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Save your local! Should volunteers help keep our public libraries open?

Save your local! Should volunteers help keep our public libraries open? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Kensal Rise Library in London, where volunteers have set up a community library. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian

Readers checking a book out of the village library might not immediately notice much of a difference, but Congresbury is the latest public library to haven been handed over “to the community”. You may be used to libraries being run by volunteers – maybe your local is – but this structure is relatively new. Over the last decade, as many libraries began closing across the UK due to swingeing cuts to local authority funding by central government – 121 libraries closed last year alone – some have instead been handed over by councils to the community to run.

Since librarian Ian Anstice began charting the cuts to UK libraries on his campaigning website Public Libraries News in 2010, 500 of the UK’s 3,850 remaining libraries have now been taken over, at least in part, by volunteers. “I’ve been looking at the count going up steadily for the last few years,” says Anstice. “In 2010, there were a handful – perhaps 10 in the whole country. So this is quite a staggering change.”

Paid library staff fell by almost 1,000 in the year to March 2016, from 18,028 to 17,064, according to official figures from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (Cipfa). In the same period, volunteer numbers rose by more than 3,000, from 41,402 to 44,501.

Anstice warns that the rise in volunteer-run libraries is masking how dramatic the decline in the library service actually is

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16 World’s Most Incredible Libraries

16 World’s Most Incredible Libraries. Which of these amazing libraries would you most like to visit? 

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5 Public Libraries to Visit in Jakarta | Indoindians

5 Public Libraries to Visit in Jakarta | Indoindians | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
5 Public Libraries to Visit in Jakarta on Indoindians | Jakarta is not only home for many shopping malls, outdoor tourist attractions, or fancy restaurants…
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15 Most Unique Libraries in the World

15 Most Unique Libraries in the World | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Who says that amidst modernity reflected in gadgets and the Internet there is no room in our world for any hardcopy of books and documents anymore? The following are unique sanctuaries that provide us an exceptional experience of gaining knowledge that neither gadgets nor the Internet could offer.

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Libraries Resist: A Round-Up of Tolerance, Social Justice, & Resistance in US Libraries

Libraries Resist: A Round-Up of Tolerance, Social Justice, & Resistance in US Libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Libraries are not, nor have they ever been, neutral spaces. They are political. Every decision made in a library, from books to be included in the collection, to displays created, to special populations to reach, is political. Many believe that libraries and librarians are apolitical, but it’s simply not true. It’s impossible to be a neutral space with the goal of reaching a community, be it the public or the academic or the special population the library serves. By inviting all in a community to be in a shared space, libraries embrace the idea of encouraging education, encouraging acceptance and tolerance, and on a much smaller scale, they create policies that ensure these very things happen in their spaces.

No act in the library is too small to foster tolerance and acceptance.

That said, some libraries can and do, thanks to their own policies, embrace their non-neutrality in much louder ways than others. Here’s a look at some of the recent actions taken by libraries of all shapes and sizes and specialties around the USA. The selection of libraries here were submitted by librarians and friends of libraries; in these instances, I’ve included some of the comments received, too, about the ways their communities or administrations have or have not criticized their efforts.
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The 19 most beautiful libraries in the U.S.

The 19 most beautiful libraries in the U.S. | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
In honor of their beauty and to underscore their continued relevance in an increasingly digital world, we’ve rounded up 19 architecturally significant museums throughout the United States.
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10 strong mission statements from the library and information service sector

10 strong mission statements from the library and information service sector | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

10 strong mission statements from the library and information service sector http://proud2know.eu/10libraryandinfosectormissions_blog37/ Your mission describes the purpose of your library. It is part of your strategy on how to achieve your vision. It tells your users who you are and what value you have to offer. 

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Libraries that fail to serve communities ‘need to close’, digital charity says

Libraries that fail to serve communities ‘need to close’, digital charity says | Librarysoul | Scoop.it


Libraries should not receive a “get out of austerity-free card” and should close unless they can fulfil community needs by putting social inclusion before actual books, the head of a digital charity said this week.
Helen Milner, chief executive of the Tinder Foundation, a charity which aims to help excluded people get involved in digital technology, made her remarks following a House of Lords debate about library closures last week.
Lord Bird, the founder of the Big Issue, called the debate, saying library cuts were “building up a bill” in employment, education and crime problems, and that the government should provide “emergency relief money” to stop local authorities “philistinising” communities.
But Milner said: “I agree with the view that we must protect essential services, knowledge and education for those most disadvantaged in our communities. I agree there is a wider, long-term impact if we don’t. I don’t agree that libraries should receive an automatic ‘get out of austerity-free’ card, merely on the grounds of being libraries

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IShhh! Take a peek at 15 of the world's most exquisite libraries.

IShhh! Take a peek at 15 of the world's most exquisite libraries. | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Shhh! Take a peek at 15 of the world's most exquisite libraries
Updated 0712 GMT (1512 HKT) June 10, 2016
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Library Infographics: 1930′s style

Library Infographics: 1930′s style | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

by Michael Lieberman:

Nowadays, the visualization of data is all the rage. It seems each new study or piece of research is turned into an image.
I'm not so sure this was as common in the 1930's and 40's when these visual aids were printed.

The series of 28 posters were produced under the supervision of noted librarian Ruby Ethel Cundiff for the Library School Course in Teaching the Use of the Library at the George Peabody College for Teachers.


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Stunning Infographics salvaged from a library pile!

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Very cool collection! Digitized by Claremont Colleges Digital Library.

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The time for Libraries is NOW - Slideshare

Ned Potter:

"This is a call to arms for libraries, inspired loosely by the famous SHIFT HAPPENS deck.

Feel free to embed it anywhere and everywhere, with attribution."


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After Harvey Libraries Reopen, Organizations Step Up

After Harvey Libraries Reopen, Organizations Step Up | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Over a five-day period, Hurricane Harvey devastated the Gulf Coast area of southeastern Texas and parts of Louisiana. More than 50 inches of rain fell, killing at least 66 people, displacing 30,000 others, and causing up to $190 billion in damages.
When skies finally cleared at the end of August, cleanup efforts began in earnest. In Rockport, where Harvey first made landfall on August 25, the Aransas County Public Library sustained major damage and has not reopened, and at the Ellis Memorial Library in Port Aransas, the collection was described in a Facebook post as “a total loss.”
The Houston area, to the northwest, received more scattered damage, and by the Tuesday after the Labor Day weekend, the Houston Public Library (HPL) and Harris County Public Library (HCPL) had reopened a number of their branches. They will continue to do so on a rolling basis—but it will be months before services approach business as usual.
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Municipal budget cuts close nearly 300 Dutch libraries: report

Municipal budget cuts close nearly 300 Dutch libraries: report | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Over the past five years nearly 300 libraries in the Netherlands closed their doors because of municipal budget cuts, RTL Nieuws reports based on its own research. The library closures saved municipalities around 38 million euros, according to the newspaper.

Rotterdam, Arnhem, Utrecht, Sittard-Geleen and Eindhoven are the five municipalities that cut most on libraries - if their 2011 and 2016 budgets are compared. Eindhoven halved its budget for libraries. The city used to have 10 libraries, and now only has one. That's surprising given Eindhoven's reputation as a knowledge-based city, with a technical university and many tech companies.

Many schools jumped to fill the gap left by libraries. Over the past years 3 thousand schools got in books to encourage their students to read. 

In total municipalities cut 109 million euros on art and culture over the past years, according to RTL. This includes libraries, art organizations and museums. 

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The Lost Knowledge of the Ancients: Were Humans the First?

The Lost Knowledge of the Ancients: Were Humans the First? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Much of modern science was known in ancient times. Robots and computers were a reality long before the 1940´s. The early Bronze Age inhabitants of the Levant used computers in stone, the Greeks in the 2nd century BC invented an analogue computer known as the Antikythera mechanism. An ancient Hindu book gives detailed instructions for the construction of an aircraft –ages before the Wright brothers. Where did such knowledge come from? Not so many information would have been lost if not so many libraries were destroyed.

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How Libraries Are Fighting Fake News

How Libraries Are Fighting Fake News | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Less than seven miles from the White House, where President Trump has popularized the term "fake news," residents in a suburban Maryland library gathered recently to learn how to not be duped themselves.

“Social media is a common theme here because you see things being shared over and over again,” Ryan O’Grady, media producer and director of the Maryland State Library Resource Center, told the audience. “Just because something is popular doesn’t make it true.”

The program, which O’Grady is running at several libraries in Maryland’s Montgomery County, is in response to the recent explosion of unverified, unsourced and sometimes untrue information that purports itself as news. The program aims to educate residents about how to spot fake news.

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Do Libraries Need Ebooks? - Digital Book World

Do Libraries Need Ebooks? - Digital Book World | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
At the American Library Association’s mid-winter meeting in Seattle last week, discussion swirled around libraries and ebooks – as it has in the library community for several years now.
 
Access to ebooks for patrons is still a high priority and librarians are “frustrated with the pace of change,” according to Sari Feldman, executive director of the Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library and co-chair of ALA’s Digital Content & Libraries Working Group. Librarians are also unhappy with library ebook licenses that are limiting or when ebooks are more expensive for libraries to purchase and the “ALA anticipates that continued, or stepped up, advocacy will be necessary in 2013.” So look forward to that.
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'The most beautiful and elegant city in the world' - BBC News

'The most beautiful and elegant city in the world' - BBC News | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Throughout the long battle for Aleppo, as Syria's most ancient city has been blasted into ruins around him, one man has worked continuously to preserve an image of the city as it once was.
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Some libraries deserve to close, says 'digital inclusion' charity

Some libraries deserve to close, says 'digital inclusion' charity | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Less than two weeks after peers spoke in the House of Lords about the importance of protecting the nation’s libraries, and as residents in Walsall mourn “absolutely devastating” proposals to close 15 out of their 16 local libraries, a charity has warned that libraries should not “receive an automatic ‘get out of austerity free’ card, merely on the grounds of being libraries”.
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What the news media can learn from librarians

What the news media can learn from librarians | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
WE CAN ALL AGREE IT’S BEEN A ROUGH SEASON for the news media. Hostile political crowds, accusations of slander, and struggles with what Guardian editor Katharine Viner has called the “waning power of evidence” and “diminishing status of truth.”

Today more than ever, the news media’s role as a mediator and gatekeeper of civic discourse is being questioned. Jeffrey Rutenbeck, American University’s Dean of the School of Communication, voiced what many are feeling when he observed in a recent Knight Foundation report, “Journalism has had the luxury of not having to ask itself the existential question of why anyone should pay any attention to us at all.”

He proposed an interesting way to tackle the problem. “I think journalists could learn a lot from hanging around with successful librarians.”
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Why librarians (and therefore libraries) will always be better than Wikipedia, by Kimberly Matthews

Why librarians (and therefore libraries) will always be better than Wikipedia, by Kimberly Matthews | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

"As librarians we protect our services, collections, and patrons from censorship and bias. Simply put- We do not allow it. From too much left or right wing material to too much sci-fi or mystery. At our core we begin from a place of balance, equality, representation, and non-censorship.  This is one of librarianship’s inherent characteristics that draw people to join the profession.

Interestingly I found this today:

Wikipedia Countering Systemic Bias Project

The Wikipedia project suffers systemic bias that naturally grows from its contributors’ demographic groups, manifesting an imbalanced coverage of a subject, thereby discriminating against the less represented demographic groups. …
This project aims to control and (possibly) eliminate the cultural perspective gaps made by the systemic bias, consciously focusing upon subjects and points of view neglected by the encyclopedia as a whole."


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, April 13, 2015 8:45 AM

Librarian's worth!

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The Role of Social Media for Libraries, Part II » Heather Backman - New York #ebooks

The Role of Social Media for Libraries, Part II » Heather Backman - New York #ebooks | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

by Lisa Chau:

Heather Backman 

"She discusses here how technology such as e-books affected the library:

In one sense, e-books have changed very little about what libraries do or how we do it; they just allow us to deliver a basic library service in a different medium. Some people have said that e-books are “killing” the printed book or that they spell the end of libraries, but that hasn’t been my experience. To my mind, the e-book is not “killing” the printed book, just supplementing it. We are still buying physical books in large quantities and I expect that we will continue to do so for a long time. I would go so far as to say that I doubt the physical book will ever completely go away. Even if it does, libraries are more about information-sharing than about lending physical items; handling e-books may mean changes in some of our procedures but I don’t think that libraries will cease to exist when the e-book predominates."


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