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The future of libraries: what the Guardian online debate found

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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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Libraries evolving as spaces for developing community ideas and engagement

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Reimagining libraries in the digital age is collaborative work that requires input from across the community--but it’s also essential in ...
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NLM Digitizes Unique Early English Books, Allowing Free Online Access

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How our ancestors dealt with illness.

 

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Ouvrir grand ou fermer des bibliothèques : l’ABF en appelle à la responsabilité | Bulletin des bibliothèques de France

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Announcement: HathiTrust Research Center adds 5 billion pages to help scholars see farther | Digital Humanities Now

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Libraries matter: 11 fantastic library infographics

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Librarians in the digital age / from Libraries matter: 10 fantastic #library #infographics
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30 000 ressources pédagogiques gratuites et disponibles en ligne depuis un seul moteur

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Le Moteur des ressources pédagogiques numériques a été lancé par la plateforme France université numérique (Fun). Il offre un point d'accès unique à près de 30 000 supports dédiés à l'enseignement supérieur et à la formation professionnelle, totalement gratuits et accessibles à tous.
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Technology Of Books Has Changed, But Bookstores Are Hanging In There

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The debate over whether digital books are better continues. Yet in the age of Amazon, the number of independent booksellers is up. The revival is fueled, at least in part, by digital natives.
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France’s libraries discovering a new lease of life beyond just books

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Seminars, events and cafes are helping some formerly staid institutions reinvent themselves as social ‘third spaces’ beyond work and the home
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Opening up an archive of images to the world

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Oxford University researchers are launching a new app that asks people to help identify old pictures ranging from flooded city streets to…
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Fawn B Morgan's curator insight, May 4, 9:10 PM

Oh, the possibilities if only people collaborate.

 

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Libraries Looking Across Languages: Seeing the World Through Mass Translation | The Signal: Digital Preservation

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Libraries Looking Across Languages: Seeing the World Through Mass Translation. A blog post at "The Signal: Digital Preservation" on 2015-04-22.
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Digital Public Library of America » Blog Archive » Sharing Data for Better Discovery and Access

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Iconic Library Embraces Digital Era - Harvard Magazine

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Oxford’s Bodleian opens its new Weston Library.
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The library hotel, Japan's latest concept for tourists

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In Japan, the latest trend welcoming tourists is a library hotel without rooms. The concept is set to launch in September.
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Archives de France | Deux rapports sur les publics des archives

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Les grèves de bibliothèques se généralisent en France

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Les bibliothécaires de Levallois-Perret et de Brest dénoncent la fermeture et le manque de moyens accordés aux médiathèques.     
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Do People Need Libraries in the Digital Age?

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The Public Library Association's biennial conference in Indianapolis next month will feature discussions about libraries in the digital age. But the answer to where libraries need to go in the future could be in the ancient past.
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Poverty, Libraries, Jobs, Me

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A bit earlier today I saw a handful of librarians on Twitter posting a link to a Library Director's job with what appeared to be an appalling salary of $7.25 an hour. You too can be a library direc...
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Inside The Most Amazing Map Library That You've Never Heard Of

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Within the campus of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is a geographer’s treasure trove: over a million artifacts from the American Geographical Society, one...
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Digital 'Inspiration Lab' opens at Vancouver Public Library

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Vancouver Public Library's downtown branch unveiled its brand new, custom-built digital media lab on Tuesday.
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Les jeux vidéo en bibliothèque sont illégaux. Oui, et alors ?

En février dernier est paru un rapport de l'Inspection Générale des Bibliothèques (IGB) écrit par Françoise Legendre relatif à la place des jeux dans ces établissements, et plus particulièrement de...
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BDSM and beheading videos: The evolving role of the librarian

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Libraries change, but librarians keep helping people find the weird information they need.
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Beta launch of redesigned records web pages

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Today we are launching the beta version of the redesigned Records section of our website, now called Help with your research.
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Different libraries around the world: digital library

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Digital libraries have existed for more than a decade now, yet for many library users, they remain somewhat in the shadows, especially in comparison to 'bricks and books' physical library spaces. H...

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Fawn B Morgan's curator insight, March 27, 1:01 PM

Family Search is now digitizing the books in the Family History Library SLC collection. I also find many sources on Google Books. Is that considered a digital library?