In a digital age that has left book publishers reeling, libraries in the world’s major cities seem poised for a comeback, though it’s one that has very little to do with books. The Independent Library Report—published in December by the U.K.’s Department for Culture, Media, and Sport—found that libraries across the nation are re-inventing themselves by increasingly becoming “vibrant and attractive community hubs,” focusing on the “need to create digital literacy—and in an ideal world, digital fluency.”
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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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...
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.
Unless lawmakers can be made to understand the critical role these and other educational professionals play in contributing to schools in which we can all be confident and proud, then many of these positions will remain in jeopardy to the detriment o...
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I like this quote from the post:
"Although not always regarded as "teaching" in the conventional sense, the ways in which librarians assist students may in fact be one of the most authentic forms of instruction."
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.