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The case for making libraries full of toys and games

The case for making libraries full of toys and games | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it
American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie’s public library legacy was built on a boyhood dream: to acquire knowledge. Carnegie believed in “the meritocratic nature of America,” that anyone “with the right inclination and desire could educate himself” and therefore succeed, and that libraries should contribute directly to that. 

So what are libraries doing lending out toys and holding game nights? Aren’t American kids’ test scores lagging behind those of pretty much the rest of the world? Shouldn’t American public libraries be, as Carnegie wanted, educating? Recent studies, and librarians themselves, say otherwise.

In a study with 70 six-year olds, psychologists at the University of Colorado found that the children who engaged in more free play had a “more highly developed self-directed executive function” than those who had spent more time in “structured activities,” that were adult-led rather than child-initiated."


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nickcarman's curator insight, August 12, 1:00 AM

This is an interesting article with lots of useful links.

Karen du Toit's curator insight, August 12, 5:23 AM

The importance of play in the development of children! Definitely should be addressed by libraries!

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Libraries as media: Redefining a library in the digital age | IFLA

Libraries as media: Redefining a library in the digital age | IFLA | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it
Libraries as media: Redefining a library in the digital age http://t.co/kpO6zhL8iT via @IFLA
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Libraries in fiction quiz – test your shelf knowledge

Libraries in fiction quiz – test your shelf knowledge | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it
This week is the 50th anniversary of the Public Libraries Act, establishing a statutory obligation to provide this service. In its honour, check out our quiz!
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Partnerships: The Google Cultural Institute and Europeana Team Up to Share European History Online | LJ INFOdocket

Partnerships: The Google Cultural Institute and Europeana Team Up to Share European History Online | LJ INFOdocket | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it
From the Google Europe Blog: It was a natural marriage. Our Google Cultural Institute based in Paris is devoted to partnering with institutions around the world to allow online access to art, archives and other, often previously hard-to-find culture.
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DMMapp - Digitized Medieval Manuscripts App

DMMapp - Digitized Medieval Manuscripts App | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it
The DMMapp is the portal to thousands of digitized medieval manuscripts around the world!
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Enigma - Access the World's Public Data

Enigma - Access the World's Public Data | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it

Search and analyze billions of public records published by governments, companies and organizations.


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Museums.eu - Blog - Reusing millions of records from Europeana

Museums.eu - Blog - Reusing millions of records from Europeana | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it
RT @SasoZagoranski: Read about how we used Europeana's (@Europeanaeu) API to show millions of records on Museums.EU http://t.co/LWWrJ89RHr
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U.S. libraries become front line in fight against homelessness | Library Stuff

U.S. libraries become front line in fight against homelessness | Library Stuff | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it
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The power of librarians ←

The power of librarians ← | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it
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The Future of the Library

The Future of the Library | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it
By John Borghi I work in an academic library, the Rita and Frits Markus Library at Rockefeller University, but I am not a librarian. I attend weekly lab meets, keep track of the latest developments...
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Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it
Arthur Conan Doyle died #onthisday in 1930. Is Sherlock Holmes the most popular detective in literary history? http://t.co/R31ZmX77qF
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Get your geek on!

Get your geek on! | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it
Supporting your libraries comes in a variety of ways, creativity and passion being the foundations of the movement. Geek your Library! No it’s not about technology, computers and math science stuff...
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Why It's Difficult For Your Library to Lend Ebooks - Boston.com

Why It's Difficult For Your Library to Lend Ebooks - Boston.com | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it
Why It's Difficult For Your Library to Lend Ebooks
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The program is run through the Massachusetts Library System (MLS), a state-funded nonprofit that coordinates sharing between libraries statewide.
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Paul Otlet, Google, Wikipedia, and cataloging the world - OUPblog

Paul Otlet, Google, Wikipedia, and cataloging the world - OUPblog | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it
As soon as humanity began its quest for knowledge, people have also attempted to organize that knowledge. From the invention of writing to the abacus, from medieval manuscripts to modern paperbacks, from microfiche to the Internet, our attempt to understand the world -- and catalog it in an orderly fashion with dictionaries, encyclopedias, libraries, and databases -- has evolved with new technologies.
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10 Very Unusual Libraries - ODDEE

10 Very Unusual Libraries - ODDEE | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it
The people who think libraries are boring have never stepped foot in one of these.

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, August 4, 10:58 AM

I think it wonderful that book lovers everywhere try so hard to remind us of the importance of reading. Those of us who read and especially those of us who write realize that without reading the human spirit loses a major dimension of flight and fancy.

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How a New Dutch Library Smashed Attendance Records

How a New Dutch Library Smashed Attendance Records | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it
Facing declining visitors and uncertainty about what to do about it, library administrators in the new town of Almere in the Netherlands did something extraordinary. They redesigned their libraries based on the changing needs and desires of library users and, in 2010, opened the Nieuwe Bibliotheek (New Library), a thriving community hub that looks more like a bookstore than a library.

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Fliss Clooney's curator insight, August 5, 7:05 PM

Would love to visit and see how the public are reacting to this great community space

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Why Libraries Matter

Why Libraries Matter | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it
A day in the life of New York City's public libraries: Traveling from borough to borough, this short documentary by Julie Dressner and Jesse Hicks reveals just how important the modern library is for millions of people.
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Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it
A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens (Is imagination important?
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Things You Should Know About Being an Archivist

Things You Should Know About Being an Archivist | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it

1) You will have to deal with people. 

2) You will develop relationships with people you have never met. Probably people long deceased. 

3) You will likely end up with an abundance of self-taught, pseudo-IT knowledge. 

4) Paper is heavy.

5) You will get dirty.

6) You will have to explain what you do over and over again. 

7) Parents will expect you to do their kid’s homework.

8) You will tease people about erasing them from the historical record when they piss you off.


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, July 16, 8:45 AM

Great list by Stephanie from Playfully Tacky

 

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Holocaust Museum opens UN archive on WWII crimes - US News

Holocaust Museum opens UN archive on WWII crimes - US News | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — From Adolf Hitler down to the petty bureaucrats who staffed the Nazi death camps, thousands of perpetrators of World War II war crimes were eventually written up in vast reams of investigative files — files that now, for the first...
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Digital Libraries: Resources and Projects

Digital Libraries: Resources and Projects | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it
IFLA collection of Internet digital library resources. (DIGITAL LIBRARIES: Resources and Projects http://t.co/G62Oq1L6UA)
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Public libraries and technology: From “houses of knowledge” to “houses of access” | Library Stuff

Public libraries and technology: From “houses of knowledge” to “houses of access” | Library Stuff | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it
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MoMA | Archives as Instigator: Discussion (Part I)

MoMA | Archives as Instigator: Discussion (Part I) | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it
MoMA | Archives as Instigator: Discussion (Part I) (How can museums use archives and exhibition data in creative ways?

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No Cookies in the Library - Classic Sesame Street - YouTube

Much to the chagrin of a tempermental librarian Cookie Monster can't seem to comprehend that libraries don't have cookies. My mom loves this skit for some re...
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Made with the British Library

Made with the British Library | Libraries & Archives 101 | Scoop.it
Meet Shelagh, Diana, Alex, Tim, Sarah, Jessica and Chris - some of the people who have been inspired at the British Library to create something new.
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