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Is school librarianship in crisis and should we be talking about it?

Is school librarianship in crisis and should we be talking about it? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

While teacher librarians and school library services continue to adapt to the needs of their students and school community in response to student learning needs, the future is not always rosy.e have been given comprehensive evidence that in Australia there is indeed a crisis in school librarianship, and that we need to be talking about it.

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How is technology improving library services and patron experience? 

How is technology improving library services and patron experience?  | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

This week we interview Mick Fortune, library systems and technologies consultant in the United Kingdom. He shares insights on how is technology improving library services and patron experience.

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See photos of Louisville's new South Central Regional Library - Louisville - Louisville Business First

See photos of Louisville's new South Central Regional Library - Louisville - Louisville Business First | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The $14.5 million South Central Regional Library is ready after years of planning and construction.
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Nearly 10,000 windows to wash at Seattle Central Library

Nearly 10,000 windows to wash at Seattle Central Library | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Window washer Jeff Hocking carefully slips over the edge Tuesday of the Seattle Public Library Central Facility in downtown Seattle. (Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times)

Window washers are in the final wash drop of a three-week project to clean almost 10,000 windows of the Seattle Public Library Central Facility in downtown Seattle.
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Outrage over group’s use of Toronto library threatens freedom of speech

Outrage over group’s use of Toronto library threatens freedom of speech | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Free speech is the cardinal right – the right that underpins all others. Yet how casually we brush it aside.

This week in Toronto, a small group held a memorial service at a public library branch for a lawyer who had defended Holocaust deniers and other figures on Canada’s far-right fringe. Spokesmen for Jewish groups said they were outraged that the Toronto Public Library would provide a platform for such a gathering. Mayor John Tory was “deeply concerned.” Members of city council said they were shocked. “Those tied to hate and bigotry have no place in our libraries,” Councillor James Pasternak said.

They seemed entirely oblivious to the threat to freedom of expression. If the library takes it upon itself to decide who has the right to speak, where does it end? If it denies space to a far-right group, what happens when a far-left group comes along? What would it say to the many Canadians who suffered under communism if someone who denies the crimes of Stalin or Mao wanted to hold an event and was denied? What would it say to Toronto’s large Tamil community if extreme Sinhalese nationalists were not permitted to hold a study meeting at the library about the crushing of the Tamil separatist movement in Sri Lanka?

Opinion: We need to protect free speech on campus

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U of M libraries win prestigious national award

U of M libraries win prestigious national award | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Jennifer Gunn has a confession to make.

"I'm a total library geek," the University of Minnesota associate professor said. "And that's because I'm a historian of medicine and so in my own work I use library collections extensively."

She's happy to give a tour of her favorite library on campus, the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine.

Among the bookcases and archives is a copy of Andreas Vesalius' "On the Fabric of the Human Body," which contains some of the first naturalistic images of human bodies ever printed in text, according to assistant library curator Emily Beck.

There are 16 known copies of the book, and the U's is a first-edition dating back to the 16th century.

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Introducing the Minneapolis Art Lending Library

Introducing the Minneapolis Art Lending Library | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Founded in 2013, the Minneapolis Art Lending Library is a collection of about 110 pieces of original artwork that are available to the public for free, three-month loan periods. We aim to provide a new model for artists to showcase their work and build a following, while also cultivating a new audience of art supporters. Below, some more details in an interview with co-founder, Larsen Husby. 

Amelia Foster for the LAIP (AF): Tell us about the Minneapolis Art Lending Library– what’s the goal of it? 
Larse Husby (LH): Our mission is to “provide exposure for artists, build ongoing support for the arts, and share the joy of art with all members of our community through the free lending of artwork.” We believe that there is value in living with a work of art, observing it over a long period of time and seeing it interact with the environment of the home. This kind of long-form viewing is hard to come by unless you can afford to buy lots of original art. We hope to provide access to this particular form of art engagement with a wider audience by making it free to borrow original works of art. Additionally, we aim to provide a unique and beneficial form of exposure for artists, allowing them to showcase art in a new format. Through our project, we hope to build support for the arts by connecting artists and art lovers, and introducing our community to the joys of living with art. 

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In Holland there are many art lending centres (kunstuitleen) since 1955; they are not called libraries. Strange that this is apparently new in America.
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Libraries Are Not Neutral Spaces: Social Justice Advocacy in Librarianship | ALA Annual 2017

Libraries Are Not Neutral Spaces: Social Justice Advocacy in Librarianship | ALA Annual 2017 | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
For Cory Eckert, doing social justice work in libraries is not radical. “It’s what we’ve always been doing, but now we’re thinking about it through a different lens.” Eckert, a 2014 LJ Mover & Shaker, reminded attentive listeners on Sunday, June 25 that libraries are not neutral and have never been so.
Before embarking on her current role as a librarian at the Post Oak School (TX), Eckert worked at the Houston Public Library and the Octavia Fellin Public Library (NM). In this latter role, she served a primarily Navajo community where children rarely saw themselves positively represented in literature. Eckert asked the audience to consider whether their libraries perform outreach in English (or other languages), and which parts of town they advertise in (or don’t).
Collection development, organizing displays and shelving, labeling materials with stickers, and taking a stance for or against legislation such as the PATRIOT Act are other common library decisions that may appear neutral but lack objectivity. For those interested in further reading, she cited April Hathcock’s blog At the Intersection. “These are our patrons,” Eckert asserted. “If we can’t make the library nice for them, what are we doing?”
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Bookstores holding their own against digital onslaught

Bookstores holding their own against digital onslaught | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Amid the ongoing dirge for businesses the internet has decimated, books occupy a special place. From the parchments of the ancient Greeks to the Gutenberg Bible to the worldwide spread of lending libraries, books were arguably one of the primary engines of civilization's growth, spreading knowledge and delight to humanity. 

So laments about their decline resonate deeper than the nostalgic regrets inspired by, say, the demolition of a beloved local sports stadium. The number of paper-bound books bought has tumbled over the past decade as bookstores have closed down. Robert Gleason, executive editor of Tor Books, last month stood in the middle of Book Expo America, the largest U.S. book fair,  and remarked, "This used to be so much more crowded."

But there's some evidence that the long, sad slump in book purchases has hit bottom. Sales are creeping upward. And, yes, there may even be a rebound taking shape, however modest, among independent booksellers, whose ranks have been pared harshly. Of course, in addition to digital competition for people's time, another factor in books' slide may have been increased consumer thriftiness in the aftermath of the Great Recession. So an improving economy should be a help to book sales.  

"This is a tough business," said Otto Penzler, who founded a small publishing house called Mysterious Press and also runs the Mysterious Bookshop in New York City. "But everybody's business is better than five years ago," referring to booksellers.
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Tattoos and baseball caps: This is What a Librarian Looks Like – in pictures

Tattoos and baseball caps: This is What a Librarian Looks Like – in pictures | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
From Gucci to Prada, so-called librarian chic is huge in fashion. But a new book by Kyle Cassidy reads between the lines to challenge the stereotypes of librarian style – and look at the ways in which they are the champions of our communities
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City of Sydney shelves library fines for four years after 70,000 overdue items returned

City of Sydney shelves library fines for four years after 70,000 overdue items returned | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Gone are the days of heavy-handed deterrence. People can now return overdue library books - without being fined.
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This 400-year-old Jewish library survived Hitler and the Inquisition

This 400-year-old Jewish library survived Hitler and the Inquisition | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Livraria Ets Haim is the world’s oldest functioning Jewish library. As such, it is no stranger to the prospect of imminent destruction.
Founded in 1616 by Jews who fled Catholic persecution in Spain and Portugal, the three-room library is adjacent to Amsterdam’s majestic Portuguese Synagogue in the Dutch capital’s center.

The 30,000-volume collection mostly contains manuscripts written by people who fled the Inquisition on the Iberian Peninsula or their descendants. The oldest document is a copy of the Mishneh Torah, the code of Jewish religious law authored by Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, or Maimonides, that dates to 1282. Ets Haim’s volume is pristine but for the scars left behind by an Inquisition censor, a Jew who had converted to Christianity and singed away entire passages of the book.

Ets Haim as a whole faced a similar fate — or worse — in 1940, when the Nazis invaded the Netherlands and had 75 percent of its Jews murdered. Yet the Nazis left the Portuguese Synagogue intact, and instead of burning the library’s collection, they shipped the books to Germany. The collection was discovered there, with light damage, after the war, and returned to Amsterdam.

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A summer reading list fit for a certain U.S. President

A summer reading list fit for a certain U.S. President | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Okay, put away that Dick Francis novel, so deliciously redolent of basement mildew, and that James Patterson paperback you took from the Little Free Library under cover of night. It’s serious summer reading time now.

At least it is for the intellectual heavyweights who release their reading list to the public. Bill Gates has put his weighty recommendations online – three memoirs, one novel and a book about the future of humanity (I like to think he’s got a Sidney Sheldon or two on his Kindle).

For years, Barack Obama gave hope to the readers of the world by talking about books seriously and passionately. Every summer, he would stop on his way to Hawaii or Martha’s Vineyard and pick up a collection of interesting new titles (I like to think he had a Danielle Steele or two on his Kindle). He would read fiction and biography, history and poetry. Reading fiction, he told his novelist friend Marilynne Robinson, made him not just a better president, but a better person: “When I think about how I understand my role as citizen. … the most important stuff I’ve learned I think I’ve learned from novels. It has to do with empathy. It has to do with being comfortable with the notion that the world is complicated and full of greys.”
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Authors' Love Letters to Public Libraries

Authors' Love Letters to Public Libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
In 2011 I was the Teen Librarian in a public library in Nova Scotia, Canada. That same year, the library was poised to celebrate its 10th birthday.

I had recently read an article about a librarian who had written to authors in 1971 asking them to write to the children of her library and explain why reading is important.

I decided to steal that idea and write to as many authors as I could, asking them if they’d write me back to wish our library a happy birthday and tell the teens in our area why libraries are so important.
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4 important things users want from a library (and how to offer them)

4 important things users want from a library (and how to offer them) | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Sometimes, there is a big imbalance between what the users wish to have in a library and what they really get. As Mick Fortune mentions in our previous post, for many years libraries measured their success primarily by footfall and they only focused on that. Only in the last few years, libraries have really started focusing on getting to know their users better. Even so, all the studies, such as those made by The Pew Internet, Carnegie UK Trust, Museums Libraries & Archives UK, etc. end up showing the same results.
In this first post, we will focus on the 4 most important things users want from a library.

1. A good range of books
2. Longer opening hours
3. Core library service for free
4. Help from knowledgeable librarians

We all love librarians because they represent the human Google of our local community. But what people love more is social interaction. 

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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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The Library of Congress opened its catalogs to the world. Here’s why it matters

The Library of Congress opened its catalogs to the world. Here’s why it matters | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Catalog data are a library's most important map to knowledge. What does it mean that the Library of Congress just released 25 million records to the public?
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Friday Video: Libraries Out Loud | A Literacy Beyond Words - The Travelin' Librarian

Friday Video: Libraries Out Loud | A Literacy Beyond Words - The Travelin' Librarian | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Here in Kansas City we have some of the best libraries in the country. Continue our ‘Libraries Out Loud’ series here with Episode 2, and find a new definition of literacy.
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The British Library Releases 2016-2017 Annual Report

The British Library Releases 2016-2017 Annual Report | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Download: The British Library Releases 2016-2017 Annual Report, London: National Libraries, 2017  British Library 2016 - 2017        

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Tumblr: The New Commonplace Book

Tumblr: The New Commonplace Book | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Technology has changed, but commonplace books have stayed the same. One of Tumblr's greatest gifts is to help readers save and share their favorite quotes.
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I’m Glad I Went to Library School: A Personal Perspective on On-Site Education

I’m Glad I Went to Library School: A Personal Perspective on On-Site Education | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Two years ago, in the summer of 2015, my husband and I quit our jobs, packed our bags, and left our hometown for Iowa City, where I would be attending library school that fall. Librarianship had been my dream career since 2008, when I started undergrad. Now after years of planning and several library jobs,…
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Amazon’s first bookstore in New York City sucks the joy out of buying books

Amazon’s first bookstore in New York City sucks the joy out of buying books | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The joy of the bookstore lies in what might be called the analog experience of the physical space: Hushed page-flipping; the sound of two covers sliding against each other as a book is returned to its spot on the shelf; the quiet murmur of, “Have you read this one?” Luddites and Twitter junkies alike need insulation from the glare of screens and the sounds of speakers.
Tomorrow (May 25), Amazon will open its first brick-and-mortar bookstore in New York City. The store is on the third floor of a shopping behemoth in Columbus Circle, where a Borders closed its doors in 2011, just blocks away from where a massive Barnes & Noble sold books for 16 years before it, too, closed. A second Manhattan location will open on 34th Street this summer, adding to the 13 total bookstores planned to be open by the end of the year (currently, there are six stores open).
The cashless Columbus Circle store is founded on Amazon’s belief that people will want to discover (and buy) books that are rated highly on Amazon.com, with a barrage of in-person signs and data-driven shelving choices. But buying a book in the store is actually more expensive than purchasing on the site if you’re not a Prime member. The upshot is that, while the physical store succeeds as an ad for a Prime membership, it fails to be joyful, or even effective, as a bookstore.
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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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A tribute to librarians, heroes of modern times

A tribute to librarians, heroes of modern times | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

What would we do without librarians? Although very discreet, librarians have had a pivotal role in the information society and in the world at large, a proof that true heroes of modern times are not those who first come to our mind. Both traditional and digital libraries are extensively covered by the media, but what about all those who work there, especially librarians in small or underfunded libraries?

Since the 15th century, after the birth of the printed book, librarians have worked hard, with great conviction and little means, in all kinds of general and specialized libraries. At first, librarians were local historians and had other volunteer roles. After decades of discussions at many levels – local, national, regional, international -, being a librarian has become a job and even a profession.

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Catch 'em young: The new 'mantra' to revitalise public libraries

Catch 'em young: The new 'mantra' to revitalise public libraries | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

NEW DELHI: Once a favourite spot for learners and scholars, most of the 70,000 plus public libraries in India have now turned into haunted houses with few visitors to grace their premises. This depressing image of the vital institutions ......Leading the programme is Indian Public Library Movement, supported by the Global Libraries initiative of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and hosted by NASSCOM in the Capital. 

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Millennials are the public library system’s biggest customers

Millennials are the public library system’s biggest customers | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Welcome to the weekly Vox book link roundup, a curated selection of the best online writing about books and related topics. Here’s the best the internet has to offer for the week of June 18, 2017.

Millennials use public libraries more than any other generation, the Huffington Post reports. This feels correct to me, as libraries combine millennials’ two favorite things: immersive, escapist pop culture and free stuff. (Millennials are broke because they inherited a broken economy, is the joke here.)


An actual, real live teenager has registered some complaints regarding the books adults write for her. 

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