction in the need for professors, who will in turn be better educated and better able to teach, especially when given sophisticated online and video learning tools to use in the classroom. A smaller infrastructure and lower personnel costs means a dramatic drop in cost - thus enabling more people to afford college, or so the theory goes.

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Library of Birmingham, about 100 of the Library’s 188 staff will go...in cuts

Library of Birmingham, about 100 of the Library’s 188 staff will go...in cuts | Impact of libraries | Scoop.it

Just over a year after the £188 million Library of Birmingham opened to public, more than half the staff are bracing themselves for redundancy following budget cuts.


About 100 of the Library’s 188 staff will go as opening hours are cut from 73 to 40 per week and extra services for the public are stopped

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Fury at staffless library plans

Fury at staffless library plans | Impact of libraries | Scoop.it
Librarians are throwing the book at plans to develop staffless libraries which would allow for longer opening hours.
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Read more about staff-less libraries on the Stop the privatisation of Public Libraries blog - http://dontprivatiselibraries.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/a-library-solution-without-staff.html - http://dontprivatiselibraries.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/unstaffed-libraries-contradiction-in.html -

Open Libraries in Denmark - http://slq.nu/?article=volume-46-no-3-2013-5 - Scandinavian Library Quarterly

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DIY libraries taking off in Herefordshire

DIY libraries taking off in Herefordshire | Impact of libraries | Scoop.it
A FARMING family on the welsh borders is making it its mission to keep West Herefordshire youngsters reading, setting up their own library at their farm shop.

The Prices are lifelong literature lovers and mum Ceri said that growing up libraries were just something that she took for granted.

And, worried about the “huge impact” library closures could have, she decided to set up her own kids’ library at the family’s Church Barn Farm Shop, near Whitney-on-Wye.
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Don't overlook your school librarian, they're the unsung heroes of literacy

Don't overlook your school librarian, they're the unsung heroes of literacy | Impact of libraries | Scoop.it
School librarians are depressingly underused, argues Sally Dring. Many teachers would be amazed at how much support they can give them and their students
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Midnight and university library is crowded

Midnight and university library is crowded | Impact of libraries | Scoop.it

It's midnight and there are hundreds of students crowded into the University of Reading's library.

It's a glimpse of how much student life has changed, what students expect from universities and how much pressure they feel about the future.

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Designing Libraries - Redesigned Exeter Central Library opens

Designing Libraries - Redesigned Exeter Central Library opens | Impact of libraries | Scoop.it
Exeter Central Library has reopened following an 18 month, £4m refit.

 

One of the most interesting innovations is the introduction of a 'Fab Lab', as well as a new Business and Information Hub to support local businesses. The 'Fab Lab' is believed to be the first of its kind in a UK public library, though a growing feature of libraries in the US and other countries. The Fab Lab, or fabrication laboratory, is a digital workshop equipped with laser-cutters, 3D printers and scanners, 3D milling machines, electronics bench and programming and design tools, where users can “make almost anything”.

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I would be interested to see the new "Fab Lab" which could be the first of its kind in a UK public library

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Tim Leonard's comment, May 23, 9:20 AM
Hi Anthony, I'm from Exeter and this is where I used to go as a kid (the children's library has always been great). This looks great and the Fab Lab sounds really interesting. I'm definately popping in next time I go home!
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Celebration recognizes libraries’ impact

Celebration recognizes libraries’ impact | Impact of libraries | Scoop.it
Staff members at the Terrebonne and Lafourche parish libraries are out to prove the buildings house much more than books.
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Library Blog - North Warwickshire and Hinckley College

Library Blog - North Warwickshire and Hinckley College | Impact of libraries | Scoop.it

I want to: 

 

Search Library | show how

Watch streamed video
Use ebooks
Use e-resources
See what you have for my course
Renew my loans

 

I need help:

 

I want to use other libraries
I am not your student/member of staff – can I use your library?
Harvard referencing – can you help me?
I want to copy or scan books and articles, play music in my office, show video in a classroom – should I be aware of anything?

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Excellent site with all kinds of help to use online resources and much more...

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Why school librarians are critical to digital learning | eSchool News | eSchool News | 2

A new Follett-sponsored initiative aims to raise awareness of how important school librarians are to the success of digital learning.
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Jisc RSCs: Presentations and supporting materials for Libraries Have Impact: Raising the Profile

Jisc RSCs: Presentations and supporting materials for Libraries Have Impact: Raising the Profile | Impact of libraries | Scoop.it
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Libraries have Impact – National Railway Museum, York – 5 November 2013

 

Presentations and other supporting materials from this year’s Library / Learning Resources conference in York are now on the event’s Lanyard site

 

The full programme - http://lanyrd.com/2013/lrcon13/schedule/ : presentation materials are listed beneath the abstract for each speaker and are listed as: COVERAGE.

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Jisc RSC > Libraries have impact: Raising the profile

Jisc RSC > Libraries have impact: Raising the profile | Impact of libraries | Scoop.it

Tuesday, 5 November 10:00 - 16:00
National Railway Museum York

 

The Jisc Regional Support Centres (Northern, North West and Yorkshire & Humber) are proud to present this year’s annual Learning Resources Conference 2013, with keynote speaker Leo Appleton, Associate Director of Library Services, Liverpool John Moores University. 

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Bookings are now open nationwide

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Beyond measure: Valuing libraries

Beyond measure: Valuing libraries | Impact of libraries | Scoop.it

This is a longer read than usual, but here is the text and some of the images from the keynote address I gave at The Acquisitions Institute 2013.  

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Chris Bourg of Stanford University Libraries suggests that the impact of libraries’ collections, services and people is very real but also very hard to measure

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Access anywhere: the use of the LibraryAnywhere App at Queen Margaret University Learning Resource Centre

Access anywhere: the use of the LibraryAnywhere App at Queen Margaret University Learning Resource Centre | Impact of libraries | Scoop.it

JISC RSC-Scotland Showcase

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Open libraries in Denmark | Scandinavian Library Quarterly

Open libraries in Denmark | Scandinavian Library Quarterly | Impact of libraries | Scoop.it

Self-service libraries, known as open libraries, are popular. 180 of Denmark’s 450 libraries are now open libraries – and more are on their way.

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Free our history | CILIP

Free our history | CILIP | Impact of libraries | Scoop.it

We want the UK Government to reduce the term of copyright protection in unpublished texts to the author’s lifetime plus 70 years.

 

Why it's important

 

At the moment the duration of copyright in certain unpublished works is to the end of 2039, regardless of how old the work is.

No other country in Europe has such restrictive provisions. European institutions are able to use such important historical material freely and lawfully, but in the UK we cannot.

 

As part of the First World War Centenary many organisations want to make unpublished works such as diaries and letters accessible to the public. Because they are still under copyright protection they cannot do so without permission from the rights holder.

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ARLG Conference Report

ARLG Conference Report | Impact of libraries | Scoop.it
ARLG NW offered a bursary to the national ARLG conference. Helen Monagle, Principal Library Assistant at Manchester Metropolitan University was the winner of our bursary. Her report on the conferen...
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Excellent report by Helen with great summaries of the keynotes - @HelenMonagle

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The impact of institutional decay

The impact of institutional decay | Impact of libraries | Scoop.it

The once-prestigious Delhi Public Library is now a shadow of its past glory, with nearly half of its permanent posts lying vacant. Perhaps libraries no more qualify to be a priority in Indian universities and colleges. Adroit planners have endorsed its neglect and shifted the focus to e-resources. These resources are, of course, important, but they cannot substitute the ethos a library creates. In countries ahead of us in education, the maintenance of the library as a special place is regarded as key to inducting the young into a community of knowledge.

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Impact of School Library Services on Learning

Impact of School Library Services on Learning | Impact of libraries | Scoop.it

SLIC commissioned a review of available evidence of the impact of school libraries on achievement and learning.  The focus is on school library services in secondary education. The outcomes will inform SLIC and CILIPS strategies in support of school library provision in Scotland. 

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UK Library eBook Pilot Shows Library Loans Drive Sales - The Digital Reader

It’s been just over a month since the Publisher’s Association launched a year long e-lending pilot in partnership with 4 libraries in the UK, and the early results are showing that ebook borrowers are also buyers. Janene Cox, the president of the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL), was speaking at the London Book Fair last week when she told The Bookseller that “people who loan books, buy books”.

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Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead libraries to be part of e-book research

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead libraries to be part of e-book research | Impact of libraries | Scoop.it

Residents who use the Royal Borough's e-lending service are to help a pilot study to assess the commercial impact of electronic books.

The borough is one of four local authorities nationwide taking part in a project carrying out real-time research into the impact of e-book lending in public libraries.

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Pierce County Library seeking interviews on system's impact | Local News | The News Tribune

Pierce County Library seeking interviews on system's impact | Local News | The News Tribune | Impact of libraries | Scoop.it
The Pierce County Library System is seeking people to record interviews about how their lives have been changed by the library.

 

As a result of winning a national medal for museum and library service last year, the library system will work with the oral history project StoryCorps in March to record 18 interviews about the library’s impact.

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The FINANCIAL - How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities

The FINANCIAL - How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities | Impact of libraries | Scoop.it

Most Americans feel that public libraries have done a good job embracing new technology, but are split on whether libraries are as essential as they were in the past for finding information, according to The Pew Research Center.

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Get your geek on. Support the library. | geekthelibrary.org

Get your geek on. Support the library. | geekthelibrary.org | Impact of libraries | Scoop.it
Yes, librarians geek, too. See what they are passionate about and why they think the public library is a vital community resource.
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Impoverished suburb has a library district, but no library

Impoverished suburb has a library district, but no library | Impact of libraries | Scoop.it

Ford Heights has a library district that collects about $20,000 a year from taxpayers who live in one of the poorest communities in the state.

 

But Ford Heights has no library.

 

The district was forced to close its free-standing library about 20 years ago when it couldn't come up with the money to maintain the building, and it was eventually razed. A state-of-the-art library in neighboring Glenwood then offered services for a while...

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Father driving to get his district library reopened after his daughter was turned away from a neighbouring library

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OverDrive looks to drive home impact of library e-book lending on book sales

OverDrive looks to drive home impact of library e-book lending on book sales | Impact of libraries | Scoop.it

“We want to demonstrate once and for all the enormous influence of the library demographic, and that when libraries put an ebook in their catalog it serves a valuable role in increasing exposure and engagement with an author's work,” said Steve Potash, OverDrive's CEO.

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