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Léger problème de taxe sur les librairies de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard

Léger problème de taxe sur les librairies de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Les impôts qui vont frapper les libraires insulaires de l'Île Prince Edward vont actuellement grincer des dents. Mise en application à partir de 2013, la TVA locale, baptisée Harmonized Sales Tax, va passer de 5 % aujourd'hui, à 14 %. Une augmentation loin de ravir les commerçants locaux...

 

-Nicolas Gary @ ActuaLitté

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The World Through Picture Books | IFLA

The World Through Picture Books | IFLA | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

The aim of The World through Picture Books project is to create an annotated list of picture books from around the world, recommended by librarians.

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Better Together - The Potentials of Partnerships

Better Together is a short film about the potentials of partnerships between libraries and organisations, companies and users.

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Gruesomely Irresistable YA Books

Gruesomely Irresistable YA Books | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

I know a lot of you, and in particular, you teen readers, like horror. In considering what books to present here I really wanted to highlight truly gruesome books — ones that genuinely make you sick to your stomach. I know what makes someone want to hurl is subjective, but I think I’ve identified some pretty icky books. Most of these books aren’t brand new. I can’t really describe why some are so horrific unless I describe some of the plot so…

Warning: there be spoilers ahead!

 

-Sharon Rawlins @ The Hub

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Being a Librarian Means…

Being a Librarian Means… | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

American Library Association attendees were eager to share their feelings on what it means to be a librarian. We hope you enjoy their responses as much as we did.

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BookBox brings mobile library to Market Square Park in Ohio City

BookBox brings mobile library to Market Square Park in Ohio City | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

The BookBox, a mobile unit of the Cleveland Public Library that connects with users in the community, brings CPL's outreach efforts to Market Square Park. The unit, which is stationed at Market Square Park and will open this month, offers reading materials, access to electronic books and programming in the park.

 

-Lee Chilcote @ FreshwaterCleveland.com

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Top Chef Shenanigans: From Olives to Marshmallow Fluff – Teen Programming That Works | School Library Journal

Top Chef Shenanigans: From Olives to Marshmallow Fluff – Teen Programming That Works | School Library Journal | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Ilsley Public Library, located in Middlebury, VT, kicked off its 2012 Teen Summer Reading program on June 22 with a fabulous evening of Top Chef Shenanigans, organized by the library’s fledgling Teen Advisory Group. The event was part of a summer teen program series inspired by the Own the Night summer reading theme.

 

-Sarah Lawton @ SLJ

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Libraries to try buying e-books directly

Libraries to try buying e-books directly | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Popular demand isn't determining which e-books San Francisco or libraries across the nation can offer their patrons. With most of the biggest publishers refusing to sell e-books to vendors that act as middlemen between publishers and libraries, San Francisco and other California libraries are preparing to try something new in their efforts to expand their digital collections - buying e-books directly from smaller publishers.

 

-Neal J. Riley @ SFGate

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Reference and Services Trends in Public Libraries, 2012 by Colleen Egget

Reference and Services Trends in Public Libraries, 2012:

 

- Traditional reference work is less relevant to the needs of users
- Rather than worrying about reference’s demise, many librarians have been energized by their newly expanded roles
- Reconfigured or eliminated reference desks
- Consolidated desks and services
- Librarian and support staff work together on the one main desk
- Librarian can handle more complicated questions
- Increased training for support staff to handle basic reference questions
- The reference interview is as pertinent as ever
- Roving reference is more important—getting out to where people are
- Expansion of self-service options (self-checkout, online group study room reservations, self-service holds, and touch screen frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) on your website/ library catalog
- Reconfiguring online reference resources for smartphones and other mobile devices
- Librarians are exploring new roles in reaching out to meet information needs
- Reference through the stacks and other indirect means
- Reduction/elimination of print reference collections
- Greater marketing and promotion of online resources and services
- Librarians will spend less time staffing desks and more time outside of library walls
- Online reference: email, chat, Instant Messaging, and SMS (short messaging services) reaches users who may not visit the library
- Online reference requires continual marketing to be successful
- Collaborating with other organizations will do as much to keep libraries alive as any project or program
- Embedded librarianship: becoming an integral part. Getting close to users by getting out into the community; being actively present with the user at the point of need.
- The big shift: we’re not doing things “for” the community, but we’re being a part “of” the community
- Libraries are shifting from the physical to the virtual facilities and media; from an individual to a community focus; from being a collection library to being a creation library; from being an archive to being a portal


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Connecting the Plots: Figment is turning teenage angst into published prose

Connecting the Plots: Figment is turning teenage angst into published prose | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Rory Schrobilgen isn’t sure if being a published writer is his life’s ambition. But for now, the 13-year-old is doing just that—posting short stories and novels on Figment.com, where his writings reach scads of readers far beyond his family and friends in Oak Park, IL. Schrobilgen joined the teen writing community in December 2010 after hearing about it from a friend, and counts on its feedback to improve his pieces, which include Inquiry, a dystopian novel-in-progress about two teens living in an abandoned city with no memory of how they got there...

 

-Lauren Barack @ The Digital Shift

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Two Picture Books Celebrate the Life of Julia Child in Time for Her 100th Birthday

Two Picture Books Celebrate the Life of Julia Child in Time for Her 100th Birthday | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Julia Child, the noted chef, author, and TV personality, would have turned 100 on August 15—and two picture books are now on sale in time for the big day.

 

-Rocco Staino @ SLJ

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Get a Thingamagoop at the library

Get a Thingamagoop at the library | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

The Ann Arbor District is thinking outside of the box with a new collection called "Music Tools." The small collection features quirky instruments and sound processors. It includes items with futuristic names that make sounds like hovering spaceships and funky clicks and clacks. Think Bliptronic 5000, Thingamagoop, and Stylophone Beatbox.

 

-Kyle Norris @ MichiganRadio.org

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The LEGO® Story

As The LEGO Group celebrates its 80th Birthday, we take a look back at its history with this short animated film.

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À Manchester, une bibliothèque se modernise et double sa fréquentation

À Manchester, une bibliothèque se modernise et double sa fréquentation | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Voilà que la bibliothèque de Manchester, passée par un vaste processus de modernisation, a vu sa fréquentation doubler, 2 mois après sa réouverture. La formule est simple, suffit de l'appliquer...

 

-Antoine Oury @ ActuaLitté

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How Public Libraries Are a Boon to Small Business

How Public Libraries Are a Boon to Small Business | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Libraries from coast to coast have won accolades for being oases in the unemployment desert for millions of job seekers using their libraries’ free internet computers to sharpen their interview skills and sift through job boards. Much less recognized is that many libraries are also making important contributions to the nation’s economic recovery by assisting the job creators in small-to-medium-size businesses.

 

-Bradley Collins @ American Libraries Magazine

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Dominican Republic Nabs Gates $1 Million as IFLA Focuses on Cloud, Building Design

Dominican Republic Nabs Gates $1 Million as IFLA Focuses on Cloud, Building Design | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

The Dominican Republic came up the big winner August 13 during the World Library and Information Congress in Helsinki, Finland, where the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation presented its 2012 Access to Learning Award of $1 million to the Caribbean nation’s Community Technology Centers. The foundation called the centers “a groundbreaking network of facilities that provide all residents free access to high-tech tools, training courses, and a wide variety of other services to help them improve their lives.”

 

-Leonard Kniffel @ American Libraries Magazine

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‘Fresh Prince’ pleases Guantánamo prisoners

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- Harry Potter books are passé among the prisoners. The adventures of the boy wizard have been supplanted by early episodes of Will Smith’s 1990s TV comedy, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, as a popular way to pass time among the 168 captives now in their second decade of U.S. detention.

 

-Carol Rosenberg @ MiamiHerald.com

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Prophetic 1995 Student Internet PSA

This Public Service Announcement (PSA) was produced in 1995 by the 5th grade students at Ray Bjork school in Helena Montana.

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How the graphic novel has become a teaching tool

How the graphic novel has become a teaching tool | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

Today, the graphic novels I have done have sold thousands of copies across Canada, the majority of sales coming from schools and libraries. That was my dream from the start, and to see the education I'd hope for actually happening is a huge validation that the graphic novel can be... strike that... should be, used for education.

 

-David Robertson @ CBC Manitoba

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Swiss Army Librarian » Reference Question of the Week – 3/25/12 :: Brian Herzog

Swiss Army Librarian » Reference Question of the Week – 3/25/12 :: Brian Herzog | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

A patron came up to the desk and said, "That man on the last computer over there is looking at porn." The way we handle this in my library is to print out our Appropriate Library Behavior policy, and highlight the line that says, "The library is a public building and objectionable or pornographic images that can be seen by others (either intentionally or accidentally, and either on screen on in print) are not permissible." I then give it to the patron in question, while at the same time saying something like, "another patron complained about something they saw on your screen. Since this is a public building, you must make sure that anything on your screen is appropriate for all ages."

 

I thought, why don't we also make a handout for the porn people, listing other places in the area that cater to Adult Services? Here's what I came up with.

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44 Library Tech Stories You May Have Missed – Part I

44 Library Tech Stories You May Have Missed – Part I | LibraryLinks LiensBiblio | Scoop.it

This summer has been chock full of library technology news and articles. Here are the first 22 of 44 stories that you won’t want to miss! Be sure and check back on Thursday for Part II!


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Cleveland, New York Gain Portable Reading Rooms

The Cleveland Public Library has installed a portable reading room in a trendy downtown district in the hopes that locals who flock to the area to dine and shop will also check out the library’s new open-air book kiosk. Dubbed the BookBox, the custom-designed galvanized metal and reclaimed wood structure, which opened July 21, houses about 200 books, offers free wireless, and makes laptops available for Internet browsing. The compact mobile unit resides in a newly renovated park in Cleveland’s lively Market Square District, which is also home to a growing population of artists, local food producers, trendy restaurants, and shops.

 

-Laura B. Weiss @ Library Journal

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Summer Project: Kill Dewey

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This summer, a legend will fall. But one library will rise from the ashes, reborn under a new classification system. Kristie Miller, the K–12 librarian for Alexander Central Schools in western New York, is the latest to head off into the relatively uncharted territory that lies beyond the Dewey Decimal System.

 

Miller invited me along for the reclassification of her elementary school library. This allowed me not only to help create the new system, but to bring back a firsthand report of the journey. And folks, it’s a wild ride.

 

-Christopher Harris @ The Digital Shift

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Director sees library's role as creation hub

Current plans for the library expansion include what Allen is calling “creation zones” that will be set up in the basement of the library. There will be sound equipment, there will be video equipment, there will be computer tools to help people create everything from logos to funky photos.

 

-Chad Lawhorn @ LJWorld.com

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